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considered a work of art or a hobby, is a profound act of artistic expression and personal virtue. The evolutionary approach The pleasure of gardening can be explained in part by evolutionary pressures, much like the joy of sex and food. Researchers

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More and more people have become very interested in bonsai, a unique art of gardening that originated in China. However, most people know about Japanese bonsai and have only scant knowledge of Chinese bonsai. This paper gives a brief introduction to the history, local schools, and patterns of the bonsai art in the Chinese tradition, as well as a list of plants used for bonsai in China.

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Summary and discussion to include the keynote topic RESEARCH IMPLEMENTATION by Diane Relf; contributed papers -THE CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN: IT`S ROLE IN THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL GOALS OF CHICAGO, by Sue Burd Brogdon, NATIONAL SURVEY OF ATTITUDES TOWARD PLANTS AND GARDENING, by Bruce Butterfield* and Diane Relf, USING AN EXTENSION APPROACH TO IMPLEMENT RESEARCH RESULTS IN THE FLOWERING PLANT INDUSTRY, by Kevin Grueber, BEYOND ROMANTICISM: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PLANTS AS FORM IN THE HISTORY OF ART, by Rhonda Roland Shearer, PEOPLE AND PLANTS: A CASE STUDY IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY, by Michael Evans; and a brief review of posters.

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Xeriscape, water conservation through creative landscaping, offers a viable alternative to traditional landscapes which require high inputs of water and labor. Xeriscape is not cactus and rock gardening; but, quality landscaping combining beautiful, function, and water efficiency.

Xeriscape is based on horticulturally sound principles, including: good design, through soil preparation, practical turf areas, appropriate plant selection, efficient watering techniques, mulching and proper maintenance.

Green plant and water industries across the nation have recognized Xeriscape as a proactive, education tool to curb excess water-use by the public and private sectors. In an era where water may become the limiting factor in economic growth for many regions of the nation, Xeriscape may truly be the state-of-the-art.

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The term Ethnobotany describes the study of people's relationships to plants as foods, fibers, medicines, dyes, and tools throughout the ages. Using the student active technique of experiential learning, undergraduate students enrolled in landscape design and implementation classes at Clemson University planned and installed an Ethnobotany garden in partnership with the South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG) staff, volunteers, and Sprouting Wings children. Sprouting Wings is an after-school gardening and nature exploration program for under-served elementary school students. College students and faculty working on this service-learning project contributed over 1,000 hours to their community while learning more about both the art and the science of landscape design and implementation. Students enrolled in the landscape Implementation class were surveyed to evaluate their perceptions on a variety of possible learning outcomes for this class. Students indicated that their service learning experience with the Ethnobotany project allowed them to acquire and practice new skills, broadened their understanding of the surrounding community, increased their ability to work in real world situations, introduced new career possibilities, gave students a better understanding of their course work, increased their ability to work on a team, increased their knowledge of environmental sustainability, and allowed them to discover or develop leadership capabilities. In a survey question regarding preference for service learning rather than traditional classes, the majority of students prefer the service learning pedagogy. In addition, most students reported a high degree of initiative for this project in their reflections.

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activities. For example, gardening is different from other activities like art or music because plants are alive and can grow. Children can see sprouting, germination, flowering, fruit production, and that the plant’s appearance can differ over time. Each of

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Consumer participation in gardening and purchases of garden-related products are often described demographically. Researchers correlate income, age, gender, and home value with the likelihood of consumer participation and or purchases

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There is a growing body of evidence that highlights the potential benefits of horticulture in later life ( Collins and O'Callaghan, 2008 ), and as a favored leisure pursuit of older adults in the United Kingdom ( Dunnett and Qasim, 2000 ), gardening

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participation in school gardening activities improved attitudes toward school, especially in female students and interpersonal relationships in seventh grade students among all grades. School-age children are at a critical stage in the development of sociality

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). Gardening is a popular leisure-time activity of people aged 65 years or older in the United States ( Yusuf et al., 1996 ). In our previous research ( Park et al., 2008 ), gardening was determined to offer moderate-intensity PA and thus has the possibility of

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