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First East TX Garden Lecture Series set for Feb. 22

Smell the roses

Smell the roses

Breeders of modern roses are developing varieties that are beautiful, carefree, disease-resistant, fragrant and many make great plants for incorporating into the landscape, according to Keith Hansen, Texas AM AgriLife Extension Service horticulture agent for Smith County.

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:26 am

First East TX Garden Lecture Series set for Feb. 22

Robert Burns
Texas AM AgriLife Extension Service

Glen Rose Reporter


TYLER – The first of seven seminars on the finer points of gardening in East Texas will be held Feb. 22 at Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, according to Keith Hansen, Texas AM AgriLife Extension Service horticulture agent for Smith County.

“We have an exciting lineup for this year, and we’re beginning with roses, America’s favorite flower,” Hansen said. “Mark Chamblee, owner, manager and professional grower, will discuss new, exciting rose breeds and give demonstrations on how to prune different kinds of roses.”

After the pruning demonstration, Chamblee will give a tour of the nursery and be available for any questions, Hansen said. Chamblee is a Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional through the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and currently serves as a Texas Nursery Landscape Association chairman.

The nursery is located north of Tyler at 10926 U.S. Highway 69. A map can be found at .

Registration is $15 per individual lecture or $45 for a season pass to all seven lectures, Hansen said. The next three lectures will be held in March, April and May. After a summer hiatus, the series will begin again with lectures in September, October and November. All lectures will have registration at the door beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the program starting at 9 a.m. Ending will vary depending upon how many questions are asked, but should usually end by noon. For more information, contact Hansen at 903-590-2980 or go to http:// .

After the lecture at Chamblee’s Nursery, the rest of the lectures will be held at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler.

The full lineup of the remaining 2014 East Texas Garden Lecture Series is:

  • March 22 – “Location, Location, Location: Right Plant/Right Place and Ask The Designer.” Tyler Rose Garden Center. Hansen will discuss selecting the right plants for landscaping projects for long-term success. Laurie Breedlove of Breedlove Landscape Nursery and James Willhite of Willhite Landscape will answer landscape design questions.
  • April 12 – “A Warm Welcome – Landscape Tips for Curb Appeal.” Dee Bishop, Smith County Master Gardener and longtime landscape professional, will share ideas on how to easily set out a colorful and inviting welcome mat to your home with plants. Demonstration planters will be offered as door prizes.

May 17 – “Saving Water With Drip – Drip Irrigation Basics and Applications.” Dr. Dotty Woodson, AgriLife Extension water specialist, Dallas, and Brad McCullough, state licensed irrigator with Ewing Irrigation, Tyler, will demonstrate how to design and install a drip irrigation system. They will also show how easily an existing spray irrigation section can be converted to a drip system.
  • Sept. 13 – “Enjoy Your Home Landscape – Make Your Yard Fit Your Life.” David Gary, Smith County Master Gardener, has learned to continue gardening despite being confined to a wheelchair by muscular dystrophy. Gary will show how to design a landscape to fit anyone’s physical limitations.
  • Oct. 25 – “Forgotten and Underutilized Plants For East Texas.” Greg Grant, research associate at the Piney Woods Native Plant Center, Nacogdoches, is co-author of “Heirloom Gardening in the South.” He’ll discuss choice plants for use in the home landscape.
  • Nov. 15 – “Japanese Maples and Adapted Trees For Every Landscape.” Dr. Dave Creech, regent’s professor at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, and director of the university’s Mast Arboretum, will be the featured speaker. The arboretum has one of the largest collections of Japanese maples in the region, and Creech will share details of his favorite selections. He’ll also discuss a wide selection of other trees adapted to the East Texas region, many of which are not frequently seen in our area.

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Eichler Remodel Gallery

The addition and expansion of the Eichler remodel photo gallery is something we are very proud of and look forward to building out even more in years to come.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 06, 2014

Eichler For Sale, an established website for enthusiasts of mid-century modern homes built by Joseph Eichler, is pleased to announce expanded content on it newly re-launched website dedicated to Eichler Homes.

