Forecast For 2009: Anniversaries, Flavors And More

It's the first day of 2009, and Melissa Block has a preview of some events and trends expected for this year.

Vic Fischer, who worked on Alaska's state constitution a half-century ago, talks with Block about the celebration of 50 years of statehood.

Park ranger Helen McKenna Uff says it's going to be a big year at the Edgar Allan Poe Historical Site in Philadelphia as Poe fans celebrate the poet and writer's 200th birthday.

Lynn Dornblaser of the global research firm Mintel shares her top five flavors for 2009: lavender, cactus, persimmon, masala and chimichurri.

Finally, Nicholas Staddon of Monrovia Co. — a leading producer of plants in the U.S. — shares his garden pick for 2009. He says small is big this year: Look out for the Baby Pete Agapanthus.

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