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Niagara grad wrote the book on gardening

ST. CATHARINES – 

My idea of gardening in January involves sitting back with my feet up and enjoying a good gardening book.

I love reading about new ideas and ways to garden, and this is the perfect time of year to start planning changes to your home garden.

My companion this week has been the comfortable, information-packed Edible Landscaping: Urban Food Gardens That Look Great, by prominent Vancouver landscape architect and Niagara Parks School of Horticulture grad Senga Lindsay.

This book teaches us a garden doesn’t have to be decorative or functional — it can be both. Discover how to make an edible Eden in some unlikely spaces with this fresh garden design book.

“Edibles can double as ornamentals,” Lindsay said. “Grapes can replace traditional vining plants for arbours and screening. Kale, Swiss chard and lettuce are available in an array of colours and can be striking bedding plants.

“I always include edible flowers in my garden — they are great multi-taskers, providing food and cut flowers.”

Traditional Row Vegetable Garden describes a pleasing, ordered and utilitarian space with beds laid out in simple squares or rectangles with pathways between for access. A dedicated space for composting is often included along with a small potting shed, greenhouse or cold frame. This type of garden is ideal for people with a large property and lots of time to devote to their hobby.

The Children’s Garden chapter includes simple instructions for a garden tunnel covered with cucumber vines and a delightful sunflower fort or house. Also included are fun themes for children’s gardens — tree forts, pizza garden, alphabet garden and creative ways to recycle ladders and chairs as garden props.

The whole idea is to allow your children’s imagination to soar, to let them explore and learn about nature.

“No ground to grow your edibles? Think up — onto your rooftop,” recommends Lindsay in the chapter on Edible Rooftop Gardens.

I visited a garden in Buffalo a few years ago with tomatoes and other vegetables growing on the roof of their garage. This handsome raised bed was ingeniously accessed with a librarians ladder, installed on a rail along the front of the garage. The property was situated in a well-treed area, and the couple claimed the only sunny spot was on the roof.

At the University of Guelph trial garden, Dutch crates stacked on top of one another filled with planting medium and planted with annuals, were used to create an economical and portable living wall.

Another ingenious design for a living wall was shown at Canada Blooms a few years ago. The designers stood recycled wooden pallets on their side, then planted mesh-filled pockets between the wooden slats with herbs and baby lettuces.

An Edible Wall Garden is ideal for homeowners with limited space.

“An edible wall can accommodate a huge variety of crops from herbs and strawberries to tomatoes, eggplants and peppers to vines like peas,” Lindsay suggests.

Various edible walls systems including panel, trellis, pocket and A-frames are explained.

A chapter dedicated to the Enabling Garden is filled with practical tips for a barrier-free gardening. Raised garden beds, using unused walls and fences as vertical planting spaces, including shelter and seating, and the importance of landmarks, such as a fountain or birdbath to help orient visitors to larger gardens, are all detailed in this helpful section.

Lindsay explains, “In many cases, all it takes is a little tweaking to remove a few flaws that are inhibiting someone from enjoying the experience of an edible garden.”

Edible Landscaping also covers dreamy designs such as a formal Herb Garden with espaliered fruit trees and wattle fences; a French inspired Potager Garden laid out in a geometric pattern and edged with tightly clipped boxwood; or a stylish Gourmet Garden Kitchen, decked out with the latest appliances and furnishings for people who love to cook.

Whether you want to start with a simple edible wall, or experiment with beehives in a permaculture jungle, Edible Landscaping encourages us to think about growing and harvesting food with style.

A graduate of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, Senga Lindsay specializes in integrating edible gardens into her design practice, whether for large developments or individual homeowners. She contributes to GardenWise magazine, and was awarded Best of the City by Vancouver Magazine in 2010 and Western Living Magazine’s 2009 Landscape Architect of the Year.

She lovingly maintains her own bountiful garden in North Vancouver.

