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Waterfront Development in the Tri-Cities is Moving Along

KENNEWICK, Wash. – In just the last few years there has been a lot of movement along the waterfront in the Tri-Cities. Split by the Columbia River, only now are the cities really working to revamp the area, one project at a time.

For the Port of Kennewick, it’s several projects at a time like this. But let’s go back, first. Before McNary Dam went in Clover Island used to be more than 160 acres. While it’s a fraction of that today the Port is making more than the most of it.

“Now people are saying this is our community’s greatest asset, the waterfront. Why can’t we improve it? Why can’t we have better access? That’s what the port is trying to do. Bring the public back to their waterfront,” said the Port of Kennewick’s Deputy CEO, Tana Bader-Inglima. 

The Port has stepped up to make that happen and the several projects they’re working on are moving forward quickly.

“The Port of Kennewick is actually in the process of improving the boat launch. We’re bringing in a new public restroom, repaving and striping the parking. We’re creating some picnic areas and landscaping,” said Bader-Inglima.

All of that should be done by December. Then by next spring the south side of the island will be transformed into a boardwalk with some special public artwork to honor the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. A year from now, the long-awaited wine village on Columbia Drive should be in its early stages of opening. 

“That project to build three new wine buildings should go out to bid in november, and those buildings should be constructed and be done by next fall,” said Bader-Inglima.

The City of Kennewick has already finished a trail extension behind the wine village on Duffy’s Pond. Which, of course, connects to the Heritage Trail and if you follow that due east… you’ll wind up in Richland. 

“You know you have 65,000 people who live in a three mile radius of right here,” said consultant Roger Brooks. The City of Richland recently brought him in to do a waterfront study there.

“They’re working on the stage. That’s going to be cool. But we’d like to see a splash pad for kids, an ice rink in the winter. Activate it so that you have things to do not just pretty things to look at,” said Brooks.

There is talk of a beach area, recreation rentals more than just in the summer and lots of private development. By the end of January, Brooks said Richland will have “an action plan” to move forward with all of these ideas. 

“It’s not only creating recreation and access to the waterfront. These improvements are actually allowing us to bring new businesses to the waterfront,” said Bader-Inglima.

Which means more jobs, more visitors and more economic stability.

On the north side of the river, the City of Pasco and the Port of Pasco control most of the waterfront east of the Cable Bridge. They’re working together to create a common plan for redevelopment there.

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Pacific Outdoor Living to Hold Grand Opening of Sun Valley Showroom

Pacific Outdoor Living is having a grand opening for their new Showroom. It is located at the Sun Valley office, and will have a variety of different elements that homeowners can look at to gain ideas for their own outdoor living project. From paving stones to a wooden outdoor shade structure, natural water feature, landscaping and more.

The grand opening will take place on Sunday, October 25th, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to revealing the brand new Showroom, there will be BBQ prepared by master chefs, courtesy of major BBQ manufacturers. Attendees will be able to enjoy an exquisite luncheon BBQ, while seeing the units in action and gathering ideas for their own outdoor living projects. There will be an open house of the Sun Valley office, so attendees can meet the entire team dedicated to beautifying their outdoor living space, with in-house designers present and available for consultation. Industry partners and material suppliers, MSI Stone and Angelus Block, will be participating in the grand opening as well, displaying available materials for all to see. MSI Stone will have its showroom, located right up the street, open for attendees to tour. The final feature of this event will include the opportunity for attendees to visit an elegant estate, just minutes away, where Pacific Outdoor Living just completed a full backyard renovation with a wide variety of outdoor elements.

The entire event is free, and it gives the public a chance to visit the brand new Showroom with the convenience to consult with in-house designers on projects for their own home. There will be a free raffle for a chance to win a full conceptual landscape design, valued at $2000. All public who attend and sign in will be eligible for the raffle.

With the closing of Pacific Outdoor Living’s Design Center on 2727 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta, and the need for a new Showroom with more elements to accommodate customers, this new Showroom provides just that. Many local residents visited the La Crescenta Design Center to gain inspiration and ideas for their home. The new Showroom will provide much more for public in the way of material selection, as they will be able to see all the materials in the construction yard and gain a greater certainty of what will be used for their own exterior renovation.

“It’s a very exciting time for us as we are in a complete expansion phase” says Marketing Director, Jake McCarthy. “This new showroom will really allow all customers and potential customers to be able to see, touch and feel the products, before making any major decisions. They will know exactly what’s going into their outdoor space and how it will look, which is invaluable when making a considerable investment into renovating your back or front yard, or both”, he states.

Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of their own homes and yards, as well as inspirational pictures of finished outdoor spaces they have seen so that they can consult with Pacific Outdoor Living’s in-house team of designers and receive a free consultation.

“This event is really for the community”, says Marketing Director, Jake McCarthy. “Not only are the public able to see the new Showroom and tour our office, but they can bring a scrapbook of ideas to review with our landscape designers. We want to make it an all-inclusive event, and that’s why we have invited our industry partners. They can meet the designers and builders, as well as the material suppliers.”

The Grand Opening will take place on Sunday, October 25th, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Pacific Outdoor Living’s office at 8309 Tujunga Ave, Sun Valley, 91352.

To confirm your attendance, call (818) 244 – 4000 and ask to speak with Marketing Director, Jake McCarthy.

Come visit us to enjoy:

• Free raffle for a chance to win a landscape design for your home ($2000 value).
• Free Luncheon BBQ and refreshments.
• Tour the new Showroom.
• Bring your ideas for a free consultation with our landscape designers.
• Tour of industry partner, MSI Stone’s showroom right up the street.
• Tour of local, recently re-designed backyard just minutes up the road.

Pacific Outdoor Living, 8309 Tujunga Ave., Sun Valley, (818) 244-4000 or visit


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Van Ness Main Streets applies for $200000 grant

by Mary Beth Ray
President, Van Ness Main Streets, Inc.

If today’s Van Ness Main Streets grant application prevails, you can start looking for a new vibe in Van Ness!

One potential vision for Van Ness.

The group formerly known as the Van Ness Vision Committee, now Van Ness Main Streets, Inc., has submitted an application to become a Main Streets grant recipient. If the Department of Small and Local Business Development awards the grant (expected Nov. 16, 2015), then soon we will be able to hire an executive director, fund various events and design changes, and provide meaningful support to our merchants. The grant is worth $200,000, the same size as a grant made available to Tenleytown in legislation proposed by Council member Mary Cheh and passed by the DC Council earlier this year.

Volunteers have spent more than a hundred hours drafting the application, meeting with experts, creating a budget and driving consensus with dozens of stakeholders. One hundred percent of the Van Ness Main Streets Board of Directors pledged their financial support, and together with other commercial property owners, merchants and neighbors we have pledged over $13,650 so far!

The charter board of Van Ness Main Streets, Inc.
Back row, left to right: Larry Rausch, Charles Schilke, Mary Beth Ray, Zach Friedlis, Adam Tope and Uzay Turker
Front row: Benae Mosby, Sally Gresham, Marlene Berlin, Eun Yim

Each of the four committees has spent months collaborating on ideas that are not just creative but realistic. Marlene Berlin, Forest Hills Connection founder and editor, has led the charge for the organization committee, and Adam Tope, ANC 3F chair, has donated vast amounts of time as our pro bono lawyer (big thanks to his firm Akin Gump as well).

Ken Terzian and Sally Gresham co-chair the design committee, and together with neighbor and architect Travis Price they have put in several years of study and brainstorming to make our commercial corridor more beautiful and sustainable. They are exploring not just design changes but also branding to help identify who we are and what we aspire to be at Van Ness.

The economic committee, chaired by Dipa Mehta and Larry Rausch, focuses on economic vibrancy. How can we support our existing merchants and attract new ones to create a more appealing mix and range of options? What will make Van Ness the first place neighbors go for shopping and dining? They have offered local merchants hands-on assistance with the complicated process of applying for Great Streets grants that now offer merchants up to $50,000 in funding.

The Events and Promotions Committee, currently co-chaired by Benae Mosby, Frances Wu and Patricia Davies, aims to add pizzazz. How can we make Van Ness a cultural destination, building on our existing rich cultural assets like UDC’s jazz program, Hillwood Museum, the Levine School of Music, and our wealth of artists and embassies? Why not hold more concerts (UDC’s performing arts theater and amphitheater are perfect venues), include quality music at our farmers’ markets, and feature local artists’ work in shows at UDC’s new student center, or even the former Walgreens and Intelsat? This committee of artists, journalists and event planners, together with volunteers like you, will make it happen!

The former Intelsat headquarters.

Van Ness is in a time of big change, but change means opportunity. Our biggest liability is empty retail space, including the former Intelsat, Walgreens, Fannie Mae and part of building 52 of UDC. But can some of that empty space be used for pop-up art exhibits? Concrete and construction currently define our streetscape.

