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Buy Norman Jaffe’s Own Bridgehampton Home for $4.25M

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This house was designed in the 1990s by late starchitect Norman Jaffe as his own family home, and was renovated in 2001-2002. The beautiful landscaping is our favorite part: there is a pool in the middle of a courtyard created by the main house, the guest house and a combination garage and greenhouse. The plot size is 1.1 acres. Inside, there are three bedrooms and three baths in 4000sf. One thing about Jaffe: he really loved those wood-plank ceilings (you see them in all his houses). The slate floors and plaster walls are also classic Jaffe.
· Once Norman Jaffe’s Own Home [Corcoran]

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Sandy-ravaged Sea Bright unveils its long-term recovery wish list – The Star-Ledger

SEA BRIGHT – With the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy only weeks away, this tiny waterfront borough is still trying to get back on its feet.

On Wednesday night however, plans were unveiled that showed what the end result of Sea Bright’s recovery could be – even if it takes until the year 2020 to happen and even if Sea Bright, in a municipal sense, no longer exists.

From landscaping and bulkheading, to the construction of a parking deck and a year-round beach pavilion, the components of the Sea Bright 2020 long-recovery plan were the result of weeks of collaboration of a handful of separate committees of borough stakeholders working with the assistance of FEMA representatives.

The Sea Bright 2020 project unveiled plans for the long-term recovery of Sea Bright at a public meeting in Rumson on Wednesday night. 

Frank Lawrence, the chairman of the Sea Bright 2020 steering committee, said he was nervous about what to expect from the process because he did not know how many people would want to be involved.

“But we had about 50 people sign up to be on committees, and most of them came out to every meeting,” he said. “It was a great collaboration.”

Mayor Dina Long said she intentionally stepped back from the planning process, because she wanted the vision for Sea Bright’s future to be the vision of its residents and not just of its elected officials.

“I think this process really brought Sea Bright together. Not that we weren’t close before, but now we have people from the north end and the south end all working together for the betterment of Sea Bright,” Long said. “And I think the result is a really unified plan for a more sustainable Sea Bright.”

Lawrence said the approach of getting the ideas flowing for a more sustainable borough – in terms of being able to better withstand future storm and economic challenges – was simple.

The committee members were simply asked to start tossing out ideas – even if they seemed silly or overly ambitious.

“We got a lot of ideas out there that way and eventually, we started noticing a common theme between many of them that we were able to start grouping together,” Lawrence said. “Not everyone agreed about everything. But unlike the Federal government right now, they were able to work together and get stuff done.”

The ideas for the long-term recovery of Sea Bright were featured on large poster boards stationed around a room inside Holy Cross School on Wednesday night, which again played host to the large crowd of Sea Bright stakeholders concerned about their community’s future.

“These ideas are ambitious, but also very realistic,” Lawrence said.

Sea Bright resident Linda O’Mara just finished elevating her house 12 feet after it was damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

“I had no idea that they were considering a lot of these things and I would like to learn a little more about some of the plans, particularly the one that looks like it includes my property. But overall I think there are some great ideas here,” said O’Mara, adding she has spent most of her life either living in or visiting Sea Bright. “Sea Bright is never going to be the same because of the storm. But I do believe something like this can help make it better for the people who live here and hopefully visit here.”

Full-time borough resident Eric Lynn said the long-term redevelopment plan was “so far, so good.”

“There are some very good ideas, but I’m interested to see how the voting turns out and which of these projects will be prioritized,” said Lynn, of the ballot that borough residents were asked to fill out ranking the 10 projects they felt were the most important.


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“I’ve seen some of the results online already and it’s shocking to see the difference in what people think are important,” said Lynn, adding felt the priority should be fixing the river bulkheading and related flooding issues. “I think that is more important than branding at this point. Let’s fix our town back up and fix the flooding issues, which can be fatiguing even with minor storms, before we start promoting how great we are.”

Lawrence said the final plan, incorporating the voting results, is scheduled for presentation on Nov. 6.

Meanwhile, the borough also has a committee studying the feasibility of dissolving Sea Bright as its own municipality and merging it with another local municipality. The result of that study is due at the end of the year.

