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Boon

Etymologically speaking, the title of this post may or may not be related to the subject of this post – the heirloom gladiolus 'Boone', named for the North Carolina town where it was rediscovered. Boon in the sense of a gift or an unexpected benefit comes from the Old Norse. The name Boone – the town was named after famed frontiersmen Daniel Boone – comes from either the French locale Bohun, or from the Norman word "bon," for good, or from the Dutch word "boene", or bean, denoting someo...

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Sounds of a Summer Night

Wednesday evening, July 27, at Reeves-Reed Arboretum 

For a week straight we all suffered from high heat and humidity.  Staff, visitors and even the flowers in the gardens seem to move and sway in a slow motion stupor.  Yet, at 7 pm Wednesday evening, July 27, with 250 people gathered at the Arboretum, as the chords of Val Vigoda’s electric violin sounded, the grounds of the Arboretum suddenly awakened.  Dancers elegantly moved from the uppe...

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Big Yellow Taxi

They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em

-Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi

We don't charge people to see the trees at Reeves-Reed Arboretum (although a dollar and a half seems pretty cheap). We really are a tree museum, though. I mention that for two reasons – first of all, we have some really cool trees and plants here, and we're adding to the coll...

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