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Greenlaurel: Try Local Cut Flowers and Avoid Those Jetsetter Blooms

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A gorgeous locally sourced Local Color Flower bouquet grown within 100 miles of Baltimore.

These days, two dozen roses may only set you back $30. Yet, behind these cheap blooms is a $60 billion global cut-flower industry with a story that’s not quite as rosy. The modern flower industry is known for a voluminous carbon footprint, thorny labor issues and prickly land, pesticide and water practices.

The next time you pick flowers for your special event, think outside the flower box and consider choosing your blooms from the many local and sustainable flower options right here in Charm City.

Grinch-Feet Ice Cold in the Snow

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Baltimore writer Christine Grillo describes her inner Christmas Grinch whose tiny heart recently grew a couple of sizes.

I imagine that every family in America has its own version of “How did my children get so spoiled?” Growing up, it was at Christmastime that my siblings and I heard my father’s version of the refrain. His family had lived humbly, five people residing for 30 years in a two-bedroom apartment in Gravesend, Brooklyn. “At Christmas, we each got one gift, and we were happy to get it,” he told us, many times.

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