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Buyout homes are on display in Fargo

    Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) — The city of Fargo expects to spend more than 23-million dollars buying out homes in flood-prone neighborhoods this year.

    Seven of those homes, in Oak Creek and Harwood Drive, are up for auction on Monday.

    Several people stopped by these homes this afternoon, some of them could get quite a deal.

    The catch…these homes can’t stay here. They are buyouts in the flood-prone neighborhoods of Oak Creek and Harwood Drive. Still, there are plenty of reasons to take a look inside.

    Jim Lakoduk/Pifer’s Realty Agent: “Decorating ideas, some are just curious to see how they laid the look. And some, of course, are thinking about moving them. Then we have the people that interested in perhaps salvaging parts of the house.”

    Ken: “I moved my home in Ada a number of years ago, so I’m familiar with what it takes.”

    Ken Thomas is a Moorhead resident. He says he is curious about the possibilities with these Oak Creek homes.

    The challenge with moving these homes, is that the city imposed a 27-foot limit to get them down the street without harming trees and other landscaping. That means they would have to be cut into pieces before they’re moved.

    Ken: “You have to add the numbers up though, too. It doesn’t take too long, you can start seeing 250-thousand dollars disappear by the time it’s moved, lot, landscape, a foundation.”

    The homes were valued between 300 and 500-thousand dollars… but could go for pennies on the dollar at auction.

    The auction is at Fargo City Hall this Monday at one o’clock.

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    REGION: Bring summer home at the Novi Backyard, Pool & Spa Show, March 22 …


    The World According to Mandy

    Macomb Daily staff writer Amanda Lee gives her take on movies, music, television, technology, games, sports and even soap operas.

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    Are Alamogordo’s cottonwoods on chopping block?

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    Alameda Park’s cottonwood trees might be on the chopping block.

    Former Alamogordo Mayor Steve Brockett said changing out Alamogordo’s namesake trees and replacing them with drought-resistant varieties is one of several possibilities for beautifying the city’s main drag — White Sands Boulevard.

    Brockett, chairman of the White Sands Beautification Committee, said the nascent organization has met with a local master gardener’s group to discuss ways to spruce up White Sands Boulevard.

    Switching out the park’s cottonwoods for hardier trees — like Desert Willow — is one possibility.

    Alameda Park is lined with the cottonwoods, and a festival celebrating them is held there each year.

    Brockett said the cottonwoods use a great deal of water and have not responded well to the effluent water used to irrigate them.

    “They’re not native to this area,” he said. “It requires a tremendous amount of water that we just don’t have.”

    The rose bushes that once decorated a fence on the edge of the park have also died, possibly from effluent water used to irrigate them, Brockett said.

    Brockett, who owns a restaurant located on White Sands Boulevard, said in addition to landscaping fixes, several other areas of the road can be improved by fencing unattractive areas, making vacant buildings look less so, fixing up culverts and developing color schemes that blend with Alamogordo’s natural surroundings.

    Brockett said committee co-chair Darron Williams has brought up the fact

    that buildings along the street were built in a wide range of time periods and the character they bring should be preserved — for example, some of the city’s older motels and restaurants.

    He said participation in the program should be voluntary and an incentive for participating property owners is necessary.

    “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” Brockett said. “We can’t just go in and make people do anything.”

    Brockett wants to see funding for incentives and improvements to the street come from money the city has set aside for economic development. He reasons that improving the look of Alamogordo’s main street will attract more business and is therefore economic development in itself.

    Mayor Susie Galea said if the White Sands committee proves successful, the ideas might be transferred to other areas of the city, such as New York Avenue.

    The Planning and Zoning Commission is currently pursuing improvements to New York Avenue and the surrounding area.

    Brockett said some businesses along White Sands have already improved their look, some with simple landscaping additions.

    He said for long-term success, the committee will probably have to be made into a permanent fixture and take on other areas of the city such as 10th Street, First Street and Indian Wells Road.

    “We are nowhere near finished,” Brockett said. “We might not be finished for a long time.”

