Tropical Gardening: Remember dads now and throughout the year

Anthurium plants make a great gift for any occasion. There are scores of varieties with flowers in all shapes and sizes. When they get a bit leggy, plant them in a shady, moist but not soggy spot in the garden. (courtesy photo/Voltaire Moise)

Father’s Day sometimes gets lost during all the activities at this time of year. It can be kind of anticlimactic especially after Mother’s Day. However, this day has been celebrated for over one hundred years in the United States. It was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington at the local YMCA in 1910. Her father, William Jackson Smart, was a Civil War veteran who raised his six children as a single parent. In Catholic countries of Europe it has been celebrated as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages.