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Buzz Off: Gardening tips for people with stinging-insect allergies


Buzz Off: Gardening tips for people with stinging-insect allergies

ADRIAN HIGGINS The Washington Post

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Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

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Books, websites, whole organizations are in place to show you how to draw bees and other pollinators to your garden. But what if you don’t want them?


The notion might seem ridiculous to many of us: Gardeners are by nature worried about nature and all its contemporary ills. We can install plants that will throw a lifeline to beleaguered honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies while creating gardens that are natural, floriferous and free of pesticides. Who wouldn’t want to do that? Cnidophobiacs — folks who harbor a fear of insect stings.

A bee or wasp sting will induce one of three basic reactions in people. For most of us, the sting is a painful but localized event, and the pain and swelling will recede in a matter of hours. Some people get a moderate reaction that causes a limb to swell or hives to appear away from the sting site, and the symptoms last for days. A third group faces a life-threatening, systemic reaction called anaphylaxis. A person might develop a severe reaction even if previous stings evoked a milder one.

Still, it is fair to say the fear of getting stung is greater than the risk. Less than 1 percent of people who are stung go into anaphylactic shock. An estimated 40 people die each year in the United States from insect stings, about the same number as from lightning strikes. More than 30,000 are killed in automobile accidents yearly. We blithely grab our car keys but grow anxious about getting stung in the garden. People who are allergic to a yellow jacket sting might not be to honeybee stings, but that distinction is often lost.

“I have seen people with a strong or even local reaction become hysterical and consider that a systemic reaction,” said John Oppenheimer, an allergist and clinical professor of medicine at RutgersUniversity. “No one likes being stung, and” stings “are very frightening,” he said.

Recently, a reader with a bee-phobic relative emailed to ask whether it is possible to design a garden that would draw fewer pollinators. This idea runs counter to prevailing ecological sensibilities, as a garden designer named Louis Raymond discovered when he was asked to put together a bee-less landscape for a client worried about her grandchildren getting stung while playing outside.

He found there were few, if any, reliable lists of plants that would dissuade bees.

“What I realized pretty soon was that there was nothing you could do to repel any of these animals. What you can do is plant things that aren’t of interest,” he said.

Because bees and wasps need nectar, and some species harvest pollen as well, Raymond first turned to plants that don’t rely on such pollinators to reproduce. These include grasses and sedges; wind-pollinated shade trees such as oaks and maples; ferns; bamboos; and a host of conifers, small and large.

Of nectar plants, he uses those whose flower form evolved for pollination by creatures other than bees — his list includes flowering tobacco, trumpet vine, yuccas, bananas, palms and hardy, ground-hugging woodland gingers designed for slug pollination.

He uses hostas, grown primarily for their foliage, and makes a point of cutting off their emerging flower stalks. You could apply the same principle to other foliage plants: heucheras, brunneras, coleus, cannas and liriope, for example.

The practice of turning certain trees and shrubs into perennials — by chopping them to the ground each spring — is another technique for not drawing bees. Candidates include catalpas, cotinus and robinias, which if grown this way attain the size of medium to large shrubs but don’t flower. This is getting into the realm of high horticulture, but another approach Raymond uses is to plant things that bloom when it is too cold to go outside — witch hazels, edgeworthias, epimediums and hellebores.

The effect is a garden that might have less color but is engagingly different. “It has fewer flowers; there are no roses, no dahlias, but there’s lots of texture, lots of different foliage size, more species that are less often seen,” said Raymond, whose company, Renaissance Gardening, is based in Hopkinton, R.I. “They should be in every garden regardless of the concerns for bees.”

He concedes that a lawn will draw bees, not for the grass but the inevitable weeds, including dandelions and clover.

Many vegetables produce bee-luring flowers — peas, beans, tomatoes and peppers, for example — but leafy greens, sweet corn and root vegetables don’t need pollinators. Just don’t let them bolt to flower, and cut off potatoes’ blossoms.

