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Oceana Art Gallery branches out

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Oceana Art Gallery in Eureka Square celebrates a new show of Sanchez studio artists now through April 6.

The show features work by all the Sanchez artists, together for the first time in 10 years.

On Friday, March 29, from 7-9 p.m., the gallery, located at 150 Eureka Square, is celebrating an official grand re-opening with a festive ribbon cutting and catered hor d’oeuvres.

But the big news about the gallery space is that it will soon be more than just an art gallery. The gallery became a reality due to the wholehearted support of Art Guild of Pacifica, which will continue supporting the gallery and occasionally host shows.

The management of the gallery will be taken over by the Steering Committee of the Oceana Arts Collective, a small but industrious committee of local business people and artists, who have been meeting regularly to try to find other uses for the space. The storefront has been donated by the landlord for community use, but there are costs associated with running it, cleaning it and maintaining it. Nevertheless, it will be offered to the public at a reasonable cost.

Vasu Narayanan, the owner of Oceana Market, and artists and co-directors Rig Terrell, Okay Marshall and Elizabeth Marshall envision all sorts of expanded uses for the space — performances, films, fundraising events, classes and networking events.

They call it the “evolution” of the space, and they are investing in a brand new projector, screen,

sound system and soundproofing to accommodate new uses. Wireless access is also available.

The committee hopes to get the support of the public for hosting events and generating ideas for types of events for the venue. A surf show is planned for the fall as well as a landscaping show — events could be planned in the space around these exhibitions. Children’s events, maybe one where kids make art on the spot, could be held there. Trade shows, receptions, dance performances, book signings and poetry readings and art education field trips are all types of events for which the space can be used. The Collective is open to all ideas.

There will still be art, of course. During the first week of every new show scheduled lectures, workshops and events will be structured around the art exhibition, but after the first week, the Collective hopes to host new possibilities and events.

The Collective is interested in showing art projects in progress. The shark the Pacifica Beach Coalition is creating for its Fog Fest float will be constructed in the gallery space and displayed for all to see through the big storefront window. The Arts Collective plans to hold a silk screen display work in progress, and participate in Pacifica’s Earth Day celebration with a booth to connect with the community through art and community outreach.

And the Oceana Arts Collective hopes to make the space available to people from outside Pacifica to show art, a “destination” gallery of sorts, which will also serve to bring business to Pacifica. The ease of parking and the numerous restaurants and activities available in town make the gallery a nice spot.

The gallery in the back can also be rented for a private show. The Pacifica Beach Coalition will be exhibiting its past Earth Day posters there at the end of April.

The next show at the gallery, beginning April 19, features two local artists — Terry Hoff and Leo Bersamina.

The Collective needs help from community volunteers to run the gallery. Right now, they are working with a group called VIVA, which stands for Volunteers in Visual Arts. Others from the community have come forward to donate their time and in-kind skills. One local graphic deisgner designed the website and the logo. But there’s a lot more to be done.

The gallery will be open Mondays through Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Fridays, 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Oceana Arts Collective at 733-7029 or visit

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Things to do in northwest Hillsborough


– Thursday Ladies club: The GFWC Lutz-Land OLakes Womans Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Land O Lakes Community Center on Land O Lakes Blvd. The womans club is a service organization for ladies age 18 and older. New members are welcome. For membership information, visit or call Cathy, (813) 961-7038.

Talent show: Teens can compete for cash prizes in a talent show in front of a live audience at 6 p.m. at the Jimmie Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. Do a comedy routine, sing, dance or demonstrate an unusual talent to catch the judges eye. Acts may be solo or as a group. Complete rules and registration forms are available at the Information Desk.

Craft beer: Adults can learn about craft beer from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Cafe at Whole Foods, 3802 Northdale Blvd. David Broecker from the West Coast brewer Anderson Valley, will speak and have samples from four of their top-rated craft beers available. Registration is required at Customer Service, on-line at or by calling (813) 264-3600. The $5 donation to the Whole Planet Foundation should be paid at Customer Service.

Friday Theatrical comedy: The Carrollwood Players will present the fast moving farce Sex Please, Were Sixty, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Carrollwood Playhouse in Plantation Plaza, 4335 Gunn Highway. For ticket prices, reservations or information, call (813) 265-4000 or visit

Saturday Yard sale: The North Tampa Garden Club will meet and host a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at 217 W. Linebaugh Ave. There will be many household and miscellaneous items available. All are welcome.

