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Spring into action at Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show

Oklahomans can leave the ordinary behind and get inspired to beautify their spaces this Friday through Sunday by attending the Oklahoma City Home Garden Show at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. With experts and vendors in landscaping, remodeling, cooking and design, the show offers an attraction for people with a variety of home improvement interests.

The Oklahoma City Home Garden Show will feature more than 500 local and national exhibitors, giving attendees access to ideas and styles for the spring season. Thirty-five Edmond-based vendors will be part of that group, including home builders, Realtors, various home exterior experts and financing companies.

Admission is $11, and children under 12 are free. For a $2 discount, tickets can be purchased online at or at the customer service desk at Buy for Less stores. Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday,  10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors to the show will find numerous speakers, events and experts to visit with about projects and questions. Some of the highlights of the event include:

• Ahmed Hassan of HGTV DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers” will share his landscape expertise and give advice about going green, gardening on a budget and how to increase home value with landscaping.

• “Treasure Island” Garden by TLC Landscape Design is a garden featuring a 20-foot sunken pirate ship surrounded by a sea of colorful flowers. Other types of foliage that are hardy in Oklahoma weather will be a main component of the exhibit design as well as an outdoor living area.

• “Old Mexico” Landscape is designed by local experts from Tony’s Tree Plantation and will present a themed landscape display featuring a design with fountains, stone columns, authentic Mexican imports such as pottery and metalwork, stone fire pits and exotic plants and flowers.

• People from across the state submitted their best beef recipes for the Oklahoma Beef Cook-Off hosted by the Oklahoma Beef Council and CattleWomen Association. The finalists and grand prize winning recipes will be announced at the Oklahoma City Home Garden show followed by a sampling and a cooking demonstration. Attendees will learn some of Oklahoma’s best beef appetizer recipes and how to buy and prepare beef on a budget. The finalists and grand prize winning recipe will be announced at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Carriage Hall building. The Best of Beef Grand Prize winner will receive $2,000. The winning recipes will be available to the public online at after they are announced at the show.

• An interactive feature allows guests to view and buy products made in Oklahoma. Attendees can learn interesting facts about people, places, events, food and traditions native to the state.

To thank the military for their service and sacrifice, the Oklahoma City Home Garden Show will offer free admission on Friday to anyone currently in the military, fire department or police force. A valid service ID must be presented at the show office in the east entrance of the Cox Pavilion to receive complimentary admission on Friday.

FOR MORE information about the event, visit or call 800-466-7469, ext. 120.

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The Woodlands announces 11th Annual Spring Home and Garden Show

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Experts and exhibitors at the 11th annual Spring Home and Garden Show at The Woodlands will share new ideas and products that can both beautify and add value to your home.

The show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3 at the The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel Convention Center at1601 Lake Robbins Drive.

Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows, Inc. and producer of the event, said this year’s show will have a lot to offer.

“Sometimes a small improvement to a home or yard can make all the difference, and spring is the perfect time of year to spruce things up.”

Wood welcomes Massarelli’s Fountains, to the show for the first time. “They are a top-of-the-line producer of fountains and fine stone garden statuary, with each piece handmade by master craftsmen. Each piece is an original.”

Locals can find Massarelli’s one-of-a-kind products at Spring Home Outdoor, who will feature a 88″ Massarelli fountain with a 8′ fiberglass pool in their booth. They also carry other landscaping water features, such as disappearing fountains, Talavera and other pottery, benches and urns; along with potted arrangements to complement any decor from The Potted Shop.

Wood said attendees can get creative ideas to transform a backyard into an oasis at the feature landscape exhibit by Stewart Land Designs. “Also, the Belgard Hardscapes Mobile Display is one of our new show features and literally is a semi truck filled with ideas to create your own picture-perfect patio,” said Wood.

Brandon Lynch, a certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, will be featuring the Easy Living by Design booth. “Brandon is with Keechi Creek Builders and will share products and ideas on how to update a home to make it more accessible to meet an owner’s changing needs – a trend as baby boomers age,” Wood said. Discover new products such as walk-in tubs and control centers to adjust lighting and make life more comfortable.

Visitors can stop by the Whirlpool Cooking Stage for live cooking demos and quick and easy recipes from a Whirlpool culinary instructor. Also get an update on the latest convection and easy clean ovens and cook tops, all in one, from Whirlpool Corporation.

