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Heart-Shaped Plants

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. If you are planning on giving your loved one a gift, consider something different- a houseplant with heart-shaped leaves. It is a gift that will last a long time and it is an unique way way to express your love. Don’t worry if you’re not very plant-savvy. Here are seven heart-shaped plant possibilities, some of which are readily available anywhere plants are sold.

Philodendron – Perhaps the most popular heart-shaped-leaf plant, Philodendron are valued for their ability to thrive in low-light conditions. Most varieties require very little care and can happily adorn your loved one’s office space or dwelling for years.

For the busy professional, consider the beloved Heartleaf Philodendron variety (Philodendron hederaceum). With its 2 to 3 inch (5 to7.6 cm.) leaves and fast-growing vines, this heart-shaped plant is ideally suited for hanging baskets and trellises. 

Your loved one might also enjoy one of these other Philodendron varieties:

  • Silver-leaf (Philodendron Brandtianum)
  • White Wave (Philodendron Birkin)
  • Silver Cloud (Philodendron mamei)
green plant with vines of heart-shaped leaves

Pothos – With its trailing vines and heart-shaped leaves, Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) could easily be mistaken as a type of multicolored philodendron. Both of these heart-shaped plant species share similar care requirements. When shopping for Valentine’s Day plants, look for these colorful Pothos varieties to brighten your loved one’s day: 

  • Golden Pothos
  • Marble Queen Pothos
  • Njoy Pothos
vines of green heart-shaped leaves flowing from a plant

String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii) – This succulent houseplant is also a low-maintenance favorite. Place a hanging basket containing a String of Hearts plant in a bright location and enjoy the cascade of trailing vines. Leaves can vary from greyish-green to light pink and green, depending upon variety.

plant with green heart shaped leaves and purple flowers

Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) – This delightful houseplant with heart-shaped leaves brightens winter interiors with its colorful blossoms in shades of pink, red, lavender or white. After flowering, Cyclamen becomes dormant and is often discarded.

green plant with a few red heart heart-shaped leaves

Anthurium – Choosing an Anthurium houseplant with heart shaped leaves is not difficult, but what you might not know is that its long-lasting “flowers” are actually modified leaves. Nonetheless, your recipient is sure to the love the tropical accents these easy-to-care-for plants lend to any interior. 

succulent with big, heart-shaped, green leaves

Heart-leaf Hoya (Hoya Kerrii) – These sun-loving vines have almost perfect heart-shaped leaves. So much so, rooted Hoya Kerrii leaves can often be purchased as “sweetheart” hoyas around Valentine’s Day. These are simply rooted leaves that won’t produce further growth, but they do make fun and long-lasting gifts.

long, heart-shaped red leaves with a green outer trim

Caladium – Adorned with brightly-colored, heart-shaped leaves, Caladium make beautiful Valentine’s Day plants. They do require a bit more care than the typical houseplant, plus they go dormant and the leaves will die back after several months.

In the meantime, your special someone can enjoy the vibrant red, pink, white and green patterned foliage of these popular Caladium varieties:

  • Carolyn Whorton Caladium
  • Sweetheart Caladium
  • Red Ruffles
  • Moonlight 
  • Radiance


Image descriptions:

1st picture: several green, heart-shaped leaves of a plant.

Philodendron: small plant with big, green, hearth-shaped, long leaves

Pothos: green plant with vines of heart-shaped leaves.

String of hearts: vines of green heart-shaped leaves flowing from a plant.

Cyclamen: plant with green heart shaped leaves and purple flowers

Anthurium: green plant with a few red heart heart-shaped leaves

Heart-leaf Hoya: succulent with big, heart-shaped, green leaves.

Caladium: long, heart-shaped red leaves with a green outer trim.

Staying Healthy in the Cold

Staying healthy during colder months is the first step in making sure you can enjoy all the activities this season brings. When you are indoors more during the fall and winter, you become closer to other people. This can increase your chances of catching viruses that cause colds and flu. Dry winter air can also weaken natural mucus barriers in the nose, mouth, and lungs, where viruses can enter the body.

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Wreaths Across America Day

Wreaths Across America Day is celebrated every year on the third Saturday in December. It is a day of remembrance and honor. It is a day to come together as a nation and lay wreaths on the graves of our fallen heroes. This day is important because it allows us, as Americans, to remember the great sacrifices made by so many to defend our freedom. Every year on the third Saturday of December volunteers across the country place wreaths on the headstones of our fallen heroes at over 2,000 locations in all 50 states, at sea, and abroad, including Arlington National Cemetery.

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Color the World Orange Day

This special day was created in 2017 to promote awareness for a variety of charitable causes, including education, poverty, refugees, and disease. So, put on your brightest and most vibrant orange garments and get ready to celebrate Color the World Orange Day on the first Monday of November! It’s a great opportunity to show support for those in need while having some fun with friends and family.

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Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday of October, which is October 28th this year. If you have ever wondered if your actions can make a difference, the answer is yes! And if you have questioned where to start, the answer is Make a Difference Day. We can come together to volunteer, raise funds, offer support, and learn about the most urgent needs of our society. You don’t have to join an non-governmental organization or travel to another country — you can start by cleaning your own backyard (literally and figuratively) because volunteering is all about becoming the change you wish to see in the world.

