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MARCH GARDENING TIPS

Prepare beds for planting warm-season flowers and vegetables.  Incorporate a two to three inch layer of organic material such as compost, per hundred square feet of bed area.  Peat moss, although commonly recommended as a soil amendment for other areas, is not good to use here in the desert southwest.  If exposed to the air, peat moss will serve as a wick, thus removing moisture from the soil—the exact opposite of the situation you are trying to create.  

Beware of closeout sales on bare-root trees and shrubs. The chance of survival is rather low on bare-root plants this late in the season. Best bets for now are container-grown or balled-and-burlapped plants.

Remove weeds from lawns or apply a pre-emergent weed killer.  However, be aware that many trees and shrubs are damaged or killed each year by the careless application of weed killers, including those found in fertilizer/herbicide combinations (“weed and feed” chemicals).  Always read and follow label directions very carefully. 

Freeze-damaged plants should be sheared back just as new growth begins to show (shear off only those parts that are damaged). 

Fertilize trees and shrubs with slow-release or organic fertilizers.

Sow seeds of warm season vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, indoors in trays.  Make sure that the seedlings receive plenty of sunlight.  You may place the seed trays on a sunny porch during the day, but always remember to bring them inside in the evening.  Keep the seedlings well watered but not soggy. 

Article source: http://ktep.org/post/march-gardening-tips

4 gardening tips for this spring – Wicked Local


By David Scott
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Posted Feb. 28, 2014 @ 4:54 pm


Article source: http://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140226039/12452/LIFESTYLE

Gardening program draws locals to Auburn for tips on green, healthy lifestyles

AUBURN | With only a handful of weeks left in winter, the Cayuga County Health Department is getting locals prepped for spring.

The department hosted a free gardening program at the Auburn Public Theater on Sunday. The event brought together a number of local organizations to promote healthy living and awareness of Auburn-area foods.

“It shows you can get great local food in Cayuga County,” said Sabrina Hesford of the Cayuga County Health Department. “And when you spend local, your money stays local.”

The program was a five-hour event with different activities and presentations planned throughout the day. Attendees were educated in the ways of smart gardening through presentations on pest management and effective means of growing food.

Beyond the scheduled presentations, the APT was transformed into an open house of sorts for the gathered organizations and businesses. Several of these — such as the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Seymour Library and the health department — provided attendees with various resources concerning healthy living.

Others were informative about some local initiatives such as the Auburn Housing Authority’s community gardening project and Community Supported Agriculture’s local food distribution system.

Representing the farmers market of Auburn was Dave Wilczek, of Wilczek Farms in Fleming. Wilczek, the vice president of the farmers market board, handed out contact information for local farmers and apples from Owen Orchards as part of the market’s method of promoting local awareness.

Much of the farms’ community outreach comes before April, which is when things start to get busy around the farms as the snow starts to thaw, he said.

“For us, it helps people realize what the farmers market is and where the food is coming from,” Wilczek said. “Something like this helps to get people out, I guess.”

The contacts will prove valuable in the future, said Auburn resident Sicily Rumpf. Rumpf, who found out about the event through signage, said the event helped catered to her interests in fruits, vegetables and gardening.

In connecting with the local farmers, the Auburn resident said she’d like to do the best she can to buy local when possible.

“I’m going to try to support them,” she said.

Article source: http://auburnpub.com/news/local/gardening-program-draws-locals-to-auburn-for-tips-on-green/article_9003b451-4c1b-5a83-9b5d-0427abedbf85.html

Time-saving garden tips: Mulch as you mow, compost in place

From the flow of the Portland Japanese Garden to the silence of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, there is a garden for every visitor’s taste. … Public gardens»

Article source: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2014/03/time_saving_garden_tips.html

Get expert tips for the yard and garden of your dreams

St. Louis Master Gardeners and local experts present seminars that will help you discover how you can create the yard and garden you’ve always dreamed of. The St. Louis Master Gardener Speakers Bureau is a public service program dedicated to providing quality horticultural information to the gardening public. Speakers are volunteers who have completed the Master Gardener training provided by University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the programs they present reflect both their expertise and interests.

Seminars the Master Gardeners will be presenting include: Best Gardening Practices, Drought Tolerant Plants, Extend Garden Interest and Spring Preparation.

Nikki Schmith, gardener, author, photographer and speaker, has had a 20-year obsession with daylilies. Her garden in Worden contains more than 500 daylilies, along with other perennials and unique container plantings. She will present Garden Trends – Hybrid Daylilies are the New Black. Her seminar will show how hybrid daylilies can enhance any landscape and add a diverse dimension to the modern perennial garden.

