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Courtesy of Brad Fluetsch
Peonies in Alaska can grow to be seven to nine inches across, much larger than the "carnation-sized" peonies in the Lower 48, said researcher Pat Holloway. Alaska's peony market has grown significantly since Holloway started researching the flower in 2001. In a few years, she predicts growers will harvest more than a million stems. On the world market, those stems will likely go for between $2 and $5 each.

Making green: Peony growers blossoming in Alaska, Southeast

Juneau gardener Brad Fluetsch has a photograph that, multiplied by thousands, tells the story: a $20 bill resting on a blooming Dutchesse peony flower.

by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

On the Trails: The cost of making males

We humans are accustomed to thinking of reproduction as involving two sexes, male and female. But there are some animals that have dispensed with males altogether and produce offspring parthenogenetically (by 'virgin birth').

Landscape Alaska: Lawn Thoughts

What's in a word? How does a field become a lawn? It's spring, and all over the borough, tiny green tips of grass are beginning to emerge. Some lawns in sunny and protected spaces are already green.
Dave Lendrum

Earth Day Celebration Saturday

The US Forest Service is hosting Juneau's community Earth Day celebration at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Help solve mystery of disappearing Rusty Blackbirds

From April 12 through May 31, Alaskans can use their binoculars to help birds-by reporting sightings of Rusty Blackbirds for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz.

Songbirds, tourism talks

The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center will host two speakers as part of UAS' Biology Seminar today, April 18, in Juneau. From noon to 1 p.m.

Trap Shoot Results

The second Saturday of the month registered trap shoot was a challenge-a double A.T.A.-registered event held in memory of Jim Brooks. The day was sunny, with temperatures rising from 32 degrees to 50 degrees.

Meeting: Fish habitat issues

Habitat issues affecting Juneau area fisheries will be discussed at the Raincountry Flyfishers meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 23, in the Thunder Mountain High School library.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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