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New York, NY — (SBWIRE) — 03/25/2013 — Having many years experience in landscape architecture and landscape design and also known as top garden designers in New York, offers its landscape architecture and landscape design ideas at very affordable rates to the residents of New York. They are committed to making New York beautiful, one yard at a time.

New York Plantings is a New York based landscape design firm having multiple production units. They listen carefully and work closely with their clients to translate their imaginations in to enchanting landscape designs.

Founded in the year 1996 as a family run business in the Long Island and then moved to Manhattan, New York Plantings Garden Design and Landscape has grown to be one of the most capable Gardening and Landscape Design/Build firms in the Tri State area.

With their years of landscape designing experience, they provide cost effective and best suited landscape architecture design ideas to private home owners and real estate developers. They have ability to give perfect shape to their customers’ landscape as per their requirements.

Todd Nappi, the Master Gardener and Lead designer of said, ‘’ the numerous distinctions we received in our field, were a result of the proficiency of our landscaping contractors and a high level of personal involvement in every landscape architecture project. “I create both Landscape designs and installations with unique, innovative methods to avoid using the same Trees, Shrubs, Plants and Flowers as the other yards on the block”.

“I am personally involved in every one of our projects to ensure the right balance of design, function, and sustainability. Quality construction and plant material are important aspects in every project.” Todd added.

An innovator in the industry, New York Plantings employs a growing staff of Landscape Architects, Designers, and Horticulturists with diverse expertise in masonry construction, property maintenance, landscape installation, exterior low voltage lighting, and irrigation. New York Plantings also specializes in designing outdoor living spaces including exterior kitchens, masonry terraces, putting greens, landscape, custom lighting, custom pavilions.

About New York Plantings Landscape Designing Service
New York Plantings ( ) is a New York based landscape architecture and design company that is serving from Manhattan to Montauk. New York Plantings offers a complete scope of urban and suburban services, from seasonal garden maintenance to complete landscape design projects, as well as irrigation, outdoor lighting, expert carpentry,

Patios, tree care, pruning and feeding, commercial property management and grounds maintenance.

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Todd Nappi
Manhattan, New York
347 558 7051

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Artist brainstorms ideas for Gregg with students

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:29 am

Artist brainstorms ideas for Gregg with students

Young Lee, Associate Features Editor


As the Gregg Museum prepares to move to its new location at the old chancellor’s house on Hillsborough Street, museum administrators explore ways to take full advantage of the new opportunities such a location presents.

Last week, San Francisco-based artist Peter Richards came to visit N.C. State and the Gregg Museum’s new location to share his experiences and ideas for the use of the museum’s new location at the request of museum director Roger Manley. During his week-long stay, Richards taught students about sculptures he worked on, brainstormed possibilities for the new site, toured the North Carolina Art Museum and presented some of his thoughts to students and staff. 

“The intent was to give [students] a sense of how somebody like me works and how I respond to certain situations and the kinds of questions that I ask,” said Richards. “And so I was trying to get them to raise their own questions and make their own observations.”

Manley said he felt that Richards would be a great artist to explore the new site and share ideas with students because of the thoughtful way he approaches problems.

“I met him several years ago when the city of Charlotte was creating a new arts center called the McColl Center,” Manley said. “Instead of just showing up and saying, ‘I know what to do, and I will tell you how to accomplish it,’ he is the kind of person who takes his time to listen to everyone, study a situation and gradually see a creative solution. I wish more people approached things that way.”

During his conversations with students, Richards said he thought about ways artistic installations worked with the sites they were constructed for and how each installation can complement the story of the location.

“I’m interested in making places too and not just sculptures,” Richards said. “I can go to my studio and I can make a big sculpture, and I can ship it and plop it right in the middle of the field and there’d be a sculpture. But then, what would it be about? Would it be about the land that it’s sitting on or would it be about my studio and what I was thinking about while I was in my studio?”