Long said the long-term recovery planning was important to undertake even though the consolidation study is ongoing. Because she said regardless of if Sea Bright is its own municipality in another 10 years, “it will always be Sea Bright” and it needs to be rebuilt wisely for its residents, many of whom will still live there regardless of municipal designation.

“I’m not a believer in the concept that bigger is better. Could a large community have accomplished what ours did after Sandy? I don’t think so. And look at what the large Federal government is doing right now, while our small government of volunteers is still hard at work,” Long said. “But this, just like our long-term planning, is important for Sea Brighters have their say in. And whatever they decide, I’ll go fight for.”

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Volunteers Give Landscaping Makeover To Woman Who Maintains Veterans …

CREST HILL, Ill. (CBS) – A Crest Hill woman who 25 years ago knocked on doors and gathered names for what would become the town’s veterans’ memorial is receiving a thank you today.

A team of volunteers from the Home Depot in Homer Glen descended on her home, and started work on a landscaping makeover — removing bushes, building a garden wall, spreading mulch, planting flowers, and erecting a fountain.

Phyllis Powell and her late husband, Joe, were a driving force behind the memorial’s creation, and she still tends the gardens there today, and plants flags on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and Flag Day. She stood in her yard with tears in her eyes watching the volunteers work.

She said she was overwhelmed.

Home Depot manager Beth Armour said the project is part of the company’s plan to spend $80 million in five years to better the lives of veterans, and those who support them.

She said she reached out to State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) when looking for a project in the area, and learned about Powell’s work on the memorial from the mayor of Crest Hill.

Powell said she couldn’t thank them enough.

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Cranbourne’s Garden Wins Landscape of the Year Award

The Australian Garden, designed by landscape studio Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson, won the prestigious award during World Architecture Week.

The Australian Garden is Victoria’s newest botanic garden and is located in Cranbourne, Victoria, a division of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

“Like a botanic garden, it is a collection of difference, but with a strong unifying set of journeys through the various landscapes,” said the award’s judging panel.

Australian landscapes

The journey of water through Australian landscapes

From the desert to the rugged coast, the landscaped garden encapsulates everything landscape architecture should including ecology, architecture, horticulture, and art. Over 170,000 plants from 1,700 species grow on the 15-hectare former sand quarry site. The gardens send visitors on a metaphorical journey of water through the various landscapes that comprise Australia.

“This garden brilliantly summarises the great variety of Australian flora as well as the large part of the country which is arid desert,” the jury said.

The re-creation of the Australian landscape is used for educational, scientific and conservation purposes, and is enjoyed by visitors and scientists alike. The botanic garden is one of many gardens worldwide now refocusing efforts on portraying a message of landscape conservation and meaningful engagement for visitors. The primary goal is to teach about the importance of sustainability and biodiversity.

While most of Australia’s gardens are based on European designs, the Australian Garden uses the nation’s landscape as inspiration, celebrating its diversity and contrasting elements.

Cranbourne's Australian Gardens

Cranbourne’s Australian Gardens

The garden’s east side includes exhibition gardens, research plots, display landscapes and a plethora of forestry areas with formal designs whereas the west side features gardens with natural cycles and irregular form.

“This landscape stood out with its originality and strong evocation of Australian identity without having to use any signs or words – just the beautiful flora of Australia’s countryside,” the jury said.

Instead of importing new soil into the former sand quarry which was lacking any substantial amount of rich soil, the design team selected specific native plants that could adapt to the challenging site conditions including drought tolerance and low water needs.

A guide for personal landscaping and promoter of native Australian flora, the Australian Garden protects integral ecosystems and defends Australia’s biological heritage.

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Tips for Gardening in the Fall

Fall is the best time of the year for planting. From exploring new fall foliage to adding color to the landscape, there are plenty of fall gardening activities to keep homeowners playing in the dirt all season long. 

