What is the Official State Flower of all 50 states?


Welcome back, guys. The flowering season has already started in some of the states, others are just waiting. It’s good if you have time for preparing your next flower bed. Get ready and prepare your garden for some beautiful spring blossoms. Today I am sharing the list of Official flowers of each 50 States. You can also choose one to support your state.

Flowers represent beauty, love, and a lot of emotion. We all know this isn’t it?

A state chooses its official flower for various reasons. Some symbolize peace, Unity, or sacrifice while others have represented the culture, history, ecosystem, and heritage of particular states. Each official flower of states represents the unique character of its locality including its climatic condition.

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Official State Flower of all 50 states

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What is the State Flower of all 50 states?

In the list below, I have collected the official flowers of all 50 states. This list is divided into 6 different zones. These zones are created to represent specific geographic locations. It includes-

  • North-East
  • South-East
  • Mid-West
  • West-Mountains
  • Pacific North-West
  • South-West

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Official Flower of North-Eastern States

1. Connecticut: Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

The official flower of Connecticut is Mountain Laurel. It is scientifically known as Kalmia Latifolia.

These Small beautiful flowers bloom in clusters. Mountain laurel looks great with garden edges and wooden fences.

State: Connecticut

Flower Name: Mountain laurel

Scientific Name: Kalmia Latifolia

Color: Red, White, Pink Flowers

Temperature: Moderate- Spring Season

Plant Size: Shrub- 3-6 feet

Soil Type: Well-drained nutrition-rich soil

Watering: Twice a week or only when the topsoil looks dry.

 

2. Delaware: Peach blossom (Prunus persica)

Peach Blossom is the official flower of Delaware. The scientific name of Peach blossom is Prunus persica.

State: Delaware

Flower Name: Peach Blossom

Scientific Name: Prunus persica

Color: Light Pink to Light Purple flowers.

Temperature: Moderate- Spring Season

Plant Size: Trees- 15-25 feet

Soil Type: Well-drained nutrition-rich soil

Watering: Only when the topsoil looks dry.

3. Maine: White pine cone and tassel (Pinus strobus, linnaeus)

State: Maine

Flower Name: White pine cone and tassel

Scientific Name: Pinus strobus, Linnaeus

Color: No Actual Flower. White -Brown color (gymnosperm plants)

Temperature: Low to Moderate Temperature- Fall-Spring Season

Plant Size: Trees- 15-35 feet

Soil Type: Prefer nutrition-rich soil. Can also survive in hard granular soil.

Watering: Very little watering is required. Only when the topsoil becomes completely dry.

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4. Maryland: Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

State: Maryland

Flower Name: Black-eyed Susan

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia Hirta

Color: Golden-Yellow daisy-like Flowers with a dark brown-purple center.

Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature- Spring to late summer Season. June-October

Plant Size: Bushes- 2-3 feet

Soil Type: Prefer well-drained nutrition-rich soil. Can also survive in dry sandy soil.

Watering: Regular watering is required. Only when the topsoil looks dry.

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5. Massachusetts: Trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens)

State: Massachusetts

Flower Name: Trailing arbutus

Scientific Name: Epigaea Repens

Color: Beautiful Pinkish- White flower.

Temperature: Mild to Moderate Temperature –Late Fall to Spring.

Plant Size: Shrub-Vines. Shade lover plant

Soil Type: Prefer nutrition-rich soil.

Watering: Regular watering is required.

 

6. New Hampshire: Purple lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

State: New Hampshire

Flower Name: Purple Lilac

Scientific Name: Syringa Vulgaris

Color: Beautiful Purple flower. Sweet Fragrance attracts pollinators.

Temperature: Cold to Moderate Temperature –Late Fall to Early Summer.

Plant Size: Shrub-8-10 feet. Full sun lover plant

Soil Type: Always Prefer nutrition-rich soil. Can survive in a variety of soil types. Very Hardy in nature.

Watering: Regular watering is required. Water once the soil is completely dry.

