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Brent Batten: We’ve been down this sidewalk before

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Naples Park, consider yourself notified.

A study is under way that could lead to improved sidewalks and better “walkability” in the neighborhood.

The innocuous-sounding study is raising fears, however, of a repeat of the disastrous 2003 Naples Park Community Plan, an episode that led to no improvements and bitter feelings that linger to this day.

Also known as the Dover-Kohl Plan after the consulting firm that worked on it, the 2003 plan discussed ways to enhance Naples Park. Ideas included more sidewalks, better landscaping, on-street parking and even a new street to be built between Eighth Street and U.S. 41.

The Dover-Kohl Plan was accompanied by a media blitz to get the word out, a weeklong open meeting allowing residents to express their ideas and a door-to-door campaign to pass out fliers explaining the process.

But the ambitious plan that came out of the meetings also drew criticism. Many who hadn’t participated in the early stages later claimed to have been left in the dark. They balked at the fundamental change the plan would have meant for the neighborhood and the price that Naples Park residents would have had to pay through their property taxes.

It eventually disintegrated amid squabbling, accusations and counter accusations.

Now, 10 years later, comes the Naples Park Walkable Community Study. The Collier County MPO, made up of county commissioners and City Council members from Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City, heard an update on the plan last week.

The main similarity between the 2013 and the 2003 plans is that both consider the possibility of more sidewalks. The 2013 study won’t even broach subjects such as elaborate landscaping, better drainage, a new street or revamped zoning, all features of the Dover-Kohl plan. It doesn’t obligate anyone to build anything and funding for any new sidewalks would come from grants, not from residents’ property taxes.

But the mere mention of sidewalks is enough to rekindle the bad memories for some.

At a public meeting held April 3 and through emails and letters, Naples Park residents have been commenting to the MPO staff about the walkability study. Summarizing the sentiments so far, MPO staff member Sarah Layman on Friday told the MPO board, “People do not want sidewalks on the avenues.”

Naples Park resident Chris Carpenter is spearheading the effort to make sure there’s no repeat of 2003.

“It was a very divisive issue. It was horrible,” Carpenter said, recalling an instance when a proponent of the 2003 plan made an obscene gesture to opponents at a public meeting.

“What upset people the most was the lack of communication. People felt like it was done behind their backs. I’m seeing some signs of a lack of communication this time around,” she said.

Carpenter asked the MPO to send out a survey to all Naples Park property owners asking their opinions on sidewalks. A 2003 survey on the issue showed about 68 percent opposed them, she said. If there isn’t enough money to do a survey this time, the entire walkability study should be dropped, she said.

Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle on NewsMakers 9-23-12.

Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle on NewsMakers 9-23-12.


MPO board members all agree that public input needs to be a part of the 2013 study.

But Commissioner Fred Coyle argued that without a survey of every property owner done early on, any other attempts at engagement will fail.

“My inclination about this, knowing what happened last time, is to say don’t go through this process until you actually poll the people in the neighborhood,” he said. “People will not go on the Internet and seek out information. You can mail them a letter notifying them of a meeting, they will not attend. You can do everything you want to try to get people involved and they will not get involved until you bring it to the board for final approval and then they’ll say, ‘Nobody told me.’ That’s just the way it is.”

Coyle said he doesn’t believe sidewalks will be any more popular now than they were 10 years ago: “Send out ballots to each property owner and ask them if they want sidewalks, if they want lighting. The answer is going to be, “No, I don’t.”

A dilemma arises when the neighborhood doesn’t want sidewalks but safety, in the area around a school for instance, demands them.

“I don’t know that somebody should be able to say, ‘There can’t be sidewalks on the streets because I don’t want them,’ when you’re talking about schoolchildren,” Naples City Councilwoman Dee Sulick said.

The MPO board took no action on the report, allowing the walkability study to proceed without an immediate survey of Naples Park residents.

The question now is will, after whatever public outreach follows, those residents complain that no one told them about it?

__ Connect with Brent Batten at bebatten@naplesnews.com

Article source: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/apr/18/brent-batten-sidewalk-naples-park-plan-collier-mpo/

Designers reveal new ideas at ’20s era mansion

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The Women’s Board of the Columbus Museum of Art is eager for guests to visit the Decorators’ Show House at 21 S. Parkview Ave. in Bexley, where this private patio is one element of charm in the $1.8-million home on 1.4 acres. Tours of the Show House open Tuesday, April 23 and continue through May 12.