A nectarless landscape will have fewer bees, but it won’t necessarily solve the problem. Many wasp species will find the aphid and scale insects in trees and shrubs. In addition — this is my warning, not Raymond’s — honeybees are thirsty creatures and are drawn to water. This includes fish ponds, ornamental pools, birdbaths and clotheslines, if people still put damp clothing out to dry.

Mace Vaughan, pollinator program director for the conservation group Xerces Society, said that even with what Raymond calls a “bee-wise” garden, “to a certain degree, they are still going to be there.”

The greatest risk of being stung, he said, is to find yourself in the vicinity of their nests, which they are programmed to defend.

Lorraine Mocco, a mother of seven grown children, found this out the hard way in August 2009 when she was mowing part of her 22-acre rural property in central New Jersey.

Lawnmowers and ground-nesting yellow jackets don’t mix. Oppenheimer, Mocco’s allergist, said research suggests there is something about the heat and vibration of gas-powered lawn mowers that entices bees and wasps to attack.

Mocco received three stings from disturbed yellow jackets. She had been stung before, but this time her body reacted differently. As she returned to her house, she felt flushed. She jumped in the shower to cool off but noticed hives all over her body. Then she lost her ability to see colors. Her husband, Peter, rushed her to the hospital, where she was put on an IV and given steriods and other medications. She heard a nurse and a doctor talk about putting a tube into her windpipe. Mocco was convinced she was going to die. Finally, she responded to the treatment.

As much as she loved to garden, the episode changed the way she lived and her relationship with her property. “I became very frightened of getting stung,” she said. She decided to give up gardening.

The self-imposed exile from the gardens, woods and fields around her historic farmhouse, she said, left her “devastated.”

Oppenheimer recommended a series of injections to build up her immunity to wasp venom; she was not allergic to bee stings. The first shot represented one-10,000th of a wasp sting. After six months, the injections amounted to two full stings. Here’s the rub: Monthly maintenance shots go on for a long time, as long as five years. “I’m at 4½ years; it’s quite a commitment,” Mocco said. “But I’m pretty convinced it’s working.”

It wasn’t until last summer that she felt comfortable in the garden again. She was later stung by a wasp and reacted normally to it. She does carry two emergency syringes of epinephrine in case of another systemic reaction.

“I planted tulips, and they came up, and it was just inspiring to me,” she said. “I was afraid to plant too many flowering things. With the therapy, I really felt it had changed my life. This was working for me. It gave me my garden back.”

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Topics:

Beekeeping,


Biology,


Louis Raymond,


Bee Sting,


Pollination,


Symbiosis,


Insect Ecology,


Honey Bee,


Lorraine Mocco,


John Oppenheimer

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GARDENING TIPS: Tree Problems

Earl May’s Tim Rundlett answers your questions regarding various tree problems.

If you have a question for Tim, he can answer it next Saturday. Submit your question by clicking here.

Article source: http://whotv.com/2014/06/28/gardening-tips-tree-problems/

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    Article source: http://www.thonline.com/news/tri-state/video_710e9554-ff0c-11e3-a1a8-001a4bcf6878.html

    Garden store owners put down roots that are fluid by design


    In 1999, Dick and Ruth Kinler looked at a house on the shore of Woodland West Lake in Arlington. The neighborhood of 27 homes surrounds a body of water so small, it goes unnamed on most maps.

    Built in the late ’60s, the house was only 2 miles from Redenta’s, the garden store the couple owned, and the commute would be so much easier, they thought, than from a home in Keller where they had lived for more than 20 years.

    There were so many reasons to recommend the location. The house, though, was another matter.

    Ruth had been to the lake once before to visit one of the first clients of Redenta’s, and she liked the idea of living near water — the views were great, there was a variety of wildlife, and it seemed to fit with her organic-gardening ethos. But the house was a disaster.

    It was a warren of dark, smoke-filled rooms with heavy draperies covering the few windows with a view.

