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Man sentenced for clothes iron assault

A 19-year-old man was sentenced Monday in Yellowstone County District Court for hitting his uncle in the head with a clothes iron.

Judge Gregory Todd ordered Edward Leroy Widner III to serve three years with the state Department of Corrections, with one year suspended, for felony assault with a weapon.

The judge said the sentence would run concurrent to a sentence Widner is serving as the result of a conviction in federal court. Widner was convicted in federal court as a juvenile, but details of the offense and sentence are not public record.

Todd also ordered Widner to complete aggression control counseling but said he would get credit for any similar counseling he receives while serving his federal sentence.

A misdemeanor assault charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Widner declined to make a statement before he was sentenced.

Widner was charged for an incident last Sept. 9 at the Comfort Inn motel on Overland Drive. Police were called for a disturbance and found Widner passed out on the landscaping rocks in front of the motel.

Witnesses said Widner was with his uncle and several other people in a motel room when an argument broke out. Widner punched his uncle and hit him in the head with a clothes iron.

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Home show builds up ideas for spectators

Wandering around the Holum Expo Center at the Brown County Fairgrounds, Becky Washnok held a packet thick with brochures on paint colors, home designs and other samples.

 Washnok was one of an estimated 2,000 people perusing booths at the 12th annual Home Show on Saturday and Sunday. Put on by the Aberdeen Home Builders Association, the event draws landscapers, contractors and other vendors in the area to the fairgrounds to display their skills and wares for potential home builders and renovators.

 Washnok, a native of Aberdeen, moved back from Wyoming more than a year ago and was researching how to build a home.

 “I’m just looking for ideas from vendors,” said Washnok, 30.

 And ideas were abundant at the expo. There were contractors that advertised laying down the foundation of a home, others that talked about floors, some that designed garden landscape, and still others who specialized in pools.

 Laura Staebner, chairwoman of the event, said there were 70 vendors at the expo.

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The 26th Annual Denver Home Show inspires exciting ideas for the home: both …

DENVER – Who: Whether you have a green thumb, a knack for do-it-yourself renovations or a desire to create your own vegetable garden, the 26th annual Denver Home Show has something for everyone.


What: The home-focused extravaganza will be held this weekend, March 15 – 17, at the National Western Complex in Denver. Experts in home décor, gardening, landscaping and remodeling will be on-hand to provide visitors with expert advice and inspiration.


Tickets are $9.00 online at or $11.00 at the door. Children 12 and under are FREE.  And, in honor of all service members who help keep our homes, our neighborhoods and our country safe, the Show is offering FREE admission to anyone currently serving in the military, fire department or police force. All service members must show a valid service ID at the Show Office to receive a complimentary admission. This offer is only valid on Friday, March 15.


With everything from beautiful Japanese flower arrangements to the newest home improvement gadgets, the Denver Home Show is a perfect weekend event for everyone in the family. Some key show highlights include:

  • The Truth about Landscaping: Ahmed Hassan, landscape extraordinaire and past host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers and regular guest contributor for the CBS Early Show and NBC’s Today Show, will be presenting “The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth About Landscaping.” Presentations will be given on the Main Stage at 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.


  • Day and Night in the Garden:Stroll through the extraordinary Gardens of Excellence, designed and created by Colorado’s top landscape professionals. Discover the latest in creative design concepts, sustainable landscaping ideas and outdoor entertaining.


  • Innovation for the Modern Home:Boulder’s Wynn Waggoner will be showcasing 2,000 square feet of new designs, materials and ideas. With the help of an entire collection of local industry professionals, visitors will learn what is needed to bring a homeowner’s remodeling dreams to completion.


  • Competing for the Cup:The Floral Association of the Rockies will be holding their Rocky Mountain Cup contest at the Show. The Premier Competition will take place at 3 p.m. These five finalists will have one hour to design their beautiful creations. From novice to experienced designer, all entrants have a chance to win a monetary prize, the Rocky Mountain Cup, and of course, bragging rights.