“And for a special treat, get a sneak peek of the works of Rick Loudermilk, the featured artist of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival 2013,” said Wood.

“We are proud of our lineup of expert speakers. They are enthusiastic, experienced and have what it takes to get you started on the right track with your home improvement projects.”

Aspiring green thumbs can meet Kathy Huber, the Houston Chronicle’s gardening editor and listen to Randy Lemmon, popular host of AM 740 KTRH’s GardenLine, who will broadcast live from the show on Saturday until 1 p.m.

John Ferguson, author and organic gardening expert, will share his knowledge on how to use natural materials to create a greener garden.

Ellen Delap, professional home organizer, will offer tips to help you organize your home and life, while certified color consultant Catherine Falgoust will share the latest in color trends.

LaVerne Williams, AIA, LEED certified architect, will give advice for creating a more energy efficient and sustainable home. Mary Scalli, a home staging professional, will share secrets for making homes sell quickly, and John Johnston, president of Designer Kitchens, will provide insight into the latest developments and trends in kitchen design.

“This year’s show is truly a fun event for the entire family – with lots of new ideas to take back home and plenty opportunities to shop,” Wood said.

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Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency approves $66000 more for law …

WARNER ROBINS — The Redevelopment Agency approved Monday three additional items for the law enforcement center and payment to a consultant on a failed attempt at a special tax district.

The board met for its first time this year with a slim agenda that included just three action items and two presentations from Executive Director Gary Lee, who pushed the idea of a federal grant for landscaping along Watson Boulevard.

The board unanimously approved an additional $68,111 for the law enforcement center, under construction at Watson Boulevard and Armed Forces Boulevard.

The additional funds will pay for automated blinds and more outlets in the building’s conference room and $35,000 of new landscaping ideas.

It’s not the first time unexpected expenses have arisen in the project, but vice chairman Doug Hayes and Lee said they’re not concerned about going over budget.

“This is a very high tech building we’re doing,” Lee said when asked specifically about the blinds. “That’s what they needed. That’s what they requested.

The allocations from the 2001 and 2012 special purpose local option sales tax gives the entire project, furniture and all, a budget of $9.6 million.

The board also Monday unanimously approved $33,000 be paid to Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the attorney who worked to establish the city’s first tax allocation district last year.

“That’s coming out of Jim Elliott’s account, the professional services account,” Lee said.

The RDA paid, from its own budget, $10,000 to the Middle Georgia Regional Commission for its work on the TAD attempt.

The bid for the TAD, which would have allowed the city to use increased property tax revenue for redevelopment efforts on the city’s east side, fell apart in December when the Houston County School Board declined to join the effort. The county followed suit, with both saying they hadn’t been presented the information in enough time to make a sound decision.

Lee has said the city will attempt to make the Dec. 31 deadline for the TAD to be established in 2014.

“We won’t have to do this again,” Lee said of paying for more consulting fees on the second attempt. “This is it.”

Also Monday, Lee introduced two consultants who would help the city get a possible TE Grant, a federal reimbursement program, for streetscaping along Watson Boulevard.

He also asked the board for permission to negotiate a short lease with Martin’s BBQ owner to use a Commercial Circle building for a chicken franchise business. The board approved the negotiation but will need to approve the lease once its ready.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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The Case for Shared Backyards

A group of civic and architectural partners in Little Rock has developed a great concept for improving a declining neighborhood, incrementally increasing density, and applying advanced measures for storm water control at the same time. All this in a single-family, affordable infill development with first-rate design. No wonder it has won a slew of awards, including a 2013 national honor award from the American Institute of Architects for regional and urban design. 

The project employs the “pocket neighborhood” concept championed by architect Ross Chapin – reducing the footprint of a group of smaller, single-family homes by sharing gardens and amenities that would occupy more land if duplicated for each individual house.  Chapin, who has worked mainly in the Pacific Northwest, gives his projects high-quality building materials and beautiful design features that respect their neighborhood settings. I’ve been a fan since before I knew the concept had a name, when I ran across his pioneering and lovely Third Street Cottages in Langley, Washington. I love incremental approaches to increasing density, in part because they seldom require major lifestyle changes and in part because their relatively harmonious design improvements can be somewhat easier to sell to suspicious neighbors inclined to distrust change.

Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood (Courtesy of U of Arkansas Community Design Center  Downtown Little Rock CDC)
Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood, courtesy of University of Arkansas Downtown Community Design Center and Downtown Little Rock LLC

The pocket neighborhood approach is not for everyone, though; in fact, as I learned while teaching a course in sustainable communities at George Washington University Law School, it may not always appeal even to audiences already disposed to favor environmentally progressive approaches.  When I showed the students Chapin’s designs for an in-town enclave some 10 miles north of downtown Seattle, they disdained them as too suburban and expensive.

The good news is that Little Rock’s Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood retains all the good aspects of Chapin’s concept while curing the aspects that troubled my students. Far from a suburban location, the site on the Arkansas capital’s Rock Street is a 10-minute walk (0.5 miles), according to Google Maps, from the governor’s mansion, and only about a mile to the heart of downtown.  The site enjoys a Walk Score of 77, being within a quarter mile of at least one restaurant, grocer, park, school, and health care clinic (I didn’t count how many of each). As you can see from the satellite image, the site is also proximate to an amazing number of places of worship.  There are three bus lines nearby, though Little Rock’s system is not known for frequency of service.

  location of Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood (via Google Earth)

  location of Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood (via Google Earth)

As I’ve stressed in previous articles, a central location generally means reduced rates of driving, not only because walking and transit are more viable but also because driving trips are shorter, releasing lower levels of carbon emissions. The wonderful Abogo calculator from the Congress for the Neighborhood Technology indicates that households in the Pettaway site’s neighborhood emit only half as much carbon for transportation, on average, as do households in metro Little Rock as a whole. The gridded pattern of well-connected streets further enhances walkability and reduces driving.

The site plan places nine homes around shared green space and amenities on a one-acre assembly of five parcels. This essentially doubles the density previously contemplated for the site. According to a press release, the homes average 1,200 square feet – not large by American standards, but in line with trends favoring smaller home sizes that appeal to a growing market share – and have two to three bedrooms each. Affordable pricing – about $100,000 – comes from standardized dimensions and materials. Designers chose structured insulated panels and a few types of windows in various configurations.

Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood (Courtesy of U of Arkansas Community Design Center  Downtown Little Rock CDC)
Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood, courtesy of University of Arkansas Downtown Community Design Center and Downtown Little Rock LLC

The size of the homes is important because it represents the so-called “missing middle” between the larger homes that captured the U.S. market in recent decades and the much smaller ones typically found in multifamily dwellings or the trendy but still miniscule (pun unintended but acknowledged) portion of the market claimed by cottages and the so-called “tiny house” movement. For many decades, bungalows of a thousand or so square feet were quite typical for American households, but very little such housing has been built since the 1940s.

Once a lively 20th-century streetcar neighborhood, Little Rock’s Pettaway has since taken a turn for the worse. The Pettaway Neighborhood Manual reports that 26.3 percent of the district’s residents live in poverty, approaching double the 14.3 percent rate for the city as a whole. The satellite view shows many vacant lots, and over 30 percent of the neighborhood is said to be vacant and abandoned. 

  the site of the Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood (via Google Earth)

  the site, as envisioned (Courtesy of U of Arkansas Community Design Center  Downtown Little Rock CDC)

The Pettaway pocket housing project was a collaboration between fifth-year architecture students in the University of Arkansas School of Architecture and the University’s Community Design Center, an outreach program of the school. It was commissioned by the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation, in partial fulfillment of a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding from the city of Little Rock.

For the pocket neighborhood, designers took resources typically found in individual private lots and pooled them to create a true public realm, something notoriously lacking in modern American residential subdivisions. Shared features include a community lawn and playground, community gardens, a shared street, and a sophisticated but low-impact stormwater management system based on the use of green infrastructure – landscaping and fixtures designed to take advantage of natural rainfall filtration and avoid polluted runoff into the sewer system.  Water management is especially important to this site, which has been prone to flooding in past storms.

  green infrastructure system (Courtesy of U of Arkansas Community Design Center  Downtown Little Rock CDC)

It is hard to read the small font in the image presenting the green infrastructure features, but it depicts an array of elements working together:

