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St. Stephen’s ‘Small Town Restoration’ begins

Dear Editor:
 
I would like to personally thank all those local residents who attended the public meetings we have had on Monday nights at the American Legion Hut in St. Stephen for the past few weeks. 
I really appreciate the interest, ideas and input from the local residents.  For those who haven’t heard, we finally agreed on a name, Small Town Restorations, Inc. 
We also elected officers and they are as follows: President – Barbara J. Mixon, Vice President – Wilber Robinson, Secretary – Leasha Mays, Assistant Secretary – Gloria Devine, Treasurer – Roderick Sumpter, and Reporter – Tammy O’Neal.
The purpose of our organization is to beautify, restore and revitalize the Town of St. Stephen, since it seems to have deteriorated over the years.   We hope to be doing some painting, landscaping, remodeling, and restoring of some of the existing buildings in town in hopes of making the town more appealing to perspective buyers or tenants. 
We would love to see the town grow and prosper with new businesses.  We have several ideas for improvements and will need funds to complete these projects.  We will be having a community yard sale in September to help raise funds for these projects and will be having more fundraisers in the near future. 
If anyone would like to make any donations to our cause, checks or money orders can be made out to Small Town Restorations Inc. and mailed to  PO Box 249, St. Stephen, SC 29479, or can be hand delivered to us on Monday nights at the American Legion Hut at 180 Ravenell Drive in St. Stephen.. 
Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you at our meetings.
 
                                                     
Barbara J. Mixon
President, Small Town Restoration Inc.                                                
 

Article source: http://www.berkeleyind.com/article/20130911/BI22/130919893/1081/BI/st-stephen-8217-s-8216-small-town-restoration-8217-begins

Gardening duo win Forth Valley entrepreneur awards

GARDENING duo, Aoron and Aidan Campbell, have been named Forth Valley’s top young entrepreneurs at the regional finals of the 2013 Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland Young Entrepreneur (PTYBS) Awards.

The joint founders of A Class Gardening Services in Stirling were announced as regional winners at a ceremony held at The Enterprise Zone in the Library of the University of Stirling yesterday. The brothers were presented with a £1,000 cash prize by Stirling Provost Mike Robbins.

Aoron (22) and Aidan (20) Campbell started their garden maintenance and landscaping business in 2011.

The enterprising brothers had both worked in the garden landscaping industry, gaining valuable hands-on experience.  They took the bold step on the path to self-employment with assistance from Business Gateway in Stirling and funding from PTYBS.  Through effective marketing which has generated good leads, the pair have secured a large number of domestic and commercial contract wins including a contract to build allotment sites in the Raploch Estate.

A further application to the Trust funding panel earlier this year allowed them to purchase more equipment and future plans for growing the business include increasing their gardening contracts in the local area and beyond.

The runner-up is 21 year old publican, Kirsty Hamilton, proprietor of The Pirn Inn in Balfron, Stirlngshire. Kirsty was only 18 when she took over the Pirn Inn in 2010 making her possibly one of the youngest publicans in the country. Kirsty was assisted in the early stages by Business Gateway in Stirling who then put her in touch with PTYBS to help with her plans.

When she took over the Pirn, Kirsty was determined to ‘bring it back to life’.  A key achievement has been her development of the entertainment side of the business. Kirsty has brought in live bands and musicians focusing on new performers, as well as local charity evenings, comedy nights and a very successful beer festival.

Kirsty is highly focused on managing her staff and investing in their development. Her determination, enterprising spirit and focus on customer care paid off recently when she won a Customer Service Award at the Prince’s Trust Moffat Awards in Glasgow.

Future plans include further staff development, bringing in new products and entertainment ideas, and continuing to promote the Pirn Inn in the local community. Kirsty was presented with a £500 cash prize and runners-up certificate.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland Forth Valley Regional Manager, Eddie Reynolds said: “Both these young entrepreneurs have exemplified determination, the will to succeed and the ability to turn a good idea into a viable business. They are great role models for other young people and deserving winners of these awards.

Provost Robbins said: “We are delighted to celebrate the determination and innovation of our young people by recognising and rewarding their achievements through these awards.”