— Edible Landscaping: Urban Food Gardens That Look Great, published by Harbour Publishing, is available on Amazon.ca

Theresa Forte is a local garden writer, photographer and lecturer. You can reach her by phoning 905-351-7540 or by e-mail theresa_forte@sympatico.ca

 

Article source: http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2014/01/15/niagara-grad-wrote-the-book-on-gardening

Consultants gather feedback for Gering’s downtown revitalization

Discussion at a public meeting to discuss downtown revitalization efforts seemed lively as about 30 downtown business owners, city leaders and residents gathered Wednesday.


The meeting allowed Short Elliott Hendrickson (SHE) representatives to outline ideas for the downtown area and to gather feedback from the public on the needs and desires for the community. The City of Gering and the downtown revitalization committee selected SEH to oversee the planning process after the city received a $30,000 Nebraska Department of Economic Development grant.

“It seems like we had really good conversations,” Andrew Dane, project manager with SEH, told the crowd.

During the meeting, representatives gathered into groups to discuss “nodes” that the consultants had designated. Nodes included the area around the main M Street intersection, the section around the courthouse and areas between the two other nodes.

Conversations centered around M Street focused on beautifying the corner and making it a noticeable entrance to the downtown area.

“The gateway to downtown is M Street,” Jeff Pedersen, SEH consultant, said. “The feeling is that we need to attract those people who are going east and west onto M Street.”

Three of the corners at the intersection were cited as being parking lots or vacant lots that were in need of some aesthetic improvement. Discussion centered on improving those three corners, with “pocket parks” suggested. Pedersen said the areas do not need to be large, but would improve the look of the downtown entrance. A large feature, such as a gateway arch or other feature, could also highlight the entrance.

As the city contemplates the location of a proposed hotel, Pedersen suggested that the hotel be located on the Gering Civic Center property, facing Tenth Street. He drew a design that included a drop-off area and would be made possible by a proposal to narrow Tenth Street from four lanes to two lanes. Such a location would lead to adding some activity to that area, he said.

The city should also step back from proposed closure of N Street, he said, but could designate a pedestrian parking on the street for those who may be visiting the civic center and crossing to access parking. Street surfaces and other features could be designed to promote slower traffic, but still allow thorough traffic.

“Closing a street is never a good idea,” Pedersen said.

Widened sidewalks and extended bulb outs were proposed throughout the downtown area as ways that could improve walkability and pedestrian safety. The ideas were talked about in each of the nodes, but particular emphasis was placed on pedestrian safety around the courthouse node because of school children crossing Tenth Street.

In discussing the courthouse node, some participants suggested that the area wasn’t necessarily a part of the downtown area. Consultant Bob Kost suggested that the area has more of a “suburban” feel and could be treated as its own area. With the towering trees at the courthouse, he suggested building on the greenscaping in the area and using it to compliment activities.

The courthouse lawn, where downtown merchants hosted the annual arts festival last year, could serve as a potential site for a pocket park or gathering area. Some discussion centered on eliminating streetside parking around the courthouse and the adjoining block where Pizza Hut, Subway and other restaurants are located.

Landscaping throughout the downtown area was suggested to be native vegetation. The Gering Civic Center landscaping was suggested as a model of the type of landscaping that would be suitable for the downtown. Planters, designed with wagon wheels could help reflect a common theme that could be built around the history of Gering.

The history of Gering and its location on the Oregon Trail was suggested as the theme that should be a commonly reflected theme throughout the downtown. Discussion centered around adding markers in the downtown area to help define historical buildings, educate people about the history and landmarks in Gering and could be used in a walking tour of the downtown area. Dane said a textured street or pathway could designate the path of the Oregon Trail and continue to the Scotts Bluff National Monument.

Strategies to make the downtown area more bicycle-friendly, use of public artwork and other ideas were also discussed during Wednesday’s meeting.

Ideas from Wednesday’s meeting and other meetings will be gathered and posted online, Dane said. SEH Holding consultants will make a final report, including a recommendation for priority projects, at the Gering Council’s Feb. 10 meeting.

Comments can also be directed to Dane by Monday, Jan. 20, by email at adane@sehinc.com.

