Southern “Hospitali-Tree”!Homeowners in the southern United States have the unique opportunity to host some of these fascinating and beautiful trees on their lawns.Cherry BlossomThis stunning tree is a popular tourist attraction in our nation’s capital.Cherry blossom flowers are Japan’s national flower. In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a gift. These trees provide springtime delight when they bloom, and they are celebrated each year at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. For homeowners interested in cultivating cherry blossom trees, it should be noted that they need particular conditions, and require a lot of maintenance and patience. Soil for cherry blossoms should be acidic and needs to be deep and well-draining. Cherry blossoms need full sunlight and they thrive when planted in multiples to help with pollination.Crepe MyrtleT...
What is the difference between Christmas reindeer and the more commonplace white-tailed deer you might see in your backyard?Both reindeer and white-tailed deer belong to the animal family known as Cervidae. But they can be distinguished from each other due to certain characteristics. Read on to learn more about the Cervidae family!White-tailed DeerThe Most Common Deer on the ContinentThe family of Cervidae has over 43 species in it, including elk, moose, and deer. The most common species in the continental United States is the white-tailed deer. Aptly named for its white tail that stands erect when threatened, the white-tailed deer has a reddish-brown coat that fades to a duller brown in winter.Male deer have antlers that fall off in the winter. A male deer, known as a buck, can grow to be as heavy as 300 pounds, although most weigh anywhere between 150 to 175 pounds. A female deer, kn...
Happiness Is an Open Road...Taking road trips across the United States is a great way to learn history, enrich your appreciation of nature, and have fun. Besides a car with a fresh tank of gas and a camera, you will not need to pack much else for these breathtaking adventures across some of the country’s most fascinating roads.Overseas Highway – Cross the seas to reach the Keys113 miles of gorgeous ocean viewsThe Florida Keys are a beautiful destination in and of themselves, but the highway to get there is an adventure of its own. 113 miles – most of which take you over bridges crossing the Florida Keys – provide ample photograph opportunities. Just be patient with fellow travelers, because traffic along this route can get congested.While you take your time on the Highway, make sure to stop at some of the islands along the way. You can see turtles, dolphins, shipwrecks, barracuda, an under...
Why Visit Botanical Gardens?Did you know that botanical gardens are essential for saving endangered plants?According to a BBC report, “the world’s botanic gardens contain about a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered species.” Moreover, “scientists say that with one in five of the world’s plants on the brink of extinction, botanic collections hold the key to saving rare plant life.” With all this in mind, botanical gardens are not only beautiful to visit, but edifying and eco-friendly.What Are Botanical Gardens?The history of botanical, or botanic, gardens can be traced all the way back to the “physic” garden found in Europe in the 1500’s and 1600’s. Physic gardens were a way to have medicinal plants on hand to study them and have access to their healing properties. The physic garden gradually developed into the modern day botanic garden that we see in urban a...
Consider city life that feels more like the country, and
neighborhoods designed to give their inhabitants access to everything — without
a car! ‘New Urbanism’ is an
architectural movement springing up throughout the world that centers on an eco-friendly
approach to urban living. The nostalgia of beautiful architecture is enough for some
to embrace this neotraditional
but for others, it is all about the innovations designed to save energy. What are the benefits of New Urbanism that
have increased people opting for this change? A Touch of TraditionTraditionalist or not, New Urbanism holds a sweet spot in
the hearts of a growing number of city dwellers. Designed to mirror the early 20th
century town, these neighborhoods are built or renovated for increased
walkability, so that residences, schools, restaurants etc., are all in close
proximity.With the p...