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Wednesday April 17, 2013 9:40 AM

Those who might be decorating or redecorating a home and looking for inspiration — or who just can’t get enough of the home improvements featured on Pinterest and HGTV — will find plenty of ideas at 21 S. Parkview Ave. in Bexley. The $1.8-million home that sits on 1.4 acres at that address is the site of this year’s Decorators’ Show House.

The 20th biennial event, which will be held Tuesday, April 23 through May 12, is hosted by the Women’s Board of the Columbus Museum of Art and will showcase the work of 16 local interior designers and four local landscapers.

“The Show House is a great way to get some really new, cutting edge design ideas while supporting a cultural organization,” said show house co-chairwoman Subha Lembach.

As soon as the show site was announced last fall, designers began cultivating ideas for the rooms. Work started in February and finished in early March.

Each area of the home, from the butler’s pantry and upstairs laundry room to the formal dining room and the guest bedroom, showcases a different design team’s work.

“With two staircases, the house flows wonderfully and the rooms are large and spacious so the designers had a great opportunity to create beautiful rooms,” said Show House co-chairwoman Dawn Franz.

Susan Matrka Interiors contrasted the neutral colors in the living room with pink furniture and blue and white porcelain vases, and John Wilson of CRI/Creations created a dark, masculine bedroom with a custom-painted, bronze-colored ceiling. The master walk-in closet has been transformed by Kellie Toole Interior Design into a vintage sewing room and the formal dining room by Phyllis Craver Fine Designs is set for an elaborate Kentucky Derby party.

Franz said because there inevitably will be guests who want to know the exact paint color of a room or where the rug or bed set were purchased, designers will be on hand to talk inspiration with visitors every Wednesday night. Since the house is for sale, the rooms will be returned to their original condition following the show and designers will be at the house selling their items on May 13, Franz said.

According to public documents, the home has been on and off the market since February 2009, and most recently housed Ivan K. Fong who was sworn in as general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security in May 2009. Built in 1922, it’s also been home to Erie Chapman, OhioHealth’s former chief executive, and M/I Homes CEO Robert Schottenstein.

Jane Kessler Lennox, the home’s listing agent through New Albany Realty, was integral in helping the Decorators’ Show House committee find the perfect location for this year’s event, Franz said.

“We loved the property as soon as we saw it,” she said of the house that is expected to draw as many as 10,000 visitors during its three-week showing. “It’s absolutely a beautiful lot and Bexley is great location that has always been popular.”

The event co-chairwomen were specifically looking for a property that had a lot of landscaping potential. In finding that, they were able to build a new partnership.

For the first time, Dine Originals Columbus has paired with the show to cater an outdoor dinner series that will feature local restaurants Due Amici, Barcelona, G. Michael’s Bistro, The Top Steakhouse, Skillet, Hubbard Grille and The Refectory. Dine Originals will also man the cafe area during the day.

“It makes sense and it gives people a huge dose of what’s available in Columbus,” said Katharine Moore, Dine Originals executive director. “They’re showcasing local designers and we’re showcasing local foods — it’s all about local.”

Dinner tickets are $35 and include a glass of wine. Other special events at the home include the preview party on April 20, which will take on a roaring ’20s theme and feature a live auction, raffle and open bar with speakeasy inspired drinks. Tickets for the preview party are $100 per person or $175 per couple.

On May 5, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated on the house’s lawn with Mexican food and margaritas for $35 per person.

Tickets to view the house from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday are $20 at the door, $15 in advance.

All proceeds from the Decorators’ Show House will benefit the Columbus Museum of Art.

For more information on the house, details on special events and to purchase tickets, visit columbusmuseum.org/dsh.

Article source: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/grovecity/news/2013/04/16/decorators-show-house-designers-reveal-new-ideas-at-20s-era-mansion.html

Garden Calendar

Clark County

Tsugawa Nursery: 410 E. Scott Ave., Woodland. Events are free unless noted. * Register: 360-225-8750 or http://tsugawanursery.com.

Root-Pruning, Wiring and Re-potting Your Bonsai: 11 a.m. April 20. Learn about root-pruning and proper wiring and employees will help you get set up with a pot for transplanting if your bonsai needs it. There will be a fee for any potting materials used during class.

Spring Potting Party: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27. Bring your containers and ideas of what you’d like and employees will provide the soil, fertilizer and hands-on assistance to help you create containers for your home.

