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Tributes flow for trailblazer

Carrying the coffin to the waiting hearse

Marlborough businessman John Marris was remembered at his funeral as a man who made sure a Blenheim firm built his new winery, even after it had been sold to multinational Lion Nathan, and who hired young men straight from school to work on his farms and gave them direction in their lives.

He was also a grandfather who could successfully teach his grandsons to behave well when rewarded with Minties.

About 300 people attended his funeral, held at the Church of the Nativity in Blenheim, on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Marris, 73, died at his home on January 26 after a long struggle with cancer.

Oldest son Brent Marris said it was the fourth time he had prepared a funeral speech, his father had declined and rallied in health so often.

“That’s the man he was – going on his own terms with all the boxes ticked.”

One of the last boxes to be ticked was to go to Leefield, and see the new vineyard planted by Brent Marris for his Marisco winery. Mr Marris said his father wanted to see the newly planted vines two weekends ago, and he was determined.

After debate, they drove him to the site, and the family sat together under a tree, drinking wine, and toasted the young vines. He died 24 hours later.

John Marris had put New Zealand on the world map for wine, he said, being the agent who had bought all the farmland that Montana planted the first commercial grapes on in 1973.

“He went the extra mile . . . At Pyne Gould Guinness, they called him ‘Rust’, because rust never sleeps.”

But it was for his commitment to family and friends that he was most remembered on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Wilkes talked about family holidays the Marris and Wilkes families took together, both families with six children.

“His ideas were always big and grand. Even on holiday, he dug the biggest holes in the sand to bury us or for us to bury him. He was just the most fun to be with.”

His grandchildren spoke of a man who would search all night with a torch to find a lost boomerang because it was important to the child, a grandfather who taught them to shoot and drive tractors, but most of all, who enjoyed spending time with them.

He knew how to make sure they learnt the manners grandmother Alison Marris wanted them to show while on holiday in Fiji – rewarding them with Minties when they were good.

Granddaughter Emma Marris, who is following in her father and grandfather’s viticultural footsteps, said the April holidays were spent in Marlborough for the vintage: “Marlborough, wine, Nan, and Granddad are inseparable in our minds.”

Business partner Phil Robinson said Mr Marris made sure Lion Nathan continued to use Robinson Construction to build the Wither Hills winery complex despite having sold the property before it was built.

Mr Robinson said Mr Marris took personal responsibility for the landscaping at the Westwood development, and he’d be there, jumping in and out of holes in his customary blue overalls, with his old white Nissan Bluebird parked nearby.

Marlborough Research Centre chief executive Gerald Hope said Mr Marris, the centre’s chairman for 30 years, was a modest man who achieved great things for the district.

– The Marlborough Express

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What’s Happening for FEBRUARY (Updated FEB. 3)

Send events of community interest in South Mississippi to or fax to 896-2104. Please label “What’s Happening.”


AARP Smart Driver Class: 9 a.m., Orange Grove Library. Upon completion of the four-hour class, seniors may be eligible for a discount on automobile insurance. Details: 432-7816.

Blood drive: 1-6:30 p.m., Belk entrance, Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code EWMALL, Details:,

Fleur De Lis Society Club’s Women Auxiliary meeting: 6 p.m., 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Details: 436-6472.


At Ease Gang meeting: 7 a.m., Infinity Buffet, Treasure Bay Casino, 1980 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Guest speaker: Sandra Andrade, senior counselor with Department of Mississippi Rehabilitation Services. Details: 214-6018.

AARP Smart Driver workshop: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ocean Spring Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Completion of class may qualify each participant for discounted auto rates. For 50 years and older, Cost: $20 nonmembers, $15 members. Details: 861-3199.

AARP Smart Driver workshop: 9:30 a.m-1:30p.m., Pascagoula Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Completion of class may qualify each participant for discounted auto rates. For 50 years and older. Cost: $20 nonmember, $15 members. Details: 861-3199.

Beaded jewelry class: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Create unique jewelry pieces from an assortment of fine crystals, cultured pearls, natural stones and sterling silver. Cost: $25 members, $35 nonmembers. Supplies and tools provided. Details: 818-2878.

Orange Grove Kiwanis meeting: Noon, Golden Corral, 12255 U.S. 49, Gulfport. Speaker: Diane Bennett, site coordinator for Gulf Coast Christian Women’s Job Corps. Details: 860-3311.

Second annual Diamondhead Birthday celebration: 5:30-6 p.m., 5000 Diamondhead Circle. Mayor Thomas Schafer will present the 2014 State of the City at 6 p.m. council meeting.

Science Cafe — The History and Science of Bagpipes: 6-7:30 p.m., dining hall, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 703 E. Beach Drive, Ocean Springs. Presenter: William Muzzy. Details 872-4213.

Thai Cooking Class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave, Gulfport. Menu: Thai silver noodle salad, green curry chicken and dumplings in coconut milk. Cost: $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Details: 897-6039.

NAACP Gulfport Branch meeting: 7 p.m., Isaiah Fredericks Community Center, 3312 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Details: 868-1268.


Gulf Coast Symphony Guild’s meeting: 10 a.m., St. John Episcopal Church, 705 Rayburn Ave., Ocean Springs. Program of vocal, piano and violin selections by Emily and Jayne Edwards. Details: 872-2936.

Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art’s class for seniors: 10:30-11:30 a.m., 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $3. Instructor: Marge Michoud. Craft of the creations of cards, origami, envelopes, and paper. Details: 374-5547.

Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art’s glass mosaics: 1-3 p.m., Creel House Studio, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Ages 15 and older. Cost: $145. Four-week class using the Smalti technique. Learn the basics of working with mosaics, tile, design, layout, application. Details: 374-5547.

Jackson County Utility Authority meeting: 4 p.m., Witchen Administration Building, 1225 Jackson Ave., Pascagoula.

Mississippi Federation of Council for Exceptional Children conference: 5 p.m., 3K sunset walk, conference Feb. 5-7, walk begins at IP Casino Resort, 850 Bayview Ave. and ends at Mardi Gras Museum, 119 Rue Magnolia, Biloxi. Details: 332-0256.

Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society Bocce Night: 6 p.m., Armed Forces Retirement Home, 1800 Beach Drive, Gulfport. Learn, practice or play bocce on indoor regulation-size court. Cost: $5 for pizza and soda. Reservations required. Details: 539-4571.


Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art’s Valentine clay carving: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ceramics Studio, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $10. Details: 374-5547.

Business 101 series: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1636 Popp’s Ferry Road, Biloxi. Topic: Think Like an Entrepreneur. Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center. Details: 396-8661.

Third annual Words and Music Community Culture Series: 7 p.m. Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Storytelling presentation “Robert Johnson at the Crossroads.” Presenters: Wendy Garrison and Rebecca Jernigan. Details:452-4596.

“Fences”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6-8, 2 p.m. Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-15, 2 p.m. Feb. 16, 240 Eisenhower Drive, Biloxi. Cost: $16 adults, $13 students, seniors, and military. Details: 388-6258.

The Boys Next Door”: 8 p.m. Feb. 6-8, Biloxi Little Theatre, 200 Lee St. Cost: $15, $12 seniors, students, active duty military. Details: 432-8543.


AARP Smart Driver workshop: 12:30-5 p.m., Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview Ave. Completion of class may qualify each participant for discounted auto rates. For 50 years and older. Cost: $20 nonmember, $15 members. Details: 861-3199.

Finally First Friday: 5-7 p.m., Rue Magnolia and Howard Avenue, Biloxi.

First Friday: 6-9 p.m., 1804 Nicholson Ave., Waveland. Details:

Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art’s acrylic painting: 6-8:30 p.m., Creel House Studio, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Ages 18 and older, Cost: $35. Wear appropriate clothing. Instructor: Susan Vaughan. Details: 374-5547

Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art’s date night: 6-8:30 p.m., Ceramic Studio, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Ages 18 and older. Cost: $25. Throw pots on the pottery wheel, keep two and instructors will glaze and fire them. Pots will be ready in two weeks for pick up. Details: 374-5547.

Mississippi Quilting Association quarterly meeting; 6:30-9 p.m., Ramada Inn, 9415 U.S. 49, Gulfport. Cost; $5 nonmembers. Details; 586-0408.

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 dinner: 6:30-8 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive. Choice of steak or dinner. Details: 872-2501.

Belles and Buoys 36th annual Mardi Gras Festival: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-8, Woolmarket Community Center, 16320 Old Woolmarket Road, Biloxi. Callers: John and Deborah Carroll-Jones. Cuer: Pauline Angress. Early Rounds. Details: 596-5362.

Amour Danzar Friday night dance: 8-10 p.m., 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Casual dress. Cost: $10 per person. Details: 324-3730.

AARP Tax Services: 9 a.m.-noon, Pass Christian Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Service is free to low-moderate income taxpayers 60 years and older. Details: 452-4596.


Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church fifth annual Heart Walk: 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk, 4007 Suzanne Drive, D’Iberville. Details 392-6899.

Long Beach Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 8, 15 and 22, 125 Jeff Davis Ave., Long Beach. Sustainably grown, seasonal local produce, artisan breads, dairy, honey, eggs and more. Live acoustic music by the farmers market band.

Mississippi Quilting Association Saturday meeting; 9-10 a.m., Ramada Inn, 9415 U.S. 49, Gulfport. Cancer Pink Fund speaker: Joanne Nicely. Marge Murphy quilting with different techniques, lunch and show/tell. Cost; $5 nonmembers. Details; 586-0408.

AARP Smart Driver workshop: 9:30 a.m.-1:30p.m., St. Martin Public Library, 15004 Lemoyne Blvd. Completion of class may qualify each participant for discounted auto rates. For 50 years and older. Cost: $20 nonmember, $15 member. Details: 861-3199.

Keep Waveland Beautiful meeting: 10 a.m., Central Fire Station, third floor Training Center, U.S. 90, Waveland. Felder Rushing will share ideas about landscaping, gardening approaches and insight on the Coast with knowledge of cultivation on locally-adapted plants. Donation: $10.

Engineering is Elementary: 10 a.m.-noon, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Hands-on activities and home kit provided. Recommended for third through fifth grade. Cost: $10, Details: 897-6039.

Adventure Games Day: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Gautier Community Center. 2101 Library Lane, Gautier. Details: 249-6782.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity annual blood drive: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., next to Belk, Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. In honor of Dr. Charles Drew. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code OMEGAS. Details:

Introductory Creative and Experimental Drawing Workshop: 1-4 p.m., Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Local artist will be teaching young adults an introduction to drawing. No experience required. $5 per person for supply costs, Class size is limited. Details: 452-4596.

Jerry Jenkins concert: 2-3 p.m, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Drummer presents West African music. Made possible by a grant from Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Humanities Council. Details: 897-6039.

Carver High School Alumni Association annual black history program: 3 p.m., Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center, 1415 Skip St., Pascagoula. Celebration of local leaders, historical places, and other remembrances of community, Intended to recapture the historical legacy of Carver Village, familiar musics, stories and historical presentations. Details: 769-3078.

Second Saturday Artwalk: 4-8 p.m., Bay St. Louis. Sponsored by the Old Town Merchants Association. Art, music and food. Details: 463-2688.

Tops of the Hops Beer Festival: 5 p.m., Mississippi Coast Coliseum Convention Center, Biloxi. Unlimited sampling of the craft beers from around the world combined with food, music and games. Cost: $35 general admission.

Dickey’s Barbecue eating competition: 5:30 p.m., 3821 Promenade Parkway, D’Iberville. Sign up prior to the event. Details: 831-224-5615.

Mary C. O’Keefe Winter Wine Down: 7-10 p.m., Gulf Hills Hotel, 13701 Paso Road, Ocean Springs. This wine tasting competition will focus on Pinot Noir. Teams will bring their favorite Pinot Noir to be entered in the competition. Cost: $140 per team of 4.