Thursday

12:30, Best Gardening Practices, Master Gardeners

4:30, Garden Trends – Hybrid Daylilies are the New Black, Nikki Schmith

6:30, Extend Garden Interest, Master Gardeners

Friday

12:30, Spring Preparation, Master Gardeners

4:30, Garden Trends – Hybrid Daylilies are the New Black, Nikki Schmith

6:30, Drought Tolerant Plants, Master Gardeners

Saturday

12:30, Best Gardening Practices, Master Gardeners

2:30, Spring Preparation, Master Gardeners

4:30, Garden Trends – Hybrid Daylilies are the New Black, Nikki Schmith

6:30, Extend Garden Interest, Master Gardeners

Sunday

12:30, Spring Preparation, Master Gardeners

2:30, Garden Trends – Hybrid Daylilies are the New Black, Nikki Schmith

3:30, Drought Tolerant Plants, Master Gardeners

Article source: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/get-expert-tips-for-the-yard-and-garden-of-your/article_ffc0b30a-dae9-5f11-b84c-b7114fe3d0e6.html

Cool practical pet products: Beds, perches, toys

Catering to cats and dogs could put you out of house and home. Or not. If you don’t have thousands to spend or unlimited space, consider these relatively low-cost pet treats:

Jeld-Wen has a vinyl sliding patio door ($900) with an integrated panel (additonal $450) for medium, large and extra large pets (see pet size and weight chart recommendations at www.JELD-WEN.com). A magnetic pull prevents the clear flap from being blown open by strong winds.

Max Marvin of Portland was inspired by his dog’s down moods in the gray days of winter to shine a light on pets suffering from seasonal affective disorder. He came up with Pawsitive Lighting Sol Box ($129.99, www.pawsitivelighting.com)‎, a free-standing, portable light that emits 10,000 lux of full spectrum white light, equivalent to a sunny day.

Dogs who chow down too quickly at the expense of their gut can go on a slow-speed food hunt with Slo-Bowl ($25, www.slo-bowls.com), a plastic feeder with a maze of ridges and valleys. A non-slip rubber base holds the in bowls – available in purple, orange, gray and other colors – in place, even during exuberant eating. The bowls hold up to 2 cups of dry dog food and are safe to clean in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Larry and Claudia Clark of Tualatin-based Critter Beds (503-625-5844, critterbeds.com) make plush dog beds and loungers from American-made washable, reversible fabric. The covers have Berber lining and Thermo-bonded batting. The beds come in a range of prints, sizes, shapes and start at $33.

Gone Doggin has 80 breeds depicted in tiles ($25, www.gonedoggin.com) and Susan Osher’s customers install them in kitchen back splashs, bathrooms or use them as trivets. “Dog people are a little crazy,” she says. “They come up with all kinds of ideas.”

Matt Warford (503-253-8035, www.bigdogart.com) creates frameable, original oil paintings on canvas (starting at $475) that bring out the character and personality of his subjects: from tiny pugs to frisky golden retrievers. He works from photos or personal meetings, treating the work as he would a human portrait, still life or landscape.

When cats and dogs shed, clothing, furniture and car interiors get shaggy. The new Rowenta Ultrasteam Steambrush ($40, at discount and department stores) has a fabric brush, lint pad and travel brush for removing threads, hair and pet fur.

Sure Fit‘s waterproof pet covers for sofas, loveseats, chairs, beds or car seats come in styles to match your decor or your dog’s pedigree, from Ballad Bouquet to Bright Suede. The wrinkle-resistant covers ($49.99) and mats are also being used in homes with sticky-fingered toddlers and in dorm rooms with drink-spilling coeds. Coordinating pieces include dining room chair covers, furniture throws and pillows.

Cats who love to play in plain old boxes can move up to stylishly modern Catty Stacks condos ($14.99, www.cattystacks.com), stackable modules with round holes for a 20-pound cat or smaller to crawl into and peek out of. The boxes are made of recycled, industrial-strength, corrugated Ultraboard and colorized with vegetable-based ink.

Lakeside Products has MagnaBox whelping boxes (starting at $320, www.lakesideproducts.com) made of kitchen cutting board-grade plastic that will not rust, stain or discolor. Nook and slot connectors make it easy to disassemble and clean these cribs, and rails are self supporting so there are no legs to trap puppies. A playpen can be attached to the front to double the running around area.