Richards was able to share his ideas with more than 50 students and faculty over the course of his stay. As everything is still in planning stages, it isn’t yet confirmed that Richards will be a part of the construction of a sculpture for the new museum site. 

Fundraising for the museum’s landscaping projects is ongoing. According to Manley, museum administrators need to raise another $1.9 million to meet its goal of $7.9 million to fund the creation of sculptures and landscaping of the new location. Manley said the construction will take a year and a half and will begin as soon as the museum receives enough money.

Zoe Starling, curator of education resources at the Gregg Museum, said she was excited about what Richards shared concerning the possibilities of the new museum site.

“We’re going to be in a place where we can be a gateway to the downtown arts scene because we are on Hillsborough [Street],” Starling said. “Having art on the ground is only going to make the university more visible and more accessible to students in the community.”


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Yardsmart: Low-cost landscaping ideas for a rental home

So long as there’s a backyard outside your rental house, the door is open to creating affordable outdoor living spaces.

Many rental homes lack backyard landscaping or it’s dull and doesn’t reflect any personal style. To create a wonderful space in just one or two weekends, consider tips from the Small Budget Gardener for revamping your yard and adding comfortable summer-living areas outdoors.

To get the most from your efforts, focus on two equally important factors: First, make low-cost choices. Second, choose portable items, so you can take them to your next house.

The most affordable patio makers are plain concrete squares known as “steppers.” The smallest ones are about 1 foot square and 2 inches thick and run about a dollar or so apiece. Larger 2-foot sizes can run about $3 each. Use them to create a new patio for under $100.

If you look at contemporary high-end landscapes, you’ll discover that those folks prefer to use nearly identical units to create greener porous paving areas. The steppers can be set edge to edge, or leave a gap for decorative gravel, grass or groundcover.

Create a fire pit for about the same amount of money using antique-looking concrete block tumbled in giant drums to make them look old. All over Pinterest are examples of how to create a fire pit by stacking these blocks just so. Some repurpose old washing-machine drums to hold the fire, surrounded by dry walls of block. Their weight is such that

stacked creations don’t need a foundation or mortar. When it comes time to move, just unstack, load up and go.

Do not overlook paint and stain. They can turn worn-out wood fences or sheds into something truly delightful. Often, fencing at rentals is a hodgepodge of wooden slats, but a can of stain can unify the spans via subtle color. Water down latex paint to make it more like stain in your favorite color. Or if you’re looking for a lovely cottage garden, use whitewash to transform an everyday look into a clean and tidy background.

A wall trellis is easy to make with scrap twigs — or simply buy a cheap wood and paint it. Some gardeners are recycling old screen doors, metal bedsteads and sections of old wrought-iron fencing for wall treillage, too. These flat panels stand against walls to allow vines to climb up for a beautiful vertical garden. Best of all, you can simply detach the trellis and take it with you.

Big annual plants are always the best choice for rentals. You can grow them from seed or buy them in low-cost six packs to make your summer-living spaces look nestled into the landscape. The most powerful plants are big, burly sunflowers. Use in a patch or row or as a single specimen. Hollyhock is another great choice that leaves you with a whole crop of seeds for next year. Cosmos, foxgloves and all the amaranths are easy-to-grow choices.

As always, containers are the best way to grow anything more long-lived, such as dwarf fruit trees and blueberries. The larger the pot the more powerful it will be in greening up rental spaces with big plants that will go elsewhere when you do.

Learning to garden as a renter is a great way to save money while improving your lifestyle. Even the smallest spaces can be incredibly rewarding when transformed with these ideas.

(Maureen Gilmer is an author, horticulturist and landscape designer. Learn more at Contact her at or P.O. Box 891, Morongo Valley, CA 92256.)


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Fort Morgan 2013 Home and Garden Show goes on despite storm

Hardy souls came out to enjoy the 2013 Home and Garden Show sponsored by the Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Morgan Downtown Business Association Saturday.

