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Marlborough group nears decision for downtown zoning

By Kendall Hatch
Daily News Staff

Posted May. 23, 2014 @ 6:00 am

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Penfield garden has over 7000 daffodils and tulips

You might call Robert Salmon a late bloomer.

His gardening bug didn’t hit until he and his girlfriend Catherine Fuller built a new home in Penfield nine years ago. As with many new-builds, the land surrounding their house was barren.

The couple viewed landscaping and developing the garden as a challenge.

Now, the Salmon/Fuller garden on Legacy Circle in east Penfield is a showstopper. The yard now draws garden enthusiasists who love viewing bursts of color in early spring as 7,000 daffodils and tulips begin to bloom. Because of the late spring weather this year, people can still see the blooms.

Salmon, who heads the corporate communications department at Carestream, is now fully engaged in the garden, having taught himself the intricacies of growing flowers and plants through reading and taking classes at Rochester Civic Garden Center.

“I’m not the type of person to sit around and watch TV,” he says, so gardening keeps him active and outdoors.

Gardening, in fact, has become Salmon’s retreat of sorts. He’s an early riser and enjoys the morning sun, and has found feeding and watering the garden to be therapeutic.

“It’s very peaceful and relaxing,” he says.

Salmon particularly enjoys the red Triumph tulips, whose deep red color blends well against the green landscape. He sources his bulbs and plants from several local nurseries, including Grossman’s Garden Home near his house and Wayside Garden Center in Macedon. Catalogs also are a good source for bulbs, he says.

Salmon and Fuller designed the garden so they can enjoy it in other seasons after the tulips and daffodils have faded. The couple mulches the ground instead of deadheading the bulbs, and hostas are in view.

The front garden features a border made of rocks. Salmon found the rocks at construction sites in the new-build community, filled his wheelbarrow with them and pushed them home. Then the couple enlisted Christine Froehlich of Rochester Civic Garden Center for help with landscape design ideas.

Froehlich had to think creatively to design a garden that would be manageable for two busy professionals.

“It was a huge space and I didn’t want to create a maintenance nightmare,” she says.

Froehlich chose to plant masses of shrubs and perennials to fill in the space. As the couple wanted privacy, planting deciduous flowering shrubs that grew quickly, such as viburnum and red twig dogwood, gave the house some cover.

A major issue: “The soil on the site was impossible, rooty and poor quality,” Froehlich says. “Plus, the stone wall Robert had built around it made it impossible to see any of the perennials.”

The wall was over three feet tall, so Froehlich suggested raising the garden with good soil to solve both problems.

Salmon and Fuller decided on a “controlled wild look” for their plantings, and included grasses and plum and apple trees among the shrubs. The couple purchased an additional three acres behind their home to keep it undeveloped.

Fuller is now building a shade garden on the side of the home, and Salmon has beehives and a vegetable garden in the back.

When they do have time to relax, Salmon enjoys sitting at the bistro set in front of the home, watching their Welsh corgi pups Lilyrose and Morgan William play in the yard.

“This helps me recharge from everyday activities,” Salmon says.

Great Gardens

Each month during the warm-weather season, staff writer Mary Chao will feature one of the region’s great gardens and profile the people behind the artistic creations. To suggest a garden or gardeners, email Chao at

Pest control

Keeping masses of bulbs away from deer and moles isn’t easy in Penfield. Salmon developed his organic method of keeping deer at bay, tying sachets of moth balls around his garden. Still, the moles do get to the tulip bulbs, as he points to a bald area where about a thousand tulips have disappeared. “We have the best-fed moles anywhere,” Salmon jokes.

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Hershey Gardens’ newest garden is the work of a 10th-grader: George Weigel – The Patriot

Hershey Gardens is sporting a new 10-by-15-foot kitchen garden, designed by Kylie Wirebach, a 10th-grader at Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, Berks County.

Wirebach is the winner of a first-time scholarship design competition that Hershey Gardens and Hampden Twp.’s Ames True Temper Inc. staged this year for 10th through 12th graders in 12 midstate counties.

