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Garden Stroll takes trip back in time with 1840s-themed garden

Thomas and Beverly Noel both came from big farm families, raising horses and a lot of their own food. So when their daughter grew up and they moved from the farm they were living on to a home with neighbors on both sides, they knew they had to do something.

“We had always been on a farm. We had horses, and we showed horses. We did things like that, and when we moved here, it was an acre and a half. So it was like we had to figure out how to make this home. So we garden,” Beverly said.

Beverly and her husband transformed the backyard into their own small farm, but it’s no modern farm. This farm takes a trip back in time to when farms were plowed by horses, and log cabins were called home.

A 1840s Indiana-style log cabin sits in the middle of the yard that’s fully furnished with everything from an antique sewing machine to historic chairs that actually were used by slaves, she said, flipping the chair over to reveal where a chunk had been taken out of the corner.

“I thought maybe it was just from wear,” she said. “But I learned this is where they would place an arm or leg back then for amputations, to hold it in place.”

The Noels made two trips to bring the log cabin to their backyard from southern Indiana, and they reassembled it themselves.

Behind the log cabin sits the farmland that carries on the historic theme with a variety of crops and farm antiques used both for decoration and planters. Farther back are the couple’s chickens in a coop that they also built themselves.

“We’re just old farm people, and we’re stuck in this little bitty yard. So this is what we’ve done,” she said with a laugh.

The uniqueness of the Noel garden landed it on this year’s 14th annual Garden Stroll, along with five other eclectic gardens, including Bill and Carol Purvis’ yard, a city lot filled with dozens of colorful refurbished and upcycled items.

Her son’s old dresser is now home to a variety of plants. Brightly painted tires encircle flowers in themed gardens. And stained shutters decorate the home’s privacy fence where neatly hung pallets have been renovated into planters.

“We’ll find something and say, ‘Oh, yeah, we’ll make a garden with this.’ It’s a hodgepodge of really everything,” said Carol.

Each year a garden that had previously been in a Garden Stroll is chosen as the returning garden. This year’s returning garden is the Randy Bush and Carol Clark garden, which was on the 2009 Stroll.

Organizer Marian Cable said the garden received some storm damage last year, so those who have been to the garden before will see some new areas.

“They’ve had to put some different things in it, but it’s just one of those totally immaculate gardens that 99 percent of people don’t want to mess with. But that’s their passion, and it’s a beautiful garden,” she said.

Also on the Stroll are gardens by Sue and Steve Jones, Jeannie Gale, and Bob and Phyllis Cupp.

Cable said she’s excited for the community to visit the gardens on this year’s Stroll.

“It’s a good outreach to the community, and I think it’s a good benefit for the community too because people come and get ideas for their own gardens. It’s a small way of making Kokomo and Howard County a better, more attractive place,” she said.

This year’s Welcome Center is at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library South Branch, 1755 E. Center Road. There will be an HCMGA weed and lawn info booth. Cable said attendees are welcome to bring weeds from their yard to have them identified. In addition, there will be the annual plant sale, garden art by Eulaine, and booths from Feathered Friends and Brian’s Birdhouses and Cabins.

Tickets are on sale now at Banner Flower House, Cossell’s Creative Landscaping, Flowers by Ivan Rick, Salsbery Garden House, Jefferson House of Flowers, Bowden Flowers, Eden’s Way, Garden Gate Greenhouse, Markland and Park, Skeeters Place, and White Lilies N Paradise. Cost is $8 in advance or $10 the day of. Children under 12 are free.

The Stroll takes place June 21 from 10 to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Master Gardener’s scholarship fund and community garden.

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Downtown St. Paul urban park to bloom into flower gardens –

The city of St. Paul is still looking for up to $10 million to complete a new downtown park that would fulfill a promise made to the site’s former owners.

In the meantime, University of St. Thomas researchers plan to test a few theories on soil remediation that will combine art, science and civic engagement in a two-year experiment.

Located at the former home of Pedro’s Luggage, Pedro Park is still mostly a dirt lot at 10th and Robert streets. But city officials have enlisted a small army of partners to plant 96 flower gardens in an elaborate design and host activities there. The site occupies a third of the block in plain view of the Rossmor lofts building, the new Penfield apartment complex and the Lunds grocery.

