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Gardening Tips: Fall is a great time for planting

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 1:25 pm

Gardening Tips: Fall is a great time for planting


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With spring officially here, many of us will soon turn our attention to our landscapes. Often, we spend a lot of time and money adding trees, shrubs and bedding plants to our landscapes at this time. Planting during springtime is tricky. Most plants put most of their energy into top growth and flowering during the spring and summer. This means the plants are often using more energy than their root system can support. It’s important then to ensure planting is done properly and with as little stress on the plant as possible.

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Article source: http://www.rrdailyherald.com/opinion/columns/gardening-tips-fall-is-a-great-time-for-planting/article_f5902b4c-b69d-11e3-982e-0019bb2963f4.html

Fairford students design garden for Malvern Spring Festival competition

Farmor’s School horticulture students design garden for Malvern Spring Festival competition

By Megan Archer, Reporter

Fairford students design garden for Malvern Spring Festival competition

A GROUP of Fairford students have designed a garden to enter into the Malvern Spring Festival school’s competition this May.

Horticultural students in year 10 and 11 at Farmor’s School have designed a garden representing the history of DNA, from the discovery of the structure in 1953 to the present day.

The focal point of the garden is a DNA double helix metal sculpture which stands at eight foot tall.

The competition inspires the next generation of garden designers as students from primary and secondary schools compete from all over the region. The theme for all the school show gardens this year is ‘a great moment in history’.

Farmor’s will compete against 19 other schools at the festival which takes place from May 8-11 at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Other themes include Andy Murray’s 2013 Wimbledon win, the Battle of Tewkesbury and the invention of the wheel.

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Article source: http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/cotswolds/11103983.Fairford_students_design_garden_for_Malvern_Spring_Festival_competition/?ref=var_0

Opposition sprouts on plan for Guilford County prison farm

ELON — Deer tracks mark the sand on the banks of Travis Creek. The stream winds and turns at the bottom of the hillside, weaving around huge boulders and large flat sections of bedrock.


Lt. O.W. Ledford has seen an albino deer around these woods three times this winter. A swan recently made its home on one of the farm ponds.

This is a part of the 800-acre Guilford County Prison Farm that most people never see but helped merit its inclusion in Guilford County’s open space inventory going back to 1976.

Like much of northeast Guilford County, it is rural and peaceful. Now, it’s in the crosshairs of a potential megasite known as Project Haystack.

For some city and county leaders, Project Haystack represents the best hope for jobs and economic development in the area.

For Anne Hice and George Teague, leaders of a group advocating to save the prison farm, it represents the destruction of farmland and open space for a project that will cost Guilford County taxpayers millions and is based on speculation.

The plan for Project Haystack presented to the county commissioners in November 2013 is a 3-square-mile campus in eastern Guilford and western Alamance counties made up of data centers and advanced manufacturing that could create 5,300 jobs and attract $6.5 billion in private investment over the next 20 years, according to an economic development report funded by the city.

“I’m sure they said the same thing to RTP (Research Triangle Park) 50 years ago,” Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan says. “It is speculative, but you have to take a risk sometimes to grow, and we are looking at the viability of a region.”

Teague is chairman and Hice is vice chairman of PLACE — Public Lands for Agricultural and Community Enrichment. Members started coming together in 2012 when plans were first floated to rezone the prison farm to create an industrial park.

The group has grown as new plans have been introduced for Project Haystack, a plan to turn the farm — and much of the surrounding land — into a megasite in hopes of attracting a major data center.

PLACE recently incorporated as a nonprofit and is exploring other options for economic development on that site that could preserve its rural character and natural features.

This is not just a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) group. In fact, several of the board members, including Hice, a Pleasant Garden farmer, and Jerry Leimenstoll, a Greensboro architect, live in other parts of the county. And therein lies one of their key messages:

Everyone in Guilford County has a stake in what happens at the prison farm, a point echoed by Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes.

“If you pay county taxes, you own cattle. You own a farm,” Barnes says. “Half a million people in Guilford County own that farm, and I don’t think they’re going to like giving it away.”

Anne Cassebaum found out her Alamance County home was in the target area for the data center through the news media. She searches for words to describe how she felt looking at that map.

“You feel like you’re totally erased. Bulldozed,” say Cassebaum, a board member with PLACE. “All my neighbors felt that way.”