The kitchen garden is already in place just inside the main entrance to the Gardens’ 1-acre Children’s Garden and officially opens June 8 at 2 p.m. with an awards ceremony and “grand unveiling.”

Wirebach’s design was picked by the contest judges as the best of 17 entries submitted by 23 students at 10 different schools.

View full sizeKylie Wirebach planting a tomato at her kitchen garden at Hershey Gardens. 

As part of the prize, Wirebach got to build her winning design with the Hershey Gardens staff.

The garden stays up for the 2014 season.

Wirebach also won a $1,200 prize, a collection of Ames True Temper tools for her school and a 1-year membership to Hershey Gardens.

Her design features 27 different edible varieties planted in a layout of three sizes of raised beds, two hanging planters and five trellises arranged in a novel zigzag pattern at the back of the garden for taller crops.

Wirebach says she first researched which plants made good “companions” with one another, then laid out groupings by space needed and similarities in growing habits (viners, root veggies, bushy herbs, big-leafs, etc.)

“I wanted to make it easy for people to get to them all but also save space,” she said. “The vertical trellises and square-foot-garden-style beds cleared room up for walking and kneeling space while putting the plants in their most comfortable fit. Finally, I hoped a zigzag line of towers and a crescent-shaped hideaway might give it a little more pizzazz.”

Wirebach says she spent weekends since last September researching kitchen gardens, using “a big stack of gardening books that my grandma gave me a while ago.”

She also used books from her school library and drew on her own first-hand experience growing radishes and cantaloupe last summer.

View full sizeKim Frew, left, of Hershey Gardens, looks over the kitchen garden design plan with Jodi, Kylie and Tabitha Wirebach. 

“I love art and design as well as science and plants,” Wirebach said. “My dad is a graphic designer, and my mom is pretty creative, too. My grandpa got a degree in landscaping, so I got those interests from them.”

She’s thinking about a career in either writing about plants or animals or as a curator at a zoo or aquarium.

The design contest’s second-place prize-winner was a team of Cortland Daily, Emma Daily and Victoria Brame from the Harrisburg-based Commonwealth Connections Academy cyber school.

Third place went to Hannah Fertich of the Adams County Christian Academy in Gettysburg, and fourth place went to Abigail Albright of Cumberland-Perry Vocational-Technical School in Silver Spring Twp.

Admission to the kitchen garden is included with admission to Hershey Gardens, which is $10.50 for adults, $9.50 for ages 62 and up, $7.50 for ages 3-12, and free for members and children under age 3.

Next year’s design competition will invite students to submit plans for a butterfly way station. Ames True Temper is again sponsoring the competition.

Details are on the Hershey Gardens website.

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MASTER GARDENERS COLUMN: Long weekend great time for yard, garden work

As we start our efforts to conquer our yards, landscaping, and gardens this long weekend, let us stop to remember why.

Many of us create gardens to honor those who have fought in wars and conflicts to make our country what it is today. Many of us create gardens to honor loved ones that are no longer with us. Many of us create gardens just because we are proud to bring beauty to others. Whatever the reason, as we try to cram three weeks of delayed gardening into three days, let us remember that in this country we are allowed to make it beautiful.

Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend usually starts with surveying what needs to be done and figuring out what tools and supplies we are going to need besides the lawn mower and weed whacker. If family and friends are expected on Saturday for a relaxing day of food and conversation, you’re already a few days behind, so just stick with the lawn mower.

Don’t scalp your lawn! The best length to keep your grass is 2 to 3 inches high, which helps retain moisture and helps to smother the weeds. By the time your guests arrive your “play” area will be nicely mowed, and by the time your guests leave it really won’t matter what the rest of your landscaping looks like after food and fun.

If you’re lucky, and don’t have guests arriving until Memorial Day, you have a chance to get into more gardening activities. You’ll probably have time to spruce up your garden mulch. If you put it on thick enough to start with, (at least 3 to 4 inches), you should be able to “fluff” it with a rake to exposed the original color of your mulch and give it a fresh look. If it’s been awhile since you last added mulch, now is the time to add some more BEFORE your plants get so big that it’s hard to get the mulch under them.

