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Wilson was there and ready to listen


I write this letter to show my support for Cornell Wilson who is currently running for Lebanon City Council. My husband and I recently met with Mr. Wilson to talk to him about his position in the community and to hear his ideas. He is so concerned about the constituents of this city and especially our youth, and I truly believe that he will be a great asset in the Lebanon city council.

He was kind enough to give me great advice as to the proper way of launching our small business, Handy Harbaugh’s Construction and Landscaping, here in Lebanon. He is truly invested in making Lebanon a place that we are all proud to call home.


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Annual home show wraps up in Davis County

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LAYTON, Utah– For those looking to remodel their homes, one of the best places to start is a home show.

The fourth annual Northern Utah Fall Home Show is wrapping up Sunday night, and the free event allowed homeowners to meet contractors and get ideas for remodeling, landscaping and decorating.

Adam Harwood, home show producer, said they bring a variety of things together for those who attend the show.

“Windows, roofing, siding, doors, you name it—we have even saunas here,” he said. “It’s a place where people can come to remodel their house, renovate, or if they’re looking into any type of project, it’s a great place for them to come to see what’s new in the industry.”

The home show as held at the Davis Conference Center, and it ends Sunday at 6 p.m. Event organizers said the show will return next year. For more information about the show, visit their website.

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Melbourne, Australia Luxury Home Has The Ultimate Backyard For Relaxing …

When we came across this gorgeous luxury home by designer Robert Simeoni on Decoist, the first thing we noticed were the lush outdoor spaces.

The zen-like backyard and courtyard look like the perfect places to kick back and relax. (Not to mention, they put our own attempts at landscaping to shame.) And they’re a beautiful backdrop for the modern home’s earthy architecture. The clean-lined house is clad in wood paneling and stone and there’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find inside through narrow floor-to-ceiling windows on both floors. The home’s complete with sleek furniture in a grey and white palette with just a pop of color.

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Head over to Decoist to see more photos of this stunner, and check out these other luxury homes below.

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  • Stone Harbor House

    a href=”” target=”_blank”Stone Harbor, New Jersey home/a captures the essence of a beach vacation.

  • Jubilee Hills House

    a href=”” target=”_blank”C.M. Ramesh residence/a in India looks more like a boutique hotel.

  • Fernanda Marques Show House

    Fernanda Marques designs a href=”” target=”_blank”beautiful loft for the Casa Cor Exhibition/a in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

  • Caesarea House

    This a href=”” target=”_blank”residence in Israel’s Haifa district/a is a five-star dream home.

  • Fleur De Coin House

    This a href=”” target=”_blank”‘Fleur de Coin’ house in Summit, New Jersey/a is a spectacular colonial perched on a hill.

  • House On The Tree Penthouse

    a href=”” target=”_blank”The “House Of The Tree” home in China/a, designed by Kokaistudios, is the ultimate combination of city and nature.

  • The Farm House

    a href=”” target=”_blank”‘The Farm,’/a featured on Bravo’s ‘Property Envy’ will change your ideas about rural living.

  • Lady Margaret Road Residence

    A a href=”” target=”_blank”house tour of this Lady Margaret road residence/a makes us want to cry tears of joy.

  • Lake Michigan Cottage

    This a href=”” target=”_blank”Lake Michigan cottage/a, featured in Coastal Living, is one patriotic abode.

  • River Oaks Country Home

    a href=”” target=”_blank”This River Oaks home in Houston, Texas/a is a fine example of colonial-style architecture.

  • Hudson River Home

    One talented blogger shares her tranquil a href=”” target=”_blank”beach-inspired home/a.

  • Los Angeles Home

    A house tour of a a href=”” target=”_blank”contemporary yet welcoming Los Angeles abode/a.

  • California House

    A house tour of a jet-setting couple’s a href=”” target=”_blank”design of a California home/a.

  • House In A Hill

    a href=”” target=”_blank”This “House Built Into A Hill”/a by Stempel Tesar Architects redefines outdoor living.

