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"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."
John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra 1869
I want to talk about lakes, and lawns. Ra...
A friend's father, who possessed a kind of countrified Steven-Wright humor, once remarked on the ability of a thermos bottle to keep hot things hot and cold things cold. "How does it know?", he asked. My friend's father was joking, of course, but I have another question that is far more interesting (if not as funny): how do seeds know when to start growing?
As a standup comedian might say, think about it. If a temperate zone plant produces seeds in late fall, and they germinate right a...
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.