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Wet & Wild

Orchids, birds of paradise, a huge (3 feet in diameter!) water lily and a modernistic multi-level 25 foot bamboo waterfall amid a lush rain forest, await at this year’s annual Philadelphia Flower Show.  Celebrating its 189th year as the country’s longest-running horticultural event, this year’s show is sure to impress with its celebration of water, entitled, “Wonders of Water.” Tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes will abound.

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Who's Been Here?

While many people count the days until winter is over, I find myself excited for the new discoveries that winter brings into the garden. There is nothing like a fresh snowfall to show you who has been visiting the gardens, and we were fortunate enough to still have snow on the ground for our Who's Been Here? program. As we walked the grounds in search of tracks, scat, and homes, I was amazed at the number of tracks that we saw! Below is a list of the animal tracks that we were fortunate enou...

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23.4 Degrees and Falling

It's not the temperature, as they say: it's the obliquity. And yet, the connection with winter weather and decreasing temperatures is very real.

At this point, you may be wondering what on Earth I am writing about, and in fact, you would be very close to answering your own question. Our planet Earth is tilted, or rather, the Earth's axis of rotation is tilted with respect to the ecliptic, and the degree of tilt is referred to as obliquity. If you're wondering what that means, it means ...

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