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Ground breaking Patriot Plaza puts private foundation into public square for …

SARASOTA — The nation’s first national cemetery project funded by a private foundation has been launched with a preview of artists’ plans for a 2,800-seat amphitheater and related artwork at Sarasota National Cemetery.

The art featured throughout the 1.83 acres honors veterans and their families from wars since the U.S. Civil War up to today, according to Sandy Beckley, initiative consultant for the Patterson Foundation, the private foundation sponsoring the $11 million Patriot Plaza.

No taxpayers’ dollars will be used.

Once completed, the facility will stand at the assembly area of the Sarasota National Cemetery, a spot conventionally left to landscaping or benches.

“When the Patterson Foundation came to the site, they wanted to know what they could do to enhance the cem

etery,” said Beckley, who then worked as cemetery director. “They were just bouncing ideas at that point. They picked their initiatives that they wanted to work on because they wanted to honor things that involved the Patterson family. That’s why they picked the military.”

Lead artist Larry Kirkland chose the theme “Service, Support, Sacrifice and Witness to Mission” for his tablets, which will be placed on small plazas along the area’s north walkway. They focus on the experiences of being in the military service and of being in a military family.

“This art is about touching the soul as it honors our veterans,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of the Patterson Foundation. “This is a legacy to all generations, whether you are serving, have served, or know someone who has, you will feel the emotional story embodied in the art at Patriot Plaza.”

Ellen Driscoll’s mosaic-covered spires decorate the south walkway, inviting viewers to a space that is both intimate and contemplative within the larger architecture.

Sentinel Eagles were designed by Pablo Eduardo of Bolivia to evoke vigilance and a sense of majesty on the west entrance, while Ann Hirsh decorated two curved walls at the east entrance dedicated to themes of family and community that honor military service. A 19th Century star map of the world will be installed at ground level in front of the rostrum.

“This will become a destination for anyone who lives in our region and for visitors from beyond to come and honor veterans, and to experience the stories told through the art,” Beckley said. “It has the potential to become a model for national cemeteries nationwide that are looking for ways to honor veterans.”

Dee Graham, Herald reporter can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7027, or tweet @DeeGrahamBH

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Comments on Draft Ferry Road Master Plan needed by 28 Feb

25 February 2013

Comments on Draft Ferry Road Master
Plan needed by Thursday 28 February

Residents and
businesses have until 28 February to tell the Christchurch
City Council their views on the vision, goals and actions
proposed in the Draft Ferry Road Master Plan (Phase One).
The Council-led Plan has been prepared to support commercial
centres along Ferry Road in response to the damage caused by
the earthquakes.

The final date for public submissions is
5pm on Thursday 28 February 2013.

The Plan is available to
view in any of the Council’s open service centres and
libraries. It is also available online at

Planning Unit Manager Brigitte de Ronde says more than 50
submissions on the Plan have come in.

“There is strong
support for a shared pathway network along the
Ōpāwaho/Heathcote River and through public open spaces.
People also responded positively to the theme for Woolston
Village: reconnecting people, the river and heritage.
Comments support the use of materials and designs for
buildings, street furniture and landscaping that reflect and
celebrate the area’s built, social and natural history.”

Mayor Bob Parker says the Draft Master Plan sets a
long-term vision for the area that recognises the vital role
of the corridor as an important transportation route for the
city, while also developing actions that support a good
quality of life for the people who live, work and visit this

“I am heartened by the level of detail people have
put into their submissions to the Plan. Amongst the many
initiatives that people are keen to see in the Ferrymead
area is an increase in safety for pedestrians and the
beautification of the area through additional landscaping
and street furniture. The Plan reflects these ideas by
proposing a much more pedestrian-friendly environment and
greatly improved public access to the recreational value of
the natural environment.

“I urge people to get their
comments on the Plan in before submissions close on 28
February. These comments enable any modifications to be made
to the Plan to make sure it truly reflects people’s
aspirations and hopes for the future of this important
area,” he says.

Comments can be made:
• online at

• emailed to
• posted
o Freepost 178
Draft Ferry Road Master
Strategy and Planning Group
Christchurch City
PO Box 73012
Christchurch 8154

hand-delivered to Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street.

more information visit

Draft Ferry Road Master Plan is Phase One of a master
planning project for the area. Due to the corridor’s size
and the number of suburban centres along its length three
distinct programmes of work have been identified, all of
which will contribute to the final, overarching Plan for the
area: the Ferry Road / Main Road Master Plan.

