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This undated photo shows a camellia blossom in Charleston, S.C. Thanks to the work of plant breeders, camellias can now be grown in gardens further north than previously possible. (Lee Reich via AP)

Thanks to plant breeders, camellia moves farther north

Feb. 11, 2020 9:47 AM EST

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — Remind me not to plant camellias. Not that camellias (Camellia japonica) aren’t wonderful plants, with their elegant, sometimes fragrant, blossoms and their glossy, evergreen foliage. But where I garden, with winter lows dipping to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s...

The Tory Burch collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Tory Burch reinvents power suit, merges pretty and powerful

Feb. 9, 2020 3:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tory Burch blurred the lines between masculine and feminine at Sunday's show, reinventing the traditional power suit with a floral print, juxtaposed with tall boots to prove that dressing pretty can still exude power and strength. The designer said she wanted to challenge the norms of...

Annual farm and forest expo adds 'garden' to title

Feb. 8, 2020 1:05 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An annual event celebrating things that grow in New Hampshire is adding the word “Garden" to its title. Now in its 37th year, the New Hampshire Farm, Forest and Garden Expo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester. “We...

In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Blue Ribbon Nursery co-owners Josh Shifflett, left, and Chad Comer pose for a photo in the seasonal area of their store in Broadway, Va. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

Small Virginia town's nursery amasses social media fanbase

Feb. 8, 2020 9:01 AM EST

BROADWAY, Va. (AP) — The town of Broadway has a population of close to 4,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But one small-town business has nearly 15 times that amount of followers online. Located off South Main Street, Chad Comer and Josh Shifflett opened Blue Ribbon Nursery and Landscaping...

FILE -- In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo U.S. artist and sculptor Beverly Pepper poses with her latest sculptures part of the 'Curvae in Curvae' series on display in front of the Ara Pacis Museum in downtown Rome. Pepper, an acclaimed American sculptor, died Wednesday at her home in Todi, Italy.  She was 97.  (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Pepper, American sculptor who made Italy home, dies at 97

Feb. 7, 2020 2:33 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Beverly Pepper, a fixture of the Roman “Dolce Vita” and renowned American sculptor who made Italy her home and backdrop to many of her monumental steel creations, has died. She was 97. Her son, John Pepper, made the announcement on Facebook, saying she died Wednesday. No cause...

This undated photo shows apple blossoms in New Paltz, N.Y. Warm, spring temperatures can coax a spectacular show of apple blossoms only after the trees have put about 1000 accumulated hours of cool, not frigid, temperatures into their chilling

Sit tight, gardeners, the plants need to chill

Jan. 28, 2020 8:56 AM EST

Outdoor plants in cold climates need to bank a certain number of hours being chilly during the winter for their buds to awaken in the coming months. And that’s not the same thing as being cold. To a plant, "chilly" generally means a temperature between about 32 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Lack of enough...

In this Jan. 6, 2020 photo, activist Ale Roque smiles as she sees a tree bearing fruit at her home in Rio's first favela, Morro da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Roque's project forms part of a recent wave of green projects in Rio, a city known for its jungle, but much of which is actually large expanses of concrete and brick with ever-hotter temperatures during the summer months. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Rio residents try to bring green to a concrete jungle

Jan. 27, 2020 11:56 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Alê Roque wanders the untamed orchard in Rio de Janeiro, pushing aside leaves to point out what she helped plant last year. “This is cacao, developing well ... Look at this lime tree, it's full ... Lots and lots of tomato ... That one’s acai ...,” she says....

Smugglers allegedly cut a roughly 18-inch (1.2-meter) opening in the steel-pole of a border wall, since repaired, a breach that the U.S. Border Patrol said led to the

Border Patrol allows replanting after bulldozing garden

Jan. 25, 2020 6:03 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Border Patrol, reacting to a breach it discovered in a steel-pole border wall believed to be used by smugglers, gave activists no warning this month when it bulldozed the U.S. side of a cross-border garden on an iconic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. On Saturday, after a public...

Elementary student receives scholarship for cabbage growing

Jan. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EST

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — For Delmae Heights Elementary School fourth-grade student Mia Taylor, the Bonnie Third-Grade Cabbage Program really paid off. Each February, Bonnie Plants donates cabbage plants in cups to third-grade students at Delmae Height Elementary to take home and plant. Mia, who took part in...

College works with community to fight food insecurity

Jan. 21, 2020 3:10 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — With one in ten Vermonters facing food insecurity, many local organizations and businesses see opportunities to help. Bennington College has awarded Willy's Variety Store, Shires Housing and Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) $5,000 each for their proposals for projects that...