Rochester Garden Club Gives Outdoor Camp Scholarships

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Chace catches a "keeper"
Chace catches a “keeper” (from Kristen Browe)

The Rochester Garden Club has initiated a new scholarship program for elementary school students in the Rochester area this year. As a part of its mission, the club supports environmental education and is especially interested in helping students of all ages experience the natural world. Graduating seniors receive scholarships toward college degrees in environmental studies, middle school students are sent to a weeklong 4-H sponsored sleep away camp for environmental education and now elementary students can attend the “Nature Discovery Camp” hosted by the City of Rochester Hills.

In late June, Chace Browe (age 7) enjoyed his outdoor experience with the help of naturalists at Bloomer Park. He had great fun observing “the biggest crayfish” in the water and wanted to pet the wild turkeys they found (he was not allowed). But his favorite experiences were fishing and tie dying tee shirts. When asked if he learned anything new, he remarked “Yes. I forgot but I know I learned something I didn’t know.” Chace hopes he can go back next year.

Chace’s parents, Kristen and Nick Browe are grateful for the opportunity for Chace to get outside and experience nature first-hand, and are glad there are programs available for the younger students.

As a local nonprofit, Rochester Garden Club is pleased to offer these experiences to encourage our future environmentalists. In addition to scholarship programs, the club serves the community in the areas of conservation, education, horticulture therapy, and civic improvement. Funds for these projects come from sales at the annual Gifts and Greens Market. Due to the covid restrictions, this year the market will move online. Holiday arrangements and handmade gifts can be purchased between

Houston’s new botanical garden opens

It’s a loss for golfers but a big win for plant lovers. After decades in the planning stage, the Houston Botanic Garden finally opened September 18 on the former Glenbrook Golf Course in southeast Houston. The garden serves as yet another draw for locals and visitors to explore Sims Bayou, a watershed area near Hobby Airport that already includes miles of walking and biking trails and countless places to launch canoes.

a garden with greenery and white flowers

“The garden will showcase international and native plant collections, educational classes for children and adults, and provide engaging programming that will embrace the garden and natural settings,” said Justin Lacey, director of communications and community engagement at Houston Botanic Garden. The international firm West 8 designed and managed the overall garden project, with Harvey Cleary Builders as the general contractor. Houston’s Clark Condon designed the garden’s planting and soil, with installation by Landscape Art.

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a garden of rocks and succulents

Building a garden

By the time Nancy Thomas, past president of the Garden Club of America, and the late Kay Crooker formed the nonprofit Houston Botanic Garden in 2002, they’d already been talking about it for years. The two women dreamed of a massive botanic garden that would rival those of other metropolitan cities.

But like all massive projects, the garden took a lot of planning and plenty of money. It wasn’t until 2015 that the Houston City Council unanimously approved a plan for the garden to take a 30-year lease on Glenbrook Golf Course. Garden supporters had to raise $20 million by the end of 2017 to claim the city-owned property.

The garden has been built from the ground up. First, the garden team analyzed how long-term golfing had impacted the soil. Maintaining perfect-looking greens meant decades of intensive mowing and regularly applying pesticides and

Inside Strictly star Karen Hauer’s London home with her cute dogs and incredible garden

STRICTLY star Karen Hauer lives in stunning London flat with her cute dogs and an incredible garden.

Kevin Clifton’s ex wife has given fans a glimpse into her amazing life on Instagram after recently splitting from boyfriend David Webb.

Strictly star Karen Hauer resides in a beautiful flat in London with her two dogs


Strictly star Karen Hauer resides in a beautiful flat in London with her two dogsCredit: Instagram

The talented dancer and fitness enthusiast, 35, shares a beautiful modern home with her gorgeous dogs Marley and Phoebe.

The tidy pad has a large open plan space where Karen is often seen working out in her videos on Instagram.

Her living room gets a full blast of daylight thanks to the sliding doors that lead outside.

There, Karen has set up a mini-gym complete with an exercise bike, rope weights and yoga mats scattered across the patio.

Karen works out with one of her pooches Phoebe


Karen works out with one of her pooches Phoebe
Her living room boasts plenty of space and light for her home workout videos


Her living room boasts plenty of space and light for her home workout videosCredit: Instagram
She is often seen with her adorable pets as they take over her videos


She is often seen with her adorable pets as they take over her videosCredit: Instagram
Karen is a huge dog lover


Karen is a huge dog loverCredit: Instagram

Back indoors, Karen likes to relax on her huge corner sofa with her dogs and a glass of red wine.

There are personal accents around the home too, including picture frames and artwork.

The place, where she has been busy staying in shape ahead of Strictly returning on Saturday, has a pretty garden.

Meanwhile, the bedrooms boast built in wardrobes and more sleek pine floors.

Inside Strictly star Karen Hauer’s London flat with three cute dogs and incredible garden
Karen's bedrooms boast built in wardrobes


Karen’s bedrooms boast built in wardrobes
The star has a pretty garden with furniture that her furry friends take over


The star has a pretty garden with furniture that her furry friends take over
She is obsessed with her dogs Phoebe and Marley


She is obsessed with her dogs Phoebe and Marley


U.S. labour secretary’s wife, who was at Rose Garden event, tests positive for coronavirus

The U.S. Labour Department announced in a news release Tuesday night that Secretary Eugene Scalia’s wife, Trish, has tested positive for coronavirus. The announcement said that Eugene Scalia has tested negative so far but will work from home “for the time being.”

Both Eugene and Trish Scalia attended the Rose Garden event where President Donald Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett was his pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. They were seated in the second row, directly behind first lady Melania Trump and next to former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — both of whom would later test positive for Covid-19.

“This afternoon, doctors confirmed that U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia’s wife, Trish, tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Mrs. Scalia is experiencing mild symptoms but doing well,” the release stated.

“This evening, Secretary Scalia received a test and the results were negative; he has experienced no symptoms. The Secretary and Mrs. Scalia will follow the advice of health professionals for Trish’s recovery and the health of those around them. For the time being, the Secretary will work from home while continuing to carry out the mission of the Department and the President’s agenda.”

It’s not clear if Trish Scalia contracted the coronavirus at the Rose Garden event. Her positive test comes more than two weeks after the event, but it’s unknown when she was last tested. The virus’ incubation period can be as long as 14 days.

At least 12 people — including Trump, the first lady and Conway — have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the event on September 26. Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina — who sat three seats apart in the second row during the outdoor ceremony, separated by other senators —

Deputy, armed suspect wrestle for weapon in Fresno’s Fig Garden neighborhood

A deputy escaped injury early Tuesday in Fig Garden after wrestling with a man on parole armed with a concealed pistol, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Botti reported.


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The suspect, Joshua Right, 27, was pulled over at North Palm and North Santa Fe avenues about 2 a.m., because of an expired motorcycle registration. Right refused to allow the deputy to search him, although he was on parole for armed robbery, Botti said.

Right reportedly pulled his arm away from a handcuff and tried to run. As the deputy tackled Right, a wrestling match ensued and the suspect reached for his waistband as the deputy made hand strikes to the side of Right’s head. Right was able to run before he was chased down and subdued.

Deputies recovered a compact 9 mm handgun and booked Right on charges of being a felon in possession of firearm. Bail was set at $75,000.

Botti said the deputy made a call for assistance, but the struggle was over before backup arrived.


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