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Lancing Parish Council to consider new garden designs

LANCING’S regeneration took another step forward when designs for a new-look Headborough Gardens were put to the parish council.

“A lot of people said Headborough needed something doing to it just to revive it because it was lovely, but over the years it has got a bit weedy and generally just needs a bit of TLC,” she said.

Fruit trees, a wild meadow area and a living willow shelter were among the new ideas put forward for the gardens.

Councillors reacted positively to the plans, which will now go before the full council for approval in January.

Ms Schilbach said she had no doubt the project could be completed within the £20,000 budget allocated by the parish council.

Resurfacing the paths, replacing the benches, and renewing the flower beds were also on the list of suggested improvements.

The designs, created by landscape architect David Pope, also included additional seating in the park’s central area and planting that would compliment the existing roses.

Another key feature of the designs was a community orchard, which Ms Schilbach said would be very commendable in terms of health and wellbeing, and a nod towards Lancing’s past as a market garden area.

“There is lots and lots of research demonstrating that investment in green open space, in particular, has such a positive impact on crime, anti-social behaviour, health and well-being, that on a wider scale, it saves taxpayers’ money, as well as creating safer neighbourhoods, increasing property value and, of course, the softer social repercussions and boosting the local economy,” said Ms Schilbach.

Speaking after the meeting, committee chairman John Hollington said: “The design concept is ideal.

“Lydia made a good presentation, and that was just one of the designs she thought might be appropriate.

“Headborough is looking a little tired, and this will encourage more people to visit when it’s done.”

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Carpinteria, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2013

To all outdoor holiday shopping enthusiasts, it’s time to mark your calendars for Eye of the Day Garden Design Center’s latest discounted extravaganza: 20% off of fermob furniture, a French outdoor garden furniture manufacturer that’s known for its luxe, high-end line that boasts both aesthetics and functionality.

The discount is valid for all fermob outdoor lounge furniture in-store, and it ends on December 24. Additionally, for those who spend $150 or more in-store, they are qualified to enter into a drawing for a three-piece bistro set that features a yellow table and two matching chairs, an approximate $650 value. The drawing for this set will take place on December 23, and one lucky winner will walk away with the perfect holiday gift for gardening – and lounging – hobbyists.

Example quote: “We’re always supported by our loyal customers, and SoCal is our home,” said owner Brent Freitas. “Without the support of our community, we wouldn’t be able to thrive and expand to Napa like we have planned for the start of 2014. So, I want to give a big thank-you to our customers and give someone a holiday gift that they can keep for themselves or gift to a loved one. What’s better than sitting outside, taking in the sights and sounds of nature? Get away from the TV and get back to old times, when good old fresh air was the way to wind down after a long day.”

Eye of the Day has been featured on major gardening sites, like, and Freitas was recently showcased as a gardening accessory expert on, in the article “Turn Up the Heat in Your Patio or Yard,” by Sarah Kinbar. The gardening guru has also worked with Tommy Bahama and Ralph Lauren to outfit the fashionable clothing lines with luxe gardening accessories, and Eye of the Day knows how to please any client – ranging from the private consumer to the landscape architect to the international clothing store brand.

Interested customers can visit Eye of the Day’s in-store site, located at 4620 Carpinteria Avenue, and store hours are from Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Driving directions can be found on, or customers can call 1 (800) 566-6500.

About Eye of the Day Garden Design Center

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center is a retail showroom that features more than an acre of high quality garden landscape products, including Italian terracotta pottery and fountains, Greek terracotta pottery, French Anduze pottery, and garden product manufacturers from America’s premier concrete garden pottery and decoration manufacturers. Eye of the Day is a leading importer and distributor of fine European garden pottery, and caters to private consumers, as well as landscape design and architecture firms from around the world.

To see what Eye of the Day Garden Design Center can do for your business, visit

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Help Squad: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Then what do you do? – Niles Herald

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There’s nothing more beautiful than waking up in the morning to freshly fallen, powdery snow. At the same time, there’s nothing more aggravating! You now have to scramble to somehow get your car out of the driveway and get to work on time or get the kids to school. All this before you’ve even had your first cup of coffee!