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    Springfest Garden Show: Inviting and Inspiring – Through Sunday

    AUGUSTA, NJ – The 17th Annual Sussex County Springfest Flower and Garden Show at the Sussex County Fairgrounds is running from March 14 through 17 from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. daily.

    Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, and children under 12 are free. 

    Immediately, upon entering, you will feel as though you have entered a very beautiful and special place.  Sussex County landscape artists, contractors and nurseries have transformed the conservatory at the Fairgrounds into a living testimonial of creativity, imagination and nature. 

    “This is a spectacular event,” said visitor Tina Mattar.”I’m coming back tomorrow.”

    Color and fragrance both excite and soothe the senses. The best of Sussex County farmers and agricultural experts are available and eager to answer questions, share tools and techniques, and collaborate in an amazing display of horticulture, carpentry and art.

    Entering the main show, visitors will be awed by the nine large gardens which have been built by the following exhibitors: Hautau Landscaping, Farmside Landscape Design, New Image Landscape Services, Erik Enterprises Landscaping, LLC, Garden State Koi Aquatic Center, All in One Contracting, Anthony Group Installers, LLC, David Wright Landscape Architect, LLC, and Three Seasons, LLC. Visitors can enter their vote with the People’s Choice Award Ballot.

    Between these displays are educational exhibits by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Sussex County, Sussex County Birding and Nature, Sussex County Technical School-Horticulture Program, Tri State Hosta Society, Friends of Waterloo Village, Arthur Friends, and the 4-H Club.

    Service vendors include arborists, lighting specialists, pool installers, irrigation specialists, and fencing companies.

    Retailed products include art, photography, tablecloths, hats, gloves, and garage organizers.

    Master Gardeners, trained by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Program on Morris Turnpike, serve as guides.

    “It’s a wonderful program. We attended classes once a week for a year,” said Marcia Samuel, Master Gardener. “Then we volunteer at various locations around the county and at county-run events like this.”

    Visitors have an opportunity to win one of the three custom built sheds by Brodhecker Farm, Hampton Township. 

    “I will be giving away one of the sheds at the end of the show,” said Phil Brodhecker. “People vote for the one they like the best, and from that pile, we draw a winner.” 

    The sheds have been transformed into magnificent outdoor living spaces by local designers. Tracy Gibbons Interior Designs created a “Garden Guesthouse/Home Office” space, LoHo Living created a “Mancave,” and Maxwell Molly’s Closet Pet Boutiques created a “Pooch’s Poolside Palace.”

    Phil Brodhecker described the importance of reacquainting people with nature. “The neatest thing we see is when people reconnect and realize what it takes to bring food to their table.”  

    Brodhecker Farm is one of the excellent examples of Agrotourism in the county. 

    “We have a fully operational farm, we raise crops and livestock. We began a few years ago to plant  sunflowers which we harvest and sell as Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. You may have seen our fields around the county. If you buy a bird feeder here at the show, we are giving away a 10 pound bag of our seeds.”

    Brodhecker also plants corn, oats, hay and straw which they harvest and grind into animal feed. They raise sheep, horses, goats, cows, alpacas and chickens which they sell live for people to raise and use as food, or they sell their meat directly to the customer.

    In their display, one could also purchase electric fencing for their garden or large acreage field, muck boots for gardeners or weather, chicken coops, and 17 week-old pullet chickens, ready to begin laying eggs in a week or so.

    “We don’t do farmer’s markets, we try to get people to come to us.”

    There were many at the show, however, who are regulars at the Sussex County Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market, set to open June 1.  Suzanne Romania, from Everlasting Garden in Branchville is a third generation cut flower farmer.  Liz Southway, of Springhouse Dairy Creamery sells ten flavors of handmade cheese at the market.  There were displays of wine, honey, soap, and candles by farmers who sell at the market.

    Every day at Springfest, from 10 to 5, there are free lectures, included in the price of the show ticket. Topics offered on Saturday and Sunday include: “Living Walls-Verticulture,” “Stihl Power Equipment Safety Seminar,” “Freezing, Canning and Dehydration,” and famed speakers, such as Margaret Roach and Produce Pete.

    Guide Barbara Abita explained, “The comments I’ve been getting are that it’s the best show yet. People are saying it’s the most charming flower/garden show in the northeast, better than Philly.”


