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Growing on the High Plains: Chrysanthemums—Part One

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Mum's the word on today's Growing on the High Plains!

Few floral friends have such an effervescent name as the one we'll discuss on today's episode: chrysanthemum. It twirls off the tongue like one of its many thin petals, perfectly placed and bursting forth. Though this herbal remedy got its start as an attractive, ancient Tylenol for Asian healers, the mum sailed to the West in the early 19th century. Since then, these colorful, textured poufs have graced countless parlours, art studios and funeral homes.

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Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.