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Seeking inspiration

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With a major assist from Kenny Irby of the photojournalism program at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, a review of American war photography spanning three centuries informed Kirkland’s ideas on some universal truths.

“When I look at row upon row of people in uniform, instead of seeing a battalion of warriors, I think of them as individuals who have made a choice to be a collective,” Kirkland said. “There are musicians, there are dancers, there are poets, there are football players. There’s fathers and there’s mothers. There’s brothers, sisters, grandfathers and grandmas and children.

“These are human stories. They make sacrifices. And it’s hard to be in the military. It is hard to be be a military spouse. It is hard to be a military kid.”

Kirkland would know.

His earliest memories are rooted in Japan, where his father served during the post-war occupation. He was the third of five kids. He says the first day of class — he attended seven different schools — was always the worst.

“There’s something genetic in our family — whenever we were nervous we would always yawn,” Kirkland said, the memories of his sibling yawners suddenly immediate and vivid. “The yawning was gulping in air to give us oxygen because it was terrifying. You’re brand new, you know no one, you don’t know if they’re smarter than you, you don’t know where you’re going to stand in this, and some military kids can’t deal with it, it’s too hard.”

That is why Patriot Plaza’s glass-and-stone, tablet-installed photo essays will be divided into two themes. The most prominent, “Witness to Mission,” will feature troops in the more familiar contexts of conflict.

But perhaps the most intimate, “Service, Support, Sacrifice,” situated away from the main entrance, zeroes in on less celebrated scenes from military life, the families in the background, the anticipation, the aftermath.

Kirkland, a college student during the Vietnam War, drew a high draft number and never served in the military.

That conflict exacted a profound toll on his family, and even today, Kirkland declines to discuss its consequences. But they are no doubt on his mind, at Patriot Plaza and back in Washington, D.C., where he is also working on a monument to disabled veterans.

The latter “has somehow made this project a little deeper,” Kirkland says, choosing his words carefully, pausing between each subsequent sentence. “As I said earlier, every human being goes through many of the same things. You get born. You get your first tooth. You have your first day of school. You have your first kiss. There’s all these firsts. And you share those with the rest of humanity.

“So as an artist and a thinker, as a participant in a culture that’s trying to find those things that we share …” Kirkland lets the thought hang in midair for so long it creates its own tension. His small audience in the Patterson meeting room waits for the shoe to drop. “Maybe next time I’ll do a piece that’s about the things we don’t share.”

Everyone at the table shares a huge laugh at that one.

Article source: http://www.tallahassee.com/viewart/20130527/TLHLOCAL/305270012/Seeking-inspiration

Lawrence flair shines bright through new public mural in Korean ‘city of the …

Sometimes, nothing reminds us what a small world it is quite like a collaborative public art project.

Songdo, South Korea, was built from the ground up and opened for business in 2009. Hailed as the city of the future, it’s an aerotropolis — purposely positioned near Incheon International Airport — where green buildings and sustainable infrastructure are mandatory, and movers and shakers are expected to solidify its spot as a global business hub.

Against the city’s modern, concrete-and-steel-heavy architectural landscape, a shot of color from a brand-new outdoor mural really pops.

If “A City on the Rise” looks similar to something you’d see on the side of a building in Lawrence, there’s a good reason.

Here’s how artists, students and teachers reached halfway around the world from Lawrence to Songdo to make it happen.

Long way from home

Vanessa Vanek grew up in Lawrence, graduated from Kansas University and taught art at Topeka High School before she “went international.”

After three years in Bangkok, she got a job teaching art at Songdo’s Chadwick International School in 2010. The fledgling school in the fledgling city is a sister school to Chadwick School — a prestigious Los Angeles day school with a handful of celebrity alums — and leaders encourage collaboration between the two.

Vanek had an idea.

In 2005, her Topeka High art students collaborated with Lawrence muralist David Loewenstein on the Aaron Douglas Mural in Topeka. Maybe he would do a project in Songdo?

Vanek had no idea whether Loewenstein was still in Lawrence or even still an active muralist (he is). But on a trip back to the States last summer, she asked around. Soon, she and Loewenstein were discussing the idea over coffee.

‘Not just a conversation’

Loewenstein has painted murals in Lawrence, all over the United States and in Northern Ireland, where he collaborated with five schools — some Catholic, some Protestant — on artwork in 2000.

