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TAG : June 2008

On The Garden Path: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, Ala., offers visitors a glimpse of a wide variety of plants and flowers. It also offers educational field trips for schoolchildren interested in learning about plants and gardening - hundreds of children visit the gardens each year.While there are too ...

Garden Clippings: Fruit Production

'Why aren't my vine crops putting on fruit?' That's a popular question from gardeners trying to grow pumpkins, melons and cucumbers, especially early in the growing season.Sometimes the problem is the gardener's fault, and other times Mother Nature is to blame.Overfertilizing will cause a ...

Arizona State Quarter

ARIZONA QUARTER: The Arizona Quarter, the 48th coin in the 50 State Quarter Program, will be released this month. The coin features an image of the Grand Canyon with a Saguaro cactus in the foreground. (A banner reading 'Grand Canyon State' separates the two images to signify that the Saguaro ...

Feature: Marriages

Did guests throw rice on your wedding day? Almost all cultures shower the bride and groom with symbolic food to grant luck and fertility to newlyweds. It's just one of the many odd traditions weddings inspire around the globe.Rowdy behaviorWhile Americans toss rice, Sicilians fling wheat bread ...

Feature: Spooky day

Yikes! Spooky day creeps back aroundBy KAREN ANN BLANDLuckily for the superstitious, there's only one Friday the 13th this year - but it falls this month. That will give pause to any paraskevidekatriaphobics - the psychological term for people who are frightened by ...

Feature: Antique truck lover

My father, Don Bovaird, of Girard, Pa., followed the same routine for the last 10 years of his life. At 7:30 a.m., he got into his green 1939 Ford pickup, and his black Labrador retriever, Elmo, got into its place behind him. Then the two headed to McDonald's for an early morning chat with his ...