Ends

Issued on behalf of Youth Business Scotland by Jen Nash, Panache Communications t. 07971 466 220 e. jen@panachecommunications.co.uk  For further information contact, Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland Regional Manager, Eddie Reynolds on tel. 01324 483300.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About The Prince’s Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.

Aoron and Aidan Campbell
A Class Gardening Services
Business Tel: 07950 823 873 or 07557 478 865
Email: aclasservices@hotmail.co.uk

Kirsty Hamilton
The Pirn Inn
Business Tel: 01360 440678
Website Facebook@  pirninn10@gmail.com

Contact: Jen Nash
Phone: 07971466220
Email: jen@panachecommunications.co.uk
Website: http://www.panachecommunications.co.uk

Article source: http://www.allmediascotland.com/media-releases/53888/gardening-duo-win-forth-valley-entrepreneur-awards/

Draft Main Road Master Plan adopted for public comment

Thursday 12 September 2013

Draft
Main Road Master Plan adopted for public
comment

Christchurch City Council today approved
the Draft Main Road Master Plan to be released for public
comment. The Council-led plan has been prepared to support
the recovery and rebuild of the Main Road corridor, from
Ferrymead Bridge to Marriner Street in Sumner, in response
to the damage caused by the earthquakes.

The Draft Master
Plan will be available for community comment in late
October/November 2013.

Carolyn Ingles, Urban Design and
Regeneration Unit Manager says the Council-led Main Road
master planning process has looked into the issues that
affect this area and found out what people value, what they
want to develop to assist recovery and the distinct identity
they want for their area. The plan uses this information to
establish a vision and actions that support the local
community and incorporates the area’s natural and cultural
assets.

“We have a clear steer from the community and
amongst the many initiatives, people are keen to see the
potential of the estuary and the beach enhanced through
accessible, open, well-designed spaces,” Ms Ingles says.
“The plan introduces ideas such as enhancing visual links
between the centres and the estuary, and the redesign of
Scott Park for windsurfing and watersports, to take
advantage of its estuary-edge location.

“People have
also told us they want to see the two local shopping areas
developed as safe, welcoming places to visit and shop, with
improved parking, transportation networks and streetscapes.
The plan reflects these ideas by proposing streetscape
enhancements such as landscaping and integrated seating to
unify the Redcliffs village centre . The plan also suggests
road design and traffic management measures such as a
gateway treatment, traffic speeds and traffic signals.

“The plan aims to reinforce the role of Soleares Avenue
/ McCormacks Bay as a community hub for the hill suburbs
around Mount Pleasant. One of the suggested actions is to
rebuild the Mount Pleasant Community Centre and kindergarten
on their existing sites, but repositioned to create a
centralised, multi-use place for the community to access a
range of social and recreational activities. This initiative
will also promote dual use of the forecourt space for
parking and events, such as the Farmers’ Market,” she
says.

Deputy Mayor Ngaire Button says the plan
incorporates the views and contributions of the community
and builds on the area’s coastal identity and unique
history of occupation and settlement.

“It’s about
providing improved access and visibility to the things we
love about the area – the estuary, the parks and the
beach. I am thrilled to see how features and elements of the
Coastal Pathway – boardwalks, seating, lighting and
landscaping – have been integrated throughout the plan.
This creates something pretty special for local residents
and a stunning recreation asset for the city.

“The plan
is all about creating a liveable, prosperous and vibrant
future for this area, and I am confident it does just
that,” she says.

The Draft Master Plan as presented to
the Council can be found in the agenda of today’s meeting on
the Council website, go to www.ccc.govt.nz.

– ends

© Scoop Media

Article source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1309/S00435/draft-main-road-master-plan-adopted-for-public-comment.htm

Protecting the architecture of happiness using trade marks (with apologies to …

This article was first published in the Lexis Nexis
Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin (newsletter) Volume
26 no 3 September 2013

The author would like to acknowledge the assistance of
Sebastian Virgili, Abogado, Argentina and Calvin Lau, Lawyer,
Sydney for their assistance in researching this article.

