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Is the novel dead?
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Not long after the novel was born, people began prognosticating its death. In 1902, the visionary Jules Verne said he didn't think novels would exist in 50 or 100 years. "They will be supplanted altogether by the daily newspaper .... Newspaper writers have learned to color everyday events so well that to read them will give posterity a truer picture than the historic or descriptive novel could do." More

GWA Region V announces Madison Meeting, June 29
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From Classic to Cutting Edge: visit Olbrich Gardens, Allen Centennial Gardens, Trial and Demonstration Gardens at West Madison Agricultural Research Station and the 400-acre eco-smart campus of Epic Systems. All the tour sites have been selected as high value destinations to writers and garden communicators as well as industry professionals. For details, visit: More

More states join suit against book publishers and Apple; new details revealed
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New York, the District of Columbia and 15 other states have joined the e-book pricing class action suit against Apple, Macmillan and Penguin, bringing the total number of states involved so far to 31 (if you include D.C. and Puerto Rico). The amended complaint reveals details that were previously redacted, including an e-mail from Steve Jobs. More

DK is the growing authority

Turn to DK for authoritative, step-by-step guides to growing flowers, herbs, and fruits and vegetables—in your house, on a terrace, or in a garden. You’ll find practical techniques, inspirational ideas, and problem-solving advice—all beautifully illustrated—in books designed for both beginner and more experienced gardeners. MORE

GWA Region I: English Gardens and Organic Practices in Litchfield County
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Join fellow garden writers to tour the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Hear Bill Duesing tell of the programs of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, visit the Cynthia Rabinowitz Permaculture Garden, see the English garden interpretation at Hollister House Garden and Brush Hill's Barbara Robinson Garden. For details, visit: More

The aloof author is dead, long live the writer
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Many people bristle when they hear the word "brand" associated with writing, whether it's in the form of journalism, fiction or other. Some think it's irresponsible to couch the craft of writing in marketing terms. But "brand" in this sense doesn't have to connote commoditization of what a writer does; rather, it's shorthand for describing an undeniable reality. More

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cleveland GRO1000 garden dedication May 25
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Join Mayor Frank Jackson, the Garden Writers Association, Plant A Row for the Hungry, ScottsMiracle-Gro and its national partners for the dedication of the new gateway park, which will serve as the main entranceway to Cleveland's Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone. More

AzaMax is a concentrated all natural broad spectrum pest control, antifeedant and insect growth regulator, controls pests through starvation and growth disruption for a broad variety of plant applications. Effectively controls spider mites, thrips, fungus gnats, aphids, whiteflies, leaf miners, worms, beetles, leafhoppers, scales, mealy bugs, nematodes and other soil borne pests. Can be applied up to the time or day of harvest. more

In the e-reader era, a book a year is slacking
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For years, it was a schedule as predictable as a calendar: novelists who specialized in mysteries, thrillers and romance would write one book a year, output that was considered not only sufficient, but productive. But the e-book age has accelerated the metabolism of book publishing. Authors are now pulling the literary equivalent of a double shift. More

PAR participates in Corpus Christi dedication
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The Garden Writers Association and Plant A Row for the Hungry joined with The City of Corpus Christi, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the GRO1000 partners in the dedication of The EDGE Garden at Lindale Park that will focus on producing locally grown and healthy food options for area residents. Mayor Joe Adame led the dedication that kicked off his strategic plan for community gardening set forth in the City's recently compiled Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. (Slide Show) More

The broken Kindle problem: An aid program runs into trouble
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Getting textbooks into classrooms can be expensive and challenging anywhere, all the more so in rural sub-Saharan Africa — where those textbooks are in direly short supply. In five African schools a non-profit organization called Worldreader is piloting a high-tech solution: a Kindle for every student. Though the initial cost is higher than a set of textbooks, it's much easier to add new textbooks and offer a huge variety of content. More

Casa Flora Inc.
Casa Flora’s vast geographical representation ensures dependable product, consistent supply, and cost-efficient selections. Our corporate office, production greenhouses and a new state of the art laboratory are located in Dallas, TX. Since 2010, our new tissue culture laboratory and greenhouses in China have been supplying the Chinese market while producing Heuchera for Casa Flora in the US. more

Need tips on developing your lecture business?
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Hear our audio recording of the 2011 symposium panel discussing contracts, speaking fees, attracting new clients, alternative venues and using speaking to generate other income streams. Our experts also cover problem-solving and possible advantages of non-paying appearances. Panelists: C.L. Fornari,; Kirk Brown, Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, Inc.; and Colleen Plimpton, Morning Glory Gardens. More

Long-awaited ruling in copyright case mostly favors Georgia State
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A federal judge in Atlanta has handed down a long-awaited ruling in a lawsuit brought by three scholarly publishers against Georgia State University over its use of copyrighted material in electronic reserves. The ruling looks mostly like a victory for the university, finding that only five of 99 alleged copyright infringements did in fact violate the plaintiffs' copyrights. More

The real threat to (big time) book publishing
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The people who run the big publishing houses feel threatened by Amazon and by e-books and by pricing and by the death of chain bookstores, not to mention the Justice Department. All of these are contributors to the future, but they cloud the core issue. The narrative of their fear is that book publishing will be just like it is now, but with lower prices and just one or two stores. More

Organic Preen Garden Weed Preventer

Now there's an organic pre-emergent perfect for vegetable gardens. Organic Preen is made of 100% corn gluten formed into granules for easy application. Research at Iowa State University found that corn gluten has properties that prevent seeds from germinating for up to four weeks, making it an effective organic pre-emergent. MORE

5 free sites to help journalists build an online portfolio
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Whether you're a soon-to-be J-school graduate or a journalist looking for a new gig, one thing you will most certainly need is a good portfolio. And not just any portfolio — it has to be online. When a potential employer Googles your name, you want your website — complete with all your best articles, social media profiles, videos and other work — to be the first thing that shows up. More

Weeding out problems with community gardens
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Spring's early arrival has been a boon for garden centers as homeowners get a jump on the growing season. But anyone living in a community association should review rules and regulations before picking up a trowel. In Portsmouth, N.H., the 23-unit Atlantic Pointe condominium association is suing two owners for planting heirloom perennials, shrubs and other greenery in the mulched common areas. More

Greenhouse workers teach researchers how to grow plants
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Growers know that nutrient-rich potting mixes and adequate lighting are important when growing healthy plants. At the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, scientists and greenhouse workers are teaching researchers these basic principles. According to an article provided by Cornell University, Andy Leed, greenhouse manager at Cornell University, demonstrated the difference potting mix can make at a March open house for researchers across campus. More


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