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Ralph Snodsmith: RIP

Ralph Snodsmith, a specialist in gardening who tilled

Ralph Snodsmith, a specialist in gardening who tilled the media of radio, television and publishing to help homeowners in New York and across the country care for their plants and to help them to thrive, died Saturday in Fredericksburg, Va. He was 70. Newsday's obituary for Ralph Snodsmith
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I was at a party Saturday night, and a friend told me he had just heard of Ralph Snodsmith's death.

Though I had never met the man, I certainly admired his work. Snodsmith was a fixture on WOR-AM radio, for which he hosted a show called "Garden Hotline" for 35 years. Even if you never caught the show, you likely saw him on "Good Morning America," where he spent eight years as resident garden expert. Snodsmith also wrote several gardening books, including "The Tri-State Gardener's Guide," "The New York Gardener's Guide" and "Fundamentals of Gardening."

The 70-year-old Snodsmith died Saturday from complications of a broken hip, according to his wife, Mary, who said she and her husband were in the midst of planning their spring garden when he broke his hip.

He's leaving behind some pretty big shoes to fill.

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