Editorial: Spring In Our Step


Finally, the thermometer has cracked the 50-degree mark. Our clocks have sprung forward. A new type of snowdrop—tiny white flowers—is poking out of the lingering snowmelt in Floral Park. Soon we’ll be seeing early bloomers like witch hazel and daffodil. Then the roadside forsythia will explode in tiny yellow blossoms, a rainbow of azaleas will burst forth, and the floral season will be in full swing.

Readers will have noticed a bumper crop of horticulture coverage creeping into our pages already. Who can resist the vision of bright scarlet camellias in the dead white of winter? Gardening is a favorite hobby of many in Floral Park Dispatch, and we want to help you make the most of your plot of earth, whether it’s measured in acres or square feet, whether you prefer flowers or veggies or just a flawless smooth green lawn adorned with precisely carved topiary.

So we’ll be regularly letting you know about gardening events – like the annual Spring Flower and Garden Show at Hicks Nursery and sharing tips from experts. We’ll let you know about plants best suited to our climate as well as pests and invasive species.

Some folks call suburban living soulless and stale, “suburgatory,” but we consider it a tiny slice of heaven. What a blessing to be able to access the urban thrills and cultural riches of “the city,” and still come home to leafy trees, green grass, open skies, and fresh-picked veggies. We can hardly wait for the tulips and our first crop of sweet rich homegrown tomatoes.

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