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    Home and garden news, upcoming events

    Does your house need a little love? Are deferred maintenance projects dragging you down? Or is this simply the year you’re determined to take on a project on your to-do list?

    The Sonoma County Home Show this weekend at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds is an emporium of spring home-improvement ideas featuring vendors offering products and services for inside and outside the home. Many will be offering discount savings on landscaping, concrete repair, remodeling contracts and more during the show.

    Friedman’s Home Improvement is offering product demonstrations.

    Attendees can vote for their favorite local non-profit, with the winning charity receiving a new 22-cubic-foot Resource Saver Bottom Freezer Refrigerator along with a $500 gift certificate to Oliver’s.

    The show, which opened Friday afternoon at noon, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17. Cost is $7, with kids under 12 entering free. Discount coupons worth $2 off admission are at all Friedman Home Improvement stores or on the web at 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

    HEALDSBURG: Special ReHealdsburg sale includes crystal

    ReHealdsburg celebrates “The Luck of the Irish” for St. Patty’s this weekend with a special sale that includes Irish Waterford crystal.

    There’s no pot of gold but treasure hunters can also troll among designer items for home and garden by Frank Gehry, Healdsburg’s St. Dizier, Knoll, John Seitz, Roche Bobois, Broussard, Palacek and Tiffany.

    The periodic pop-up sale is held at 1229 Grove St., Healdsburg.

    Visit or Facebook for a sneak preview of the vintage, antique and gently used items that will be available at the sale.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 and 16 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17.

    OCCIDENTAL: Western Hills Garden to open in time for spring

    Western Hills Garden re-opens for public tours just in time for spring on March 16.

    The internationally-known garden featuring several acres of rare and unusual plants, welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, as well as weekdays by appointment.

    The three-acre garden is abloom with azaleas, camellias, hellebores and rhododendrons through May.

    Visitors may bring home a piece of the garden by purchasing some of its popular plants, showcased on its website To schedule a visit check out or call 872-5463. 16250 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental.

    SANTA ROSA: Workshop on how to

    create raised bed garden

    You don’t need carpentery skills to make raised beds. Lisa Marvier from Art of the Garden, will demonstrate how to make easy-to-assemble beds with Mbrace brackets during a seminar March 16 at Prickett’s Nursery. The workshop will also offer tips on vegetable gardening, amending soil, fertilizing and more, all in raised beds. 10:30 a.m. 5173 Sonoma Highway 12, Santa Rosa. 539-3030 or

    SEBASTOPOL: Open house at Bamboo Sourcery and Gardens

    Bamboo Sourcery Nursery and Gardens is holding a Spring Open House March 23, featuring guided tours of their seven-acre farm and demonstration gardens and bamboo craft activities. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Bamboo Sourcery specializes in bamboo plants for every microclimate and purpose, including privacy screens and rare garden highlights as well as expert advice and educational materials on the selection, containment and maintenance of bamboo. 666 Wagnon Road, off of Bodega Highway, Sebastopol. For information visit or call at 823-5866.

    SANTA ROSA: Zierdt to talk about finding edible mushrooms

    Rachel Zierdt will lead an armchair walk through the woods in search of edible mushrooms during the next meeting of the Santa Rosa Garden Club March 25.

    Zierdt will talk about the great variety of mushrooms growing on the North Coast and give tips on how to find them and use them in cooking.

    Zierdt, who lives in Sebastopol, is on the board of the Sonoma County Mycological Association.

    Garden club meetings are free and open to non-members. They are held at 1:30 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Art Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.

    KENWOOD: Class on dogwoods and how to grow them

    There’s something about a blooming dogwood that coveys gentility. Learn how to bring these beautiful bloomers into your own landscape March 23 at Wildwood Nursery in Kenwood.

    The class will cover the basic growing requirements for dogwood and discuss the many varieties, some of which re-bloom in the late summer and fall.

    The nursery at Wildwood Farm offers over thirty varieties of dogwood, including varieties native to the East Coast, China and Korea.

    Free. Rain cancels. The class gets underway at 1 p.m.