The newly-upgraded is more than the typical Eichler real estate website. While listings of Eichler homes for sale dominate the home page and detailed information on all Eichler communities in the San Francisco Bay Area is included on the site, Eichler For Sale moves beyond real estate with its extensive Eichler Remodel Gallery.

Divided into three main sections – Indoor, Outdoor, and Miscellaneous – the Eichler For Sale Photo Gallery provides hundreds of high-resolution photos of remodeling and decorating ideas ranging from bathrooms and kitchens to flooring, window and wall coverings, landscaping, and paint schemes. The Eichler Kitchen Ideas Gallery includes dozens of photos with ideas for remodeling or updating original Eichler kitchens. The lighting section is a treasure trove of Mid-Century-style lighting options, from stylish ceiling and track lighting to wall mounted lights. The Eichler For Sale “idea book” also includes photos of fencing, landscaping, and atriums. In addition to its own photos, Eichler for Sale encourages Eichler homeowners to participate by submitting their own remodel photos.

“We’ve received tremendous feedback on our newly redesigned website from both Eichler homeowners and enthusiasts of mid-century modern residential architecture around the globe,” commented Renee Adelmann, an Eichler homeowner and the #1 real estate agent for Eichler homes sold in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007. “The addition and expansion of the Eichler remodel photo gallery is something we are very proud of and look forward to building out even more in years to come.”

To browse through Eichler For Sale’s photos, or to submit photos of your own remodel, visit the Eichler Remodel Gallery. More ideas can be found on the Eichler For Sale Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook sites.

As always, Eichler For Sale provides expert real estate information and representation for Eichler homebuyers and sellers throughout the Bay Area. Contact Renee Adelmann at 415-EICHLER (415-342-4537) or visit for more information about buying or selling an Eichler home.

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Look forward to spring at Home & Garden Expo

Does this week’s winter weather have you looking forward to spring?

The 48th Annual Omaha Home Garden Expo may help to cure your winter blues. The expo unites with the Omaha Lawn, Flower and Patio Show to showcase the latest products and services for the home – inside and out.

The event begins today and continues through Sunday at CenturyLink Center Omaha. The exhibits will be open from 5-9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 5.

Visitors to the show will find a wide variety of products and do-it-yourself ideas, interior decorating trends, contractor services, energy-saving products, patio furniture, lawn and garden equipment, room additions, windows and doors, siding, roofing, fireplaces, bathrooms, kitchens and more.

Landscaping ideas are also part of the show. There will be a showcase of locally grown plants and products made in the Omaha area, and a front yard landscape display that educates homeowners on building a beautiful and functional landscape.

If you have gardening questions, you can visit the “Ask the Master Gardener” answer desk. The show’s Garden Theater will have informative programs on a variety of gardening topics.

This year’s featured celebrity entertainment includes George Stella, also known as “The Good Carb Chef.” He will appear on stage at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Stella, who you may have seen on the Food Network or Dr. Oz, is a best-selling author and chef who will demonstrate fresh foods and secret recipes for low carb diets.

Stella lost 265 pounds in the late 1990s. His wife and two sons followed his weight loss by losing a combined 560 pounds by adopting a low-carb diet. He has shared his family diet secrets through a series of best-selling cookbooks, most recently, “Real Food, Real Easy.”

HGTV stars Amy Matthews and Jared Walker Dostie also will appear at the show.

Matthews is host of HGTV’s “Renovation Raiders” as well as DIY Network’s “Sweat Equity” and “This New House.” She will share design ideas and do-it-yourself tips to take rooms from drab to fab. Her presentations will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Walker Dostie is a carpenter on HGTV’s “Rate My Space” and “Mom Caves.” He will present new home design trends, and custom furniture and carpentry ideas at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. He will soon by featured on a new show to launch on the Food Network called “Save My Bakery.” He will help give bakeries a makeover from the inside out.

Guests to the show also can take in musical entertainment near the fountain café and food court.