  • Look What’s Cooking at the Show: The Kitchen Stage will be holding demonstrations and contests throughout the weekend, including local Chef Richard Glover who will demonstrate his cooking talents and KIMN’s Jeremy Padgett as he competes against three lucky on-air winners to create a simple crock pot dish.   


  • Sogetsu – The Art of Flower Arranging: Learn the art of Ikebana from the masters of Sogetsu Colorado! One of the Show’s most popular demonstrations and displays, numerous presentations will be given throughout all three days of the show.


  • Ask-A-Designer!: Denver Home Show Interior Designer Wynn Waggoner will be conducting FREE 10-minute consultations. Bring color swatches, design plans or pictures from home magazines and Wynn will get you on track to creating the home you’ve always wanted. Stop by booth # 1741 to sign up for a time.


  • And much more!



Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th: 10-9pm

Sunday, March 17th: 10-5pm



National Western Complex, Expo Hall and Arena

4655 Humboldt Street

Denver, CO 80216

Located just east of 1-25 and 1-70 and easily accessible by taking Brighton Blvd. or Coliseum exits.

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Want a garden on your wall? – U

If you’re over the potted-plant look and have some tax money to spend on your home or business, one thing to consider is a wall garden or green roof.

This special niche in the landscaping world remains relatively unknown but has in recent years attracted big-time clients like celeb chef Mario Batali, SDGE and Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley, a major regional mall in Southern California.

The firm that served those clients and many more is Good Earth Plants, which evolved from a downtown San Diego plant kiosk to a warehouse space in Kearny Mesa. It also birthed sister company Greenscaped Buildings.

Most of Good Earth Plants’ work is plant landscaping, but its green roof-living wall portion of business is nearing 50 percent, said president and founder Jim Mumford. Two years ago, it was non-existent.

“I’m not going to get rich on it,” said Mumford, referring to his specialty installations. “It gives us steady work. It’s a very niche part of the landscaping world.”

The U-T San Diego talked to Mumford about the growth of his business and why someone would want to install one of his alternative gardens.

Q: You gradually entered this niche market over the course of many years. How did that go?

A: It was 1994. I sold off all my flower shops. I had three retail locations. I wanted to focus on just plant service. An architectural convention came to town in 2003. I saw a sheet of a green-roof module tray. I didn’t understand it. But I was intrigued. Also, it was 2003, and the Cedar Fire came. It burned down my house. I lived by Barona. I had two little kids and I was rebuilding my house. I started looking for what was different. I talked to a colleague who heard about the green-roof thing.

Q: Then what happened?

A: I said ‘Gee, no one is doing green roofs here. What do I do?’ I had buildings. I said, ‘Let’s do one of them.’ … In March 2007, I did engineering and put a new roof down with three inches of soil in the current office building in Kearny Mesa. It was the first green roof on an occupied commercial building in San Diego.

Q: Why do people do green roofs and living walls?

A: Sometime for the environmental benefit. Many times, the view. The main one is how they cool your house down. Also, the codes have changed. When rain hits your house and it goes down, it’s bad because of runoff. So a green roof can mitigate that. They hold onto 60 percent to 80 percent of rainfall when it rains on buildings. Other benefits for both include biodiversity. It’s a habitat for birds, bees and critters.

Q: What’s the demand been like?

A: It didn’t even exist a few years ago. There’s been a tremendous amount of inquiries. But when you get into costs, reality starts to set in and the percentage of clients going forward diminishes greatly.

Q: What kind of costs are we looking at?

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Organic Gardening Tour coming to Shades of Texas Nursery & Landscaping

Organic Gardening Tour coming to Shades of Texas Nursery  Landscaping

Organic Gardening Tour coming to Shades of Texas Nursery Landscaping

Looking for container gardening tips? The Organic Gardening Tour at Shades of Texas Nursery Landscaping is a place to start.