Phase One
deals with the area between the city (Fitzgerald Avenue)
along Ferry Road and Main Road to the Ferrymead Bridge only.
Phase Two includes the portion of the corridor from
Ferrymead Bridge to Sumner. The initial project scoping work
for Phase Two has begun. A Council-led corridor study is
also planned for Ferry Road that will help determine
transport priorities for the road corridor. The Corridor
Study is planned to start in early 2013 and will take
several months to complete.

Phase One is a comprehensive,
stand-alone Plan, however, as the other two associated
programmes of work are progressed, adjustments to the Draft
Ferry Road Master Plan (Phase One) may be


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NTTA wants to quiet Rowlett residents’ complaints about Bush Turnpike noise

A busy highway’s din has replaced quiet lakeside life for scores of Rowlett residents who live along a two-mile stretch of the Bush Turnpike’s eastern extension, which opened in December 2011.

And while the North Texas Tollway Authority followed all rules in addressing the highway noise — most notably, building

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Richmond Landscape and Richmond Landscaping "Best of the Best" Awarded to …

Green Side Up Landscaping was awarded the “Best of the Best” designation for excellence in Richmond Landscape and Richmond Landscaping by Follow Media Consulting, Inc.

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) February 24, 2013

Green Side Up Landscaping was awarded the “Best of the Best” designation for excellence by Follow Media Consulting, Inc. in the category of Richmond Landscape and Richmond Landscaping. This award signifies the continued commitment and dedication of the areas best in lawn maintenance and landscaping services.

Green Side Up Landscaping is a full service landscaping company serving Richmond and Williamsburg, Va. Their company is currently owned by three people but with only one vision: to create enduring outdoor living spaces in balance with nature that surround the senses with seasons of colorful low-maintenance beauty.

As an ICPI-Certified contractor, they guarantee their paver hardscapes for their craftsmanship — for as long as clients live at their home. Their residential and commercial renovations are in demand because they’re built to last by degreed professionals with higher standards. Since their inception in 2004, the work they do begins in their hearts, and rewards clients with properly drained, healthy, colorful retreats, drives or entrances that they’ll love for a lifetime.

Green Side Up is a full service landscaping contractor. Whether outstanding needs are new landscaping, creating beautiful hardscapes or simply maintaining a yard and gardens they can help to improve the look and value of a property. Green Side Up can help with drainage problems and protect a home’s foundation or build an outdoor retreat that clients will want to share with friends and family for years to come. Call them today at 804-514-4610 to discuss landscaping needs and dreams and let them help make it a reality.

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Green Works announces winners of their Annual Achievement Awards

February 22, 2013

Kristina MacKulin

Green Works/Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association is pleased to announce the winners of their annual awards. Winners received these awards at the recent 2013 Green Works Winter Meeting Trade Show held on 2/13/13 at the UVM Davis Center.

Horticultural Achievement Award

This award is given to individuals connected to the horticultural industry in Vermont, who are over 40 years of age and whose accomplishments have advanced our industry educationally, by plant development or growing, through literature, or through outstanding personal effort. This award is the most prestigious and distinguished that can be received from Green Works/Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association.

WINNER: Don and Lela Avery, Cady’s Falls Nursery, Morrisville, VT.

Nomination Information: Don and Lela are pioneers in the Vermont horticultural scene. In 1980 they founded their retail nursery in the north central part of Vermont, offering a wide selection of herbaceous perennials and woody plants for northern gardens. Ninety five percent of their retail plant offerings are propagated at the nursery.

They grow many classic stalwarts as well as many rare and hard-to-find plants. Some of the distinctive plants they propagate include dwarf and weeping conifers, native ladyslippers, native ferns, bog plants, aquatics, alpines, cacti Itoh hybrid peonies.

Don and Lela have been especially gracious by offering workshops for Green Works members on grafting techniques and propagation by woody cuttings. They are also active members of the Vermont Hardy Plant Club offering even more workshops and tours through this group.

They have chosen to remain a small intimate nursery in order to stay focused on the things they consider important: the evolution of their exquisite and impeccably maintained gardens, the quality of their plants and the quality of the experience people have when they visit the nursery.

Though their gardens and nursery are highly regarded and often written about, Don and Lela remain humble and rooted in their passion for sharing their knowledge with others. We are lucky to have them as a resource and inspiration right here in Vermont.

Environmental Awareness Award

This award is given in recognition of an individual that has implemented an environmentally sound practice that contributes to the protection of our environment.

WINNER: Chris Conant, Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse and Perennial Farm, Colchester, VT.