Belles Whistles, an acoustic country duo, will play from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Kim Eames will play an acoustic mix from 5-8:30 p.m. today and noon to 4 p.m. Friday. The Steve Thornburg Group will play jazz and blues from 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Other show attractions will include an exotic animal show and a kid zone with inflatables, face painting, balloons and more. Show times for the exotic animal show are 7:30 p.m. today, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Love ‘Mad Men’? Save the Date for the 2014 Hollin Hills House & Garden Tour

Save the date: It only comes around every two years and this year we’re in luck. Hollin Hills, the award-winning mid-century modern neighborhood in Alexandria, will host its bi-annual House Garden Tour Saturday, April 26. 

The self-guided walking tour will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture and landscape. Ten Charles Goodman-designed properties and three gardens will be opened to hundreds of modern architecture enthusiasts. As 2014 represents the 65th anniversary of the historic neighborhood, the tour will offer a unique opportunity to visit the homes of some of Hollin Hills’ original owners.

The weekend will kick off on Friday evening with a lecture highlighting Hollin Hills’ architecture, landscape and design. The lecture will be held at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Friday at 7 p.m. and followed immediately by a cocktail reception.

Advance tickets are available for purchase on the Hollin Hills Web site for $25 ($30 on the day of the tour). To learn more about the tour and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Hollin Hills Web site at You can also follow Hollin Hills on Facebook or find them on Twitter.

The Hollin Hills Historic District is a residential neighborhood set within a 326-acre wooded landscape of Fairfax County. Hollin Hills was developed as one of the first post-World War II planned communities in the Washington, D.C. area and one few consisting entirely of modern architecture using natural topography and landscaping as an intrinsic part of the design. The neighborhood was named to the National Register of Historic Places Sept. 30, 2013.

The subdivision plan has irregularly shaped lots that embrace the natural topography, winding streets and cul-de-sacs, and communal parks and woodlands that provide shade, privacy, and outdoor space. The development was intentionally designed to be a part of the landscape, marrying the modern houses with the existing topographical patterns. A product of the Modern Movement, the buildings were created from standardized plans with prefabricated modular elements and window walls that unite the interior with the outdoors.

One of the most identifiable facets of the houses is the contiguous series of floor-to-ceiling, 3-foot-wide window modules, which are free of traditional ornamentation. The foundation of Hollin Hill’s success was the collaborative interpretation of the traditional large-scale merchant building practices by developer/builder Robert C. Davenport and architect Charles M. Goodman.

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Local eateries’ food tastes become an element in 2014 Great Big Home + …