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 10:37 am

Organic Gardening Tour coming to Shades of Texas Nursery Landscaping

The 2013 Organic Gardening Tour featuring Shawna Coronado is coming to Shades of Texas Nursery Landscaping Sunday (March 17) from 1-5 p.m.

Nationally recognized gardening guru Shawna Coronado will be on hand. Her goal is to motivate the everyday homeowner to learn how to save money, build community and go green. Shawna promotes socially good ideas like individual residents feed the hungry, improving water sustainability, and increase neighborhood’s economic viability with gardening and green living techniques.

Homeowners tired of spending money on container gardens just to have them die through the heat and growing conditions of the summer can learn tips to help container gardens survive the summer heat with less disease and fungus and best yet – with less water use (which saves money) – by utilizing Shawna’s secret container gardening tips.

Shades of Texas Nursery Landscaping is located at 2618 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston, 77598.


Monday, March 11, 2013 10:37 am.

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Edible mulch: Extreme edible landscaping gains popularity

The revival of edible landscaping has brought new life to urban gardens as plants are grown for both ornamental and practical purpose, but Ari LeVaux, syndicated food columnist, has taken it a step further and added edible mulch to his garden. That’s right, according to a Slate report dated March 8, Ari grows delicious greens as living mulch under his veggies.

Although Levaux admits that it may seem a bit lazy and unorganized, he has found a practical use for leftover seeds that actually improves the garden. He mixes them all in a bag and scatters them over prepared soil and lets them grow where they land.

His mixture, of course, consists of greens such as beets, spinach, chard and a variety of lettuce. He even throws carrots into the mix. These seeds sprout and grow in the area around his main crops. Because they have small root systems and are planted with larger vegetables, such as corn, tomatoes and broccoli the edible mulch doesn’t interfere with the main crop.

Ari adds that edible mulch can be started before planting other vegetables. He explains that he simply clears an area when he wants to plant larger veggies and pops them into the soil.

Flower seeds can be added to the mix as well and would work well with dwarf zinnias, marigold and bright pansies – but what you add it up to you.


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Masteful gardener: Tips on best practices for water gardening

Spring is coming, and gardeners already are planning for the next season.

Most of the gardens planted are the typical, dry, land type, but a growing number of gardeners are adding water features to their landscapes. These are different from a pond in that they are self-contained.

A water garden is basically an outdoor aquarium, where the gardener manages the nutrients, plants and animals in the system.

Care should be taken when you stock the water feature. Invasive plants or animals can be ordered and delivered to you or purchased locally. Unwelcome hitchhikers also might accompany your purchase.

Plants and animals known to be invasive or prohibited in the state are often part of plant orders in the water or solid plant medium.

Plants should be inspected carefully and cleaned before being added to a water garden or water feature, so you know the only plant you are adding is a plant you want to have there.

Any hardy, non-native plant or animal species might become the next problematic invasive species. In addition, many closely related plants can hybridize with the native species, often passing on aggressive traits.

When selecting plants, consider using species native to the region or, if you use exotic plants, manage them carefully and dispose of them properly.

Never use any invasive plant unless it is well outside its hardiness zone. Pennsylvania ranges in hardiness zones from 5a at its coldest to 7b. This is warmer than

the previous designation.

Choose a reputable nursery, ask if the vendor is aware of regional or federal restrictions, and verify the scientific names are correct.

The only way to be confident about what you are buying is to do some research and know the scientific name for plants you want to buy — or want to avoid. Common names might be used for several different species, not all of which are harmless.

Snails, by their nature, are generally easily moved or move themselves under moist conditions. They often are intermediate hosts for parasites and have a large appetite for vegetation that we don’t necessarily want eaten. For this reason, buying them for water gardens is not recommended.

Fish are sometimes added to water gardens for visual interest. Keep in mind that they will add nutrients to the system that you will have to remove with filters or balance using plants.