Says Leimenstoll: “It’s all about economic development. We’re on this mindless track about how we do things in the county. We want growth, and whoever has the loudest voice or the most clout gets heard. There’s no larger view.”

But the price would be steep.

The plan calls for the county to donate at least 600 acres of the prison farm, and spend another $15 million to buy additional land to create a 2,000-acre site. According to economic development attorney Donald Donadio, who presented the plan to the commissioners, this land would be given to private companies for development, along with incentives.

The county also would need the cooperation of the state, Alamance County and the municipalities of Greensboro, Burlington and perhaps Gibsonville to provide water, sewer and road improvements. The report estimates the tab for that would be $81.1 million.

Mike Solomon, who prepared a site report on Project Haystack for Timmons Group, says the site is uniquely valuable.

“There is nothing like it in the state of North Carolina,” Solomon says. “I get calls every other day from companies from all over the country interested in it.”

Solomon presented his report at a PLACE meeting to a highly skeptical audience.

“They have these vast projections of wealth and employment,” Cassebaum says. “But it’s a fantasy. And fighting a fantasy is very hard.”

Says Solomon, “It’s a shame that some don’t have the vision to see that we have something really unique here.”

The county approved $30,000 in November to explore land acquisition and draft an agreement with surrounding governments as an exploratory step. Many of the adjacent property owners don’t want to sell but worry the county will take their land by eminent domain.

Only one 77-acre tract is under contract, County Commissioner Alan Branson says. That seller is someone who had been trying to sell the land, Hice says.

“If the county would invest in the farmers that are there, that would create jobs,” says Teague, chairman of PLACE. “You get more return per acre with farmland because you don’t need infrastructure.”

Something we do need is locally grown food, Hice says. One of the ideas being explored by the group is further developing the farm itself.

“On a global basis, local food is extremely important,” Leimenstoll says. “We have this piece of property that has this capability, and it’s owned by us as a county. We should embrace that and make something happen here that doesn’t exist anywhere else.”

The Guilford County Prison Farm is the only operating prison farm in the state, and Barnes says he receives lots of inquiries from other sheriffs about how they can start their own.

“I don’t think people understand what the farm does and what it’s worth,” Barnes says. “My goal was to make it revenue-generating to offset costs and give value back to the community.”

The farm uses its facilities, including greenhouses, fields, livestock, vineyards, beehives, a machine shop and landscaping equipment to provide job training to inmates and produce products and services for the community.

Jailhouse brand jelly, cider and pancake syrup are made and sold from the grape harvest.

Ornamentals, bedding plants and vegetable plants are grown in the greenhouses and sold to the public. The prison farm crew maintains Blandwood Mansion and Mendenhall Plantation grounds, in addition to most of the county properties.

Barnes says he absolutely needs to keep the firing range located at the prison farm, which serves 25 law enforcement agencies in addition to the sheriff’s department. And he’d like to keep the greenhouses and landscaping operation.

But he was receptive to giving up most of the prison farm property when it was proposed to him two years ago because it would bring a high number of jobs.

“I’m really for jobs,” Barnes says. “We need jobs in Guilford County, and the quality of jobs something like this could bring would be positive for the county.

“But nowhere, at no time, did anybody ever say to me they would give away that property. Because I would have said, ‘You’re nuts.’”

Commissioner Linda Shaw maintains that the county wouldn’t be giving away all the land.

“That’s a misconception,” Shaw says. “We might need to, for one big company that comes in, but in the end, we profit. Other companies will come in and buy the rest of the land, and we’ll make money from that.”

But Branson said that message was very clear during the presenation. He even restated it to make sure he understood the situation correctly.

“The idea of giving away property we have, purchasing more property to give away, and then offering incentives — I have quite a bit of heartburn with that,” Branson says.

“We need jobs without a doubt, but to what extent can we burden taxpayers already struggling to get by, to do it?”

Branson also says he has a problem with county government’s competing with private developers in building an industrial park.

“I don’t think that’s a road the Board of Commissioners should travel down,” he says.

Branson says he has not heard much positive feedback about Project Haystack from his constituents.

He’s also sensitive to the fact that the prison farm property contains a historic 1935 dormitory built by inmates with field stones, a graveyard, and an open space designation.