  • Bioswales to covey waterflow into the soil rather than out to the street
  • Lamination trenches underneath bioswales for better absorption
  • Filter strips adjacent to paved surfaces to catch water that would otherwise run off
  • Rain gardens that enhance the site with attractive vegetation as the water filters through
  • Permeable weirs at selected locations to slow the rate of flow

The idea of clustering homes around a common courtyard or garden didn’t originate with Chapin’s pocket neighborhoods, of course. It’s been around for centuries and has been a staple of multifamily housing and townhomes, in particular. But the concept has been much less common in single-family, detached neighborhoods, particularly those built in the latter half of the 20th century before a few smart growth and new urbanist architects began to bring them back. They make a lot of sense now, helpful to conserving land and encouraging walkability for the growing part of the market that is not seeking a large amount of space.

 Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood (Courtesy of U of Arkansas Community Design Center  Downtown Little Rock CDC)

In Pettaway, the students worked with a citizen advisory committee who, among other preferences, wished to avoid flat roofs or metal siding – nothing “aggressively modern,” according to Stephen Luoni, director of the Community Design Center. The designers looked for ways to blend traditional architectural elements – porches, balconies, terraces, pitched roofs – with modern principles – open floor plans, abundant light, natural airflow, refined choice of materials. I like what I can see of the results – a fresh look, but one in harmony with the scale and character of period housing in the neighborhood. At least one awards jury referred to the design as a “community within a neighborhood,” and that looks exactly right to me.

Even better, the pocket neighborhood could be just the beginning. There is a larger revitalization plan in the works for Pettaway. The Neighborhood Revitalization Manual mentioned above was commissioned by the same set of partners and elaborates a set of excellent principles for restoring the surrounding district. The goal is to bring completeness and ambition again to this once-thriving area whose proximity to downtown positions it well for a revival, and to do so without displacing current residents. Among the concepts discussed in the Manual are a master plan, a form-based code, improvements to walkability, and high-quality infill development.

 Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood (Courtesy of U of Arkansas Community Design Center  Downtown Little Rock CDC)

In my professional world of environmental advocacy, we are encouraged to set our sights on grand, comprehensive schemes that, so the theory goes, will result in major payoffs.  Strategic planning exercises and funding guidelines demand that we do so. But there’s a problem with this:  grand schemes – particularly those that require significant changes in public policy – can take decades to realize, if they come about at all. Meanwhile, actual opportunities for real change in real neighborhoods, where things get built every single day, lie right under our noses.  If we ignore them, the grander schemes become moot.

Plenty of advocates work on the big issues (climate change, fracking, disappearing wildlife, and so on), as well they should. These matters are hugely important to our survival. But, in my own writing, I also try to look for smaller measures of progress that can serve as models in the here and now, and bring them to light so others may emulate them. The Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood is a great example of exactly that.

This post originally appeared on the NRDC’s Switchboard blog.

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Geri Nikolai: Spend your winter days planning your garden

This weird weather is torturous. It has brought winter days as warm as spring, thus making a gardener want to start preparing the soil for plants. Until you remember it’s January and suddenly it’s cold again. Then summer comes and it’s so darn dry you run up the water bill keeping your plants alive. Not to mention running up the AC bill because it’s so darn hot.

Ah well, can’t change what the weather was or will be. So put weather worries away and spend some of these winter days planning your best garden ever.

Here are some tips from University Extension of Illinois and Colorado State University:

  • Choose a spot and size. If you already have a garden, do you want to expand it? For vegetables, you’re going to want the sunniest place you can find, although plants grown for roots or leaves like beets, cabbage, lettuce and chard will grow in partial shade. For flowers, how much sun you need depends on what you want to grow.
  • If this is your first garden, lay it out on graph paper and sketch in your plants, based on how large they will be when fully grown. This is especially helpful with landscaping or flower beds. Don’t make the very common mistake of putting young plants so close they’ll be crowded in a year or two and you have to start over.
  • Make a list of the plants you want to grow. If it’s long, you might divide it into “must haves,” “really want” and “only if I have room.” Keep the list handy as you browse seed catalogs and see what’s available in stores, adding or subtracting items as you get closer to summer.
  • Now figure out where those plants will go and if you have enough room. If your plot is small, look for veggies with a high yield per plant (read seed packets for this and other valuable info). Climbing beans, for example, take less space than bush beans. Plants like watermelons and pumpkins are fun to grow, but they take lots and lots of space.
  • What will you need besides seeds and plants? If this is your first garden, invest in good tools. You’ll save money in the long run and avoid the frustration of inferior tools. You don’t need a lot of tools. A good shovel, rake and hand spade will fill most of your needs.
  • If you’re growing climbing beans or other plants that grow up, figure out what you will use to support them. You can buy trellises or put something together yourself. I would invest in some tomato cages, however. After years of thinking I could just tie them to stakes, I had  to admit the cages were far easier and more effective than anything I  rigged up.

