The Garden: Make Way for Spring

According to thousands of Pennsylvanians, spring arrives March 16, exactly six weeks after a groundhog in Chester Valley Knoll sees his own shadow and crawls back into his hole. According to astronomers, who gaze at the vernal equinox and not the infernal snow, spring will burst forth at 8:53 p.m. March 20. But to millions of U.S. gardeners, spring officially begins the minute they stroll through the local flower show and receive their newest seed catalogue—and many of them have.

In Milwaukee, nearly 100,000 people recently walked out of snow and subfreezing...

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