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Medical research shows that simply looking at a garden is good for our health.

- Ken Druse -
see What's Coming Up #54


A medium sized tree can move more than 500 gallons of water into the air on a hot day.

- Ken Druse -
see What's Coming Up #35 and

- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -
see Wringing Water From Trees and What's Coming Up #82


Violets' scent caused a singer to lose her voice.

- From Scented Flora of the World -
see What's Coming Up #91


Viola cultivar 'Freckles' -- like all of its kin, a chemist. When we inhale a flower's perfume, we inhale chemicals...

We blame Walt Disney for goldenrod's undeserved bad name. Despite Sneezy's pronouncement, plants such as goldenrod with heavy, insect-carried pollen rarely cause allergic reaction.

- Janet Macunovich -
see Growing Concerns #255


Goldenrod flower. (Solidago sp.) In the Disney animated film, Dopey presents Snow White with a bouquet that includes some yellow flowers. Sneezy exclaims, "Goldenrod!" and proceeds to sneeze everyone out of the room in very dramatic fashion. Yet goldenrod is not an allergen. Here, a bee collects the sticky pollen, which is too heavy to float and must be carried by insects. It is not an airborne irritant.

We've heard that a first class head gardener requires longer training than a surgeon or lawyer. Not surprising, since the surgeon or lawyer are working with just one species. The gardener tends hundreds of different plant species and must know the ins and outs of many animal species, too.

- Janet -

Below: Janet gets a guided tour of the garden managed by our friend Dawn Trainor-Green. She is the gardener for several acres and a couple thousand species, and has become expert on the behavior and food habits of a dozen animals from muskrat to white tailed deer.


The first dahlia tubers sent to Europe from the New World were for eating and not for growing in the flower garden.

- Dr. D.G. Hessayon, The Bedside Book of the Garden, 1988 -

Below: The rest of the story: Dahlia flowers have more recently been bred for the very large flowers we're accusomted to seeing. If its blooms were less showy and you were hungry, would you be more likely to saute it for breakfast?