Charity dinner: The Animal Coalition of Tampa will have The Sixth Annual Spay-Ghetti/No Balls Dinner and Silent Auction from 5 to 9 p.m. March 30 at the Yuengling Brewery Biergarten, 11111 N. 30th St., Tampa. Tickets are $35 each and include a pasta dinner, beer tasting, wine and a tour of the Tampa brewery. Purchase tickets at or at the ACT Clinic, 502 N. Gilchrist Ave., Tampa 33606. For more information, call (813) 250-3900.

Sunday Easter happenings: There will be an Easter Sonrise Service at 7 a.m. at Faith Outreach Center Church, 7607 Sheldon Road, followed by a free continental breakfast. At 10:45 a.m., the dramatic presentation of Jesus Messiah will begin. All are invited to attend.

Easter celebrations: There will be two Easter Service Celebrations at 8 and 10:30 a.m. at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 706 W 113th Ave. Easter breakfast will be served between the services and an Easter egg hunt for children begins at 9:30 a.m. For information, call (813) 932-6204.

Monday Block party: Children can build with Lego blocks at 4 p.m. at the Austin Davis Public Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa. The blocks are provided and the theme is Disney. The kids just need to bring their imagination.

T-shirt creativity: Teens can get deconstructive at 6:30 p.m. at the Austin Davis Public Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa. Bring old T-shirts and use them to make a picture frame, iPod holder or a different style shirt to wear.

Tuesday Job support: Come to the job support group at 10:30 a.m. at the Town N Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Ste. 120. Get career assistance including help with resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills.

Moon gardens: Learn about one of the latest trends at 6:30 p.m. at the Austin Davis Public Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa. Gardeners will discuss ideas for this unique landscaping phenomenon.

Plan ahead Auction fun: The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will have its annual Auction of the Year at 10 a.m. April 3 at the Lutz Community Center, 101 First Ave. N.E. All proceeds will go to the USF Agriculture student scholarship fund. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Lee Brown (813) 949-1301.

Garden club: The Fern Garden Club will meet April 4 at the Keystone Park, 17928 Gunn Highway, Odessa. Social and coffee time is 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will follow at 10 a.m. Marilyn Smullen, Master Gardner, will speak on birds in our backyards. Guests are welcome. For information, call (813) 968-6866.

Hebrew class: Learn to read Hebrew with Dr. D. Michael Michael for a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. He has developed his own textbook, Easy Hebrew Reading Course and a unique method of teaching. Classes are from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays, April 16 through June 4 at Faith Theological Seminary/Christian College, 7607 Sheldon Road, Tampa. Course fee is $95 and includes the book. To receive an enrollment form by fax or email, call (813) 886-8492.

Trade show: The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Trade Show and Mixer will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. April 17 at the Hampton Inn, 4017 Tampa Road in Oldsmar. There will be more than 100 local businesses in attendance, as well as food, networking and door prizes. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call (813) 855-4233.

Bless Israel USA: Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, will speak at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon. Learn how ancient biblical mysteries relate to modern times. Pastor Geoffrey Cohen will be a special guest and Joshua Aaron will lead the Praise and Worship music. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. At the door, tickets will be $15. For more information and to order tickets, go to

Fashionollia 65: The 65th anniversary of Fashionollia, sponsored by the GFWC Tampa Womans Club, will take place at 10 a.m. April 20 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd. The event is for the benefit of Champions for Childrens Kids on the Block program. While supporting the cause, shop at local vendor tables, enjoy a gourmet lunch and view current fashions provided by Dillards Department Store as modeled by local celebrities. A one-carat diamond provided by Continental Wholesale Diamonds is the door prize. Goody bags and a silent auction also will be featured. Tickets are $60 for individuals and $125 for patrons. For reservations, email or call (813) 839-7457.

Wednesdays Senior bridge: Fountainview Estates, 8800 Sheldon Road, noon. Beginners to advanced bridge players are welcome. Call (813) 886-5318.

Knifty Kneedlers: St. Clements Episcopal Church, 706 W. 113th Ave., 12:30 to 3 p.m. The group knits and crochets items to donate to various agencies. Call (813) 264-1692.

