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Is a Plant-Based Diet Healthy?

Is a Plant-Based Diet Healthy?

There are many arguments for which kind of diet is healthiest. Many people opt for a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, while others choose to follow an Atkins or a raw food diet. No matter the type of diet one chooses to abide by, one thing is certain: avoid processed...

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Intro to the Most Common Wedding Flowers

Intro to the Most Common Wedding Flowers

There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding celebration. When it comes to wedding flowers, it can be difficult to know where to start. What’s popular? What’s cliche? What buds will add vibrancy to the occasion and which ones will droop away before the day is over?...

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What Are Digestive Plant Enzymes?

What Are Digestive Plant Enzymes?

What are digestive plant enzymes? To answer this, we have to first ask: what are digestive enzymes to begin with? You may have learned about enzymes in a biology class at some point, but we’ll give you a refresher. Organisms need energy to function. But, where does...

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The Ultimate Guide to Growing Iris Flowers

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Iris Flowers

Irises are gorgeous flowers and a great addition to any outdoor garden. The iris family is enormous, but most people grow just a few of the most common domestic irises. These gorgeous flowers come in a variety of colors - that’s probably why they’re named after the...

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What Is Plant Therapy?

What Is Plant Therapy?

Plant therapy - it might sound like a new fad, but in fact, the practice is ancient. Engaging with plants can have a relaxing, peaceful effect on many people. For individuals struggling with mental illness and depression, plants can help to generate positive emotions...

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Mosquito Repellent Plants For Your Garden and Skin

Mosquito Repellent Plants For Your Garden and Skin

When the weather warms up and the water stands still, mosquitos are sure to follow. Whether you’re spending time on a tropical island in Indonesia, hiking through the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota, or planning an epic backyard garden, mosquitos can turn an...

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Sunscreen Plants That Really Work

Sunscreen Plants That Really Work

One of the most important tools used during the summer is sunscreen. To prevent skin damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays, we slather on a thick layer of the stuff before a day at the beach, going on a hike, or an afternoon at the ballpark. However, many people are...

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Introduction To Using Chinese Herbs

Introduction To Using Chinese Herbs

Originating in ancient China, traditional Chinese medicine has evolved over the ages. It stretches back thousands of years the first written example dating back to 168 BC. Practitioners use a variety of body and mind practices and herbal remedies for both treatment...

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Can Dogs Eat Bananas and Other Fruits?

Can Dogs Eat Bananas and Other Fruits?

Most dogs really love food. We train them using food, we shoo them away when they beg for food, and they eat all sorts of things that aren’t great for them. But what about when your dog is begging for you to share a bit of fruit? Is it ok to share a banana,...

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How To Grow Hanging Plants At Home

How To Grow Hanging Plants At Home

You live in an urban landscape. Your workday is long and stressful. You’re trying to come home, throw your keys on the counter, and relax amongst beautiful, luscious hanging plants that make your space beautiful and comfortable to be in. We get it. You might have...

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What is a Monkey Puzzle Tree?

What is a Monkey Puzzle Tree?

Archibald Menzies, one of the great British naturalists, brought this other-worldly tree to the U.K. in 1795. Shortly after its arrival in the U.K., British lawyer, Charles Austin, remarked that "It would be a puzzle for a monkey to climb that tree." Because the...

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Why the Lotus Flower Is a Plant Celebrity

Why the Lotus Flower Is a Plant Celebrity

The lotus flower is one of the most sacred and iconic plants in the world. The striking flower is a symbolic staple for some of the most prolific cultures and religions throughout history. It's safe to say that for thousands of years, the lotus has been a plant...

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Alpine Plants To Look For When Hiking

Alpine Plants To Look For When Hiking

The alpine zone is a region or biome of that world with high-altitude conditions. It is an incredible ecozone to explore and learn from. However, anyone who has been caught in an unexpected wind gust or summer storm in the region knows that these environments can be...

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Top 3 Dangerous Jungle Plants

Top 3 Dangerous Jungle Plants

Organisms in the jungle are in intense competition with each other. Natural selection from that competition has lead to the creation of some pretty wild plants and animals. It’s no wonder that you find the most bizarre and colorful birds, the biggest trees, and some...

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Carnivorous Plants You Can Keep at Home

Carnivorous Plants You Can Keep at Home

If you’re looking for a unique and interesting houseplant, it’s hard to get more unique than a carnivorous plant. Unlike other plants, carnivorous plants need to “digest” animal or insect matter to get all of their nutrients. Most carnivorous plants are native to...

