Toward the end of the 20th century, horticultural trailblazers introduced remarkable plants, took risks with design, and presented innovative techniques. The success of these public and private garden makers, nurserymen, plant explorers, and writers made them well known and well regarded, even famous.Fast-forward to today: Who are some of the young professionals who will have an impact on gardening in the years to come? These people are not yet celebrities, but that may just be a matter of time. We looked for some of the next-generation stars of horticulture to discover their philosophies and what they see for the future of gardening in America.A few years ago, Lynne Rosetto Kasper, the host of the public radio cooking show The Splendid Table, complained on air that the food journalist Michael Pollan had a tomato named after him and she did not. Joseph Tychonievich heard her lament, got in touch, and offered to breed a new tomato for Kasper.Tychonievich, now 29, cultivates what he … [Read more...] about The New Generation
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"Does anyone know where the pets' food ended up?" Jill Klein Matthiasson calls out over the noise. A jack hammer cracks against what was the brick staircase to the front door of her historic yellow farmhouse, while 10 of us—volunteers and friends—pack and move boxes from the first floor. The entire house will have to be lifted and put back onto its foundation. On August 24, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit the southern part of Napa Valley in California, otherwise known as the California Wine Country. The next day, the Matthiassons—who've been making wine in the region since 2002—were forced to move from their home, while also assessing the damage to their 2013 reds. Stacks of wine barrels throughout the winery collapsed during the earthquake, but just how much was lost or destroyed remains unclear. It's a potentially devastating loss for the couple, who have risen to prominence as leaders in the U.S. wine industry, and were named "winemaker of the year" for 2014 … [Read more...] about Will Wine Prices Rise After the Napa Earthquake?
Don’t you dare call Kyrie Irving great. “Not even close,” says the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, who at 21 is already one of the NBA’s premier point guards. “To achieve greatness, you have to do it on a consistent basis for years and years. I’m still trying to work my way up to it.”Irving may not consider himself elite yet, but that hasn’t stopped others from believing it. The Cavs bet on Irving’s greatness when they selected the Duke product with their #1 overall draft pick in 2011. Sports writers and fans endorsed it when Irving was voted Rookie of the Year in 2012 and an All-Star in 2013. And Foot Locker confirmed it when the shoe store picked the third-year player to star in its new commercial touting 7 days of exclusive sneaker releases—a.k.a. the “Week of Greatness.” (Sorry, Kyrie: “Week of Very Goodness” doesn’t have quite the same ring.) In addition to today’s debut of … [Read more...] about Kyrie Irving’s Best List
There was a time when the great debate about wine packaging came down to corks versus screw caps. These days, however, both winemakers and consumers are beginning to think “inside the box.” Boxed wine, or more specifically, “bagged wine” (due to the plastic bladder inside the box that actually contains the wine) was first introduced by Australian winemakers in the mid-60s. The results can be summed by Monty Python’s “Australian Table Wines” sketch: “This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.”The world of boxed wines has since changed considerably, thanks to dramatic improvements in packaging and the proliferation of quality winemaking.“The difference between the two simply comes in the form of the way the wine is packaged,” says Kim Moore, Director of Marketing for Black Box Wines. The company has proffered premium wines in vacuum-sealed bags rigged with a spout, and placed in … [Read more...] about You Should Be Drinking Box Wine
Nine square feet and a single seed. That's all you need to grow as many juicy, vine-ripened, BLT-perfect tomatoes as you can eat in a season. But if you are like most gardeners, you want to a bounty of luscious beefsteaks, saucers, cherries, and more that you can share with family and friends, make into salsa or chutney, and put up in jars of sauce. I've gathered the hints and tricks that have proven themselves season after season in our test gardens into this guide that takes you from planting to picking. Choosing: When buying a six-pack of seedlings to transplant to your garden, look for clean, dark green foliage and a sturdy habit. If the bottom leaves are yellow or flowers are present, the plant is stressed. Check also for aphids and other pests. The healthiest, most productive plants start out unstressed and pest-free. Picking a few varieties from among the hundreds available is a real challenge. We've named a few best bets below. But before you even look at a variety, you have a … [Read more...] about The Perfect Tomato Plan