    Ruth’s immediate response was, “No, absolutely no.” Dick, however, said, “Yes.’’

    Round one went to Dick. They bought the house. They painted the interior, removed the carpet and put in hardwood floors and then thought about the changes they’d like to make, both inside and out. Years later, the home is idyllic, modestly sized and beautiful, with lovely gardens on the lake’s shore.

    It took some work to get it to its current state of grace. Fortunately, there is a landscape architect in the family — their daughter-in-law, Lorie — and they called in architect Joe Self of Firm817 to finesse the view.

    Self tackled 1,350 square feet of space. He removed the wall between the kitchen and living room and knocked out the fireplace and a small window, replacing them with tall sliding glass doors. He converted the small dining room into a pantry and created a dramatic foyer with views through the house and across the lawn to the lake.

    It took six months to replace the kitchen, smooth the edges and bring home the view, but this lovely room is now the center of their home life.

    Moving to Texas

    The Kinlers met in Canada at the University of Waterloo, northwest of Toronto. Dick was getting his doctoral degree in psychology, and Ruth was an undergraduate. They married, and he took a teaching job in Utah.

    Soon, he abandoned teaching for retail and joined up with Fort Worth-based Color Tile, and the family began moving across the U.S. as he climbed the corporate ladder. They lived in Tacoma, Wash., and Portland, Ore., before they were reeled into the home office for Dick to begin a training department.

    The adjustment was brutal. (Dick recalls that while driving through West Texas on their way to Fort Worth, Ruth was watching the bleak scenery roll by with tears streaking her cheeks.) She admits it took her five years to acclimate to the harsh sunshine and intense heat. Now she loves the Southwest, but it wasn’t an instant rapport.

    Personal struggles with gardening eventually led Ruth to her belated career. She had been a stay-at-home mom for 20 years. When her children left for college, she looked around for something to do.

    “All I had ever done was garden,” she says, noting that Dick encouraged her to turn her hobby into a business.

    Redenta’s was born in 1992. The name came from Ruth’s middle name, and an aunt, who was a nun in a convent in Siena, Italy. Ruth says Sister Redenta was quite pleased with the thought of Texas garden centers bearing her name until she saw a photograph with her name emblazoned on the side of a pickup truck. Then her enthusiasm cooled.

    At the time they bought their Arlington home, there were five Redenta’s locations, and Dick had come along and joined his wife and one of their sons in the business. The organic gardening centers were early to the trend, although they didn’t begin as all-organic.

    Within a few months of opening the Arlington and Colleyville locations, Ruth saw the future and donated all the chemical fertilizers and eradicators to charity auctions and positioned her business as one of the area’s first all-organic garden businesses.

    There are two Redenta’s stores now, one a few minutes from their house in Arlington and one on lower Skillman Street in Dallas.

    A passion for gardening

    Ruth is still an avid gardener and concentrates on what will do well in North Texas. She has an herb and vegetable garden, an experimental garden and a shade garden in front that is so successful it completely envelopes her house.

    Her son, Michael, handles Redenta’s organic maintenance services, and he and Lorie designed Ruth’s gardens and large patio, then tiered the lawn. Lorie designed the roof structure, too, slanting it upward to avoid blocking the light that the tall sliding doors allow. That was installed last year, and now the airy patio is where Dick and Ruth spend their summer evenings.

    Closest to the house is a perennial garden, a work in progress that is slowly being transformed into an herb and vegetable garden.

    It is in Ruth’s DNA to grow the family’s food.

    “My father was Italian and my mother was English,” she explains. “They met in England during World War II and moved to Canada at the end of the war. We always had this big vegetable garden; what we didn’t eat we canned and put in the root cellar —tomatoes, pickles, peaches. We would freeze corn and a side of beef or half a pig.”

