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Events from April 9

Spring into Summer Gift Craft Show
April 12th, Angus Recreation Arena, 8527 County Rd. 10
Spring on into summer at the Gift and Craft Show!Over 30 quality vendors participating – featuring gifts for Easter and Mother’s Day.  It’s a show you will not want to miss!

Aurora Chamber Home Show
April 11 – 13 – Aurora Community Centre,1 Community Centre Lane
The Best Home Show in York Region – Everything for YOU and your HOME!  Whatever your home or personal improvement project, this is the “must attend” Home Show in York Region.  This year, there is a focus on renovating, remodeling, furnishing, gardening, and landscaping to create new inside and outside living space.  And, there’s a new focus on personal improvement – financial planning, nutrition, fitness and health. Come and get advice from the experts and watch your ideas come to life.

Spring Festival at Chappell Farms
April 12 13 –  617 Penetanguishene Rd.  – north of Barrie
Hourly, candy hunts, magic shows, the Easter Bunny, animals, wagon rides, trike track, jumping castle (weather permitting), food and fun.

Easter Egg Hunt
April 12 13 – Elmvale  Rounds Ranch, 1922 County Rd 92
Pose for a photo with the famous big bunny, go on an Easter egg hunt through the maze; pet some bunnies;hold some baby chicks and go for a tractor train ride. And take a stroll around the farmyard where you can view other livestock.  Bring your own Easter Basket please.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
April 7 to May 16th
Ontario’s first European community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is now open for the season.

21st Annual Simcoe Spring Home Cottage Show
April 11 to 13 – Orillia – Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, 500 Atherley Road
This show offers hundreds of products and services for your home and cottage.  Over 80 exhibitors featuring solar panels, doors, windows, siding, flooring, awnings, financial services, sunrooms, lawn care, landscaping, air conditioning products, water treatment, lots of home improvement ideas and much more.

1st Annual Cottage and Garden Show
April 12 – Penetanguishene – Penetanguishene Memorial Community Cntr, 61 Maria St.
The Cottage and Garden Show has everything you need for outdoor living featuring the latest trends in cottage and garden products and service including: Gardening Supplies Greenhouse Displays Lawn Care Options Docks Decks Boats Water Toys Patio Furniture Interior Décor …and much, much more! There will be several displays and educational opportunities for those looking to learn more about gardening, renovations and more!

21st Annual Home and Garden Show
April 12 13 – Wasaga Beach – Wasaga Beach RecPlex – 1724 Mosley St.
Featuring a wide variety of businesses specializing in home renovating, decorating, landscaping, gardening products and other services.  Back, by popular demand is the children’s activity area and food will be available at the on-site snack bar. There will also be numerous free draws and door prizes.

Wasaga Gift Show
April 12 13 – Wasaga Beach – Wasaga Beach RecPlex – 1724 Mosley St, in the building next to the Home and Garden Show
Vendors selling gifts for all occasions such as steeped Tea, specialty coffee,children’s clothing, fine jewellery, fudge, special wood bowls,  spa products, creams, and much more.  Get your Easter Chocolate and Mother’s Day gifts here.

Ontario Travel Information Centre, Mapleview Drive and Highway 400 in Barrie is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.      
Call 705-725 7280 or 1-800-567-1140, or visit for event details. 

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Northeast Prestige Landscaping

By Barbara Grace

Posted Apr. 9, 2014 @ 4:50 pm


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Landscaping ideas shared

Aileen Clarke.

Residents of Owaka are having a say on landscaping plans
for their township. The plans have been on display for the past
two months, and a public meeting held last week gave residents
the opportunity to express their views to Owaka Going Forward.

The community committee is planning to enhance the appearance
of the township as directed by the community before its 150th
celebrations in 2016. Owaka Going Forward chairwoman Aileen
Clarke said a diverse group of about 40 showed ”some real
passion” regarding the ideas proposed.

Groups were asked to write down their ideas on the
landscaping proposals presented. The responses would be
collated and given to the landscape architect to present a
plan that best represented the wishes of the general
community, she said.

The landscaping plan would then become part of the Clutha
District Council’s draft reserve management plan for Owaka
which would be open for consultation in June.

”This process is the reason why it has taken so long to get
to this point.”

Mrs Clarke said that while there was a thorough process to go
through, Owaka Going Forward wanted to ensure the
enhancements best represented the community’s vision, and
with as little impact as possible on ratepayers.

Last December, plans for a large waka sculpture in the centre
of Owaka were welcomed by residents.

Designed by Invercargill sculptor Russell Beck, it will be
made of stainless steel and be about 10m long and 8m high.

