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Transit-oriented development concept proposed for Penn Station

Homes, offices and shops would sprout around Baltimore’s Penn Station under a preliminary plan developed for Amtrak for the midtown site.

The national passenger railroad tapped Beatty Development, the Baltimore-based developer responsible for Harbor East and Harbor Point, late last year to create a master plan and lead the redevelopment of about seven acres of underused land around the century-old train station.

Beatty Development’s vision calls for the construction of up to 1.5 million square feet of new residences and commercial space at a cost of about $500 million over the next decade.

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The project would span the divide between Mount Vernon and Charles North created by Interstate 83 and the rail lines and anchor the budding Station North arts and entertainment district.

“Station North is an amazing area,” said Michael L. Ricketts, vice president of development for Beatty Development, which Amtrak selected through a competitive process. “It just needs investment. Investment around the train station, a transit link, will spill into North Avenue and the whole neighborhood. It is transformational for Baltimore.”

The master plan shows housing on a parking lot north of the station bordered by North Charles, Lanvale and St. Paul streets. Two office buildings would rise, one with ground-level shops across Charles Street from the station and the other across St. Paul Street.

Developers envision a canopy soaring over the station’s platform, creating a visual connection between the train station and the new development. Beatty Development also would renovate the upper three levels of the station, possibly for office space, Ricketts said.

Whatever is ultimately built would depend on market demand and available financing, Ricketts added. And what Amtrak wants.

Amtrak, which owns most of the property, now will take the Beatty plan and develop a strategic plan for the station that will also examine the station’s short- and long-range needs for high speed, intercity and commuter rail. Amtrak’s ridership in Baltimore grew 8 percent in its fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

An Amtrak official declined to comment on the master plan, saying in an email that the rail operator is just starting the planning process.

“At this early stage, Amtrak and our partners are focused on developing a viable plan for Baltimore Penn Station that incorporates the growing transportation needs of the region and creates dynamic and vibrant development opportunities that will benefit the community as a whole,” Stephen Gardner, vice president of northeast corridor infrastructure and investment development, said in the email.

Amtrak has been looking at ways to maximize revenue from its underused station properties for years. In Philadelphia, Amtrak leased land across from 30th Street Station to a developer that built a 28-story office tower that opened in 2005.

Similar planning is under way for Amtrak’s Union Station in Washington, D.C. A 20-year master plan released last summer proposes station improvements to triple passenger capacity and create a new urban neighborhood with public plazas, shops, hotels, offices and residences.

Amtrak has spent about $7 million over the past three years improving Penn Station, it’s eighth-busiest station, installing new concourse windows, ceiling tiles, lighting and an electronic train information board. An additional roughly $1 million in upgrades are planned this year, including restroom renovations, painting, landscaping and a new video-enabled Visit Baltimore welcome sign.

Baltimore officials view Penn Station as a key access point into the city. It’s not only served by Amtrak, but by the state’s MARC commuter train service.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake formed an advisory committee last year to come up with ideas to improve the rail corridor leading into the city with clean-up and “greening” projects and to encourage Amtrak to improve Penn Station.

“I think it’s absolutely fantastic,” said Kaliope Parthemos, the city’s deputy chief of economic and neighborhood development, of the development plans. “It provides the transit-oriented-development that site needs.”

High-density, mixed-use development close to mass transit has become a new model for planners in Baltimore and elsewhere seeking to spur redevelopment while easing suburban sprawl and traffic.

In the Baltimore area, which has largely unconnected systems of commuter bus and rail service, such projects have been slow to take hold. For example, Metro Centre in Owings Mills, where apartments, offices and shops are being built near a Metro station, is still a work in progress.

City and community leaders see the Penn Station project as crucial to the developing Station North district.

Article source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-penn-station-development-20130313,0,6650333.story

Wilmington Woman’s Club changes focus of fundraiser show

Whether they want to or not, these days more and more women are taking care of business. And the Wilmington Woman’s Club is taking note.

For the first time since 1980, the club is switching the focus of its annual fundraiser in an effort to better equip women of today’s world. Instead of doing the usual home-and-garden Coastal Living Show, the 53 member group will host the first-ever “Women’s Show 2013 – Navigating Life.”

The show will be held March 16 and 17 at Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center. It will feature a wide variety of vendors including an all-woman fencing company, auto repair shops and a female dominated law firm.

