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Gazette Gardener: Florida Keys tropical forest full of botanical treasures

Lignumvitae trees were considered treasures by the Spanish explorers because the wood was used for construction as well as for medicine.
Lignumvitae trees were considered treasures by the Spanish explorers because the wood was used for construction as well as for medicine.
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Take a garden writer to Florida’s Keys in March and she’ll want to breathe in the fragrance of every blooming flower, walk under the swaying palm trees and visit the only virgin tropical forest in the United States. How could I miss that? Not only was the experience interesting for a zone 5 gardener, but the trek inspired me to ask readers about botanical sites they have visited. E-mail me and I’ll gather the information ...

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