Every year there is an effort to embody the Civic Garden Center’s message  in its booth at the Home and Garden Show.  The center started as a resource for local gardeners during World War II.  Over the years, …

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Victory Gardens for the 21st Century

What does the lawn represent to you?  To many it is a word like yard or garden, that space in which we try to work the elements of nature into our own private ecosystem.  To others, it is the expanse …

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Fall Festivals and Plants That Thrive

Now that the blasted heat has broken and we’ve gotten the start of Fall rains, things have eased, haven’t they? Just yesterday, as I was walking down Vine Street after picking up some art supplies at Suders, I noticed people …

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A Book for a Political Summer

Anybody else getting tired of the phone calls asking for money for various political campaigns? Being in a swing state, and in a particularly swingish county, has ramped up the attention, hasn’t it? No matter what our individual political stripe …

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Sweet Whimsy in the Trees

Just another sunny day. Buses lining up for the afternoon pickup. Cars zipping by, two lanes one way, two lanes the other. Pretty trees in the median. What’s on the trees’ trunks? Does the MomVan slow enough to spy something? …

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