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Market on Main receives Legacy grant

OTTUMWA —
A new outdoor venue will light up downtown Ottumwa this summer.

Market on Main Director Heather Ware announced Monday that the marketplace was awarded a grant from Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation’s Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund for its outdoor Green Space, a fully-landscaped outdoor area for events, gatherings and “Meet at the Market” evenings.

The grant will allow for the landscaping of the outdoor space that sits between the market’s main building, 331 E. Main St., and the Ottumwa Community Outreach Ministry on the west side.

“It will be not only for entertainment, but an educational piece, too,” Ware said. “We’ll have seating, so people will have a place to eat lunch or have a Friday evening event. It will be a fun, secure space.”

The educational component will come through from a small grant from Hy-Vee to launch a children’s educational garden.

“Hopefully in June we’ll be ready to go,” Ware said. “We’ll also unveil some of our ideas for becoming a market member.”

The outdoor area will feature a stage for bands to play or acting groups to perform.

“And we’re going to do a lot of planting and be as energy efficient as possible,” Ware said. “We’ll incorporate a water retention feature where gutters will drain into one water storage piece, which we’ll use to water everything.”

The goal is to make the entire market LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), she said.

“Now we’ll start working on getting the pieces put together to landscape and what we’ll do volunteer-wise,” she said. “We want to make this as community friendly as possible. We’ll do our best to look for good, locally-made products, getting them all from Ottumwa sources.”

Ware will go in front of the City Council at its work session Monday, where she hopes to gain approval to open up bids for contracting for the indoor area. The council will then choose the lowest bid at its first meeting in June.

“From there we would be able to start construction, depending on who the contractor is,” she said. “Hopefully everyone’s ready to have fun this summer. We would love to have a celebrity night and get Ottumwa-grown people to come back. It will be a fun space where, if you’re looking for somewhere to go on a Friday night, you can come hang out in a family-friendly space.”

Article source: http://ottumwacourier.com/local/x437171442/Market-on-Main-receives-Legacy-grant

Proposed Target plans altered

A plaza space, additional pedestrian walkways and bike paths, smaller parking lot, LEED certification, and three exit lanes are some of the recent changes made to the design plan of a proposed Target store on the west side of Lake Bluff.

Plans for the proposed 140,000-square-foot store on the former site of Shepard Chevrolet, a 14-acre lot located near the intersection of Route 176 and Waukegan Road, were explained at a recent public hearing of the Lake Bluff Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals by Kimley-Horn and Associates, engineers for Target. The plans also include a 4,200 square-foot bank and two retail or restaurant spaces, one 4,162 square feet and the other 5,240 square feet.

The plaza area and social space between the bank and one of the retail spaces would feature a public sculpture by a local artist.

“The purpose of that plaza is to have something more in tune with keeping with Lake Bluff’s downtown, something that allows people to stop and take time to actually linger, socialize, sit down on a bench and enjoy the space,” said Brandon Stanick, assistant village administrator..

Other changes include preventing the Target bull’s-eye logo from extending above the roof line, more transparent windows on the northwest corner of the building, landscaping and green space increased from 7 to 10 percent, and parking reduced to 106 spaces. The firm also explored beautifying the traditional Target facade by using a darker brick mixed with stone.

Efforts also have been made to increase bike and pedestrian connectivity to pathways on the site, reduce pavement widths, preserve existing vegetation, and improve crosswalks and traffic signals to increase safety. With those changes, the building could qualify for LEED Silver Certification, according to Kimley-Horn and Associates.

To address traffic concerns, the plan calls for one entrance lane and three exit lanes, one right turn lane, one left turn lane, and one straight lane.

“They’re widening that entrance at the intersection of 176 and Shagbark Road to ensure adequate traffic flow,” Stanick said.

Despite improvements made to the design, several residents at the public hearing voiced concerns over Target’s effect on local businesses.

“They haven’t convinced me yet that we need a Target in this area and that that’s the best use for this space,” said Susie McMurray, a resident who owns the store Voila in Lake Bluff. “My customers have said if Target comes in, we’re still going to support you. In the long run though, there’s enough crossover merchandise that it could put a dent in the bottom line.”