From the kids on your social media feeds who brought you Tebowing and Planking comes this winter’s latest trend: LeBroning. James can rest easy: He’s arguable the best player in the world following back-to-back NBA Championships and MVP honors. But right now he’s blowing up the web (Yahoo Search Data reports a 3,639 percent spike in viral videos) with people mimicking his dramatics of falling to floor after barely being touched in games. But King James isn’t the first person to “flop” in the NBA. For decades players have been trying to coerce officials to blow their whistles by acting like a cannon shot them after any little touch. While there have been numerous famous floppers—Dikembe Mutombo and anyone from Duke comes to mind—the grand poobah of flopping has to be Vlade Divac.The 7-foot-1 big man was one of the first European stars in the NBA, but the Serbian center also perfected the flop. Night in and night out he battled other … [Read more...] about Tebowing, Planking, and Now: LeBroning
You check it 50 times a day—usually on the toilet—and use it to follow everyone from your best friends to your favorite athletes. But how much do you really know about Twitter, and the people behind it? At the SXSW conference in Austin earlier this month, Kevin Weil, Twitter’s Vice President of Product, Revenue, revealed to us the surprising reasons his company has been so successful—and what you can learn from Twitter's big ideas. 1. The company follows a secret code ...... but Weil will reveal it anyway. “We think there are really four things that make Twitter unique: that it’s public, live, conversational, and widely distributed,” he says. “Everything we’re doing now and in the future is in service of those things.” Recent examples include showing photos and videos in timelines—rather than users having to click to see the images—and introducing Vine last year. “Vine is a great example of those … [Read more...] about 4 Keys to Twitter’s Success
For two weeks, the detectives' best efforts yielded nothing. The young man who left a suicide note remained missing. Authorities thought perhaps the man had simply left town. Enter a bright, motivated, German shepherd, partner of Florida FEMA task force member Aaron Tucker.Falco has been trained to smell human decomposition. He can sniff a Q-tip's amount of blood in 5 acres, and he's been locating missing people since 2013. He's often brought in for all-hope-is-lost missions like this one.On this day, Falco's first instinct was to sprint west. The detectives shook their heads. They'd been focusing their search efforts in the opposite direction. The dense forest was tricky to navigate, but the dog charged right into a mass of brush and thorny vines. Three minutes later he gave his silent alert: seated, rigid body, nose down. Falco had located the dead man."Most police dogs sniff out drugs or bombs," says Tucker, Falco's owner and handler. "But our skill set makes it possible to close a … [Read more...] about How the Ultimate Men’s Health Dog Tracks Down Missing Persons
It's no secret that planning a wedding is expensive—like, really expensive—but now there's one more thing that people are shelling out for on their big day, and it's completely unnecessary: a social media coordinator. W Hotels in New York City are offering social media wedding concierges for weddings at their venues between now and December 31, according to a press release sent to Bianca Bosker, executive tech editor at The Huffington Post. Bosker tweeted a screenshot of the email today with all the details: So what does their hefty $3,000 fee get you? The social media maven will live tweet the ceremony and reception, shoot Instagram photos and Vine videos, create a wedding hashtag that they encourage guests to use, set up a wedding blog, curate Pinterest boards to inspire the couple, and create a social media recap of the best photos and tweets (of course). MORE: What Scares Men Most About Wedding Planning Here's the thing…we can totally get … [Read more...] about Can You Believe This Crazy New Wedding Trend (or the $3,000 Price Tag)?!
Summary: Peyton List and Logan Paul follow disciplined diet and workout regimens to stay super fit. List stays away from indulges, and working out makes her feel happy. Paul stuns his fans by posting videos online. He reveals his diet secrets. Disney star and American actress Peyton List looks super fit with YouTuber Logan Paul in the trailer for The Thinning. The social media entertainer, Paul, often posts his mind-boggling videos on Vine. He is seen doing splits all over the town. But he did not wake up one day knowing how to split. There must be a lot of efforts behind that act. The stars have shared their workout and eating habits for their fans. The gorgeous List told Twist, “I try to work out like 4 times a week. I’m not a happy person if I don’t work out.” She shared, “It releases endorphins and makes me so much happier. If I’m not working out, I get depressed. It’s funny because I’m always on the go and always running … [Read more...] about Disney star Peyton List and YouTuber Logan Paul in The Thinning trailer look incredibly superfit