Article source: http://www.starherald.com/news/local_news/consultants-gather-feedback-for-gering-s-downtown-revitalization/article_93d65719-9939-50ef-8e73-915426826560.html

Home products, ideas, advice in Philly show

Two popular design stars, six spectacular design rooms, more than 500 industry experts, thousands of products and services.

You’ll find them all at the 33rd annual Philadelphia Home Show, which runs over two long weekends — Jan. 18-20 and 24-26 — instead of eight straight days at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Celebrity guests include Ahmed Hassan, formerly of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers,” who will motivate you to take on even the most difficult landscaping and design projects, and John DeSilvia of DIY’s “Under Construction” and “Run My Renovation,” who will teach how to get the most out of planning your home renovation.

New this year is Family Day on Jan 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Kids under 12 get in free. On Hero Day Jan 24, military, firefighters and police get in free.

In “Simon’s Sticker Room by IKEA,” a completely white room will be transformed with stickers over the course of the show.

In the “Unhinged Challenge,” celebrity experts and design bloggers are competing in a contest to repurpose a door from Habitat for Humanity’s Philadelphia ReStore location

Many final additions and show attractions for the 2014 show are still being confirmed, so please check in http://www.phillyhomeshow.com for updates and for ticket information.

Tickets are $13, door; $10, online; $3, ages 6-12. There will be free parking at the Sugar House Casino and a free shuttle to the Convention Center.

More info: http://www.phillyhomeshow.com

Jodi Duckett

Article source: http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/events/mc-gp-philadelphia-home-show-0116-20140115,0,5827862.story

LOWA to offer free BBQ lunch at landscaping workshop

Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 6:15 am

LOWA to offer free BBQ lunch at landscaping workshop

LAKE OZARK, Mo. — The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance (LOWA) invites landscapers, gardeners, builders, developers and anyone interested in living wall rain gardens to a free working lunch demonstration and workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


The event will take place at LOWA’s living wall demonstration site located at the intersection of Bagnell Dam Boulevard and Osage Beach Parkway in Lake Ozark—off to the side, at the entrance ramp.

This workshop will be a working lunch, catered by Half Sauced BBQ.

The living wall is a two-tiered, terraced rain garden with living “sock walls.” This workshop is a follow up to the installation, planting and maintenance of this innovative demonstration for controlling stormwater runoff—a proven pollutant—on a thinly soiled slope.  

In an effort to educate and preserve lake water quality, attendees will learn about innovative practices such as grow socks, which are a tubular mesh product that is filled with a composted growing medium packed with the right nutrients for Missouri plant growth. These socks are installed into the ground and can be used to create low berms, retaining walls, pathway borders, vegetated buffer strips and terraces, and to establish vegetation on steep Ozark slopes.

Paradise Landscaping USA will attend the event to host a question and answer session on how to create a living wall. LOWA will offer instruction and answer questions about the planting and maintenance of a rain garden.  

Attendees should RSVP by Sunday, Feb. 16 by signing up online at www.sosLOWA.org and clicking on Living Wall demo or by calling LOWA at 573-207-4707. 

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Gardening with the Experts


By Tom Terry
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Posted Jan. 15, 2014 @ 9:37 am


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Garden designing, landscaping and maintenance services by Tree & Garden … – PR

The Tree Garden Company Limited provides dedicated garden designing, landscaping and maintenance service at reasonable cost in North London and Hertfordshire.

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Gardens are often referred to as
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owners may be able to take care of their front gardens but those that are in
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A garden is
any open place with grassy land and varieties of plantations. Apart from public
parks, gardens can be found within the premises of private residences, offices,
educational institutes, medical centres, etc. The design and landscape of a
garden obviously has to be according to the building that compounds it and the
operation going on in the premises. Moreover, gardens are private properties and
so are usually different from each other. In short, all gardens are not same and
need to be maintained according to the area, climate, soil of the region, and
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GARDENING BY RONELLA: Tips for gardeners new and experienced

Gardeners learn some neat tricks over many years of gardening and I have picked up some things to share, some of which you may have read before and for some new readers, they may be things, which you haven’t heard.