The two-year arts and science experiment does not fulfill the city’s agreement with the Pedro family to build an urban park, but it nevertheless promises to add more color and vibrancy to an empty urban plot — though not overnight.

“It’s going to be an evolving space over the course of the growing season,” said University of St. Thomas Biology Professor Adam Kay. “Patterns are going to emerge as the growing season progresses.”

The $40,000 “Urban Flower Field” strategy is mostly funded by Public Art St. Paul, with the city kicking in less than $10,000. The project has involved planting eight species of flowers and various native grasses to test whether different combinations of plants suck out soil pollutants at different rates.

The flower plots are creatively arranged in a curling Fibonacci sequence to allow for walking paths and a gathering space for neighborhood activities. As backdrop, artist Ed Charbonneau has created a large orange and yellow mural that decorates a bordering wall of the public safety annex building and is visible to drivers entering the city from Interstate 94.

Native grasses line the paths and alleyways, and raspberry bushes have been planted near the mural.

“All the plantings have been done and most of the landscaping has been done,” said City Artist in Residence Amanda Lovelee, who designed the project with St. Paul Parks and Recreation. “The grass seed is starting to pop up. Once the flowers bloom, that corner is going to be electrified with color.”

Kay is working on the “bioremediation” project with 12 students from the University of St. Thomas Department of Environmental Sciences, who are on site daily.

“We’re actually conducting undergraduate research in the context of this art project,” said Kay, who is working closest with undergraduate project leaders Elizabeth Scherber and Hunter Gaitan.

“They’re going to be collecting data over the summer to test their ideas,” Kay said. “We’re used to doing this research out in remote replaces, but finding this collaboration allows us to do the same sort of research in an area where we can engage with the community.”

Two interns from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design have also been assigned to the site. Community volunteers plan to plant, weed and water, and a free yoga and Pilates fusion session begins in July. Black Sheep Pizza is working with Lovelee to produce an outdoor film night.

The city is inviting residents to come by from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on June 28 to drink lemonade, meet their neighbors and paint rocks that will be placed in the “urban flower field.” Participants who attend the “Grow Your Community” event will receive a wooden token for $5 toward a Black Sheep pizza.

Residents of nearby apartments and condos have been clamoring for more green space for years. The request culminated in the Fitzgerald Park Precinct Plan, which was added to the city’s Comprehensive Plan in 2006.

From there, plans mostly gathered dust until 2009, when the land for Pedro Park was donated to the city by the owners of Pedro’s Luggage and Briefcase Center. They did so with the expectation that work on an urban park would begin within five years and that the park be named after company founder Carl Pedro Sr., who died last year.

Demolition got underway in 2011 at the luggage store, which closed in 2008 after 94 years in business. The site was later used for staging construction equipment for the new Penfield complex. A committee of residents has envisioned a block-length park, but city officials say they would need $10 million to cover construction and land acquisition.

And getting the land assembled could be tricky. No decisions have been made about the future of the public safety annex building, which the St. Paul Police have shown little interest in losing. The site contains the police department’s indoor gun range and radio shop.

“We can’t do anything until we move the police,” said City Council Member Dave Thune. The city might also need to relocate a childcare center that operates next door. “Frankly, I’d be happy if we just cleared the site and planted grass. Obviously, the plan is much more detailed than that.”

Some residents are pessimistic anything will move forward soon.

“I don’t really see a viable way of getting a full block city park in any near future,” said Lowertown resident Bud Kleppe, who served on the Fitzgerald Park Task Force and the CapitolRiver Council. “That was always the joke — we’re called Fitzgerald Park and we don’t have a park. I’m excited to have the flower garden, but the original plan, we’re nowhere near that.”

Frederick Melo can be reached at 651-228-2172. Follow him at


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100 OBJECTS/DAY 1: Post-9/11 highway art gets reaction from around nation

Immediately following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a patriotic fervor spread like wildfire over the United States.

The song “God Bless America” and the American flag took center stage for many as means to let the world know this country would not back down under trial and turmoil. There were hopes of a brighter day.

For South Carolina Department of Transportation employee Robert Smoak and his maintenance crew of seven, keeping the patriotic spirit and hope alive took on a whole new meaning through the creation of “smiley face” indicating the state’s slogan, “Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places” along with a 52-foot-by-75-foot U.S. flag. Both were formed out of rocks.