“I think the body as a whole, needs to look at Northeast Area Plan,” Branson says. That plan designates the prison farm as institutional and open space, and most of the northeast area from the Alamance County border to Northeast middle and high schools as a rural district.

“A lot of this is farmland, including one of the only organic dairy farms in the area,” Branson says. “A lot of people would like to leave it rural farmland.”

Teague, the owner of Reedy Fork Organic Farm, says that reflects the feelings of many in the immediate area, and others who are acquainted with it. But many people in other parts of the county don’t even know the prison farm exists.

“But they need to get involved in this now, because we’ll all be paying the bills if this goes through,” Teague says.

The group’s biggest victory so far was lobbying the planning board to reject a request from the commissioners to rezone the prison farm in October 2012 so the county could offer it to companies for an industrial park.

Hice and others turned out to protest the rezoning, which was rejected in part because the county had not done impact studies or sought input from local residents. Skip Alston, who then led the county commissioners, vowed to appeal the rezoning, but the board has not done so. Republicans now hold a majority of seats on the board.

“I think the commissioners — like Hank Henning, Alan Branson, Jeff Phillips, Ray Trapp — they’re listening,” Barnes says. “They’re the newest, and they realize who they work for. A lot of folks when they’re elected tend to forget who they work for.”

Shaw, who led the early work on the project, still believes it is the best use of the land.

“We could sell that land and bring in a development of 1,600 homes. There was a wood-chipping company that was interested in the site,” Shaw says. “But that wouldn’t be good for the residents there. I’m trying to keep it as rural as I can, but it’s very foolish to sit on 800 acres of land that is not being utilized.”

She says the commissioners have been talking with residents of the area about the plan, but some just refuse to listen.

“Nothing has happened yet,” Shaw says. “What is the harm in exploring this and seeing where it can lead? We are trying to buy up the land and see if it’s available. Nothing may come of this, I don’t know. I said I would do what I could to bring jobs into this county, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Vaughan is solidly behind pursuing the project as well.

“I think it has tremendous possibility,” Vaughan says. “There are not that many sites that big where this could happen.”

Article source: http://www.news-record.com/news/article_f4dfaf6e-b6d0-11e3-8927-001a4bcf6878.html

Area briefs — March 28

AKRON

Make dolls for kids

AKRON: As part of Akron schools’ Project RISE program, which supports homeless students, educators are seeking help on Monday at Trinity United Church, where volunteers will be asked to sew dolls for the Love and Learn Doll Project.

More than 3,300 dolls — along with parent-child activity books, baby doll quilts, tote bags and storybooks — have been donated to homeless children through the program since 1999.

Project RISE provides patterns, stuffing, fabric and supplies. It’s not required, but participants are asked to bring sewing machines, if possible.

The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP to Megan Heavrin at 330-703-5819 or mmh36@zips.uakron.edu, or Debra Manteghi at 330-761-2969 or dmantegh@akron.k12.oh.us.

Dying wish of pierogi

A former Akron man’s dying wish was to have pierogi for his last meal — so a suburban Cleveland bakery famous for the ethnic delicacy made it happen.

Jess Hays, who lived in New Mexico, wanted the last solid food he ate to be the dumplings from Perla Homemade Delights in Parma. The family that owns the business heard about it and shipped them at their own expense.

Hays died Monday in Deming, N.M., at age 62, said his wife. He had battled pancreatic cancer for 18 months.

The couple moved there seven years ago from Akron after both retired from the University of Akron.

— Associated Press

Homeowner sessions

AKRON: Workshops to educate local homeowners about state Save the Dream funds will be held over the next two weeks.

Save the Dream will provide $35,000 to Ohio homeowners who have had an eligible hardship since 2007. The homeowners can receive funds to make mortgage payments current, lower monthly payments or pay off mortgages, and to pay delinquent property taxes or homeowner association fees.

The state program will cease to exist at the end of April.

Counselors from the nonprofit agency Mustard Seed Development Center, who are knowledgeable in the process, will assist residents with applications.

The workshops will be at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St. They will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 2 to 5 p.m. April 8, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11.

The workshops are sponsored by Mustard Seed Development Center and Akron council members Marilyn Keith and Jeff Fusco.

