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Membership and Mushrooms

Fall reliably brings two things to Northern California – the Fall Membership Drive at our regional public radio stations and Mushrooms. On this last weekend of the Fall Membership Drive for Northstate Public Radio, I thought I would re-post an… Continue Reading

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Keeping Company with Flowers: A Glimpse into the World of Pollinators

On my kitchen counter I have not one but two little vases of flowers from the garden. One holds a fragrant pink rose, the other holds a handsome collection of high-dark-coned rudbeckia, flowering mint and lavender. If you are a… Continue Reading

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Winter Solstice in the North State Garden, an Interview with Dave Schlom

In the chilly (32 degrees) dark of 5 am this morning, as I gave my dogs their morning biscuits, I admired the form of the ‘Big Dipper’ almost directly overhead. I stood, bundled up, in the center of my starlit… Continue Reading

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Gateway Museum Turns 1, Invites Plant Lovers: Grow with Us!

On February 27th 2011 the Gateway Science Museum celebrated its one year anniversary of being open to science and nature lovers from around our region. With a stated mission to “create a life-long learning environment that enables people to explore,… Continue Reading

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Writings of a Wanderer: Bidwell Mansion Houses Chico History

Bidwell Mansion, a 26-room Victorian house sporting pink-tinted plaster, nestles in a small park next to Chico State University’s new Gateway Science Museum. The manor-turned-museum built in 1868 stands as a memorial to Chico’s founder, John Bidwell, and his wife… Continue Reading