How can we keep from working?

Yesterday there was a snippet on NPR about school districts that paid students for every book they read. They found that the students did, in fact, read more books, but they chose shorter books. One of the researchers being interviewed …

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The Case for a Fraser Fir Christmas Tree

The Civic Garden Center sells Fraser fir trees exclusively, because we have become convinced of their superior quality for cut Christmas trees. Wonderfully fragrant, Abies fraseri, or Fraser’s fir, tends to have many stout branches on which to hang ornaments. …

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Deserved Rest for You and Your Perennials

The grounds here at the Civic Garden Center are gradually sauntering their way to bed.  It’s okay; after a year like this, we’re all tired and many gardeners desire to institute a scorched earth policy in the garden. However, it …

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The Green Learning Station is proud to be the highest tech parking lot in the Midwest. We are home to an experiment comparing six types of pavement, five of which let water flow through them. How does pervious paving work? …

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by Michele Dragga, CGC Hoffman Library Committee The Hoffman Library has always had a collection of resource books for youth education available for teachers and parents looking for ideas for engaging children in nature or gardening activities. However, it’s had …

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Let Your Trees do the Mulching

Years ago someone sent me an email titled ‘St. Francis’s Lament’ in which the nature-loving saint bemoans the silliness of replacing natural cycles with our human desires for control and cleanliness.  As a modern example he discusses the silliness of …

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From Oct 17-20, the leaders in green roof and wall design, construction and research met for the Cities Alive conference in Chicago.  I was lucky enough to attend and share the design of the Green Learning Station’s green roofs with …

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