For more information, call the Mustard Seed Development Center at 330-631-0350.

Parole denied convict

AKRON: Members of the Ohio Parole Board reversed themselves Friday and have denied parole to a former Akron man convicted of abducting and killing a woman outside a bowling alley in 1986.

Victor Logan, who has served 28 years of a 30- to 75-year sentence, will not be eligible again for parole until 2017.

Logan, 51, and Marcazuan Lockett, 45, and Albert Young, 44, all remain in prison. Each man was convicted in the slaying of Susan Soldierson, 22, of Stow.

The men forced Soldierson, a University of Akron student, into their car outside Stonehedge bowling alley in an apparent robbery attempt.

After taking her purse, they pushed her out of the car.

She died of head injuries two days later.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh requested a full hearing after Logan’s parole was originally approved in January.

“More than 25 years after Susan’s death, Logan still has a lack of remorse and refuses to take responsibility for his role in her murder,” Walsh said.

Ward 4 meeting

AKRON: Russel Neal Jr., the Ward 4 councilman, will have a ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.

A representative from Graf Growers will share budget-friendly landscaping improvement ideas and a member of the Akron Organization will provide information on an upcoming forum.

CANTON

Extra school work

CANTON: The Board of Education has approved the use of extra assignments to make up for three days of classes missed due to hazardous weather.

Students will also attend school on May 22, which was previously planned as a day off.

Pupils who have access to the Internet at home can make up work with online “blizzard bags” of instructional materials.

Others will be permitted to complete the work at school.

The lessons are to be posted by Tuesday and completed by April 14.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Candidates forum

KENT: Local, state and federal candidates have been invited to meet and talk with voters in small groups at an election forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Kent from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Theodore Roosevelt High School, 1400 N. Mantua St. in Kent.

The league invited candidates in the May 6 primary for Portage County commissioner, county auditor, county probate and juvenile court, the 75th Ohio House district, and the 13th Congressional district.

Representatives of the Portage Park District and Ravenna school district will provide information on levies on the ballot.

Voters will be seated at round cafeteria tables.

Candidates will start at an assigned table and then move from table-to-table in a set time frame.

By the end of the event, each candidate will have met with each group of voters.

Voters and candidates will have time afterward to talk further.

For additional information, call Terrie Nielsen at 330-274-0864.

Article source: http://www.ohio.com/news/area-briefs-march-28-1.476810

Visitors enjoy new ideas, new products at Daytona Home Show – Daytona Beach News

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Daytona Beach News-Journal Spring Home Show
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
ADMISSION: Free, $5 parking
INFORMATION: 386-681-2365 or jessica.fox@news-jrnl.com

“They’re loving the attention,” Alyssa Cavarretta said of the brother and sister toy Australian shepherds who curled up together as passers-by at the Ocean Center stopped to “ooh” and “aah” over them.

The 3-month-old pups were among several dogs and cats at the ARNI (Animal Rescue, Need and Intervention) Foundation booth who were looking for permanent homes, said Cavarretta, an ARNI kennel technician.

The Spring Home Show opened Friday morning and will continue through Sunday afternoon. It features 350 booths displaying everything from boats to bedding, and was attracting a steady stream of visitors on its first day.

Joan Reynolds and Tom Gager of Ormond Beach sat in on a vegetable gardening seminar led by Karen Stauderman, who writes The News-Journal’s “Plant Lady” column, and stayed to browse through the exhibits.

The two are regular visitors to the annual Spring Home Show. “Every home improvement we’ve done, we’ve contracted through someone from the Home Show,” Reynolds said.

Paul and Natalie Bearden came from Deltona for the show. “We come almost every year,” Natalie Bearden said as her husband snapped a photo of a landscaping exhibit with his phone. “We like to make the rounds to see if there are any new products we need to be aware of.”

The Beardens especially enjoyed the plants on display in several vendors’ booths and at the companion Everybody’s Flower Garden Show because they’re thinking of adding a botanical garden to their backyard.

Dick Violette of Port Orange and his wife recruited a neighbor to take in the Spring Home Show with them. “We try not to miss one of these shows,” Violette said. “We get new ideas for things we have to replace.”