Other residents praised Lake Bluff’s charm and character, including a former Lake Forest resident who moved to the quaint community to retire. Many cautioned patience and asked the joint commission and board to consider the lifestyle of the town.

“Changes to the plan are impressive, but they don’t change economic impact of a big box retailer coming to a village of this size,” said Kathryn Briand, a Lake Bluff resident. “I’m asking you to consider this. We all have ideas of what our community is like and what we want it to be like in the long term. You hitch yourself to this wagon, and it’s a wagon that has no roots in this community.”

The joint commission and board will continue the public hearing and asked the engineering firm to return with a final plan at the May 15 meeting, said Stanick.

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Article source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/lake_forest_lake_bluff/ct-tl-lake-bluff-planning-commission-meeting-20130422,0,3945336.story

Ramp Up Curb Appeal With Gardening Ideas From HouseLogic.com

Ramp Up Curb Appeal With Gardening Ideas From HouseLogic.com

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – Apr 22, 2013) – Flowers, trees, shrubbery, oh my! Spring is underway and for many it’s time to get outdoors and reconnect with nature. Gardening enthusiasts who want to deepen the shade of their green thumb can find helpful information and how-tos just a click away at the Landscaping and Gardening section of HouseLogic.com, the award-winning, comprehensive website for homeowners from the National Association of Realtors(R).

“HouseLogic.com has all the tips, advice and inspiration you need to make your garden really stand out this year,” said Pamela Geurds Kabati, NAR senior vice president of communications and HouseLogic spokesperson. “Whether your gardening plans are as simple as pulling weeds and raking leaves or as large-scale as a complete overhaul of your backyard, HouseLogic.com offers valuable insights on how to make it happen.”

According to the 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, gardening and landscaping efforts pay off; curb appeal projects are rated among the most valuable home improvement projects. A pleasing exterior with well-groomed shrubbery can really make a home stand out.

Visitors to HouseLogic.com will find great tips and ideas for beautifying their yard in fun and revealing articles like 5 Awesomely Easy Landscaping Projects. Users can also check out 10 Must Have Landscape Tools for help planning their projects. Another interesting article explores the benefits of spending time outdoors and Gardening as a Cure for Depression.

HouseLogic also helps homeowners avoid landscaping pitfalls with resources like 11 Trees You Should Never Plant in Your Yard. This slideshow highlights trees that are sometimes more trouble than they’re worth and can help owners make more informed decisions when deciding what trees to plant.

HouseLogic is an award-winning, free source of information and tools from the National Association of Realtors(R) that helps homeowners make smart decisions and take responsible actions to maintain, protect, and enhance the value of their home. HouseLogic helps homeowners plan and organize their home projects and provides timely articles and news; home improvement advice and how-tos; and information about taxes, home finances, and insurance.

The National Association of Realtors(R), “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

This and other news releases are posted in the Press Room at www.houselogic.com. Information about NAR is available at www.realtor.org.

For further information contact:

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Article source: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130422-909624.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Code Police! 6 Things That May Surprisingly Be Banned in Your Front Yard

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Just because it’s your property doesn’t mean you can do anything you’d like with it. Towns and residential communities ban all sorts of things from appearing in front yards, and by most accounts, enforcement of the rules is picking up.

The code enforcers around the country have recently targeted everything from tree houses to lemonade stands, and even if outright bans aren’t in place, homeowners are facing the annoyance of getting permits or variances just to do what they please on their own properties.

On the front-yard prohibited list are things such as:

Vegetable Gardens
Given America’s obesity epidemic, it seems odd that any community would risk being called anti-vegetable. And yet, as the New York Times detailed last December, gardeners—who “aren’t generally known for their civil disobedience”—have been ordered by local code enforcers to get rid of front-yard veggie gardens in places such as Orlando, Fla., Tulsa, Okla., and Ferguson, Mo. Officials in West Des Moines, Iowa, considered a front-yard garden ban recently, and a woman in the summer of 2011 Michigan faced 93 days in jail for refusing to dig up her garden.

