January 2020

Garden Respite

Lakeland’s 1.2-Acre Hollis Garden Delights and Mesmerizes by MARY TOOTHMAN The city of Lakeland has its share of treasures, and one that is a particular point of pride is the lovely Hollis Garden. The unique, formal garden has 16 rooms, more than 10,000 flowers, shade trees and ornamental shrubs and hosts nuptials with dozens of

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Industry’s Best

Meet the 2020 Citrus Hall of Fame Inductees The Citrus Hall of Fame has announced its latest round of inductees to add to the long list of distinguished individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Florida citrus industry. The Citrus Hall of Fame was started in 1962 to pay homage to the great contributors

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Healing Power of Nature

University of Florida Teaching Horticulture Therapy by TERESA SCHIFFER In this technologically driven world we live in now, where information moves at the speed of light and we often feel compelled to keep up or fall behind, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the pace and complexity of modern life.  We all have

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Cultivating Communication

Auburndale FFA Member Jacquelyn Edler Wins Essay Contest Connecting Agriculture Consumers, Producers by PAUL CATALA Jacquelyn Edler hopes to someday land a career in the creative fields of animation or storyboarding for cartoons and movies. But for the time-being, Edler is delving into other fields, in a more literal sense.  A junior at Auburndale High

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Taste of Something New

UF/IFAS Scientists Developing Recipe for Growing Vanilla in South Florida by LOURDES RODRIGUEZ, UF/IFAS correspondent A tablespoon of vanilla goes a long way. As a key spice in baking, the intoxicating aromatic bean that reminds folks of delicious holiday desserts has a variety of uses throughout the year.  As a bean, it is used to

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