caption A magnolia tree blossoms on the South Lawn. source Jason Reed/Reuters The White House grounds were on full display in their springtime glory as President Donald Trump hosted his first state visit last week, complete with a tree planting (and disappearance). But there’s much more to the 18 acres enclosed by the White House fences that the public doesn’t get to see. Aside from special events like the Easter Egg Roll and the national Christmas tree lighting, the gardens are only officially open to visitors two weekends a year. See inside the sprawling White House grounds: The White House grounds are part backyard and front yard for a first family, part staging area for official events. caption The White House is surrounded on its north and south sides by Lafayette Park and the South Lawn. source Google Maps screenshot Source: White House They’re actually a National Park. The grounds are part of President’s … [Read more...] about Inside the White House’s sprawling secret grounds, which include a hidden garden
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Young orangutan Utu clings to one of his rescuers as he is freed from the tiny wooden cage that has been home for five years. The tiny primate, covered in fuzzy auburn hair, is one of three Bornean orangutans saved in Indonesia over the past two weeks. Environmentalists and local officials rescued Utu and another youngster, Joy, from tiny 1.5 by one meter (five by three feet) cages where they were kept as house pets in West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. A third orangutan named Tomang was moved from a village in the same province where he had been raiding fruit trees, angering local villagers. Joy and Utu will now spend years learning to fend for themselves before being released into the wild, while Tomang has been set free into Gunung Palung National Park. The rescues are a rare spot of bright news for the critically endangered species, after a string of fatal attacks on the great apes that have been blamed on farmers and hunters. Four Indonesian men were arrested over the … [Read more...] about Indonesian ‘house pet’ orangutans rescued by activists
Located on the same stretch of secluded beach as its sister hotel, Paradise Koh Yao, and only a short journey from Phuket International Airport, you will arrive to the start of your Tree House Villas experience. From the Yacht Haven Marina, you head out on a 55 minute speed boat journey soaking up the scenery through the world famous Phang Nga Bay. Located in a remote corner at the top of this idyllic island of Koh Yao Noi and nestled within a national reserve, you will find this luxury and exclusive resort in a tropical rain-forest on it’s own private bay which is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Koh Yao Noi Island is a quiet tropical getaway situated between Phuket and Krabi, allowing for an ideal addition for a multicentre holiday in Thailand and combining many of the famous resorts the land of smiles has to offer. The largely untouched island is covered with lush tropical jungle and limestone cliffs and is fringed by beaches and reef, and surrounded by numerous … [Read more...] about Always wanted to stay in a cool tree-house? Now you can, in 5 star luxury.
A bow tie is a natty addition to the fashion ensemble of the well-dressed man.But while dressing up a tree stump with a bow tie may add a festive air to seasonal celebrations, it does not hide the fact that the overdressed stump sticks out like a sore thumb, even at a holiday party.Now that the joyous season is thankfully behind us, it’s time to take down decorations and deal with the mid-winter gloom that inevitably overtakes the post-Christmas days of January.In the vicinity of shops and restaurants on Danforth Ave., there seems to be no urgency to shed the Christmas decorations, particularly the bows wrapped around street trees and even lifeless stumps in large concrete planters.Ellen Schwartzel sent us a note saying several dead trees in concrete planters near the Greenwood and Coxwell TTC subway stations were sawed off after they withered and died, but have yet to be removed. … [Read more...] about Bow-tied dead tree stumps are overdressed for Danforth Ave.
There are three things that a man or woman must do before bidding adieu to life—plant a tree, write a book, raise a child. This aphorism has been attributed to many people (the Cuban poet Jose Marti, painter Pablo Picasso, Chinese sages) and even to the ancient Babylonian Talmud, that it must be an important, eternal message: that if you want to leave some mark on the earth during your fleeting time here, do any, or all of these three things. My energies lately have been focused on the first one, and I’m proud I’ve been fairly successful, though I need to plant more especially in light of the massive deforestation in the country (not to mention the haphazard cutting of old trees being done by the local public works department, in Bicol, Makiling, and other places with old-growth trees). In my backyard garden, I have a modest collection of Philippine hardwoods such as narra, acacia and kamagong. I bought them when they were young trees, from 10 to 12 feet tall with … [Read more...] about Planting trees in a tropical garden