Collaborating to create a mural in South Korea was going to be tricky — especially since Songdo’s governing body wanted to approve the design before Loewenstein would have a chance to visit the site, Songdo Central Park.

Enter modern technology.

Through email and Skype, Loewenstein asked Vanek and her students — plus several from California who flew in to take part in the planning process — to talk about the iconography of Korea, define Songdo’s importance as a green city and physically act out the core values of their school. Vanek sent Loewenstein photos of the students’ gestures, as well as their color studies and sketches of mural designs.

The students’ first video chat with Loewenstein was early, at 7:45 a.m., but 18 students were present and “pumped,” Vanek said.

“They just loved the idea that they were meeting this professional working artist, a mural artist that does this for a living,” she said.

Loewenstein incorporated the students’ ideas and gestures into a sketch, with a crane carrying the Songdo skyline on its wings as the focal point.

“The process is a way of engaging people about issues and issues that concern them, and, often times, heritage or visioning of what they want to see happen in the place that they live,” Loewenstein said. “It’s nice because it’s not just a conversation, it’s all pointed toward the creation of this artwork.”

Handing them a brush

With the design approved, Loewenstein and his assistant Ashley Laird flew to Songdo at the end of April for a week of painting, and that’s when even more people got involved.

Loewenstein, Laird, Vanek and the Chadwick students outlined the mural onto the wall and began to fill it with vivid splashes of yellow, turquoise and blue. Curious passersby from small children to senior citizens stopped to talk, Loewenstein said, and “we usually handed them a brush, if they were willing.”

Songdo dignitaries, developers, students, parents and Chadwick International School, which funded the project, all were represented at the mural’s dedication ceremony April 29, when Loewenstein, Laird and Vanek helped unveil the new work.

“Having come from Lawrence, I’ve seen how art can impact a community in powerful ways,” Vanek said. “The whole idea of this mural at the beginning, for me, was how could we connect our students to the city of Songdo? …This process did become about the community of Songdo.”

Besides its modern architecture, Loewenstein said Songdo is home to wonderful public sculptures and “exquisite” landscaping, but there’s nothing quite like the new mural.

“For sure our little painting stood out as something that looked like it had a little more human touch to it,” Loewenstein said. “We were thrilled that IFEZ (Incheon Free Economic Zone) and the city of Songdo would let us do this there.”

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Article source: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/may/27/lawrence-flair-shines-bright-through-new-public-mu/

Gardeners pick up Chelsea Flower Show awards

For Barnsdale Gardens it was a double success with Nick Hamilton and his team growing the vegetable plants for Adam Frost’s gold medal-winning Homebase show garden and picking up a silver medal of their own.

The silver was for a 12ft square floral design inspired by one of Barnsdale’s most popular areas – the ornamental kitchen garden which was originally created by Nick’s father, Geoff, for the BBC Gardeners’ World television programme.

It features organic vegetable plants mixed with flowers chosen to attract pollinating insects or deter pests. The planting is around a path of reclaimed bricks and two blue obelisks, famously made by Geoff Hamilton from spare wood and topped with a lavatory ballcock!

Nick said: “This display really represents what Barnsdale is all about and it works on so many levels. Being organic, sustainable and environmentally friendly is at the heart of everything we do, plus we’re inspiring people to ‘grow their own’ by showing just how much produce you can pack into a small area but still retain that gloriously romantic cottage garden style.”

You can see Nick interviewed on tonight’s Chelsea Flower Show coverage on BBC television.

Adam Frost, who lives in Stamford and runs his garden design business from Barnsdale Gardens, won an incredible fifth gold medal with Sowing The Seeds Of Change, a garden designed for Homebase in association with the Alzheimer’s Society.

The garden was partly inspired by his late mentor Geoff Hamilton’s ornamental kitchen garden at Barnsdale Gardens – where Adam has worked since 1991.

He helped Geoff design and build many of the 38 small gardens-within-a-garden which were used for the BBC programme.

This year’s Chelsea garden was created with a small family in mind, providing them with a space to enjoy an everyday connection with their food and with nature.

It features walkways edged with dipping ponds, a toad house, alpine strawberries and other plants grown on wildlife walls and a handcrafted oak bee hive on a lawn area under an apple tree.

Adam has married food production with a modern ornamental space.

There is an arbour area with seating, a beehive-inspired tiered water feature made from twisted steel and a central cooking area.

