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Preparatory to writing this BLOG I sat in on a recent Saturday morning workshop conducted in the Botanical Garden’s new botany lab, attended by nearly two dozen students: female and male, ranging in age from Young Professionals to retirees and from experienced canners to first timers.
The good news for Iowa gardeners is that there are many orchids that flower indoors in the winter, after spending a typically warm and humid summer outdoors, “charging their batteries” as surely as solar panels gather and store energy.
As I write this first day of 2014, the temperature outside is frigid and there is a mantle of new-fallen snow. Spread on the dining table are dozens of packets of seeds, each magically programmed by its DNA. I've ordered them online from the good people who perennially send their colorful catalogs, which leads me to my first manifesto.