The first of its kind in the state, the smiley face and the flag, located near U.S. 601 and Interstate 26, were part of a two-year thought process related to the DOT’s Colorful Spaces beautification program around 2000.

The site was chosen for its visibility and flow of traffic.

“We have had people all over the U.S. call about that thing,” Smoak said, noting the display has put Orangeburg County on the map. He said people see it and remember Orangeburg County is the place where the unique landscaping exists.

“It is one of a kind. When they come through, it is eye-catching.”

Smoak said the events of Sept. 11 had a profound influence on the design and the idea of the display.

“It was still so fresh in our minds,” he said. “We were basically brainstorming and we took paper home and drew up a rough sketch to it and tried to improve it as we built it. The traffic was crazy over the American flag. You would not be out there five minutes before somebody would come out blowing their horn.”

Every maintenance office in the state participated in the beautification program by completing a colorful landscaping project in their respective counties.

The projects included both tree and flower plantings along state-maintained highways, but where the flag was placed there was no water available.

“People from other counties have tried to replicate it, but I don’t think they have the elevation,” Smoak said. “That hill was just right for the elevation.”

A few months after the project was complete, changes were made over concerns the design was not in keeping with proper flag etiquette.

Proper use and display of the U.S. flag prohibits making changes to the design.

The changes involved removing the outline of South Carolina and other symbols representing the state from within the flag and replacing them with stripes.

By Dec. 15, 2001, crews found themselves busily grading and backfilling the landscape in preparation for the placement of the nearly 36 tons of stone and 28 gallons of red, white, blue, and for the smiley face, yellow paint.

Smoak said his crew utilized traditional landscaping techniques, along with some innovation to form the flag.

For the stripes and the rest of the flag, steel molds were constructed to prevent the rock from shifting.

The “smiley face” and related artwork were moved to the other side of I-26 across from the flag.

Contribution of materials for the original work, as well as knowledge, was received from sources such as Waters Edge Rentals, Sherwin-Williams, Sunshine Recycling, Fogle Brothers Construction Co. and SuperSod.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5551.

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Tourists are delighted with the Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – The sun may have experienced historic solar flares over the past weekend, but it smiled brightly on the 10th annual Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights tour and garden fair hosted by the Shaker Historical Society.

“We always have stunning gardens to explore on the tour, but because it’s our 10th anniversary, this year’s selection is amazing,” Executive Director, Ware Petznick said.

“Formal gardens have always been a part of the landscape, she explained. When the area was developed by the Van Sweringen brothers, the land was cleared. With no tall trees everyone’s back yards were visible, and residents were encouraged to construct beautiful gardens.”

Between 800 to 1,000 visitors toured as many as seven large properties on the tour over the two days with multiple gardens beckoning every person to linger and admire each plant grouping and carefully placed landscaping feature.

Some visitors incorporated a bicycling tour of the district while others drove to the different locations. Where possible, many walked between the designated houses.

Others visited the garden fair on the grounds of the society property at 16740 South Park Blvd. There a myriad of local and regional artisans offered their hand-crafted garden themed wares for sale, ranging from recycled glass garden art flowers to pottery, paintings and photography to sculpture made from recycled metal and fashionable gardening hats with mosquito netting to ward off bug bites.

A recurring theme among the venues was eco-friendly practices.

“We’ve tried to make our house as green as possible,” Helen Schreiber said of her property described as a modern English cottage. “We use rain barrels to collect rain water, grow vegetables, and compost our garden waste. “

“When it became clear we had to replace our old boiler-style furnace, we had a geothermal unit installed,” her husband Helmut said.

The Schreibers spent more than two years remodeling the house and establishing the gardens, doing much of the gardening work themselves.

“It’s an authentic English garden designed by Maggie Williams, our friend who really is British,” Helen explained. “We estimate that she spent about 22 months with us to help design the gardens.”

Helmut built archways and pergolas that define the garden path in the rear yard that leads to a charming guest house. The rear patio includes roses, clematis and lavender used as border shrub.

“We take care of it, but Elsa laid it out for us,” Helen said.

Helen also credits the help and advice she received from friends in the Village Garden Club and the Shaker Lakes Garden Club, groups to which she belongs.

“You should always have friends that are smarter than you are, particularly when it comes to gardening,” Helen said.