But soon, Park Van Ness and UDC’s student center will open, offering thoughtful landscaping, outdoor café seating and new retail opportunities. Roadside just bought the Potbelly building at the intersection of Windom and Connecticut. While that redevelopment will take several years, it opens the possibilities for more local retail and better restaurants. Polinger Co. bought Calvert Woodley, and while we hope CW stays in the neighborhood forever, perhaps clever design would permit something on top of that space while preserving a neighborhood favorite.

Please offer your thanks to these hardworking volunteers. And join the team as a volunteer or to share your constructive ideas as well. We know our liabilities – too much concrete, heavy traffic, and vacant retail space. But we are in a major transition, and we invite everyone to join our efforts to make Van Ness more beautiful and more economically vibrant. Together we can turn our liabilities into assets and put the vibe back in Van Ness!

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Red Bluff Garden Club: Chickens versus gardens

Somewhere I read that chickens were an organic gardener’s best friend — that they would eat all sorts of crawling and flying bugs with gusto.

We have been buying fresh eggs for years so there were 2 great reasons to consider having our own chickens.

Last fall, my son asked if I would rehome 5 hens from his friend. His friend had acquired the young chickens for his autistic daughter but she was terrified of the birds. Soon we had a dog kennel coop and the 5 hens had bonded with the 6 male guinea residents.

Over the winter, I allowed all the poultry into my fenced raised bed garden and they spent many happy hours scratching and digging and making little shallow nests in the soil and all the poultry took dust baths when the soil was dry. They would roam up to the landscaping by the house and pick off bugs for hours each day. All five of the hens were laying eggs nearly every day. At night, they were all cooped and protected with hot wiring and solar predator lights — I was really looking forward to their assistance in my vegetable garden.

The first sign of trouble was the drip irrigation system. As the rains diminished, I began to notice that many of my hundreds of spaghetti drip lines with clip holders were no longer in place and of course the plants were suffering. One day I watched as those naughty hens headed right over to a landscaped area and began to scratch wildly until the clips and lines were pushed away. Then I had to spend time surveying the drip lines and finding a way to keep them in place (bricks). Not really the best aesthetic touch for my freshly mulched area but it worked.

Next the poultry decided to make nests in my giant lavender plants and actually pushed the new yards of mulch down the hill exposing the landscaping fabric. Not at all attractive so then I applied pieces of fencing on top of the mulch I had to rake back up the hill. So the chickens and guineas left that area but it is not attractive.

Last spring during planting frenzy I decided to add more plants to an area near our garage. Using some tires and large pots I chose Chocolate mint, cat mint, ginger flowers, garlics, dahlias, cosmos, jasmine and big pots of various lettuce types and herbs. My chickens are so large and chunky they can barely hop up to their roosting perches so I assumed the lettuce varieties would be safe in tall pots. Wrong. Now I have replanted and have made big ugly hoops of hardware cloth to keep the girls out.

Chickens should not have access to good soil, planted soil, landscaping mulch or small plants of any kind. The plants they don’t eat are not even safe as they love to peck and dig around the roots of every plant. Do put them in your garden at the end of the season for rototilling. My advice- stick with guineas for pest control in your garden!

The Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at the Union Hall, 12889 Baker Road in Red Bluff. All are welcome.

The Red Bluff Garden Club is affiliated with the Cascade District Garden Club, California Garden Clubs, Inc., Pacific Region Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs Inc.

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California’s quest to save water may come at an ecological cost

LOS ANGELES — Lush lawns have become vilified during California’s historic drought that is searing the state for the fourth consecutive year. And removing thirsty turf has been rewarded with generous incentives from local water districts, rebates so popular that the demand has outstripped funds available.

But now, some ecologists are raising concern that the state’s water conservation fervor may be harmful to the environment.

“The key thing is what are we replacing lawns with,” said Peter Gleick, president and co-founder of the Pacific Institute, a global water think tank based in Oakland, California.

Mulch and native plants are the preferred environmentally-sound alternatives. But some are painting their brown grass green and even paving over their yards.

And that’s the biggest ecological no-no. Concrete doesn’t retain water, creates a heat island and doesn’t provide any nutrients to birds and insects.

The heat retention of concrete “creates energy issues for homes and in the end, more electricity is more water,” said Kevin Muno, president of Ecology Artisans, a San Diego company that landscapes farms and residential gardens in a way that mimics nature.

Electrical power production is one of the largest users of water in the United States and worldwide, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

But another environmental taboo is emerging: artificial turf.

“Artificial is the worst,” Muno said, whose company website advocates, “Just say, no thanks” to artificial grass. “And they’re giving people rebates for artificial turf. I don’t think that should be an alternative. … Lawns might even be better than artificial turf.”