Practice tips

  1. Consider registering a facade or fitout as a trade mark if it
    is distinctive and not minimalist.
  2. Don’t expect that it will protect against mere imitators,
    however.
  3. Evidence of confusion is likely to be needed if infringement
    proceedings are to be successful.
  4. Consider whether a combination of colours or a more striking
    look using colour (but not claiming the single colour) will be a
    more effective and registrable trade mark.

Introduction

We have all heard of colour trade marks, shapes, sounds and even
scents. They have been around in our trade mark law since 1995.
While not numerous or necessarily easy to procure,1 they
are now practically traditional, as there is a host of other
creative filings being driven by innovative advertising
trends.2 What are the latest areas where applicants are
pushing the boundaries of what we have traditionally considered a
trade mark?

The Apple Store and Microsoft Store trade marks

When the young Sun King Louis XIV entered the Hall of Mirrors at
his newly built Palace of Versailles for the first time in June
1690, he immediately declared that it should be open to the public
to enjoy as were the gardens and canals around the palace. Louis
was determined that his palace would put his monarchy and France in
front in the world style and taste stakes (a position that, at the
time, was enjoyed by Italy), and that this message would spread
faster if all were welcome, not just courtiers.

Versailles the most famous of all palaces, even in the modern
world continues to embody the style and prestige of French culture,
truly a remarkable achievement, and the Hall of Mirrors has been
much admired and much copied throughout the world.

When you think of temples to technology, the glassy, glossy
Apple Stores and their friendly staff with blue T-shirts and handy
iPads immediately come to mind. There are hard but touchable
surfaces surrounding you on all sides. Is this the modern
architecture of happiness? It certainly seems to help move product.
Apple and its competitor Microsoft have both gone to some trouble
(at least in the United States) to put into words and to register
the trade dress of their retail stores.

Images of the respective store layouts from each application are
shown in Figs 1 and 2.

Figure 1: Microsoft, filed December 2010, registered
October 2011

The Microsoft mark consists of three-dimensional trade dress
depicting the interior of a retail store with four curved tabletops
at the front and rear side walls, and a rectangular band displaying
changing video images on the walls. The matter depicted in the
drawing in broken lines is not part of the mark and serves only to
show the continuous stream of changing video content on the video
band and the position or placement of the mark.

Figure 2: Apple, filed May 2010, registered January
2013

The Apple mark consists of the design and layout of a retail
store. The store features a clear glass storefront surrounded by a
paneled facade consisting of large rectangular horizontal panels
over the top of the glass front, and two narrower panels stacked on
either side of the storefront. Within the store, rectangular
recessed lighting units traverse the length of the store’s
ceiling. There are cantilevered shelves below recessed display
spaces along the side walls, and rectangular tables arranged in a
line in the middle of the store parallel to the walls and extending
from the storefront to the back of the store. There is multi-tiered
shelving along the side walls, and an oblong table with stools
located at the back of the store, set below video screens
flush-mounted on the back wall. The walls, floors, lighting and
other fixtures appear in dotted lines and are not claimed as
individual features of the mark; however, the placement of the
various items is considered to be part of the overall mark.

The path to registration has not come easily for Apple
(curiously, since its rival Microsoft was successful in registering
the look and feel of its store several years earlier). Apple has
252 retail stores in the US and Microsoft has 71 at the time of
writing, but Microsoft in particular is in the middle of a major
expansion drive and has been quoted as saying that it intends to
have 101 stores worldwide by this time next year.3

However, Microsoft does not appear to have filed any similar
applications in Australia and Apple seems to have let its
Australian applications lapse without registration.4
Figures 3 and 4 are two examples of current Australian
registrations that look a little similar in
concept.5

Figure 3: City scene, registered 19 August
2010

The city scene in Fig 3 is registered as a device mark from 19
August 2010 in class 35 for “department store retailing;
discount services (retail, wholesale, or sales promotion services);
management of a retail enterprise for others; pharmacy retail
services; presentation of goods on communication media, for retail
purposes; retail services; retailing of goods (by any
means)”.