  • Brooklyn Townhouse

    Take a peek inside a href=”” target=”_blank”Tom Scheerer’s ‘old-fashioned’ Brooklyn townhouse project/a, featured in House Beautiful’s May 2013 issue.

  • Cape Town Mansion

    This a href=”” target=”_blank”Cape Town luxury residence/a designed by SAOTA is truly a breathtaking vision.

  • Mumbai Residence

    Take a peek inside this a href=”” target=”_blank”Juhu beach apartment/a in the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Bollywood.

  • Connecticut Colonial Beach House

    This a href=”” target=”_blank”Connecticut colonial beach house’s/a front is a complete facade.

  • Ventana Canyon Home

    a href=”” target=”_blank”This Ventana home in Tucson, Arizona/a is a desert marvel…but oddly, it won’t sell.

  • Southern California House

    A house tour of a href=”” target=”_blank”Perry Klein’s southern California home/a.

  • Mornington Beach House

    a href=”” target=”_blank”This beach house in Mornington, Australia/a is actually made up of two completely different structures.

  • Bahamas Beach House

    a href=”” target=”_blank”Miles Redd’s beach house project/a offers a dramatic take on Bahamas living.

  • California Home Bar

    a href=”” target=”_blank”California home’s $350,000 bar/a is totally amazing.

  • Minimalist House

    A house tour of a href=”” target=”_blank”Michael Leva’s minimalist abode/a.

  • Designer Home In Colombia

    Architectural Digest tours designer a href=”” target=”_blank”Richard Mishaan’s dreamy family home/a in Colombia.

  • Berkley, California Home

    A house tour of gallerist a href=”” target=”_blank”Francis MIll’s Berkley, California home/a, and how he lives with art.

  • San Francisco Townhouse

    A house tour of a a href=”” target=”_blank”masculine San Francisco townhouse/a.

  • The Pit House

    Take a peek inside the a href=”” target=”_blank””Pit House” designed by Japanese firm UID Architects/a.

  • Parisian Home In Ohio

    a href=”” target=”_blank”Christopher G. Axelrod’s gilded home/a brings Parisian living to Ohio.

  • California Home

    a href=”” target=”_blank”This California home/a has a shark tank and an amazing glass-bottomed roof top pool.

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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

  • Consider registering a facade or fitout as a trade mark if it is distinctive and not minimalist.
  • Don’t expect that it will protect against mere imitators, however.
  • Evidence of confusion is likely to be needed if infringement proceedings are to be successful.
  • 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.


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.

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Gardens: Locating Plants

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 2:00 am

Gardens: Locating Plants

By Blanca Poteat Frederick County Master Gardener

The Frederick News-Post


Gardens are like relationships or baseball teams — they have different seasons, they’re imperfect and they have untapped potential.

One area of garden imperfection and untapped potential is like real estate: location, location, location. Are your garden, flowers, shrubs and trees in the best location — for their preferences and yours? Maybe some flowers and vegetables, trees and shrubs didn’t thrive this summer simply because they prefer different growing conditions. Do a little research on your plants’ preferences and tolerance for sunlight/shade, moisture/dryness, and other factors and consider trying to grow them in different places next year.

For example, don’t try to make sun-loving plants conform to shady places. And “moisture-loving” plants are just that, good for landscaping your wetlands, not for your sunny, dry garden. Next spring take time to read and heed the fine print on those seed packets and plant labels.

Another location issue: Did some plants that seemed like a good idea in the spring ignore your plans and grow out of their original space? Sunflowers, morning glories, lemon thyme, squash and cucumbers, Jerusalem artichokes, horseradish, mint? Remember, “vigorous” is gardening code for “has a compulsion to take over the world.” Think mile-a-minute vine.

Relocation sometimes requires tough love: pull up trouble now. By the roots and rhizomes for those plants like mint that spread that way. Pull out the morning glories and grasses and sunflowers before they go to seed. Dig out the horseradish. You will miss some and still get some volunteer plants next year, but you will retake your ground, or at least get a head start.