Make a Difference Day was created by “USA Weekend” magazine in 1992 to offer community support and encourage volunteerism across the country. Points of Light, a non-profit organization founded by former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, joined USA Weekend and together they sponsored the largest national day of community service for more than twenty years. These two groups no longer support Make a Difference Day, but the observance still impacts communities around the country.

What can you do?

  1. Volunteer at a Local Nonprofit Organization
  2. Organize a Community Cleanup
  3. Support Local Businesses & Initiatives
  4. Spread Kindness & Compassion
  5. Mentor or Tutor
  6. Organize a Fundraising Event

Remember, National Make a Difference Day is not limited to a single day. The spirit of making a difference should extend through the year. Incorporate acts of kindness and community service into your routine and encourage others to do the same.

Together, we can create a better world, one act of kindness at a time.


National Indoor Plant Week

What is National Indoor Plant Week? It’s a Celebration!!!
National Indoor Plant Week is the third full week of September and was established to increase public awareness of the importance of indoor plants and their many attributes. Only some of which include cleaning the air we breathe. Statistics have proven that indoor plants increase morale in the workplace and homes. The plant is such a miraculous living thing.

Real life office studies have been conducted to measure the direct relationship between clinical health, complaints and plant installations. Recorded health improvements in offices where interior plants were added were significant. Results show a large reduction among employees in the areas of fatigue, headache, coughs and their overall well-being rose dramatically.

Further, numerous studies have shown that plants have a positive psychological impact on people. According to a recent study, employees exposed to interior plant settings demonstrated better attitudes, positive emotions such as happiness, friendliness and assertiveness.

When you add plants to your indoor environment, you:

  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce noise and distractions
  • Decrease stress
  • Increase productivity
  • Increase creativity
  • Increase humidity, which may reduce aerosol transmission
  • And they are just plain pretty to look at!

Anyone can participate in this holiday. Do your part with something as simple as giving an indoor plant to a friend. Check out the blog post about the different meanings of certain plants and flowers. This way you can make sure you’re delivering the right message to the right person before you give that gift.

Research Trend: The Healing Power of Plants

Houseplant sales have been skyrocketing, even before Covid hit the U.S., according to research from the National Gardening Association.

While we all learn in high school biology that plants produce oxygen, the theory that plants contribute to wellness is a relatively new area of research.

Dr. Lauriane Chalmin-Pui is a UK-based Postdoctoral Fellow conducting research around plants and wellbeing. Last year, she authored an article for the World Economic Forum and & here are key points she cites:

  • Just being in the presence of indoor plants can improve mental and physical health, according to a recent review of 42 studies.
  • Houseplants improve air quality, which can benefit our cognitive performance – something that is especially important for people who are inside all day.

The Freeman/Lozier Library has many resources about indoor plants that you can check out here.


Sage Knowledge Leadership Collection

Sage Knowledge Leadership Collection database brings teaching, learning, and research to life through editorially selected collections around leadership. These videos were developed in partnership with leading content providers, academics, and practitioners, including Sage’s own authors and editors. High-quality videos have been carefully created to deliver on the essential goals of courses at all levels of higher education. They are designed to support the instructor, student, and academic researcher through a combination of originally authorized and produced material with licensed and co-produced content.

There are several ways you can search for videos in this database. Browse by disciplines or by collections though Business Cases or Videos. Business Cases allows you to browse by: Discipline, Sage Originals, Enhanced Cases, Region, or Content Partners such as the Yale School of Management and Planet Money from NPR.

There are many benefits found in using the SAGE Knowledge Leadership Collection database. Exclusive scenario-based case studies show how leaders apply principles to real-life challenges. You can also access clips from leading experts, how-to guides, conference presentation excerpts, tutorials, interviews, and more to expand on what you are learning in the classroom. Another benefit is that transcripts of the videos can be downloaded as a PDF, cited, shared, embedded, or you can get a permalink to the video page directly. You can also add videos to a list of your favorite videos to find them easier. You can even create video clips and save them to be used later. Lastly, you can cite scholarly videos as references in research projects, papers, and presentations.

The Sage Knowledge Leadership Collection database can be accessed from the Databases landing page under “S.” The page can be found on the Library’s homepage under the Find drop down menu or on the “Databases” tab on the Discovery Search page.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 26 No. 4, Fall 2023.

National Simplify Your Life Week

National Simplify Your Life Week is observed yearly during the first week of August. This year it takes place from August 7 to 13. Though its origins are unknown, it is abundantly clear that the week is for decluttering and simplifying one’s life, which involves getting rid of physical and psychological clutter that may hinder one from living a peaceful and stress-free life. Use the next seven days to get rid of things that cause you stress and anxiety.

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National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day is celebrated the third Sunday of July, the 16th this year, in the United States. It is a time of the year when millions of people all across the country can enjoy one of the most traditional American desserts of all time. This day, as well as National Ice Cream Month, was established by presidential proclamation in July of 1984 and continues to be the favorite holiday of children of all ages.

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National Rebuild Your Life Month

Are you happy with your life as it is right now? Have you thought about taking a class? learning a new skill? changing your career? Rebuild Your Life Month is observed each year in June and it allows people to take a moment to reflect on the way they’re living their lives. It is never too late to start living the life you have always wanted to. This could mean changing careers, taking a sabbatical, changing your education path, etc. As long as you believe in your dreams and follow what makes you happy, you can rebuild your life. Rebuild Your Life Month is the perfect way to start doing just that if you’ve been putting your life plans on the back-burner.

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