    Wildwood owners Ricardo Monte and his son Joe, experts in tree shape, will give an introductory class on the art of trimming for shape at 1 p.m. March 17. The $25 fee includes a tree to take home. Participants should bring their own clippers and dress to work outside. The class is limited to 10 so reservations are encouraged. Visit or call 833-1161. 10300 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood.

    SONOMA COUNTY: Free workshops with Master Gardeners

    The Sonoma County Master Gardeners offer a wide variety of free Saturday workshops, most held at library branches throughout the county from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information on the Master Gardeners, who offer advice and education to home gardeners, visit or call 565-2608.

    March 16

    Dahlia Care and Culture: Jim Lang, who has been growing, exhibiting and judging dahlias for years, will discuss varieties, planting, care and culture of these exuberant bloomers. Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St. He will repeat the workshop on March 23 at the Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road.

    Lessons Learned in My Garden: Dave Gould will talk about his mistakes and lessons learned during 45 years of gardening. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma.

    Tomatoes for Beginners: Rob Fowler will teach the basics of tomato growing, from starting them to growing them to harvesting them. Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

    Habitat Gardening: Learn how to attract beneficial wildlife to your own backyard by selecting plants and trees to serve as hosts for songbirds, butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

    Growing Great Tomatoes, Peppers and all Summer Vegetables: Learn about the best hybrids and heirlooms as well as how to feed, water and protect your plants right up to harvest, from Steve Albert is an expert and author of The Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.

    March 23

    Selection, Use and Maintenance of Garden Hand Tools: Kathy Matanok will discuss how the right tool makes all the difference in performing a job. She will talk about selecting the proper tools and them keeping them safe and in good condition, as well as which maintenance jobs you can do yourself and which ones require a pro. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma.

    You can direct Home and Garden news to meg.mcconahey@ or 521-5204.

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    5D theatre facility at Bagh-e-Bahu soon:Peerzada

    5D theatre facility at Bagh-e-Bahu soon:Peerzada

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    March 16, 2013




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    Jammu, March 16 (Scoop News) – Minister for Public Enterprises, Haj and Auqaf and Floriculture Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed accompanied with Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture  Raman Bhalla today visited Bhour Camp recreational garden and Bagh-e-Bahu to review the pace of progress on various development works and facilities being provided by the floriculture department to tourists at both the spots.

                Director Flouriculture  K K Sharma besides other senior officers of floriculture, roads and buildings, flood and control, public health engineering and power development departments accompanied the Ministers.

                Interacting with the locals,  Sayeed said that Government is making all out efforts to develop both the recreational gardens with all facilities like illumination, landscaping, toilet block, parking, mali huts, entry gate plaza, children corners, irrigation, drinking water, walkways. He said that Bhour Camp garden coming up in 563.5 kanal land, adding that for creation of modern line facilities for tourists there, Government has formulated a plan involving Rs. 28 crore, adding that the work on the project is under progress on war-footing.

    The Minister asked the Director Floriculture to plant variety of flower species and medicinal plants in the gardens. He issued instructions to him for personally monitor the development as well as recreational facilities in the recreational gardens.  He went around the gardens and asked for expediting the work on channel fencing and landscaping, besides development of nurseries for flowers and medicinal plants in both the places.

    Responding to the locals demand,  Sayeed said Government has earmarked Rs. 10.22 crore for development and extension of Bagh-e-Bahu recreational garden in 35 kanals available site. He asked the executing agency to speed up the allied works like creation of landscaping, illumination, musical fountain, walkway, irrigation beside construction of gate plaza facilities there for the convenience of lakhs visited the spots every year from across the country.

    Regarding 5-D theatre facilities at par with fun city recreational garden at Chandigarh, the Minister asked the Director Floriculture to prepare the project and submit the same for funding so that the facility could be provided to the city of temple people as well as tourists and pilgrims visited across the country there. He issued instructions to provide six boats in developed pond in the garden so that the children as well as adults could enjoy their spare time in available boats. He said Government is making all out efforts to increase all infrastructural facilities in tourist spots so that the visitors could enjoy the places without any problems.

    Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture  Raman Bhalla thanked the Floriculture Minister on taking the keen interests in developing both the places with all infrastructural facilities. He asked for exploring the possibilities of construction of auditorium, cafeteria and other facilities in both the spots. He said Government has earmarked Rs. 3.80 crore for construction of 990 meter long Balol nallah embankments near Bhour Camp recreational garden. He said the project is under execution on war-footing by Flood control depart and would be completed within stipulated time frame.

     Bhalla asked the concerned to immediately fence the demarcated garden area and grow all seasonal plants in a systematic manner in the garden so that the visitors could enjoy the place. He hoped that the place would become a source of major attraction for the tourists and help in diverting those visiting Shri Mata Vaishno Devi ji and other tourist as well as religious places. He said that all out efforts are being made to develop Bhour Camp and Bahu Fort areas as tourist spots by developing tourist places with all infrastructures. He said Government was keen to divert Shri Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims and tourists to Bahu Fort and the upcoming Bhour Camp garden.

    The Minister said Government has earmarked Rs. 2 crore for construction of approach road to the garden, adding that the all the allied works of the link road is completed and black topping to be started soon. He said Government has spent Rs. 1.27 crore on steel bridge, adding that with the inauguration of the bridge, the journey to Bhour Camp garden has been reduced to a large extent.

     Bhalla further said the Government has earmarked Rs. 75 lakh for construction of darshani deodi, views points and development of open spaces along the link road to Bawe-Wali Mata in providing seating, illumination, landscaping and drinking water facilities. He said Government has also sanctioned Rs. 1 crore for road widening of Harki Poodi-Bahu Fort approached road besides construction of viewpoints with illumination facilities. He said that Government has earmarked Rs. 47 crore for construction of cable car project from Bagh-e-Bahu to Mubarak Mandi, adding that the project would be started soon after completing tendering formalities.     He said focused was being paid for conservation and restoration of pristine glory of Bahu-Fort and other heritage places, besides upgradation of tourism related infrastructure, in order to attract domestic and foreign tourists towards city of temples. He said Bahu Fort and Bhour Camp areas and other tourist resorts of the region that will not only generate economic activities but will also go a long way in bringing these spots on the tourism map. He said that a number of measures have been taken to develop new tourism spots and conservation of century old monuments of the region.


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    Gardening Tips and Tricks from the Flower Bulb Pros at Longfield Gardens

    Leading importer of quality flower bulbs, Longfield Gardens, debuts new blog designed to help anyone grow and love gardening with bulbs.

    Lakewood, NJ (PRWEB) March 14, 2013

    A new how-to blog aimed at educating gardeners about planting and growing bulbs has been launched by Longfield Gardens, one of America’s top purveyors of quality flower bulbs.

    Longfield Gardens is no stranger when it comes to bulbs. The new blog reflects more than 80 years of experience in growing and selling Dutch bulbs and is designed to help gardeners simplify the planning process and select the best bulbs for each unique space.

    “We’re taking the guesswork out of gardening and giving people tips on designing beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces,” says Hans Langeveld, co-owner of Longfield Gardens. “Our blog shares our top experts’ advice about bulbs to give our friends confidence and be successful gardeners.”

    Langeveld is the third generation of Dutch-American bulb plantsmen and has a vast knowledge about bulbs. Langeveld, along with co-owners, cousin Pete Langeveld and longtime colleague Dave Strabo, strive to provide the best bulbs at the best price to their customers. With the addition of a new blog, Longfield Gardens not only educates customers with the best bulb information but it reflects the simplicity and pleasure of bulb gardening.

    While Langeveld contributes the majority of blog posts, he does not do it alone. Longfield Gardens’ team of bulb experts, growers and designers also share ideas on planning, selecting, planting and caring for bulbs.

    The blog includes breathtaking inspiration photography of Longfield Gardens’ creations, gardens and combinations that readers can take and implement in their own yard.

