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Pick your own berries, flowers on farms in SW Louisiana

Jun. 25, 2022 01:15 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — There are rows upon rows of sunflowers and zinnias at Petite Anse Farm in New Iberia, but they’re not just meant to be seen. The hardy flowers suited to the heat of south Louisiana summers are there to be picked. Farm owners and operators Andrew “Andy”...

New Albany community donates items for rehab center's garden

Jun. 11, 2022 01:05 AM EDT

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (AP) — Back in March, Niki Treadaway sent letters to businesses and churches asking if they’d be interested in donating items for a resident garden at the New Albany Health and Rehab Center. “We do a resident counsel session each month, and we’re always open...

Vermont says threatened orchid not seen since 1902 found

Jun. 08, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A federally threatened species of orchid that hasn’t been confirmed in Vermont since 1902 has been found, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Department botanists confirmed that a population of small whorled pogonia has been documented on...

Monarch butterfly numbers in Mexico rise by 35%

May. 24, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican experts said Monday that 35% more monarch butterflies arrived this year to spend the winter in mountaintop forests, compared to the previous season. Experts say the rise may reflect the butterflies’ ability to adapt to more extreme bouts of heat or...

Roses from Colorado’s WWII internment camp may bloom again

May. 21, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — It was during an archaeological dig that the rosebush was discovered. Bonnie Clark, an archaeologist with the University of Denver, and her team were on-site at Camp Amache when they found the bramble crawling across the remnants of a barracks doorway in 2012. It had...

Green options transforming a wedding industry prone to waste

May. 18, 2022 09:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The wedding industry remains fraught with waste, but a growing contingent of brides and grooms is pushing for more sustainable changes, from the way they invite guests to the food they serve and the clothes they wear. The wedding resource The Knot estimates that...

Michigan profs push 'pee for peonies' urine diversion plan

May. 13, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A pair of University of Michigan researchers are putting the “pee” in peony. Rather, they're putting pee ON peonies. Environmental engineering professors Nancy Love and Krista Wigginton are regular visitors to the Ann Arbor school's...

AP PHOTOS: Hope amid a few surviving flowers in Ukraine city

May. 06, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

Anna Shevchenko waters the few surviving flowers outside her destroyed home in the Ukrainian town of Irpin on the outskirts of Kyiv. The house, built by the 35-year-old woman’s grandparents, was leveled during Russian bombing in late March. But in her beloved flowerbed this week,...

Flowers in the rubble: Ukrainian woman sees a sliver of hope

May. 06, 2022 02:22 AM EDT

IRPIN, Ukraine (AP) — There are no walls any longer. The broad wooden roof beams lie splintered and scattered, and random pieces of clothing dangle from damaged water pipes. But among the rubble of what used to be her home, the house that her grandparents built, Anna Shevchenko sees a glimmer of...

Sunflowers: Popular, native and, for some, newly meaningful

May. 03, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

The annual sunflower (Helianthus annus) has a long history in North America, with evidence of its cultivation for food, ceremonial and medical use by Native Americans dating back to at least 1,000 B.C. Sunflower seeds are said to have been brought to Europe by Spanish explorers...