Fleur De Lis Society Ladies Auxiliary Mardi Gras Ball: 7:30 p.m.-midnight, 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Entertainment: Undercover. Proper attire/no jeans. Cost: $10. Details: 436-6472.

The House Katz concert: 8 p.m., 100 Men Hall, 303 Union St., Bay St. Louis. Cost: $15. Details: 342-5770.


Ocean Springs Elk Lodge 2501 steak breakfast: 9-11 a.m., 2501 Beachview Drive. Country fried steak, eggs, grits, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy. Details: 872-2501.

“Three Generations of Paint” reception: 2-4 p.m., The Side Porch Gallery, 953-A Howard Ave., Biloxi. Featuring Abraham Frey, Herb Willey and George Rothering. The exhibit will be open until March 29. Details: 374-9504.

Jazz Society Jam Session: 2-5 p.m., Gulfport Elks Lodge 978, 12010 Klein Road, Gulfport. Adults only, casual dress dance, Cost: $6 nonmembers. Details: 392-4177.

Champagne and Chocolate: 2-5 p.m., 1501 Beach Blvd., Pascagoula. Presented by the Anola Club. Silent auction, door prizes, chocolates and champagne. Money will allow the club to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from local high schools. Details: 769-6718.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Gulf Coast Alumnae Chapter 101st Founders Day Celebration: 3 p.m., Victory International Christian Center, 8401 Ocean Springs Road, Speaker: Maxine Conway. Theme: Uncompromising Commitment to Communities. Details: 596-4265.

feb. 11

Blood drive: 2-7 p.m., cafeteria, Pass Christian High School, 720 W. North Street. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code PASSHIGH, Details:

Mississippi Business Women/Gulf Coast’s annual state meeting: 6 p.m., Gulf Coast Myofascial, 2429 W. Commerce St., Suite C, Ocean Springs. Details: 238-1529.

Chase the Valentine’s Crush cooking class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Menu: Tastings of various olive oils and vinegars, roasted fresh gulf Shrimp, and raspberry and dark chocolate Artisan marshmallows. Cost: $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Details: 897-6039.

feb. 12

Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art’s creative storytime: 11 a.m.-noon, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Instructor: Julia Reyes. Students will create Valentine’s Day cards. Details: 374-5547.

Blood drive: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., bloodmobile, 1303 S. Market St., Pascagoula. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code STATEFARMPASC Details:

Coast Singles of Mississippi meeting: 5:30 p.m., St. Martin Library, 15004 Blvd. Details: 875-3138.

Fleur De Lis Society men’s meeting: 7 p.m., 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Welcoming new members to join French descent. Details: 436-6472.

feb. 13

Parents and Caregivers of Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities meeting: 4:30-6 p.m., Mississippi Center for Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities, 4061 Suzanne Drive, D’Iberville. For parents, caregivers, interested family members and individuals. Details: 396-4434.

2014 Gulf Coast Orchid show: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 15, noon- 4 p.m. Feb. 16, Gautier Convention Center, 2012 Library Lane. Exhibits, art competition, children’s activities, orchid class and raffle. Details: 474-2500.

Gulf Coast Risk Managers Association luncheon meeting: 11:30 a.m., Infinity Buffet VIP room, Treasure Bay Casino, Biloxi.

Sons of American Revolution luncheon meeting: 11:30 a.m., China Star Restaurant, 353 Courthouse Road, Gulfport. Details: 863-4420.

Business 101 series: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1636 Popp’s Ferry Road, Biloxi. Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center. Topic: Starting a Business-First Steps. Details: 396-8661

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce annual banquet: 6 p.m., Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center Banquet Hall, 13701 Paso Road. Tickets: $35. The presentation will recognize outstanding Chamber members within the community. Awards, music and refreshments. RSVP required. Details: 875-4424.

Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art’s oil painting class: 6:30-9 p.m., Creel House Studio, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Ages 16 and older. Instructor: Frank Janca. Six-week class about the fundamentals and advanced techniques. Cost: $235, Details: 374-5547.

Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art’s wheel throwing: 6-8:30 p.m., Ceramic Studio, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Ages 15 and older. Six-week class learn the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel. Instructor: Stacey Johnson. Cost: $175. Details: 374-5547.

Amour Danzar St. Valentine’s Day potluck dinner and dance: 7 p.m., 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Dance will follow dinner. Bring a covered dish. Dress casual. Cost: $20 per person. Details: 324-3730.

Dinner with a Duo: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-15, Oak Crest Mansion Inn, 5267 Menge Ave., Pass Christian. Gulf Coast Symphony Guild’s fundraiser, featuring soprano Kate Sawyer and tenor Richard Sawyer. Spirits auction, raffle, dinner and concert. Tickets: $75. Details: 896-4276.

FEB. 14

AARP Tax Services: 9 a.m.-noon, Pass Christian Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Service is free to low-moderate income taxpayers 60 years and older. Details: 452-4596.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program presents “Do you know … how to talk to your doctor” series: 10 a.m., Hancock Medical Center’s Business and Education Complex, 149 Drinkwater Road, Bay Saint Louis. Details: 467-9073.

84th annual Valentine Silver Tea: 3-5 p.m., East Scenic Drive, Pass Christian. Hosted by St. Monica Guild of Trinity Episcopal Church. “Trinity’s Tried and True Cookbook for Body and Soul” will be sold while tea, wine and coffee will be served with homemade dishes featured in cookbook. Cocktail attire. Details: 452-4563 or 216-4714.

“Legally Blonde-The Musical”: 7 p.m. Feb. 14, 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 15, 3 p.m. Feb. 16, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $13 general admission, $10 seniors and military, $7 students. Details: 897-6039.

A Valentine Evening to Remember: 7 p.m., Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, 398 Blaize Ave. Songs performed by Lex Mauffray, Jim Duggan and Larry Clark, accompanied by Cathy Henley and Soctt MacDonald. Music, poems, readings, skits, including dinner. Gulf Coast Writers Association is conducting a love poem contest. To enter, email poem to Entries must be submitted by Feb. 10. Cost: $95 a couple. Details: 467-9024.

