Explore botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine in this year’s Season’s Greenings holiday show at the US Botanic Gardens!

Explore botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine in this year’s Season’s Greenings holiday show at the US Botanic Gardens!

Plant based recreations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures will fill the model train room. These will include iconic gardens scenes like Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s vibrant red Japanese torii gate, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ flamingo topiaries, Missouri Botanical Garden’s famous Climatron conservatory, and Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Rocket Garden featuring NASA space nodes and rockets!

How to Volunteer in DC This Holiday Season

When you sit down to write out a list of presents for friends and family, don’t forget about the gift of giving back to those in need.

Luckily, DC offers up an impressive selection of opportunities to get involved this holiday season.

If you’re looking to dish out a hot meal, check out Martha’s Table, Miriam’s Kitchen, or So Others May Eat. Or, for those who are hoping to spend some time with furry friends, try reaching out to Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, the Humane Rescue Alliance, or DC Paws Rescue.

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Plant your own happiness!

Houseplants are good for your health – not just for their visual beauty.

Houseplants are good for your health – not just for their visual beauty. Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in 2 hours. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 %), reduce stress levels, and boost your mood.

This time of year is a great time to start introducing a few plants into your space. You may start to notice good changes!

What’s with ceiling fans? Do they really save energy?

Air conditioning uses more household energy than anything else by far at 36 cents per hour on average, which is about 25% of your home energy usage.

Running a ceiling fan costs about a penny per hour. Ceiling fans don’t cool rooms but they cool your skin through the wind-chill effect.

The Department of Energy says that if you use a ceiling fan at the same time as your air conditioning, you can raise the temperature setting by four degrees without a change in comfort.

Just don’t leave the ceiling fan running when you leave the house!