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Seven Benefits of Eating Wild Plants

Seven Benefits of Eating Wild Plants

Eating organic and local produce is a noble goal - but can be financially or logistically difficult in many areas. Eating wild plants can reduce the financial burden of organic foods while giving you many of the same benefits - and more. As we discussed in our article...

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The Seven Rules for Foraging for Wild Foods

The Seven Rules for Foraging for Wild Foods

The more you learn about the wild plants around you, the more you realize that foraging for wild foods is possible even in suburban environments. Look around you. The dandelion greens are great for tea while the thistle leaves are a delicious salad topping. Wild...

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What Are Invasive Plants and Why Are They Bad?

What Are Invasive Plants and Why Are They Bad?

The term “invasive plants” brings to mind a small army of green shoots, marching towards the forest to wreak havoc, a la Fern Gully. If that’s what you think of, you’re not all that far off. Invasive plants are one of the harder aspects of human influence on the world...

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Look Out for These 9 Common Garden Pests This Summer

Look Out for These 9 Common Garden Pests This Summer

Just as your garden plants are really starting to bloom, you notice black spots on the leaves. Or maybe you find chewed-up petals or a whitish fuzz along your roots. Garden pests are no joke. They can kill your garden very quickly, undoing all of your hard work....

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What Do Botanists Do?

What Do Botanists Do?

When I say botanist, you might think of a white-bearded man scampering around the woods collecting flowers. Maybe you think of a slightly nutty woman a la Professor Sprout in Harry Potter. Or perhaps you just shrug at me. What is a botanist and what do botanists do?...

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A Guide to Garden Flower Identification

A Guide to Garden Flower Identification

It’s exciting to watch new shoots pop up in springtime and new blooms emerge. But what is growing in your garden?  Maybe you just moved in and have no idea what the last owner planted in your garden. Or perhaps you’re forgetful (like me) and just can’t remember what...

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How to Enjoy Botanical Gardens

How to Enjoy Botanical Gardens

Botanical gardens can be a beautiful, quiet activity almost any time of year, but it takes a bit of preparation to fully enjoy botanical gardens.  Botanical gardens are a great place to learn about flower and tree identification, local sacred plants, and rare plants....

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Why Tree Identification Is Easier Than Ever

Why Tree Identification Is Easier Than Ever

Tree identification can be a fun way to learn more about the plants around you. It also can be frustrating and cumbersome thanks to the world’s incredible array of plant species. On top of that, field guides can be a pain to carry around, and aren’t always...

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Seed Banks During Drought: How Plants Save During a Recession

Seed Banks During Drought: How Plants Save During a Recession

California wildflowers build seed banks during drought the same way a prudent employee saves money during a recession. According to a study published in Ecology in March of 2018, California’s wildflowers increased seed production over 200% during the 2012-2015...

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How to Grow a Medicinal Garden

How to Grow a Medicinal Garden

Growing a garden is a fun and rewarding pastime. Cultivating medicinal garden plants takes your backyard dirt patch to a whole new level. Luckily, it’s easy to plan a medicinal garden that’s both lovely and useful. Many common garden plants have medicinal qualities....

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How a Parasitic Plant Hacks the Genes of its Host

How a Parasitic Plant Hacks the Genes of its Host

Plants are a lot more devious than we once thought. Scientists recently discovered that Dodder, a problematic parasitic plant that causes millions of dollars of damage each year to crops, can basically hack into its host’s genes. You read that right. A parasitic plant...

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How to Find, Use, and Identify Common Sacred Plants

How to Find, Use, and Identify Common Sacred Plants

Almost every culture and religion out there make use of sacred plants. People revere these sacred plants for their medicinal qualities, culinary use, healing power, or cultural purposes. Learning about the history and culture of plants is part of the study of...

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How Botany Twitter and a Bumblebee Rediscovered a Rare Plant

How Botany Twitter and a Bumblebee Rediscovered a Rare Plant

In June of last year, botany Twitter made a pretty big discovery. Rather than squabbling about politics or sharing ridiculous memes, botany Twitter actually made a contribution to science. It all started when Professor Chris Martine shared a photo of a bumblebee on...

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How Moss Removes Arsenic from Water

How Moss Removes Arsenic from Water

Scientists in Sweden just discovered a species of moss removes arsenic from water, taking the usefulness of plants up a few notches in my book. While it’s old news that plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, arsenic removal from a plant is really uncommon.  ...

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