Top 10 Daffodils for Spring
September 10, 2017 – 8:17 am | Comments Off on Top 10 Daffodils for Spring

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By the National Garden Bureau
Yellow trumpet daffodils are far and away the world’s most popular style of daffodils. But why stop there when the daffodil world has so much …

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Princeton University’s Vertical Farming Project
June 3, 2018 – 8:30 am | Comments Off on Princeton University’s Vertical Farming Project

Princeton University's Vertical Garden Project
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Princeton University’s Vertical Farming Project is partnering with Hopewell Elementary School in Hopewell, New Jersey, to develop their vertical farm-to-cafeteria program.

Fifth grade teacher at Hopewell Elementary, Helen Corveleyn oversees the school’s outdoor garden beds, six indoor vertical hydroponics towers and has been instrumental in their new vertical farming initiative partnership with Princeton.

Corveleyn will work closely with Princeton University’s Dr. Paul Gauthier, founder and director of the Princeton Vertical Farming Project to develop the program at the elementary school. The on-site, indoor classroom will be fully functioning in September 2018, and will allow preschool through fifth grade kids to mirror Princeton’s program while providing kids with fresh, organic produce for lunch and an introduction to hands-on, cutting-edge scientific development.

The Princeton Vertical Farming Project focuses on the sustainability and energy efficiency of vertical farming as they study production rates of hydroponic engineering systems along with marketing and economic feasibility.

Gauthier says, “Two of the main challenges that vertical farms are facing revolve around awareness and data sharing. Through establishing a resonant collaboration with the Hopewell Elementary School, the Princeton Vertical Farming Project hopes to educate new generations about the benefits of vertical farming, and to inspire them to expand their knowledge through the application of new, groundbreaking research and technologies, which the farm has been producing. Furthermore, this collaboration will create citizen science datasets, which will contribute to the improvement of the vertical farming field as a whole. By inspiring students today, we hope to shape the future of farming and reduce human impacts on the environment.”

Elementary students and teachers have embraced the homemade, nutritious lunch options infused with organic ingredients served in Hopewell Elementary’s cafeteria. Their community is excited for the new vertical farming initiative with the goal of featuring 100% of the lettuce in the cafeteria grown at the school. Additional vegetables and herbs will be grown, harvested and featured as well. Principal David Friedrich’s passion for locally sourced, homemade, organic food for his students is evident in the Organic Menu offered at Hopewell. The menu is now in its third year and has seen a 50% increase in participation from the start. Principal Friedrich says, “At Hopewell Elementary School, we are thrilled to expand the vertical farming initiative which reinforces our commitment to sustainability. As the first public school in New Jersey to offer an organic menu featuring homemade entrees, we will now be able to prepare more nutritious meals infused with our own vegetables and herbs grown and harvested by students. The project also supports hands-on, relevant and high-quality science instruction aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.”

Dr. Thomas Smith, Superintendent of Schools, remarked, “Lead by Mrs. Corveleyn and Principal David Friedrich, the Hopewell Elementary School has been a driving force in our district-wide sustainability efforts. The vertical farming project has captivated the interest of students and staff. By bridging the gap between science and nature, students can observe the real-life connection between farming and food by seeing what is necessary to grow and produce the food we eat. An important part of this project is that virtually all of the food grown in the vertical farm will be used in our school lunches.”

Children respond to living organisms in the classroom with excitement and passion. Typically in an elementary setting, animals and insects are a wonderful way to promote living organism studies, but at Hopewell Elementary School, they have captured a unique Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)–aligned curriculum that is plant-based and integrates both life science and chemistry. Corveleyn remarks, “No child is too young to understand hydroponics. The bottom line is, kids love planting something they know they can eat! Creating an opportunity for sustainable gardening for the future at a young age makes hydroponics not just a buzzword, but a way of life.”

Hopewell Elementary secured several grants to sustain the vertical farming project.

Check out this video on the Princeton Vertical Farming Project:


(Photo courtesy of David Friedrich and video courtesy of Princeton)

Sunflowers in Louisiana
May 30, 2018 – 8:10 am | Comments Off on Sunflowers in Louisiana
Sunflowers in Louisiana

The 20th annual Sunflower Trail and Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16, 2018, at Red River Crossroads Museum, 12797 Main Street, Gilliam, Lousiana.
The festival will feature a scenic …

Flower(s) of the Day: Orchids and Calla Lilies
May 26, 2018 – 8:14 am | Comments Off on Flower(s) of the Day: Orchids and Calla Lilies
Flower(s) of the Day: Orchids and Calla Lilies

Sprays of shocking pink orchids are allied with bundles of white calla lilies for the floral display in the lobby of the Wyndham Grand Xi’an South in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China.
(Photo ©2018 by Susan McKee)

Flower(s) of the Day: Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
April 28, 2018 – 8:39 am | Comments Off on Flower(s) of the Day: Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
Flower(s) of the Day: Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

A colorful bouquet commands attention at the center of a banquet table in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China, in March 2018.
(Photo ©2018 by Susan McKee)

Gardens With Art in Palm Beach, Florida
April 25, 2018 – 8:10 am | Comments Off on Gardens With Art in Palm Beach, Florida
Gardens With Art in Palm Beach, Florida

By Judith Czelusniak
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
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Abundant arts districts, ecological experiences, museums, galleries, theaters and art festivals attract cultural tourists to The Palm Beaches, Florida’s Cultural Capital®. Here’s …

Spring Flowers in Vaud, Switzerland
April 23, 2018 – 8:08 am | Comments Off on Spring Flowers in Vaud, Switzerland
Spring Flowers in Vaud, Switzerland

All along Lake Geneva, spring announces itself with colorful blossoms that last for weeks.
On the hillsides and meadows above Montreux and Vevey, Switzerland, a sure sign of spring are the fields of wild narcissus …

What Makes Weeds Survive?
April 22, 2018 – 8:49 am | Comments Off on What Makes Weeds Survive?
What Makes Weeds Survive?

By Susan Fisk
American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America
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Home and large-scale growers share a common struggle: weeds!
“The reality is that weeds are super at competing …

Lilac Time in Lombard
April 20, 2018 – 8:57 am | Comments Off on Lilac Time in Lombard
Lilac Time in Lombard

“Lilac Time” takes place May 4 through 20, 2018, in Lilacia Park, 150 South Park Avenue, Lombard, Illinois. Although the main draw is the fabulous scent of lilacs, there are all sorts of activities planned.
There’s …

Lilacs in Rochester, New York
April 18, 2018 – 8:06 am | Comments Off on Lilacs in Rochester, New York
Lilacs in Rochester, New York

This year is the 120th anniversary of the Lilac Festival in Highland Park, Rochester, New York. It takes place May 11 through 20, 2018, and showcases what’s said to be the largest lilac collection in …

The Annual Flower Parade in the Netherlands
April 16, 2018 – 8:35 am | Comments Off on The Annual Flower Parade in the Netherlands
The Annual Flower Parade in the Netherlands

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek — Flower Parade in Dutch — celebrates the bulb flowers of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths each year in the Netherlands.
Set for April 21, 2018, the 20 huge floats and 30 decorated cars …

“Bugs!” in Fort Wayne
April 13, 2018 – 8:54 am | Comments Off on “Bugs!” in Fort Wayne
“Bugs!” in Fort Wayne

Your Road Trips Gardener considers butterflies “living flowers”. If you’ve got a little one enraptured by “Bugs!” be sure to swing through Northeast Indiana to catch the butterfly exhibit at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, …