Where possible, he sourced products and craftsmen locally; the oak beehive was made by David Rawlings at Empingham and the decorative ironwork by Anwick Forge in Lincolnshire.

The garden attracted crowds of visitors on Monday as it was officially opened by actress and Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Lynda Bellingham. Expressing his delight at receiving the medal Adam said: “I have really enjoyed bringing this garden to life and would like to thank Homebase for its support during the design and build of the garden, as we are both committed to getting people more engaged with the great outdoors.”

Oakham-based Mosaic Garden Design and Landscaping won a Silver Gilt Flora for Meanwhile Spaces, an environmental garden created for the green community charity Groundwork.

The charity turns brownfield sites awaiting development into attractive usable spaces.

Owen Morgan, who runs the garden design business with his wife Naomi, has previously won three RHS medals, including one gold. He, Naomi and their two children live in Langham.

Naomi said: “We are thrilled with the award and it will encourage us as we begin building a garden at BBC Gardeners World Live at the NEC in Birmingham next week.”

Staff at Southfield Nurseries in Bourne Road, Morton, were overwhelmed to pick up their 25th gold medal for their cacti.

Bryan and Linda Goodey run the business with their daughter Eleanor Brown.

Eleanor said: “We are so pleased with our 25th gold.

“We were hoping but you can never quite tell, particularly with this year’s weather. Some of our cacti were a little bit later than normal but we are all just so happy.”

Article source: http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/local/gardeners-pick-up-chelsea-flower-show-awards-1-5126588

Gardens in Bloom: O’Fallon yard is as pretty as a picture

Lise Westfall likes a lot of everything.

You can see that when you walk through her house. Wall space is filled with treasures. Same goes for her backyard garden, a lush green space bordered by a white rail fence, dotted with hanging baskets of fern.

Perennials and annuals are packed in like fans at a Cardinals sell-out. Those not in the ground fill pots and tumble from birdbaths. Paths wind through the tree-shaded yard.

“The kids brought the maple seeds home from school,” said Lise, 59, standing beneath one. “We put them in pots and they grew into trees, one here, one on the other side and one in the neighbor’s yard. These trees have gotten very special. My oldest son (Michael) was 17 when he died a couple years ago of cancer. They are part of him.”

The maples have been joined by river birch, red bud, dogwood and a weeping willow.

Lise’s garden is one of eight you can visit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, during this year’s Gardens In Bloom. The gardens are in O’Fallon this year. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 the day of the tour, which is produced by St. Clair County Extension Education Foundation.

“All offer something unique,” said Kathy Sisler, of O’Fallon, who helped select the gardens. “They show that no matter what kind of space you have — small or large, sunny or shady — you can get ideas from these gardens that will help you do something with your own.”

Lise’s rectangular backyard is in Winding Creek Estates, a neighborhood of nicely-landscaped brick and sided homes. When she and her mother, Selma Westfall, moved in 17 years ago, their yard was flat with a sharp rise at the back — until Lise saw a magazine photo of a landscaped hillside.

“It had rocks (on a hill) with stairs going to nowhere.”

Now, so does hers. The rise created an opportunity to set outcroppings of boulders into the hill. Plants have grown around them.

“I like the rocks, the naturalness,” said Lise. “Over here, you can see a second set of rocks. I have a little chipmunk family that lives in here.”

Another magazine photo inspired the brick paver walkway with a fountain in the middle of a teardrop berm.

“I came out with a hose to lay it out,” said Lise. “I called on Scott’s (Landscaping). They listen to you. ‘Look, Israel, here’s the picture.'”

Now, her garden is a picture — and a delight to visitors who follow a steppingstone path around the side of the house to get there.

“It’s an oasis back there, peaceful and serene,” said Israel Hayes, landscape supervisor at Scott’s Landscaping. “You feel you are somewhere else. It’s definitely one of the nicest gardens that I have been in.”

“Oh my gosh, look how interesting and peaceful and different it is,” said Edie Sandoval, a gardening tour committee member. “It’s totally awesome. There’s so much shade and so many interesting plants and things, you’re like in a different world — and there’s no grass.”

That doesn’t keep Lise’s kids from playing soccer or badminton.

“The kids and I come out here a lot,” said Lise, the mother of two sons, Daniel, 17, and Alex, 7, both adopted from Guatemala. “The little one will get on rocks and jump down. It doesn’s hurt plants. If he steps on a perennial, it will pop right back.”