Dinner with a Duo: 6:30 p.m. social hour, 7:30 p.m. dinner and concert, Feb. 14-15, Oak Crest Mansion Inn, 5267 Menge Ave., Pass Christian. Featuring Kate Fleming Sawyer, soprano; and Richard Sawyer, tenor, accompanied by Michaelle Harrison, pianist. Cost: $75 per person. Details: 896-4276 or 832-4588.

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 dinner: 6-8:30 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive. Chicken Cordon Bleu dinner by Ladies Auxiliary. Detais: 872-2501.

feb. 15

Arbor Day disability run: 8 a.m.-noon, Disability Connection, 700 Pass Road, Gulfport. Details: 870-7775 or 597-7000.

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., bloodmobile, Nutrition Solutions, 2198 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code NUTRITIONSOLUTIONS. Details:,

Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art’s Adopt-a-Bowl fundraiser: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 386 Beach Blvd,, Biloxi. Art, food, pets, music pet adoptions, doggie kissing booth and games. Half price admission to museum during event. Details: 374-5547.

City of Pascagoula’s Krewe of Little Rascals children’s parade: Noon. Route starts at the Pascagoula library down to Delmas Avenue and will end in front of Anchor Square.

Ocean Springs Elks Mardi Gras Parade: 1 p.m., starting in front of the Ocean Springs Yacht Club and proceeding from Washington Avenue to Government Street and ending at the high school. Theme: Coastal Duck Dynasty.

Timber Ridge Women’s Club Mardi Gras parade: 2 p.m., Pass Christian. Best viewing areas are along Forrest Street and Fairway and Fernwood drives. Theme: Whatever Floats Your Boat.

Orange Grove Carnival Association parade: 2 p.m. Parade will start on Prudie Circle, turn left onto Three Rivers Road and continue to Dedeaux Road, turn right onto Dedeaux Road and end at U.S. 49. Theme: OGCA strikes a pose.

Soiree on the Bay: 7 p.m., Longfellow Civic Center, 122 1/2 Court St., Bay St. Louis. A live silent and live auction hosted by Holy Trinity Catholic School. Food, drinks and dancing. Details:

Fleur De Lis Society’s Saturday night dance: 8 p.m.-midnight, 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Music: by Nick Mattina and the Checkmates. Cost: $15 couples, $8 singles. Details: 436-6472.

FEB. 16

Blood drive: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Parish Hall, St. Clare Catholic Church. 2365 Beach Blvd., Waveland. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code STCLARE. Details:

Lizana Carnival Association parade: 1 p.m., Lizana Elementary School, 15341 Lizana School Road, continues to Cable Bridge Road, North to Moran Road and finishes back at the school. Best viewing areas are along Northrop Cuevas Road, Moran Road, Cable Bridge Road and Lizana School.

FEB. 17

Mississippi Business Women Connections’ meeting: 6 p.m., Ocean Springs Library.

FEB. 18

Blood drive: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., bloodmobile, Chris’ Beauty College, 1265 Pass Road, Gulfport. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code BEAUTY. Presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free haircut. Details:

Negrotto’s 10th annual African American Art and Heritage Celebration: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2645 Executive Place, Biloxi. Fusion exhibit includes artists, musicians, dancers, writers, poets and others. Details: 388-8822.

Mississippi Business Women’s connections meeting: 6 p.m., Ocean Springs Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Details: 238-1529.

Seafood cooking class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Instructor: Kenneth Jones. Menu: Barbecue shrimp, trout saltgrass and bananas foster. Cost: $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Details: 897-6039.

FEB. 19

Blood drive: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Medical Office Building Atrium, Memorial Hospital, 4500 13th Street, Gulfport. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code MEMORIALGPORT. Details:

Third annual Cocktail Classic: 6 p.m., Carter Green Steakhouse, Island View Casino Resort. Presented by Gulfport Chamber of Commerce and Island View Casino Resort. Money raised support Gulfport Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business grant program and scholarships for graduating seniors. Details: 604-0014.

FEB. 20

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., gym, St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School, 4321 Espy Ave., Long Beach. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code STVINCENT, Details:

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., bloodmobile, Triton Systems, 21405 B Ave., Long Beach. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code TRITON, Details:

Business 101 series: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1636 Popp’s Ferry Road, Biloxi. Topic: How to Develop a Business Plan. Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center. Details: 396-8661.

Blossom Family YMCA’s Second annual father-daughter dinner: 6 p.m., Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center, 13701 Paso Road, Ocean Springs. Ages 5 and older. Reservations include buffet dinner for two, photobooth pictures, corsage, limo ride and spa time. Cost: $55 a couple for members, $75 nonmembers, $25 additional child, Details: 875-5050.

Sixth annual Taste of Jackson County: 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Grand Magnolia Ballroom and Suites, Pascagoula. Seventeen restaurants will be featured with a variety of food and beverages. Entertainment: Sicily Swing Trio. Cost: $35. Details: 762-3391.

FEB. 21

AARP Tax Services: 9 a.m.-noon, Pass Christian Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Service is free to low-moderate income taxpayers 60 years and older. Details: 452-4596.

Private Applicator training: 1 p.m., Harrison County Office building, 2315 17th St., Gulfport. Training for private pesticide applicators who wish to obtain certification. Must be 18. Cost: $10. Details: 865-4227.

Blood drive: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., gym, D’Iberville High School, 15625 Lamey Bridge Road. To schedule appointment, use sponsor code DIBERVILLEHS. Details:

Family cooking class; 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulport. Pete the cat presents cooking with the letter ‘P’. Menu: Parmesan bread sticks, pepperoni pizza and pineapple upside down cake. Cost: $25 one parent and child, additional person $5. Details: 897-6039.

FEB. 22

Pete the cat visit: 11 a.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Enjoy singing, dancing and photos with Pete the cat. Cost: $2 members and $11 nonmembers. Details: 897-6039.

Bay St. Louis Krewe of Kids parade: 11 a.m. Route is along Dunbar Avenue.