Figure 4: Stylised house, registered 12 June
2001

The stylised house device in Fig 4 is registered from 12 June
2001 for “retail services featuring a variety of home
appliances, building materials, plumbing supplies, roofing
materials, home furnishings and items used in home improvement;
retail florist shops; and wedding gift registry services” in
class 35 and “design services for building materials, plumbing
supplies, roofing materials, home furnishings and landscaping;
landscape gardening design for others; consultation services
consisting of technical consultation for building materials,
plumbing supplies, roofing materials, home furnishings and
landscaping” in class 42.

It should be noted, however, that the Apple and Microsoft marks
would be considered “shape” marks under our trade mark
law, so it is probably not intended that the marks in Figs 3 and 4
operate in quite the same way. None of the currently registered 777
shape marks on the Australian register are for store layouts,
though Apple Inc has several shape marks, both pending and
registered, for the iPhone, iPod, iPad and even the magnetic iPad
cover and its packaging.6

Why register the store layout or facade as a trade mark?

Over the last two years, we have seen the emergence of lookalike
Apple Stores in China in which, in a pirated setting, one can
purchase genuine (usually, it seems) Apple merchandise. Whether the
customer is supposed to think they are in a genuine Apple Store is
less clear.

On the home front, legitimate competitors such as Samsung are
setting their stores up to look like Apple Stores. Recently, the
Samsung Experience Store in Sydney’s George Street (just up the
road from Apple’s flagship store) even had an iMac set up at
the front of the store displaying its wares, perhaps taking the
tribute a bit too far.
However, the striking shopfronts of Eagle Boys Pizza and Boost
Juice Bars, for example, do not seem to have been applied for as
trade marks though, arguably, they would be more effective
registrations than the minimalist appearance of the technology
stores.

For the minimalist fitout of the Apple Store trade mark to be
infringed, both here and in the United States (and, presumably,
also in China), it is likely that the copy store would have to be
close enough that customers were actually confused as to whether or
not they were in an Apple Store.

Perhaps this is just Apple and Microsoft demarking their
territory prior to further expansion.

Previous trade dress or gestalt claims in relation to
architecture more generally

Another distinctive building, the futuristic Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, went to some lengths to try
to prevent a photographer from selling posters of photographs of
the Museum building as souvenirs with the name of the Museum on
them, as it had registered the design and the name of the building
as trade marks.7 The dissenting judge thought that the
production of the poster was the equivalent of “going into a
store, getting a bottle of Coke, taking a picture of it and putting
‘Coke’ underneath” it.8

The majority on appeal rejected this argument on a number of
grounds, including that they were “not persuaded that the
Museum uses its building design as a trade mark”.9
The dissenting judge’s view that the shape or design of the
building was being used as a trade mark, in the same way that the
shape of a Coke bottle is used, is more persuasive.

To cast this case in Australian trade mark terms (rather than
what we tend to view as the mishmash of trade mark protection and
consumer protection that the US Lanham Act represents to us), the
real issue of non-infringement here is that the photographer was
not using the poster in any trade mark sense with respect to his
own business.
The majority referred to the well-known likeness cases involving
Babe Ruth and Elvis Presley to support its view and was happy to
affirm the findings that not every photograph taken of a famous
person will necessarily infringe their trade mark in their own
likeness just as, even if they had been persuaded that the Museum
was consistently using its building design as a trade mark, not
every photograph of it would infringe that trade mark. The majority
seemed happier to classify the building as a famous landmark,
rather than a trade mark. This analysis is problematic,
particularly as the Museum was using images of the planned building
on its merchandise even before it was constructed.

As to the Museum’s concern that the public would be misled
into thinking that the Museum had endorsed or produced the poster,
the majority of the court was of the view that, even if the
likelihood of consumer confusion were proven, the photographer
would be entitled to the defence of fair use in good faith, though
the name of the Museum (also a registered trade mark) also appeared
on the poster. The majority decision in the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame and Museum
case seems to be the right decision, for
the wrong reasons.

How would this case have been decided in Australia?