Geri Nikolai: 815-871-6850;

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Her destiny: Start landscaping business

Everyone in Amy McBryde’s family has a green thumb.

“I always knew I wanted to work outside with plants,” she says.

Working part-time for a landscaper during her senior year of high school solidified her career goal of combining her creativity with her knowledge of plants and her desire to work outside.

McBryde, 34, majored in horticulture science and landscape design at N.C. State University, graduating in 2004. Her grandfather told her he always hoped to see her as a small business owner.

“He must have seen something in me I didn’t know I had.”

She and her husband, Brandon Crist, 36, now own and run Everything Under the Sun Landscaping. It is a melding of their skills and talents. McBryde is responsible for the design and maintaining the gardens and turf care, while Crist, a former plumber, does all of the hardscape (lighting, block work, drainage, pavers and patios).

McBryde and Crist live in Marshvillewith their 6-year-old daughter, Maisy, but their clients are located throughout Charlotte, Union County, and the Matthews/Mint Hill area. They oversee both residential and commercial properties, maintaining some properties year-round while other clients want help on a one-time basis with either the design or the installation of their landscaping.

They try to use organic and sustainable principle (soil, fertilizer and plants) as much as possible.

“If done correctly,” McBride says, “most landscaping can take care of itself over time.”

They try to educate their clients, both in how to create and maintain a microenvironment that can sustain a landscape, but also how to manage their expectations and be patient.

“Everyone wants instant gratification,” McBryde says, “but we tell them the first year sleeps, the second year creeps, and the third year leaps.”

McBride and Crist enjoy working together and learning from each other’s strengths and areas of expertise.

“It has made us stronger as a couple,” McBryde says.

They hire one or two additional employees when needed, but, says Crist, “we try to maintain a hand on everything we do.”

The hardest part of working together is learning when to turn it off.

“We have tried to learn how to enjoy our free time,” says Crist, “and not have every conversation be about the business.”

The best part is enjoying a long-term relationship not only with each other, but with their clients as well.

“We enjoy getting to know our clients’ kids and seeing them so excited about their gardens,” McBride says.

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Garden Rooms: How to extend a property the easy way

January 14, 2013

Barry BurrowsCan you really link an interior and an exterior space? You can if you’re landscaping guru Barry Burrows

It is a fact that any house, no matter how well designed and specified, cannot exist without its surrounding landscape. The outdoor space is both a private haven and a public display, and is welded to the house in the most fundamental way. The task of the landscape is to enhance and expand the interior space, linking it to the exterior surroundings, whilst creating screening and space to ensure that the garden is useable every day of the year.

The key is to regard a garden as a room in its own right

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The key to constructing an outdoor space that will enhance and complement a house is to regard it as a room in its own right. So often, a garden is added as an afterthought, when the consideration of design should be alongside and wedded to the building. Position of windows, floor height and lighting are all elements that should be considered early in the design process.

One element of garden design that will allow the doubling and redoubling of perceived space is the use of mirrors or reflective surfaces. A mirror positioned opposite a window, particularly if it is angled to remove the reflection of the window, can add a huge amount of depth to a narrow garden. When viewed from inside the house, this can extend views and alter perception of the space to a large degree. One garden we created was situated in what first appeared to all and sundry, to be a dark, narrow corridor. The use of wall height water features and mirrored panels on the boundary walls produced an illusion of a much larger garden, much to the surprise of the client, who could not believe the amount of space we had created.

Level thresholds between house and garden extend space and create a continuity of design. We always take particular care to ensure that the flooring texture and colour outside is matched carefully to the inside, even though the material may change due to its characteristics.