    Her perennial garden is more of a salad garden now, with herbs and tomatoes, asparagus and peppers. While she lost several things this past winter, nothing has been harder on her gardens than the local beavers. They took out a large stand of red Knock Out roses and appropriated a large crape myrtle.

    Dick woke up one night at the sound of a crash, and, when he looked out the window, he saw the tree bumping its way down to the lake’s edge. Now most of the trees in the neighborhood are wrapped with chicken wire or bands of metal to deter the area’s industrious beavers.

    The ducks are only a problem when the organic alfalfa fertilizer is spread on the beds. They like to eat it, so Dick is careful to water it in before the ducks have a banquet.

    Over the years, Ruth has had to adapt her plantings. First, there were no trees; now the red oaks they planted when they first moved in shade the yard in the afternoon. A garden is a fluid thing, responding to the weather changes, and the shade or lack of it. It is never finished, and it is never at its best.

    Just like all gardeners, Ruth wishes the newspaper photographer had come to take photos later in the growing season.

    It is always about to be more beautiful.

    Gaile Robinson, 817-390-7113 Twitter: @GaileRobinson


    Article source: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/06/28/5927529/ruth-and-dick-kinlers-water-gardens.html

    The house in Silot Bay

    People have different ideas of how their dream houses would be built, and most of them would be on some scenic hilltop locations or sitting on white sandy beaches. For Chris and Malou Hyden, they wanted their dream house comfortably sized for a family of four and spacious enough to entertain some 100 guests or so.

    “So it would have to have a big exciting front yard or back yard with a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. It would include beautiful bedrooms with roomy bathrooms and walk-in closets. My beds would be queen-sized and fluffy, the windows would really be big so you could sit on it, and it would have a veranda all around the bedrooms,” thus mused Malou Hyden 17 years ago.

    Today, that dream house has become a reality. The house that Chris and Malou built sits on a 3,700-square-meter property in Catarman, Liloan, overlooking Silot Bay.

    The house, when viewed from across Silot Bay, would glow with varying colors of orange and yellow when sunlight floods through its
    Spanish red roofs, the pale colors giving a sense of serenity while the bright ones suggesting elegance. And upon finally reaching the wide gates to the house, the lush tree-lined driveway greets the visitor. It is so soothing and fresh—truly a rustic atmosphere.

    On the left side of the property, Chris’ vegetable garden grabs a visitor’s attention with the eggplants, ripe tomatoes and okras hanging from branches, and paleya and sikwa plants crawling profusely on bamboo climbers. This countryside scene will be a contrast to what awaits inside the house and the backyard.

    The house is spotlessly clean—and empty because the Hydens have only two children, both married. Marie and her family are now based in Sweden while Karl and his wife are based in London. In the quiet elegance, a visitor can take in the couple’s marvelous collections of antique furniture and bric-a-brac, mostly heirlooms from Chris’ Swedish grandparents and Malou’s Filipino ones.

    “Our house is simple yet elegant, not cluttered nor complicated, just like the idea of the art of Ikebana. Elegance in minimalism,” Malou, who happens to be the incoming president of Ikebana International-Cebu Chapter, stressed.

    “I love flowers and plants, and this has influenced me a lot in decorating my house, in landscaping my gardens.”

    Then she showed the main attraction of the house: her husband’s Captain’s Bar. Chris is a retired ship captain and his bar holds the various mementos of his trips and voyages as well as the intricate miniature ships he made himself.

    “Now that my husband and I are alone in this house, we love to entertain and host our parties here. We usually have them by the pool, overlooking the bay,” Malou said. And what a vision to behold! Just like a tropical island resort. This is one house that has seen many joyous parties and gatherings, heard hundreds of people’s laughter as well as children’s giggles. This is the house that saw the dreams and aspirations of Swedish ship captain and his Filipina housewife.

    If this house could speak, it would tell stories of how real-life inspiration can very well work out with achievable ideas. It would tell tales of how a Scandinavian culture can very well blend with that of the Filipino. As long as there is love and understanding, care and compassion, peace and harmony will prevail in an interracial household. For as the saying goes: “A house is made of bricks and beams; but a home is made of love and dreams.”