Knitting and crocheting: Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N. Boulevard, 1 to 3 p.m. for six weeks, $36. Sandy Wehle conducts knitting and crocheting classes for beginning and experienced adults. Go to or call (813) 932-0241.

Overeaters Anonymous: Turning Point of Tampa, 6227 Sheldon Road, 7:45 p.m., (813) 254-4190.

Thursdays Nature appreciation: Horizon Bay Lutz, 414 E. Chapman Road, 10:30 a.m. Lutz area seniors and their families are invited to a weekly nature appreciation program. Call (813) 909-9679.

G.I.F.T. fitness program: Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N. Boulevard, noon to 1 p.m., $4 per class. Participants learn how to incorporate good nutrition and physical activity into their lifestyle. Go to or call (813) 932-0241

Overeaters Anonymous: St. Marks Episcopal Church, 13312 Cain Road, 7 p.m., (813) 254-4190.

British Commonwealth Society of Tampa Bay: Keystone Park, 17928 Gunn Highway, Odessa. 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday monthly. Participants only have to enjoy British culture. Call (813) 886- 3437.

First Place: A combined Bible study and weight control group meets in the Town N Country area. Call (813) 884-9669.

Fridays AM Leads Group: Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay, 12951 W. Linebaugh Ave., 7:30 to 9 a.m. The AM Leads Group meets; free continental breakfast. Call (813) 855-4233.

Cruise night: Dairy Queen Grill Chill, 8410 Citrus Park Drive, 6 to 9 p.m. Open to all classic cars and street rods. Call (813) 468-0277.

Overeaters Anonymous: Marge Porter Resource Center, 6311 Sheldon Road, 6:30 p.m., (813) 254-4190.

Friday night dance: Zendah Grotto, 4450 W. Ohio Ave., 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.; $7 members, $9 for nonmembers. Bachelors and Belles host weekly dances. Everyone is welcome. Call (813) 935-2996.

Saturdays Greyhound rescue: Groovy Cats Dogs, 2305 W. Linebaugh Ave., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greyhound Rescues and Adoptions of Tampa Bay hosts a meet-and-greet for prospective adoptive or foster owners. Go to or call (813) 971-4732.

Mondays Watercolor painting: Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N. Boulevard, 10 a.m. to noon for six weeks, $75. Susan McKay conducts a watercolor class. Go to or call (813) 932-0241.

Overeaters Anonymous: All Saints Lutheran Church, 5315 Van Dyke Road, noon, (813) 254-4190.

Tai chi class: Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., 6 to 7 p.m. for beginners and 7 to 8 p.m. for intermediate students; $60 for six weeks. Life Enrichment Center offers Yang-style tai chi classes conducted by Josef Tan. Go to or call (813) 932-0241.

TOPS support group: Town N Country Recreation Center, 6039 Hanley Road, 6:30 p.m. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Florida 290 meets. Call (813) 884-2288.

Tampa Toastmasters: Village Inn, 8602 N. Dale Mabry Highway, 6:30 p.m. The group welcomes all visitors who would like to improve their speaking and leadership skills. Call (813) 728-3714.

Overeaters Anonymous: Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2912 W. Fletcher Ave., 7 p.m., (813) 254-4190.

Tuesdays Grief support: Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave., $20 for 13 weeks. GriefShare uses support video format. Call (813) 961-1254.

Painting Class: Work at your own pace, whether experienced or beginner, guided with professional tips. Choose your favorite subjects in any medium, except oil-based paint. Cost is $3 per class, 9 a.m. at the Town N Country Senior Center, 7606 Paula Drive. Call (813) 873-6336.

Aerobics Lite Class: Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive, 9:30 a.m., $2. Seniors perform exercise dance and movement while having fun. Call (813) 417-6286.

Drawing Class: Receive group and individual instruction, whether a beginner or experienced, at drawing using pencil, charcoal, pastel and/or colored pencil. Work and grow at your own pace. Cost is $3 per class; 10:30 a.m. at the Town N Country Senior Center, 7606 Paula Drive. Call (813) 873-6336.

Video production: TBCN Community Media Center, University Mall, 2200 E. Fowler Ave., Suite 30 (upper level), 6 p.m. The center offers a free Intro to Video Production class. Call (813) 977-5200.

