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How to Get Your Hands on the Plant of Your Dreams

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When it comes to getting the plant you’ve always dreamt of, sometimes you have to swallow your pride and beg! Source:, &, montage: laidbackgardener

There is only one logical way to get a plant that you have seen in a neighbor’s garden and you simply cannot live without: go begging for a cutting or division!

Be flattering and complacent, but insistent too, and you shouldn’t have any trouble wheedling it out of them. Of course, if the only way to get it is to get down on your knees and cry like a baby … well, it takes what it takes!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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