    Article source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/lifestyle/2014/06/29/house-silot-bay-350843

    Gardening with ground covers in Muskoka

    Bracebridge Examiner

    Attractive, functional, and often unnoticed and underutilized, ground covers have many benefits in the garden. They can replace areas of lawn where grass won’t grow. They discourage weed seeds from germinating and provide hospitable conditions for earthworms and beneficial insects. They improve general soil health by moderating soil temperature and evaporation, like a living mulch.

    Ground covers serve secondary functions of covering erosion-prone areas such as slopes, and can blanket out-of-the-way areas to tidy them up. But of course the visual impact in early season of masses of flowers only large colonies of ground covers can give cannot be overlooked.

    The combinations of plants with plants is limitless. Ground covers in the natural and planted garden form colonies of intermingling plants which in time learn to thrive amongst each other. Ground covers can be layered with taller perennials or woody shrubs and trees for even greater visual impact. To some this look appears unorganized, almost messy, but a garden that has found its balance with plants that share sun, water and space has a truly maintenance-free longevity.

    Consider these garden champions from the perspective of how they adapt with other plants in a garden. Using a broad-leaved ground cover under a deciduous shrub group like hydrangea, shrub roses or lilacs creates all-season interest. Ground covers such as Lamium, creeping phlox, wild ginger or violas look great around evergreens or broadleaf shrubs. Sweet woodruff is one of my favourites for semi-shade in a non-native garden. Many low shrubs are also good ground covers; examples include Stephandra and two natives, ground cherry (Prunus pumila) and bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera).

    Some perennials, particularly fine-leaved plants, do not tolerate ground covers which can choke them out, so it helps to learn combinations that don’t work.

    Barren strawberry (Waldstenia) and foamflower are perfect for the woodland garden. Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) works as a garden edging along walks and gravel driveways in full sun. Try gooseneck loosestrife in a contained area, full sun or semi-shade. Some of our native plants make great ground covers. Foamflower, wintergreen, bearberry, and bunchberry now find a place in mainstream landscaping. Many native ferns are great ground covers, especially in deep shaded areas.

    Some perennials, particularly fine-leaved plants, do not tolerate ground covers which can choke them out, so it helps to learn combinations that don’t work. Some very low growing covers such as Veronica, bugleweed (Ajuga) and loosestrife (Lysimachia) can creep into a turf area and can tolerate cutting. This looks quite attractive and with careful mowing, colonies can be allowed to thrive and replace some areas of lawn permanently.

    Many vines also act as ground covers if not given the opportunity to climb. Climbing hydrangea is an incredible ground scrambler, trying to rise just to cascade down, forming a wave, and is excellent over walls or boulder retaining walls. Virginia creeper and other Zone 5 vines will be happy to crawl about through rock pockets or over stone retaining walls.

    Once you have established a friendly ground or two of cover plants, early spring division of plant groups can provide new plants for other areas. Many start easily from cuttings or seed.

    A word of warning: some aggressive ground covers are extremely invasive. Goutweed is impossible to contain and can easily escape into natural wooded areas where it smothers our native vegetation. Periwinkle is another example. I’ve noticed large areas of woodland filled with periwinkle, obviously choking out any natives that once thrived there. These plants are impossible to eradicate once established. Some aggressive ground covers can be successfully contained by physical boundaries such as between a building and a walkway or driveway although some do have the ability to span great distances underground to find freedom. It is best to avoid them altogether.

    Ontario’s Invasive Plant Council published a useful booklet called Grow Me Instead, which not only provides useful advice in how to avoid the problem of invasive plants, but provides many suggestions of alternative plants to these invasives including many natives. Copies of this booklet are widely available at garden centres and by Googling it.