Pike Nurseries has plenty of tips and supplies for gardeners of any level. To help their loyal patrons achieve the best gardens this fall and make life easier next spring, Pike Nurseries offers these seasonal gardening tips: 

  • Do you want a touch of green showing through the snow in spring? If so, you’ll want to select and plant your bulbs now. Tulips, hyacinth and daffodils are popular choices – perfect picks for that desired splash of color.
  • If you can’t wait until spring for some brightness in your garden, plant pansies or aster. These flowers will survive the frost and pansies will come back strong in the spring with new blossoms. Aster begins flowering in September and lasts into November.
  • If you’re looking for seasonal veggies to plant, now is the time to plant them. Try cabbage, lettuce, beets, turnips, spinach, radishes, collards and broccoli. You’ll be able to harvest these plants and enjoy the fruits of your labor throughout the fall season.
  • Fall is the time to tidy up things around the garden. To do so, cut back perennials, remove dead annuals and remove weeds along with leaf debris. This simple neatening will keep your garden healthy through the winter and help protect against pests.
  • Another way to keep your garden healthy through winter is to mulch. Mulching in the fall helps keep temperatures consistent and protects the soil against heaving, which can cause roots to break.

Pike Family Nurseries is located at 6050 Bethelview Road in Cumming.

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Don’t prune roses in fall, and other tips for preparing rose gardens for winter

PATTI_JACKO_15275689.JPGView full sizeRose expert Patti Jacko gets spectacular blooms in summer by properly preparing her rose garden for winter.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Whenever someone complains that they can’t grow roses, Patti Jacko asks if the gardener pruned in the fall. If the answer is yes, the mystery is solved.

“Pruning in fall will kill them,” said Jacko, a rose expert who grows 158 varieties at her home in Hinckley. Pruned roses lose food stored in the branches that will keep roots healthy over winter. “They need that extra nutrition,” said Jacko, a member of the American Rose and the Western Reserve Rose societies.

Fall pruning also signals roses that it’s time to grow, but the new growth will die in when cold temperatures arrive, said Peter Schneider, a rose enthusiast who raises more than 1,200 varieties at his Freedom Gardens in Portage Co. “It starts at a disadvantage in spring,” he said. “It’s much better for the rose if you resist pruning until spring.”

OK, message received – no pruning. Stop deadheading and fertilizing too, say rose experts, to signal to the plants that it’s time to go dormant.

There are steps rose growers can take to be sure their gardens get off to a good start next spring.

Make sure that the graft point on grafted or hybridized roses is completely covered under soil. Otherwise, the thaw-freeze cycle in winter will kill the plant, Jacko said.

You can tell if your rose was grafted – a propagation method in which the roots of one variety are attached to stems from another variety – if all of the branches are coming out of a golf-ball-sized root. That ball must be well protected from winter weather, she said.

Growers who hybridize roses are collecting the rose hips, or seed pods, to save them for spring, Schneider said. Some roses have colorful rose hips that add winter interest to gardens. “Birds will be feasting on those (rose hips) in winter,” he said.

Many rose growers believe roses must be covered during the winter. “No, you don’t have to do that in this zone,” Jacko said. She stopped putting burlap over her roses about five years ago, mainly because the bags were a pain to put on and take off. She ties up climbers if they might suffer wind damage.

It used to be popular to put Styrofoam cones over roses for winter, but that made it necessary to cut the plants low to fit in the cone, Schneider said. That meant the plant was starting from almost zero come spring, so the cones have largely fallen out of favor, he said.

He does put burlap bags filled with straw over his tree roses, which are varieties that grow straight up and bloom high off the ground. The bag protects against winter damage and the lack of light keeps the plant dormant. Any new plant growth that takes place during mild spells will die when temperatures turn cold again, he said.

Cucumber bugs and Japanese beetles have mostly left the garden by now, but diseases such as black spot and powdery mildew are still factors. Clean out dead leaves and debris that could carry black spot from around rose bushes, Jacko said. You can also spray for black spot, but be sure to choose a product that doesn’t include fertilizer.

She sprinkles lime sulfur on her roses to kill dormant black spot spores lurking in the soil.

“That’s the last thing you will do before you walk way and say, ‘OK, guys, you’re on your own’,” Jacko said.

THURSDAY: The Rose Garden at Cleveland Botanical Garden (video).

FRIDAY: Tips for your putting your rose garden to bed.

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Home and Garden: Designs, plants and more


Sardar, Jennings, Oliver in panel discussion on design

Cornerstone in Sonoma will host a panel discussion Oct. 17 featuring author and design critic Zahid Sardar, Bay Area arts patron Steve Oliver and noted San Francisco architect Jim Jennings.

Jennings collaborated with Oliver on a visiting artist’s studio at Oliver’s Geyserville Ranch that has been widely acclaimed in the design world and is featured in Sardar’s new book, “West Coast Modern Architecture, Interiors Design.”