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The anti-garden forces say that raised beds and veggies are unsightly and should remain strictly backyard affairs. For homeowners who think otherwise, and who live in places where front-yard gardens aren’t prohibited, take note of tips for landscaping a yard so it’s both beautiful and edible.

Little Free Libraries
Last fall, the village of Whitefish Bay, Wisc., ordered a church to remove a mailbox-like structure on its front lawn. The structure resembled a mini-chapel, but was filled with books available to all comers, free of charge. There are hundreds of such “little free libraries” on private residences in Wisconsin, and thousands more around the globe. Yet, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, Whitefish Bay officials shot down one resident’s request to install a free library in his front yard. (The village bans all structures in front yards, even mailboxes.) And when it was brought to the village trustees’ attention that the Christ Church-Episcopal already had a little free library on its property, the church was told it has to be removed.

Garden Gnomes
Residential communities are often riddled with strict rules regarding what owners must never allow passersby to see. In one of the more egregious cases, a woman in Port Orange, Fla., was recently told to “move visible statues including a pelican, egrets and a gnome” from her yard or face a fine. The woman was particularly upset because she was supposed to remove a white angel statue, less than a foot high, which was a gift from her recently deceased husband. Another resident said he was facing a $100-per-month fine if he didn’t get rid of a basketball hoop in his driveway. Meanwhile, reporters took note that the community’s homeowner association president had a decorative fountain and a statue of a cat in front of his house.

Clotheslines
Many private residential communities ban clotheslines in yards as well, based on the idea that allowing Mother Nature to dry your clothes is bad for property values. But it’s not just homeowners associations coming down on clotheslines. Late last year, the village of Great Neck, Long Island, officially prohibited residents from hanging laundry in front yards.

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Newsday noted that Southampton, Long Island, banned front-yard clotheslines in 2002, but later dropped the prohibition “after protests from impromptu laundry-rights activists.” In several other parts of the country, residents have petitioned officials to pass legislation that would ensure their “right to dry” with clotheslines.

Couches
After targeting front-yard clotheslines, Great Neck is reportedly planning on banning couches on front porches. If it does, the village will join places such as Durham, N.C., and Huntington, W.V., which have recently decreed that couches don’t belong on front porches or lawns.

Too Many Yard Sales
To stop residents from hosting nonstop garage sales—essentially turning their front yards into secondhand stores—communities around the nation have felt compelled to prohibit owners from having sales too often. The rules usually restrict homeowners to no more than two to four sales annually, and owners are often required to get permits. In Long Beach, Calif., for instance, a garage sale permit costs $17, the sale can go on for a maximum of three consecutive days, sale hours are limited from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and only two permits are allowed per residential address each year. Other cities charge just $1 for garage sale permits.

(MORE: Home Price Gains Continue Increasing Nationwide)

There are often other garage sale rules. In Pinecrest, Fla., owners will get in trouble if they use more than one sign to advertise their sale. Just one sign is allowed on the property, at a maximum size of 12″ x 18″.

Article source: http://business.time.com/2013/04/22/code-police-6-things-that-may-surprisingly-be-banned-in-your-front-yard/

Preparations for McLean Kitchen and Garden Tour Nearly Complete

The Woman’s Club of McLean is in the final stages of preparing for the community’s first-ever Kitchen and Garden Tour, planned for Wednesday, May 1 (rain date: May 2).

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A formal kickoff will take place at 10 a.m. at Holyrood Drive and Countryside Court, in west McLean, near the six large homes that will open their kitchens and extensive gardens for the tour. Tickets will be available on the tour day for $30 at any of the houses. Before May 1, they can be purchased for $25 at Flowers and Plants, Etc., 1378 Chain Bridge Road, McLean; Karin’s Florist, 527 Maple Ave., E., in Vienna; Great Dogs of Great Falls, 9859 Georgetown Pike; and Vinson Hall Retirement Community, 6521 Old Dominion Drive in McLean.

All proceeds of the tour will go to Vinson Hall’s Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing Project, which is supported by the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation. The foundation’s executive director, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Kathleen L. Martin, said in a prepared statement, “The vision for this program was established in 2011, with a plan to help young, wounded veterans who have returned home from conflict requiring a special kind of care in an environment that is well suited to their unique needs.”