Organic and gluten-free dog treats can be homemade with the Bake A Bone The Original Electric Dog Treat Maker ($39.99, www.kohls.com). Nonstick stainless steel plates can make four bones at a time. A cookbook with 30 organic and gluten-free recipes is include.

Cats can take their rightful watchful position with this leopard-print window perch with bolster by KH Pet ($54.99, www.kohls.com). The soft orthopedic foam and micro fleece cover is removable for machine washing.

Sharpen your kitties’ natural predatory behaviors or just tease and please them with Pioneer Pet SmartCat Peek-A-Prize Toy Box ($29.99, www.kohls.com). Partially hide toys or treats in the wooden box and then watch cats fish them out.

— Janet Eastman

Article source: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2014/03/cool_practical_pet_products_be.html

Show gives homeowners ideas to improve property

MOREHEAD CITY — Ralph and Sandy Harris of Hubert were looking late Saturday morning for ideas to create a living space at their home during the 26th annual Coastal Home Garden Show in the Crystal Coast Civic Center.


The couple had just spoken to Gerardo Rodriguez of Pullman’s Landscape Associates Inc., based in Atlantic Beach.

Ms. Harris said they were at the show because they wanted to learn more about grass for their lawn as well as having a deck installed at their home and were talking to Mr. Rodriguez about getting an estimate.

The landscaping company was one of the 74 vendors set up inside the civic center and outside on the patio at the show that continues from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. 

Admission to the show is $3, and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Concessions will also be available with a variety of heart-healthy selections.

Ms. Harris explained that when they moved into their house four years ago, their yard was a blank slate.

“It’s been wonderful to get different ideas for our home,” she said about the show. 

“The displays are great. You get to see and touch things you usually only see on television,” she said.

As the couple moved to the next row of vendors, Mr. Rodriguez had a lull in visitors at his booth.

Mr. Rodriguez was standing by his booth where an outdoor fireplace and different types of pavers were on display.

This is his fourth year attending the home and garden show, he said, mentioning that last year he won the 2013 Best Booth in Show award.

“I hope to get it this year, too,” he said.

Mr. Rodriguez said he continues to participate in the event because people show an interest in his business.

One trend he noticed so far was many people were asking about outdoor living spaces.

“They’re looking for patios, pavers and retaining walls,” he expounded.

While many visitors were learning about ways to improve their homes from area vendors, one vendor was teaching about ways to improve the body: Acupuncture Point of Morehead City.

As Dr. Stephanie Kaplan was speaking to a potential client, her assistant Christine Britten paused to explain why they chose to be part of the show.

“Our goal is to treat the community without medicine or surgery. We want to educate the public so they can educate each other,” she said. 

Gina Clark, general manager of the Crystal Coast Civic Center, was at the entrance of the show answering questions.

“So far, we’re doing great,” she said. “We’ve had a steady flow and the weather is perfect for us.”

Ms. Clark added the vendors seem pleased with the show, as well.

She mentioned that this year, there were some new vendors offering tools and outdoor furniture and some, but not all, of the vendors are giving away prizes.

“Be sure to visit each booth because you don’t want to miss out,” she said. “We have some really good displays inside.”

Though generally slow on Sunday, Ms. Clark expects that day’s turnout to be fantastic, as well.

“We probably had around 3,500 between the two days last year and we are hoping for 5,000 this year,” she said.

One observation she made about the attendees Saturday is the influx of different types of families.

“I’ve seen a good mixture of age groups from young couples to retirees,” she explained.

For more information on the Crystal Coast Civic Center or the annual home and garden show, please visit www.crystalcoastcivicctr.com.  

Contact Jennifer Allen at 252-726-7081, ext. 228; email jenn@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @JennAllenCCNT.

Article source: http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_b1b2fe60-a18d-11e3-b934-0019bb2963f4.html

Home show features an array of home improvement ideas

People looking forward to spring to remodel their home or just get ideas for renovation projects flocked to the 42nd Annual Z92.5 Home Show at the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event Conference Center Saturday.

“It’s been very good,” said Russ Dodge, general/regional sales manager for Z92.5, of the turnout.

“We’ve been blessed it’s in front of the storm,” he said of a predicted snow storm expected to hit Kokomo early this morning.

About 50 vendors were on hand to help people remodel their kitchens and bathrooms, build additions, decks and patios, or meet with those interested in hot tubs, landscaping, furniture, pest control, insulation, water treatment and electrical issues.