They were hardy because they braved the snow and wind to make it to the show at Fort Morgan High School. Many highways in the state were closed, and there were blizzard conditions on roads in Morgan County at times. That meant fewer visitors, but a full house of booths offering home and garden products, as well as many other things.

Unfortunately, the weather meant the entertainment and workshops were canceled, but there was plenty for shoppers to enjoy.

Shaza Horan and DJ Barrett of Edward’s Flowerland were offering goodies to kids and answering questions

in a booth festooned with flower of all kinds. Children particularly liked the flowers arranged to look like a bunny.

Nearby, Nathan Brasby, co-owner of Brasby Construction, was showing people a new kind of window that prevented heat from coming into homes. He showed a variety of other windows, using a device to measure the amount of heat that got through them. Then he showed the new kind, and it stopped virtually all heat from penetrating, even though it cost about the same.

Down the hall, Cub Scouts from all over Morgan County, and even adults, had a chance to try out their Pinewood Derby cars in a friendly competition. Adults could enjoy it by donating money to use either cars made to Cub Scout standards or open class cars that could exceed the weight limits. The money will go to fund Cub Scout events for Troop 22 of Fort Morgan.

One of the canceled workshops was supposed to be about landscaping for conservation, said Rich Guggenheim of the Morgan County Extension Office. The workshop called Water Wise offers information on basic irrigation design for lawns and gardens. The extension does free irrigation audits to show people how to best water and how to make sure the whole landscape is covered.

Part of the

workshop is about which shrubs, annuals and trees are adapted to dry areas like Colorado and the plains, he said.

Landscaping can impact heating and cooling costs, as well as how much water a household consumes, Guggenheim said.

The workshop will be offered elsewhere at a later date, he said.

The show was expanded this year, said Robin Northrup, chamber executive director.

The main entrance was through the courtyard at the high school, and the hallway at that entrance and the upper gym area held booths..

Scheduled exhibitors for the show included: 21st Century Equipment, Ackley Building Center, Airflow Essentials, Bob Staley’s Plumbing, Brasby Construction Inc., Carpets Plus Color Tile and Furniture, Champion Home

Improvements, Coates Realty, Colorado Plains Medical Center,Comfort by Nature/Air Repair CSU Morgan County Extension, Danford Realty, Decorative Designs, DJ Woodwork — The Wood Shop, East Morgan County Hospital, EcoBabe, Edward Jones, Edwards Flowerland.

Also, FMS Bank, Fort Morgan Humane Society, Fort Morgan Times, Traeger Grills and BBQ Supplies, Gateway Realty, Girl Scouts, Hair Zing,Healthquest, Herbalife — La Retta’s Special Touch and Head 2 Toe Nutrition, High Plains Spice Company, Hospice of Northern CO, Imagine It Desserts, Tutus and Bows by K-Flex, Lindt Chocolate RSVP.

Also, Media Logic Radio, Morgan County Concert Association, Morgan County Dept of Human Services, Morgan Community College, Murdoch’s, Natalie Arnold

Arts and Crafts, KSIR, B106, 94.5 The Ranch, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Pink Papaya, Premiere Designs, Proactive Chiropractic, Relay for Life, Roots Group, Morgan Now/Sage Strategies/Progressive 15.

Also Scentsy, Sneakams, Spotts Bros. Furnace Co. Inc., Star Athletic Club, Styria Bakery II, The Oak Tree, School for the Performing Arts, Thirty-One Gifts, THRIVE, Unique Embroidery Engraving, Velata — Easy and Fun Fondue, Walmart, Wells Fargo Bank and Shabby Chic.

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First edition of outdoor and landscaping show launches

Taking place from 25-27 March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the three-day event is hosted by Dubai Municipality, and has brought together more than 100 brands from around the globe involved in the creation of private and public outdoor areas.