Handicapped-accessible apartments are currently being renovated for veterans who have been discharged from inpatient care at Walter Reed Medical Center. With its population of some 200 military officers and government employees, Vinson Hall is a community where older warriors can mentor younger warriors by a providing a listening ear and words of encouragement.

The average age of the wounded service members, according to the foundation, is 22 to 35, with most in their 20s needing transitional housing.

Each tour ticket consists of a guide booklet with directions to the six houses, which are on 1-acre lots and are within close walking distance of each other. Visitors may begin the tour at any of the homes. Ample street parking is nearby.

After entering the home, visitors will pass through the kitchen before exiting into the garden. Many of the large kitchens have recently been redesigned and updated. The booklet describes these and also details each home’s plantings and landscaping, which includes such amenities as arbors, winding paths, decks, patios and large and small pools.

Visitors will find a huge variety of flowers, shrubs and trees, ranging from exotic species to those native to Virginia. Some landscapes are reminiscent of English gardens; one contains a pond area with lily pads inspired by the famous garden of the French artist Monet. There are 100-year-old tulip poplar trees and recent variations of universally popular flowers, such as the 29 varieties of roses in one of the gardens.

The tour neighborhood, known as Countryside Estates, can be reached by taking Old Dominion Drive from central McLean toward Balls Hill Road, bearing right, crossing Georgetown Pike and then taking the second right, Holyrood Drive. The intersection of Balls Hill Road with Georgetown Pike is near Exit 44 of the Beltway.

For more information, call the Woman’s Club at 703-556-0197 or send an e-mail to sheridan2@cox.net.

Article source: http://mclean.patch.com/articles/preparations-for-mclean-kitchen-and-garden-tour-nearly-complete

PTC Garden Tour May 4 features lush landscapes

Garden at Carnellian Lane home in Peachtree City. <!–Garden at Carnellian Lane home in Peachtree City.–>

The Fayette County Master Gardener Association, made up of master gardener Extension volunteers with the University of Georgia Extension Service, will conduct the annual plant sale and garden tour Saturday, May 4. Hundreds of plants for flower and vegetable gardening as well as landscaping will be available. The plant sale will offer flowers, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, and trees, many of which are native plants, for purchase.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be centered around the gazebo at the Fayette County Stonewall Government Complex in Fayetteville. In the event of rain, the sale plants will be placed under the covered walkway of the complex.

Master gardeners will be available to help in selecting plants, providing growing instructions and other gardening information, and giving gardening demonstrations.

Displays and demonstrations will include gardening in raised beds and containers, hydroponics and aeroponics, gardening with succulents, and using rain barrels for water conservation. Shoppers will be provided with lists of the plants designated as Georgia Gold Medal plants for outstanding performance in our region. Soil testing information and guidance will be available to help gardeners determine readiness of the soil for planting.

Proceeds from the plant sale and tickets for the garden tour are used to provide 4-H scholarships, and to fund the Junior Master Gardener program, educational classes and activities for the general public, continued education for Extension volunteers, and the Plant a Row for the Hungry garden.

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In photo above right, the homeowners at this Carnellian Lane home in Peachtree City are both master rosarians and horticulture judges with the American Rose Society. Their more than 200 rose plants are regular winners in rose show competitions. Roses include hybrid tea, climber, shrub, floribunda, old garden, mini, and miniflora classifications. In addition to roses, the entire landscape includes numerous types of shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and herbs. The woodland and partial shade parts of the garden include camellias, hellebores, hollies, azaleas, and other plantings. The front yard is well-landscaped with azaleas, hollies, boxwoods, pieris, nandinas, and bulbs. Irises are in both the front and back gardens and the home also features a rain barrel. Photo/Special.

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The Plant a Row garden, operated by master gardeners, provided approximately 20,000 pounds of produce in 2012 that was distributed to the Real Life Center, Fayette Samaritans, and several other food pantries and organizations, such as domestic violence and youth protection centers, and other groups that provide food for low income or jobless families, and for those whose lives are in transition.

