THE OLD SIGN PHILOSOPHER, THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

LIFE IS A DEAD END STREET

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10 REASONS TO PLANT A TREE

1. Trees conserve energy in the summer, and thereby save you money. Properly planted
trees can cut your air-conditioning costs by 15-35%

2. Trees help clean the air. Trees produce the oxygen we breathe, and remove air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates.

3. Trees bring songbirds close by. Birdsong will fill the air as trees provide nesting sites, food, and cover for countless species.

4. Trees around your home can increase its value by up to 15% or more. Studies of comparable houses with and without trees place a markedly higher value on tose whoese yards are sheltered by trees.

5. Trees help clean our rivers and streams. Trees hold the soil in place and reduce polluted runoff into our waterways.

6. Trees conserve energy in the winter. Trees can slow cold winter winds, and can cut your heating costs 10-20%.

7. Trees fight global warming. They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the major contributor to the threat of global warming. Trees planted near our homes and in our communities moderate temperatures and reduce the need for air conditioning and heating produced by burning fossil fuesl, a major souce of excess atmospehric carbon dioxide.

8. Tree make your home and your neighborhood, more beautiful. Trees mark the changing of the seasons, and add grace and seasonal color. Trees make a house feel like a home.

9. Trees are fun! Planting and caring for trees can be a great family and community building activity.

10. The most important reason is: We have one of the greatest selections of outstanding trees in the St. Louis area. Come in now for the best selections.

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CUT FLOWER OF THE YEAR

The Association of Speciality Cut Flower Growers has announced it 2005 Cut Flower of the Year. The Fresh Cut Flower of the Year is Ilex verticillata "Winter Red", a brilliant winterpberry coupled with bare branches for dramatic effect. This shrub is readily available at Greenscape Gardens.

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INAUGURATION FLOWERS

The Society of american Florists (SAF) generated buzz from the national news agencies during the presidential inauguration ceremonies for its 3,500 floral arrangements created by 200 SAF members.

The arrangements were seen at nine balls, three dinners and several receptions and garnered interest from the likes of CNN, ABC's Nightline, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Nightly News.

Leaders of the initiative at SAF say they estimate fielding quesstions from more than 30 reporters curious about the exciting designs. Florists also generated buzz across the country by tgalking with their local news personalities about participating in the inaugural events.

Images of the dazzling designs and inaugural events can be found at this website. A story of the floral dsigns is also posted on the ABC Nighline Website.

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THE PRESIDENTIAL TAPES

Check out this website for the White House Tapes. The vintage tapes show history through the eyes of the President.