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OKC Central Chat transcript, Sept. 6, 2013

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City to host meeting on new bike boulevard


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A new, bicycle-friendly route from Park Boulevard to Laguna Avenue in Palo Alto will be the topic of discussion at a community meeting Sept. 10, city officials announced.

Called the Matadero-Margarita Bicycle Boulevard, the 0.8-mile corridor will extend along Margarita Avenue in the city’s Ventura neighborhood and Matadero Avenue in Barron Park.

More than simply demarcating bike lanes, the boulevard would use striping, safety features, signage and “sharrows” — markings that indicate the area of roadway to be shared by bikes and vehicles — every 350 feet or closer. The sharrows would position cyclists in the travel lane and away from pedestrians and the “door zone” of parked cars.

City of Palo Alto staff Tuesday will present the draft concept plan, which includes ideas from 38 residents who attended an initial May 15 gathering. During that meeting, residents asked the city to provide data on car speeds and volume for the corridor and for other streets for comparison. They asked staff to add sidewalks along Matadero and to adjust traffic-signal timing at the intersection of El Camino Real and Margarita/Matadero.

Other concerns included lighting, parked cars and overgrown landscaping.

The draft concept plan currently includes features such as:

* Laguna and Matadero avenues: Adding a crosswalk and bike markings to help pedestrians and cyclists cross the intersection and alert drivers to cyclists’ presence.

* Laguna Avenue and Josina Avenue-Tippawingo Street at Matadero: Add up to four speed humps to slow traffic.

* Josina Avenue/Matadero Avenue/Tippawingo Street intersection: Add a possible pedestrian bridge; add three new crosswalks; narrow the travel lane to increase safety for pedestrians; add asphalt curbs along the road.

* El Camino Real/Matadero and Margarita avenues intersection: Upgrade and reconfigure crosswalks; add bike-detector stencils to position cyclists to trip the traffic signal sensor; possibly add microwave detectors for bike detection, if approved by Caltrans.

* Margarita Avenue/Orinda Street intersection: Remove stops on Margarita, replace them with a traffic circle to reduce vehicle speed; keep stop signs on Orinda.

* Park Boulevard/Margarita Avenue intersection: Widen bike slots through the traffic island.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Barron Park Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 800 Barron Ave., Palo Alto. It is the second public event since a kickoff in May to solicit public input into the proposed project.

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Tour Open Houses in 21208

Beautiful weather is expected this weekend, making for a great time to stroll through Pikesville neighborhoods, and explore homes for sale in 21208.

Tour this home at 2 Garrison Farms Court this weekend during its open house. Credit: Zillow.com

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Travel: Top 10 unusual gardens around the world

Cheapflights.ca of Toronto produced this list of 10 of the most unusual gardens found on Earth:

Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico — The creation of an English poet, Las Pozas (the Pools) combines man-made structures with exotic flowers, waterfalls and pools to create a strangely peaceful garden.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Dumfries, Scotland — Inspired by science, the garden’s sculptures and landscaping are based on everything from black holes to fractals. Open to the public one day a year.

Rock Garden of Chandigarh, India — A local resident began creating this 40-acre masterpiece in 1957 from cast-off industrial and home waste he collected from demolition sites.

A French Kiss in Akaroa, Christchurch, New Zealand — The Ellerslie International Flower Show at Hagley Park in Christchurch this year featured a sunken oasis where visitors could relax while seated below the waterline.

Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno, Calif. — A Sicilian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere built the garden until his death in 1946. It was inspired by a childhood fascination with the catacombs in Rome.

Arctic-alpine Botanic Garden, Tromsø, Norway — The most northern botanical garden in the world and home to an impressive display of Arctic and alpine plants from across the globe.

Bookworm Garden, Sheboygan, Wis. — This garden takes inspiration more than 60 of the world’s most loved children’s books, including Winnie the Pooh, Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are.

Tarot Garden (Giardino dei Tarocchi), Tuscany, Italy — Imaginative sculptures by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle sparkle against the picturesque Tuscan landscape in Capalbio, Italy.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco — A 12-acre garden designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s. It was once owned by fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent.

Poison Gardens, Northumberland, England — A garden so deadly you can only enter with a fully qualified guide. More than 100 plants of varying degrees of deadliness are grown.

Article source: http://www.therecord.com/living-story/4068337-travel-top-10-unusual-gardens-around-the-world/

Eco-friendly Landscape Design Specialist Relocates to Saratoga County

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Garden club elects officers – Lake County Record

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LAKE COUNTY — The Clear Lake Trowel Trellis Garden Club (CLTTGC) recently elected its officers for the year: President Carol Dobusch; vice presidents Marva Brandt and Susan Buckles; Treasurer Debra Watson; Secretary Helen Turley and Parliamentarian Jo Shaul.

Dobusch said she wants to begin her year by extending an invitation to prospective new members to attend a meeting. In addition to her skills as a gardener, she has been an elementary and college drama teacher in the area for years, Watson stated.

“This is a club for everyone who loves gardens, gardening and landscaping, whether you have many years experience or need advice or cheerleading toward getting started in your own yard. We have so much fun together, and we do so many wonderful things for the community,” Dobusch said.

Members can choose to work on several community beautification projects, including planting and upkeep of the club’s garden at the Hartley Cemetery Chapel; flower beds at the Lake County Library and Library Park in Lakeport; the Blue Star Memorial garden honoring past, present and future U.S. Military personnel at the Lake County Courthouse in Lakeport and the native garden at the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum in Kelseyville. “This group is made up of all ages and levels of gardening knowledge; it is incredible how much I’ve learned from some of the members who have belonged to this club for decades, and it is so much fun to interact with other new members, too,” Watson said.

The group also donates seedling trees to the Mendocino National Forest every year.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month except July and August with lunch at noon at the Scotts Valley Woman’s Clubhouse, located at 2298 Hendricks Road in Lakeport, and open with a “Flower Roll Call” period.

“Every member brings a plant they need identified or that is of interest to the rest of the group and one-by-one, these are presented to the group for roll call,” Brandt said.

Buckles adds, “Oftentimes, there is a fascinating or funny story attached to the plant and other times we all are just awed by a particularly beautiful specimen or learn to identify a plant we had not previously known about.”

The two vice presidents have also lined up guest speakers for the meetings as well as field trips, which include special garden tours to public and private gardens, as well as garden-related festivals and events. Other CLTTGC activities are what Dobusch refers to as “gifts to the community” and include the club’s November Chrysanthemum Show, the March Daffodil Tea and the Ka-Ba-Tin flower arranging group.

The club has meetings with lunch at noon on the third Tuesday of the month except July and August at the Scotts Valley Woman’s Clubhouse located at 2298 Hendricks Road in Lakeport.

For information, visit www.CLTTGC.org or call President Carol Dobusch at 279-1169.

Article source: http://www.record-bee.com/news/ci_24032568/garden-club-elects-officers