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Growing on the High Plains: Christmas Holly

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The traditional foliage trimming for the season might not be too common in our region, but there are holly varieties that can succeed on the High Plains!

The holidays are nearly here, so I thought it would be a great time to take a look at one of the more familiar holiday visuals in late December. Yes, I'm talking about ilex aquifolium, or "common holly." This iconic greenery adorns festive halls, but can we make it grow in our complicated High Plains landscape? Well, yes and no — since it depends on the variety. Tune in for a "holly" jolly episode, and here's to a peaceful, healthy holiday season to all of our HPPR listeners!

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.