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Terrariums: Bringing the Outdoors In

As winter settles in, the frigid temperatures and bleak, lifeless landscapes give some gardeners chills at the very thought of toiling outside. This winter, bring the warmth and vitality of summer indoors with you. Make the most of your yard’s dormant period by creating exclusively new gardens, or terrariums, inside your home. Potted houseplants certainly add comfort and interest to the home, but they are no match for lush indoor gardens. A terrarium is a collection of compatible plants grown in an enclosed or partially enclosed, clear container. ...

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Bejing and Beyond: Olympic Games inspire adventure

Hundreds of Chinese in clear slickers speed in unison on their bicycles into a sharp slanting rain along ...

03.09.2013. Author: . No Comments
Carnevale In Venice

The wood slates of the window showed only a peek of the dawn flowing in from the Venetian morning. I ...

03.08.2013. Author: . No Comments
The Teen Connection: A Chicago Journey

Traveling by train is on the rise again. Amtrak is scaling up its services adding luxury cars on select ...

03.14.2013. Author: . No Comments
Sparklers in the Summer Sky: Boston and the Beach

Booming sounds rattled the windows of the corner suite at the elegant Lenox Hotel on Boylston Street ...

03.13.2013. Author: . No Comments
Cruising the Caribbean: afloat the dream boat

It was early in the afternoon and I had my one bag packed for some type of birthday surprise. My childhood ...

03.12.2013. Author: . No Comments
Catching the Wave: Santa Cruz Surfing, A Family Affair

As legend goes, three Hawaiian princes arrived on the shores of Santa Cruz, California, about 120 years ...

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Terrariums: Bringing the Outdoors In

As winter settles in, the frigid temperatures and bleak, lifeless landscapes give some gardeners chills at the very thought of toiling outside. This winter, bring the warmth and vitality of summer indoors with you. Make the most of your yard’s dormant period by creating exclusively new gardens, or terrariums, inside your home. Potted houseplants certainly add comfort and interest to the home, but they are no match for lush indoor gardens. A terrarium ...

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Helpful Tips for Houseplants: Bringing Nature Indoors

With the chilly temperatures finally settling in and the holiday season upon us, you might not have the time that you would like to work in your yard. Bring your love for the outdoors and garden inside this winter by decorating your home with indoor foliage plants. Houseplants can instantly add color, life, and variety to your home with little to no effort. Growing houseplants in fact is an easy feat, and anyone can be successful with them when providing ...

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Evergreen Walls Bring Natural Seclusion to your Garden

One of the hottest growing trends in the gardening world is setting root all around us. Evergreen shrubs like ligustrums, ‘Formosa’ azaleas and red tip photinias have long been employed to block unsightly vistas, meddlesome neighbors, and highway clamor. As the number of developing neighborhoods continues to climb, so does our need for privacy. Build your own natural screen to hide unwanted sights and sounds without impeding the rest of your garden’s ...

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Going Back to Nature: Growing Herbs for Mind and Body

If today’s high-speed lifestyle is starting to wear on your body and spirit, give yourself the natural boost you need this spring by growing medicinal herbs. Plants like chamomile and lavender are grown and harvested for their soothing qualities, since both herbs gently calm the senses, while putting your troubled mind at ease. Similarly, herbs like Echinacea and peppermint have long been praised for their remarkable abilities to ward off upper ...

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Fascinating Ferns: a frond of many colors

Plunge into an emerald abyss of ferns this summer and cool off with their scintillating swirls of fronds and exotic mixes of hues. With their lush tropical foliage, ferns have a remarkable knack for instantly softening shade gardens, and offer a cool sense of vitality where few other plants will thrive. Though tender in appearance, these stalwart summer beauties pack punch with their luxuriant leaves as they effortlessly work to enliven courtyards, ...

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Edible Landscapes

With the cost of fuel on the climb and no cap in sight, it’s safe to say that gardeners and homeowners alike are taking nearly every measure they can to skimp and save for necessities. And so they should. No better time has offered itself than now for integrating edible gardening in our home landscapes. Save on a few annuals you might replant each year by including perennial herbs, seasonal vegetables, or fruiting shrubs instead. While I’m not ...

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: for the Gardener

This Valentine’s Day, surprise the one you love with gifts for the garden. Candlelit dinners and decadent chocolate hearts make for a nice romantic evening, but for a more lasting expression of your affection, try showering your better half with gifts that will keep on giving. Garden enthusiasts, whether novice or expert, are always in want of something for their backyards or patios. Delve into some of these great gift ideas, and you are sure to ...

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Successful Spring Lawns

With spring’s official kickoff just weeks away, lawns across Louisiana are answering their annual wake-up calls, as they respond by shooting forth sprigs of verdant emerald green. Well, that may be partly true. Our home lawns are certainly beginning to arise from their deep winter slumbers, but for those of us who imprudently chose not to seed rye grass in October or to apply late fall herbicides, the beautiful patches of green are in fact cool ...

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Everyone Loves an Italian: Herb Garden

Bring a taste of Italy to your garden by growing your own Mediterranean herbs. Summer spices like sweet basil, bay laurel, rosemary, and oregano are sure to heat up your landscape and kitchen. Whether you want to grow herbs in containers or incorporate them in the flowerbed, you can add fresh flavor to every meal with any of these Italian favorites. Sweet basil, or Ocimum basilicum, is one of the most widely used herbs in the world. Although usually ...

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Homegrown Blueberries

If you’re in search of something fresh this summer, sink your teeth into some of Louisiana’s sweetest blueberries. Tucked away in the quaint city of Wilson, Louisiana (just north of St. Francisville) lies Blueberry Ridge Orchard, home of the most delectable blueberries in the state. Blueberry Ridge, owned and operated by Chris Jones, is a pick-your-own berry farm that rests on ten acres of verdant land. Walk through this farm, and you’ll easily ...

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