Coastal and Tropical South

May, 2010
Regional Report

Web Finds

Oil Spill Volunteers
Oil Spill Volunteers is acting as a clearinghouse for local and state offices looking for volunteers to participate in the oil spill cleanup. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity or training to qualify for some of the complex tasks involved, this site is for you. Organizations may register here, too, if they have volunteer opportunities related to the Deepwater Horizon spill. Oil Spill Volunteers will provide links, but not direct activities.

Books

Suburban Garden Noir
Author Rosemary Harris is a mystery writer who is also serious gardener and it shows. Her latest offering is Dead Head, her third book about Paula Holliday and the quaint yet murderous town of Springfield. Okay, so it's not a gardening book per se, but trust me, you'll learn something about plants as you delve into this volume, which subtly features gardening on nearly every page. What you get in Dead Head is a well-told tale rooted firmly in flora and practical horticulture. Harris describes her properties in imagery that is easy to see in one's mind, yet takes you through the basics of container gardening for public spaces just as deftly. Identity is a key to this plot, and like the three definitions of "dead head" provided in the frontispiece, there's more than one deception involved. From Minotaur Press, St. Martin's Publishing Group, New York, NY.

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