The two hour talk begins at 5:30 p.m. at Artefact Design Salvage within the Cornerstone complex. But ticket holders who arrive at 4:30 p.m. can take a guided tour of the installation gardens. Cost is $20. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets visit For information, 933-3010. 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.


Advice on caring for oaks

Do you know how to care for the oak trees in your yard? Forester Bruce Hagen and oak ecologist Steve Barnhart will show you how during a class Oct. 19 at Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa.

The class will offer a comprehensive foundation for maintaining the health of oak trees via landscaping, irrigation and managing the growing environment. It will conclude with a hike on the preserve to check out some of its many oaks.

Hagen worked as a forester for Cal Fire for 20 years and as an entomologist with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for nearly 10 years. He is a registered professional forester, a certified arborist, and a qualified tree risk assessor. Steve Barnhart taught biology, botany and ecology at Santa Rosa Junior College for 37 years. He currently serves as Pepperwood’s academic director and is a renowned expert on California oaks.

The 3,200-acre Pepperwood Preserve is a community-supported ecological institute that conducts applied research and provides educational programming.

The class will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $30. Register online by searching for “Pepperwood” at

Pepperwood is located at 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, midway between Santa Rosa and Calistoga, off Franz Valley Road, and adjacent to Safari West. For more information, or 591-9310 ext. 204.


Think winter for fall flower show

“Winter Wonderland” is the theme of The Graton Community Club’s Fall Flower Show Oct. 11 and 12.

The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. event features flowers and displays by Community Club members, as well as a plant sale, handmade crafts and gifts and antiques and collectibles. Admission is free. Lunch will be available for $10 and beverages and desserts on sale all day for snacking. Proceeds support the club’s scholarship program. 8996 Graton Road, Graton.


Native plants and more on sale

The Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will hold its annual fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building.

Stock up on California native plants suitable to the North Coast climate including trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, groundcovers, and ferns. There will also be a wide selection of seeds and bulbs, as well as books on gardening with native plants, local flora, posters, notecards and a newly designed T-shirt by Pamela Glasscock.

A special feature of the sale will be a selection of habitat plants that attract birds and butterflies. The display will be staffed by Nancy Bauer, author of “The California Wildlife Habitat Garden.”

Members will be on hand to offer advice on gardening with California natives. For a list of plants available, visit 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. 578-0595.


Workshop on plant propagation

Garden designer Gail Fanning will demonstrate how to propagate plants during a hands-on workshop Oct. 19 at the Harvest for the Hungry Garden in Santa Rosa.

Fanning will show how to create new plants from perennials and shrubs like rosemary and roses using soft wood cuttings. The free workshop will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 484-3613.


Student nursery offers bargains

Willowside School’s nursery offers good bargains on a wide selection of plants suitable for fall planting.

The student nursery will hold its sale next Saturday, Oct. 19 — rain or shine — featuring perennials, roses, grasses, trees, succulents and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5299 Hall Road at Willowside Road in Santa Rosa. For information, 569-4724.


A nod to region’s Russian heritage

The Russian River Rose Company celebrates the end of the season Oct. 19 and 20 with a Russian Tea Fragrance Festival inspired by the region’s history of Russian settlers and the Russian heritage of owner Mike Tolmasoff.

The festivities include live folk, Slavic and Gypsy music, tea leaf readings, rose tea samplings, rose water-infused nibbles by Chef Jake Martin of Restaurant Charcuterie of Healdsburg and cups of Russian “Sweee-touch-nee Tea” prepared in antique Russian samovars. Visitors are invited to stroll the gardens, still colorful with late blooming roses.

Cost is $5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. 433-7455 or


Last open house at Digging Dog

Digging Dog Nursery co-owner Deborah Whigham will lead a stroll through her impressive demonstration gardens during the Mendocino Coast nursery’s last open house of the season Oct. 12. During the 2 p.m. walkabout, Whigham will also offer her expertise to help visitors with their garden problems. Refreshments will be served as part of the tour, free to nursery guests.

Throughout the weekend of Oct. 12-13, the nursery will also offer 20 percent to 40 percent discounts on plants.

Digging Dog is at 31101 Middle Ridge Road, Albion. It is wheelchair accessible. For information, 937-1130 or

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