With an estimated cost of about $80,000, the project will be
funded through grants and community fundraising.

It is planned to install the sculpture in the triangle park
on the corner of Main Rd and Campbell St, near the Owaka

Owaka Going Forward was formed after a series of six public
workshops in 2012.

At the workshops, it was decided the waka would be the theme
of the town and that the entry points to Owaka needed

It was also identified that the township had no reserve
management plan in place to guide council and to secure the
use of the reserve areas as the community wanted.

The Clutha District Council is due to adopt the draft
management plan for the Owaka reserves at its meeting today.

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Urban farming at NE Portland’s Madison High goes beyond Portlandia …

The urban farming course at Madison High School isn’t just about playing in the garden.

To hear students tell it, it’s about being outside. It’s about escaping the monotony of a classroom. And educators say it’s also about learning skills teens can apply in the real world.

The class, which started this year, is part of a nationwide push to give students career and technical education skills. Across the country, CTE has become a buzzy acronym meant to signal innovation and connections to industries.

But sometimes, courses like urban farming can simply be a way of keeping kids engaged by letting them get their hands dirty.

“I just think it really helps students’ self-esteem and gives them a lot of worth,” said Susan Wiencke, the urban farming and sustainable agriculture teacher at Madison High School. “They can do something. They have a skill that means something.”  

Career and technical education

Armed with a tool belt filled with Sharpies, pencils, pruners and a weeding knife, Wiencke led her classes outside this week to take advantage of 63-degree weather.

Throughout the afternoon, students worked on gathering kale and cutting up compost. They watered plants, including kale, onions, peas, and leeks in the 19 raised beds they helped create and plant.

Near the garden’s chain-link fence, Shatoya Allen worked on the bed she planted in the fall. Dressed in jean shorts and a grey crocheted sweater, Allen pointed out the peas and the three different kinds of kale she helped plant.

“It’s a lot of work,” she said, “but I think it’s worth it.”

Later, the 17-year-old asked whether she would be able to make kale chips to share with her classmates. She learned the recipe in the farming class.

Wiencke’s class joins about 108 other agriculture career programs from the state, but it also stands out.

Typically, the state-approved agricultural program classes are in rural areas. But more and more suburban and urban districts including Portland, North Clackamas, Hillsboro and Sherwood have started their own courses.

Reynold Gardner, the agriculture and natural resource education specialist for the Oregon Department of Education, said he’s eager to see more urban districts taking on the subject.

“It’s providing students the connections with their food and an understanding of the nutritional and entrepreneurial aspects of the agriculture industry,” he said.

In Wiencke’s class, the entrepreneurial skills are as important as the gardening aspect. By the end of the year, the school will be conducting its own plant sale.

The proceeds will help fund the program, which is partly paid for by about $2,000 in career and technical education grants from the federal government.

Connections to food

Wiencke, who volunteered as the school’s garden coordinator for three years, ran a gardening and landscaping business called Black-Eyed Susan for six years before selling it in 2012. She began teaching this year, taking on the sustainable agriculture class and piloting the urban farming course.

With her glasses and edgy haircut, Wiencke admits she can fit the Portlandia stereotype that may accompany a term like “urban farming.”

But she says students in her program don’t necessarily fit that image.

About two-thirds of Madison students are in families with incomes low enough to qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.

The school is also in an area that has fewer options for fresh food. Students have easier access to chains like McDonald’s and Taco Bell.

“A lot of students here don’t live in close proximity to a big grocery store where they can buy good produce at cheap prices,” Wiencke said. “Many of their parents don’t shop at New Seasons.”

Wiencke said she doesn’t expect to cultivate master gardeners.

Instead, she takes satisfaction hearing of students who use recipes they learned in class or planting gardens at home. A student once took her by surprise when he spouted out information about the three nutrients that make up fertilizer during a field trip.

They may not want to grow up to follow in her footsteps, but she likes to know they’re learning.

— Nicole Dungca

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Late winter means more work for Cape May gardening center

WEST CAPE MAY – Judi Bernard and Cindy Franklin worked side by side for years with complementary landscaping and garden center businesses.

Franklin, of Middle Township, started her garden center in 2001. Bernard, of Cape May Point, ran a landscaping business for more than 20 years.

Bernard bought plants from Franklin, who, in exchange, referred landscaping and mowing jobs back to Bernard.

In 2005 they decided to join businesses with Cape Island Home Gardens in West Cape May.

“We have a lot of avid gardeners here. I just did a talk for the Cape May Garden Club,” Bernard said. “And practically everyone there has bought plants here.”