What to do in the Garden in May: 11 a.m. May 4. May is the month for sowing annual summer crops and learning how to keep your landscape and garden growing on the right track. Bring pictures and samples for the QA portion.

Shorty’s Garden and Home: 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Free. * Register: 360-892-7880.

Successful Landscaping with Beth Goodnight: 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. April 20. A presentation in sustainable plant selection for our region, with answers to questions on how to blend beauty and function that cover all aspects of design preparation.

Veggies and Edibles: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. April 27. Join the Shorty’s team for a discussion of all things veggie gardening, including soil composting and fertilization, seed starting and planting.

Lawn Care 101: 10 a.m. to noon April 27. An overview of lawn care, including pest control, mole treatments, fertilizing and moss control. Organic and synthetic lawn care options will also be discussed.

Orchids Potting: 10 a.m. to noon April 13 at Aitken’s Salmon Creek Garden, 608 N.W. 119th St. Bring plants in that are in need of some help. Free. * 360-573-4472 or email terry@flowerfantasy.net.

The Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market: Opens for the season April 27 and runs through Sept. 28 at Battle Ground Village Center Park Pavilion, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way, Battle Ground. More than 40 vendors will be on hand, selling a variety of arts and crafts, as well as food items. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. * 360-723-5545 or visit www.bgvillage.com.

Fruits, Nuts and Berries for the Home Gardener: An On the Road Tour from the master gardener program. Vans depart at 8 a.m. April 25 from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 9319 N.E. Highway 99, and return at 5:30 p.m. Stops include: Burnt Ridge Nursery Orchard and Raintree Nursery. Bring sack lunch and sturdy shoes, dress for the weather. $30. * Register by April 22: https://ocrs.wsu.edu/Signup/?eventid=889.

Get Growing: Starting a Summer Garden: 10:30 a.m. to noon April 20 at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. Master gardeners will give you the know-how to get your family started with some gardening basics. More advanced gardeners will learn techniques for improving their soil, organic pest management and reducing some common plant diseases. Free. * 360-906-5106

Backyard composting workshop: 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 at Columbia Springs, 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway. Classroom introduction to basic composting and a visit to a composting demonstration site to learn about ways to make garden compost. Free. * Register: http://www.columbiasprings.org/events/annual-events/mcrworkshops or 360-882-0936, ext. 224.

Master Gardener volunteer training: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 4 for 12 weeks. $245 fee. * Information, registration: http://clark.wsu.edu/volunteer/mg/educationProgram.html.

Fort Vancouver Rose Society meeting: 7 to 9 p.m. first Thursday of the month, Clark County Genealogy Annex, 7165 Grand Blvd. Free. * 360-696-1331.

Camas-Washougal Community Garden Club: 1 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month, Camas Community Center, 1718 S.E. Seventh Ave., Camas. * 360-210-8012.

Minnehaha Garden Gate Club: 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Minnehaha Grange, 4905 N.E. St. Johns Blvd. * 360-992-2939.

Vancouveria Garden Club: 12:30 to 3 p.m. third Tuesday of each month, Covington House, 4201 Main St. * 360-936-6515.

Vancouver Chrysanthemum Society: 2:30 p.m. third Mondays, Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. * 360-696-9617.

Send information to homeandgarden@columbian.com.

Article source: http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/apr/18/garden-calendar/

The Garden Club of Forest Hills grows

Some memorable dates for the Garden Club of Forest Hills:

• 1923: The club was formed with a dozen women who called it the East Edgewood Acres Garden Unit. The group changed to its present name in 1938.

• 1933: The club joined the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.

• 1934: A delegation of members petitioned Forest Hills Borough Council to acquire land that became Forest Hills Park. Council bought the 26-acre tract for $25,000.

• 1936: In July, the club received a letter from council authorizing the garden club to assume the responsibility of planning and landscaping the park. In November, the club hired landscape architect Ezra C. Stiles to plan the park.

• 1942: Activities were directed toward the war effort, and victory gardens were planted. Trees and money were donated toward the construction of a Blue Star Memorial Highway marker and plantings located at the Irwin exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike commemorating members of the U.S. military.

• 1949: Blueprints were drawn for a landscape design for the Forest Hills Junior High School by landscape architect Ralph E. Griswold; club members bought and planted trees and shrubs.

• 1982: The club was awarded the Hunt Trophy by the Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center for outstanding and exceptional community service activities.

• 1990: Since the white flowering dogwood is the club flower, then-club president Barbara Momo started the Dogwood Award. A dogwood pin is given each year to a club member who goes above and beyond club duties.

