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Gardening and Climate Change

This past winter's polar vortex was hard on our region's plants, and gardeners saw even native species die off thanks to cold snaps lasting into spring. Now summer's heat is already upon us, another challenge for gardeners. With extreme weather becoming the norm, plant enthusiasts have to reconsider what they plant and how they care for a garden. We explore how the urban and suburban gardener can adapt to climate change, and even help offset some of its effects with plant choices.

Building A Raingarden At Home

LowImpactDevelopment.org, a Maryland-based resource center, offers a guide for homeowners who want to start a rain garden in their own backyards.

Click through the slideshow for some highlights from the guide.

Plants For Rain Gardens of Every Size

In this document, Low Impact Development outlines the type and number of plants a homeowner would need for their own raingarden.

Plant Lists for Rain Gardens

Communities Rally For Rain Gardens

The Borough of Ambler, Pennsylvania, started an initiative last year that aims to build 100 rain gardens throughout the community in the next 10 years.

Go behind the scenes with organizers in this video from the EPA.

Rain Gardens - Saving Streams One Yard At A Time from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

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Exhibit Shows Dolores Huerta's Life As Part Of The 'Backbone' Of America

The exhibit about the United Farm Workers activist is the first in the National Portrait Gallery's "One Life" series to be devoted to a Latina.

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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes In The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social-site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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