"Many older houses have large trees around them because the owners did not rely as much on air conditioning then," he said. "Houses today often do not have shade trees because it's easier to run an air conditioner. This study shows how much can be saved when trees are used in yards."
Laband has briefed USDA officials on the results and has presented seminars in Australia at the Tropical Forest Research Institute, the University of Melbourne and the University of Adelaide.
"It gets very hot there, too," he said. "They are interested in doing a similar project."
Sunshine Farm earns patent
The U.S. Patent Office has awarded Sunshine Farm and Gardens a plant patent for its hardy perennial poinsettia Euphorbia Jessie. The plant is the first known interspecific Euphorbia hybrid, a cross between E. griffithii and E. polychrome. Sunshine Farm and Gardens is a 36-year-old arboretum, plant nursery and botanical garden in Renick, Greenbrier County. Visit www.sunfarm.com.
Plant those holiday bulbs now! If you want blooms for Christmas or New Year's, put amaryllis, paperwhites and other bulbs into pots as soon as possible. Different bulbs can take five to seven weeks to bloom, so to have them over the holidays, do it soon.
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