• 1991: The club was again awarded the Hunt Trophy.

• 1993: Members cleaned a hillside inside the entrance to the Forest Hills Park and started the Hillside Garden, which members have taken care of ever since.

• 2008: The club received a Community Greening Award from the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society.

• 2012: The club donated $1,968 to organizations in the Pittsburgh community, such as the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the National Aviary, Forest Hills emergency service providers and state scholarships.

Article source: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-east/the-garden-club-of-forest-hills-grows-684006/

‘Garden of the Month’ awards to begin in May

LOCK HAVEN – The annual “Garden of the Month” award program, sponsored by the Dogwood Circle Garden Club of Lock Haven and The Express, will present its first award in May. This year is the 19th consecutive year for this popular community event.

The program recognizes area gardeners who live within a 10-mile radius of Lock Haven. This year’s garden categories include: commercial landscaping, pond gardens, porch and patio standouts, small eye-catching additions to the gardener’s landscaping as well as the usual street-front gardens. In order to be considered, any garden from these categories must be visible from street or alleyway.

Each month two different club members will judge and select the winning garden from nominations received. The owners of the selected garden will be asked if they wish to accept the award before it is presented. Owners of the honored garden will receive a commemorative certificate, a photograph of the owner and garden will be featured in The Express and photographs of the garden will be posted on the club’s website. In addition, the “Garden of the Month” sign will be placed in the winning garden and remain on the property for a month, until the next garden is honored.

Factors considered in judging gardens are: seasonally appropriate; street/curb appeal; variety of plants used; use of color and texture; overall design flow (height, form, harmony); integration of plantings with architectural features; and originality.

Enhancing the community, promoting community spirit and making the public aware of the relationship between landscaping and property value have been goals of the garden award program since its inception in 1994. The Dogwood Circle Garden Club is looking forward to another exciting and colorful season and the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the pride and commitment of local gardeners.

Nominations for the month of May are welcome and can be submitted by calling May’s judges at 748-7334 or 748-8379.

For more information on the Dogwood Circle Garden Club, visit www.lhgardenclub.com.

Article source: http://www.lockhaven.com/page/content.detail/id/544835/-Garden-of-the-Month--awards-to-begin-in-May.html?nav=5009

Irrigation Company Integrates Newest Technologies to Outdoor Gardening

New York, NY — (SBWIRE) — 04/17/2013 — All gardening, landscaping, and irrigation requirements can now be easily handled with just one phone call with New York Plantings Garden Designers. The company boasts of over 18 years of dedicated experience in this particular field. And their expertise in irrigation systems is proven by the hundreds of automatic drip irrigation, landscape irrigation, and lawn sprinkler systems that they install for clients every single year.

Unlike many of their competitors, New York Plantings Garden Designers operate a fully-equipped gardening and irrigation trucks arriving to their customer’s door complete with all the parts, systems, and supplies needed to install, repair, or upgrade a lawn or a rooftop garden. When called up for their services, New York Plantings Garden Designers will evaluate their customer’s landscape or garden and then proceed to design the irrigation system for it that is guaranteed to be efficient, reliable, and affordable.

New York Plantings Garden Irrigation has the capacity to install textbook standard designs and principles, as well as adapt all the latest technologies available that can provide optimum irrigation control to their customer’s garden. They would also install the newer automatic sprinkler systems or drip irrigation systems to customers’ gardens situated in New York and nearby localities.

Customers can now easily upgrade their current system to the newer technologies. New York Plantings Garden Designers can provide both commercial and residential services. Aside from a full installation of irrigation systems for new gardens and landscapes, they can also redesign all the installations and additions that you may already have. Now customers can hire the services of real experts to beautify their gardens and make them a very enviable piece of property.

Gardens do add a lot to the value of any property. Proper landscaping can boost the value of property exponentially. People can now set up well-designed garden area with the most effective irrigation system in place. It’s not hard to do that, just leave the rest of the work to the experts. With New York Plantings Garden Designer, a customer needs not do anything after the first meeting. All what is needed is a customer just comes out, sits down with one of their gardening experts, tells them what he wants to see, and he can consider the job done. The expertise of New York Plantings Garden Designers is building Asian gardens and landscapes.

Now it is easy to build and create a dream garden today or update a current one to use the newest gardening technologies. New York Plantings Garden Designers are eager to be of service to its customers. They can be reached through (347) 558 7051 or via email nappidesign@gmail.com and info@newyorkplantings.com or simply visit their website at http://www.newyorkplantings.com.