 

7. Rhode Island: Violet (Viola)

State: Rhode Island

Flower Name: Violet

Scientific Name: Viola

Color: Beautiful Violet, Purple flower. Sometimes Yellow and white flowers can also bloom.

Temperature: Cold to Moderate Temperature –Spring Bloomers.

Plant Size: Shrub-1/2- 2 feet. Partial to Full sun lover plant.

Soil Type: Always Prefer organic, nutrition-rich soil

Watering: Regular watering is required. Water once the soil is completely dry. Once in every couple of days.

 

8. New Jersey: Violet (Viola sororia)

State: New Jersey

Flower Name: Violet

Scientific Name: Viola Sororia

Color: Beautiful Blue Violet & Purple flower.

Temperature: Cold to Moderate Temperature –Spring Bloomers.

Plant Size: Herb-1/2- 1 foot. Partial to Full sun lover plant.

Soil Type: Always Prefer organic, well-drained nutrition-rich soil.

Watering: Regular watering is required. Water once the soil is completely dry. Once in every couple of days.

 

9. New York: Rose (Rosa)

State: New York

Flower Name: Rose

Scientific Name: Rosa

Color: Beautiful Red, White, Yellow, and multicolored flowers. Single and Double petal varieties available.

Temperature: Mild to Moderate Temperature –Spring Bloomers, Early Spring till late summer.

Plant Size: Shrub-2- 7 feet. Full sun lover plant.

Soil Type: Always Prefer organic, nutrition-rich soil. Sand Soil mixture with organic manure is also good for Rose plants.

Watering: Regular watering is required. Water once the topsoil appears dry. Once in every couple of days.

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10. Vermont: Red clover (Trifolium pratense)

State: Vermont

Flower Name: Red clover

Scientific Name: Trifolium Pratense

Color: Beautiful Red, White, and Pink flowers.

Temperature: Cold to Moderate Temperature –Spring Bloomers.

Plant Size: Herb-1/2- 3 feet. Sun-loving plant.

Soil Type: Always Prefer organic, nutrition-rich soil. Can survive in a variety of soil types, both red and black soil variants.

Watering: Regular watering is required. Water only once the topsoil appears dry. Watering Once or twice every week is enough for Red clover.

11. Washington, D.C.: ‘American Beauty’ rose (Rosa)

State: Washington, D.C

Flower Name: “American Beauty” Rose

Scientific Name: Rosa

Color: Beautiful Deep Red, and Pink flowers. Single and Double petal varieties available.

Temperature: Moderate Temperature –Spring to Summer Bloomers.

Plant Size: Shrub-2- 5 feet. Full sun lover plant.

Soil Type: Always Prefer organic, nutrition-rich, well-drained soil. Sandy Soil mixture with organic manure and compost is good for Rose plants.

Watering: Regular watering is required. Water once the topsoil appears dry. Repeat Once every couple of days.

Official Flowers of South-Eastern States

Official Flowers of South-Eastern States
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12. Alabama: Camellia (Camellia)

State: Alabama

Flower Name: Camellia

Scientific Name: Camellia

Color: Beautiful White flowers with shades of Red and Pink.

Temperature: Cold to Moderate Temperature –Late fall to Spring season.

Plant Size: Shrub-6- 12 feet. Partial to full Sun-loving plant.

Soil Type: Always Prefer organic, nutrition-rich soil. Can survive in a variety of soil types, both red and black soil variants.

Watering: Regular watering is required. Water only once the topsoil appears dry. Watering Once or twice every week is enough.

13. Arkansas: Apple blossom (Pyrus coronaria)

State: Arkansas

Flower Name: Apple Blossom

Scientific Name: Pyrus Coronaria

Color: Pink, White Flowers

Temperature: Cold to Mild Heat. Spring Season

Plant Size: Tree- 7-15 feet

Soil Type: Black soil full of organic matter is good for Apple Blossom

Watering: Watering should be done only when the soil is completely dry.