The fish commonly used in water gardens are goldfish and koi, both of which are carp from Asia.

As such, they should never be released or allowed to escape. They consume water plants, and can make the water cloudy as they feed. Carp also grow quite large, sometimes outgrowing their space.

Hold fish for two weeks before adding them to ensure they are healthy. Add the fish to the garden but not the water they came in. The water can carry disease.

Fish also might be an attractant to birds that consider that expensive koi a tasty snack.

Local amphibians such as frogs, toads or salamanders might decide your water garden is a good place to reproduce or hang out. Fish are competitors that eat their eggs.

Local turtles also might move into your water feature, and birds and butterflies will come for a drink. Rather than investing in exotic animals, rely on the locals to move in.

Best management practices for water gardens

— When siting your water garden, consider proximity to natural water bodies or storm drains that might connect to them. Flooding can cause the release of plants and animals.

— Be sure your nutrients are in balance and your filters are working — any plant will get out of hand if over-fertilized.

— Plan your garden — be sure that what is going in and around the garden is native or can be controlled. Seeds can spread into the wild, even if the plant seems well behaved in the garden.

— If you do want non-native plants, be sure they are not considered noxious, and be very careful to manage them.

— Know where your plants are coming from and that they are properly identified. Ask your local plant supplier if they are aware of state and federal restrictions. Be particularly careful of mail-order materials.

— Clean and inspect everything before placing it in the water garden. Plants should be rinsed in clean tap water in a light-colored vessel so you can see they are clean. Especially “dirty” plants can be rinsed in a chlorine dip.

— Avoid snails. They are very easily spread by moving themselves or being picked up by wildlife. Some can even pass through the gut of birds without damage when eaten.Masterful Gardening, a weekly column written by master gardeners with the Penn State York County Cooperative Extension, appears Sundays in Home Source. Diane Oleson can be reached at 840-7408 or

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Get a head start on spring with home and garden tips

LAFAYETTE and MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – It was out with the snow and in with the warm weather this weekend, which means you might be thinking about those home improvement projects.

Spring fever is in full swing in and this weekend, thousands of home-owners and do-it-your-selfers were at the Builders Association of Greater Lafayette Home Building and Remodeling show at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds, as well as the Lakes Area Home and Garden Show in Monticello.

We got some quick tips on how you can spruce up your home this spring.

“The biggest thing for do-it-your-selfers is get out there, get the walls clean with bright and shiny neutral tones, a little bit of white and a bright color as decor splash just for creating interest. And, keep it simple,” Residential realtor Aimee Ness said.

Ness says a quick coat of paint can freshen up any home. And this year’s hot color: emerald. But she warns a bold color like that is best used as an accent color.

Ness says the two easiest rooms to do a quick remodel in your home are the bathroom and kitchen.

She says a quick and inexpensive trip to the hardware store can freshen up a room.

“Any type of ceramic is big,” Ness said. “This year they’re moving toward brass for knobs and poles. A lot of the colors are still neutral. We’re looking at sandstone and things like that. A little bit of lighter gray if you went on the cool tones.”

And with the changing weather don’t forget about the most important part of your home: the foundation.

Crawlspace Remediation owner Sam Goode says melting snow and spring showers could impact your foundation and crawlspace.

“As a building gets older, concrete breaks down. It’s a porous substance, so water can get in there and really cause a lot of damage over time,” Goode said. “Unfortunately it’s unlike your roof though. You see your roof every day. You look up there you see a tree branch; you think about it. Your crawlspace though is out of sight, out of mind.”

Goode says if you plan on doing any repairs yourself, make sure you have all the proper tools and hydraulic jacks.
And last, but certainly not least, Goode says flowers also make saying goodbye to those long winter days a little easier.

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GARDENING: Plan ahead with a garden design

Vegetable garden

Vegetable garden

A trellis was used in the center of this garden to maximize the growing space for squash.