“We’re finding a trend … more women are finding themselves in charge of their financial health. I have women taking care of their parents, their children and their spouse, all at the same time while working. So we’re really multi-tasking,” said Lisa Salines-Mondello of the Elder Law Firm, one of the first vendors to sign up.

Proceeds of the Women’s Show will go to nine nonprofits that focus on helping women and children.

Geneva Reid, a member of the Wilmington Woman’s Club and one of the show organizers, shares how the new focus has the potential to do great things for Wilmington.

Q. So, why the switch?

A. Attendance at the Coastal Living Show had been dwindling. We were just another home and garden show. Last year, one our vendors commented on how we were doing much more than showing women how to decorate the house and do landscaping. Our show, she said had more depth. She encouraged us. So many women are making financial decisions. So many women are living independently. Helping women feel good about taking on these responsibilities, that was more appropriate for the women of 2013 than how to decorate the living room.

Q. What can people expect?

A. It’s insight into handling finances, staying healthy, maintaining the family car. We want to really show how to really liberate women and help them effectively maneuver between all these things and with ease. And, yes, you can still discover some new ideas for landscaping and home décor.

Q. You yourself recently experienced feeling liberated. What happened?

A. I drive an old Volvo and the headliner was always messed up. (That’s the cloth in the car’s ceiling.) I went to Autozone and they told me exactly what I needed to do and I came home and did it. That was such a good feeling, to know I don’t always have to go and get it done and everything doesn’t always have to be done by my husband. It was a good feeling to be able to do it myself.

Q. Ho much do you hope to raise and who benefits?

A. $30,000. We are a 501(c)3 organization. A hundred percent of our proceeds benefit our benevolences, which are primarily focused on women and children. We give scholarships to the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College. We support the Domestic Violence Shelter, the Cape Fear Literacy Council, the Kids Making It program, the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Women of Hope, Guardian ad Litem, and Cape Fear Clinic.

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Article source: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130313/ARTICLES/130319848?Title=Wilmington-Woman-s-Club-changes-focus-of-fundraiser-show

HOME & GARDEN: Come to the SACA Home and Garden Show!

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SIERRA VISTA — Cochise County residents looking for information, supplies and inspiration for their home need look no farther, the annual Southeastern Arizona Contractors Association (SACA) Home and Garden Expo is nearly here.

For the last two decades, the expo has provided area residents with an opportunity to see first-hand the newest trends and opportunities in home construction and remodeling, from energy efficiency and building materials for inside them home, to landscaping ideas for outside.

Anywhere between two- and three thousand people are expected to visit and explore the dozens of vendor booths located inside Buena High School over the two-day event, said Wayne Gregan, co-owner of RR Express with his wife, Patty.

“We wanted to bring the best possible show that we could do for Sierra Vista and Cochise County,” said Gregan, who sits on the SACA board of directors and coordinated this year’s expo.

While vendors have come from as far away as Phoenix this year, Gregan said that the first year the SACA board handled the entire proved how impressive the local market really is.

“The thing that’s nice, that we’ve learned, is we have a great depth of talent in town that we can tap into,” he said.

The goal of this years expo as it is every year, is “first and foremost, what we’re trying to do is bring new, innovative ideas that are driven toward home improvement and home construction,” he said. With various home builders like Castle and Cooke in attendance, that venue should be well covered for anyone in the market for a new home.

For remodeling and revamping existing homes, they key is to educate people as to what their options are so they can make an informed decision.

“We want the folks in Cochise County to come to the show and see some of the new innovative ideas that are out there,” he said. “People don’t know what they can afford because they don’t necessarily know what it costs.”

With alternative energy continuing to appeal to residents, about a half-dozen solar-centric vendors have signed up for this year’s expo.

While attendees can expect to see much of the same quality vendors and displays at the event, there are a few new aspects to it this time around.

Visitors can rest their feet for a moment with three different performances by Buena High School students in the Performing Arts Center.

Both days of the expo, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., will feature either a one-act play, an improv demonstration or a performance by the school band.

Those interested in the inner workings of the PAC can attend a backstage tour conducted by Buena students as well, Gregan said.

This year will also feature more outdoor vendors than in the past, ranging from motorcycle training, to fencing to car dealerships.

The free SACA Home and Garden Expo is held at Buena High School and starts Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Article source: http://www.svherald.com/content/news/2013/03/13/348600

Home and Garden Show coming to I-Drive next weekend.

Jason Cameron will discuss his passion for Architecture and Wood Shop at the Central Florida Home Garden Show.

