Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday and a Great Year in 2017

We are so grateful for your continued support in 2016. Thank you for choosing N-P-K Associates Inc for your plant needs. This year we have made a contribution to The American Cancer Society in memory of Diana Austin. The ACS will use our donation to help men and women in the ongoing fight against cancer. …

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Pinching and Pruning: A How To Guide

Flower beds can be frustrating and messy. There are so many different plants in one location and it seems that too quickly one can overpower the others. In wanting to preserve the life of the other plants in the bed, it’s easy to immediately want to be rid of the dominant plant. But, with using …

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Coming to a Close – Intern Blog

Where has the summer gone? At the end of this week I’ll be packing my things and heading out of Chicago. My internship will be over, technically, and the time I’ve spent at NPK will be remembered through the work done and these blog posts that I’ve written each week. I don’t know when I’ll …

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Fine Tuning – Intern Blog

Guys… this week, I’m going to see a giant Indonesian flower, hopefully, bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This Titan Arum, or Corpse Flower, is already close to 5 feet tall and its girth alone is a little over 2 feet. This thing looks like it could be straight off a Dr. Seuss cover – …

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Solid – Intern Blog

I keep thinking about how plant-less my life is going to be in two short weeks. On my desk is a Janet Craig, poor thing probably needs to be watered some more. On the side of me is a ponytail palm, which I stare at constantly because it’s so different. I walk into the warehouse …

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Caring for Pollinators and Maintaining the Balance

Pests come in all shapes and sizes – flies, bees, bats. But there’s only so much one can do in order to control the population and you may want to think twice before doing so. While you’re looking up reviews and the phone number of the best pest control business in the area, it’s important …

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Tying Up – Intern Blog

I know I’m not the only one who hates loose ends.   I’ve covered this topic in previous intern blog posts about how frustrating it is to want a project to be done because you’re so excited to have others see it. It was another one of those weeks. Last week, Leah and I filmed …

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Turning Points – Intern Blog

Although a lot has been accomplished during my internship with NPK,  I’m very excited to announce that the big project that I’ve been working towards is finally ready to be seen by the public! Meet our NPK team here:   After gathering all 14 interviews, writing their biographies, taking their picture and trying to figure …

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Height of Summer – Intern Blog

Height of Summer = I AM BUSY. I’m not one to complain about being busy, though, because that means progress is happening and big presentations are right around the corner. This week was a wild goose chase of me finding out where every single employee was going to be. I became the most hated person …

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