A Good Time Was Had by All

Posted on: July 12, 2017

You know that phrase, it wasn’t really all that bad after all? It’s only been about a week and a half since Ruppert Nurseries hosted the MNLGA (Maryland Nursery Landscape Greenhouse Association) field day and yet I can honestly say, any residual pain I may...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

The word doppelganger comes from the German, doppel (meaning double) and ganger (meaning walker or goer) Doppelgangers are look a likes; often leading to confusion when you aren’t sure if the person standing in front of you is the real deal, or perhaps an imposter....

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The Life of a Tree

Posted on: March 6, 2017

Recently, a very large, old oak tree came down at Ruppert Corporate Headquarters off of 108. I have been watching this tree decline for several years and was sad but relieved to see it go as it had become a hazard to the buildings and...

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Dashing ‘Round the Farm

Posted on: December 12, 2016

A Holiday Ditty By Ruppert Nurseries Driving ‘round the farm In a tired ATV Turning on the charm One last sale for me! Up and down the rows Where is that perfect tree? This hold back pattern makes it tough, does anyone agree?! OH! Maple...

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Greatest Italian Mysteries

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Volume I Recently, Kelly Lewis and I were fortunate to travel to Italy with a group of American Nurserymen to visit a group of Italian nurseries where we were given unprecedented access to their operations. We met with owners, growers, field workers and sales people...

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Love, Trees

Posted on: September 2, 2016

Gosh, I love trees. Well, now if that isn’t a corny statement if I ever heard one then I don’t know what is!  But it’s true. I really, really, genuinely love trees. I don’t remember when I first knew I loved trees. It seems as...

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The Art and Science of Multi-tasking… Or Not!

Posted on: May 3, 2016

As a busy mom of three active kids with a demanding job (that also happens to be an hour from my home), and someone who also enjoys exercise, and cooking, oh and sleep, I feel qualified to teach a graduate level course on multi-tasking! At...

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Wait, I Wasn’t Ready!

Posted on: March 6, 2016

In a previous blog, I wrote about falling into the mellow groove of winter. I wrote about the seemingly endless months of cold weather where we strive to accomplish the minutia of winter.  Filing, cleaning, planning and preparation.  We have months to get these important...

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Dead Wood

Posted on: January 16, 2016

“Pruning is a joyous art of cutting away the spent to make light and space for new life.” -K. Elting Brock Welcome to 2016. It seems that winter has finally decided to show up. And so now the frenetic pace of 2015 has begun to...

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Industry-Wide Tree Shortages Continue in Fall 2015

Posted on: July 23, 2015

The shortages in the tree market that have plagued our industry are not over yet.  Our customers can expect to see a lack of material particularly in smaller sized (2.0-3.5”) at least through spring of 2016.  Inventory continues to be very tight on these sizes...

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