14. Florida: Orange blossom (Citrus sinensis)

State: Florida

Flower Name: Orange Blossom

Scientific Name: Citrus Sinensis

Color: Tiny White Flowers

Temperature: Moderate to High Heat. Spring to late summer Season

Plant Size: Tree- 2-7 feet. Place in full sunlight.

Soil Type: Black soil full of organic matter is good for orange Blossom

Watering: Watering should be done only when the soil is completely dry.

15. Georgia: Cherokee rose (Rosa laevigata)

State: Georgia

Flower Name: Cherokee Rose

Scientific Name: Rosa Laevigata

Color: White Flowers with a Yellow-orange center

Temperature: Moderate to High Heat. Spring to late summer Season

Plant Size: Tree- 3-5 feet. Place in Partial to full sunlight.

Soil Type: Black soil with organic compost

Watering: Regular watering,  only when soil is completely dry.

16. Kentucky: Goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

State: Kentucky

Flower Name: Goldenrod

Scientific Name: Solidago altissima

Color: Tiny Yellow-orange Flowers. Gives a fluffy velvet look.

Temperature: Moderate Heat. Spring to late summer Season

Plant Size: Shrub- 3-5 feet. Place in Partial to full sunlight.

17. Louisiana: Magnolia (Magnolia)

State: Louisiana

Flower Name: Magnolia

Scientific Name: Magnolia

Color: White, Pink and peach color is commonly available. A purple variant is available.

Temperature: Mild to Moderate Heat. Spring to late summer Season

Plant Size: Variable. 5-15 feet

18. Mississippi: Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Magnolia is the official flower of Mississipi. It is commonly known as Southern Magnolia or Bull Bay. The scientific name of Bull Bay is Magnolia Grandiflora.

State: Mississippi

Flower Name: Southern Magnolia, Bull Bay

Scientific Name: Magnolia Grandiflora

Color: Beautiful Cream White flowers.

Plant Size: Trees. 25-35 meters. 90-120 feet. Evergreen trees with long life.

19. North Carolina: American dogwood (Cornus florida)

State: North Carolina

Flower Name: American dogwood or Flowering dogwood

Scientific Name: Cornus Florida

Color: Small White flowers.

Temperature: Mild to Moderate Heat. Spring bloomers.

Plant Size: Deciduous Trees. 7-10 meters or 20-35 feet

Soil Type: Can survive in a variety of soil. Black soil with organic compost is favorable.

Watering: Irrigate only when the soil is completely dry.

20. South Carolina: Yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

State: South Carolina

Flower Name: Yellow Jessamine

Scientific Name: Gelsemium Sempervirens

Color: Small Yellow trumpet-shaped flowers.

Temperature: Spring blooming flowers.

Plant Size: Climbers. 3-6 meters or 10-20 feet

Soil Type: Can survive in any soil with organic compost.

Watering: Irrigation required at regular intervals.

21. Tennessee: Iris (Iridaceae)

State: Tennessee

Flower Name: Iris

Scientific Name: Iridaceae

Color: Small Yellow trumpet-shaped flowers.

Temperature: Spring blooming flowers. Cool climate favorable.

Plant Size: Herb. 1-3 feet

Soil Type: Can survive in a variety of soil types. Soft sandy nutrition-rich soil is good for Iris plants.

Watering: Irrigation required at regular intervals.

22. Virginia: American dogwood (Cornus florida)

America dogwood or Flowering dogwood is the official flower of Virginia state. It is a big tree that bears lots of small white flowers. The scientific name of American dogwood is Cornus Florida. These trees can live for decades in a variety of soil types and climatic conditions.

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23. West Virginia: Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum)

State: West Virginia

Flower Name: Rhododendron, Great laurel

Scientific Name: Rhododendron maximum

Color: Beautiful Small White to purple flowers.

Temperature: Spring blooming flowers. Warm climate favorable, June and July.

Plant Size: Evergreen Shrub. 2-4 meter or 9-13 feet

Soil Type: Soft nutrition-rich soil

Watering: Irrigation required at regular intervals.