Since we are all looking forward to fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes, here are some tips that help with growing the best tomatoes. Save egg shells and crush them to make a mote around each tomato plant of the crushed egg shells to discourage cut worms. Did you know that alyssum planted near your tomato vines will attract the insects which pollinate the tomato plants to give you bigger crops? On the other hand, marigolds planted near tomatoes will repel insects. Crushed marigold leaves and blooms added to a sprayer (sprinkler kind) will make a good spray to repel insects. Rain will wash it away so you will need to repeat this each time it rains but it really works. I have found that marigolds planted here and there in a big flowerbed works extremely well to keep out insects. I am not sure about the good insects.

If you have bananas that get too ripe to use, throw them in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer and use them this spring around your roses. One banana or just a banana peel added to each rose in spring give them a spurt of energy. The bananas and skins will be a big black glob in the freezer but will work wonders in the garden. Friends always helped me save them until I would have a garbage bag full by spring so I put them around some of my perennials and found they work on them as well.

The smelly yarrow makes a great addition to a compost pile because it acts as a compost activator. I have always grown the big yellow ones because they look so good in a back border and because I like to dry the flower heads and when the stem was cut back, I just automatically put it in the compost, not knowing that it was good for the compost. A wonderful addition to the center of your compost pile is fresh manure because it really heats up the compost to hasten the composting. Fresh grass clippings will do the same thing. You can even see the steam rising from the center of the pile sometimes.

Today I heard something that may or may not interest you but I find it interesting. Raw milk poured on any plant or grass fertilizes it greatly. When I find out more, I will let you know. Not many of us have access to raw milk.

Spray your evergreens now to keep down the red spider as well as scale and other pests. Check with your local gardening store for the best spray.

It is also time to prune your fruit trees. They must be pruned if you expect to get a good harvest. To learn to prune correctly, check with your local County Agent. My Pa had a wonderful very old orchard and he had the pruning done by an old man who went through the country just pruning trees. I remember that it took him several days. Maybe that was because Ma’s cooking was famous. Just like the Watkins salesman always made it to their house just at lunch time.

I hope you have many bird houses or are making some. A little knowledge of nesting needs of our birds will keep them safe and coming back each year. A metal collar around the pole that holds the bird house will keep Kitty from climbing up for a buffet of eggs and babies. Different birds need holes of different sizes and different kinds of houses.

And they need to be dull colored. Birds like to gather their own building material and sometimes it’s really bizarre. They will gather bits of string, rubber bands, lint from the dryer, old rag scrap, yarn scraps and hair from the barber seems a favorite.

None of our birds like to have other nests nearby so don’t space them too closely. The Purple Martin is the exception. Seems they like to enjoy a front porch gossip with friends and love a big apartment house.

It would take a full column to describe the needs and types of houses for each bird in our yards. In my book, I describe much more of their needs and habits.

It is not true that once you feed birds, you have to keep it up. On cold, snowy days, they need some food from their friends. Many birds die in winter from lack of food and water.

Please feel free to call me at 270-522-3632. Your calls are encouraging.

Article source: http://www.cadizrecord.com/view/full_story/24388483/article-GARDENING-BY-RONELLA--Tips-for-gardeners-new-and-experienced?instance=home_features

PopCap on designing the unique characters of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden …

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a multiplayer-focused third-person shooter, which means that much of its appeal — the charm and humor we expect from the Plants vs. Zombies series — depends upon its characters. Developer PopCap Games has to transform the previous games’ stylized 2D figures into dynamic polygonal models, and bring them to life with high-fidelity visuals as well as sound cues that make sense in a 3D space. Plus, the new characters have to conform to the gameplay context of a shooter as opposed to a strategy title.

“The vision is for us to make characters that feel like they still fit in the PvZ universe,” said Brian Lindley, a producer on Garden Warfare, in a phone interview with Polygon last week.