Creative writing: Caf Kili, 5731 E. Fowler Ave., 6 to 7:30 p.m., $10 per class. Details are available at under the Writers Atelier tab. To sign up, call (407) 697-1261.

Suncoast Toastmasters: Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave., 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group meets weekly. Call (813) 264-6859.




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Plans for Appomattox corridor include roundabout, landscaping

A roundabout with a garden in the middle, a tree-lined street and a pedestrian pathway could be coming to the town of Appomattox.

These were some ideas from the ongoing Old Courthouse Road corridor study presented at Tuesday night’s Appomattox Town Council meeting.

The study began in January and looks at ways to enhance the 1.1-mile stretch of road, spanning from its intersection with Confederate Boulevard (Business U.S. 460) to the Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park.

The study’s goal is to see what can be done to make the road more of an entranceway to the park.

It likely will be used to develop a plan to present to the Virginia Department of Transportation to help get some of the tasks completed. Town Manager Bill Gillespie cautioned council it could take about 15 years to complete the project in phases, but they were doable.

Several meetings have been held on the corridor to get input from stakeholders. One more meeting remains. The study is expected to be completed by the end of April.

Council members Steve Conner and Mary Spiggle, who attended the stakeholder meetings, said the roundabout idea was well received.

The roundabout could be built with the space the Virginia Department of Transportation already has without using private property, Conner said.

“I think there’s less possibility for wrecks,” Spiggle said. “That place right there is a wreck magnet.”

Gillespie said it would offer something different for the town, with possibly a garden inside.

“That would certainly be a unique thing to see in Appomattox,” he said. “I think if you were looking to try to develop the corridor, you could get rid of some of the lights and clean that whole intersection up.”

The roundabout also would open the land around it to development as people could pull off into parking areas to visit businesses, Gillespie said.

Some businesses could be geared toward the added pedestrian traffic that would develop with the pathway, he said.

Added green space, like trees and parks along the corridor, would enhance the appearance and break it up, he said.

“It could totally change the character of that whole area,” Gillespie said.

The trees in the median would help separate the corridor and encourage people to drive slower, he said.

Spiggle is excited about the plan.

“It’s a wonderful vision,” she said. “I hope we can do it.”

In other business, Gillespie clarified the purpose of the study to see if Appomattox could support tourism-related attractions, like stores, restaurants and hotels.

The focus of the project is more job-related for businesses supporting tourism, rather than tourism itself, he said.

“It’s no different then investing in an industry park,” Gillespie said. “You’ve just acknowledged that tourism is your industry.”

He compared the study to a résumé, listing the assets and qualifications of Appomattox, in hopes of attracting developers.

In order to attract businesses, a credible market study, like this, is needed to show there is a market in the area, Gillespie said.

“This gives us feasibility and general numbers for national developers who deal with national chains,” Conner said. “They’re not going to take our word that it’s a great place — they want facts from an independent source.”

The clarification was presented because council members had received phone calls from residents confused about the study and its projected $50,000 price tag.

It would be completed in three tasks, advancing to the next level if something viable was discovered. If it is deemed the study is not going anywhere, council would not pay for the next task to be completed, and the study would end, Gillespie said.

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Ready, Set, Grow Inspires Thoughts of Spring!

Ready, Set, Grow Inspires Thoughts of Spring!

Freezing rain and biting cold temperatures in the air did not deter 100 avid gardeners from attending the ‘Ready, Set, Grow’ workshop at Sauk Valley Community College on Saturday, March 9. University of Illinois Extension Program Coordinators and Master Gardeners from Lee, Ogle Whiteside counties planned a sensational gardening day with the latest trends in gardening and landscaping. Participants had the opportunity to choose from 15 educational seminars throughout the day ranging from Growing Vegetables and This Organic Soil with Master Gardener Rich Tobiasz to New for 2013: Latest in Annuals Perennials with Bud LeFevre from Distinctive Gardens in Dixon . Three hands-on presentations allowed participants to take home their own rain barrel or succulent container garden presented by University of Illinois Extension Horticulture educator, Candice Miller. Participants were encouraged to use their imagination to create a Magical Miniature Garden with Jim Brown from Distinctive Gardens in Dixon.