A stop on Leighton Road promoted as a “permaculture paradise” attracted a large crowd on Sunday afternoon.

Owner and co-designer Catherine Feldman explained that the goal of permaculture gardening is to place the importance on native plants that build up the soil and provide food and habitat to local wildlife over choosing plants for their beauty.

“Of course we wanted it to be attractive, but every plant was chosen with a purpose,” she said. “Some plants help to draw up or replace nutrients to the soil, others attract and feed pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.”

Winding gardens in the front, street-facing yard include partial-shade loving hostas, herbs such as comfrey and strawberry plants along with shrub borders.

“How do you keep the deer from eating the hostas?” one visitor asked.
“You plant other things they like to eat better, such as berry producing plants,” her husband Edward explained. “We’ve never gotten to eat the strawberries ourselves,” he said.

Catherine and designer Elsa Johnson also designed the “nibbling garden” on the tour. Located on the grounds of the Unitarian Church, the garden helps to carry the congregation’s belief in the web of life outdoors in a tangible garden.

The church garden located at 21600 Shaker Blvd. includes vine-covered arches, winding paths and benches to sit on as part of the design. Grown there are edible berries, persimmons and asparagus along with colorful blooms to admire.

Visitors on the tour took home plenty of food for thought to apply to their own gardens.

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Garden strolls build up the neighborhood

Three years ago Scott Miller got a knock on his door — and an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“If you like to garden, you’re showing off a little anyway,” Miller says. “So when someone comes up and says, ‘Wow, you have a beautiful garden,’ and that the neighborhood garden stroll wants to feature your garden — well, ego takes over after a while.”

Raised beds in Scott Miller's West Asheville garden. (Carrie Eidson/ Mountain Xpress)
Raised beds in Scott Miller’s West Asheville garden. (Carrie Eidson/ Mountain Xpress)

That knock on the door was Miller’s initiation into the West Asheville Garden Stroll, a neighborhood venture now in its sixth year, designed to show off the gardens of West Asheville and foster walkability and neighborhood pride.

“If nothing else, it’s about community,” Miller says. “The tour brings gardeners together; it bring neighbors together.”

Miller says the West Asheville Garden Stroll (WAGS) began when a small group of gardeners was looking for a way to improve the neighborhood.

“Six years ago, West Asheville wasn’t even as nice as it is now, and we’ve still got a long way to go,” Miller says. “The idea of promoting walkability or bikeability was just starting to emerge. With WAGS, the thought was, ‘If we can show people that you can walk all over the place and see all these beautiful gardens and have a wonderful time, then that’s community-building.’”

The first year of WAGS wasn’t exactly a disaster, Miller says, but it was a struggle. The event had zero budget and zero publicity, but it did have plenty of rain. And yet, the organizers brought it back the next year and the next, bringing in visitors from all over Asheville, as well as Tennessee and South Carolina, Miller says. Last year he estimates that 400 people attended the tour.

Along the way, organizers began collecting sponsors and donations, all with the dream of someday providing grants to gardening projects in their community — a dream that finally became a reality last winter.

“That’s another way we’re working to bring the community together — by supporting these community spaces,” Miller says. “We won’t give grants to private gardens, but several schools got them, as well as the little area behind Sunny Point Cafe. It’s all part of the effort to be more of a cohesive community.”

Paula Beatty’s Brevard Road garden in West Asheville. (Carrie Eidson/Mountain Xpress)

Miller says the organizers of WAGS try to highlight a different section of West Asheville every year — a chance for neighbors to meet other neighbors and see new gardens. They also intend to show off “more than a neat yard,” Miller says, as they seek out gardeners who demonstrate principles of permaculture, edible landscaping, organic vegetable growing or backyard husbandry. This year the tour will be heading down Brevard Road on Saturday, Sept. 13.

“I think we’ve really attained what that initial WAGS group had in mind,” Miller says. “We’re showing off West Asheville, showing off all the different things that are happening here. It’s so important to promote getting together, walking around — even just chatting with a neighbor.”

For more information on the West Asheville Garden Tour, visit

Want even more gardens in your summer? There are plenty of farm and garden tours happening throughout the season, including:

Bullington Gardens‘ “Secret Gardens” tour in South Asheville, June 21. $60. Info: 698-6104.

Haywood County Master Gardeners’ “Forest, Flowers and Food” garden tour, June 21. $15. Info: 456-3575.