In addition to taking care of your mulch, you’ll probably have time to take a look at your evergreens to see if there is any life below the winter burn, (that’s the brown stuff at the end of the branches that makes it look like it’s dying). If you can see green, cut back the brown and expose the green. It may take a little time, but it’s worth not having to dig up the bush/tree, roots and all and replace it with another. If you don’t see any green by June 10 — get it out, it’s not coming back. If you plan on replanting an evergreen, try not to plant it in exactly the same spot, as it will take some time for the roots that you can’t get out a bit of time to break down.

Now if you have any time left over after mowing, mulching, and pruning, you can always start on adding some annuals or perennials to your landscape. If you live any place where deer have been seen, just make sure that you plant deer resistant plants, (dusty millers, cosmos, sages, coneflowers, and thyme are just a few examples). Check out the UW-Extension Learning Store website for more information and deer-resistant plants. Remember, deer-resistant doesn’t mean that deer won’t eat a particular plant, it just means that they like that plant less over a larger majority. It’s a little like rabbits. If you have rabbits in your yard and also a vegetable garden, don’t try get rid of your dandelions. Rabbits prefer dandelions over lettuce and other garden vegetables.

So take the time to enjoy your Memorial weekend, gardening or partying, have a safe weekend, and keep the green side up.

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Gardening: Landscape you want, garden you get

I have been helping people design, install and renovate their gardens for well over 30 years now – with landscapes ranging in scope from modest residences, townhouses, estate gardens and commercial rooftops.

If three decades of landscaping has taught me anything, it’s that many of the design mistakes people make are relatively common.

So I thought that I would share a few of these with you today, in hopes that you can avoid them and achieve that perfect garden space sooner, rather than later.

How big does it get? I have seen a giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) planted in a foundation bed because this was the garden designer’s signature tree and there was nowhere else to put it. Needless to say, it had to be removed within just a few years (it grows to an average of 150’ tall) and it should never have been planted there in the first place. Had it been left, those vigorous tree roots would have quickly plugged the foundation drains and heaved the sidewalk. So, always purchase a plant that will mature to fill the space you have.

Pretty isn’t always practical. Everyone loves the English cottage look, but when I ask them if they are prepared to weed constantly and divide perennials, that enthusiasm seems to wane. The other problem with a primarily herbaceous border is its lack of winter appeal – which translates into four to five months of dead sticks and dirt. A better approach is a mixed border with a blend of perennials, broadleaf evergreens (such as Pieris ‘Little Heath’) and even a winter-flowering shrub such as witch hazel or hamamelis.

Fruits or vegetables? There are far too many permaculture websites out there extolling the virtues of growing vegetables below fruit trees. The truth of the matter is that it is very difficult to grow edibles of any kind under fruit trees due to shading or root competition for available nutrients and water. That said, many fruit trees can be espaliered or flat-trained against fences or garage walls a few feet away from raised vegetable beds so that they can both peaceably co-exist.

Do you really need it? When it comes to hard landscape features such as decks, patios and gazebos, far too often they are installed without any thought as to how much they will be used. Case in point: I can recall a rather exclusive British Properties landscape where a beautiful custom-made gazebo (worth $25,000) was built overlooking a lake. In all the years that I took care of that garden, I never once saw it being used by the homeowners, but I did enjoy eating my lunch there.

Shade-loving grass is an oxymoron. While there are seed or turf blends (with more creeping red fescue) that tolerate partial shade, no lawn survives without sun,  it just slowly morphs into moss.

Your best option here is to convert that shaded lawn space using dwarf broadleaf shrubs such as Christmas box (Sarcococca humilis) or evergreen groundcovers like Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis).