With GCC governments keen to step up their efforts to create more ‘green’ spaces across the region, coupled with a resurgent GCC construction sector – where the value of new awarded projects is forecast to grow by 33% in 2013 to reach $64.5bn – the timing is perfect for the landscape and garden sectors to capitalize on a steady flow of increased opportunities.

Outdoor Design Build and Supply’s organizers, Streamline Marketing Group, estimate that about 10% ($6.4bn) of the value of the new construction contractor awards expected in 2013 will feed into the landscaping and exterior design sector, with the dedicated show providing the perfect setting for organizations to meet with thousands of key decision makers.

Thea Skelton, Project Director of Outdoor Design Build Supply, said, “The GCC construction surge we are now witnessing means billions of dollars are being spent on new housing complexes, hotels and resorts, leisure parks, shopping malls and various government infrastructure projects.”

“There will subsequently be a secondary boom for the landscaping sector, with numerous developments across the region requiring hundreds of square kilometers of outdoor landscaping,” he added.

“Over the next three days, exhibitors will be presented with the ideal opportunity to showcase their latest products and services to a targeted audience of Government and Urban Planning Officials, Public Parks and Horticulture Directors, Landscape Architects, Garden Designers, Contractors, Distributors, Wholesalers, Retailers, and Leisure Industry Destinations,” he concluded.

The first edition of Outdoor Design Build Supply features two-days of seminars taking place today and tomorrow (26 March), where leading industry players will deliver case study examples of best practice in green landscaping and infrastructure, delving into the unique challenges the Middle East faces in sustainable urban development.

Moderated by Geoffrey Sanderson, Principal Director of GCLA International and Kamran Seyed Azizi, President of the Emirates Society of Landscape, the sessions will cover topics including the growth of local plants and landscaping conditions in the GCC; golf course and sustainable irrigation; play equipment in outdoor environments; and sustainability in hotel landscaping.

Outdoor Design Build Supply has attracted organisations from all over the globe, including Australia, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the USA. Many are looking to make their first foray into the Middle East market, such as Australian company Grass By The Metre, and Vitaroofs, an American manufacturer of green roofing systems, that designs and installs custom made roofs incorporating gardens and grasses.

Meanwhile local exhibitors at the dedicated showpiece include Barari Forest Management, the UAE‘s only company performing large scale relocation of native trees and fauna across the country; and the Gulf Rubber Factory, the Al Ain based used tyre recycling facility that recycles two million vehicle tyres annually, recycling 24,000 tonnes of the used rubber every year, and converting it into a wide range of outdoor environment applications.

Outdoor Design Build Supply is the only event in the Middle East to address the use of outdoor space in construction projects, supported by the largest buyers of outdoor products and services. Opening times are from 10:00am-6:00pm daily.

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Busch Gardens announces winner of landscape giveaway

JAMES CITY – Busch Gardens landscaping experts will bring the beauty of the park to North Carolina.

Busch Gardens announced Monday that Tammy Bennett of Washington, N.C., is the winner of the first Busch Gardens’ Landscaping Giveaway. Bennett’s prize is a yard landscaping package that includes consultation services from Busch Gardens’ horticultural professionals, landscaping and gardening supplies and landscaping installation. 

“I am so excited and cannot wait for them to get started,” Bennett said in a press release. “Every time we go, I wish my yard would look like that.”

Busch Gardens announced the giveaway in early March through its Facebook page. Entries poured in from the southern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Participants submitted a photo of their home and a story about why they deserved to win the giveaway.  After reviewing hundreds of submissions, Busch Gardens narrowed the landscaping giveaway submissions to 20 finalists.

According to Bennett’s submission, she purchased her dream home right after receiving a kidney transplant; her husband was her kidney donor. The Bennett family hoped to fix up their home right after purchasing it, but due to medical and financial hardships they had to put their dream on hold.

