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Virginia Smith

Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, worked as a reporter at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Ohio – with six short months at the end of the Bulletin tossed in – before returning to Philadelphia in 1985 to join the Inquirer. Her favorite beats here have included Center City, roving around Pennsylvania (and getting paid for it!) and alternative medicine. She’s also been City Editor and Pennsylvania Editor. Ginny has been happily writing – and learning - about gardening fulltime since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.”

 
Read Virginia A.'s blog Blog Kiss the Earth
Latest post: And who remembers the Wanamaker eagle? - 04/02/2014
  Email Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com
04/04/2014
New birdhouses, feeders, and habitat, large ponds, and much larger meadows. Sounds like a wild spring at the Philadelphia area's public gardens and arboretums. Wild as in birds, bees, butterflies, and insects and all the other pollinators and creatures that live among us.
 
Taste Japan at Cherry Blossom Festival
 
South Street Spring Festival: Even bigger this year
 
Return of the Hops: Atlantic City’s Beer and Music Festival
03/30/2014
Still struggling in the postrecession, local flower shops aren't just competing with supermarkets, discounters, and do-it-yourselfers. They're fighting to survive as a growing number of online middlemen known as "order-gatherers" sweep into the marketplace and take orders local florists used to receive.
 
Taste Japan at Cherry Blossom Festival
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