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Santa Claus Photo

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm

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How could such a great, happy photograph come from a morgue? It can when it’s part of a collection of eighty boxes of archival material donated to Minnetrista in 2004 from Ball Memorial Hospital—now IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

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The British are Coppicing, and You Can Too

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm

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Coppicing, pollarding, pleach, fedge, and cordon. All of these are strange and intriguing botanical terms that I’ve encountered on the Royal Horticultural Society’s website. What do they mean? Well, I’ll leave it to you to look up the last four. I’m just going to tell you about the first—coppicing.

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Oakhurst Becomes Winter Wonderland

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm

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Planning for the first Enchanted Gardens: A Luminaria Walk at Oakhurst Gardens began right after the George A. Ball home and Oakhurst Gardens opened to the public in May 1995.

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Meeks Furniture “Comes Home” Part Two

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm

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Last month I shared the story of my trip to Columbia, Missouri, to meet Louesa Danks and see her collection of Meeks furniture. Several years after this visit, Louesa’s friend, Jeanne, called to tell me that it was time to pick up the furniture.

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If a tree fails, is there a reason?

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00:00 pm

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One thing I’ve often heard from people in the past when talking about tree failure is, “that tree or branch just up and fell.” I wouldn’t go as far as saying it is a pet peeve, but this thinking does bother me a bit as it shows a lack of understanding of trees and how they should be thought about in the landscape. Trees do have inherent risk. They are dynamic, sometimes very large living plants that have to deal with all of nature’s forces, but this doesn’t mean that they die and fall one day out of the blue. There is always more to it.

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Give The Gift of Yummy Canned Goods This Holiday Season!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:00:00 pm

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Yes, that’s right. It’s time to start thinking about the holidays. I’m sure many of you have begun to be bombarded by all of the Christmas gifts, decorations, and music in the stores already.

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Was He or Was He Not a Kentucky Colonel?

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 3:30:00 pm

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The headline in the newspaper article said that he was set to “take part in all-male review,” but did he? According to the preview article, George A. Ball was to be one of eighty Muncie businessmen to play a Kentucky Colonel in “The Dream of a Clown” at the Masonic Temple auditorium on October 20 and 21, 1943. 

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Meeks Furniture “Comes Home”

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:00:00 pm

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In 1998, I got a telephone call from Louesa Danks, granddaughter of James Meeks of The Meeks Mortuary family. When I heard that she was interested in donating a large collection of Meeks furniture, then registrar Heather Davis and I immediately booked our flight to Columbia, Missouri.

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Attract Monarchs with Milkweed

Posted by: Clair Burt on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:30:00 pm

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Flowers aren’t the only beautiful things you can find in a garden. There are lots of beautiful insects too. Many of which are attracted by flowering plants.

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Don’t throw in the kitchen towel. There’s still time for great canning this fall!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 4:50:00 pm

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It’s time to get geared up for canning! The season is about to begin, and I’m super excited to get started with preserving another year’s worth of fresh garden deliciousness. Wait. What’s the date? Is it October already?

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