According to critics, artificial grass is made of synthetic materials that can emit noxious gases when sun-baked and is tantamount to asphalting because it doesn’t hold rain the same way soil does.

“Artificial turf is great for athletic fields,” said Peter Bowler, an ecologist at the University of California, Irvine. “But how plastic do you want to make your environment?”

California should look beyond short-term strategies to save water, he said. And that means landscaping with native plants to create a natural habitat for native species.

The anti-lawn campaign gained even more traction after California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order in April that included replacing 50 million square feet of turf with drought-tolerant landscapes.

There are no estimates of how many square feet of California grass have been yanked out so far. The California Department of Water Resources said it is still compiling the data.

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Garden Q&A: Trap crop can stop flea beetles from wreaking havoc on eggplants – Tribune

Question: Our eggplants were decimated by flea beetles this year. They chewed the leaves full of little holes, and the plants didn’t seem to do very well. Is there anything we can do to avoid getting them next year?

Answer: Flea beetles are Public Enemy No. 1 for eggplants. These insects may be small, but as you discovered, they sure do wreak havoc on their favorite veggie.

Tiny members of the beetle family, flea beetles hop just like fleas, although they aren’t fleas at all. They feed on plant material, not people or pets. There are many species of flea beetles found frequently in our gardens, but they all look fairly similar and cause the same kind of damage.

Flea beetles are quick and extremely small, so spotting them in the garden can sometimes be difficult. Shiny black or brown adult flea beetles are a mere 110-inch long. Because it’s so difficult to see them, most people become aware of their presence through the distinctive damage they leave behind.

Leaves of eggplants, tomatoes, cole crops, potatoes, turnips and radishes infested with flea beetles are riddled with small, ragged holes. The damage looks much like someone shot through the plant’s foliage with a round of miniature buckshot.

Young seedlings can become stunted and even die when flea beetle damage is extreme, but most mature plants can withstand a moderate infestation with little to no ill effects.

It’s especially important to protect your eggplants when they’re young as that’s when they’re most susceptible to these pests.

One of the easiest ways to control flea beetles is to plant a trap crop. Flea beetles overwinter as adults in garden debris and weedy areas. When they emerge in the spring, they immediately search for a food source. By planting a sacrificial trap crop of early radishes or mustard greens in a separate part of the garden, you’ll lure the flea beetles away from the eggplant patch. They’ll lay eggs in that area, instead of where you plant your eggplants. The tiny, newly hatched flea beetle larvae live within the top few inches of soil where they feed on plants’ roots in early spring until maturing into adults in mid-summer.

Once your trap crop is established, plant your eggplants and cover them immediately with floating row cover. This translucent fabric rests on top of the plants and prevents the flea beetles from gaining access to their foliage. Once the plants come into bloom, remove the row cover to allow access to pollinators. By then, the plants will be large enough to tolerate the flea beetles.

Living mulches also are useful for deterring flea beetles and making it more difficult for them to find their favorite host plants. Underplant your eggplants with a carpet of red clover or sweet alyssum to further deter these pests.

If the combination of a trap crop, a living mulch and row covers doesn’t work, you can use an organic insecticide based on spinosad to help control the beetles, but this is only necessary if the infestation is severe enough to stunt the plants. Spinosad-based products are very effective against flea beetles when used according to label instructions. There are many different brand names, including Monterey Garden Insect Spray and Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew. Both are available at many local, independent garden centers and are labeled for use on edible crops.

Horticulturist Jessica Walliser co-hosts “The Organic Gardeners� at 7 a.m. Sundays on KDKA Radio with Doug Oster. She is the author of several gardening books, including “Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control� and “Good Bug, Bad Bug.� Her website is

Send your gardening or landscaping questions to or The Good Earth, 503 Martindale St., 3rd Floor, D.L. Clark Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

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Gardening column: Tips for taking care of Chrysanthemums

Garden centers everywhere are offering various sized pots of Chrysanthemums — or the shortened more popular nickname, “mums”.

The plants we see at this time of year have been forced into full bloom so they would be available when you and I want a plant that is showy and ready to fit in with our fall décor.

These ready-to-wear plants only bloom for a short while, and when the blooms fade many times the whole plant winds up being tossed. So, here are a few tips that might help the bloom last longer:

• Purchase pots of mums that have lots of buds instead of all blooms.

• Water from the bottom and make certain the pot has several drain holes.

• Add a bit of fertilizer such as a teaspoon of fertilizer and Epsom salts in a gallon of water.

• Remove any decorative plastic sleeve if plant comes with one so the roots of the plant can breathe.

