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Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs

Aug. 24, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

TUXEDO, N.Y. (AP) — In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out. Dia is a spunky Labrador retriever trained to track down a yellow-flowered shrub that's taking root in New York state parks. She's one of a new breed of detection dog...

Monarch symbol of species in crisis as US protections shrink

Aug. 14, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and exclaims,...

Funeral instead of 14th birthday for teen killed at festival

Aug. 7, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Mourners used colored markers to write messages on Keyla Salazar's white casket before a funeral Tuesday for the middle-school teenager killed in a mass shooting at a California food festival. "Keyla, you're an angel. We will never forget you!" read one. Another said, "Keyla, I love...

'Plant influencers' offer decor tips for fall houseplants

Aug. 6, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

Houseplants are a quick and easy way to dress your home in autumnal color. Anthuriums can add hues of pink, red or white. The philodendron's cascading, heart-shaped green leaves bring a touch of the outdoors inside. And of course, the poinsettia's red and green foliage is a popular choice for holiday décor....

Some common garden plants might help keep bugs away

Aug. 6, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

If mosquitoes, gnats, black flies and no-see-ums are driving you buggy, then consider cozying up to some lavender, marigolds or basil. Scientists question their overall effectiveness, but many fragrant ornamental flowers and herbs grown around the home have properties that can repel insects. Insect repellents are...

Huge NY show honors Brazilian Modern landscape architect

Jul. 30, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Through flowers, foliage and works of art, a big botanical garden show distills the genius of influential Brazilian artist and landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx. Curvy, graphic pathways draw visitors in, winding through eye-catching tapestries of bright, almost sculptural plant forms....

All-green woodland gardens can provide serenity

Jun. 25, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

All-green gardens are becoming popular again as the centerpieces of monochromatic landscaping. The designs are appealing and restive, driven as they are by massed ferns, moss, leaves, bark, berries, rock and foliage combinations. They serve some practical purposes, too. "Cool, mossy and damp, small space woodland...