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Latest Horticulture Stories

2011-04-04 17:34:10

Taiwanese researchers find spiritual benefits of therapeutic horticulture Stressed out? Spend some time with Mother Nature. Pick up any self-help manual and you'll likely find sage advice about the restorative effects of spending time in natural surroundings. Research shows that people who spend time in natural environments are more likely to realize long-term physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits. For urban dwellers with limited access to nature, horticultural activities like...

2010-08-31 13:07:23

Horticulture, library and English departments team up to engage students Undergrads often take communication courses unrelated to their major or discipline. The Iowa State University Department of Horticulture teamed up with the Library and English Departments to develop a course section to teach students to research and understand literature searchers and incorporate them into papers and posters. Andrea L. Dinkelman, Jeanine E. Aune, and Gail R. Nonnecke, Iowa State University faculty from...

2010-08-12 11:39:00

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bellagio is world-renowned for the spectacular floral exhibitions found within its sunlit Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Each display memorably showcases tens of thousands of flowers, plants and organic materials in artful vignettes. When an exhibit ends, however, the journey just begins for each planting - all find a new beginning through a composting endeavor that turns them into nutrient-rich mulch, creating an endless circle of...

2010-07-26 08:00:00

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 86th International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Conference & Trade Show in Chicago, ISA President Tim Gamma introduced Dr. Bill Fountain (Lexington, Ky.), Steve Geist (Denver), Tanja Grmovsek (Maribor, Slovenia), Scott Prophett (Loganville, Ga.), and Mike Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) as the selected arborists for ISA's 2010 "True Professionals of Arboriculture" recognition program. The program award, sponsored by STIHL, recognizes...

2010-04-21 08:16:43

Common transplanting practices analyzed for impact on lacebark elm Landscape trees are increasingly being produced using container nursery systems rather than traditional field production practices. In contrast to field production techniques, successful container production requires a series of transplanting events in which trees are sequentially transferred to larger containers, a practice known as "potting-up" or "up-canning". Problems can arise when trees are planted either too deep or too...

2010-03-19 09:43:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Unique Garden Plants announces the launch of their online store, www.uniquegardenplants.com. The creation of this higher standard plant website was the dream of three Horticulturists who graduated from North Carolina State University, Brian Stubbs, Terrel Knutson and Carl Meyers. The variety and uniqueness of their store was the founding principal behind the site's name and their online store. Unlike similar websites, Unique Garden Plants offers...

2010-03-08 14:58:00

MURRELLS INLET, S.C., ,March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, March 27, Diggin' It, the spring garden festival, will provide a gardening expo that will be your "go to place" for everything you need to know about gardening in the coastal South. "For the past few years we have brought some impressive speakers for the spring garden festival," said George Weich, Vice-President for Horticulture, "but this year we have really outdone ourselves with speakers who will engage our guests,...

2010-03-08 14:56:37

Geraniums may hold the key to controlling the devastating Japanese beetle, which feeds on nearly 300 plant species and costs the ornamental plant industry $450 million in damage each year, according to scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The beetle, Popillia japonica Newman, can feast on a wide variety of plants, including ornamentals, soybean, maize, fruits and vegetables. But within 30 minutes of consuming geranium petals, the beetle rolls over on its back, its legs...

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2009-12-11 12:23:59

Middle-schoolers' test scores boosted by integrating horticulture lessons Keeping with the global "green" trend, educators worldwide are relying more on environmental education lessons to enhance students' science knowledge. Studies have revealed that bringing environmental education into the curriculum raises not just science scores"”environmental-based lessons can also improve student test scores in other subject areas. Naturally, educators are interested in developing new ways to...

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2009-11-04 07:55:18

Mechanical thinning called 'highly valuable,' expected to increase producers' profits Pecan trees, like many fruit trees, have a tendency to bear fruit in cycles, producing a large crop in one or two years, followed by one or two years with little or no crop. This cycle, called "alternate bearing", is the most profit-limiting biological problem facing pecan producers; the inconsistent production pattern creates supply and marketing challenges that can have severe negative effects on the pecan...