Midwestern State Flowers

Midwestern State Flowers
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24. Illinois: Purple violet (Viola)

State: Illinois

Flower Name: Purple Violet

Scientific Name: Viola

Color: Beautiful Violet, Purple flower. 

Spring Bloomers. Partial to Full sun lover plant. Always Prefer organic, nutrition-rich soil. Water Once every couple of days.

25. Indiana: Peony (Peony)

State: Indiana

Flower Name: Peony

Scientific Name: Paeonia Suffruticosa

Color: Light pink flowers. Popular cut flowers.

Temperature: Spring blooming flowers. Warm climate favorable, Late spring to early summer.

Plant Size: Perennial Herb. 0.2-1 meter or 1-3 feet

Soil Type: Soft nutrition-rich soil

Watering: Irrigation required at regular intervals.

26. Iowa: Wild prairie rose (Rosa pratincola)

State: Iowa

Flower Name: Wild Prairie

Scientific Name: Rosa Pratincola or Rosa Arkansana

Color: Small Light pink flowers. It is an ornamental plant.

Temperature: Spring blooming flowers. Warm climate favorable, spring to late summer.

Plant Size: Bushes 1-3 feet

27. Kansas: Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

State: Kansas

Flower Name: Sunflower

Scientific Name: Helianthus annuus

Color: Yellow- Orange flower with a brown center.

Temperature: Spring blooming flowers. Moderate hot climate favorable, spring to late summer.

Plant Size: Variable 2-7 feet

Soil Type: Always prefer Soft nutrition-rich soil

Watering: Irrigation required at regular intervals. Let the topsoil dry before watering.

28. Michigan: Apple blossom (Pyrus coronaria)

State: Michigan

Flower Name: Apple Blossom

Scientific Name: Pyrus coronaria

Color: Small white flower.

Temperature: Early Spring blooming flowers. Low to Moderate climate favorable, Late Fall to early spring.

Plant Size: Tree-Variable 2-10 meter 10-30 feet

Soil Type: Always prefer Soft nutrition-rich soil

Watering: Let the topsoil dry before watering.

29. Minnesota: Pink and white lady’s-slipper (Cypripedium reginae)

State: Minnesota

Flower Name: Pink and white lady’s-slipper

Scientific Name: Cypripedium

Color: Small Pink- white flower. This is a rare orchid variety and no longer common in its origin due to habitat loss.

Temperature: Low to Moderate climate is favorable, early spring.

Plant Size: Herb- 1-3 feet

Soil Type: Always prefer Soft nutrition-rich soil.

Watering: Let the topsoil dry before watering. Regular watering is required.

30. Missouri: Hawthorn (Crataegus)

State: Missouri

Flower Name: Hawthorn

Scientific Name: Crataegus

Color: Tiny white flower. Red-colored fruits.

Temperature: Moderate climate is favorable, spring flowering.

Plant Size: shrub- small tree- 15-50 feet

Soil Type: Always prefer Soft nutrition-rich soil. Require no special care for soil selection.

Watering: Let the soil dry completely before watering.

31. Nebraska: Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

Goldenrod or tall goldenrod is the official flower of Nebraska. It is scientifically known as Solidago gigantea. It is a small plant that can grow up to 2 meters or 6feet. Goldenrod bears lots of tiny yellow flowers. It loves a warm climate and little moist soil.

32. North Dakota: Wild prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

The official flower of North Dakota is Wild Prairie Rose. it is scientifically known as Rosa Arkansana. Prairie Rose is an ornamental plant. It bears a small light pink flower during spring every year. You can easily grow these plants in containers with little care.

33. Ohio: Scarlet carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)

State: Ohio

Flower Name: Scarlet carnation, Clove Pink

Scientific Name: Dianthus caryophyllus

Color: Beautiful Pink, purple flower. Other variants have colors- red, white, yellow, blue, and green.

Temperature: Moderate climate is favorable, spring-blooming flower.

Plant Size: Herb-1-3 feet

Soil Type: Always prefer black Soft nutrition-rich soil. Require no special care for soil selection.

Watering: Let the soil dry before watering.