Nomination Information: My name is Lori King and I am the Head Grower at Claussen’s. It is an honor for Claussen’s to be nominated for the Environmental Awareness Award. Implementing a successful Integrated Pest Management Program is one of those steps.

Our goal is to use biological control (good bugs) rather than using chemical pesticides to control the pest (bad bugs). Weekly scouting is key. This involves walking through the greenhouses and checking monitoring cards and plants in a random pattern for pest. Then we identify, count and record so we can use the correct beneficials for weekly releasing. Early detection helps ensure that problems are managed and minimized.

Claussen’s attends tri state workshops through UVM, as well as seminars and webinars as both participants and as speakers sharing our successes and failures. For several years Claussen’s has worked with the University of Vermont in many capacities from providing greenhouses for testing for Energy Consumption Efficiency to providing space in our greenhouses or assisting with research.

I am proud to work for a company that is a trend setter and is committed to making a better tomorrow while keeping up the Claussen tradition of top quality plants. Let’s all enjoy the flowers and bees for generations to come.

NENA Young Nursery Professional of the Year Award

This is an annual award established by the New England Nursery Association. Its purpose is to reward, to honor and to encourage participation, achievement and growth by an individual who is involved in a related horticultural industry and has not reached the age of 40 years, who has shown involvement in his or her state and/or regional nurserymen’s association, has contributed to the growth and success of their company of employment and has portrayed an image to the public of what our products and services can do for them.

WINNER: Brian Vaughan, Vaughan Landscaping Co., St. George, VT.

Growing up on a dairy farm in Thetford, VT Brian learned what it takes to be successful: Hard work, persistence and honesty in all relationships. After working various jobs and completing a career test Brian decided to pursue a career in horticulture. In 1999 Brian achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry and Landscape Horticulture with a minor in Applied Design. While a student at UVM, Brian established and chaired the UVM Horticultural Club, which is still in existence today.

Brian decided to launch his landscaping business in 2002 specializing in landscape design, stone work and installation. Educating clients and listening to what they want has resulted in long lasting business relationships. Brian guarantees his work and strives to complete projects right the first time. Celebrating 10 years in business Brian will continue to focus on residential garden design and installation.

In 2007 Brian was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Horticulture Farm. While on the Board Brian was asked to take over as Curator of the Perennial Gardens and is currently in this position. Brian holds educational workshops in the perennial gardens in the Spring and Summer. These workshops also maintain the gardens for the annual Bloomtime festival and FHF Plant Sale.

In 2011 Brian was nominated to the VNLA Board and is currently serving as a director. Brian is chair of the Evaluation Planning Committee and on the Newsletter Committee. Brian has been a VNLA member and Vermont Certified Horticulturist since 2000 and uses this valuable certification in his business.

Retailer of the Year Award

This award will be presented annually to a retail garden center or greenhouse operation that stands apart for their excellence in any or all of the following categories: customer service, quality of plant material, knowledge of staff, creativity and innovations in marketing and presentation of retail space, and overall customer experience and satisfaction. This is a new award this year for Green Works.

WINNER: Julie Rubaud, Red Wagon Plant, Hinesburg, VT

Julie Rubaud started as a part-time farmer working with friends at Diggers’ Mirth at the Intervale. While her colleagues planted vegetables, Julie was looking for something to do earlier in the season so she started growing herbs that she sold in clay pots at the Burlington Farmers’ Market. The herb business expanded and she began selling wholesale to Healthy Living, Gardener’s Supply, and the Shelburne Supermarket; outlets which continue to buy from her today.

In 2005, Julie founded Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg. Initially the small nursery was established to expand and support her wholesale operation. But during that first year, people kept coming into her driveway hoping to buy plants, so she started a retail business that has been steadily growing since.

Julie has managed to grow in increments, building a new greenhouse one year, building a display garden the next, and expanding her offerings each year. As the Hinesburg area has grown, Julie has increased her offerings to meet the demand.

Perhaps best of all, many of Julie’s customers don’t meet the stereotype of organic plant purchasers, and as Red Wagon Plants is certified organic Julie has the opportunity to share her beliefs and knowledge which she does not only through sales, but through speaking engagements and an on-line blog.

Red Wagon supports the community plant sales and fundraisers with plants and gift card donations and Julie loves her location on Shelburne Falls Road, surrounded by a haying operation, a raw milk farm, and a horse farm. Julie’s goal is to be welcoming to new gardeners and encourage people to grow their own food. As she continues to grow and offer high quality plants to her community, we’re sure she is achieving her goal.

