It could be surmised that many Nevada City residents walk around town and not take a daily notice of the trees and plants around them. After all, when you live in such a wooded and green area, it can be easy to miss every little detail.

Bill Falconi—semi-retired city engineer for Nevada City—is out to change that, channeling the late horticulturist Felix Gillet whose fascinating history brought to the county so many different varieties of greenery that still remain in much of the city.

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