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Gardening: In praise of pole pruners, and no ladder climbing

Oct. 19, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

Two millennia ago, the Roman writer Columella described the vintoria falx, a six-part, specialized pruning tool for grapes. What a stir that tool must have caused among Roman grape growers when it was first introduced! A more recent innovation in pruning, in the last...

Review: A fresh take on George Orwell as an avid gardener

Oct. 19, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

“Orwell’s Roses,” by Rebecca Solnit (Viking) Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” shot to the top of bestseller lists. Suddenly, it seemed, readers wanted to reacquaint themselves with a world in which “war...

Montana State University dedicates American Indian Hall

Oct. 17, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University celebrated the grand opening of its American Indian Hall over the weekend, saying it will serve as a bridge between Native American culture and all other cultures on campus. The event Saturday began with a procession from...

Zebras escape from Illinois pumpkin farm, snarling traffic

Oct. 06, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

PINGREE GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Two zebras that escaped from a suburban Chicago pumpkin farm had travelers on a state highway doing double takes as the exotic animals hit the road during their brief taste of freedom. The young male and female zebras escaped Sunday from a pen...

Fall's a good time for a flower-bed makeover

Oct. 05, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

Nobody ever said gardening offers instant gratification. With this limitation in mind, I dug and made over one of my flower beds last weekend. For the plants, fall is a fine time for a flower-bed makeover. Cooler temperatures slow water loss from leaves, so plants can...

Two gardeners on a mission to cover Battle Creek in flowers

Oct. 03, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

Battle Creek Enquirer (AP) — Martha Thawnghmung finds clarity of mind on summer mornings when she’s surrounded by a choir of insects and an abundance of color in her garden. Walking barefoot in the dirt on the first of September, she wove the petals of a tuberose...

Native plant program teaches homeowners how to help wildlife

Oct. 03, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — The carefully planted and planned restored prairie at Old City Park in Greenwood buzzed and hummed with activity. Bees, flies and butterflies moved from flower to flower, sucking up nutrients. Stalks of goldenrod, prairie clover, swamp milkweed...

Valentino says it with flowers at Paris Fashion Week show

Oct. 01, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Valentino gave its pared down fashion audience a taste of real Parisian life on Friday. Its show featured flower stands, traditional bistro chairs and tables at which guests, including singer Giveon and “The Crown” star Vanessa Kirby, were served wine by waiters. ...

Vidalia to spend $250K on town's beautification

Sep. 26, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

VIDALIA, La. (AP) — Money generated by royalties from its hydroelectric plant will help give the Town of Vidalia a facelift. During a recent meeting of the Vidalia Board of Aldermen, the board voted 2-2 to spend $250,000 in hydroelectric royalty revenue on various...

Harry and Meghan visit with students at a Harlem school

Sep. 24, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, offered lots of hugs to kids at a Harlem public school Friday where she read her children's book to about two dozen students who sat cross-legged with her husband in the play yard. The hourlong visit to...