    And as with everything these days, there is lots of useful advice and ideas on the internet on ground covers, their benefits and how to incorporate them into your garden. Many websites encourage the use of native species which is always a good idea. Even tried and true plants can be used in new ways for a different look or benefit.

    The Muskoka Conservancy (formerly the Muskoka Heritage Foundation) has been committed to nurturing, protecting and conserving our natural and cultural heritage for over 25 years. Visit www.muskokaconservancy.org or call 705-645-7393 to learn more about stewardship programs, protected properties, and educational outreach. You can help us conserve Muskoka’s environment: become a member, make a donation, leave a legacy.

    South Bay calendar: June 28 and beyond

    SOUTH BAY

    Remnants of the Past Antique and Vintage Show: Collectibles, antiques, jewels, flowers and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 28 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 29. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. $15. www.remnantsofthepast.com.

    Controlling Animal Pests in the Garden: Master Gardeners discuss damage animals can cause in the garden and demonstrate traps (presentation not appropriate for children). Noon June 28. Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Road. Free. 408-615-2900, mastergardeners.org/upcoming-events.

    Santa Clara Valley Koi and Water Garden Club Pond Tour: Visit six unique koi ponds with botanical gardens, model trains and more in San Jose, Campbell and Los Gatos. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 19, $5-15, free for those 12 and younger. Begin tour at any location. Addresses available at www.sckoi.com.

    Starting a Native Plant Garden During Drought: With Kevin Bryant, native plant landscape consultant. 6-7:30 p.m. July 23. Santa Teresa Branch Library, 290 International Circle, San Jose. Free. 650-260-3450, www.cnps-scv.org.

    Volunteers Needed: The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy seeks volunteers to remove spent blooms at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden. 5-7 p.m. second Tuesdays monthly, through Sept. 9. Heritage Rose Garden, Taylor and Spring streets. 408-298-7657, www.grpg.org.

    PENINSULA

    Summer Garden Sculpture Exhibit: Sculptures by local artists are on display throughout the gardens at Filoli. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 7. Closed Mondays and holidays. 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. $8-$18; group rates available. www.filoli.org.

    Starting an Herb Garden: Organic plant care, herbs that grow well together and container gardens. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 28. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. $42. 650-493-6072, www.commongroundinpaloalto.org.

    Garden Show: See a one-of-a-kind garden with unusual perennials, annuals and vines in full bloom, container gardening and antique ironwork. 1-5 p.m. June 29; instructional tour 3 p.m. 729 Willborough Road, Burlingame. Admission: a tax-deductible donation in any amount to Caminar, 2600 S. El Camino Real, Suite 200, San Mateo. 650-342-0683, http://bit.ly/1qyBFjN.

    Your Lawn Is Dead, Now What?: Presentation covers a variety of no-lawn landscaping styles and ideas. 7-8:30 p.m. July 9. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Free. 650-260-3450, www.cnps-scv.org.

    Edible Landscaping Tour: Explore organic edible gardens, including several frontyard plots; meet gardeners; and get ideas on water-saving techniques, raised beds, chickens and coops, greenhouses, native plants and composting. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 19. $35. Details: www.commongroundinpaloalto.org.

    SAN FRANCISCO

    Bean Sprouts Family Days: In the Children’s Garden, families with kids can enjoy exploration, nature crafts and outdoor games. Noon-3 p.m. Saturdays, through October. San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 Ninth Ave. Included in regular entry fee. 415-661-1316, www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.

    Article source: http://www.mercurynews.com/home-garden/ci_26026078/south-bay-calendar-june-28-and-beyond

    Manito landscaping business adds artistic touch with large aluminum statues


    By Steve Tarter of the Journal Star


    Posted Jun. 28, 2014 @ 2:00 pm


    Article source: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140628/BUSINESS/140629203

    Garden Walk Features Plenty Of Beauty

    Patti and Bruce Tehan, Indianapolis, take a look at the flowers along the slate walkway at the home of Donyel Byrd, East Constitution Drive, Syracuse. (Photo by Deb Patterson)

    Patti and Bruce Tehan, Indianapolis, take a look at the flowers along the slate walkway at the home of Donyel Byrd, East Constitution Drive, Syracuse. (Photo by Deb Patterson)

    Follow the signs of the “Daisies” is what over 70 individuals did before noon Saturday for the Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Walk.