Those who choose Monday or Tuesday to go to the 2014 Great Big Home + Garden Show will be able to sample food from area restaurants while exploring some of the gardens created by landscapers.
The Show, which opens Saturday at the I-X Center in Cleveland, organized the partnerships with restaurants to serve food and drink in the gardens between 4 and 8 p.m. those days creating a perfect dinner hour diversion.
So this years preview of the sights, scents and sounds of spring, adds the sense of taste to the mix for show goers.
The Weidner Groups Naples garden will transport visitors to that exotic Italian city as Clevelands La Dolce Vita from the Little Italy neighborhood, and Orlando Baking Co. serve up tastes of what they do best. Step through an entryway framed for privacy by evergreen trees to discover that this Olmsted Falls landscaper has created an outdoor living space with both a fireplace area and a cascading waterfalls one of many water features in the shows gardens.
Westlakes Ironwood Cafe will showcase its food in America-Backyard Barbecue, the garden designed for the show by Green Impressions of Sheffield Village.
Its sunken dining area, constructed from natural sandstone boulders, will include a fire pit and grilling area presided over by a built-in Green Egg Grill. The sounds of water from a custom water feature will enhance the experience.
A hand-carved stone water feature is the focal point of the garden designed by Sheffield Villages appropriately named Falling Waters, Water Features and Landscape Gardens. That garden also includes a custom bench fashioned from stone and wood. Visitors to this garden are sure to notice how the placement of stones creates interesting elevations with colors and textures from a variety of evergreens.
Landscape firms faced some unusual challenges in creating the gardens for this years Great Big Home + Garden Show. Creating the illusion of spring in bloom months in advance requires tricking plants to produce flowers at a time when their bulbs are still below the ground in their natural state.
Many of the shows landscapers had outsourced their spring bulbs for forcing to J J Greenhouse in Columbia Station. But all the bulbs were destroyed when the three-generation family-owned greenhouse business was ravaged by fire in early December.
That left landscapers with a relatively short time to find a different source. After days of sub-zero temperatures, they also struggled with frozen clumps of soil and mulch that had turned the usually pliable earth into ice.
The cold weather and its related school closings also impacted deadlines for the Lorain County Joint Vocational School students to complete their garden. Juniors and seniors in the landscape and greenhouse management program worked with masonry and carpentry trades students to construct an 18th century windmill primrose garden for their Holland entry in the show. The students normally work long days at the IX Center to prepare their garden, but when schools were closed they werent permitted to do that,
Lorain County JVS offers the two-year programs to students from Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Clearview, Columbia, Elyria, Firelands, Keystone, Midview, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake and Wellington school districts.
The show will also include presentations by celebrities such as Ahmed Hassan, a TV landscaping expert; Frank Fritz, co-star of History Channels American Pickers; and the Food Networks Cupcake Wars star Emily Ellyn with her retro recipe re-dos.
Northeast Ohio chef Stefanie Paganini and her professional colleagues will present two to three 45-minute cooking demonstrations per day, passing out food samples to those in the audience. Among some of the more interesting demonstrations will be one on the making of mozzarella cheese and another on how to grow and harvest spring flowers for salads, she said.
Sure to be among the most popular of show features is the 2,500-square-foot ranch-style idea home, built inside the IX Center by Mayfield Heights-based Perrino Builders and Interiors. Open spaces with 12-foot beamed ceilings make it ideal for entertaining, and one space is versatile for use as a den, living room or fourth bedroom.
A walk-through one-bedroom, one-bath vacation home takes the cabin concept to whole new level with an affordable timber frame and a loft for additional sleeping or living space. A dream basement, designed with sports fans in mind, will resonate with those recovering from Sundays Super Bowl. Its home theater with leather power reclining seats, game room and bar will be a magnet for those who live to entertain.
A Home Depot Kids Workshop will be a draw for young ones. Each will leave with something he or she has built and will also take home an orange workshop apron.
For many, the Home + Garden Show is a place to walk among exhibits to see the latest trends, learn about options, cultivate ideas for their own projects and get advice from hundreds of experts in dozens of home and garden areas. For others, its closing-night sale of products and plant materials is a great place to snap up bargains for their own home landscapes.
It begins at 6 p.m. when the show closes on Feb. 16. Those who come should be prepared to get dirty and to haul away their finds.

2014 Great Big Home + Garden Show
Saturday through Feb.16
IX Center, Cleveland
Tickets: $14 adult at box office; $11 at, Discount Drug Mart and AAA locations; $10 seniors Monday through Thursday; $5 Children 6 through 12; free 5 and younger.
A dozen international gardens representing exotic locations around the world have partnered with local restaurants to offer food tastings in the gardens between 4 and 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The latest show information will be posted on, the Home and Garden Events Facebook page and @GreatBigShow on Twitter.

See also: Lorain County JVS students honor Holland at Great Big Home + Garden Show.

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Garden calendar, Feb. 6: Now’s the time to plan your landscape

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Winter can make gardening more interesting

Gardeners attack the spring with energy and enthusiasm, adding lots of color, bulbs, perennials, flowering trees and shrubs.

We wilt in the summer heat, and by fall we barely have the spirit for a pot of mums. Winter, we think, is for catalogs by the fire. It’s also when you stop working in the garden and just think about it.

Not so for Christine Killian of Annapolis and Alice Ryan of Easton. Both gardeners have made it a point to create winter interest in their gardens, if for no other reason than they want something lovely to look at from the warmth of the house.

“When I worked with a designer 28 years ago,” said Killian, who lives in an 18th-century-style farmhouse and takes her cues from Williamsburg, Va., and Old Sturbridge Village, “I made it clear I wanted 12 months of interest. I wasn’t sure what that meant, but I knew I didn’t want to look at a barren landscape.”

When Alice Ryan purchased the 80-acre Knightly estate outside Easton nine years ago, of which almost 3 acres are formal gardens, she was intimidated by the work that the previous owner had done.