The serene setting at Cape Island does not come by accident. Bernard and Franklin work hard each winter to create a pleasing environment for customers at the acre-large garden center. By early summer, the center will be one meticulously sculpted garden full of take-home potential for Cape May County’s landscapers and homeowners alike.

Bernard said they even play classical music because the plants seem to respond well to it.

The best way to illustrate how people might make creative use of the center’s many shrubs, flowers and decorations is to show them, Franklin said.

“We have a certain niche. We try to carry more native species,” Franklin said.

To that end, they offer more than 175 native plantings for people’s gardens or flower beds among the “10,123 plants” they advertise on their sandwich board that sits on Broadway. Most of the garden center’s plants are grown in nearby Cumberland County.

Store mascots Maggie and Piper add to the garden center’s welcoming atmosphere.

The business gets a lot of birders and butterfly fans who want to attract backyard wildlife, she said. She and Bernard are into birding as well and often stop what they are doing to admire a passing eagle or cooper’s hawk.

Landscaping and lawn maintenance is a growing industry in Cape May County. As its population gets older, fewer people are either interested in or able to maintain their yards themselves, Bernard said.

Landscaping is a male-dominated business, Bernard said.

“But I don’t find any problems with anyone. I’m on the Bobcat as much as anyone. I just moved a ton of stone this morning,” she said. “You have to treat your people with respect or you won’t be respected.”

Cape Island partnered this year with Dellas Agency in Cape May to landscape and maintain its rental properties.

“Our landscaping business is increasing at about 5 percent per year,” she said. “We get new contracts every year.”

The long winter has cut into the garden center’s pre-season work. In keeping with tradition, the shop opened on March 20, the first day of spring, but closed a few days later when a storm dumped 8 inches of snow on South Jersey.

“Anyone in this business is a month behind. That makes it harder,” Bernard said. “You bring in new products and you have to pay for them.”

The shop is open 10 months of the year through Christmas. Its inventory changes monthly with the seasons.

Bernard spends a lot of her time planting window boxes for patios, decks – and windows. These are especially popular for homeowners who do not have room for a flower garden.

Heidi Kates, of Middle Township, bought spring flowers to plant at the Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast in Cape May.

Kates said she always tries to mix in some pink flowers for owner Anna Marie McMain’s favorite color.

“We usually stick with the same thing – the tried and true plants,” she said.

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Falling tree seriously injures landscaper in Palm Beach Gardens

A landscaper was seriously injured Wednesday morning in Palm Beach Gardens after he was struck by a 10-foot tree that was being lowered into a hole for planting, Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Keith Bryer said.

The man, believed to be in his mid-20s, was taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in serious condition.

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Bryer said the man was standing in the hole as the tree was being lowered by a lift. The strap gave way and the tree dropped around 10 to 15 feet before the root ball struck the landscaper, Bryer said.

Fire rescue workers responded to the call at 10:40 a.m. and had to dig the man out of the hole, Bryer said.

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Torrington-Winsted Rotary speaker shares tips for spring gardening

TORRINGTON Seasons of Growth owner Jenn Plasky was the guest speaker at the Torrington-Winsted Rotary meeting Tuesday.

Plasky spoke about the areas one should focus on in getting their yard or garden ready for spring.

Plasky said the four areas to focus on are pruning, dividing, fertilizing, and mulching.

“There are four reasons to prune – to remove damaged areas, improve air flow, prevent crossing branches and create a fuller hedge,” said Plasky.

One of the most common mistakes seen in pruning is shaping the bush so it’s wider on the top and smaller on the bottom. Plasky said that the bush should be narrower on the top and taper out towards the bottom, as this shape gives more sunlight to the bottom of the bush. She cited a house on Route 202 coming from Litchfield as having “perfectly shaped bushes.”

Plasky talked about the importance of picking a bush that’s going to fit the space you want. One of the reasons you should not prune is to radically change the natural shape of the plant, for example to keep a larger bush smaller to make it fit in the space you want.

“When pruning a bush remove the branches at the base, which opens the bush and promotes good air flow,” said Plasky.

Good air flow allows the leaves to dry out more thereby preventing fungal disease from developing.

Plasky went over proper pruning methods for flowering bushes so one doesn’t inadvertently cut off the buds of the bush. “Spring is the best time to prune because you can see the buds,” Plasky said.

According to Plasky, Spring is also the best time to relocate plants. She said the best way to do this is to take as many roots as possible, use transplant fertilizer and water and mulch well.