About Newyorkplantings.com
New York Plantings is an innovative company in New York that has a team of experts who can build top notch rooftop gardens and design an eye catching landscape. The company has been in business over 18 years and has been serving people in New York since then.

Article source: http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/irrigation-company-integrates-newest-technologies-to-outdoor-gardening-234876.htm

Gardening tips for beginners

Gardening tips for beginners

Gardening tips for beginners




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Gardening tips for beginners


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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.


Gardening can be a little daunting for beginners who have little or no experience planting flowers or vegetables. But gardening need not be so intimidating, especially for those beginners who adhere to the following tips aimed at helping novice gardeners start their gardens off on the right foot.

* Determine what you should plant. Where you live will go a long way toward determining what you should plant. While you can plant anything you can get your hands on, the United States Department of Agriculture as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada have determined specific plant hardiness zones that indicate which plants are most likely to thrive in given locations. Maps of these zones can be found at www.usda.gov and www.agr.gc.ca. By adhering to the maps, gardeners can significantly increase their chances of growing successful gardens. When in doubt about what to plant, consult a local gardening center or seek advice from a professional landscaper.

* Think location when beginning your garden. Beginners with large yards have the luxury of choosing the right location on their properties to start planting. When choosing a spot, consider how much sunlight a location gets on a daily basis and the spot’s proximity to a water supply. If planting flowers, try to avoid planting in areas with heavy foot traffic so the flowers are less likely to be stomped. If you’re planting flowers to accent walkways, then consider erecting a barrier around the flower bed to safeguard the flowers from foot traffic.

* Get started before you plant. Preparing the soil a few weeks before you start planting can help the plants thrive down the road. Add some organic material, such as compost or fertilizer, to the soil roughly three weeks before planting. This helps the soil retain water and nutrients, which will help your garden thrive.

* Time your planting. When you plant is sometimes as important as what you plant. Some climates allow for year-round planting, but many do not. When buying seeds, the packaging might suggest what time of year to plant the seeds. Adhere to these suggestions or your garden might not grow much at all. In addition, keep in mind that many seedlings need significant light throughout the day in order to grow, so choose a time of year with ample daylight.

* Don’t forget to mulch. Mulch can be as aesthetically appealing as it is effective. Mulch retains soil, helping roots to grow stronger, while deterring bugs and preventing weed growth. And many gardeners find mulch adds visual appeal their garden, and does so in a very inexpensive way.

* Clean your tools. Beginners rarely recognize the importance of cleaning gardening tools before putting them away. At the end of each gardening session, clean your tools thoroughly, as soil left on your garden tools can play host to potentially harmful microbes that might kill your plants.

Gardening can be a labor-intensive yet gratifying hobby. By sticking to a few simple rules, beginners can develop a thriving garden to reward all of that hard work.

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    Learn water-saving tips at June garden walk in Crete – The Times

    CRETE | The Crete Woman’s Club 23rd annual garden walk  “A Day in the Country” Water Wise Gardening to be held June 25, 26 and 27 will focus on water saving tips.

    According to a recent issue of the University of Illinois Extension Gardener’s Corner, “As we approach spring not only is the deep soil moisture lacking, but any upper soil profile moisture available will be quickly used unless there is adequate rainfall.”

    The article suggests that gardeners compost, select drought tolerant plants and water properly. It goes on to state that organic matter provided by composting or mulching holds water but the best advantage to plants is watering properly.

    “Watering at the base of a plant or using drip hose rather than using a sprinkler prevents water loss into the air or off target areas. Allowing the water time to soak in deeply will encourage plants to send roots deeper into the soil, making them more drought-tolerant.”

    Selecting native plants with deep roots is another U of I suggestion for conserving water.

    These and many other water saving tips will be foremost in the Crete Woman’s garden walk  in June. Illinois master gardeners will be on hand with information on “Every Drop Counts.” For more information call (708) 672-4820 or visit cretewomansclub.org.

    Article source: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/illinois/crete/learn-water-saving-tips-at-june-garden-walk-in-crete/article_f146a830-526a-5b32-bd6a-8c79fab9756f.html

    Garden tips for budding chefs

    Chef and best-selling author Stephanie Alexander will bring her brand of gastronomical gardening to Garden Week today at Perry Lakes Reserve.

    Running until Monday, Garden Week is billed as WA’s biggest and longest-running garden, landscape and outdoor living expo.

