Editor’s Blog

Benefits of Bearded Iris: Strong Stems & Resilient Flowers

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Specialist iris growers have developed a fantastic array of bearded iris varieties with clear colors, weather-resistant petals and sturdy stems. The advent of Internet buying makes it easier than ever to source new varieties of iris for your garden. However, the sheer number of bearded iris cultivars and the dazzling creativity of their names make choosing any one (or six) an intimidating prospect for novice fanciers. We’ve got tips to help you.

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What Happens When Veggies Are in the Spotlight

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has created a three-and-a-half-acre garden where veggies are in the spotlight. Eight years in planning and creation, A Tasteful Place opened in October 2017. Complete with a lagoon and a view of the downtown Dallas skyline, the edibles garden welcomes visitors into delightful displays of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. A Tasteful Place’s mission is to expose guests to the ideas and practices of growing and eating sustainable, fresh, locally grown food.

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How Plants Help Us Feel Better

Plants help us

It’s something most people feel more than they know—that is, how plants help us. You’re in a beautiful park—shade trees, flowers, people enjoying themselves. You’re feeling uplifted, relaxed, smiling at others, maybe even willing to pick up a piece of trash or fetch an overthrown ball for some kids. Without necessarily knowing why you feel good.

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Healing Gardens: How Tikkun Farm is Helping Refugees

Tikkun Farm

Pastor Mary Laymon and her husband, Greg York, are the owners and spiritual force behind Tikkun Farm in Cincinnati, Ohio. They’ve welcomed Bhutanese refugees onto the land to farm, and there’s far more than food growing. There is a growing community and the refugees experience a kind of healing as they tend the land.

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