Here are some snow removal options and tips on figuring out what’s best for you the next time Mother Nature decides a winter wonderland is in order for Chicago!

1. Snow blowers: Expensive but fast and fun

Also called snow throwers, these machines aren’t cheap, but will make your life a lot easier.

We spoke with Mel Safstrom, a customer service associate at Lowe’s in Orland Park, who explained that there are two different types of snow blowers available: the single-stage and the two-stage. The difference between the two is that the single-stage has curved plastic paddles to move the snow and is light enough to be picked up, whereas the two-stage can handle deeper snow, and the front intake is twice as high.

Safstrom’s Tips when buying, using and maintaining a snow blower:

• Choose your snow blower based on the size of your driveway. If you have a long driveway, or a driveway that is two cars wide, you might want a two-stage.

• Be safe: If the snow blower gets clogged, always use the shovel that comes with it to get the snow out. Don’t ever use your hand. Even if the motor is off, it can still be very dangerous, because when you pull out the snow, the machine could start to run, and could injure your hand or fingers.

• Change the oil after the first season of using your snow blower, and then change it every two to three years.

• During summer months, store your snow blower in the garage or in a storage shed. Do not leave it outside for extended periods of time because snow blowers are not designed to get wet constantly.

• Have fun with it! If you have a really nice snow blower, you will pray for snow. “It becomes like a toy,” Safstrom said.

The snow blowers at Lowe’s start at $359 and go up to $1099 for the highest end model.

2. Snow removal services: Convenient but can be costly

Most landscaping companies offer snow removal services. In other words, when there is a fresh snowfall, someone will show up at your home and remove the snow either with shovels and snow blowers, or with a snowplow.

Higher end landscapers charge by the season, meaning you get unlimited visits when there is one inch or more of snowfall. They typically charge $400-600 for the season, depending on the size of the home, driveway, front walkway and stairs.

Services that use snowplows usually charge $30-35 per visit and many companies have a minimum commitment of six visits, where clients pay upfront. Others will come on an as needed basis.

3. High school kids: cheap but not always reliable

Help Squad made a few inquiries and asked high school kids in the Northern and Western suburbs how much they charge to shovel snow. The going rate seems to be anywhere from $20-$25 for a typical snowfall, with a tip for salting!

4. Do it yourself: the least expensive but be careful!

Grabbing a shovel and doing it yourself is definitely the cheapest form of snow removal. An average snow shovel is $15-20. Plus, you are getting exercise, fresh air, and a sense of accomplishment.

But be careful, according to researchers at Queen’s University, snow shoveling does increase the risk of a heart attack.

Additionally, there is research that there are tens of thousands of snow shoveling-related injuries that result in emergency room visits every winter.

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Downtown-waterfront redevelopment | GUEST OPINION

Last month, I attended the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) in Los Angeles to share Marysville’s downtown-waterfront revitalization plans and receive feedback from fellow mayors and a panel of nationally renowned urban design experts.

I was invited by MICD with all expenses paid through a National Endowment for the Arts grant. MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors.

The visit was an eye-opening and invaluable experience in so many ways. I returned to Marysville with a boost of confidence in the direction we’re headed with our downtown-waterfront redevelopment and more tools to make it happen. Equally important, the great feedback provided by urban design experts is currency I brought home gleaned out of three intensive days that you can’t get anywhere else.

Design decisions for public spaces goes to the root of what makes a good city great. If we’re deliberate and committed to addressing design challenges in downtown and waterfront plans, our actions will enrich our city and our citizens, and make Marysville not only a great place to live and visit, but a great place for businesses to prosper for generations.

Seven mayors from mainly Western states engaged leading design experts at CityLAB, a think tank within UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design. The group included the Mayors of Corvallis, Ore.; Butte-Silver Bow, Mont.; Reno, Nev.; Buckeye, Ariz.; and the California cities of Rialto and Vallejo. The visit included tours of successful urban design projects and a panel discussion with students.

