Botanic Notables: An Upside-Down Forest in Juneau

October 26, 2012
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The wonders of Alaska's Mendenhall Valley include a rainforest, a glacier, and an alleé of upside-down trees. The glacier is a wonder in itself—one of the world's few accessible glaciers—and its unique landscaping feature, the 'Flower Towers,' are a quirky addition by Steve and Cindy Bowhay, owners of Glacier Garden Rainforest in southeast Alaska.

The Miller in the Garden

September 05, 2011
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The miller woke early. The old quartz millstone needed dressing, a tedious process of sharpening the stone by hand. The constant grinding of the grain had worn the stone and it would take several days to sharpen it. Luckily, the miller’s profession didn’t require hard physical labor as was common in the 18th century. His water-powered mill was considered fully-automatic, a modern marvel for its time.