34. South Dakota: Pasque flower (Pulsatilla hirsutissima)

State: South Dakota

Flower Name: Pasque  Flower

Scientific Name: Pulsatilla Hirsutissima

Color: Beautiful Blue, purple, and white flower.

Temperature: Cool Moderate climate is favorable, spring-blooming flower.

Plant Size: Herb-10-15 cmm

Soil Type: Always prefer black Soft nutrition-rich soil.

35. Wisconsin: Wood violet (Viola papilionacea)

Viola Papilionaea or Wood Violet is the official flower of Wisconsin. It is a small Herbaceous plant. The flowers of Wood violet are small, light blue to violet in color. These plants love a warm moist environment.

The official flower of West Mountain States

official flower of West Mountain States
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36. Colorado: Rocky Mountain columbine (Aquilegia coerulea)

State: Colorado

Flower Name: Rocky Mountain Columbine

Scientific Name: Aquilegia coerulea

Color: Beautiful light Blue, and purple flower.

Temperature: spring-blooming flower.

Plant Size: Herb-40-60 cmm

Soil Type: Always prefer Soft nutrition-rich soil.

Watering: Regular whenever required.

37. Idaho: Mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii)

State: Idaho

Flower Name: Mock Orange

Scientific Name: Philadelphus lewissi

Color: Beautiful white flower.

Temperature: spring-blooming flower. Moderate to warm-climate favorable.

Plant Size: Shrub- 1.5-3 meter 4-10 feet.

Soil Type: Always prefer nutrition-rich well-drained soil.

Watering: Regular whenever required. Let the topsoil dry.

38. Montana: Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva)

State: Montana

Flower Name: Bitterroot

Scientific Name: Lewisia Rediviva

Color: Beautiful white flower.

Temperature: spring-blooming flower. Moderate to warm-climate favorable.

Plant Size: Shrub- 1.5-3 meter 4-10 feet.

Soil Type: Always prefer nutrition-rich well-drained soil. Native to elevated grasslands with rocky, gravelly soil.

Watering: Let the topsoil dry before watering.

39. Nevada: Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)

State: Nevada

Flower Name: Sagebrush

Scientific Name: Artemisia tridentata

Color: Small yellow flower.

Temperature: Moderate to warm-climate favorable. Flowering in late summer to early fall.

Plant Size: Shrub- 0.5-3 meter 1.5-10 feet.

Soil Type: Dry rocky, gravel soil with low moisture retention is suitable for sagebrush. Use little organic matter like compost for container gardening.

Watering: Let the topsoil dry completely before watering.

40. Utah: Sego lily (Calochortus gunnisonii)

State: Utah

Flower Name: Sego lily

Scientific Name: Calochortus gunnisonii

Color: Small white, blue, purple, and violet flowers.

Temperature: Moderate to warm-climate favorable. Flowering in late summer to early fall.

Plant Size: Shrub- 0.5 meter 1-2 feet.

Soil Type: Dry sandy soil with low moisture retention. Use nutrition-rich soil in containers.

Watering: Let the topsoil dry completely before watering.

41. Wyoming: Indian paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia)

Castilleja linariifolia or Indian Paintbrush is the official flower of Wyoming State. These plants can grow up to 2-3 feet tall. Indian paintbrush flowers are beautiful red and pink in color.

These plants are native to the desert climate and require very little care and watering. You should use soft sandy soil with compost to grow paintbrush plants in Containers.

Pacific North West State Flowers

Pacific North West State Flowers
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42. California: California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

State: California

Flower Name: California Poppy

Scientific Name: Eschscholzia californica

Color: Small Red, Orange, Yellow, and pink flowers.

Temperature: Moderate to warm-climate favorable. Flowering in Spring- summer to early fall. February to September.

Plant Size: herb- 5-60 inches, 13-152 cm.

Soil Type: soft moist soil. Use nutrition-rich soil with 30-40% compost in containers.

Watering: Keep the soil moist.