Sessions were organized around case studies, and mulling over the most critical urban design challenges facing our cities. We each presented a key issue from our respective cities for other mayors and urban design practitioners to discuss.

I presented Marysville’s initiative to revitalize the downtown-waterfront area, with a future that envisions mixed-use projects that create more 24/7 urban living, with shops, restaurants and boutiques; and pedestrian improvements for better walkability. The city would also look to take advantage of water recreation and ecotourism opportunities embodied in Ebey waterfront and the Tulalip Tribes’ Qwuloolt estuary restoration project.

This conference was an incredible opportunity for mid-sized cities like Marysville. It was an eye-opening experience hearing the other mayors’ stories about their circumstances, and getting cutting-edge perspectives on how to move forward with major design and development plans in the 21st century.

The highlight of the conference was the expert feedback provided by a team of urban design professionals and professors from different parts of the county, and as far away as New York City.

Panelists and mayors saw the waterfront as a huge opportunity bolstered by the Qwuloolt project, agreed with our planned spray park as a driver for bringing people downtown, supported efforts aimed at cleaning up crime and downtown’s curb appeal, and they liked the charm of Third Street, suggesting that the themes and commercial activity should extend down to the waterfront, with improved “walkability.”

They also suggested restaurants within walking distance of Ebey Waterfront Park and the boat launch as, for example, an after-fishing spot to eat, noise buffers to minimize train noise, an amphitheater or public gathering space closer to the water, and a piecemeal approach to mixed-use housing projects to slowly build a sense of community downtown, on a smaller scale than a consultant team working with the city recommended earlier this year.

Those ideas mesh well with our vision and goals to make our downtown more attractive and inviting to attract private investment, and build a “community within a community” and culture unique to downtown.

We envision a mix of recreational, housing and commercial uses, better sidewalks and street “walkability,” gateway improvements, new attractions like the spray park coming to Comeford Park this summer, modest traffic and landscaping improvements, and making full use of the Qwuloolt Trail along Ebey waterfront and the unique aquatic, recreational and interpretive assets that it represents.

The experts also mulled over how the city could best go about working with the Marysville Mall owners to create access to the waterfront, for the mall owner’s and tenants’ benefit, as well as the community’s.

We have moved well beyond identifying a bold vision that will establish new roles for our downtown-waterfront area, thanks to consensus-building among elected, community and business leaders and citizens, and a design team of consultants earlier this year that helped us keep up our momentum. The perspectives I gained at the MICD conference will help fuel the decision-making that’s ahead. As I have mentioned before, an endeavor such as this generally takes shape over several years and this is no exception.  We are in the process of doing a number of things that will hopefully get the table set for an infusion over time of private investment leading to the desired outcomes.

The panel that conducted the design case study will provide their recommendations back to each of the cities in writing this month. We eagerly await their results.

Mayor Jon Nehring can be reached at or 360-363-8091.


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Begay Cuts Ribbon on World-Class Golf Course He Helped Design

The ‘ka-ching’ of cash registers and golfers hollering ‘Fore’ made last week’s opening of the Sewailo Golf Course outside Tucson a resounding success.

Sewailo (Flower World in the Yaqui language) is an 18-hole, par 72 course that measures 7,400 yards from the championship tees (with five tee boxes on each hole to accommodate players of all abilities). According to Sewailo’s general manager, Dan LaRouere, “The $28-million course will employ up to 90 workers, many of them tribal members.”

Notah Begay III, who designed Arizona’s Pascua Yaqui tribe’s course, said that Sewailo “will revolutionize golf in this part of the country as one of the top courses in Arizona. The course design, from routing of the holes to landscape architecture, will put us in strong consideration for a top ranking.”

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Begay won four PGA tourneys, became a businessman and a philanthropist before morphing into his day job as a commentator for NBC’s golfing events. He is also president of NB3 Consulting, the group that designed Segwailo.

Begay walked what was once a desert before conceptualizing a layout for the course – it’s the third course he has designed.