Krewe of Legacy parade: Noon, Pass Christian. Best viewing areas are Vidalia and Cable Bridge roads. Theme: Unmask the Myth.

Second Liners Mardi Club parade: 1 p.m. Best places to view the parade are on Main Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Esters in Biloxi.

Moss Point Mardi Gras parade: 1 p.m. Route is along Main Street.

Mystic Krewe of Pine Island parade: 1:30 p.m. Route: South end of Johns Bayou Road and goes to Marina Road and returns. Theme: Characters of Pine Island.

Blood drive: 2-6 p.m., bloodmobile, Papa John’s Pizza, 15258 Crossroads Parkway, Gulfport. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code PAPAJOHNS,

Mardi Gras Mayhem in the Park: 2:30 p.m. bicycle parade registration, 3:30 p.m. parade begins, 2250 Jones Park Drive, Gulfport. Family movie with refreshments and jambalaya cookoff competition. Details: 868-5881.

Carnival Association of Long Beach parade: 6 p.m. Route is along Cleveland Avenue, East Railroad Street, Jeff Davis Avenue and East Fifth Street.

Gautier Men’s Club parade: 7 p.m. Best viewing areas are along U.S. 90 from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College campus west to Dolphin and around Singing River Mall. Theme: Mystic Dynasty of the Ducks.

FEB. 23

Krewe of Nereids parade: 1 p.m. Route will begin at Drinkwater and U.S. 90 in Bay St. Louis rolls west ending at Auderder Street and U.S. 90 in Waveland.

FEB. 24

Blood drive: 1-6:30 p.m., Belk entrance, Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code EWMALL, Details:

FEB. 25

Greek cooking class: 6-8:30 P.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Menu: Greek fried cheese, cucumber dip, beef and potato moussaka and coconut delight. Cost: $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Details: 897-6039.

FEB. 26

Blood drive: 8 a.m.,-2 p.m., gym, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 2226 Switzer Road, Gulfport. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code MGCCCJD, Details:

FEB. 27

Blood drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., library, St. Martin High School, 11300 Yellow Jacket Road. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code STMARTINHS. Details:

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., bloodmobile, Virginia College, 920 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. To schedule an appointment, use sponsor code VCBILOXI, Details:

Business 101 series: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1636 Popp’s Ferry Road, Biloxi. Topic: Cash Flow Projections for your Business Plan. Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center. Details: 396-8661.

Canvas and Mocktails; 6-8 p.m., Beau Rivage Casino and Resort, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Presented by K J Foundation and Linda Lang Ishee of Canvas and Cocktails. Money raised will go towards purchasing driving simulator to be used by Harrison County School to enhance driving education program. Tickets: $50. Details: 328-3833.

FEB. 28

AARP Tax Services: 9 a.m.-noon, Pass Christian Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Service is free to low-moderate income taxpayers 60 years and older. Details: 452-4596.

Ocean Springs Carnival Association parade: 7 p.m. Parade begins Front Beach to Porter Avenue to Washington to Government ending at Holcomb.

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center free Friday night: 8 p.m., 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Details: 897-6039.

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Job spotlight: Dean Justice, owner of D3 Designs – Columbus Ledger

Dean Justice acknowledges he kind of stumbled into the profession of graphic design after buying a computer on QVC with a simple version of Adobe Photoshop.

Then a friend from Atlanta who is a designer took him under his wing, so to speak, and taught him the intricacies of using colors and shapes and techniques to make a business card or brochure pop out and catch customers’ eyes.

That was more than three years ago and it led Justice, 30, a Columbus native, to opening his own company, D3 Designs, inside his family’s Justice Accounting and Consulting Firm office on Whitesville Road.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the 2012 median pay for a graphic designer was $44,150 per year or $21.22 per hour. The job is expected to grow slower than average over the next decade, with 17,400 positions being created on top of the 259,500 that already exist.

The Ledger-Enquirer talked with Justice recently to get his thoughts on the profession. This interview is edited a bit for clarity.

What do you do as a graphic designer?

My job as a graphic designer for D3 Designs is to ensure that clients are able to articulate through art what they want their own clients to see. The majority of time spent in designing for my clients is spent in research. To properly create a logo, business card design, brochure design or any other marketing media, one must understand the industry in which they are designing for.

Colors of logos and other images impact the effect?

Colors can mean the difference between you becoming a successful business, struggling to survive or failing all together. A hospital or other medically affiliated company would not want to use green in their design scheme, as green we relate with being sick. However, green is great for landscaping, accounting, banking and a host of other industries because it means wealth and prosperity in the life of the business.

Who are your typical customers?

My clients are typically those small-business owners who are perplexed and overwhelmed at the idea of marketing themselves, or know how to market themselves but can’t quite lock down that one idea that will make them take off.

I sit down, virtually side-by-side, with all my clients. I’ve sent as many as 20 drafts between myself and a client before because they wanted to see their ideas on the drawing board before making them become reality.

Are business cards and brochures more popular than the web design you do?

I probably do business cards more than anything. … D3 Designs helps companies brand themselves, not only through the logo and through the imagery, but also through giving people tips and hints and advice about customer service and how they should market their product, what they should look for with their colors and backgrounds, how they can catch the customer’s eye.

Are there any design no-no’s?

Using PowerPoint and Word. I notice there are a lot of people who use those and very generic looking texts and fonts like comic sans or times new roman or arial. I go to a free font source like and look for crazy fonts and see what I can come up with.

Depending upon what you’re trying to do, you may want to have an icon … the best example I can think of is Norton and McAfee. You know them by that icon. State Farm is the same thing. You can take the name State Farm out of it and just use their little icon they’ve had for the last 100-something years. There’s also McDonald’s, with the golden arches.

A graphic designer must spend so much time in front of a computer?

Absolutely. Most of our time, I would say probably 60 or 65 percent of a graphic designers time, is spent on Google and other research media trying to find out the company and the industry that they’re helping out with.

