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May 28, 2010 — Wondering what to do with that old PC case? You could turn it into a planter, and grow strawberries in winter. "Cheap vegetable gardener" Shawn Verrall describes how he gardens in his limited backyard space, in a less-than-ideal climate, without spending a lot of money.
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Oct 2, 2009 — Lawn expert Paul Tukey, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual, explains how to have a greener, less weedy lawn without an arsenal of lawn care products. Turf specialist Jim Baird describes his lab's efforts to breed grasses that stand up to heat with less watering.
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Jul 10, 2009 — Summertime doesn't have to mean hours behind the lawn mower, at least for shade-dwellers. Forty years ago, David Benner, horticulturist and moss enthusiast, killed all the grass on his property and cultivated moss in its place. Benner has 25 different moss species growing in his garden near New Hope, Pa.
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Jul 5, 2009 — Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was an architect, an inventor and a statesman. But his passion was nature. Host Liane Hansen visits Monticello, Jefferson's primary residence on a mountaintop in Virginia, and tours Jefferson's magnificent gardens.
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Jun 19, 2009Wicked Plants is a new book documenting the sometimes deadly plant kingdom. Author Amy Stewart writes about illegal, dangerous and toxic species, including oleander and poison sumac. This summer, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden features some of these "evil" plants skulking among its lily ponds and greenhouses.
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May 24, 2009 — It takes an obsession to create a rose garden as glorious as the one Nick Weber has grown at his home in Ashton, Md. He calls it the "Heritage Rosarium," and it's filled with nearly 700 heirloom varieties of ramblers and climbers. Nick and his wife, Roseanne, open the garden to the public only once a year on Memorial Day weekend.
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Apr 4, 2009 — The Royal Horticultural Society held open auditions to try to come up with the 10 best voices to encourage their tomatoes in a month-long experiment.
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Mar 22, 2009 — Host Jacki Lyden shares some thoughts on the first weekend of spring.
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Mar 5, 2009 — Peak season for desert wildflowers is just around the corner. Gail Sevrens, state park district services manager for the Colorado Desert District, which includes Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in southern California, says this is a good year to catch some more elusive species in Anza-Borrego.
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Feb 22, 2009 — This Orchids. These brilliant, flashy, sensual, and sometimes graphic flowers fascinated Charles Darwin. This year the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has made Darwin's interest in the flowers the theme of their annual orchid exhibition.
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