There may not have been a lot of buyers in the place, but there were plenty of potential leads for businesses.

“I’ve had some decent conversations,” Kevin Lanning of Lanning Homes said of potential buyers.

“We started out just building [homes] and now we’re doing more remodeling.”

Over at the JML Electric booth, owner Jeff Larson tried to draw in some customers by giving out free gifts.

Prizes included electrical tape, light bulbs, flashlights for anyone who could roll a double with a pair of dice. In addition, every 30 seconds someone won a free smoke detector by simply signing up.

“I like to give out the smoke detectors because of the dangers of electrical fires,” said Larson

Dave Sedam brought out his 3-year-old grandson to check out the tractors on display.

“We just come to look around,” said Sedam. “We come every year.”

Paul Wyman said he has been coming out the home shows for 20 years – 13 with the Wyman Group – and feels it’s a perfect place to make new acquaintances and promote his business.

“We’re giving away at Cracker Barrel rocking chair and every half hour we’re giving away $200 worth of prizes,” he said. “It’s just a great opportunity to meet a lot of nice people and share our services.”

“We’ve had about 20 people that we had conversations with earlier but it’s starting to slow down,” said Dave Smith who was manning the Sheriff Goslin Roofing out of Marion booth.

Smith regularly attends home shows not only to meet potential customers, but he said it’s better than being on a roof working.

“I’ve had a lot of experience dealing with home shows. I like the atmosphere.”

Article source: http://www.kokomotribune.com/local/x1196467118/Home-show-features-an-array-of-home-improvement-ideas

Garden Guru: Sometimes it’s OK to play with your food

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gardeners tend to see the world around them in two different ways, either as a landscape or as a practical/utilitarian food-producing spot.

Some gardeners only enjoy landscape gardening, growing roses, shrubs and perennials that provide beauty. Other gardeners only grow vegetables and fruit, seeing produce as the ultimate goal of gardening.

Even those gardeners who do both still treat their landscape and food gardens discretely, as if they were separate tasks that should be done separately.

But what if we blurred the lines a bit? What if we started to see the beauty in the foods that we eat? What if we saw the food in the plants that we admire for beauty? The result is called edible landscaping.

I’ve been “lecturing” and writing about edible landscaping for a while now. I decided when I bought my house that has a tiny yard (25 by 120 feet) that I wouldn’t grow anything that I couldn’t eat.

That’s when I discovered edible landscaping — I mix the best of both worlds. You get beautiful plants that also produce delicious food. It can be fun to find new and interesting things to grow too.

So mom was wrong — you can play with your food.

Getting started

As spring rolls around and you get ready to plan new garden projects, take a moment to consider using edible plants as part of the landscape.

If you are considering a shrub, consider a fruiting shrub that will provide both beautiful flowers and colorful fruit. If you need a vine for a fence or trellis, think about vines that can serve that purpose while producing tasty treats.

And these substitutions don’t necessarily need to be perennials or trees and shrubs — pretty leafy annuals, such as spotted lettuces or colorful Swiss chard make wonderful additions to beds and borders. The trick is not to be timid — and not to be afraid of success and, shall we say, “nonsuccess.”

Keep in mind that some of the plants you already have in your landscape may be edible as well. While they aren’t as tasty as fresh fruit, the berries that form on dogwood trees are good for making jams and jellies (the species called cornelian cherry, or Cornus mas, is the best).

The flowers and shoots of daylilies are edible, as are the flowers of violas and pansies. You can add them as a colorful pop to salads or delicate decorations for desserts.

Don’t feel like all the fun is just for the landscape either. Many edible plants make great additions to ornamental container plantings.

Those leafy greens are great for foliage, and herbs can provide both foliage and flowers. Vegetables can also make an appearance.

On a recent trip to California, I spotted a large street planter featuring an artichoke plant as the centerpiece and red cabbages for foliage.

And if you are wondering, yes, we can grow artichokes here — either as annuals or as perennials if you protect them over winter. I’ve been seeing them crop up in those Bonnie’s Plants displays at box stores and local centers alike.

Pick the right plant

Like I said, the trick is to pick a plant that serves the purpose you want in the landscape. I’ll provide some details on my favorite edible landscaping plant picks, but there are so many more plants to choose from. A book list below may help you find some ideas.

The National Gardening Association has an edible landscaping page at garden.org/ediblelandscaping and provides a monthly e-newsletter.

