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Local community gardens and community "greening" projects can win up to $2,000 in plants in the 2012 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards. The Green America Awards honor community groups, nonprofit groups and other organizations that are literally greening their communities, parks, schools, and public spaces by planting trees, shrubs, and other plants. The award program is sponsored by Omaha-based Nature Hills Nursery, the largest online nursery and garden center in the United States. Applications for the 2012 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards are now available online at www.naturehills.com/green_america_awards.aspx. Applicants can also visit the Nature Hills Nursery Facebook page to apply for the Green America Awards. The deadline for applications is June 17, 2012. The final winners will be determined by votes on the Nature Hills Nursery Facebook page.
To quote the New York Times, "Women, like weeds, are everywhere in gardening history." Women and their Gardens by Catherine Horwood (Ball Publishing, 2012, $26.95) is a tribute to those who, long before horticultural institutions were available to women, cultivated and imported new and exotic species. The influence these women had on society's views of horticulture in general is clearly documented through the extensive research by Ms. Horwood. These women gardeners were at the forefront of a movement in an age when "ladies" were not meant to dirty their hands or show their faces to the sun. They invented new styles of gardening and imported plants to enhance their gardens and drawing rooms, in spite of the fury from their male counterparts. Thank goodness for these women! Otherwise we might never have known a tangled but beautiful English border. Illustrated with diagrams, photos, drawings and botanical paintings, the book is 436 pages including index and appendix.