ORLANDO – It might be about windows, or maybe great tips on landscaping.
You could find the most innovative gardening techniques alongside meals prepared by some of Central Florida’s most prominent chefs.
And then there’s those helpful tips on the latest in pet grooming.
Next week, one of this region’s most popular spring events comes back, when the 2013 Central Florida Home Garden Show arrives at the Orange County Convention Center, once again offering advice, products and services designed to help local residents find creative ways to renew and restore their home.
It runs March 22-24 in the convention center’s Hall South B in the Center’s South Concourse. Highlights this year include Hero Day, held on Friday, which offers free admission to members of the military, both current and retired, and first responders.
Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Champions for Children Corner is also allowing guests to have an opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause. Guests can spin a prize wheel, putt for prizes and bid on celebrity painted bird houses, with the funds raised from this activity going to support Florida’s neediest kids.
There will also be ice and fruit carving displays all weekend by Laz of Wizard Connection, designer rooms with suggestions for ways to refresh and restyle a home, and contests and prize drawings.
This show is put on by Marketplace Events, which creates expositions that bring together the public with experts, products and services in the field of home improvement. This latest event coming to Orlando will introduce visitors to innovative products, ideas and advice in the areas of remodeling, home improvement and gardening, and will feature hundreds of experts under one roof, covering everything from flooring to cabinets to gardening.
This year, Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes will be a guest speaker, talking about architecture and his wood shop, and there will be an Edible Orlando Cooking Stage featuring top local chefs preparing their most popular meals.
Among those scheduled to demonstrate their signature recipes are James and Julie Petrakis of the The Ravenous Pig; Kevin Spencer of Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops at Hilton Orlando; Greg Picard, executive chef for Orlando World Center Marriott; Dun Chau, chef at Sushi House Orlando; Danny Otera of Teak Neighborhood Grill; and chefs and experts from Whole Foods Market, New York Dinger and World of Beer.
Gloria B, the bi-lingual host of KQ103 FM’s afternoon drive show, will be on stage Saturday at 3:30 p.m., while Harry P. Leu Gardens Director Robert Bowden will also be a presenter.
Guests can also bring their cats and dogs to this event, since it will feature a Pet Pavilion sponsored by Urban Pet Magazine and Stanley Steemer. There will be exhibitors at the pavilion discussing everything from emergency vet care, boarding, training and pet rescue services, to the latest in pet grooming techniques.
“Our shows offer something for everyone,” said Cristian Moore, show manager for Marketplace Events. “Whether they have a specific project in mind or simply want to enjoy a fun day out, local residents and visitors can refresh their space, reinvent their décor and restyle their lives at our show.”
For more information, call 877-871-SHOW (7469). The event runs on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tickets, which will be available at the door, cost $10 for adults age 13 and older, and $5 for seniors 60 and older and children ages 6-12. Children ages five and under get in free.

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Flower & Garden Show to offer a taste of spring

Boston’s famous flower show has been signaling the wind-down of winter since 1834. This year’s edition, The 2013 Boston Flower Garden Show, blooms indoors at the Seaport World Trade Center Thursday through Sunday.

Finally.

The theme “Seeds of Change” embraces both environmental concerns and the down-home pleasures of vegetable gardening. The dozens of scheduled presentations include tips on how to raise chickens and keep bees — two fast-growing hobbies. Ecologists will lecture on controlling invasive species and reusing water. Local chefs will show how to grow, use, and preserve herbs and produce. There will also be plenty of pops of color, such as Deborah Trickett’s lecture on creating “Jaw-Dropping, Traffic-Stopping, Get-Your-Neighbors-Talking Container Gardens.”

Most appreciated will be the instant gardens in full bloom. (If they can do this for the flower show, why can’t they do it for your daughter’s backyard wedding?) Favorite returning exhibitors include Miskovsky Landscaping of Falmouth, Earthworks of Leverett, Heimlich Nurseries of Woburn, and Peter R. Sedeck of Lakeville who includes exotic birds in his Eden-like designs. Debi Hogan and Warren Leach of Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth will contribute one of their crowd pleasing miniature gardens where 1 inch represents 1 foot in scale and a begonia does a good imitation of a Japanese maple tree while nasturtium seedlings stand in for lotus leaves.

The roots of the Boston flower show go back to 1834 when the Massachusetts Horticultural Society held its first large show in Faneuil Hall, primarily for farmers and gentlemen to exhibit their homegrown produce, especially new fruit varieties. The Concord grape was introduced at the 1854 exhibition. The Society ran the show for 137 years before its financial meltdown in 2009. This resurrected version of the show is produced by Paragon Group of Needham with long-time director Carolyn H. Weston.