Also featured that day were presentations by Jeff White on Starting a Community Garden; Ellen Phillips on Composting Essentials; Beneficial Insects Pollinators and Common Garden Pests in the Vegetable Garden with Kelly Allsup; Seed Starting at Home with BJ Miller; Waterscaping Your Landscape by Tim Seigner of Natural Water Gardens; Sustainable Landscapes: Using Low-Maintenance Native Plants by Andy Stahr of ecology + vision, llc and keynote speaker Mark Dwyer also did a breakout session on Vertical Gardening.

The day was concluded with keynote speaker Mark Dwyer of the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI whose presentation on Ornamental Edibles encouraged gardeners to try various herbs vegetables alongside their annuals and perennials in the garden and in a variety of unique containers. Mark’s eye-catching pictures and creative ideas had participants eagerly taking notes.

New this year to Ready, Set, Grow was the addition of 15 vendors which included: Heavenly Winds; Fast Tools; Pampered Chef; Stone Crete; Midwest Permaculture; Tower Gardens; Longaberger Baskets; Linda Cunningham Homemade Crafts; Jamie Coffey Miche Bags; Charlotte Combs Ruffled Scarfs; McCormicks; Koch Design Source; Sterling Development Organization-Kitchen Incubator Self Help Enterprises from Sterling. The Master Gardeners from Lee, Ogle Whiteside counties were also on-hand to answer gardening questions throughout the day.

Gardeners enjoyed a day of workshops, connecting with other gardeners, shopping from local vendors, a buffet breakfast, garden lunch and many door prizes. Each participant was given a reusable BALL bag filled with gardening goodies.

Ready, Set, Grow may be over for 2013; but the gardening season is just beginning!

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National gardening experts coming to Pittsburgh

Check out the line up for this year’s Garden and Landscape Symposium. The event is on April 20th, 2013 a the Hillman Center for Performing Arts.

These are some heavy hitters in the gardening world.

For selfish reasons, I’m most excited about Bill Thomas coming to town. He runs one of my favorite gardens, Chanticleer, near Philadelphia.

I profiled him in my documentery The Gardens of Pennsyvania. Just seeing Bill speak is worth the price of admission. Sign up soon, this will sell out.

Here’s a link to the video about Chanticleer.

This is the news release with details on the event.

Phipps, Penn State Extension and Shady Side Academy event offers inspiration, advice and plants.


·         Whitney Cranshaw, a Colorado State University professor, specializes in pests and problems affecting Rocky Mountain plants, educating students on various entomological topics. His books include Garden Insects of North America, Pests of the West and the forthcoming Bugs Rule!

·         Kerry Mendez, an expert on low-maintenance perennial gardening and landscaping, works as a marketing professional, consultant, designer, writer, teacher and lecturer. She is the author of The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists and Top Ten Lists for Beautiful Shade Gardens 

·         Thomas Rainer, a landscape architect, teacher and writer, advocates for designs that interpret nature and feature native plants. He has designed garden landscapes nationwide, including those at the U.S. Capitol, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and The New York Botanical Garden.

·         R. William Thomas, executive director of Chanticleer near Philadelphia, leads the development of the young garden using an environmentally sensitive and multi-century approach. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in ornamental horticulture from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

·         Joseph Tychonievich, nursery manager for Arrowhead Alpine, has a love of plants that once sent him to Japan to work for Akira Shibamichi. He is the author ofCreating New Heirlooms: A Gardener’s Guide to Breeding Plants and holds a B.S. in horticulture from Ohio State University.

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Busch Gardens Landscaping Giveaway: North Carolina yard will get …

Busch Gardens announced Tammy Bennett from Washington, N.C., the winner of the first-ever 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, according to a news release.

“I am so excited and cannot wait for them to get started. Busch Gardens has the most beautiful flowers and gardens. Every time we go, I wish my yard would look like that,” said Bennett after learning she won the landscaping giveaway in a news release.

Busch Gardens announced the giveaway in early March via its Facebook page –

Entries came 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 Busch Gardens’ Landscaping Giveaway. After reviewing hundreds of submissions, Busch Gardens narrowed the landscaping giveaway submissions down 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.