43. Oregon: Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium)

State: Oregon

Flower Name: Oregon grape

Scientific Name: Berberis aquifoluim

It is an evergreen shrub with 3-10 feet in height. Oregon grape bears a dense cluster of yellow flowers. It starts blooming in early spring and lasts till early summer.

Plants in containers can be placed in partial to full sun. Soil should be moist enough to keep the roots cool during hot days.

44. Washington: Coast rhododendron (Rhododendrum macrophyllum)

Coast Rhododendron is the official flower of Washington. Its scientific name is Rhododendrum macrophyllum. It is an evergreen shrub that can gain a height of 30 feet. Coat Rhododendron bears beautiful pink flowers in clusters.

The official flower of South West States

The official flower of South West States
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45. Arizona: Saguaro cactus blossom (Carnegiea gigantea)

State: Arizona

Flower Name: Saguaro cactus blossom

Scientific Name: Carnegiea gigantea

Color: white waxy flowers.

Temperature: Moderate to very Hot climate favorable. Flowering in summer from April to June.

Plant Size: Cacti- 10-50 feet

Soil Type: dry sandy soil. Use nutrition-rich soil with 10-15% compost with river sand in containers.

Watering: Keep the soil dry.

46. New Mexico: Yucca flower (Yucca glauca)

State: New Mexico

Flower Name: Yucca flower

Scientific Name: Yucca glauca

Color: Greenish-white flowers.

Temperature: Moderate to very Hot climate favorable. Rare Flowering occurs only in summer from April to June.

Plant Size: Cacti like Bush- 2-3 feet leaf size

Soil Type: Use nutrition-rich soil with 10-15% compost with river sand in containers.

Watering: Keep the soil moist, not soggy.

47. Oklahoma: Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum)

Mistletoe is the official flower of Oklahoma. It is scientifically known as Phoradendron Serotinum. It can survive in a variety of soil types. A warm dry environment is favorable for Mistletoe plants.

48. Texas: Bluebonnet (Lupinus)

State: Texas

Flower Name: Bluebonnet

Scientific Name: Lupinus

Color: Blue-white flowers.

Temperature: Moderate climate favorable. Flowering occurs in spring and lasts till summer.

Plant Size: Herb- 2-3 feet

Soil Type: Use nutrition-rich soil with 15-25% compost in containers.

Watering: Keep the soil moist, not soggy.

Official Flower of Other Two States

49. Alaska: Forget-me-not (Myosotis alpestris)

State: Alaska

Flower Name: Forget-me-not

Scientific Name: Myosotis alpestris

Color: Blue, pink, purple, and white flowers with a yellow center.

Temperature: Moderate climate favorable. Flowering occurs in spring and lasts till summer.

Plant Size: Herb- 2-3 feet

Soil Type: Use nutrition-rich soil in containers.

Watering: Keep the soil moist, not soggy.

50. Hawaii: Pua aloalo (Hibiscus Brackenridge)

State: Hawaii

Flower Name: Pua aloalo

Scientific Name: Hibiscus Brackenridge

Color: Bright yellow-white flowers with an orange-yellow center.

Temperature: Moderate to warm-climate favorable. Flowering starts in spring and lasts till late summer.

Plant Size: 2-8 feet

Soil Type: Use nutrition-rich soil in containers. Black soil rich in organic matter is good for Hibiscus.

Watering: Keep the soil moist, not soggy. Let the topsoil dry before re-watering.

Final Words

Every state has its own official flower. Some are big while others are small. The flowers are selected to represent the true nature of their surrounding environment. It may be regional culture or sometimes political achievements, the flowers always resemble the relationship of a person to his motherland.

Which one of these is your favorite? Do you have one in your garden? Write your experience or thoughts below in the comment box.

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Sukant

Hi, My name is Sukant. I am an I.T professional. Gardening for me is not only a hobby, its a way of living life with nature. Due to my Family background as Commercial Farmers for more than 3 generations: I personally feel attached to the green. I am not an expert, I'm here just to share my 25 years of experience in gardening. Believe me Its always Refreshing.

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