In Australia, this aspect of the Museum’s claim would have
been decided under s18 of the Australian Consumer Law, which has a
much broader application than the Lanham Act particularly as there
is no such defence under our law and infringement of s18 can be
entirely innocent. However, in our trade dress cases,10
the Australian courts have been unwilling to rush to the conclusion
that Australian consumers are easily misled.11 The
protection that such a registration would give to the owner of a
distinctive fitout (or building, for that matter) is probably what
the US courts would term “thin protection”. In other
words, it would protect against a very close copy being built, but
not other uses — for example, photographs being taken of the Apple
Store and sold as souvenirs.

Is this the start of a trend?

Who knows? In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the clean modern
look of the now 34 “Jamie’s Italian” restaurants has
reportedly been much copied by its newer competitors. So far, Jamie
Oliver Enterprises Ltd has not sought to trade mark the layout or
the look and feel of its restaurants in addition to its suite of
more traditional word and image marks.

What about using colour instead of design for your trade
dress?

The Apple registration specifically states that it does not
claim a colour as part of the mark. The opposite approach is
probably that taken by BP in relation to the colours green and
yellow that it uses on the facades of its petrol
stations.12 Colour marks are, after shape marks, the
second-most-common of the four non-traditional trade
marks.13

Figure 5: A typical BP petrol station, as portrayed on
its current colour trade mark registration for the colours green
and yellow

The BP mark consists of the colours GREEN and YELLOW applied as
the predominant colours to the fascias of buildings, petrol pumps,
signage boards — including poster boards, pole signs and price
boards — and spreaders, all used in service station complexes for
the sale of the goods and the supply of the services covered by the
registration, as exemplified in the representation attached to the
application form.

Single colour marks can be difficult to register, as BP
discovered when it tried for the single colour green. Combinations
of colours are likely to be more successful.

Another brilliant example of a striking and distinctive colour
mark for a facade and interior fitout is the Eagle Boys colour
trade mark,14 shown in Fig 6.

Figure 6: Eagle Boys colour trade mark for glowing pink
facade and interior

The Eagle Boys mark consists of a pink glow created by a row of
pink-coloured lights extending along a fascia of a building, or a
pink glow created by pink-coloured lights mounted on the exterior
or interior walls of a building within which the specified services
are provided, as illustrated in the example depicted in the
representations of the mark.

Figure 7: Eagle Boys shopfront

It is also interesting to note that the recent Eagle Boys
application for the single colour mark for PMS Magenta in the
relevant classes was the subject of an adverse examiner’s
report and lapsed on 4 April 2013.15

And what is happening with virtual stores?

Apple’s five-year-old online App Store has recently dropped
its suit against Amazon for its use of the term
“Appstore”. The 2011 suit had been based on trade mark
violation and false advertising, and the false advertising claim
had already been rejected by the judge in January
2013.16 Apple’s statement said that “with more
than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where
they can purchase their favourite apps”, suggesting that the
App Store’s success made the proceedings unnecessary. The
iTunes Store, meanwhile, is still the world’s largest music
retailer.

Footnotes

1Cadbury is currently strenuously opposing
Nestl’s attempts to trade mark the shape of Kit Kat
bars, while pressing for a trade mark monopoly over the deep purple
colour of its own Dairy Milk packaging.

2L Emmett “Registering
‘non-traditional’ non-traditional trade marks” (2012)
24(7) Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
182.

3T Warren “Microsoft opening retail
stores in China, plans to have 101 locations worldwide in
2014” The Verge 10 July 2013, available at
www.theverge.com.

4Application nos 1401839 and
1401840.

5Registration nos 1378752 and
878785.

6Trade mark registration/application nos
1274317, 1366468, 1376956, 1437923, 1442181 and
1554940.

7Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum,
Inc v Gentile Productions
(1998) 134 F 3d 749, argued 2 June
1997, decided 20 January 1998.

8 Above, n 7, at [42].

9 Above, n 7, at [45].

10Mars Australia Pty Ltd v Sweet Rewards
Pty Ltd
(2009) 81 IPR 354; [2009] FCA 606;
BC200904981.

11C Logan “Mars fail to get up in get-up
case: Maltesers rolled down the aisle and out of court” (2009)
22(3) Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
46.

12Above, n 6, no 728555.

13The numbers of current registrations in each
category are shape, 777; colour, 267; sound, 43; and scent,
1.

14Above, n 6, no 585856.

