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Tom Carew's red dahlias likely ended up in an artfully arranged bouquet. Carew's garden is a fearless use of color, texture and height. "I like it full," Carew said.

It's not what you do with the soil, it's all about how you arrange the growth.

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Tom Carew has spent a lifetime with flowers. And the reluctant subject of this story apologizes for the brown tones throughout his flowerbeds - in early April.


Who among us has blooming flora in early spring?

But if 2010 is anything like 2009, those beds surrounding the back entry of Tom and Rita Carew's home on Long Lake will come alive with vibrant color and an elegant but casual appearance, one he spends about two hours daily to achieve.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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