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Carlos collecting Quercus ×alentejana (Q. faginea × Q. pyrenaica) in northeastern Portugal for his PhD thesis © Carlos Vila-Viçosa
An interview with Portuguese oak conservationist Dr. Carlos...
Amy Byrne | Apr 19, 2024
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Roderick Cameron | Apr 13, 2024
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It was a great pleasure for me to be able to write about my...
Gert Fortgens | Feb 15, 2024

Plant Focus

Quercus crassipes acorns with inrolled cupule margin
One of the more well-known Mexican oaks in cultivation.

David Varel (1973–2020)

Dave Varel
Dave Varel (photo courtesy of Mathis Natvik)

David "Dave" Varel of Albers, Illinois passed away September 6, 2020. A carpenter and craftsman by trade, Dave also operated a small nursery named "Tree Little Acres" with his family and raised and sold several thousand oaks each year. He was also a music lover and accomplished drummer. Dave was a member of the IOS, the Illinois Nut Growers Association, and several other groups. Anyone lucky enough to have known Dave surely counted him as a friend. He is survived by his wife Rachel and sons Aidan and Oliver.   

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