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s High Country Farm Tour, June 28 29. $30. Info: 386-1537.

Flat Rock Historic Home Garden tour, July 12. $25. Info: 698-0030

ECO’s Green Homes and Edible Gardens tour, Aug. 9; $15. Info: 692-0385.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Farm Tour, Sept. 20-21; $25. Info: 236-1280.

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Located in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo, we’re a full-service garden centre that offers the widest range of high-quality plants from our state-of-the-art greenhouse. From design through to installation, our team of landscapers delivers quality workmanship coupled with the highest level of care at competitive rates.

A family-business with deep roots in the agricultural community, St. Jacobs Country Gardens provides the following products and services:


Whether you boast a green thumb, or are a novice in the garden, our knowledgeable staff can help you find what you’re looking for and answer any questions you might have. Our nursery is home to the widest variety of annuals and perennials, trees and shrubs, and plants for the pond.  

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This week’s gardening tips: caladiums, fertilizer, watering and weeding edition – The Times

Make sure caladiums are well watered during hot, dry weather to keep the foliage in good shape through the summer. Apply a light application of fertilizer now to encourage vigorous growth if plants seem to be slowing down. If practical, break off any flowers that form so plants will put their energy into more leaves.

Unless it’s absolutely necessary, avoid placing saucers underneath container plants outside. Saucers full of water will keep the soil in the pots too wet, an unhealthy condition for most plants. In addition, saucers full of water provide breeding sites for mosquitoes.

Keep up with weeding. At this time of year, weeds can get out of hand very quickly. Use mulches wherever possible. If you need help with herbicide recommendations, contact your local LSU AgCenter Extension office.

Despite the hot weather, you can continue to plant colorful bedding plants to brighten summer flower beds. Keep the newly planted beds well watered during the first few weeks while they get established, and be sure to apply mulch to conserve soil moisture. When the bed is first planted, take the opportunity to run a soaker hose through it and cover it with mulch. Watering will be much easier and more efficient.

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Gardening tips for June from Jason Harker

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Professional gardener Jason Harker, owner of JHPS-Gardens Ltd, covering North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, offers his tips

WITH the sun beginning to appear, it’s important you keep your garden looking at its best. It might be the case that over the colder months the garden has been left to do its own thing and been ignored until now. I’ve set up a few general maintenance tips so you can easily make your garden look fantastic.


Mow lawns regularly to keep them looking luxuriant and healthy. I recommend mowing weekly, avoiding the rain to prevent the mower muddying your lawn.


You must keep an eye on the unwanted weeds in your garden. A systemic weed killer will kill the tops of the weeds and the roots. However, keep use of chemical controls to a minimum and pull up as many weeds as possible. Using chemicals a lot can kill off beneficial insects.


Water your garden thoroughly a couple of times a week. However, hanging baskets need water much more often; also, add soluble food at least once a week.

Now is the time to prune your spring flowering shrubs as soon as they have stopped flowering.


Feed and weed treatments are a great for making your garden look lush and green.

Keep black spot away from your roses – spray them with a fungicide once a fortnight. If an infection occurs,burn all infected leaves.

A good old trim of your hedges will neaten up your garden.

Contact Jason on 0800 093 7926 or online at

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Celebrate Gardening Season With New Trends, Tips and Tools

Celebrate Gardening Season With New Trends, Tips and Tools

PRWEB.COM Newswire

PRWEB.COM NewswireWest Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 17, 2014

To help kick-off the summer season, Wave™ Petunias, the leader in easy spreading color, together with interior designer Jeremiah Brent, unveiled this season’s hottest decorating trends and tips in New York City. Wave™ and Brent co-hosted an intimate media luncheon where they shared ways that consumers can easily spice up their homes. For years, Wave™ has provided people with the very best in easy spreading and bright, bold colors for their gardens. Now, Wave™ is helping people take their gardens one step further by providing inspiration, how to’s, and advice from one of the world’s best interior designers. Easily incorporate this season’s decorating trends and tips, to take a home from drab to fab!

“Wave Petunias and Cool Wave Pansies offer gardeners an array of options to extend their season with easy spreading color,” said Claire Watson, product marketing manager for Wave. “By sharing the hottest decorating trends and tips, we aim to help and inspire every gardener, from the novice to the expert, to take their garden to the next level.”