Locate your plants to improve their teamwork, too. Try more companion plantings to help discourage bugs and encourage healthy growth. For example, marigolds help repel bean beetles; basil and borage near tomatoes fend off horn worms; garlic and onions with the cabbage family combat maggots.

Soil improvement: Growing things, like relationships, need to be nourished to thrive. Fall is the time to test your soil for nutrient balance and to mix in a generous layer of weed-free compost. This can be a basic strategy for your winter break and for healthier overall growth next year.

As the summer gardening season is waning, it would be tempting to throw some compost on everything and wait to see what volunteers come up next spring. But nature dislikes a vacuum. Left to themselves, this year’s squatters will return, and there goes your “neighborhood.”

Be realistic: “carefree” on that label refers more to plants’ attitudes than to your workload. Remember: Success in the garden requires knowledge and wisdom, best learned by experience. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Gardens, relationships, baseball: above all, be optimistic, there’s always next year.

Contact info: or (301) 600-1596.


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Jerusalem Artichokes,

Lemon Thyme,

Morning Glories

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An art of garden: Landscaping – PR

Landscaping refers to any undertaking that changes the evident features of a land. It is both science and art, and requires good observation with good designing skills too. A good landscaper realises the components of environment and construction and blends them accordingly. It requires study and facts. It is not identical in all parts of world, rather it varies from area to area. Landscaping varies according to different areas. Thus normally local experts are recommended if it is for the first time. Comprehending of the location is one of the chief essentials for thriving landscapes. Distinct natural features like terrain, topography, soil features, wind speed and direction,etc. must be taken into account. Occasionally the land is not fit for constructing gardens, so sometimes it needs to be reshaped according to the needs and we know that process as gardening.

It is very important for a gardener while he is taking on some landscaping to realise the basics of landscape he is going to design. There are certain components of a good landscape design. Understanding these components is a part of designing gardens that works. Landscaper basics are rather simple to realise and most will come routinely. The following register summaries these basic components.

Unity – The concept of harmony means that everything works together. It is applied to colors, forms, heights and every other facet of the design. Using consistency and repetition is a good way to mark your unity.

Simplicity – Simplicity does not have to signify the design is restricted. It means the design should be limited in different hue shades, types of plants and also the design must be looking clean. A swamping design is bewildering to the eye. This is especially factual if employed with a large area. Having too many things going on conceives chaos.

Balance – Balance is easily holding the design percentages identical throughout. Every side of the landscape should be equally balanced with the material. Balance includes colors and heights, in supplement to the overall look of the constructed gardens.

Focalization – Some landscapers will use exceptional trees, while others may use things like beautiful fountains, statues, roll on lawn, garden lightning or may be the limestone used. In a large scale landscaping design the focal point may be a flower bed. The landscape should have something that catches the eye.

These four elements are the rudimentary keys for any landscape design. It doesn’t matter if it is a little garden or a big yard, these components apply in every landscaping area. Finally, though, the attractiveness of a landscape design is in the eye of its creator. What is attractive to one may not be to another. However, having some information of the basic elements of landscaping can help a beginner evolve as landscape designer easier.

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Benefits of rain gardens taking root across district

Janet Folajtar had a water problem to solve when she decided a rain garden in her yard would spare her and her Mt. Lebanon neighbors the ordeal of storm runoff. And Eddie Figas, Millvale’s community and economic development director, saw the opportunity to show very publicly what a rain garden can do in the corner of a municipal parking lot.

The two won in separate categories — residential and public — of the first contest of the Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance, an advisory group that promotes the creation of gardens to reduce runoff, keep pollutants from streams and rivers and increase groundwater.

Of 94 rain gardens registered with the alliance, six entered the competition. On a recent daylong tour of all six, judges walked around and through each one, making notes and conferring on the identity of certain plants, on garden design and the pros and cons of each. The other four contest entrants are at a residence in Monroeville; the Latodami Nature Center in North Park; an Indiana Township community park on Middle Road; and the Mt. Lebanon Park.

