Friday Afternoon Garden Club 10.22.2010

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It’s FAC time in The Art Garden!  Grab your favorite beverage and pull up a chair.  You didn’t really want to work this afternoon anyway, did you?  Leave a comment to join the garden party.
Today’s topic:
Breaking news! The hawthorn pictured above is not just a pretty face.  In an article in today's Denver Post the National Center for Atmospheric Research lists hawthorn among the best deciduous trees for combating air pollution.  Ash, apple, birch, hackberry, maple, pear and peach also made the cut.  I'm happy to report that most of the other trees on the list (save the water hungry birch) are well represented in my neighborhood.  The on-line article is pretty limited in scope, but encouraging news, nonetheless. 
Do you have any of these trees in your landscape? In your neighborhood? Would their pollution fighting qualities influence your decision to plant them?

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