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March 27: Garden writers greet spring on the Ashley River
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Join fellow garden writers on a first-ever GWA tour of two of the oldest and most famous gardens in America — Magnolia Plantation and Middleton Place, both in Charleston, S.C. This special opportunity is timed to be at the height of the seasonal bloom of azaleas and camellias on two plantations with huge collections.
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GWA 2015 Honors nominations due by Feb. 13
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Members can recognize the achievements of their peers with a 2015 Honors nomination. To honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the GWA objectives, please complete an official nomination form. Details ...
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Planning your year-end gifts?
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Make a tax-deductible donation to the Garden Writers Association Foundation to help support education, research, scholarships, Plant A Row for the Hungry and other programs promoting gardening and gardening communications. Your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution under the IRS code for gifts to 501(c )(3) organizations.
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Happy holidays
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The GWA office will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2. We wish all members a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year.
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Amazon hints at e-book price hike on Jan. 1
The Bookseller
Amazon has warned that e-book prices will rise come January following a change in VAT law in an email to self-published authors. On Jan. 1, Amazon will "make a one-time adjustment to convert VAT-exclusive list prices provided to us to VAT-inclusive list prices" resulting in a rise in the list price of thousands of e-books.
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Did Apple fix e-book prices for the greater good?
The New Yorker
Had you listened to the lawyers presenting oral arguments to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, you might have assumed that someone was suing Amazon. Much of the discussion centered on whether Amazon had a monopoly on e-book sales a couple of years ago. At one point, a judge even suggested outright that Amazon could be described as a monopolist company that engaged in predatory pricing.
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Decoding creativity — It's in the genes!
Brain Blogger
What do Beethoven and the violinist who plays in the subway for a few dollars of tips share? What's common between Vincent Van Gogh and the spraycan-wielding graffiti artists who paint the walls of your city with their bold artwork? Creativity? Yes, but the similarities go deeper. According to scientists and psychologists, these artists share a set or two of similar "creativity" genes.
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India's secret gardener reveals 18-year labor of love
AFP via Daily Mail
Deep inside his massive garden of handmade waterfalls and sculptures, Nek Chand recalls toiling away secretly in the dead of night for a staggering 18 years to create his wonderland in north India. Riding his bicycle after dark to a state-owned forest, Chand spent night after night clearing patches of ground and transforming the landscape into a majestic garden that would eventually cover 20 acres.
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Why do Brits and Yanks spell words differently?
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Modern English has always been a tricky language to wrangle. While it has some basis in Anglo-Saxon, English has been altered by Norman conquerors, Dutch typesetters and orthographers who wanted to pretty up the language. And while spelling textbooks have been popular among the English upper classes for centuries, English spelling was not completely standard.
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Annual holiday train show at New York Botanical Garden is bigger and better than ever
WABC-TV
The holiday train show at New York Botanical Garden in Bronx Park is a seasonal tradition more than two decades in the making — featuring New York's favorite landmarks scaled down and reimagined with flowers and plants of all kinds. Bringing about a sense of anticipation, pure wonderment and disbelief, the 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show, once again, is stopping folks in their tracks.
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