Lise, who is business manager in the department of developmental biology at Washington University School of Medicine, hosts family gatherings in the yard, including her brother’s wedding.

The garden and its elements also spark memories.

The white wishing well was a mother-son project.

“When the deck was made, these were residual pieces of wood,” she said. “My oldest son and I built that. He was probably about 5. It sits on top of a city drainage hole.”

Lise’s mom, who died two years ago, picked out the weeping willow that grows tall behind it.

“A trail goes up and there’s a seat,” said Lise. “I like sitting beneath the weeping willow. It’s just quiet.”

An alien figure and a crane came home with the family after vacations on Dauphin Island, Ala.

Lise reserves the west side of the house to nurse plants back to health and divide healthy ones.

“If something’s not happy, I put them over here. If you can’t do well over here, you have to go away.”

Lise grew up in O’Fallon along the Scott-Troy Road. Her father, Bill, raised sheep, worked at Scott Air Force Base, and took care of a vegetable garden. Her mom tended the flowers.

“We had an acre in garden — strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, peas and beans,” she said. “Everything. We were always out in the garden. Mom always had us outside. I was one of five. We all garden.”

When Lise and her siblings talk, conversations often turn to plants. She likes the creative aspect of gardening.

“You see something in your head and create it. I’m sure it’s no different than somebody who paints. I find it calming and quite spiritual.”

She fits it in evenings and weekends. Automatic sprinklers save watering time. The density of her plants keeps weeds at bay.

“To be digging in dirt, you kind of listen to where plants want to be,” she said. “It sounds funny, but I think they talk to us. ‘Put me here.’ Or they will talk to you in the store, ‘Buy me, I will do well by you.'”

Some of Lise’s favorites:

–Hostas. Some are in the ground; others are in pots, grouped together. She had just moved a a huge variegated-leaf variety called “Some and Substance” to a sunnier spot to bring out its lime color.

— Leopard’s bane, a yellow daisy-like perennial that blooms early and spreads. “The leaves on it are jagged and big,” Lise said. “Once the flowers are gone, it’s like a ground cover. I bought two plants.”

— Becky (Shasta) daisies. “They’re very good solid daisies with hard leaves and strong stems.”

— Impatiens are a favorite shade-loving annual. “They give color and keep geting bigger as summer goes on.”

They vie for attention with geraniums, caladium and petunias.

— Petunias. She’s partial to the Bubblegum petunia. “It’s old-fashioned. It just keeps blooming.” Other types she may cut back. “If I’m going on vacation, I sheer off the top. By the time I get back, they will be ready to bloom again.”

— Annabelle hydrangeas. “They’re native to this area. I have quite a few hydrangeas to give body to the (garden).”

If you go:

What: 2013 Gardens In Bloom — tour of eight O’Fallon gardens

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1

Cost: $10 in advance; $12 day of the tour

Where to buy tickets: Ace Hardware, O’Fallon; Eckert’s Country Store, Belleville; Effinger’s Garden Center, Belleville; Hometown Ace Hardware, Belleville; Sandy’s Back Porch, Belleville; Starr Florist Greenhouses, Belleville; Terry’s Home Garden Center, Centreville; University of Illinois Extension Offices, Waterloo or Collilnsville

Produced by: St. Clair County Extension Education Foundation, benefiting University of Illinois Extension programs

Plant sale: United Methodist Church, 504 East U.S. 50, O’Fallon

Information: 939-3434 or 344-4230

Lise Westfall, of O’Fallon, has been playing in the garden since she was a kid. Her shady backyard paradise, full of flowers and plants, fountains and benches and many personal touches, is a delight to visit.

Here’s what she does to make it work.

Stuff it: “I like to stuff things. That keeps the weeds down. Also, I didn’t do all this at one time. I know someone would tell me I am crazy, but I do not find this that much work.”

Group things: “This spring, I had more pots scattered around than grouped together. It looked much better when they were grouped.” She changes flowers in the pots and moves them around, creating variety in the landscape.

Buy more than one of everything. “My one little plant looks cute. A mass looks great.”

Article source: http://www.bnd.com/2013/05/26/2628232/gardens-in-bloom-groomed-natural.html

Therapeutic garden being developed at veterans center

When her late father was a resident at the Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, Madisonville native Sandy Henderson would “landscape in her head” while he napped in his wheelchair in the outdoor courtyard.

