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Decorating for the Holidays with Natural Materials

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Decorating  for the Holidays with Natural Materials
I was given the task of decorating the Kemper Center for the holidays this year. I love to decorate my house, but decorating the Kemper Center is an especially unique task, as we use all natural materials. Flowers are cut, air dried and made into small bouquets and, of course, our tree is adorned with gourds that staff and volunteers decorate every year. This year I thought I might try something different: bring in colors, low-maintenance projects and give visitors ideas for their own holiday de...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: Holdays , Chirstmas , Osage orange , cinnamon | Comments (0) | View Count: (183)

Houseplants for Clean Air

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Houseplants for Clean Air
We get lots of questions in the Kemper Center but these questions made me stop and think...’Do houseplants help purify the air?’, ‘What houseplants help neutralize toxins in my house?’, and ‘Where do these toxins come from?’ Houseplants may decrease your risk of cancers, asthma, allergies and other diseases. People are always trying to find ways to neutralize the chemicals used in their homes. They want to be as ‘GREEN’ as possible. Houseplants ...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: houseplants , toxins , air polution , indoor plants | Comments (0) | View Count: (1505)

Indoor Plants Coming Out of Dormancy

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Indoor Plants Coming Out of Dormancy
Spring is getting closer and this winter has been dragging on. Many people have brought plants in for the winter, to spend a dormant period, where they will not freeze but will do little if any active growing. To fill this gardening void, many people often keep house plants so that winter does not feel so bleak. What may not be realized is that many tropical plants can go through a type of dormancy or semi-dormancy as well. At this time of year you may wonder if the house plants are goin...
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