Plasky explained the importance of mulch and it’s not just for weed control. Mulch holds in water, regulates the soil temperature, and certain kinds of mulch, like Sweet Peet, can fertilize the plant. She recommends first removing the old mulch, using a 3 to 4 inch layer and to keep the mulch a half inch away from stems of plants. For bushes and trees the mulch should extend to where the leaf canopy ends. What’s not recommended is black landscape fabric under the mulch.

“It’s not recommended because it just creates an extra layer for the rainwater to get through,” said Plasky.

The presentation concluded with landscaping questions from Rotary members.

One question involved how to kill off pesky weeds, the solution for which is tilling or using landscaping fabric to choke them out before planting. Another question comes from Rotary member Kevin Purcell – what do you when deer have eaten all the leaves off your holly bushes? Plasky suggests liquid fertilizer, which is more readily used. Waiting for regrowth and then pruning away the dead areas.

To find out more about Seasons of Growth visit The company does horticultural design and wedding flowers. The company also has a radio show in partnership with Region 6 Gardens on WAPJ 89.9 and 105.1 Fridays at 4:30 p.m. throughout April and May.

Jenny Golfin can be reached at 860-489-3121, ext. 357.

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Wayside Garden Club gets tips on perennials at March meeting

The Wayside Garden Club held its March 20 meeting at the Hospice of Morrow County. The ten members and five guests enjoyed the program: Japanese “Kokedama” String Gardening presented by Christine Libby, Perennials Expert from Alta Greenhouse.

Christine demonstrated the creation of the hanging Kokedama plant also called moss gardening. Supplies needed is a plant of your choice, sheet moss, string and Bonsai soil. She also provided a handout detailing the process.

President Mandy Rocks passed out information on the Region 7 Regional Meeting with the Flower Show Schedule.

Marcia Lawyer, Vice President, passed out the latest Proven Winners Gardener’s Idea Book.

Everyone then enjoyed our usual delicious pot luck.

Reminders: Gardener’s Day Out in April; OACG Region 7 Spring Meeting, April 23; Wayside Spring Plant Sale and Guest Night, May 15; and the County Garden Club Plant Sale at Morrow County Fairgrounds Floral Hall, May 17.

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Tim’s Tips: Answers to early spring gardening questions

April 9, 2014

Tim’s Tips: Answers to early spring gardening questions

Tim’s Tips

Tim Lamprey
The Daily News of Newburyport

Wed Apr 09, 2014, 03:00 AM EDT

It was nice to have a decent weekend. Sad when the definition of a nice weekend is 50 degrees and howling winds!

People were coming into the garden center with lots of questions. Let me take a few moments and answer some of those questions.

People were asking if it was too soon to put down a crabgrass control on their lawn. The general rule of thumb is that the crabgrass control is put down when you see the forsythia bushes in bloom. There have been years when that was the first week in April, and there are years when it is in early May.

The answer is if you see the bright yellow forsythia bushes in bloom, it’s time to put down the crabgrass control.

Pansies are now in many of the garden centers. People have asked if it is too early to plant the pansies. Pansies are one of the most cold-tolerant of the spring-blooming flowers. There is nothing that says spring like a window box full of colorful pansies. Take some time, and get your planters filled with some beautiful pansies.

People have also asked if there are any vegetable plants that they can set out in the garden. The cold-tolerant vegetable plants are lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, peas, spinach, chives, parsley and kale. There are also many vegetable plants that you can plant from seed in the garden. These include beets, carrots, peas and onions. Onion sets will be available in a few weeks.

Don’t feel that you have to wait to plant something in your vegetable garden. There are many cold-tolerant plants that you can put into the ground now.

A few people have asked about removing the burlap that was placed around plants in the fall. The purpose of the burlap is to protect the plants from the wind and also to help prevent damage from wet snow. If you base the decision on wind alone, then, yes, you could remove the burlap. The ground is reasonably thawed so your plants can take up water to offset any moisture lost to the wind.



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Bayberry Cottage: Putting design expertise to work

Why hire an interior designer?

Interior designers have the time, the knowledge, and the experience to develop a plan for your project down to the littlest details (think electrical outlets, then multiply that by a million other details). They are your advocates with manufacturers, tradespeople, and architects, constantly asking, “Is this in my client’s best interest?”

Their knowledge can make the project a little easier on your wallet too. They’ll watch your budget and save you from expensive mistakes, all while increasing the market value of your home! They have the best contacts in the trades and manufacturing so you get access to their already vetted teams.

Best of all, you get their creative direction to help determine your personal style and translate it into a space you’ve only dreamed of – a space designed for your life.

At Bayberry Cottage, the team of experts takes these responsibilities very seriously and consistently create and implement fantastic spaces that their clients love to live in. Bayberry Cottage can get you there too!

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