The garden tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Six outstanding gardens will be featured including the education garden at the Fayette County Stonewall Government Complex, a project operated by the Extension Service Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. The remaining five gardens are in Peachtree City.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15, or are available at any one of the gardens on the day of the tour for $20. Advance tickets are available at Wild  Birds Unlimited in Peachtree City; Andy’s Nursery, Town Square Jewelers, and at the plant sale in Fayetteville; or from master gardeners.

A list of the gardens on the tour is printed on the tickets.

For more information, call 770-305-5153 or email fmga08@gmail.com.

 

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In photos below, this beautiful garden in Peachtree City’s Shirewood Park is also on the garden tour this year. The homeowner has developed an eclectic garden featuring plantings well-suited to the sloping landscape in the front, and use of rocks. Several rooms, or seating areas, in the back garden are surrounded by a wide variety of plantings. Included in the design are perennials, bulbs, and shrubs, accenting whimsical sculptures, old style enamled metal chairs, benches and other esating, and bird houses. Walkways lead through the garden to the individual rooms. One seating area is beside a golf cart path, and walkers along the path often stop to enjoy the inviting garden setting on one side, and view of a lovely neighborhood pond on the other. Another of the rooms is hardscaped and centered with a colorful fire pit beside a water feature. Japanese maples, a large spreading Yoshino cherry, camellias,and other shrubs enhance the landscape. Of particularly interest is a red twig dogwood with a striking red trunk and branches year-round. Photos/Special.

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Article source: http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/04-21-2013/ptc-garden-tour-may-4-features-lush-landscapes

Gardening with Kids this Earth Day: Tips for Parents

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April 22nd is Earth Day and there’s no better way to celebrate than to get outside and get some seeds in the ground! Whether you are an avid urban farmer or an apartment dweller, gardening with your child not only nurtures their love for nature but fosters lifelong healthy eating habits as well.

cogarticle Gardening with Kids this Earth Day: Tips for Parents

Over the past 5 years, Canadian Organic Growers has witnessed the power of gardening with children through their Growing Up Organic school garden program. My own experience with Growing Up Organic has taught me that the benefits of gardening with children and youth are literally countless, that we reap far far more than we sow—pun intended! Vegetable gardening with children is the most successful strategy I have witnessed to get them excited about eating healthy fresh produce and interested in learning about how to prepare meals. Immersed in the cycles of nature, the garden is also a place for learning about life, where food comes from, and the beauty of nature. As a family activity, it’s also uniquely suited to helping children develop life skills such as patience and cooperation.

Not sure where to start? You first organic vegetable garden can be as simple as a container on the back deck or balcony. Fill it with quality potting soil, rather than soil from your yard, to enhance drainage and then find a sunny spot. Most vegetables require between 6-8 hours of sunlight a day, but some, like lettuce, are happy in partial shade. Organic seeds are available from several local producers; check out the Cottage Gardener, for example, for some beautiful heirloom varieties.

Some additional tips:

  • Don’t worry too much about the harvest, this is about the experience! Let your child participate in the planning process and have a space in the garden, or on the balcony where he or she can grow his or her own seeds and develop a sense of ownership.
  • Choose easy seeds to avoid disappointed faces: peas are great for tiny tots, and bush beans, kale, spinach, radishes, and beets are also pretty easy. These vegetables are all fairly frost-hardy and can be sown outside as of mid-April (perfect for Earth Day!). They also don’t take very much space and can easily grow in containers.
  • Children love to water, but watering can be tricky! Punching some small holes in the plastic cap of a water bottle is a great way to create a gentle watering tool for younger children. Water regularly, but avoid watering in the heat of the day—mornings and evenings are best.
  • Go with the flow, every moment you spend in the garden will be an opportunity to discover new things as the garden changes. Don’t enforce too much direction: children are the best guides of the garden! If today we don’t get to watering and instead discover a worm, so be it! The lessons they draw from these experiences will be the most memorable and meaningful.
  • Use organic principles by avoiding chemical pesticides and fertilizers to make your gardening experience safe for you, your child and the planet. For organic gardening tips see: www.cog.ca or www.organicgardening.com