But Mass Hort still has an important role. It oversees all the amateur competitions, including a floral design show and an Ikebana International Exhibit. Seven small gardens, called vignettes, trace Mass Hort’s long history, including its role in the creation of Mount Auburn Cemetery in 1831, the Window Gardening Movement of the 1870s, the School Yard Experiment of 1891, and the Victory Gardens of WWII. The noteworthy designers include Julie Moir Messervy, Paul Miskovsky, and Marisa McCoy.

There will also be educational children’s activities and the state Master Gardener’s Association on hand for your questions. For hours, ticket prices, and more information, visit www.bostonflowershow.com.

Article source: http://bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2013/03/13/flower-garden-show-offer-taste-spring/ejjGVrMfXwrf5cUhqVIRZN/story.html

Garden Calendar: See Tyler’s azalea trail in bloom

AZALEA TRAIL: See 10 miles of azaleas, dogwoods and spring flowers in Tyler during its 54th annual event. Friday through April 7. 315 N. Broadway, Tyler. Complimentary visitor packets are available by calling 1-800-235-5712 or at visittyler.com.

GREAT BIG TEXAS HOME SHOW: Visitors can learn about some of the Lone Star State’s most historic places with the Landmarks of Texas Garden. Other home and garden vendors and experts will be available at the Great Big Texas Home Show. Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St. $10.

GARDEN ED: Free classes at North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas. 214-363-5316. nhg.com.

Vermicomposting, 12:30 p.m. Friday

Eco Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Hatching backyard hens, 10 a.m. Saturday

Chicken sale, 11 a.m. Saturday

Scented gardens, 11 a.m. Saturday

Building hanging baskets, 10 a.m. March 21

BIG BLOOMERS: Learn which plants are hot this season and how they add flair to your landscape. 10:15 a.m. Saturday. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. Free. calloways.com.

BLOOMIN’ BEVERAGES: Learn how to create drinks using herbs, vegetables and flowers. 10:30 a.m. Saturday at both Redenta’s locations, 5111 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington, and 2001 Skillman St., Dallas. Free. redentas.com.

PLANT SALE, EXPO: The Ellis County Master Gardeners Association will host the Lawn Garden Expo, featuring speakers, prizes and vendors offering garden-related products and services. The county’s master gardeners have grown a variety of plants for the sale, including the hottest pepper in the world, heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, herbs, butterfly plants and Texas-tough perennials. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane. $5; children under 12 free. ecmga.com.

GROWING FRUIT TREES: Learn tips to grow fruit trees and blackberries at a clinic sponsored by the Kaufman County Texas AgriLife Extension Office. Noon Tuesday, Ham’s Orchard, 11939 County Road 309, Terrell. $15. Advance registration requested. 972-932-9069. sbburden@ag.tamu.edu.

ARBORETUM CLASSES: Upcoming classes at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Advance registration required. dallasarboretum.org.

The wine grape, 9 a.m. Saturday, $27

Outdoor living, 9 a.m. Saturday, $27

ORCHID GAZING: Gunter’s Greenhouse will host its annual open house for orchid gazing. See thousands of orchids in bloom. Experts will be available to answer questions. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 513 W. Campbell Road, Richardson.

BLUEBIRDS: Learn about how and where to place and maintain nest boxes for bluebirds and how to attract them to your yard. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano. Free. 972-769-4130. livegreeninplano.obsres.com.

SEED-STARTING WORKSHOP: This class will introduce participants to edible gardening, including zones, seasons and plantings. Heirloom seeds, starter pots and soil will be provided. Participants will leave with five seed starts for an edible garden. 12 p.m. Sunday. Williams-Sonoma stores. $10. williams-sonoma.com.

WETLANDS: Learn about the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center and how it uses plants to filter the water supply for millions. Monthly meeting of the Native Plant Society of Texas. 7 p.m. Monday. REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway between the Dallas North Tollway and Midway, Dallas. Free.

ROSES: The Garden Club of Dallas will have a presentation on roses at its monthly meeting. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 12411 Templeton Trail, Farmers Branch. Free.

WATER CONSERVATION: Education on state and local water issues, soil prep, plant selection and landscape design will be discussed. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 21. Resource Center, 2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth. $55 for those who register by Friday, $70 after. tarrantmg.org.