Around the capital, space is at a premium, so the range of uses that a garden can have, and the extent of the features that are available can not only increase the value of a house, but can create extended vistas, increase space and generate a wonderful atmosphere. The real fulfilment for us is to produce something that exceeds all expectations. After the completion of one magical roof garden, the owner wrote to us to express her gratitude for what the garden had given her and her family. In her words, the terrace was a “life changing experience, to be sitting under the stars in Central London, with my family around me, something I never thought possible when we first sat down with you…”

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Current technology allows us to create canopies through the use of retractable awnings. Sliding out noiselessly at the touch of a button, and constructed from tough contemporary materials, many roof spaces or terraces could increase ‘indoor’ space with this technically advanced addition. Modern heating elements can be incorporated into the garden, providing a contemporary heat source that blends with the garden, a rather more subtle effect than the gas fired parasols so beloved of bistros and restaurants.

In most cases, if you have a roof space, a terrace or a narrow area between a house and boundary wall, these areas have the potential to become gardens which will enhance the atmosphere and value of any house so it is a wise move to have the potential in these spaces professionally assessed as early as possible.

Green spaces need to be designed in such a way as to bring people out of their flats and into the gardens

Green space in London is incredibly valuable and none more so than the communal gardens being created in developments all over the capital. These are the spaces where communities will come together, and as such they need to be designed in such a way as to bring people out of their flats and into the gardens. Once designed and built, then the management of the landscape maintenance needs to include the residents in decision making, not only to consider the costs and details of what is done and when, but to allow the community to take ownership of the grounds from the developer. We have had marvellous success with this approach in garden squares, riverside estates and smaller communal developments, with increased involvement leading to greater use of the grounds and a better understanding of the value of landscape to lifestyle.

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Antiques Garden Fair Features Interior Designer Michael S Smith – Jan 14,2013 – Antiques Garden Fair Features Interior Designer Michael S. Smith

Thursday, April 18, 2013 – Sunday, April 21, 2013

GLENCOE, Ill. –The Antiques Garden Fair returns for the thirteenth year to the spring blooming grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday, April 19, 2013 through Sunday, April 21, 2013, with a special preview evening on Thursday, April 18, 2013. More than 100 dealers from Europe and the United States scour the globe for months to find the best in antique garden furnishings, botanical art and home and garden design to sell during the Fair. Indoor display gardens will interpret the theme, “Color in the Garden: An Artist’s View,” and will be donated and installed by premier landscape designers, including Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc., William Heffernan Landscapes, Mariani Landscape, The Organic Gardener, and Maria Smithburg with Manfredini Landscaping Design. New this year, shoppers may enjoy samples of organically grown wine from Bonterra Organic Vineyards.

Michael S. Smith, one of the most original and respected talents in the design industry today, will be the Fair’s Honorary Chair and Guest Lecturer. Smith’s style is a seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism, always fresh, always evolving, always underscored by the belief that everyone should live with things they love. In 2010, Smith was appointed by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. The lecture is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, April 19.

Our second guest lecturer is Charles Stick, a renowned Virginia landscape designer who grew up in Western Springs, Illinois. One of the country’s leading classicists, Stick was highly influenced by Dan Kiley to go into landscape architecture and formed his philosophy of design at the University of Virginia. A recent profile of Stick in Garden Gun, quotes him saying, “In my mind, beauty has very little to do with fashion. Fashion is transient. Beauty has more to do with an understanding of history.” The lecture is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20.

Tickets purchased on or before April 18 for either the Smith or Stick lecture are $65 in advance; after April 18, they are $70. A combination ticket for the Smith and Stick lectures is available for $105. Garden members receive $5 off each listed price. Lecture ticket purchase includes a three-day Fair pass.

A Style Blogger Panel with Marissa Marcantonio of Stylebeat, Emily Evans Eerdmans and others will focus on the topic Living with Color: Style Bloggers’ Musings on Super Chic Living on Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, April 21 at 11 a.m., Jeanne Pinsof Nolan from The Organic Gardener will speak. Nolan, a well-known educator, author and consultant, has helped hundreds of families develop gardens that are beautiful, productive, and uniquely suited to their homes and lifestyles.

Tickets for the blogger panel and Nolan lecture purchased on or before April 18 are $35 each in advance; after April 18 tickets are $40 each. Garden members receive $5 off each listed price.

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