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A Year in a Pandemic Review: How We Stayed Open

Well, here it is almost March again. It's crazy to believe we're here when in so many ways we're still processing everything that happened last March. We still don't know when we'll get to take that final deep sigh of relief (without masks blocking our faces), but we can at least all be grateful that we survived this past year. With the "anniversary" of when the world shut down rapidly approaching, this could be a good time to reflect and be proud of the strength and resilience we have all di...

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A Horticulturist in Winter

I can now say that I have been in public horticulture professionally for two decades now.  In that time I've been asked dozens of times "What ever do you do in the winter?".

The most recent question came during the Festival of Trees, accompanied by "Do you take a two month holiday?".

I wish! I've been wanting to write a rant an essay on this for years!

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The Benefit of Experiential Environmental Education

As a former teacher in the public-school system, there was never enough time to get to some of the wonderful topics we want to share with our children. Whether it's a new science discovery, an important current event, or an extension to just what happened yesterday, we as teachers, strive to incorporate any new content into our lessons. This is where awareness, empowerment, and critical thinking can inspire student learning, from preschool to high school.

To quote Vanessa Bullwinkle, D...

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