• Set in a cool shady place because more heat will cause the buds to bloom too early and existing blooms to fade fast.

As a general rule when homeowners plant these particular mums in the garden after the blossoms fade, they do not make it through the winter. But as with all such comments I make, even though there are “general rules” plants sometimes scoff at them and decide to do their own thing — so I’m sure there are those of you who have planted them and been able to enjoy them in future seasons.

Having said that, if you love mums and would like to plant hardy mums for a great fall showing that would last for several seasons , spring is the best time to do that, and they can be planted either in the garden or in containers. Here are a few tips in the event you decide to adopt a few this coming spring:

• Look for perennial garden mums from a garden center in the spring.

• These come in a wide variety of colors and blossom types as well as the traditional fall colors we are seeing now.

• The planting bed should be in a well drained area and the soil rich in amendments.

• Adding a balanced fertilizer during the growing season is helpful.

• They enjoy full sun. Five or six hours of morning sun is preferred.

• Also plant away from streetlights or yard lights as mums need short days and longer nights to bloom.

• Plant in an area that receives plenty of air movement as this plant is susceptible to mildew.

• Gardeners are encouraged to snip the buds until the 4th of July. By late August, the plant will begin to bloom and continue until frost, and sometimes will last till a hard frost stops the bloom cycle.

• Prune the side stems early in the season to promote a bushier plant.

• Hardy mums die back to the ground in winter and the dead foliage can either be left on the plant for winter interest or cut back. Some gardeners believe the dead foliage serves as winter protection and it helps strengthen the plant, especially the first year.

• If the mums you buy have been forced to bloom for retail sales, after you plant them, cut the stems by a third and they may bloom again in the fall the first year. Otherwise as with most perennial plants, look for them to bloom the second year.

Jane Ford is an Advanced Master Gardener. Email questions to This column is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of The News-Sentinel.

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Home Gardening Tips & Ideas: How to Turn Your Home Into a Relaxing Sanctuary



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9.  LIMITATION OF LIABILITIES: The Releasees shall not be liable for: (i) late, lost, delayed, stolen, misdirected, incomplete unreadable, inaccurate, garbled or unintelligible entries, communications or affidavits, regardless of the method of transmission; (ii) telephone system, telephone or computer hardware, software or other technical or computer malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays or transmission errors; (iii) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of a prize, or from participation in the Giveaway; or (v) any printing, typographical, administrative or technological errors in any materials associated with the Giveaway. In the event that more prize notice emails are sent for any of the prizes than the number of prizes available as specified in these Official Rules, a random drawing will be conducted from all entrants who received such notices to award number of prizes specified in these Official Rules. Sponsor disclaims any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Giveaway, and reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Giveaway should a virus, bug, fraud, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control, corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Giveaway. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Giveaway or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Giveaway in any way by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other players or Sponsor representatives. Use of any automated system to participate is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification. Sponsor may disqualify at its sole discretion any entries it believes are created by an automated system or exceed the maximum of one entry per natural person/email address. Disputes regarding these Official Rules and/or this Giveaway will be governed by the internal laws of the State of New York, without regard to conflicts of laws principles. Any and all legal actions or claims arising in connection with this Giveaway must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction within New York County, New York or, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, anywhere else in the United States. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE PLEROMA MODAL WINDOW OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GIVEAWAY MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE GIVEAWAY. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

10.   PRIVACY. Please refer to Sponsor’s privacy policy located at for important information regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.

11.   WINNER LIST. For names of the winners, send your request in a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Pleroma Media Inc – Email Giveaway Winners List,

42 Broadway, Suite 12-235, New York, NY 10004. Winner lists will be sent out once winners have been verified. The name of the all winners will be posted only for 30 days after the end of the Entry Period.


Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.

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Tips for getting orchids to re-bloom – Winston

Posted: Friday, October 2, 2015 12:15 am

Tips for getting orchids to re-bloom

By Arthur Chadwick Special Correspondent

Winston-Salem Journal

Ask 10 successful growers how they care for their orchids and you will get 10 different answers. But one technique that everyone can agree on is how to bloom their Phalaenopsis.

Surprisingly, the average consumer is not generally aware of this industry secret. Plant-care tags describe the culture necessary to keep the plant alive, but they often fail to mention what is required for re-blooming. Maybe that’s because marketers don’t want their customers to know this critical information — preferring, instead, to sell them more plants next year.

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Arthur Chadwick is president of Chadwick Son Orchids Inc. You may send questions to 1240 Dorset Road, Powhatan, Va. 23139, (804) 598-7560 or by email at Previous columns are on his website,

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