15Above, n 6, no 1444665.

16D Levine “Judge rejects part of Apple
App Store suit vs Amazon” Reuters 2 January 2013,
available at www.reuters.com.

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Fabulous foliage and fauna

After renovating the house 20 years ago, attention was turned to the mammoth task of landscaping the 22 acres of gardens at Boath House.

Don and Wendy Matheson were fortunate in that there were some wonderful existing specimen trees such as copper beech, witch hazels and oaks, some of which were more than 400 years old.

Boath House gardens have now been lovingly restored to create additional areas for guests to enjoy, with walkways through the woods and wild-flower meadow.

The 20 acres of lawns, woodland and streams are also home to swans, wild geese and ducks and various types of Scottish native birdlife.

Beehives and pet bantam hens can be seen in the walled garden, along with an orchard, vegetable pottager, greenhouse and new herbaceous borders.

The garden design studio run by Wendy Matheson is situated next to the glasshouse along with plant sales and various antique pieces of garden paraphernalia.

The two-acre ornamental lake is stocked with brown and rainbow trout and, on a summer evening, you can see fish rising to take the nymphets hatching from the many trees surrounding it.

A bog garden has been designed which has produced large amounts of pond life, including newts, frogs, toads and dragonflies. In the spring and summer, it is alive with colour from candelabra primulas, water lilies and ligularia.

The walled garden was in serious disrepair, with crumbling walls and collapsing outhouses. It was, in fact, just an overgrown enclosed field.

The Garden History Society in Scotland were consulted and provided a wealth of information and historical data.

Initially, the entire area was cleared and the process of repairing the walls began.

Over a number of years, the pathways and orchard were reinstated, the greenhouse rebuilt and vast amounts of planting implemented (mainly from seed and propagation).

Currently, more than 10,000 seeds are sown in succession for use in the kitchen, the herb garden and for the cut flower borders providing blooms for the house.

Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner is available in the hotel restaurant. Because everything is prepared on the day, booking is essential.

Where: Boath House, Auldearn, one mile east of Nairn on the A96.

When: The wheelchair-friendly garden is open from 2-4pm daily until September 30.

Cost: £4. Highland Hospice receives 40% with the rest going to Scotland’s Gardens beneficiaries.

Contact: Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner available, but reservations required on 01667 454896.

Article source: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/3377529

The world’s top 5 city parks

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New York’s High Line: An aerial view from West 30th Street, looking South toward the Statue of Liberty and theWorld Trade Center site.

A view from the Crescenta View Trail.

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A highlight of Forest Park is the 30-mile Wildwood Trail, which is a large section of the region’s 40-Mile Loopsystem that links Forest Park to pedestrian and trail routes throughout Portland, running past landmark Pittock Mansion. Here, a visitor takes a rest.

While there are many positives to residing in an urban area, everyone has days when they want to escape concrete and skyscrapers for a breath of fresh air and a bit more open space. To help you find the best and most accessible urban green spaces, the members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist.com compiled a list of the “Top Five City Parks.”

1. The High Line: New York City

A popular trend in adaptive urban reuse is converting former structures into new projects and green spaces, and perhaps no example of this trend has been more positively embraced by its location as New York City’s High Line. A former freight line that ran along the west side, the High Line removed dangerous freight trains from Manhattan streets and rolled them directly into factories and warehouses in the present-day Meatpacking District and Chelsea neighborhoods of 1930s New York. After more than 25 years of dis-use, the High Line has been transformed into a public space currently spanning 19 city blocks. The third section of the High Line is presently under construction and is expected to open to the public in 2014.

In addition to being a walking space and public park, selected food vendors have opened up along the High Line between Little West 12th and West 18th streets, including Terroir, a popular New York City wine bar, and Blue Bottle Coffee. Another great aspect of the project is the variety of greenery and architectural landscaping — rail tracks have been reinstalled with plantings along the Sundeck and portions through Chelsea move from grasslands to thicket to a Wildflower field.