At the same time, PopCap is striving to make each of Garden Warfare‘s classes feel special. The studio wants the characters to “look cool [so] that you want to acquire them,” and is making an effort to give the characters “some additional tweaks and changes to their primary weapon and abilities,” said Lindley. A number of variations are available for each of the four plant classes and four zombie classes, such as versions of the characters based on elemental powers like fire.

the characters have to “feel like they still fit in the PvZ universe”

But PopCap is aiming to design individual classes that play relatively similarly, regardless of the variant a player chooses and the customization options the player outfits their characters with. And one of the keys for that design process is humor: According to Lindley, PopCap is making an effort to ensure that “everything surrounding [the characters’] presentation just is rewarding and fun, and makes you smile and laugh or grit your teeth and want to keep fighting.”

For the most part, that comes through in the visuals. All the characters bear the goofy look that’s the hallmark of Plants vs. Zombies series — for example, the zombies’ different-sized eyeballs go a long way toward making them appear less menacing. And if you see the Engineer zombie, a mashup of characters like the Handyman and Miner, from behind, you’ll catch a glimpse of some plumber’s butt.

PopCap faced some interesting challenges in creating both the plant and zombie characters in Garden Warfare. The studio had to create most of the zombies from scratch, because the series’ existing zombies were “very one-dimensional — they kind of did one thing,” Lindley explained. And while the developers used plant characters that were already present in Plants vs. Zombies, they had to spend more time figuring out appropriate sounds for the various plant classes because “they’re kind of the most abstract when you look at the characters themselves and what it is they’re actually doing.”

Here’s a closer look at four of the variants for the plant classes: the Future Cactus, Hot Rod Chomper, Mystic Flower and Ice Pea.

The Future Cactus came about because “we wanted to make something that was a bit more tech-y,” said Lindley, explaining that most of Garden Warfare‘s other characters are designed around elemental powers. The Cactus class focuses on ranged shooting, but the Future Cactus is the only Cactus variant with a charge attack, which you can prepare by holding the right trigger. It works in three phases, and the most powered-up version does a lot of damage. “It’s something that makes the character really unique to play, compared to the other variants,” Lindley added.

Another plant with a charged attack is the Mystic Flower, a Sunflower that is “powered by mysterious energy.” Holding down the trigger will charge up its powerful sunbeam, which can be unleashed as a crowd-control attack or used to deal damage to a single strong enemy.

the Hot Rod Chomper sports a shiny black coat of paint with purple flames

Melee-oriented players will likely choose the Chomper, which resembles the Mario games’ Piranha Plant in that it’s a big, spherical mouth on a stem. But the Hot Rod Chomper, which sports a shiny black coat of paint with purple flames, changes things up with a focus on speed. While it has lower health than the standard Chomper, it has a unique special ability: If it can take down a zombie with an instant kill (a sneak attack from below or behind), it will get a speed boost. “If you’re good with the Chomper, you can use the Hot Rod Chomper to quickly run from victim to victim, if you manage to string a bunch together,” said Lindley.

Many of Garden Warfare‘s classes work well in conjunction with a teammate playing as the Ice Pea. This Peashooter variant fires peas of ice, and if enough ice peas hit a zombie, it will be immobilized and left vulnerable to attack. Combinations of not just classes, but unique variants like the Ice Pea, are where “the tactics and strategy start to emerge,” said Lindley.

Lindley hinted that PopCap is planning to expand Garden Warfare with additional class variants for both plants and zombies after the game’s release. For more details, check out our hands-on preview from November.

Article source: http://www.polygon.com/2014/1/15/5309292/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-character-design-interview-popcap-games

Have your say in creating a feel-good garden



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Do you have plans for your garden but don’t know where to begin? In my experience, the garden owner plays an important role in the design process because you live with your garden and understand it intimately.

Are there particular problems to deal with, such as poor drainage, too much shade or the lack of a seating area? And does the space meet your needs?

It might be that the garden suited you a few years ago, but the arrival of children – and their bikes and scooters – has changed it from a sun-bathing haven into a mud bath?

When we start the design process, the most important thing is to talk to our client and really understand what is required from their outdoor space. Only then can we can begin to make solid plans.

One of the key starting points is to established the aspect; in other words, what direction does the garden face, and when during the day, and where, does sunlight fall?

This will affect where seating, planting and play areas can be positioned.

Another thing to consider is how to move around the garden.