I also find inspiration from an edible landscaping nursery called Edible Landscaping (should be easy to remember) in Afton, Va., near Monticello and Charlottesville, that has a catalog and online store at ediblelandscaping.com.

My favorite edible shrub has to be the blueberry. Not only does it produce delicious berries revered as a superfood, but it also sports attractive, whitish-pink flowers in the spring, red foliage in the fall, and sometimes colorful new-growth twigs in the winter.

Sand cherry is a species related to cherries that produces cherrylike fruits on a 3- to 5-foot round bush. It also has attractive white flowers early in the spring.

Another favorite is hardy fig (yes, they grow here too). Interesting leaves are a feature of this plant, along with its delicious fruit — one of my favorites.

Fruit trees such as apple, peach and cherry make attractive additions to the landscape. One native fruit that’s growing in popularity is the pawpaw. It has big, oval leaves and yield the creamy, bananalike fruits prized by some and reviled by others.

There are several options for vines as well. Of course, grapes are a favorite of mine, but I also grow hardy kiwi (yes, we can grow those too). These big, sometimes colorful plants (the variety Arctic Beauty has splotches of bright pink on the leaves) produce small, grapelike kiwis that don’t have fuzz on them. If you add them, you’ll need a male and a female though.

Not all vines have to be perennial. For an annual, try pole beans or scarlet runner beans that produce bright red flowers.

For perennial plants, look at trying rhubarb with its red stalks and big, showy leaves. Remember: Don’t eat the leaves; they are poisonous!

Asparagus grows out to be a nice, fluffy fern like plant when you are done harvesting it. I would also suggest those artichokes I talked about earlier, along with any number of herbs.

Just remember to have fun and use the beauty of these plants to enhance your landscape. It doesn’t have to be complicated to start growing tasty food in unexpected places. Maybe you can have your landscape and eat it too.

Books on edible landscaping

Here are some great books that I like and that will help with your edible landscaping project:

“Edible Landscaping” by Rosalind Creasy (Sierra Club Books, 2010)

“Landscaping with Fruit” by Lee Reich (Sierra Club Books, 2010)

“The Edible Front Yard” by Ivette Soler (Timber Press, 2011)

This week’s garden to-do list

From the WVU Extension Service garden calendar:

  • Prune brambles (blackberries/raspberries) and fruit trees
  • Seed leaf lettuce, spinach and kohlrabi indoors
  • Seed tomatoes indoors
  • Plant broadleaf evergreens (like rhododendron)
  • John Porter is the WVU Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources in Kanawha County. He may be reached at john.por…@mail.wvu.edu or at 304-720-9573. Twitter: @WVgardenguru.

    Article source: http://www.wvgazette.com/Life/201403010039

    Landscape award honors Villa Artemis gardens

    The extensive renovation of one of Palm Beach’s most renowned estates, historic Villa Artemis, demonstrates clearly the advantage of bringing landscape designers into projects early.

    The landscape, the house and a new guesthouse truly work as one, lending visual elegance and cohesiveness to the oceanfront estate, completed in 1917 for the Guest family but owned for more than four decades by the Rosenthals.

    In recognition of its significant role as part of a greater whole, the garden design by Nievera Williams Design on Thursday won the third annual Lesly S. Smith Landscape Award from the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. The honor was announced at the foundation’s headquarters on Peruvian Avenue during the annual dinner of its Preservationist Club.

    “Designing one of the most iconic vistas in Palm Beach was never going to be easy, but, the garden design at Villa Artemis by Nievera Williams is a triumph,” said Alexander C. Ives, executive director of the foundation, in a prepared statement. “An example to all, it is a great choice for the award.”

    Villa Artemis is home to Michael and Jane Rosenthal Horvitz as well as to Cynthia Rosenthal Boardman, Jane Horvitz’s sister. Prior to the renovation, the family had successfully worked with Mario Nievera on small projects at the beachfront estate.

    It came as no surprise that they enlisted his services again when they began planning major additions and renovations to the Regency-style estate at 656 N. County Road two-and-a-half years ago. The architectural firm of Ferguson Shamamian of New York City designed the renovations.

    “I worked with the architect and the owners to come up with a scheme based on the existing house and walls. This is the ultimate Regency house,” said Nievera, whose business partner, Keith Williams, was involved in developingthe landscape plan.

    From the start, the team agreed that the landscaping would showcase the classically-styled structures rather than compete with them. The result is a design respectful of the estate’s original grandeur, but with an emphasis on more updated plant choices.