A good graphic designer will sit down with his client and try to come up with an idea of what they’re looking for. … I go for more of a relationship with my clients. I try to understand what they want. My job is to work side by side with them. Because I have the tools and resources and knowledge necessary, my job is to get inside their heads and find out what they want and create what they would have created if they had the knowledge themselves to do it.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

Getting inside my clients’ heads and trying to figure out exactly what it is that they want. … Probably the hardest part of this job is making clients understand that their preferences, a lot of times, are not what they want to put in their business. … There’s a lot of consultation that goes into that because some clients think they know what they want. You’ve got to kind of walk them away from that and make them understand their idea isn’t necessarily bad, but if it was my company, I would do it a little differently, and that’s why I would do it a particular way.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

When I’m able to create that one-and-done logo, I call it, where the client looks at it and says, ‘That’s it! That’s what I had in my head!’

But, the bottom line, a business card design can make you or break you?

A lot of people don’t realize how important the logo on the business card is. But an average client is going to take a look at your business card and take about three seconds to decide whether or not they’re going to do business with you. If they decide not to do business with you, you’ve only got one chance within about that next three-year period to get their attention again, and if you don’t, you lose them forever.

That’s probably the biggest thing, is getting my clients to understand that imagery — what you decide to do with that logo or business card — can either make your business take off, or it can affect it detrimentally to the point that you just about never recover.


Name: Dean Justice

Age: 30

Hometown: Columbus

Current residence: Columbus

Family: Single

Education: 2001 graduate of Columbus High School; attended Columbus Technical College; currently a junior pursuing an accounting degree from Columbus State University

Previous jobs: Started working with Olympia Sales Club at age 9; has also sold cellphones and service for Sprint, life insurance policies for American General Life, and once was a bank teller with Columbus Bank and Trust.

Of note: Enjoys performing with the Justice Family Bluegrass band, which includes his parents; Dean says D3 Designs is also an independent distributor of both Herbalife and It Works! Global.

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Best of BC: 41st annual BC Home and Garden Show

41st annual BC Home and Garden Show
February 19 to 23, 2014

BC Place

Gearing up for a home makeover? CTV invites you to visit the 2014 BC Home Garden Show coming to BC Place, January 19th – 23rd. This annual event will offer real advice, real inspiration and real experts to help prep for any home improvement project, be it a basic décor update or a major renovation. Visitors will hear expert suggestions from the best in the biz, get style stimulation from a slew of exciting new features and shop the show (read: 425 top-notch exhibitors), all under one roof.

CTV is giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. Simply fill out the entry form and check back here on Monday, February 10th to see if you’re a winner!

Best of B.C.: 41st annual BC Home and Garden Show contest


  • Wednesday, February 19th        4:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thursday, February 20th            12 noon – 9:00 pm
  • Friday, February 21st                  12 noon – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 22nd            10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 23rd               10:00 am – 6:00 pm

BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6B 4Y8

  • Adults: $15
  • Adults: ONLINE $12
  • Seniors (60+): $12
  • Seniors (60+): ONLINE $9
  • Seniors Thurs. Fri. before 5pm: $5 (Box Office Online)
  • Children 12 and under: FREE 