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About the Author: With a background in Environmental Studies, Alissa Campbell started her involvement in Growing Up Organic in 2010 through her graduate studies at York University. It was a perfect way to share her love for gardening and good food with children and youth across Ottawa and plunge into the field of environmental education. Since 2007, Growing Up Organic has helped nearly 30 schools across Ottawa establish organic gardening programs to meet curriculum goals while providing students with an opportunity to develop healthy eating habits and a sense of environmental stewardship.  For more information about GUO and the programs offered visit: www.cog.ca/ottawa/growing-up-organic or visit our blog at www.growinguporganic.blogspot.com

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Do you garden with your kids? What benefits have you noticed? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

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Swap Seeds and Gardening Tips at Carlsbad’s Community Garden Open House

The event will be fun for the whole family said Patrice Smerdu with the Carlsbad Community Garden.

“We’re having demos by the people who manufacture Netafim, a drip irrigation system that is terrific, also demos by The Conscious Cook, Floral Design by Darlene and the Solana Center. There will be free samples of fertilizer as well as vegetable seedlings and a surprise gift that will be given away. Carlsbad Girl Scout Troop 1157 will be hosting scavenger hunts for kids to complete work on the Bronze Award,” added Smerdu.

For more information, see the picture above.

Article source: http://carlsbad.patch.com/articles/swap-seeds-and-gardening-tips-at-carlsbad-s-community-garden-open-house

Combat Lower Back and Joint Pain with Pain-Free Gardening Tips, Physical …

Omron electroTHERAPY Solution Enables Pain-Free Gardening, Chance to Win Garden Makeover 
 

LAKE FOREST, Ill., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — With April’s National Garden Month underway, your planting plans may be ready, but your body is likely unprepared for the bending, kneeling, and lifting that go along with it. Savvy gardeners have a secret weapon — Omron’s electroTHERAPY Pain Relief unit, which keeps your green thumb from tiring by eliminating gardening aches and pains with proven physical therapy technology.

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Omron’s over-the-counter electroTHERAPY Pain Relief unit can relieve lower back pain, as well as muscle and joint pain that are all too familiar for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Lower back pain is the number one reported pain symptom in the country. This 100 percent drug-free, non-prescription therapy is a smart option for tending to aches and pains inflamed by gardening.

“As an avid gardener with two knee replacements, I’m always in search of alternative tactics to combat joint pain,” said Melinda Myers, a professional horticulturist with an eye for innovative solutions. “Electrotherapy treatment lets me garden without needing to stop due to the joint pain that often comes with kneeling, reaching, and lifting.”

Smart Gardening

Myers doesn’t rely solely on electrotherapy to keep her gardening pain free. To reduce lower back and joint pain, she suggests following these simple pain-free gardening tips:

   -- Vertical Gardening -- Garden up! Grow plants on a blank wall, fence, or 
      post.  Height makes gardening easier and creates visual interest. 
 
   -- Choose Your Tools Wisely -- Look for ergonomic grips, long-handled tools, 
      and ratcheted tools to keep your posture upright, give you more power and 
      make the grip easier. 
 
   -- Leverage Heavy Loads -- Split up large loads into smaller increments. 
      Use everyday items like a wagon or winter sled to help you move supplies 
      around the garden with ease. 
 
   -- Take Breaks -- Work five minute breaks in your gardening schedule to 
      lower your likelihood of injury. Try easy back stretches from the waist 
      and do not garden for longer than 20-30 minutes straight. Stay attentive 
      to weather temperatures and flexibility as well -- do additional 
      stretches or warm-ups if you feel stiff or cold. 
 
   -- Keep Tools Sharp -- Get your local store to file trowels, shears, and 
      even shovels. Dulled tools mean more strain -- make sure your tools are 
      well-kept to cut down on unnecessary added effort. 

After Gardening

If you follow all of these tips and still wind up with back pain or you already have joint or low back pain we recommend a few tips to alleviate acute pain:

   -- Heat and/or ice treatments 
 
   -- Exercise, stretching techniques 
 
   -- Over-the-counter therapies such as Omron's drug-free electroTHERAPY Pain 
      Relief unit. Begin managing pain in about 15 minutes. 
 