This is important in both practical and aesthetic senses. Paths can be laid out in a way that connects A to B, while also influencing how parts of the garden are viewed.

Other important things to look at include unity – does the style of the materials, plants and colours go with, and complement, the style, period and colour of your house?

Also, are there any views you would like to hide or expose? And is the garden balanced? Sometimes all the tall, or “heavy” features are gathered on one side, for example.

Meanwhile, gardens of new homes can often be flat, so it makes sense to create a height dynamic, with structures like pergolas, or maybe through an investment in a semi-mature tree.

A focal point can be important in drawing the eye and pulling the design together.

This could be anything from a sculpture to a stand-out plant, or water feature.

Finally, planting is essential to a beautiful garden and really determines the level of future maintenance. If you don’t know much about plants, then some research would be wise.

The trick is to choose the right plant for each place. For example, you want to avoid creating “blobs,” where naturally large shrubs are cut to size, losing their natural form and engulfing all the other plants.

Sometimes it’s best to go to a small garden centre and ask the staff for advice about the fully-grown size of a plant before determining where to position it. The saving grace about planting is that if you don’t get it right first time, you can move things around and experiment.

We have noticed that we are developing a distinct style as designers, based upon our premise that, where possible, we strive to make gardens that meet the needs of the people we are designing for and we try to work with the existing natural landscape. For instance, we find that a bank instead of a wall can often look really natural, support a change in level and cost a lot less than a retaining wall. We love to create flowing gardens that feel good to be in.

If you have any questions about garden design, or other gardening issues, contact Ali at Secret Garden, via email to info@secretgardenweb.co.uk, or visit www.secretgardenweb.co.uk for more information.

Article source: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/say-creating-feel-good-garden/story-20449333-detail/story.html

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center Announces its New Website to Introduce …

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Carpinteria, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2014

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center , one of the leading authentic European garden pottery vendors in the U.S.A, announces its new website design. The digital makeover is part of the garden design center’s marketing expansion throughout the United States.

The new site is more user-friendly and is now configured with html coding, which can be accessed more quickly and enables easier navigation on mobile devices. The products offered by Eye of the Day are broken down by clear categories, so interested individuals on the go can browse the full line of traditional to modern pottery, fountains, benches and statuary on a desktop, tablet or smartphone. Further, each product has a downloadable and printable spec sheet in pdf format, helpful for presentations, books and inspiration and design boards.

“With the new website design, we can update the site more easily on our end,” said Marketing Director Mitch Walker, “which is especially good news for Eye of the Day. That means we can maintain our product lines and new arrivals instantaneously, so our customers will immediately see what’s available.”

In addition to the new format, there is also a full listing of French outdoor patio furniture from Fermob, along with updated color photos. Another centralized feature of the site is Eye of the Day’s blog (http://news.eyeofthedaygdc.com/) discussing industry and company news, like Freitas’ recent contribution to http://www.NewHomeSource.com, in which he discussed materials that should be used for safe, durable fire pits.

“We’re working to make 2014 our most successful year to date,” said Freitas. “I’m passionate about my products, and I want to invite new customers to see why we’re one of the top showrooms and why we work with top designers.”

The Santa Barbara-based company also offers a variety of services to the general residential and business consumer, along with services to industry specialists, like landscape architects and designers. Interested parties can browse the site with more ease and can show their clientele more downloadable images. Eye of the Day will also work with clients and specialists to build custom pieces, create custom finishes, and convert items into fully functioning fountains with its conversion services.

For more information about Eye of the Day Garden Center and to browse the website, visit http://www.eyeofthedaygdc.com.

About Eye of the Day Garden Design Center

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center is a retail showroom featuring more than an acre of high quality garden products, including Italian terra cotta pottery and fountains, Greek terra cotta and French Anduze pottery, as well as products from America’s oldest pottery manufactures Gladding McBean, EOTD also carries premier concrete garden pottery and statuary manufacturers. Eye of the Day is a leading importer of fine European garden décor, and caters to private consumers, as well as landscape and design professionals around the world.

To find out what Eye of the Day Garden Design Center can do for your business, visit http://www.eyeofthedaygdc.com.

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