“These projects start from the standpoint of culture and it’s important we maintain a respect for culture and tradition in the communities in which we work,” Begay said. “I asked for guidance from our Creator as we shaped this course.”

During the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, a parade of speakers, many of them members of the tribal council, took turns at the podium to praise those who helped make it happen.

“We’ve gone from predictions that ‘you can’t do anything with this barren land’ to what we’ve already built – and we’re not going to stop here,” said Chairman Peter Yucupiccio.

Ty Butler collaborated with Begay on the course design and told the opening day crowd of some 300 attendees, “Vision and leadership from the tribe gave Notah and I a path to walk down, and as a result, we have a world-class golf course that will make an impact, not only in Southern Arizona, but nationally.”

Before hitting the ceremonial first tee shot, Begay said, “When I first came here, there was a lot of uncertainty about what a world-class golf outlet might do for the community, how it might stimulate economic growth.  Times got tough between groundbreaking on 12-12-12 and ribbon-cutting a year later, but this is a true collaboration. True in the sense that when times got tough, nobody ran. We stayed together and worked through it because we believed in the worth of the outcome.”

“I’ve seen the best courses in the country. I’ve played the best courses.  And things don’t get any better than what you’ll find at Sewailo.”

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Trust Artificial Turf for Better Durability

Jiangsu, China — (SBWIRE) — 12/16/2013 — It is true that the present world of advancing technology is causing a gradual depletion of the natural world with its greens. But technology has worked on the solution for depleting greens too. It is now possible to grow grass on concrete areas. Artificial turf or grass can now be grown anywhere with the help of technology. The sports grounds and pitches, public gardens and parks, have artificial turf instead of real grass. Suntex Turf offers artificial turf for various purposes that cover both domestic and commercial areas. They offer high quality and sophisticated turfs to cover areas like sports grounds, pitches, private as well as public gardens, roofs, swimming pool areas, and other such places. They manufacture all kinds of grasses to be laid on any desired area.

Thanks to technology that growing grass on the roofs and concrete areas is now possible. In the current times, people prefer landscaping grass over real. The turf produced by Suntex artificial grass suppliers is more durable and lasting as compared to real grass. It is softer and greener than real. Apart from being indistinguishable from real grass, artificial grass has a number of advantages. It does not fade or turn yellow because of UV protection offered to stabilize the colours. The artificial grass or turf lasts for five to ten years on normal use. They are perforated products that drain water. Artificial grass produced by Suntex Turf can be used in landscape gardening.

The offices or other public areas often consider creating an artificial lawn on concrete areas to add a touch of soothing green. Suntex Turf supplies leisure artificial grass for such purposes. These grasses are available in various kinds that include China artificial grass mat, high quality landscaping artificial grass, hot selling Chinese cheap artificial grass, etc. They also install artificial grasses on roofs and terraces on private and public buildings to create artificial gardens or lawns. Suntex Turf also supplies kindergarten grass. They also install artificial grass on existing lawns.

Grass or turf needed for different areas is different. The kind of grass for cricket ground would differ from that required on golf areas. Suntex Turf provides golf artificial grass for golf grounds. They install special turf to create indoor golf areas. The grasses they offer for the purpose include Suntex golf putting mat, high quality golf mat turf, mini golf putting green, etc. For outdoor purposes, they offer different kinds of grasses that are soft and perforated to facilitate proper drainage. Sand and rubber infill is used for sport pitches because it provides an added cushioning effect to the turf.

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New landscape gardener comes to Remarkables Park Town Centre

New landscape gardener comes to Remarkables Park Town

Vibrant summer
colours at the Remarkables Park Town

Queenstown’s vibrant town
centre at Remarkables Park is currently enjoying a burst of
summer colour courtesy of a new multi-award-winning
landscape gardener.

Mike Hawthorne, originally
from Invercargill, has an impressive resumé, having spent
five years as a curator for the Auckland Regional Botanical

During that time Mr Hawthorne co-designed the
Garden’s Ellerslie Flower Show exhibit in 2003 winning
multiple awards including the prestigious and highly coveted
Supreme Award.

