It is not difficult to identify palm trees because of their unique growth patterns. I am going to give you a few tricks and some vocabulary th…

The pandemic, coupled with a hurricane threat, fosters creative adaptation behavior. My delight is in the many new ways businesses and individ…

The largest pumpkin on record is an amazing 2,624 pounds. Roly-poly, round pumpkins are lightly ribbed so they are easier to hold. I am always…

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When I was teaching in high school, the question of whether plants hear or not was a favorite science fair experiment. The idea was to immerse…

I guess we’re all suckers when we run across books set in our old stomping grounds, and I’m no exception, especially when the author seems to …

Landscapers arrived this week to give the final blow to the last two limbs of my beloved Jamaica dogwood tree. Now there is nothing left but a…

Vibrant scarlet clusters of tiny tubular blooms grow 4 to 6 inches in diameter on Ixora coccinea. Each tubular bloom has four petals, and bloo…

Of all of Agatha Christie’s novels, the one most often adapted has been “And Then There Were None.” As I began writing this column, I found my…

Since the Industrial Revolution humans have messed with the planet’s environment in a battle fought with the healing powers of plants as the o…

The first thing I learned about Spanish moss is that it has many slightly different species and just as many Latin names: Tillandsia, Renealmi…

The Potowatomi Indians believe that every plant has a purpose for being here. Robin Wall Kimmerer, botanist and Native American, spent time ex…