Back at the ARNI Foundation booth, kennel technician Cavarretta said the toy Australian shepherds, Jake and Marley, were born without their back paws, possibly as a result of overbreeding of their mother. The animal rescue organization is hoping to have them fitted with braces before following up on several inquiries about their adoption.

Article source: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140328/NEWS/140329415?Title=Visitors-enjoy-new-ideas-new-products-at-Daytona-Home-Show

Around the House 03/29/14 – Leader

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 8:36 pm
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Updated: 8:38 pm, Fri Mar 28, 2014.

Around the House 03/29/14

PRETTY GARDEN TALK: Five secrets to a beautiful garden will be revealed in a 90-minute program Monday, April 14, at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.


“Design Secrets to a Beautiful Yard Garden” will be presented by Don Engebretson at 1:30 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. in the Eau Claire Room on the library’s lower level. Co-sponsored by the Eau Claire Garden Club, the program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Engebretson, a noted speaker at home and garden shows nationwide, has published five books on gardening and landscaping and is field editor and garden scout for Better Homes Gardens magazine. For three seasons he was a gardening expert on HGTV’s “TIPical Mary Ellen” show and is a six-time winner of the Garden Writers Association Garden Globe Award for excellence in garden writing.

No registration is required. Call 715-839-5004 for more information or email librarian@eauclaire.lib.wi.us.

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Friday, March 28, 2014 8:36 pm.

Updated: 8:38 pm.

Article source: http://www.leadertelegram.com/features/home_garden/article_ac39dff2-b6e2-11e3-9ad4-0019bb2963f4.html

Trowel & Glove: Marin gardening calendar for the week of March 29, 2014

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Marin

• A “Make and Take Succulent Planter Workshop” is at 10:30 a.m. March 29 at Sloat Garden Center at 401 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley. $25. Call 388-0365.

• Stan Barbarich of Marin Master Gardeners speaks about “Water Wise Edible Gardening” from 10 a.m. to noon March 29 at the American Legion Post at 500 Magnolia Ave. in Larkspur. Free. Call 473-4204 or go to www.marinmg.org.

• West Marin Commons offers a weekly harvest exchange at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Livery Stable gardens on the commons in Point Reyes Station. Go to www.westmarin commons.org.

• The Novato Independent Elders Program seeks volunteers to help Novato seniors with their overgrown yards on Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons. Call 899-8296.

• Volunteers are sought to help in Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy nurseries from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Tennessee Valley, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Muir Woods or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays or 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the Marin Headlands. Call 561-3077 or go to www.parksconservancy.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

• Mary Warner of Marin Master Gardeners speaks about “Hillside Gardening” at 10 a.m. April 2 at the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society, 841 Tiburon Blvd. in Tiburon. Free. Call 473-4204 or go to www.marinmg.org.

• The SPAWN (Salmon Protection and Watershed Network) native plant nursery days are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and weekends. Call 663-8590, ext. 114, or email jonathan@tirn.net to register and for directions.

• Jane Goodall discusses “Seeds of Hope” at 2 p.m. April 4 in Angelico Hall at Dominican University at 50 Acacia Ave. in San Rafael. $35 including a signed book. Go to www.book passage.com.

• Jen Strobel teaches “Let’s Talk Tomatoes” at 10:30 a.m. April 5 at Sloat Garden Center at 700 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Kentfield. $5. Call 454-0262.

• Betsy McGee of Marin Master Gardeners speaks about “Sustainable Landscaping Practices” at 2 p.m. April 5 at the Novato Library at 1720 Novato Blvd. Free. Go to www.marinmg.org.

• Marin Master Gardeners and the Marin Municipal Water District offer free residential Bay-Friendly Garden Walks to MMWD customers. The year-round service helps homeowners identify water-saving opportunities and soil conservation techniques. Call 473-4204 to request a visit.

• Marin Open Garden Project (MOGP) volunteers are available to help Marin residents glean excess fruit from their trees for donations to local organizations serving people in need and to build raised beds to start vegetable gardens through the MicroGardens program. MGOP also offers a garden tool lending library. Go to www.opengarden project.org or email contact@opengardenproject.org.

• The Marin Organic Glean Team seeks volunteers to harvest extras from the fields at various farms for the organic school lunch and gleaning program. Call 663-9667 or go to www.marinorganic.org.