Buy ticket online and save $3 courtesy of Homestars at
HGTV Main Stage
Spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning with inspiration from Canada’s top design, renovation and real estate experts on the HGTV Main Stage. Armed with insight from past projects and years of on-the-job experience, duos are reigning supreme for 2014, including HGTV’s Bryan Sarah Baeumler, Mike Holmes Jr. Sherry Holmes, and Parker Barrow co-owners Janette Ewen Jef Hancock. Intimidating designspeak need not apply.
View the HGTV Main Stage schedule at
Urban Fare Cooking Stage
Vancouver’s leading chefs will lay it all out on the table, with signature recipes that will leave the crowd hungry for more. Think all things spring, from BBQ and beer pairings to comfort food and cocktails, complete with local flavours and eye-pleasing plating that transfer effortlessly to any home kitchen. Who’s up for seconds? Presented by Urban Fare, Western Living Magazine and FortisBC.
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The Vancouver Sun Gardening School
Growing pains, begone! Led by Vancouver Sun gardening editor Steve Whysall and his team of gardening gurus, daily seminars will guide budding horticulturists through the nitty-gritty of plant growing with free seminars covering topics from seeding to composting. Dig in! Presented by the Vancouver Sun. Landscaping by Lily Design.
Opening Night
The BC Home + Garden Show ushers in the latest showcase of home improvement must-haves with an evening of renovation-based revelry featuring snacks, sips and perks for all. Get the goods early at the hottest design party of the season while enjoying world-class entertainment from local band DNA6, the company of Vancouver’s creative insiders and plenty of surprises all night long.
Wednesday, February 19, 4-9PM
Chopping Blockpresented by Urban Fare
Ready those roasting pans! Competition will heat up the Urban Fare Cooking Stage when four home chefs go head-to-head in a culinary battle royale. Participants will prepare three courses using mystery ingredients chosen by public vote, with the loser of each round getting “chopped” from the competition. Last person standing will receive the ultimate bragging rights – not to mention an exclusive prize courtesy of Urban Fare. Chefs, start your stovetops! Presented by Urban Fare and 102.7 The Peak.
Saturday, February 22, 2-4PM
Dominion Lending Centres Day
Don’t break the bank! Financial issues are usually the least-sexy part of buying or renovating a home – until now. On Friday, February 21, investing and mortgage experts from Dominion Lending Centres, Canada’s national mortgage and leasing company, will act as knights in money-savvy armour on the HGTV Main Stage, doling out their top tips (and exclusive goodie bags for early birds) on how to keep your home financially fit for the future. Talk about a sweet deal.
Friday, February 21, 12 noon-5PM
Ask an Expert
Stumped on style? Interior decorating experts, professional landscapers and certified contractors will tackle design dilemmas of all kinds with free, 10-minute consultations for beleaguered renters and harried homeowners alike. Come equipped with swatches and sketches to receive the best advice in the biz – no decorating topic denied! Presented by Intact Insurance. Styled by Friendly Decorator.
West Coast Power Smart Home
Home remodeling is the stuff of nightmares for many a homeowner – until now. Enter this year’s Dream Home, where home improvement, green living and modern west coast design will meet in a marriage of style and sustainability. Landscaped by Rob Spytz Design, this dwelling will inspire visions of the region’s breathtaking wood and seascapes, all while enjoying eco-chic comforts styled by the Friendly Decorator herself, Christine Friend. Presented by BC Hydro.
Living Melodies
Sight and sound will meet in living colour to create eight glorious garden plots inspired by famous tunes. Explore more than 7,000 square feet of green oases complete with breathtaking blossoms, eye-catching water and stone features, stylish outdoor furniture and the industry’s top local experts to tend to all your landscaping laments. Eden, eat your heart out.
Better Gnomes Gardens
Inspired by the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show’s decision to lift a century-long ban on garden gnomes in 2013, Vancouver’s movers and shakers will show off their creative flair by turning a plain garden gnome into a whimsical treasure. Guests can bid on their favourites to benefit Sole Food Street Farms, an urban agricultural community dedicated to transforming empty lots into fruitful farming plots, empowering and employing the underprivileged along the way. All proceeds benefit Sole Food Street Farms.
The Twinings English Tea Garden
Traditional teatime gets a modern reimagining with a nod to our posh neighbours across the pond. Enjoy a piping hot brew and tip your hat to everyone’s favourite royal family while enjoying the sights and sounds of an expertly landscaped oasis. Jolly good, chaps! Presented by Twinings Canada and Cedar Rim Nursery.
Portobello West
Inspired by London’s world-famous street market, Portobello West is Vancouver’s best-known fashion and art market. A selection of top emerging talent will showcase their wares in a special pop-up edition, with enticing opportunities to increase the inventory of any closet, jewellery box or art collection. Shopping local has never looked so good.
Tired of all things boring and beige? This curated collection of artwork from Vancouver’s most talented up-and-coming artists is guaranteed to banish bare-wall blues without breaking the bank. With pieces ranging from simple to sculptural, there’s style and size to suit every taste and trend. Works of art, indeed.
BCLiving Magazine Lounge
Relax (sans guilt) in this luxurious lounge refreshment and BC Living Magazine in hand. Styled by Vancouver’s favourite local decorating duo A Good Chick To Know and conveniently located adjacent to the HGTV Main Stage, this chic space will invite you to press pause without passing up on any of the action. Grab a drink and snag some snacks while reading up on all the latest home décor trends!
Al Fresco Wine Lounge
Some home improvement projects, no matter how complex, are just no match for a wino’s sophisticated palate. Steal away to Gemstone’s chic backyard patio and indulge in a glass or two, complete with flavourful fare from a variety of vendors. Cheers to that. Presented by Gemstone Masonry Landscape Supply and Coast Spas.
DIY Done Right
Pinspirations realized! DIY divas will hear top repurposing recommendations straight from the source as the pros from Habitat For Humanity Greater Vancouver walk them through upcycling projects using pieces from the Vancouver ReStores. Visitors will earn a gold star for sustainability and major bragging rights by sharing their eco-friendly handiwork over social media. Move over, Martha Stewart. Presented by Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver and Greater Vancouver ReStores.
Help Desk
Hardwood floors desperate for a refinish? Master bath begging for fresh tiles? Look no further than the Help Desk, where a slew of experts will provide tips and trade secrets to nudge your home improvement project in the right direction. Stop by the concourse or east entrance to get started. Asking for help is the first step to success! Presented by
About the BC Home + Garden Show: The BC Home + Garden Show has been a staple in consumers’ calendars since 1971, attracting more than 56,000 qualified visitors every spring. Produced by Marketplace Events, the show features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest home and lifestyle trends. Marketplace Events produces 34 home shows in 21 markets that collectively attract 1.5 million attendees and another 1.7 million unique web visitors annually.

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Keeping the garden native

ECOLOGY is on many gardeners’ minds these days. Gardeners who value the science of relationships between living things and their environments increasingly want to know more about those connections – how toxic chemicals worsen a yard’s overall health and why bees, birds and butterflies are crucial to our daily lives, for example.

“We have a responsibility to support the land that we depend on for our own survival, and that responsibility includes thoughtful choices about how we landscape our own tiny spot of Earth,” says Carol Heiser, habitat education coordinator with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. She encourages public, private and corporate landowners to provide habitat for songbirds, mammals, amphibians and other native wildlife.

“Insects and plants co-evolved for millennia and have developed intricate inter-relationships. Unfortunately, over the past 300-plus years, we’ve replaced a substantial portion of the natural landscape with non-native plant species from other continents and the result has been an altering of the food web,” she says.

“This, in turn, has had the effect of depressing insect populations that depend on specific ecosystem patterns, along with an associated decline in bird populations which rely on insects to feed their young. Although land clearing and development are certainly contributing factors to the loss of habitat, the introduction of non-native species has had an insidious but far-reaching, deleterious outcome.”

Habitat gardening, which is more accurately called conservation landscaping, around homes is one way of “putting back”, or making an attempt to mimic the original native plant community, she continues. This means removing exotic invasive plant species and replacing them with native species.

To acquaint yourself with habitat gardening, Heisers suggests you first go online to look at photos of invasive exotic plants and learn to identify them. Then, take a clipboard and walk your yard, listing any invasive plants.

“When that list is done, make another column of all the other non-natives that aren’t invasive but exotic just the same. You’ll probably be surprised that most of your favourite ‘ornamentals’ are non-native,” she says.

“They’re called ‘ornamental’ because they’re just that: decorations without any biological purpose.”

Next, go back online to find out what native species are best for your growing needs, she advises. Select one non-native plant species in your yard, remove it and replace it with a native species.

“After you’ve installed the native species, pay close attention throughout the growing season to what insects you’ve never seen before that are now visiting these new plants,” she says.

“This should give you a huge sense of pride that you have done a good thing, because you’ve just added more insects for young birds to get their protein. Congratulations, you are now a ‘grandparent’.”