A UVM Student Merit Award of $350 was awarded to John R. Bruce of Ferrisburgh, VT. This student was recommended by the Plant and Soil Science Committee at UVM.

Information on John:

John is a Vermonter having lived most of his life in Ferrisburg. John is a senior in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture. While at UVM, he has been very busy both in the classroom and out. In addition to excellent grades, John was a Teaching Assistant in the Woody Landscape Plants course last fall, having scored one of the highest grades in the class the previous year. In his extracurricular activities John has been exceptionally active. He is the Vice President of the UVM Horticulture Club, the Vice President of the Mortar Board Society and the President of the UVM Club Quidditch Team! (Yes… Quidditch is a real sport!)

John has been very involved in a variety of horticultural internships and work experiences over the past several years. He has worked at most of the local vineyards (Mina Brothers, Shelburne, East Shore and Lincoln Peak). John was also a Horticultural Intern at UVM this past summer, helping to maintain all the display gardens on campus.

John’s real passion is working with his own market garden that he runs from his parent’s property. He has been supplying produce to two restaurants at Basin Harbor Club and he hopes to continue this after graduating from UVM this spring.

John’s future plans are to continue to expand his market garden business here in Vermont to become a diversified farm that includes livestock, fruit trees and “value-added” products. He also hopes to become part of a “Farm to School” program which connects local school children to farms in the area.

For contact information on the award winners and/or photos please contact me directly.

Green Works/Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association is a non-profit, statewide organization representing Vermont’s garden centers, greenhouses, landscapers, landscape designers and architects, nurseries, arborists, plant maintenance experts, turf care and irrigation specialists, horticultural educators and researchers, and other plant professionals. For more information about our members and the association visit


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Going wild: Native Plant and Natural Landscaping Symposium promotes …

In his award-winning book, “Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains,” botanist and author Tim Spira, Ph.D., brings to light the tapestry of plant life native to the southern Appalachian Mountains. His book organizes plants into natural communities in an effort to connect the public’s growing understanding of the environment and how all parts of the natural world are mutually dependent.

What: Practical information about using native plants in the home landscape to get more birds, butterflies, biodiversity, beauty and a healthy environment with less watering, maintenance, lawn area and chemicals

Who: Organized by the Tennessee Valley chapter of Wild Ones

When: Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Where: Chattanooga State Community College Humanities Building Auditorium, 4501 Amnicola Highway

How much: $40 for Wild Ones members, $50 for nonmembers before March 1; $60 after March 1 (lunch is included with ticket price) 

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Spira, a plant ecologist and native plant gardener who teaches botany at Clemson University, will discuss his book as the keynote speaker during the Native Plant and Natural Landscaping Symposium, which will take place on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga State Humanities Auditorium.

Organized by the Tennessee Valley chapter of Wild Ones, the Native Plant and Natural Landscaping Symposium will provide information about using native plants in residential, public and commercial landscapes to support birds, butterflies, biodiversity, beauty and a healthy environment with less watering, maintenance, lawn area and chemicals.

“The use of native plants is becoming a nationwide trend as more and more people take a sustainable approach to landscaping,” master gardener Sally Wencel, vice president of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, said. “Gardeners can really make a big difference in preserving and creating wildlife habitat through the use of native wildflowers, shrubs and trees.”

The symposium is part of Wild Ones’ mission to promote environmentally sound landscaping practices to save biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Event organizers aim to highlight the diversity of native plant life found in the Cumberland Plateau region, one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world.

“The native wildflowers of Southeast Tennessee often represent the southernmost range of wildflowers found in the North and the northernmost range of wildflowers found in the South,” Wencel said.

Sponsored by the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, the Chattanooga Association of Landscape Professionals, the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County and Chattanooga State Community College, the following educational sessions will be offered during the event:

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachians: Keynote speaker Dr. Tim Spira, author of  “Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains,” will explain native plant life in the area and how plant communities support each other and reduce the need for constant intervention. He will also provide information about wildflowers that make an attractive addition to woodland wildflower landscapes.

Building a Native Plant Garden: Native Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines in the Urban Environment: Leon Bates—a forester, biologist, botanist and urban forester/horticulturist—will demonstrate how native trees, shrubs and vines provide basic building blocks for a sustainable and enjoyable urban or suburban yard.

Great Native Perennials for Your Garden: Andy Sessions, owner of Sunlight Gardens, will discuss native perennials, which offer beauty, low maintenance, flower and foliage integrity, profuse blooming, and insect and disease resistance.