After announcing the finalists, Busch Gardens invited its Facebook fans to cast their vote for their favorite finalist. Bennett received more than half of the 43,000 votes cast for the giveaway. Later this spring, the Busch Gardens team will visit the Bennett home to install the landscaping.

For 22 consecutive years Busch Gardens has won the “Most Beautiful Park” award from the National Amusement Park Historical Association.

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Go wild for flowers this National Gardening Week

WITH wildflower seed sales soaring, gardeners can learn more about how to sow their own wildflower meadows during National Gardening Week Wildflowers are back in fashion, according to reports on their sales.

In the past year, sales of UK wildflower seeds have increased by 60%, thanks partly to renewed interest fuelled by the stunning wildflower meadows at the Olympic Park in 2012.

The combined elements of eye-catching visual impact, ecological awareness and wildlife value have fuelled sales of wildflower seeds among many of the main seed companies, including Thompson Morgan, Suttons and Mr Fothergill’s.

With this in mind, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is playing its part during National Gardening Week (April 15-21) as its gardens across the country host talks, demonstrations and events to get gardeners growing wildflowers.

Young gardeners will be encouraged to get their hands dirty and learn how to sow their own mini-wildflower meadow, perfect for attracting birds, bugs and creepy crawlies of all types.

More experienced gardeners can find out how to support the wildlife in their gardens through a range of talks and interactive workshops on beekeeping, managing meadows and more.

Ian LeGros, curator at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, explains: “Wildflowers are currently going through a massive boom in popularity and are set to be one of the big trends for amateur gardening in 2013.

“They are easy to plant and maintain, provide much needed habitats for wildlife and are valuable sources of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators.

“Encouraging wildlife and pollinators is particularly important in urban areas, so if you’ve a sunny patch of dry ground that won’t support much else in your front garden, it’s time to convert it into a wildflower meadow.”

He offers the following tips to those who want to follow the wildflower fashion: :: Choose seed carefully. Wildflowers are easy to grow but, like all plants, need the right conditions if they are going to thrive. Check your soil type and find a mix that will work for it.

:: Poor soil? Look to perennials. If you have poor soil perennial wildflowers will do very well as there will be fewer grasses for them to compete with. Buy seed mixes that contain ox-eye daisies, yarrow, harebells, birdsfoot trefoil, cowslips, lady’s bedstraw, betony, yellow rattle and others for waving drifts of colour.

:: Go mad with colour. If you have well-cultivated soil, annuals such as cornflowers, corn poppies, corn marigolds and corncockles will do well. Toss in a few barley and wheat seeds for an authentic feel. Annuals are a good choice if you are converting an existing border.

:: Time of sowing a meadow is important. An annual seed mix containing cornflowers and poppies will do better if sown in the autumn, while corn marigolds prefer a spring sowing. If you have sandy or well-drained soils, wildflowers can be sown during the autumn, but if you have wetter, colder soils, you’re better off sowing in the spring to avoid seed rotting off.

:: Prepare your ground. Wildflowers are easy but do take a bit more work than just opening a packet of seeds over the ground. Prepare your soil first, making sure it is weed free and has been well dug or rotovated. If you are growing wildflowers, keep fertility low in most cases, so avoid using manures or fertilisers as this will just give grasses and weeds the advantage they need to crowd out your wildflowers.

:: For full details of the events at RHS Gardens during National Gardening Week, visit

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Larry’s Look | Gardening tips for the spring

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you’ve ever thought about starting a garden, there’s a simple way to do it.

The Garden Growers is a small company here in the Charlotte area…offering a wide-range of gardening and farming expertise and services to anyone interested in learning how to eat organically and locally.

Their mission is to teach organic, sustainable and low maintenance ways to grow an edible garden.

Organic Growers believes in sustainable and organic gardening practices. They use only natural fertilizers and organic matter such as leaves, compost, manure and beautiful and healthy garden.