She kept thinking about what it would take to make the courtyard a place that residents would seek out simply because they felt it to be a comfortable and inviting place.

Henderson’s father, decorated World War II veteran Herschel Young, died after living three years at the Veteran Center, but Henderson couldn’t quit thinking about how nice the facility was for those who had done so much to serve their country, and that she wanted to see something done to make it even better.

Photo furnished  Residents and visitors at the Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson gather near a compass rose design created by volunteers with the Decorative Concrete Council of St. Louis, a trade organization, in the first phase of a project to create a Therapeutic Garden in the center's courtyard. The DCC donated all the materials and labor for the project to mute the color of the concrete surfaces in the courtyard.

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Residents and visitors at the Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson gather near a compass rose design created by volunteers with the Decorative Concrete Council of St. Louis, a trade organization, in the first phase of a project to create a Therapeutic Garden in the center’s courtyard. The DCC donated all the materials and labor for the project to mute the color of the concrete surfaces in the courtyard.


Last week, the phase step in an evolving project to turn the courtyard into a Therapeutic Garden for the residents was completed when volunteers with the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) of St. Louis stained all the bright glaring concrete in the courtyard a darker color and also created a compass rose emblem depicting military and patriotic icons, as well as a large checkerboard. The council donated all the materials.

“We needed something to pull residents out there,” said Henderson, who researched the subject of therapeutic gardens by contacting university professors and landscape architects and worked with the staff at Hanson. “Evidence shows that certain elements in a garden can be therapeutic. We put together a plan, knowing that it’s going to be segmental as we figure out what works for our residents.”

Eventually the space may contain such sensory stations as wind chimes and water features and a large arbor to provide more shade as well as additional landscaping and activity areas to convert it into a complete therapeutic garden, but the first step was to tone down the glare.

“The reflection was hard on their eyes when they came outside,” Henderson said, explaining that as she started describing her idea to suppliers in a quest to get a donation of concrete stain, she got put in touch with the DCC.

Over the next year, she worked with that national group and sent them all the information they needed for what she thought might possibly be a donation of concrete stain.

And then she got some astounding news: Her project — and much more — would be done by the DCC.

“We got a huge gift,” Henderson said, adding that the project completed last week is valued at about $50,000. “They finished a beautiful compass rose, and put in a large 10×10-foot checkerboard that Physical Therapy and Activities (departments) can use.

“It’s been a wonderful project. They have just gone above and beyond,” she added. “God thinks bigger than I do. I asked for buckets of stain and I got (the DCC).”

As for the residents, Henderson said their reaction about the garden has made the work worthwhile.

“They’re excited about it,” she said, noting that projects like this have the power to help them feel whole. “I want them to see people spending time and spending money to let them know they have value and are appreciated.”

For more information about the Western Kentucky Veterans Center Therapeutic Garden including how you can help, visit kyveteransgarden.weebly.com.

Article source: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2013/may/26/no-headline---gl_veterans_garden/

Janet Laminack: Upcoming events set to teach kids, adults tips on gardening

Most
children love playing in the dirt, and I know more than a few adults who do,
too.

Let the
kiddos in your life know about the Children’s Garden being held at Fair Oaks
Retirement Apartments. Master Gardeners have been working for several years at
Fair Oaks to provide residents with small, individual garden areas, a community
vegetable garden and general landscape beautification.

The
Children’s Garden Project will be held June 3 and June 10 with Master Gardeners
and parents assisting children in planting, watering and harvesting a variety
of vegetables, flowers and fruits. The children will also play games about
nutrition and learn about good and bad bugs and worms and other creepy
crawlies.

There are
two sessions from which to choose: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 4 to 5 p.m. There is
no session if it’s raining. No registration is required, it is free and new
students are welcome. For more information, call the Denton County AM
AgriLife Extension Office at 940-349-2883. Fair Oaks is located at 1950
Lattimore St. in Denton.

So you’ve
taken a class and made a rainbarrel? Now what? Learn about considerations for
installing your rain barrel and how to use this water at the conservation class
held at the city of Lewisville’s Kealy Operations Center at 1100 N. Kealy St.,
Suite D, in Lewisville.

This
class will also show how to construct a rain garden to save water, minimize
runoff and beautify your yard, all at the same time.

