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North Carolina Arboretum to host historical exhibit of Cherokee and British relations

On September 4, 2010, the North Carolina Arboretum, in Asheville, will open an exhibit that depicts the changing relationship of the Cherokees and the British in 1762 as they emerged from war with one another and made peace. The exhibit, called Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee and British Delegations, first appeared at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Full of artifacts and documents, it will reside at the NC Arboretum through May 15, 2011. See

Cape Clogs shoe company donates to Hope in Bloom

Hope in Bloom is a Massachusetts organization that donates gardens to women and men being treated for breast cancer. Volunteers team up to design and plant outdoor or indoor gardens at the homes of breast cancer patients, to give them and their families a hopeful, calming sanctuary. For the month of June, Cape Clogs will donate 50 percent of their online sales to Hope in Bloom. Cape Clogs offers handmade shoes for the whole family, with leather uppers and wooden soles. See

New social network site for gardeners offers the type of powerful social networking tools familiar to users of Facebook and Twitter but without information overload and privacy concerns. It includes a database of plants, gardening how-to articles and landscape ideas. Aside from looking up information, you can create your own profile and make friends with other gardeners, horticulture experts, landscape designers and gardening professionals. With your profile, you can share ideas, carry on conversations, ask questions and post/view photos. See

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