   -- Always consult your healthcare provider (physical therapist, chiropractor 
      or physician) about your pain and therapy, especially if after four weeks 
      your acute pain has not lessened. 

Electrotherapy Treatment

Omron’s electroTHERAPY Pain Relief unit is the first product of its kind to be available nationally at major retail chains. It is an over-the-counter product which uses Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) technology to deliver gentle, massage-like pulses for

on-the-spot pain relief.   An effective drug-free pain relief method, electrotherapy is commonly used by physical therapists to treat muscle and joint pain. 

“Electrotherapy has proven effective in physical therapy for more than 30 years,” said Dr. Jeffrey Mannheimer, a physical therapist on the forefront of electrotherapy research. “The effect of such therapy is immediate, repeatable, and drug-free, making it an alternative choice for chronic and acute pain relief.”

The Omron electroTHERAPY unit is sold across major drug retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and other retailers in the pain products area as well as online retailers such as Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, Walgreens.com and store.omronhealthcare.com.

The Great Garden Makeover Sweepstakes

Omron is focused on helping people reach their lifestyle goals, which is why they have partnered with gardening expert and author Melinda Myers to host Omron’s Great Garden Makeover Sweepstakes. Visit www.omronpainrelief.com/sweeps before June 22 and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000 towards your dream garden, plus a one-hour free garden consultation with Melinda. Additional prize packs will be given away weekly which include Omron’s electroTHERAPY Pain Relief unit, replacement pads and Melinda’s Garden Moments DVD.

For additional tips on gardening and managing lower back and joint pain, visit www.omronpainrelief.com.

About Omron Healthcare, Inc.

Omron Healthcare, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and distributor of personal wellness products. Omron’s market-leading products include home blood pressure monitors, fitness solutions, such as pedometers and heart rate monitors, and electrotherapy devices. In our connected and digital world, consumers want to accurately monitor and track certain aspects of their day-to-day health on- and offline. Omron products provide accurate health information that support positive lifestyle changes and can be shared with friends, family and health professionals. For more information, visit www.omronhealthcare.com.

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Owner of Eye of the Day Garden Design Center Invited to Milan Design Week

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Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2013

Owner of Eye of the Day Garden Design Center, Brent Freitas, has been invited to attend the Design Week Fuori Salone, Milano in Milan. Freitas will be attending the event from April 9 to 14 and will be attending with Eye of the Day partners Terrecotte San Rocco and Angelo Grassi.

The annual furniture exhibition, also known as Milan Design Week, is the largest trade fair in the world. Internationally famed vendors and designers attend from around the world to showcase innovative furniture and other designs, including lighting, home furnishings, and garden pots and décor.

“I’m really excited to have Eye of the Day work with Terrecotte San Rocco and Angelo Grassi,” said Freitas. “Our Italian terracotta pots are popular buys for customers looking for a luxe outdoor look. It’s a real experience to attend the fair with the best of the best in the industry, and to see what other products are trending.”

Milan Design Week was established in 1961 and the trade show mainly focused on Italian furniture. Now, the show features more than 2,500 vendors in a 2,500,000-square-foot venue, and close to 300,000 attendees are expected from more than 150 countries.

“I want people to know that garden design isn’t just a potted plant placed here and there. We work with clients like Tommy Bahama and Ralph Lauren to create aesthetic environments to take outdoor décor to an entirely different, eye-pleasing level.”

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center is located in Santa Barbara, and offers more than an acre of high quality garden landscape products, including Italian fountains and terracotta pottery. Eye of the Day is a leading importer of fine European pottery, and works with customers ranging from private consumers to landscape and design firms from around the world.

About Eye of the Day Garden Design Center

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center is a retail showroom that features more than an acre of high quality garden landscape products, including Italian terracotta pottery and fountains, Greek terracotta pottery, French Anduze pottery, and garden product manufacturers from America’s premier concrete garden pottery and decoration manufacturers. Eye of the Day is a leading importer and distributor of fine European garden pottery, and caters to private consumers and landscape design and architecture firms around the world.

To see what Eye of the Day Garden Design Center offers, visit http://www.eyeofthedaygdc.com.

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