“We have been living here 6 1/2 years, this house was in foreclosure and it was a mess. There were trees and bushes growing into the side of our house and into the attic, we had to rip them all down. The lawn had not been mowed in a year, so it was pretty much knee high and mostly weeds. With all the money we spent on the inside of the house, we just never could afford to do the outside or any landscaping projects,” said Bennett.

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.

Tammy’s entry:

“We bought our house right after my kidney transplant – my (lovely) husband generously donated me one of his kidneys, which I desperately needed. We thought with a second chance at life, we would buy a house and fix it up. And we started remodeling the house, but then we weren’t able to continue and do the outside due to financial stress. The financial burden of my anti-rejection medication, plus all our other medical bills meant the house would have to wait. Unfortunately, it’s still waiting and I would love a chance to win this!”


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Gardening tips for beginners

Gardening is a rewarding hobby that many enthusiasts credit with helping them to peacefully escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Though gardening can be both relaxing and rewarding, it’s not as easy as it may seem, and the more time and effort a person devotes to his or her garden the more likely it is to be successful.


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Learn How to Plan Your Urban Garden

Free Seed, Sow Grow program hosted by Boston Natural Areas Network

BOSTON, MA, March 25, 2013 – Urban green spaces present some unique challenges, such as space constraints, accessible resources, and concerns about soil.  However urban gardening in Boston neighborhoods continues to thrive.

In its ongoing role as a resource to Boston’s 15,000 community gardeners and as part of its Seed, Sow Grow series, Boston Natural Areas Network is offering two special free programs, on Saturday, April 6 at the BNAN office.  The morning session will focus on Urban Garden Design. The program will show you the building blocks of ecological urban garden design.  Participants will leave with a basic understanding of plant selection and how to plan a front, back yard or deck garden.

The afternoon session will focus on Planning your Vegetable Garden. The participants will create planting schedules and learn about companion planting and spacing. When the program is over we hope you will be able to create a vegetable garden plan that fits your space and tastes!

Both workshops will be held at BNAN’s office, 62 Summer Street in Boston (near Downtown Crossing and reachable by public transportation).  The morning Urban Garden Design session will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the afternoon Planning your Vegetable Garden program will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Space is limited so registration is required for one or both programs. To register, please call 617-542-7696 or email Participants registering for both workshops are invited to bring a bag lunch.

The Seed, Sow Grow horticultural series is free and open to the public and presented February through October by BNAN staff, volunteers, local horticultural professionals and knowledgeable graduates of BNAN’s Master Urban Gardener Program.  For a schedule of Seed, Sow Grow workshops, call BNAN at 617-542-7696 or visit

Boston Natural Areas Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together local residents, partner organizations, public officials and foundations to preserve, expand and enhance urban open space, including community gardens, greenways and urban wilds.  For further information about the organization, becoming a member or the calendar of events, visit, or call 617-542-7696.

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Lyndale Gardens Developer Seeks Final Design Approvals from Council

The Cornerstone Group is just a few votes away from getting most of its final city council approvals for the much anticipated Lyndale Gardens project.

Simply named after the former Lyndale Garden Center, Lyndale Gardens is slotted to become Richfield’s new downtown center. The design plans feature retail and restaurant space, apartment and townhome rental housing, splash pad, community oven, community garden, walking trails, market pavillion and a performance stage—too name a few amentities.

The Richfield City Council will consider a rezoning ordinance, as well as final development plan approval and conditional use permits Tuesday night.

However, there is a small twist.

As previously reported by Patch, Lakewinds Natural Foods is the first and only tenant to sign on to Lyndale Gardens so far. As part of the agreement, Lakewinds puchased the former Lyndale Gardens Center building and plans to build a completely new store. While still part of The Cornerstone Group’s project, Lakewinds and the developer will have to get separate design approvals. The rezoning ordinance, if approved Tuesday, would cover the entire property, according to the agenda.

An issue the council will likely bring up on Tuesday is the parking plans during special events. The Cornerstone Group, which took some flak for its design of Kensington Park early on, has prepared a parking study and worked out solutions such as valet and shared parking. *In addition, staff has reviewed the proposed parking plan and believe it to be satisfactory, according to the council agenda.

Richfield Patch will update readers following the council meeting.

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Editor’s Note: More information on the parking proposal was added for additional clarity.

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