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Old 11-10-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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Seeds for New York: The Lawn Guy
MODERN-DAY JOHNNY APPLESEED Ed Toth runs New York City's native plant center.
By LISA W. FODERARO
Published: October 21, 2011

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/ny...ture.html?_r=1
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Mr. Toth, a botanist who has worked with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation for a quarter-century, is an updated, urbanized Johnny Appleseed, fired by the same spirit as those who champion locally grown food. He zealously advocates the use of not only native plants, but those propagated from seeds that were harvested as close to New York as possible.

Take the humble switchgrass, a summer perennial that is grown all over the United States, but in distinct regional populations. “They have been adapting to...
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