San Francisco

• The Conservatory of Flowers, at 100 John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park, displays permanent galleries of tropical plant species as well as changing special exhibits from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. $2 to $7; free on first Tuesdays. Go to www.conservatoryofflowers.org.

• The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park, offers several ongoing events. $7; free to San Francisco residents, members and school groups. Go to www.sfbotanicalgarden.org. Free docent tours leave from the Strybing Bookstore near the main gate at 1:30 p.m. weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekends.

Around the Bay

• Cornerstone Gardens is a permanent, gallery-style garden featuring walk-through installations by international landscape designers on nine acres at 23570 Highway 121 in Sonoma. Free. Call 707-933-3010 or go to www.cornerstone gardens.com.

• Garden Valley Ranch rose garden at 498 Pepper Road in Petaluma is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Self-guided and group tours are available. $2 to $10. Call 707-795-0919 or go to www.gardenvalley.com.

• The Luther Burbank Home at Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues in Santa Rosa has docent-led tours of the greenhouse and a portion of the gardens every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. $7. Call 707-524-5445.

• McEvoy Ranch at 5935 Red Hill Road in Petaluma offers tips on planting olive trees and has olive trees for sale by appointment. Call 707-769-4123 or go to www.mcevoy ranch.com.

• A spring plant sale is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5 and 6 at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center at 15290 Coleman Valley Road in Occidental. Wednesdays are volunteer days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 707-874-1557 or go to www.oaec.org.

• Wednesdays are volunteer days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center at 15290 Coleman Valley Road in Occidental. Call 707-874-1557, ext. 201, or go to www.oaec.org.

• Quarryhill Botanical Garden at 12841 Sonoma Highway in Glen Ellen covers 61 acres and showcases a large selection of scientifically documented wild source temperate Asian plants. The garden is open for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. $5 to $10. Call 707-996-3166 or go to www.quarryhillbg.org.

The Trowel Glove Calendar appears Saturdays. Send high-resolution jpg photo attachments and details about your event to calendar@marinij.com or mail to Home and Garden Calendar/Lifestyles, Marin Independent Journal, 4000 Civic Center Drive, Suite 301, San Rafael, CA 94903. Photos should be a minimum of 1 megabyte and include caption information. Include a daytime phone number on your release.

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Article source: http://www.marinij.com/homeandgarden/ci_25426481/trowel-glove-marin-gardening-calendar-week-march-29

Master Gardeners present free landscaping workshop: events address …

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners in Washington County will present a free landscape workshop on Saturday, March 29 from 8 a.m. until noon at Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valle Creek Road, in the council chambers on the second floor. The public is invited to attend to enjoy presentations on popular topics for the home landscape, as well as the opportunity to talk one-on-one about their own gardens with trained U of M Extension Master Gardeners. Coffee and donuts will be available.
The landscape workshop features three 45-minute educational presentations to help attendees improve the appeal and sustainability of their home landscapes:
• “Importance and Secrets of Pollination” — How to choose plants not only for their beauty, but also to attract bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in growing flowers, fruits and some vegetables, by special guest presenter JoAnne Sabin, a beekeeper, gardening educator and Master Gardener from Dakota County.
• “Ornamental Grasses” — How to use them in Minnesota landscapes to create interest in all seasons, by Marge Sagstetter, a Washington County Master Gardener and Tree Care Advisor from Lake Elmo.
• “Water Quality and Rain Gardens” — How to beautify a yard and capture runoff so it can be used by plants rather than going to waste in the sewer system, by Tom Nelson, a Washington County Master Gardener and Woodbury resident.
During breaks between presentations, Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions from attendees, provide tours of relevant gardening websites, and share information on pruning, bees and pollinator landscapes and more.
Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers who educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using up-to-date research-based information. More than 100 Master Gardeners in Washington County volunteer several thousand hours each year teaching community education classes, diagnosing plant problems, helping people with environmental issues and answering questions at “Ask a Master Gardener” events such as Farmer’s Markets and the Washington County Fair. They also maintain the Demonstration Gardens at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
Visit mastergardenersin
washingtonco.org to learn more about Master Gardeners in Washington County.

Article source: http://stillwatergazette.com/2014/03/28/master-gardeners-present-free-landscaping-workshop-events-address-landscaping-and-gardening/