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Buddy Lee

Robert ‘Buddy’ Lee

Inventor of Encore Azalea

Robert E. “Buddy” Lee is the Director of Plant Innovations at Plant Development Services, Inc. Buddy is one of the most respected plant breeders and horticulturists in North America, with over 30 years’ experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation and new plant development.

Plant for Success: Encore® Azalea inventor Buddy Lee shares five fall planting tips

Plant for Success: Encore® Azalea inventor Buddy Lee shares five fall planting tips

Expert fall planting advice for Encore® Azaleas, from inventor Buddy Lee

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Mary-Kate Mackey

Mary-Kate Mackey

Garden Writer

Mary-Kate Mackey is an award-winning garden writer whose byline has appeared on over 200 articles for national magazines, newspapers and websites, including Sunset, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, and Country Gardens. She co-authored (with Kathleen Brenzel) Sunset’s Secret Gardens—153 Design Tips from the Pros and has contributed to both the Sunset Western Garden Book and Sunset’s Gardening in the Northwest.

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Getting the most from your Encore® Azaleas on West Coast

Getting the most from your Encore® Azaleas on West Coast

Checklist for common environmental stressors and solutions to ensure thriving Encore Azaleas on the West Coast

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Plan Before Planting: How to create the best West Coast home for your Encore® Azaleas

Plan Before Planting: How to create the best West Coast home for your Encore® Azaleas

Learn how to properly locate your Encore Azaleas on the West Coast, so you will enjoy maximum performance and…

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Kim Toscano

Kim Toscano

Garden Lifestyle Expert

Kimberly Toscano is a freelance writer, gardening expert, and traveler with an eye on design. Kimberly blends her formal training in horticulture and entomology with her passion for design to educate and inspire gardeners.

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Brightening the No-Man’s Land Between My Neighbor’s Yard and Mine with Encore® Azaleas

Brightening the No-Man’s Land Between My Neighbor’s Yard and Mine with Encore® Azaleas

Good gardens make good neighbors – a horticultural twist on an old proverb.

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Your Entry Walk is a Canvas: How to Transform Your Walkway Using Encore® Azaleas

Your Entry Walk is a Canvas: How to Transform Your Walkway Using Encore® Azaleas

Tips and ideas to transform your walkway into an unforgettable experience for visitors with Encore® Azalea.

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Karen Le Jardinet

Karen Le Jardinet

Garden Writer and Designer

When not teaching garden design or talking about it, Karen is usually writing about it. Her articles and design have been featured in many national gardening publications including Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, Sunset, and Garden Design. She has co-authored two books with Christina Salwitz, award-winning Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and the highly acclaimed Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017), and am currently writing and photographing my next book on deer-resistant gardens (Timber Press, 2019).

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Norman Winter

Norman Winter, The Garden Guy

Horticulturist, Author, Speaker

Norman Winter horticulturist, author, and speaker is the retired Director of University of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm, located in Savannah, GA. He is the author of 4 books, the latest being Captivating Combinations Color and Style in the Garden. His award-winning Southern Gardening news segment was syndicated nationally for many years, and he is currently a national columnist with garden columns published from coast to coast.

Create Gardens of Participation With Taller Encore® Azaleas

Create Gardens of Participation With Taller Encore® Azaleas

Inspiration and tips for gardening with intermediate Encore Azaleas

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Let the newest Red Encore® Azaleas put excitement in your landscape

Let the newest Red Encore® Azaleas put excitement in your landscape

Tips for selecting and gardening with red Encore Azalea

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