    Headlining is 72-year-old Alexander, founder of the Kitchen Garden Program, which now runs in 24 primary schools across WA.

    Not every 11-year-old can make pasta from scratch, but thanks to Alexander’s program, East Fremantle Primary School student Rebecca Perse is an old hand.

    “In term three last year, we learnt how to make pasta by hand,” she said.

    “We’ve learnt all the knife techniques and we’ve learnt about hygiene and stuff like that.

    “Sometimes if we really like what we made at school, we make it at home, like Vietnamese rice paper rolls.”

    Alexander, who will run demonstrations with students today and tomorrow, said the program was designed to get children eating fresh, healthy food.

    “If children understand how enjoyable it is to make a quick risotto or a handmade pasta, they’ll never forget that,” she said.

    Article source: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/16784272/garden-tips-for-budding-chefs/

    New e-Book Series– Japanese Garden Paths and Stepping Stone Paths in …

    San Francisco, CA, April 18, 2013 –(PR.com)– Tokyo-based garden designer Keizo Hayano and German garden designer Jenny Feuerpeil write short e-books about Japanese garden culture on their website “Real Japanese Gardens.” A new series about elements of the Japanese garden (Japanese garden fences, Japanese garden paths and stone lanterns) is to be released within the next weeks.

    The first e-book of the garden path series has 11 pages and 47 quality pictures of typical Japanese garden paths (nobedan) in Japan’s best gardens – from rock gardens in Kyoto to pond strolling gardens in Tokyo –the most beautiful garden paths have been chosen for this e-book.

    The Shin-Gyo-So system, which originated in Japanese calligraphy, is also applied to garden paths and is introduced in this book. Numerous examples point out the differences of “Shin,” the formal, “Gyo,” the semi-formal, and “Sou,” the informal style of laid stone paths (shiki-ishi).

    Garden designer and member of the Japanese Garden Design Association Keizo Hayano points out the important role of paths in a Japanese garden: “Paths are not only a safe and comfortable way for the visitor to move through the garden; skillfully laid stone paths also manipulate how the visitor perceives the garden. On a wide and even Shin-style path, the visitor can take in the view of the temple architecture or garden features while walking. On a narrow and uneven So-style stepping stone path in a Japanese tea garden however, the garden experience will be very different. Here, one has to carefully place one foot after the other, looking down while doing so. It is not only a small journey from the garden gate to the tea house, but also a journey to your inner self.”

    Jenny Feuerpeil is the photographer of the garden pictures for this e-book. She says: “Visiting a Japanese garden is a holistic experience. All senses are engaged. In traditional Japanese gardens, natural stone is used almost exclusively. The texture and surface structure of a traditional garden path, the smooth surface and rounded edges of century old cut stone paths (nobedan) have a premium textural quality. I can recommend every Japan traveler to visit the gardens of Daitoku-ji, Tofuku-ji and Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto to see the world’s finest examples of garden paths.”

    Currently the website www.japanesegardens.jp features basic information, pictures and directions to around 90 gardens in Japan. To date, 12 eBooks about famous, secret and private Japanese gardens have been published. Another 3 eBooks have been released about typical elements of a Japanese garden – traditional fences and gravel patterns. The first eBook in the plant category is an introduction to Japanese bamboo.

    About us:
    Providing reliable information to our readers is our highest priority. Before writing the e- book, we visit the garden and take photos of the garden and its features. Up to 80% of the research is done using Japanese resources (books, journals and interviews) to stay as close to the Japanese garden tradition as possible.

    Keizo Hayano is a Japanese garden designer with 20 years of experience under his belt. He is the owner and head designer of the garden design studio Niwashyu in Shibuya, Tokyo (www.niwashyu.jp). He studied the fine arts at the Kyoto City College of Arts and loves small intimate gardens that soothe the soul. Member of the Japanese Association of Garden Designers.

    Jenny Feuerpeil is a German garden designer who came to Japan hoping to soak up the essence of Japanese design. After leaving her job at a global IT company, she studied garden design in Chelsea, London and founded the garden design label Dendron Exterior Design (www.dendronexteriordesign.com).

    In 2010, she decided to go to Japan to learn the Japanese garden tradition first hand as an apprentice in a garden maintenance company near Tokyo. She loves the rough texture of natural materials, the boldness of stone arrangements and dry landscape gardens.

    “We love Japanese Gardens. And we want the world to know more about Real Japanese gardens.”

    Article source: http://www.pr.com/press-release/485878