“Just make it your own,” a gardening friend told her.

Part of that process has been to create a “winter garden walk,” a path for her daily constitutional through and around the formal Edwardian gardens. It is a path lined with color, texture and blooms to warm the heart of the gardener on a cold day.

Ryan sees the color of the gold thread leaf cypress, the dynamic shape of the diadora and its upright cones, the spidery winter hazel, the swollen buds of the magnolia, a huge and rare round leaf ozmanthus and berries everywhere.

“The garden is hot as blazes in the summer,” said the longtime Easton philanthropist. “It is actually wonderful in the winter.”

Nancy and Pierre Moitrier of Designs for Greener Gardens in Annapolis began working with Killian about four years ago to refine her mature garden, one much smaller than the canvas Ryan has painted.

“I wanted to look out every window and see something,” said Killian, who would give directions from the bedrooms upstairs.

“You need to have collections and repetitions that are legible in the winter,” said Nancy Moitrier.

Even when snow covers everything, the evergreens that form the bones of both the front garden and the plantings around the water fountain give both a visible structure.

So does Pierre Moitrier’s hand-hewn fence. That’s because winter interest doesn’t simply include plantings and vegetation, but extends to structures like the obelisk on which Killian’s honeysuckle grows or an aqua metal bench that is tucked into Ryan’s garden near statues of herons. Arbors and brick walkways count, too.

Adding to the scene in Killian’s garden are pots planted with evergreens and violas that sit on a porch and huge stones in her rain garden. The browning tufts atop Killian’s Annabelle hydrangeas catch the snow and look like ladies in hats.

All of these elements can distract the gardener from the dormancy of the winter garden. “And birds,” said Killian. “I wanted trees and shrubs that would attract birds in the winter.”

There can be fragrance in the winter garden, too, with sweetbox, witch hazel and winter jasmine.

Summer’s abundant foliage can obscure the peeling bark of river birch and oakleaf hydrangea or the mottled bark of crepe myrtle, as well as the red stems of red twig dogwood. Clusters of red berries on winterberry and the texture of the aptly named leather leaf viburnum along with the twisted stems of Harry Lauder’s walking stick become dramatic features in the winter garden.

Killian has retired from Xerox after 35 years and she plans to spend a lot more time in the garden. And there is plenty to do in the winter.

Winter is a good time to do structural pruning because the forms of the trees and shrubs and ill-placed branches are easy to see. It is a time to check for heaving roots and press them back into the earth so they will not dry out. When the ground is not saturated and vulnerable to the compression of a gardener’s footprints, it is a good time to cut back the seed heads, pods and foliage from last season’s perennials.

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Eye of the Day Garden Design Center Announces Participation at Landscape …

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Eye of the Day and Vecchio Trees at the Landscape Industry Show in January 2014.

Carpinteria, CA (PRWEB) February 05, 2014

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center, the leading importer of authentic European terra cotta, and Vecchio Trees, provider of fine specimens, are partnering to create a stunning entry garden at the Landscape Architects’ Expo in Long Beach, California, on February 13th and 14th.

This partnership is part of an ongoing collaboration between the two companies, who together designed the entry garden at January’s Landscape Industry Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“This a huge opportunity for us to show our most important clients what we offer and how combining our two products together make for a powerful environment and design statement. The landscape design community will see first-hand the finest garden containers offered in the market today along with the most stunning display of olive trees available,” says Eye of the Day owner Brent Freitas.

The Landscape Architects’ Expo (LA Expo) is a regional trade show and educational conference at which landscape architects and designers can be educated, explore new products and technologies, and establish business relationships.

The expo will feature over 130 exhibitors, thousands of design elements, 7 major associations, nearly 30 seminars, a panel discussion by landscape firm MIG, the CLASS Fund Senior Student Showcase, as well as a charity reception that will benefit the Landscape Architecture Foundation and honor landscape architect leaders.

Admission to the exhibit hall is free with Pre-Registration, which can be accessed at via the LA expo homepage ( All Pre-Registered attendees will receive their EXPRESS Badge in the mail prior to the expo.

For more information about Eye of the Day Garden Center and to browse the website, visit

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.

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