Gardening for Nature—Promoting Biodiversity at Home: Plant ecologist Lisa Wagner, director of education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University, will discuss the use of native plants to encourage birds, butterflies and other creatures to visit and live in the regional landscape.

Managing Invasive Exotic Plants in a Natural Landscape: Cherie Cordell, biological science technician with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has many years of experience in invasive pest plant control and will provide best practices for maintaining a natural landscape.

Symposium speakers will also participate in a group question-and-answer session dealing with gardening challenges in the Tennessee Valley. A selection of native plants will be available for sale from Overhill Gardens of Vonore, Tenn., and Sunlight Gardens of Andersonville, Tenn.

“The symposium is open to anyone who is interested in providing habitat in their yard by putting in a few native wildflowers, shrubs and trees,” Wencel said. “The most sustainable approach to your landscape is a natural approach.”

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Native Plant and Natural Landscaping Symposium, visit

Jenni Frankenberg Veal is a freelance writer and naturalist living on Walden’s Ridge, whose writing interests include conservation, outdoor travel and sustainable living. Visit her blog at

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Gardeners swap tips at Unitarian Congregation

Chabad marks Purim Japanese style

Chabad marks Purim Japanese style

The congregation at Chabad Jewish Discovery Centre celebrated Purim on Sunday with — what else? — sushi and sake.

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Seminar in Ottertail to offer lakescaping, rain garden tips

A Lakescaping and Rain Garden Seminar will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Thumper Pond, 300 Thumper Lodge Road in Ottertail.

According to the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lakes Associations (COLA), the event organizer, the seminar is billed as a Lakescaping and Rain Garden Seminar, but it is really a way to get energized and ready for spring while learning about native plants.

The speakers will dispel myths about native plants and unlock the secrets to a beautiful water wise landscape.

Carrol Henderson, the co-author of Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality, has a background in ecology, wildlife management and botany. Henderson joined the Department of Natural Resources in 1974 and is the unit supervisor for the Nongame Wildlife Program. He will unlock the secrets to creating a landscape that is beneficial for both wildlife and water quality.

Lynn Steiner, the author of Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota, is one of the best-known gardening writers in Minnesota; her photographs are a feast for the mind and the soul. She will dispel myths about native plants and provide information on those native plants that would best fit your residential landscape needs.

EOT SWCD offering financial incentives

A growing number of Otter Tail County residents are taking advantage of an incentive offered by East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District to protect and restore their shoreline and control runoff in a “green” way.

Attractive, low maintenance native plants are taking root across the County as lakeshore owners are discovering how well adapted, beautiful and beneficial they are.

The residents of area lakes are so enchanted by native plants that they are leading the effort to transform their properties to control erosion and improve water quality.

With expert help and financial assistance from the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District, some are using perennial native plants and creating eco-friendly shoreland areas to control erosion and others are installing rain gardens to absorb, filter and clean rain water.

In the process, they are finding that they are creating habitat for colorful butterflies, birds and beneficial insects.

The benefits of a natural shoreline

Many first-time lakeshore owners want their property to look like their property in the city, including a manicured lawn that stretches to the waterfront. However, homeowners are learning that they don’t have to sacrifice their view or water access when they use native plants to protect their shoreline from erosion.

Homeowners are also finding out that the less work they do “to the shore” is the less work they have to do “at the shore” and the time once spent caring for a manicured lawn becomes time for gardening, fishing, reading and relaxing.

Rain gardens are hottest landscaping trend

All gardens serve a purpose. While the vegetable garden’s purpose is to grow good things to eat, the rain garden’s purpose is to act like a sponge to capture rain water and filter pollutants (such as pet waste, sediment, fertilizers and chemicals).

Ideally, a rain garden is planted with a variety of native plants that are adapted to the specific site conditions. However, the main difference between a rain garden and a vegetable garden or flower bed is that a rain garden is bowl shaped while other planting beds are mounded or flat.

Save the date

The seminar on April 27 is designed for anyone interested in learning about shrubs, plants and flowers native to our region. Whether you are a beginner or master gardener, whether you are a city dweller or own waterfront property, if you are in need of erosion control, want to help improve water quality and/or learn how to attract beautiful butterflies and birds to your back yard, this seminar is for you.

The seminar is open to the public and free of charge. It will last about two hours, however, attendees should allow time before and after to talk one-on-one with knowledgeable people who understand how to enhance the value of your property while protecting the health of the natural environment.

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