20 January 2021

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Writing connects columnist with other gardeners

Writing connects columnist with other gardeners


In the Garden
After the year I have had, I feel like I am 700. Actually, this column is No. 700 that I have written. It started as a way to earn my vol...
06 January 2021

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Preserve women’s history, inspire others

Preserve women’s history, inspire others


For me, a highlight of 2020 has been chairing the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. ...

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Putting Hoosiers first

Putting Hoosiers first


For many, Indiana has always been the place we call home because of our connections to strong communities and Hoosier values....

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Reflecting on an unusual year for gardening

Reflecting on an unusual year for gardening


In the Garden
As we move into a new year, it is traditional to sit back and reflect on the old and plan for the new. 2020 was an unusual year in many w...
23 December 2020

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Priorities for the next legislative session

Priorities for the next legislative session


Viewpoint of State Rep. Steve Davisson State lawmakers recently convened at the Statehouse to take the oath of office and start preparations for the ...

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Christmas fern native to area

Christmas fern native to area


In the Garden
For the past couple of columns, I have written about plants associated with Christmas. However, one native plant whose common name actual...
16 December 2020

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Holly a traditional Christmas plant

Holly a traditional Christmas plant


In the Garden
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly.” It is more than a song; it is a tradition. From the time Christianity came to Western Europe, ...
09 December 2020

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Celebrating decline in infant mortality, increase in adoption rate

Celebrating decline in infant mortality, increase in adoption rate


At one time, Indiana had the seventh-highest infant mortality rate in the nation. Because of this, state leaders have worked to lower Indiana’s infa...

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Mistletoe’s role in Christmas celebrations

Mistletoe’s role in Christmas celebrations


In the Garden
Plants play an important part in our celebration of Christmas and other holidays. It is difficult to imagine a holiday celebration withou...
02 December 2020

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A gardener’s Christmas wish list

A gardener’s Christmas wish list


In the Garden
By Ralph Purkhiser, Purdue University, Master Gardener Dear Santa, I have been good this year, probably because the COVID-19 pandem...