    Various experts will offer tips on the blog, like those from creative director Marlene Thompson, who has 15 years of experience in the horticulture industry and product developer Jen Pfau, who shares ideas on how different bulbs look and act together in the garden. Pfau selects the ‘Perfect Together’ collections to create beautiful colored blooms and interesting foliage in the garden. Another contributor is Dave Strabo, longtime industry expert, who identifies which bulbs produce better flowering results, fuller plants and stronger stems.

    “Buy with confidence. Love what you grow. That’s our approach. We’re gardeners ourselves and we want fellow gardeners to be comfortable shopping with us, knowing exactly the quality of product they will get,” says Langeveld.

    Longfield Gardens is one of America’s top importers of quality flower bulbs with over 80 years of combined experience in the bulb industry. Longfield’s mission is to stretch the customer’s dollar and offer common sense planting information that is easy to follow. This simple approach to selling bulbs saves their customers time and money. The retail site offers spring-planted and all-planted product lines and has a commitment to education. For more information, visit the website at or visit the blog at

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    Boston Flower & Garden Show an effusion of color, design

    This week’s Boston Flower Garden Show drew many who are itching to dig in the dirt after being snowed under for most of the past month.

    Amid the calla lilies and roses, Donna Fernandes of Middleboro took a deep breath, smiled and said, “It’s just great after the winter we had.”

    Others, like Fernandes’ daughter, Denise Petronelli, made the trek to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston to see what East Freetown landscaper Peter Sadeck was up to this year. Sadeck, whose business address is in Lakeville, came through with another lush design, complete with his signature birds and an antique stone fountain imported from England.

    Petronelli, daughter-in-law of the late Goody Petronelli, towed her mother and sister, Dawn McSherry, of Plymouth to the show for some “hardscape” ideas for the pool area in her antique Cape in Middleboro.

    “I had to come to Boston to find him,” said Petronelli as she made a beeline for Sadeck’s exhibit. “It’s a good way to start spring.”

    Sadeck and his wife, Maria, showcased neighboring exhibits. Maria Sadeck applied her interior design talents to create an outside room that mimics an oasis, surrounding a pergola topped with antique stained glass windows in front of a gazing pool.

    The Sadecks prepared their exhibits all winter, forcing flowering shrubs, trees and potted plants at Roseland Nursery in Acushnet.

    Peter Sadeck framed his garden with twin 20-foot Bradford pear trees in full bloom and  splashed color from a variety of ornamental shrubs and flowers. Birdsong from parrots and cranes filled the air as the fountain tinkled with sparkling water.

    The Sadecks joked about the number of birds, and ultimately agreed he keeps about 100 birds in his East Freetown aviary.

    Petronelli was enchanted with the Sadecks’ exhibits, and while she thought Peter Sadeck’s birds were beautiful, she’s not ready to add an exotic flock to her backyard. Instead, Petronelli said she’s hoping to incorporate her backyard hens into a landscape design. “I have 10 chickens. Maybe there’s a better way to show them off,” she said, adding that she plans to ask the Sadecks to design a patio area around her pool this spring.

    The Sadecks admitted they don’t have many customers from their immediate region, saying they travel everywhere between Boston and Martha’s Vineyard to design and maintain gardens. They said most of their neighbors in Lakeville and Freetown prefer to do their own gardening.

    Peter Sadeck, who was raised in New Bedford, developed a green thumb at an early age and cultivated it a Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton. He said he’s entered the show for nearly 20 years and has lost count of the awards he’s won.

    Kenneth Jardin, co-owner of Crystal Brinson Horticulturist, of Fairhaven, collaborated with Westport’s Quintessential Gardens to design an exhibit that featured grottos, a goddess and bluestone planters surrounded by plantings that were entirely organically grown.

    “There was no chemicals at all,” Jardin said. Pests were eradicated with ladybugs, and the fertilizer was natural, he said.

    The garden embraced the stone goddess, “From maiden to mother,” a fecund woman’s form that served as a reminder of nature’s bounty. She was flanked by a riot of color from a camellia in full flower that was forced into bloom at Kenny’s Greenhouse in Fairhaven.

    Jardin pointed to the flaming red sprays from a crabapple tree that were set off by deep lush greenery, and said “Crystal has a background in painting that she takes to the garden.”

    The Boston Flower Garden Show runs through 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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