DROUGHT-TOLERANT LANDSCAPE: Two free landscaping seminars will offer ideas for installing drought-tolerant yards. Water-wise landscape design will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 23. Suitable plants for North Texas will be 1:30 to 5 p.m. March 23. The first 100 attendees at each session will receive a copy of landscape designer Bonnie Reese’s book, Common-Sense Landscaping. Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas. Reservations required. 214-670-3155. savedallaswater.com.

BECOME A MASTER NATURALIST: Indian Trail chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will hold its annual training classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, April 2 to May 28. First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. Applications due March 18. Find applications at http://txmn.org/indiantrail. 972-825-5175 or email ellis-tx@tamu.edu.

Submit calendar information at least 14 days before the Thursday publication date to garden@dallasnews.com.

Article source: http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/home-and-gardening/headlines/20130313-garden-calendar-see-tylers-azalea-trail-in-bloom.ece

Spring Into Gardening Season

2. Prepare lawn and garden equipment

My wife’s birthday is March 11, and I kid her that I can always remember the date because that’s the day I take our lawn mower to the repair shop to get it tuned up for the mowing season ahead. In our area, March 11 is at least a couple of weeks ahead of when most people take their mowers and other garden equipment to the repair shop, creating a monthlong backlog. So, not only is my mower ready for action before everyone else’s, but I also get a 20 percent “early bird” discount on the tune-up.

3. Declare an early war on weeds

When the first signs of new growth and plants coming back to life start to emerge in the spring, you can bet a wide variety of weeds will be among them. As soon as the soil is no longer frozen — usually weeks before the last frost — start cultivating the surface soil in areas prone to weed growth to make it harder for them to take root, and then mulch over those areas immediately to keep weeds at bay. Also, pull hard-to-kill weeds and plants like dandelions, dock weed and even poison ivy (wearing protective gloves, of course). Weeds are only going to get bigger, stronger and harder to eradicate as the growing season continues, so literally nipping them in the bud will save you time and expensive herbicides in the months ahead. Stock up on rock salt, which is often marked way down at home centers when the last threat of icy weather has passed, and sprinkle it on gravel driveways and paths in the spring to keep weeds from taking over.

4. Remove leaves and yard debris

If you never got around to raking up all of the leaves and other yard debris last fall, that may be OK. In some situations, leaves can serve as a protective mulch that can help some plants survive the harsh winter weather. But as new plant growth begins, matted leaves from last year can inhibit plant growth and promote pest problems and some plant diseases. Consider composting last year’s leaves and yard debris — they’re already well on their way to decomposing — or shred them to use as mulch. If you have a mulching lawn mower, simply mow over any leaves still on the lawn so that the nutrients can return to the soil.

5. Tend to your perennials

Many perennials — plants that continue living for multiple years, including most trees and shrubs — can benefit from some attention this time of year. Since perennials can add significant value to your home, consider the TLC you give them as an investment in your future. Late winter and early spring are good times to prune many types of trees and shrubs in most regions. Generally speaking, ornamental grasses should be cut back before new growth appears in the spring, and fruit trees should be pruned and thinned before new growth develops. You can even divide some types of perennials, like Siberian iris, yarrow, asters and many hostas, in the early spring, making a whole new wheelbarrow full of plants for free! Now that’s music to a cheapskate gardener’s ears.

Article source: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-03-2013/get-ready-for-gardening-season.html

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 www.sfgardenshow.com 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.

Photos: http://sfgardenshow.com/press/press-photos    
Releases: http://sfgardenshow.com/press/press-releases.html

SOURCE San Francisco Flower Garden Show

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A moody garden shines

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Inside the grotto, Trapp placed coral, seashells, and even bones into the crevices of the stone walls.

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From the outside, a toolshed turned library is alluring in its humbleness. A pair of 19th-century Italian putti, found at a market outside of Paris and damaged during shipment, charms the pediment.

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Inside, the library glows; its weathered and dusty terra cotta pots, faded tomes, glass terrariums, books, bones, and old bird’s nests are Trapp’s enchanting keepsakes.

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Moss grows in the cracks of the cobblestone patio, where vintage elements combine to make a table. A concrete banister, architectural salvage from Trapp’s trove, frames the space.

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Topiary and potted grasses line the lichen covered concrete bannisters found around the property.

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A bubbling fountain between tall juniper trees is a lively introduction to the garden and shop.

Article source: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/house/blog/dne/2013/03/a_moody_garden.html