In addition to adding beauty to a home, gardening has been found to offer physical and mental health benefits; research from the American Society for Horticultural Science has found that gardening can help elevate moods, ease stress and even burn calories. Furthermore, gardening is no longer limited to large outdoor spaces. People in urban areas, novice gardeners and those with small spaces can easily take advantage of gardening by leveraging easy-to-follow tips and trends. Containers, baskets and ready to plant flowers can help make everyone a gardener.

Trends, Tips and Tools From Wave Petunias and Jeremiah Brent

Think “outside the container.” This year, one of the biggest gardening trends continues to be container gardening. While the use of potted flowers anywhere and everywhere is guaranteed to brighten your home or patio, Wave and Brent encourage gardeners to get creative, and stay one gorgeous step ahead of their neighbors, by utilizing home décor ideas outside. “Wave makes it simple for every gardener to become their own interior designer,” Brent claims. “Grab accessories like candles to place in your basket container for a flower candelabra, or use a favorite teapot as a container itself.”

The garden has become an extension of the home. Indoors, it seems that each holiday or change in the weather calls for new seasonal décor, from centerpieces to novelties on your living rooms shelves. Don’t be afraid to take decorating elements outdoors to make that space feel homey and seasonal. Celebrate the fourth of July by using a flag-themed basket as a place for petunias. Or, move those mini pumpkins outside in the fall and use them as a cute, festive planter. Brent celebrates the moment he can take his interior design ideas outdoors to his patio: “After a long winter, I so look forward to spending some time transforming my patio into my living and entertaining space, with some fun décor and gardening elements,” says Brent, “and the best part is, with baskets and containers you can decorate again and again celebrating each season, each holiday, or each week if you want.”

Use color combinations to create different atmospheres within your space, from relaxed zen to summer celebration. One easy way is to surround a chaise lounge with sweet white and soft pink petunias, to create the perfect a perfect space for summer catnaps. Combining colors can help people create their best gardens, yet. Wave™ offers every color under the sun to help people create the ambiance they desire– from soft romantic pinks and yellows, to bold and exciting fuchsias, and bright blues.

Lastly, be creative, have fun, and break the rules! While the world of interior design can feel formal with lots of rights and wrongs, Wave and Brent encourage everyone to let loose outdoors by mixing textures and patterns. People can combine almost anything in a tasteful, moderated way and make it look expensive and refined. Start small –accessories and small decor items – and then work up to the big stuff – furniture and textiles. The garden is a perfect place to start experimenting because outdoors, anything goes!

For video tutorials, how-to posts, and even more inspiration for you garden this year, Wave™ is providing you with all the tools you need to build your dream exterior. Visit, or on your mobile device.

ABOUT WAVE™: The Wave™ Family has provided gardeners with easy-spreading color since the introduction of Wave™ petunias in 1995. The five series of petunias — Original Wave™, Tidal Wave™, Double Wave™, Easy Wave™ and Shock Wave™ — offers dramatic color, exceptionally long bloom time, and fantastic mounding and trailing habits for garden beds and containers. Joining the Wave Family in 2012, Cool Wave™ pansies provide the same vigorous spreading and trailing habits with the addition of hardiness and vibrant color during the cool seasons. For more information, visit

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Heidi Klein opens pop-up shop in Covent Garden

Luxury swimwear label Heidi Klein opened its debut summer/beach wear pop-up store in Covent Garden, London
on Tuesday.

The swimwear label has rented a 1,000 square foot space at 29 Floral Street, joining the likes of other pop-up shops in the area including Bobbies,, Kat Maconie and Orlebar Brown this summer.

The temporary store, which is set to run throughout the summer months, replicates the labels Chelsea and Westbourne Grove boutiques. “We wanted to offer the same exclusive shopping experience found at our other London boutiques,” commented Heidi Klein’s founder, Heidi Gosman.

The pop-up store offers shoppers complementary personal fitting seasons for its swimwear, and had launched a social media competition on Instagram. Shoppers who tag a photograph of themselves wearing Heidi Klein are automatically entered in its online competition to win a bikini of choice.

Heidi Klein first opened its doors in 2002, and currently runs two standalone stores in London. The labels swimwear and beachwear collection is also available at Liberty London and a number of department stores and boutiques around the world.

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