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Visit Gardens with Garden Conservancy Days 2013

You drive through a lovely neighborhood and catch a glimpse of cascading roses through a wrought iron gate. A long bluestone driveway curves away under a canopy of flowering dogwoods and disappears. The scent of lilacs drifts over a dry-stacked … Continue reading

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Hot Pink Roses: One Hundred Years to Grow Perfection

Who could resist a rose called ?Hot Lady?? It?s a spectacular hot pink rose, too, with two-inch-long buds that look good in a vase for at least 10 days. And the color! Hot, hot pink. It?s the kind of rose … Continue reading

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Labor Day Picnic Gift Baskets

Labor Day is the celebration of the many workers in our country and all that they contribute to our society. As so, this holiday is meant to give workers time away from the workplace to enjoy themselves. Labor Day often … Continue reading

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How to Grow Your Own Olympic Flowers

It’s only been a few days but we already miss the olympics! In this past 2012 London Summer Olympics, nearly 4,800 Victory Bouquets were given to medal winners. Designed by Susan Lapworth, the Creative Director at Jane Packer, the bouquet consists of … Continue reading

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The History of Flowers at the Olympics Games

Every four years the overwhelming event known as the Olympic Games captures the entire world as all of the greatest athletes gather together to proudly compete for their home country. With almost 300 events in 26 different sporting events, sometimes … Continue reading

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National Get Out of the Doghouse Day: Your Ticket Out

National Get Out of the Doghouse Day is a day for apologies and sweet words to get yourself out of the doghouse. Maybe you forgot to clean the dishes one night, much to the chagrin of your spouse. Perhaps you … Continue reading

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Flower Flavored Dessert: Homemade Rose Water Ice Cream

Persian restaurants and markets serve a lovely floral ice cream, fragrant with the scent of roses. Once you taste it, you?ll know that you have discovered the essence of summer. Unfortunately, not everyone has a Persian market nearby?but this rose … Continue reading

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The World’s Biggest and Smallest Flowers

Flowers are little touches of color that make the world a more beautiful place in which to live. Scientists will probably never catalog and study every flower in the world because there are millions of types of flowers. Flowers come … Continue reading

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A Gift Guide: Gifts for Dog Lovers

Do you have difficulty shopping for gifts for dog lovers in your life? There is a lot of fun, pet-related merchandise on the market, so with a little creativity and some clever researching, finding the perfect gift for a dog … Continue reading

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Seasonal Flowering Shrubs All Year Long

Shrubs are often garden workhorses, planted to provide privacy, conceal unattractive but necessary equipment, or to furnish a backdrop for more colorful plants. They can provide plenty of color themselves, however, if you choose wisely. In fact, they can provide … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Craft Ideas

If another tie, bottle of aftershave or a new wallet isn?t what the kids have in mind for Father’s Day gift giving, help them make something special dad will remember for years and the little ones will enjoy creating. Unique … Continue reading

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Cute Flower Girl Baskets

It?s a little known fact that the flower girl is one of the most photographed members of the bridal party. Not only is she adorable with her flower basket and beautiful color-coordinated dress, but she also has one of the … Continue reading

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The Magic of Flowers in the Movies

?Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep,? the Wicked Witch of the West cackles in The Wizard of Oz. And put them to sleep the poppies certainly did. But how did the filmmakers put that field of poppies on the … Continue reading

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Congratulate New Parents with New Baby Gifts

A new baby is a blessed event. If a friend or family member has recently welcomed a new member of the family through birth or adoption, you may be considering the best way to extend your congratulations. New parents will … Continue reading

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How to Make a Container Herb Garden

Herbs love sunshine and warm weather. That means they really don?t like it in the refrigerator, so when you buy a bunch of basil, use what you need and carefully store the remainder in your crisper, it turns into black … Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation: Gift Ideas to Celebrate Favorite Teachers

Each day for the past few months, your child’s teacher has spent hours patiently instructing, guiding and assisting a classroom full of impressionable children. Whether it?s Teacher Appreciation Day or not, you may wonder how to say thank you to … Continue reading

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South California’s Huntington Gardens in May

Something is always in bloom at this legendary public garden in Southern California, whatever the season, but May is probably the most glorious month for flowers. Founded a century ago, when Henry Huntington bought the 600-acre San Marino Ranch and … Continue reading

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Kids Craft Ideas: Plant Your Own Sunflowers from Seeds

Spring is the time to celebrate nature’s gift of sweet perfumes and vibrant blooms. Take advantage of this season’s activities and grow some of your very own sunflowers with the kids in your life. This wonderful springtime craft is a … Continue reading

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A Flower in Your Hair from Billie Holiday to Effie Trinket

People have been wearing flowers in their hair since? well, perhaps since Eve spotted the first fig blossom and tucked it behind her ear.  It?s probably the oldest form of adornment in the world, and it?s a custom that?s found … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50

Are you looking for a fabulous Mother’s Day gift, but you’re lacking in funds this year? Have no fear, below is a list of clever gift ideas that can be purchased for less than $50.  Another great idea to cut … Continue reading

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Identifying Different Types of Roses

You may have heard the names: hybrid tea rose, shrub rose, floribunda, grandiflora, moss rose, centifolia, Gallica, old garden rose?. What exactly are these types of roses? Roses grow wild all over the world, and people have cherished them for … Continue reading

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Unique Ways to Include Flowers in Your Wedding

Are looking for new ideas for incorporating flowers in your wedding?  Just as there are endless varieties of flowers, there are endless ways to use them to add beauty to your special day.  Try one of these ideas to wow … Continue reading

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Sometimes planning Mother’s Day gifts in advance is not always possible. People get busy, lose track of time and before you know it, the day to celebrate the women who gave us life is here. Don’t let mom feel unappreciated. … Continue reading

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Good Movies to Watch with Mom for Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day we celebrate the most important women in our lives: our mothers. Giving mom gifts for Mother’s Day is great, but spending quality time with mom is priceless. To help you plan your date, we’ve listed several good movies … Continue reading

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Flowers in Art: Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose”

Two little girls stand in a garden at dusk, intently lighting the candles in Chinese lanterns; lilies tower over them. Everything glows in this painting: the white dresses on the girls, the girls? faces, the lanterns?and the lilies. This is … Continue reading

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Poems About Mothers: Write Your Own Poem!

Sentimental gifts are often more valuable than expensive, store-bought items. If you really want to show your mother how much you love her and appreciate all the wonderful things that she does for you, touch her heart with a sweet … Continue reading

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