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By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 6, 2001

Plant society meeting to discuss propagation

The Citrus Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Crystal River Buffer Preserve Education Center. Master gardner Jim Bruno will speaking on the propagation of native plants. Joan Lippman will give the Plant of the Month talk on the sparkleberry plant. Members will hear a report on the recent plant rescue mission at Half Moon Wildlife Management Area in Sumter County and the visit to native plant nursery Environmental Equities. A native plant raffle by Teddi Bierly is also planned. Directions to the meeting: From the mall in Crystal River, go north on U.S. 19 about a half-mile. Go west on State Park Street (by Days Inn). Continue west, take a left then a right. Park in lot by building. Call Jim Bierly at 382-3365.

Veterans project invites participants

Veterans organizations, community groups and schools can participate in the new Veterans History Project sponsored by the Library of Congress.

The project collects and preserves audio and video interviews, called oral histories, from war veterans, along with documentary materials such as photos, diaries and letters.

U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman, D-Dunnellon, co-sponsored legislation that created a national collection of veterans' stories and documents. The legislation was signed into law in October. The material will be made available to the public with the creation of an online resource on the Library of Congress' National Digital Library. Some of the documents can be housed at local libraries. The Library of Congress will provide a project kit for collecting and submitting documents.

For information, visit the Web site at

Program offers free seed packets

Free vegetable, flower and herb seeds and bulbs are available from Operation Green Plant 2001, based in Washington, D.C.

The program, operated by the America the Beautiful Fund, uses surplus seeds from major seed manufacturers. The program gives out 100 to 2,000 seed packets per request, based on availability. Last year, the program donated more than 14,000 pounds of seeds and more than a million bulbs throughout the country. These are 1999 and 2000 seeds with a high germination rate.

Visit the Web site at or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to American the Beautiful Fund, 1730 K St. NW, Suite 1002, Washington, D.C. Recipients are required to pay postage for the seeds.

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