Garden plan

Garden plan

This garden plan drawing from 2012 shows the placement of various vegetables including lettuce, squash, peas, tomatoes, carrots, herbs and more.

Amy Andrychowicz

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 4:00 pm

Updated: 10:09 am, Fri Mar 8, 2013.

GARDENING: Plan ahead with a garden design


Chanhassen Villager


Spring fever is starting to set in, and it’s the perfect time to plan this summer’s vegetable garden. Taking the time to plan the garden makes life much easier when you’re ready to plant.

When I first started gardening, planting the vegetable garden was very stressful for me. I used to “plan” as I went, deciding where to put stuff as I planted it. It was stressful because by the time I was half way through the pile of seedlings waiting to be planted, I was out of space in the garden. I would find myself cramming the rest of the seedlings in amongst the stuff I had already planted.

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Internationally Themed Gardens Display New Green Designs

SAN FRANCISCO, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The 28th Annual San Francisco Flower Garden Show dramatically ushers in Spring with a spectacular new show featuring unique and beautiful display gardens created by top West Coast garden designers inspired by this year’s international “Gardens Make the World Go Round” theme. It’s held over five days, Wednesday through Sunday, March 20-24, 2013 at the San Mateo Event Center. Tickets are available at and it’s free for kids 16 under.

New gardens this year show a great diversity in design approach, green materials and bold styling.

The Globe- “A World of Succulent Gardens”: Succulent Gardens, comprises the world’s largest living, rotating succulent Globe with succulents depicting the seas and continents.

China- “Harmonious Visions”: Academy of Art University illustrates powerful use of simple elements of nature to create a place of serenity and contemplation.

England- “Wanted Weeds”: Urban Hedgerow inspires conversation about European weed “invaders” with their true virtue being host plants nectar sources.

Wonderland- “The Tomorrow We Were Promised Yesterday”: Arterra Landscape Architects features all that a garden can be– fun, colorful and creative.

Mexico- “Inside Out”: Arizona State University uses inspiration from urban Mexican culture, combining elements that differ in size and function.

Hawaii- Cummings Masonry Landscape uses cliff rock and resort-style water use in their outdoor living design.

Thailand- Bay Maples garden uses recirculating aquaponic vegetable beds, with salvaged and re-purposed materials.

Babylon and Assyria- “Ancient Gardens” :SF Flower Garden Show,
Quality First Construction, Cummings Masonry, Golden Gate Palms, Vecchio Olives, Pacific Nurseries, French’s Waterscapes, and Zeterre– An interpretation of the historical Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

United States- “California Dreaming Green”: Gibeaus Gardens features color and form ensuring a haven for birds, bees and butterflies.

The Island of Flores- “Aqua Vita”: Goulart Designs focuses on the healing waters of the Azores, with natural water features, boulder seats and natural stone pathways.

The Netherlands- “Tectonic Rift—Pangea Future”: The Groundworks Office symbolizing the ephemeral quality of landscape and delicate plantings.

China- “Harmonious Visions”: UC Berkeley-The school of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning design is their riff on a Chinese garden.

The Philippines: Landscape Restoration by Dan Pozzi shows a tropical paradise with simple elements easily incorporated in any yard.

Ireland- “Glade”: Mariposa Gardening Design and Greenlee Associates features dry-laid leaning flagstone walls and conifer trees evoking the mystery of a meadow glade.

Iceland- “The Hidden People”: McKenna Landscape amplifies the people of Icelandic folklore utilizing natural landforms suitable for outdoor dining and play space.

South Africa- “Djuma Safari Lodge”: Outdoor Environments creates a lodge lying in the heart of the veldt, the great grasslands flowing through Africa.

Italy-“Bel Giardino, Alfresco”: Seville Landscape–reminiscent of an ancient Roman-style pleasure garden including courtyard and kitchen.

Australia-Envision Landscape Studio—A garden of Mediterranean-climate plants suitable for growing in the Bay Area.


SOURCE San Francisco Flower Garden Show

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