Mr Hawthorne moved to Queenstown in April
this year and will oversee the upkeep of nearly 100 hanging
baskets, numerous flower beds, and mature trees and shrubs
at Remarkables Park already well known for its attractive

After an eight year stint in London he said
he was “thrilled” to be home in “clean, green New

Every festive season the shopping centre
provides a vibrant display of summer flowers to add to the
stunning backdrop of The Remarkables mountain

“There aren’t many shopping centres in New
Zealand that put this amount of time and effort into its
gardens, it really does make all the difference to
visitors’ experience,” Mr Hawthorne said.

put in the South African sun daisy in the entranceway and
I’m looking forward to getting creative and planting more
unusual and exotic plants.”

Remarkables Park managing
director Alastair Porter said the visual beauty and scents
of the flowers “added life and ambience” to the shopping
centre, making it “a joy to visit”.

“Locals and
visitors alike comment on the colourful landscaping in the
shopping centre and we pride ourselves on keeping it
pristine,” he said.

“The centre now has a wide range
of dining options so bringing a landscape gardener of
Mike’s calibre on board is designed to ensure Remarkables
Park becomes an even more beautiful place, to shop, as well
as meet friends over a coffee or a meal.”

The popular
urban-designed shopping centre now has 63 tenants, 29,000sqm
of commercial floor space and comfortably caters for more
than three million visitors every year.

Over the years,
Remarkables Park has developed its own nursery to provide
plants and trees for the centre to maintain its unique
outdoor shopping experience that proves so


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Judith Schafernak, 1941-2013

Judith Schafernak’s gardens were featured in national magazines, and she became a master flower show judge, landscape design critic and lecturer on floral design.

Her accomplishments defied the fact she had battled rheumatoid arthritis since she was 2.

“You never would have known that Judy had lived since childhood with a crippling, painful disability,” said Judy Cimaglio, a fellow longtime member of the Plum Grove Garden Club. “I have never known someone with the strength, willpower and stamina Judy had.”

Over the years, Mrs. Schafernak organized numerous flower shows at McCormick Place in Chicago. In 1977 she won “Best Show” nationwide from the National Council of State Garden Clubs, and she was president of Garden Clubs of Illinois from 1991 to 1993.

“She was brilliant, a multitasker, persistent, persuasive and excelled at every project took on,” Cimaglio said. “A lifelong love of flowers and interest in gardening led Judy up the garden path to the presidency of Garden Clubs of Illinois.”

Mrs. Schafernak, 72, of Palatine, died Friday, Nov. 29, at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. The cause was complications related to rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disorder that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues and also affects other organs.

“She was very positive, despite the pain she endured, and never lamented her lot in life,” said her daughter Daria Hoffman. “As a child she had to take all kinds of medicines, and as she got older she took different drugs that were still in the trial phase. She did whatever was needed to live as normal a life as possible.”

Born Judith Theresa Gron, Mrs. Schafernak grew up on Chicago’s North Side and graduated from Steinmetz High School. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she met her future husband, Dale. The couple lived in Addison before moving to Palatine in 1972.

In the early 1970s, Mrs. Schafernak and her husband joined the Plum Grove Garden Club in Palatine and began cultivating their own garden. He grew vegetables. She grew flowers and herbs. Together they worked on the landscaping.

“They were a team,” Hoffman said. “When one needed assistance, the other was right there to help out.”

The couple’s award-winning gardens were featured in magazines such as Better Homes Gardens and Traditional Home, Hoffman said.

“People would marvel at the abundance of her floral garden,” she said. “Every corner you’d turn to there’d be something beautiful and different. Her mini roses were just gorgeous.”

Mrs. Schafernak spent hours tending to her gardens, and up until a few months ago was still pruning and watering her plants.

“She was outdoors almost every day on her little garden cart making sure there wasn’t a single weed anywhere,” Hoffman said.

Mrs. Schafernak also is survived by two other daughters, Krina Koenen and Melissa Laurenson; a son, Kristian; seven grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.

Services were held.

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