Finally, repeat the removing and planting process every year for the next several years — until your yard has been converted into a native plant landscape.

“Keep a journal of the insect species that visit your yard, which will represent an increase in biodiversity and evidence of your success,” she says.

“You can expect a renewed sense of personal connection to nature, knowing that you’ve taken part in … even if only a very small way … a change in our landscape ‘culture’.”

More information on conservation landscaping is available at:,,, — Daily Press/McClatchy Tribune Information Services

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Some landscapers fear losing work in drought

As a landscaper, Kate Anchordoguy acknowledges the drought is giving her “a real moral dilemma.”

On the one hand, the owner of Kate Anchordoguy Landscaping in Santa Rosa wants to provide work for her three employees and herself. On the other hand, she believes that 2014 may become the year for customers to leave one key element out of their landscaping projects: The plants.

“I think it’s better than wasting water this year on establishing new plantings,” she said.

Like agriculture, the landscaping industry has suffered in past droughts when residents and businesses cut back on installing new plants and on maintaining lawns and gardens.

Landscape contractors in Sonoma County differ markedly on the outlook for 2014, a year where state and local officials already are calling for a 20 percent cut in water consumption.

“If we don’t get rain, it’s really going to affect our business,” said Jeff Pottorff, owner of North Bay Landscape Management in Petaluma.

Pottorff already has met with city officials in the East Bay and heard them say that without more rain they will dramatically cut back on the water they apply to the public landscapes that his 70-worker company maintains.

However, other landscapers believe their businesses will adapt and stay busy even through another dry year. They can do so by installing drought-tolerant plants and by working to help keep existing landscapes alive.

“I don’t think I’ll lose any business,” said Linda Gottuso-Guay, who with her husband James owns Manzanita Landscape Construction in Santa Rosa. “I think people will call me to help.”

Part of that help, landscapers said, may be to consider which plants to water and which to let die.

On the North Coast, the last 13 months have been the driest in 83 years of record keeping.

The next two months are considered the best hope for significant rainfall before summer. Santa Rosa on average receives nearly 90 percent of its rain between October and March.

In response, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a statewide drought emergency.

Meanwhile, Sonoma County and its cities are preparing to cut water use by 20 percent this year. For communities receiving water from the Russian River, the voluntary savings would amount to roughly 3 billion gallons.

The state Department of Water Resources has estimated the landscape and gardening industry lost $460 million in gross revenues and 5,600 full-time jobs in the drought year of 1991, or roughly a 7 percent cut in the $7 billion industry.

Harold Berkemeier, owner of Harold’s Landscape Maintenance in Cotati, said he took a bigger hit in the 1976-77 drought, until now considered the most consequential dry spell for North Bay homes and businesses. Berkemeier estimated his business dropped about 25 percent as property owners came under strict water rationing and stopped watering their lawns.

“They let their landscape maintenance people go,” he recalled.

Berkemeier, a former Cotati mayor and council member, said without winter rains both landscapers and residents could find themselves in a tough spot again this year. But the region needs to conserve all the water it can, and cities “should be the first to show that they’re going to cut way back” on parks and other landscapes.

Sandra Giarde, executive director of the California Landscape Contractors Association, said many of her 2,000 members already are getting calls from customers seeking advice on how to keep their plants alive.

“The public is concerned about this,” Giarde said. “They have questions. They recognize the need for expert assistance.”

Already some are changing plans. Jerry Rovetti, owner of Rovetti’s Landscaping in Santa Rosa, said the drought recently prompted owners to have him install drought-tolerant plants rather than lawn in a home going on the market in Petaluma.

For 2014, Rovetti said, “We may be pulling out a lot of lawn.” Even so, he doesn’t expect a significant drop in business because property owners still will install new plantings.

Since 1977, the state has recorded droughts in 1987-1992, 2000-2002 and 2007-2009. The dry spells already have pushed changes in landscaping, as in virtually all areas of residential and commercial water use.

For example, the city of Santa Rosa reports that since 2007, it has paid homeowners and business to remove 2 million square feet of turf. The city pays up to $250 to take out home lawns and up to $2,500 for turf removal at commercial properties, plus other funds for upgrading irrigation equipment.

Darryl Orr, an owner of Pacific Landscapes in Sebastopol, said a decade ago roughly 60 percent of his company’s work involved lawns. Today that figure is closer to 35 percent.

Orr, whose business employs 65 workers, remains optimistic that landscapers can weather the water shortage, especially if the region gets some rain in the next few months.

“We can deal with a 25 percent water cutback,” he said.

Landscapers said property owners will hire them to figure out ways to use less water and still keep plants alive.

Frank Patane, general manager of Golden Gate Landscape Management in Santa Rosa, said he takes care of 30 acres of local athletic fields and already is suggesting that his workers save water this year by leaving the grass a little higher when they cut it.

For installers, a key factor will be whether property owners decide to hold off new planting this year.

In that regard, Santa Rosa officials are discussing whether the city’s lawn removal program should encourage participants to remove turf now but to delay installing new plants and shrubs until after the rains return.

In such a scenario, home and business owners still could tear out the lawn and install drip irrigation and other improvements, “but possibly hold off on the planting,” said Kimberly Zunino, a water resources sustainability manager for the city.

Peter Estournes, director of operations at Gardenworks in Healdsburg, said without rain, other cities also may consider discouraging or prohibiting new plantings.

Estournes, a former president of the state landscapers association, said he still hopes for a “fabulous February” for rainfall. But he expects that a key job of landscapers this year will be to prompt their clients to ask: “What is my landscape worth to me? What can I do without? What’s important to me?”

Pierre Marizco, president of Marizco Landscape Management in Santa Rosa, said he foresees a dilemma: Property owners will have less water this year while plants likely will get thirsty earlier because of the lack of precipitation. That could mean stretching the reduced amount of irrigation water over a much longer period.

“I believe some difficult choices are going to be made,” Marizco said. “Maintaining all your plants in a healthy vigorous state may not be possible this year.”

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