To combat insects, they use integrated pest management (IPM) and other organic methods to help grow pesticide-free food. IPM means the insect population is not destroyed in your yard. Instead, specific pest problems are targeted, leaving the beneficial insects needed for pollination, unharmed.

On Larry’s Look the morning, Jason Loseke from The Garden Growers, we got a close-up look at the organic gardening process. 

He demonstrated just how easy it is to grow in your backyard—what you find at the farmer’s market!

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Gardening: Winners without water

Subtropicals come out on top in dry summer, writes Meg Liptrot


When planning a water-savvy garden, think about choosing plants with adaptations for dry weather. You could virtually hear a sigh of relief from plants after the heavy rain last weekend. But although we had some sustained rainfall it wasn’t enough to improve the very dry soil beyond the first couple of centimetres.

The subtropicals in our garden are the surprising winners of his long dry spell. The bananas have remained lush, with only occasional watering right through the heat.

I just harvested the best bunch ever from our Musa “Hamoa” bananas. Even our 2-year-old Abysinnian (ornamental) banana looks healthy and vigorous and is at least 3m, filling a corner of the garden with its broad leaves.

Years ago at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Auckland, I bought a couple of Heliconia subdulata for their dramatic lobster-claw flowers. This tropical species has thick rhizomatous roots like ginger, where the plant stores its energy. This root-type helps a plant cope with drought.

The heliconias have flowered beautifully with very little attention, and have colonised themselves in clumps in our food forest, echoing the banana foliage in the sunny margins.

If you look at the adaptations plants have evolved you can see how certain species will cope with dry conditions much better than others. Some retain water in their stems and foliage. Succulents are the most obvious contenders, with their plump juicy innards acting like little water vessels in their natural desert habitat.

Banana plants contain plenty of moisture in their stems and trunks and have done well in the drought.

When planning a water-savvy garden, think about choosing plants with adaptations for dry weather. Many plants fall into this category, so inspiration and design aspirations should not be dampened.

Species with glaucous foliage (silver or grey colours) reflect light, reducing the surface temperature of the plant. Plants with fine fuzzy hairs on the leaves and stems (tomentose) reduce the speed of air flow near the surface of the leaf. This adaptation slows down water loss through tiny holes, called stomata, on the underside of the leaves, and helps keep the air more humid around the foliage.

An example of silvery glaucous foliage is Euphorbia glauca (sand spurge), a threatened species endemic to New Zealand. This plant, found in coastal areas, has soft silver foliage along the length of spreading red stems. This and native iris, Libertia peregrinans, also a vulnerable species, are natural companions. Both are usually available from garden centres or native plant specialists.

Pohutukawa is a perfect example of a tree evolved to cope in harsh conditions. They perch precariously on cliff edges, get buffeted by coastal heat, wind and salt air, yet flower happily year after year. The undersides of leaves, stems and buds are covered in downy tomentose layers that reduce moisture loss. The top surfaces have a hard waxy cuticle layer that guards the leaf from desiccation from salt, and retains moisture and leaf condition like well-buffed and waxed leather shoes.

The feijoa has similar layers. They are both members of the Myrtaceae family, which is easy to see in the flowers, with their clumped red stamens. We have three feijoa “Kakapo” as standards (long trunk, round top) at our place, which haven’t been watered but are quite happy.

They are underplanted with a hedge of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis which, without water, has flowered consistently right through summer. Both are mulched in winter.

If you are planning new plantings then get them in the ground in autumn, and water-in well, so they become settled before the onslaught of next summer.

Be prepared for the opposite conditions and a rainy summer next year and put dry-tolerant plants in a spot with good drainage, such as a gentle slope or free-draining soil. Don’t plant in an area that is typically wet in an average year. Some of these plants are likely to turn up their toes if they are stuck in waterlogged soil.

Next week: A cutting-edge public garden designed for extreme Australian conditions.

Herald on Sunday

By Meg Liptrot

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