    The walk began at 10 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m. For those who didn’t purchase tickets ahead of time, tickets are available at any of the homes mentioned below.

    A few sprinkles with a small rain shower provided a brief cool down for those visiting the three homes on Lake Wawasee and one home on Syracuse Lake. Rain or shine, the garden walk continued as guests had the opportunity to view beautiful gardens with a wide variety of flowers and decorations.

    Many took the opportunity to get their own garden planting ideas or even landscaping ideas. Others came to view the beautiful flowers in bloom.

    The garden walk is hosted by the Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club, which is celebrating it’s 54th year. Proceeds are used to promote projects of the club including the plantings n the city parks and hanging baskets uptown Syracuse and scholarships for landscape architect students at Purdue and Ball State as well as a scholarship for graduating Wawasee High School seniors.

    If you followed the tour in the order listed on the ticket, your first stop was at the home of Donyel Byrd, 8241 E. Constitution Drive, Syracuse. Hand stacked stone posts topped with urns are filled with annuals that coordinate with the plantings in the large window boxes. The slate walkway leads through an arbor to the channel side of the home, where perennials and annuals, as well as tomato plants create a landscape providing color all summer long.

    Head back into Syracuse to the home of Michael and Rebecca Kubacki, 1401 E.Northshore Drive, Syracuse. Flower gardens here feature metal musicians and Frank Lloyd Wright sculptures with colorful annuals at their bases. Many hydrangeas are located throughout the yard. On the lakeside of the home and on the patio, a table is set for a garden luncheon or a picnic is waiting under a tree.

    Head south out of Syracuse on SR 13 and park at St. Martin dePorres Catholic Church parking lot for a short walk to catch a shuttle up the street to the home of Joseph and Maria Hinrich, 11532 N.Waco Point Drive, Syracuse. Or tour the gardens at the home of Larry and Monica Weigand, 11160 N. ideal Beach Drive, just a short walk from the parking lot and then catch the shuttle.

    At the Hinrich home walk around the upper garden, surrounded by a stone wall. This garden uses boxwood to divide the area into six quadrants, like a stained glass window. Large pots are placed throughout the property filled with annuals and hedges of boxwood and arborvitae framing the perennials. This garden provides color all season long: lilacs, hydrangeas and cone flowers ad black eyed Susans. Make sure to walk out on the pier and take a look at the brightly colored garden in planters at the pier’s end.

    The Weigand home is the final home on the tour. The flagstone walkway leads out to the lake and garden where perennials and shrubs surround a flagstone patio. Large pots and plants are filled with annuals to provide summer color. Lakeside, a swing provides a place to site and enjoy the Annabella hydrangeas.

    In case you didn’t make the walk, check back later for videos from each of the gardens.

    Article source: http://www.staceypageonline.com/2014/06/28/garden-walk-features-plenty-of-beauty/

    Hammock Gardens Nursery & Landscaping adds floral division – Daytona Beach News

    “We have received so many inquiries for fresh bouquets over the years, we are happy to be providing our customers with this additional service,” said owner Janine Regina-Fonseca, in the release, The full service floral division is headed up by Ellen Schleicher, who has more than 30 years of experience in the floral industry, from working for a grower that grows and harvests the flowers, to owning her own retail store.

    Hammock Gardens Nursery Landscaping opened in 2006 and offers professional landscape designs and lawn maintenance services for commercial and residential customers. The garden center, gift shop and full service florist are located at 5208 North Oceanshore Blvd. They can be reached at 386-446-9154 or online at hammockgardens.com.

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