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Ever since the Lunar Chinese New Year series began in 1993, with the issuance of the Year of the Rooster stamp, having a stamp unveiling in China Alley was on Mom’s bucket list.

Current research about urban trees and human health discovered that trees indeed "improve psychological and physiological functioning, boost ability to focus, improve stress recovery, and increase active living" 

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Perhaps you have noticed the days are getting shorter? A sure sign that summer is winding down and fall is around the corner. I think of the garden year not from January-December, but from autumn to autumn, since so much of our garden creation and re-creation happens in the fall.

Fall planting begins this month but summer heat can persist, so you may need to wait until later in the month. September and October are great months to do major lawn renovation or consider replacing lawn with drought-tolerant plants.