A rain garden can be deep or shallow and shaped like a stream, a circle, oval or square. The location dictates the design, but the best ones are low maintenance, make use of native and adaptive plants, and quickly absorb as much storm runoff as possible.

Mr. Figas said the Millvale parking lot rain garden absorbs 64 percent of the rainwater from the site.

It is about 18 inches deep, 650 square feet and drains a 5,400-square-foot lot. One curb cut takes water that runs toward the corner of the lot, while another opens at the mouth of a gutter under a strip of grillwork bordering the sidewalk.

Millvale teamed up with GTECH Strategies using a grant from the Heinz Endowments on that project, which was completed in 2011, Mr. Figas said.

“We had done other projects with GTECH of a green nature,” he said. “We got the idea of really making an impact on a site that’s concrete. That was one of the parking lots that the borough owned, and it had minimal impact on parking spaces. When it was finished, it took up 3 1/2 spaces.

“A few people didn’t understand the concept, and that location was chosen in part” to be educational.

Ms. Folajtar, an engineering geologist and master gardener, saw a rain garden as a way to add a patio in back of her house without affecting her downhill neighbors. She also wanted to solve the problem of runoff onto her property.

“Part of my master gardener program was to do a project, and I selected a rain garden, as stormwater management has become very important in Pittsburgh,” she said. “I wanted to make it pleasing to the eye.”

She split her garden into two parts, one 100 square feet, the other 250. The larger one in the front of the house is fed by underground pipes, and she has an inlet to collect her neighbor’s runoff, she said.

“It was estimated that I collected 11,000 gallons since last September,” she said.

StormWorks, a project of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, and George Girty Landscape Design worked with her on the project.

Beth Dutton, program manager for Three Rivers Wet Weather, one of the alliance members, said the contest has been instructive for future programming.

“We want to do a design program for people who cannot afford” to hire a design firm and landscape architects, she said. “Other cities are giving incentives to homeowners.”

The judges said they were inspired on the tour.

“I was looking for rain gardens that solved a problem, showed some innovation, used appropriate plants, and looked nice,” which would indicate a plan for maintenance, said judge Lynne Weber, a master gardener and co-owner of The Urban Gardener.

Fellow judge Joel Perkovich, sustainable design and programs manager for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, spoke of the “global problem” of the loss of forests, wetlands, floodplains and meadows. These losses regionally are due in large part to lack of planning, sprawl and steep topography with heavy clay soils, he said.

“The rain gardens we observed as part of this contest are an encouraging sign that people are more conscious than ever about designing with nature in mind,” he said, “and we all are reaping the benefits.”

He said that with careful thought and maintenance, rain gardens can be aesthetic features year round. And they “should not require supplemental irrigation or fertilization after establishment.”

“The rain gardens we visited are an encouraging snapshot of the green infrastructure solutions to stormwater runoff that are being implemented in the Pittsburgh area,” said judge Sandy Feather, an educator in commercial horticulture for Penn State Extension. “In addition to managing stormwater on-site, these gardens provide habitat for pollinators, songbirds and amphibians, which are some of the species most adversely impacted by urban sprawl.

“The more our gardens mimic nature and provide ecosystem services, the better for all of us.”

The Rain Garden Alliance is made up of 18 partner organizations and has 94 registered gardens that have collected more than 2.6 million gallons of rainfall since July 1, 2009.

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Garden designer shares tips at workshop in Burnham’s Marine Cove – Burnham-On

16, 2013
designer shares tips at workshop in Burnham’s Marine Cove

award-winning garden designer shared her advice at a free workshop
in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 14th).

were able to join Sarah Milner Simonds for an introduction to
garden design at Marine Cove on Burnham’s seafront.

said: “The workshop was designed to help visitors learn how
to use edible ornamentals to make their garden more productive.”

been really impressed with the vegetables grown here in Marine
Cove over the summer and hope that schemes like this can be introduced
in other areas of the town.”

workshop was part of the ‘Incredible Edible Somerset Open Gardens
Weekend’, a series of free events around the county designed to
show off Somerset’s edible assets, from community orchards
to home gardens, with free workshops and projects open to the

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