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Dan Jansen's tropical plant collection in South Hempstead
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Dan Jansen's tropical plant collection in South Hempstead includes several towering banana trees, which he cuts down to 6 inches every fall. They begin to resurface in the spring and will grow to 8 to 20 feet tall by the end of summer; May 6, 2014.(Credit: Heather Walsh)

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Bringing home the tropics

What determined gardeners will do for a seasonal pop of paradise in their backyards — and, sometimes, even in front.