The free
class will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 4, with registration required at
rdavis@cityoflewisville.com or by calling 972-219-3504. Light refreshments will
be provided. Registration is open to the public, and Lewisville residency is
not required.

This
class will be taught by Denton County Master Gardeners Sue Hudiburgh and Lynda
Harvey.

Get your
garden bounty ready and mark your calendars for the Denton County Fruit,
Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show on June 15, starting at 9 a.m.

This is a
free contest open to all Denton County residents and will be held at the
Firefighters Memorial Park (at the corner of Carroll and Mulberry streets in
Denton).

All the
rules and details can be found at our office or online at www.dcmga.com.

JANET LAMINACK is the horticulture county
extension agent with Texas AM AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at
940-349-2883 or jelaminack@ag.tamu.edu.

 

Article source: http://www.dentonrc.com/business-tech/denton-business-headlines/20130526-janet-laminack-upcoming-events-set-to-teach-kids-adults-tips-on-gardening.ece

‘Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook’ offers tips for gardening in the Rockies

Born and raised in northern Idaho, the granddaughter of avid gardeners, Mary Ann Newcomer grew up with an appreciation of native Rocky Mountain flora and the unique brand of nurturing it can require.

“The region is very much characterized by basin and range. We get less than 12 inches of rain a year and sometimes horrendous snowfall as well as blistering hot temperatures,” said Newcomer, a gardening expert whose newest book, “Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook” ($24.99; Cool Springs Press; 272 pages), focuses on all forms of gardening – decorative to functional – in the Rocky Mountain region. The book, co-authored with Colorado horticulturist John Cretti and published late last year, includes techniques for cultivation and maintenance and a vast catalog of plants – annuals and perennials, grasses, edibles and trees – known to thrive regionally, given the proper care.

“There are some places in this region where they’re never without a frosty night, so there are a few places without much of a growing season at all, especially the higher elevations,” said Newcomer, whose book includes a special section on fire-wise and drought-tolerant gardening. Still, “there are a lot of high country plants that do very well.”

Stretching more than 3,000 miles from northern British Columbia to New Mexico, the arid Rocky Mountain region and its terrain can present a challenge for traditional gardeners. While dryness is occasionally an issue for temperate gardeners, for growers here, low rainfall and drought are quotidian concerns that must be considered at the front end.

“We’re just so dry, you have to do everything you can to make the most of the water you do have and direct that water to the garden. I think we’ve adapted really well,” Newcomer said. “There are also wild temperature swings. In one day, we can go up or drop by as much as 50 degrees in some places.”

Even the most rugged, high-altitude gardens need not go bare, though, given the right plantings and caretaker.

“There’s always something (that will grow), and Colorado is a really great example of that,” she said.

In fact, if a plant could thrive in Colorado, Newcomer considered it hardy enough to handle the entirety of the Rocky Mountain region, and worthy of inclusion in her book.

“If they can make it in Colorado, they can pretty much make it anywhere,” she said.

Flowers making the cut include hollyhock, wild daisy and syringa.

“A lot of the things that people associate with old, historic gardens – the sentimental favorites like lilacs, peonies, and irises – do very well here,” she said. “They survive with very little water and are tough as nails.”

Still, a successful Rocky Mountain gardener must remain vigilant, able to quickly and deftly respond to quickly changing outdoor conditions.

The climate “makes it difficult to know what’s going to happen next,” Newcomer said. “Your garden really has to be prepared and you need to be on guard to make sure you’re out there, with polar fleece blankets if it’s cold and sunscreen if it’s hot.”

Contact Stephanie Earls: 636-0364

Article source: http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-gardeners-handbook-offers-tips-for-gardening-in-the-rockies/article/1501236

Farmers’ Market and Garden Tips

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Richmond Farmers Market is open every Saturday at the Richmond Town Hall, located at the corner of Route 138 and 112, Richmond.


The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., featuring a wide range of local produce and handmade goods. For more information, visit the Richmond Farmers’ Market website.


Beechwood Lecture Series

The URI Master Gardener Association and R.I. Wild Plant Society will join together for a Beechwood Lecture Series, offered to members and the general public at no charge.

Lectures will be Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., at the Beechwood Center for life enrichment, 44 Beach St., North Kingstown. URI master gardeners receive education credits for attending.

If interested in attending, contact Lori McMullen at 401-268- 1597 or lmcmullen@northkingstown.org.

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