For those of you looking for a little more garden design inspiration, I will be giving a talk on “The art of gardening” at the ACT’s Tea Garden fundraiser on Sunday, June 1 at 1:30 p.m. Part of my presentation will include a rarely-seen image of 10-year-old me complete with 1970s checked shirt, a Beatle’s haircut and aerodynamic ears – that alone should be worth the price of admission.

– Mike Lascelle is a local nursery manager and gardening author (


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Easy DIY Aquaponics system review offers general information about a brand new guidebook that offers people a lot of useful gardening tips. Is it believable?

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Aquaponics system is not a “panacea”. However, it can help to “cure” many problems that farmers and gardeners may face when planting and harvesting crops. The Easy DIY Aquaponics is a brand new program that offers people tricks and tips on how to build aquaponics system. The Easy DIY Aquaponics is created by Andrew Endres – an organic gardening enthusiast. After Andrew Endres launched the Easy DIY Aquaponics system, he received a lot of good comments from learners all over the world. The author has researched and studied for months to develop Easy DIY Aquaponics, offering many useful gardening tips and techniques. These tricks and tips are proven useful by users from many countries. The full Easy DIY Aquaponics system review, released on the site, tells people whether or not this guide is really useful.

The site published the Easy DIY Aquaponics system review, showing people everything they should know about Andrew Endres’s gardening techniques and tips. Unlike other gardening guidebooks that are sold in the current market, Easy DIY Aquaponics system is very easy to follow. The full package of Easy DIY Aquaponics system contains the Easy DIY Aquaponics core process manual, Easy DIY Aquaponics Trouble Shooting Guide, Easy DIY Aquaponics Monthly System Maintenance Log, Easy DIY Aquaponics Complete System Parts List, and Easy DIY Aquaponics system building video. In addition, the author provides customers with some useful bonuses, including “Insider Tips To Healthy Living”, “Making A Wind Turbine”, “Building A Green House”, “Ultimate Survival Plants”, “Worm Farming”, and “Vegan Cooking For Newbies”. The main manual just covers 53 informative pages, offering users tips on how to build a DIY Aquaponics gardening system at home.

Rocky from said: “Easy DIY Aquaponics system is a brand new gardening guidebook that teaches people a lot of useful tips on how to build a DIY Aquaponics system at home. The full Easy DIY Aquaponics package contains the main manual, video tutorials, and 6 additional bonuses. The author provides his customers with the full 8-week cash refund guarantee in case they do not like the tips and techniques contained in this program. Thus, if after following the gardening tips that this guide offers, users do not achieve success, they will get all their invested money back.”

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Gardening Tips: Is my fig bush dead or not?

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 11:17 am

Gardening Tips: Is my fig bush dead or not?


Many of you have been taking advantage of this string of nice weather by spending time in your gardens. Here’s a few questions I’ve been hearing lately you may be wondering about yourself.

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Spectacular blooms: Alan Titchmarsh tips on growing peonies in your garden

There are some flowers whose brief moment of glory may put you off growing them. If they have a flowering season that is quite short it is easy to think that other plants and flowers will offer greater value. 

The peony is one such flower that is often dismissed on account of this shortcoming. 

But to do without peonies in my garden would be a great hardship. 

They are wonderfully spectacular, come in a wide range of colours from pure white to lemon yellow, through pink to deep crimson, and are wonderful when cut for the house. 

I wouldn’t be without them and have got over their short flowering season by planting them not only among other longer-flowering perennials, but also in a couple of short rows on the veg patch where they can be plundered for cut flowers without worrying about spoiling the overall effect of the bed or border.

When it comes to growing conditions, peonies enjoy any decent well-drained earth and, provided the soil is perked up with a bit of decent planting mixture, they are happy in chalky ground. For best results give them good light. They will cope with dappled shade, but in deep gloom they will be reluctant to do well.

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Spring Garden Township teen launches web-design business

His office is in his family’s Spring Garden Township home. He squeezes in business appointments between school and track practice. And his mom drives him to client meetings at the local Starbucks.

Meet Nick Pitoniak, entrepreneur, age 16.

