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By Carolyn Henderson
Transylvania Extension Master Gardener 

The Stick That Really Grew


A few years ago, I purchased a 2-foot green elderberry stick from a nursery at the annual Organic Growers School in Asheville.

“Stick it in the ground,” I was told, “and it will grow.”

I stuck my stick in the ground and it grew into a beautiful elderberry tree. Every year I prune it to keep the berries growing where I can reach them without a ladder.

This year I stuck some of the cuttings in the ground to root for the Master Gardeners’ plant sale Saturday, April 20. I love to see and smell the 8-to-16 inch clusters of tiny white flowers in the spring and the clusters of smal...

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