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June 28, 2010 • No Comments

Dear Dr. Bleedingheart,
I’m attending a housewarming party for a young couple who love good food and outdoor entertaining. I want to get them something useful and enduring–maybe to help with their garden or to…

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May 21, 2010

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Dear Dr. Bleedingheart,
I have recently adopted some pet snails.  Now they are having snail babies! The soil in the terrarium has little tiny bugs in it; I think they might have come from a…

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April 8, 2010

Spring Salute to Earthworms

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Earthworms:
1. There are about 2,700 varieties of earthworm
2. Worms are hermaphroditic: they have both sets of sexual organs and line up head-to-tail to mate.
3. The largest…

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February 18, 2010

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Dear Dr. Bleedingheart,
Help!  It’s February and I’m going crazy!  The days are short, the sky is grey, and the garden is buried under dirty, slushy snow.  I’ve become so irritable and downtrodden myself that…

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February 11, 2010

V-Day Revisited: Flower Confidential

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Sunday is Valentine’s Day. When you were small, this meant bringing your mother Cheerios in bed and leaving an intricate paper heart on the desk of the 1st grade heartthrob. There was something thrilling about…

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January 15, 2010

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Dear Dr. Bleedingheart,
Should I worry that crickets have decided to move into my basement this winter? Thankfully, they are rather polite tenants and respectful of quiet hours. Although generally nondestructive, they are eating the…

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December 16, 2009

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Dear Dr. Bleedingheart,
My girlfriend and I are about to spend our first Christmas together, and already we’re having problems.  She insists on getting a real tree, not to mention garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and just…

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December 8, 2009

Our Fruitcake-Free Holiday Gift Guide

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Don’t want to give Dad a pair of GoldToe socks again this year? We don’t blame you. That’s why no matter who’s on your list, Algonquin has the perfect gift…
For Her

Going Away Shoes…

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December 3, 2009

Algonquin Loving from the AHS Book Awards Committee

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Scott Calhoun, who sits on the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award Committee, recently announced his top three picks for the 2010 prize — and two of them are published by yours truly! Says Calhoun, “This…

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November 17, 2009

Wicked Plants Exhibit at Vander Veer Botanic Garden

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Vander Veer Botanic Garden, in Davenport, Iowa, recently hosted a “Wicked Plants” exhibit, inspired by Amy Stewart‘s book.
Check out the photos!

-Katie…

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