At an age when most kids are busy text messaging their BFFs or hanging out at the mall, Pitoniak, a sophomore at York Suburban High School, is building a web-design business.

The teenager has already snagged a few clients and launched a website for his company, Limeband Coding.

“I’ve always had a fascination with computers,” said Pitoniak, who taught himself computer code writing when he was 13. “Code controls the world and if you know the code, you can do anything.”

Pitoniak launched Limeband Coding in March. The name comes from the color of the headband Pitoniak wears during track and cross-country meets. It’s his good luck charm.

Limeband Coding isn’t Pitoniak’s first for-profit venture. He and his brother Bob started a lawn-care business in their neighborhood when Nick was 7 and Bob was 9.

The latest venture comes doesn’t come as a surprise to Pitoniak’s mother.

“Nick has always been an analytical thinker,” said Stephanie Pitoniak, an English teacher at Northeastern High School.

There have always been kids who run their own small businesses. Think lemonade stands and baby-sitters. Nationwide, 381,000 people under the age of 25 were self-employed in 2012, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.

The popularity of TV’s “Shark Tank,” in which startup business owners pitch their products to a team of celebrity judges, has spurred a whole new generation of budding moguls, said Jay Azriel, who directs a program at York College for high school-age entrepreneurs.

“Being an entrepreneur is kind of cool these days,” said Azriel, an associate professor of entrepreneurship.

Young would-be business owners have plenty of role models their own age to which they can turn for inspiration.

Nick Pitoniak updates his own website in his York Township home. He named his business Limeband Coding after the color of a good-luck headband he wears

Nick D’Aloisio founded Summly, a smartphone application for organizing news stories, when he was 15. He sold the company to search engine giant Yahoo in 2013 for $30 million.

Moziah Bridges started a business making and selling bow ties when the Memphis, Tenn. preteen was 9 years old. Bridges has appeared on “Shark Tank,” been interviewed on the “Today” show and mentioned in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine.

And York Suburban High School is the alma mater of Evan Sharp, a founder of Pinterest, a popular social media website that allows users to post photos of their favorite items.

Despite some high-profile success stories, most young entrepreneurs face a major hurdle in getting adult customers to take them seriously, said Azriel, the York College professor.

Pitoniak’s fee for designing websites starts at $299. He recently lowered it from $399. But he realized he needed to discount his services further to convince skeptical adults he could handle the work.

He struck a deal with Lori Rhinehart to design a website for Rhinehart’s Lori’s Loop charity 5k run in exchange for her waiving the $20 entrance fee.

“He did a fabulous job,” Rhinehart said. “It wasn’t like I was dealing with a kid. He was every bit the professional.”

Anthony Billet, Pitoniak’s track coach, said the budding entrepreneur asks him lots of questions about marketing and how to get clients.

“You can just tell he has a drive within him that other kids don’t,” said Billet, the president of abSketches, a York architectural renderings firm. “He’s constantly thinking about every aspect of his business.”

Pitoniak plans to either enlist in the Navy or Air Force to learn more about computer programming or attend college to study computer science. He’s got his eye on Drexel University in Philadelphia.

He counts Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Aaron Swartz, the late co-founder of the news website Reddit, and Steve Jobs among his influences.

Pitoniak read a recent biography of the late Apple co-founder and came away impressed.

“It really inspired me that if you do what you love, and work hard enough, anything is possible,” he said.

Want to start your own business? Here are some tips

Tom Russell, president of Junior Achievement of South Central PA, offers the following tips for teens who want to start their own business.

• Begin with an idea you are passionate about, something that stems from a hobby or interest.

• Be prepared to spend 15 to 20 hours a week your business. If you’re launching a business just because you think it looks good on a college application, this is not thing for you.

• Print business cards to distribute to help publicize the business.

• Have a professional-looking website, including a professional-sounding email address.

• Use social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest to promote your business.

“You can do a lot of promotion of your business for free,” Russell said.

• Draft a mission statement capturing in a few words what your company does and what your goals are. That will help keep you on track.


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