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'Avant gardens': When art, design and a whole load of plants collide
CNN
When is a garden not a garden? When it's an avant garden. Designers of the past — who were concerned with verdant lawns, traditional flowerbeds and tasteful ornaments — would barely recognize the experimental gardens of today. "Garden design has always been quite a traditional discipline, says Madison Cox, a garden designer and part of the team behind a new book, The Gardener's Garden.
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2015 GWA Annual Symposium call for presenters
GWA
The GWA Symposium Program Committee is accepting presentation proposals for the 2015 Annual Symposium Sept. 18-21 in Pasadena, California. Proposals are due by Dec. 1.
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Student scholarship applications due Dec. 1
GWA
The GWA Foundation annually grants students in horticulture and journalism special scholarships for college, university and community college participation. Scholarship information can be found on the GWA website under the GWA Foundation tab. The application deadline for the 2015 spring term ends Dec. 1. If you know qualified students who need financial assistance, let them know about this valuable program TODAY!
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GWA electronic directory available
GWA
An electronic version of the GWA membership directory is available for download. As a read-only PDF, you can electronically search for information using the PDF find function to locate member information, websites and blogs.
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Demand Media Studios is seeking freelance garden writers
GWA
Do you have a green thumb? Can you craft a concise and compelling article about gardening? Your background could include formal agronomy or botany degrees, an established garden blogger, or serious hobbyist with a flair for writing who wants to share your tips and tricks that millions of gardeners to enjoy! Your writing and byline will be featured on such websites as ehow.com, sfgate.com and ModernMom.com. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
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Facebook offers life raft, but publishers are wary
The New York Times
For publishers, Facebook is a bit like that big dog galloping toward you in the park. More often than not, it's hard to tell whether he wants to play with you or eat you. The social network now has over 1.3 billion users — a fifth of the planet's population and has become a force in publishing because of its News Feed, which has been increasingly fine-tuned to feature high-quality content, the kind media companies produce.
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Value in the media industry is moving to the edges, and publishers are in the middle
GigaOM
There's been a lot of discussion recently about Facebook's increasing role in how people get their news, and whether or not that is a good thing and/or what to do about it. But one of the smartest things I've read on the topic comes from freelance tech analyst Ben Thompson, who writes a blog called Stratechery — and who put Facebook's dominance into context with a post about how value in the media industry is moving to the edges, and publishers are stuck in the middle.
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The trouble with writing
The Millions
By Michelle Huneven: I would qualify to speak to the trouble with writing based on the sole fact that it took me 22 years to finish my first novel. In those years of trying and failing and trying again, and failing again, I even gave up writing fiction altogether and went back to grad school to train for a new career. But I failed to embark on a new career because writing, and all its attendant troubles, wouldn't leave me alone.
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They're playing on their cell phones, not reading
Geist
Reading a book is an act of concentration that abolishes the world. As the type on the page dissolves before the reader's private re-creation of the people, images or ideas that the ink evokes, reality is enhanced by insights, emotions or perceptions that were not there before. This compensatory quality is the product of concentration; it arises because reading is linear, reeling us along sentence by sentence toward a series of revelations.
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Amazon's dispute with Hachette might finally be hurting its sales
Time
The book business launched Amazon to success, and now it's hurting the online retailer's growth. Amazon announced its worst quarterly loss in 14 years, losing $437 million in three months. One of its worst-performing segments? Amazon's old core business: North American book, movie and music sales. The segment's sales increased a mere 4.8 percent from 2013, the slowest growth for the category in more than five years.
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Andrew Wylie talks about the state of the publishing industry
Quill & Quire
Andrew Wylie has much to say about the book business, but it's not for the faint of heart. In his keynote address at the International Festival of Authors, the internationally renowned agent offered up his characteristic zingers, calling Amazon "the equivalent of ISIS," 50 Shades of Grey "one of the most embarrassing moments in Western culture," and self-publishing "the aesthetic equivalent of telling everyone who sings in the shower they deserve to be in La Scala."
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5 last-minute fall foliage tours across the US
By Archita Datta Majumdar
A slight nip is in the air with a crisp feel to it that instantly refreshes the mind. The arrival of autumn means trips are being planned, and Americans are setting off to witness yet another riot of colors all around them. With the change in weather, fall travels also usher in the festive season and the holiday mood in many ways. If you haven't had time to make it a weekend of colors, don't lose hope, but there's not much time left.
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