    “While horticulture has changed over the years, I wanted the grounds to look like they did in my clients’ memories,” Nievera said.

    Hence, pittosporum, Australian pines and St. Augustine grass have been replaced with green island ficus, clusia, Confederate jasmine, dwarf podacarpus, hibiscus and zoysia grass. The existing sea grapes and sabal palms couldn’t be touched because of protective regulations.

    “We were aiming for elegant simplicity — something to set the structures off, nothing too dramatic,” said Michael Horvitz. “My wife does not like lots of different colors, so we used a restrained palate.”

    Other than white hibiscus and a few purple bougainvillea, the landscape design relies on lush green foliage to soften and complement the many stark-white stucco surfaces so typical of the Regency period.

    In fact, this particular house helped spark the popularity of the early 19th-century style of architecture that today is found throughout the island.

    Previously renovated

    Designed in 1916 for Frederick and Amy Phipps Guest by architect F. Burrall Hoffman, the house gained national fame thanks to the famous poolside picture of C.Z. Guest, taken in the mid-1950s by society photographer Slim Aarons and featured on the cover of his book Once Upon a Time. Hoffman is most famous for designing Villa Viscaya in Miami.

    Even before the recently completed renovation, Hoffman’s original design had been considerably altered. His two-story home surrounding an open-air atrium had been reduced to a single floor in a modernization overseen by architect Marion Sims Wyeth in the early 1960s, several years after the property was acquired by the late Leighton Rosenthal and his late wife Honey.

    “My father-in-law took the second story off the house and turned the atrium into the living room,” said Horvitz. “We added guest rooms to the basement, so we had to enlarge the windows to get light in there.

    With windows so close to the ground, Nievera has kept the beds of white hibiscus and green island ficus clipped low to prevent the plants from obstructing the light.

    Thanks to Nievera’s persuasiveness, coconut palms once again flank the meandering drive up to the main house.

    “Mrs. Horvitz was worried about straight soldiers lining the drive, but I showed her a Photoshop vision of how to use the coconut palms,” Nievera said. “There’s a certain glamour to this property I wanted to restore.”

    Curved palms now gracefully flank the drive, while mature banyan trees were left in place on the adjoining lower level.

    Now that the tennis court in the lower garden has been refurbished, family and guests can view games in progress from a new patio. The house and patio sit well above the court; beds of Cuban gold duranta line the stairs that lead to the upper level.

    “My wife and daughters all play tennis, but we haven’t had an opportunity to entertain on the terrace yet,” Horvitz said. “We have outdoor furniture coming from our Cleveland house.”

    New guesthouse

    On the eastern side of the estate, wide expanses of paspalum lawn set off the famed tempietto, a Greek-style temple structure that stands at the ocean-end of the narrow decking and pool.

    “The buildings should (appear to) just float on grass,” Nievera said.

    Black sculptures flank the pool stairs and stand in the center of the tempietto. They also are set off by the imposing columns.

    “Originally, there was a bronze sculpture in the temple, which I replaced with this marble,” Horvitz said. “I think it looks pretty good in there, but some of the other black sculptures are painted, so we’ll find replacements for those.”

    Amy Guest once donated a sculpture from her collection to the town — the statuesque figure that stands in the middle of the fountain in Bradley Park on the northeast side of the Flagler Memorial Bridge.

    Opposite the original pool house, Horvitz removed the old walls and hedges to make room for a guesthouse in the same Regency style.

    “My sister-in-law is living in the guesthouse, and that’s working out great,” he said.

    On the south side of the guesthouse, Nievera enclosed the space and planted rose beds to accommodate Cynthia Rosenthal Boardman’s dog and her favorite flowers.

    Because Native American burial mounds run along the south side of the property, archaeologists had to oversee much of this renovation.

    “We had an archaeologist supervise the guesthouse addition to locate any remains,” Horvitz said. “We did find some evidence that people had been buried there — a tooth, I think.”

    Legally, Nievera was restricted from altering any of the plants growing atop the mound.

    “I was only allowed to get the fountain working again,” he said.

    Horvitz said he is very pleased with the renovation — and with the landscape in particular.

    “Mario’s been a friend of ours for many years, and I think it’s turned out great,” Horvitz said.

    And such close collaboration has also paid off handsomely for Villa Artemis.

    Article source: http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/news/local/landscape-award-honors-villa-artemis-gardens/nd3kc/