2. Forest Park: Portland, Oregon

Few cities in America are known for their greenery and commitment to sustainability like Portland. Among their collection of public parks, Forest Park is the largest, forested natural area within city limits in the United States encompassing over 5,100 wooded acres. Running along the western side of the Willamette River and adjacent to Route 30, the park offers guided hikes, mountain biking, equestrian trails, and a vista point. A highlight of the park is the 30-mile Wildwood Trail, which is a large section of the region’s 40-Mile Loop system that links Forest Park to pedestrian and trail routes throughout Portland, running past landmark Pittock Mansion. If you are a garden fan, make sure to also check out Portland’s Washington Park, home to the International Rose Test Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden.

3. Deukmejian Wilderness Park: Glendale, Calif.

While Los Angeles’ Griffith Park is frequently in the spotlight, Deukmejian Wilderness Park in nearby Glendale is only a few more minutes up the highway and much more rustic. A rugged 709-acre site in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, the park is relatively undisturbed except for a 12-acre developed “Park Center” on the southern part of the property. Deukmejian is also unique in that it has become known as a symbol of natural rebirth and communal conservation within Southern California. After nearly 700 acres of the park burned in 2009’s Station Fire, hundreds of community volunteers worked to replant and rebuild the park, from repairing the park’s hiking trails to even removing invasive species after the fire. With elevations ranging from 2,159 feet (658 m) at the park’s entry to 4,775 feet (1455 m) at the northeast corner of the site, it’s an exceptional spot for hiking and views of Los Angeles.

4. Chinese Gardens: Singapore

Located on the western side of Singapore, the Chinese Garden was modeled on the northern Chinese imperial style with pagodas built to coincide with the plantings and scenery. The garden was designed by renowned Taiwanese architect Yuen-Chen Yu and is surrounded by Jurong Lake and adjacent to the Japanese Garden. A must-see of the Chinese Garden is the Suzhou-style Bonsai Garden built using 1,000 bonsai trees imported from China. You can also learn the ancient art of tending to a bonsai at the Bonsai Training Centre. Many travelers note that the gardens are very easily accessible via the MRT from Singapore’s central city area, with the garden’s entrance within view of the station. Continued…

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Tips for spring gardening

Tips for spring gardening

By Xanthe White In Gardens

With winters becoming milder, spring is turning into a greater conundrum for me. I’m all set to start gardening again, but my garden hasn’t stopped growing.

One lonely capsicum remains on last summer’s plant, which I hope might carry on for another season; the broad beans are a mass of blooms; I have sweet peas filling a wine barrel; and my raised beds are full of greens. The only option is expansion, but the most promising spot is occupied by a large composting pile at the end of the garden path. However, a move must be made or we won’t have room for a summer harvest.

Spring …

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10 Organic Gardening Tips

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September gardening tips

There’s still plenty of fruit still to be enjoyed from the garden: just
remember to pick it while it’s young and tender, and store it so it remains
fresh as long as possible. If you’re want to store potatoes, for example,
wait till the foliage has died completely, then dig them up and dry them.
Make sure none are diseased or damaged, then place them in the dark in paper
or a hessian sack. For onions, why not tie them to a dangling string? They
make an attractive feature and the air circulation means they’ll last for
longer.

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Garden design skills in workshop fun



LONDON – AUGUST 18: Community gardener Sarah Milner-Simonds tends to chickens being kept on her allotment in Ealing on August 18, 2009 in London, England. BQ, Britain’s largest DIY retailer, has seen sales of its chicken coops treble over the last year. Reasons for the increase in chicken keeping have been attributed to consumers adopting self-sufficiency as a means of beating the credit crisis as well as gaining greater confidence in the quality and welfare of their food. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sarah Milner-Simonds

Alex Evans, Reporter
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
8:00 PM

A DESIGN workshop aiming to spread gardening skills is set for a Somerset town this weekend.

Sarah Milner Simonds

The workshop, held at Marine Cove in Burnham on Saturday from 10am to noon, will be held by award-winning garden designer Sarah Milner Simonds.

She said: “The workshop is designed to help participants learn how to use edible ornamentals to make your garden more productive.

“No experience of garden design is necessary, all you need is an interest in your garden and desire to make a change”.

Those interested in taking part are asked to bring a sketch book, pencil and sharpener.


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