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Tips for the small garden

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The garden of Steve and Kerry Kadushin in Manheim Township’s Grandview Heights neighborhood uses screening for privacy and vertical surfaces to add color.

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 6:00 am

Tips for the small garden

LIS KING | Correspondent

1. A trellis will mask an unsightly view and still let in light and breezes.

2. Use more planters than ground covers to cut down on maintenance.

3. Pay attention to scale. Don’t cram a 10-person dining table into a small garden. Instead, go with built-ins or tables with extensions. And don’t plant a tree that’ll grow to 100 feet.

4. A focal point — such as a fountain, a birdbath or a wall plaque — will draw attention off the size of the yard.

5. Include contrasts. Mix square areas with rectangular and circular ones. Put spiky-leaved plants next to billowy ones.

6. Too many kinds of paving in a small area looks too busy.

7. Place larger plants toward the back and smaller ones toward the front.

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Wallingford Garden Club showcases floral and sculptural designs at Gallery 53 – Meriden Record

MERIDEN ­— The Wallingford Garden Club and Middlefield’s Mid-Lea Garden Club joined forces to put on an exhibit at Gallery 53 consisting of floral and sculptural interpretations of paintings using fresh and dried flowers.

The show premiered July 11. Gallery 53 president Christine Webster said the turnout for the show so far has been very positive. This is the second year the Wallingford Garden Club has collaborated with the 53 Colony St. gallery for the exhibit. According to Webster, last year the gallery featured 12 artists. This year, 18 artists contributed work, which included floral arrangements and sculptures.

Garden club members were asked to pick out a painting from the gallery and create their own floral or sculptural interpretation of it. A combination of art and adaptation, Webster said that this year, the club has taken their arrangements, “to a new height with the creativity and color,” of their creations.

Wallingford Garden Club president Shirley Lagerstrom said that the project was important to the club because many of the members lack experience with design. For many members of the group it was “a stretching exercise,” getting them out of their comfort zone and forcing them to get creative with their subjects.

The club’s Floral Design chairwoman and former president Barbara Bruce helped organize the collaboration with the gallery, and according to Lagerstrom is the expert designer of the bunch.

One of the pieces Bruce designed was a sculpture mounted in a blue wicker boat with different types of dried foliage spray painted vibrant colors.

The painting she chose to interpret was of a man taking off his shoes and dancing.

“It made me happy,” said Bruce, and she wanted her design to match the painting’s light-hearted feel.

Sandy Frederick, president of the Mid-Lea club, said putting together her arrangement was an emotional experience for her. When she first saw the painting of a field in early spring still covered with patches of snow, she said it made her feel nostalgic for the style of paintings her sister used to do.

“It just called to me,” Frederick said.

She chose to interpret the painting using an old copper bean scoop and foliage with soft white and wheat colors to match the painting’s color scheme.

Frederick said her sister can no longer paint due to multiple sclerosis. Seeing Frederick’s interpretation of the painting brought back good memories for them both.

Max and Annette Bailey, of North Haven, were struck by the variety of art on display during a Tuesday visit to the gallery.

“I think it’s lovely, there are so many different mediums,” said Annette Bailey, “such a variety of subject matter.”

Max Bailey said it was a “great show,” saying that he enjoyed both the variety of the art and vibrant color scheme of the exhibit.

The Wallingford Garden Club has been in existence for 84 years and has about 80 members.

According to Lagerstrom, the group’s mission statement is, “to stimulate interest in horticulture, to aid in the protection and conservation of natural resources, to preserve heritage, to promote civic duty and to advance the art of floral design and landscape design.”

The exhibit will be open until July 25. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (203) 235-1661

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Small garden savvy: Plan, then plant

So you think it takes a good-sized lot to have a great garden? You couldn’t be more wrong.

A petite plot can be a huge asset, landscape designers say. Since a small garden requires creativity and a deft eye, it’s often much more interesting and inviting than a large one, according to Drew Dvorchak, a landscape designer with Erb Brothers of Lititz.

“Just look at the small lots that are characteristic of Lancaster County’s older neighborhoods,” he says. “Their aesthetics often leave the standard lawn and foundation plantings far behind.”

“And consider the charm of courtyards in downtown Lancaster,” adds Douglas Keener of Clean Cut, Inc., a Lancaster design and landscaping firm. “Here’s plenty of proof that a small, enclosed space works perfectly for any number of purposes, from family hangout and entertaining to kids’ play area and serious gardening.

“I think such spaces work especially well when you play up their coziness so they feel like outdoor rooms.”

Both Dvorchak and Keener say that the key to exemplary small gardens is good planning. A professional plan is not expensive, they say. Somewhere between $250 to $500 should do it, and it can save the homeowner costly mistakes and disappointments. Also, it makes it easier for the homeowner on a budget to phase in the work.

Tips for the small garden

Our local experts suggest that planning is key. After that:

A model garden

Grandview Heights in Manheim Township is one of those Lancaster neighborhoods where showy, small gardens make admiring drivers stop and gawk. One of these is a modest backyard designed by Dvorchak for Steve and Kerry Kadushin. The 30-feet-by-50-feet space manages to offer lots of architectural interest as well as plant materials chosen for shape and three-season color. Steps from a covered porch lead to a two-level terrace, one of them featuring a latticed arbor. At the lowest level, a tiny lawn sets off charming beds and potted plants.

Dvorchak calls it a unique and very personal garden.

“It started with a rare tricolor beech tree that our firm found and planted for them four years ago,” he says. “That led to a garden plan, which we implemented over the next two years. We screened off one side facing a neighbor’s yard with schip laurels, (which are) evergreen shrubs that spread rather than shoot upwards. Other shrubs are hydrangea, boxwood, winterberry holly and rhododendron.

“Then we have vines, such as clematis and honeysuckle, creating dappled shade in the arbor, and a red rose climbing a trellis on the garage wall that forms the yard’s northern boundary. The ground cover is blue myrtle, and a mix of perennials and annuals (provides) color throughout the summer.”

To maintain the garden’s structure, Dvorchak and the Erb crew return every spring, pruning and planting as necessary. He acknowledges that, eventually, the beech will provide too much shade for the current mix of plant materials. “But it’s a gorgeous tree and a favorite of the owners,” he adds. “We’ll just change out some of the plants to suit the new circumstances.”

Advice for small plots

Keener, of Clean Cut, feels that a sequence of blooms, berries, foliage, bark and branches is especially important in the small garden.

“Plants that bloom for a few days and then just stand there and do nothing for the rest of the year won’t do,” he says. “Every plant, shrub and tree has to earn its place.

“And give trees and shrubs their due,” he adds. “They’re the architectural backbone of the yard. In spring, many of them flower; in summer, they provide shade, and shrubs form a neutral background for colorful flowers. Come fall, they serve up golden and crimson leaves, and in winter, deciduous specimens and evergreens provide shades of blue, green, gold and mahogany as well as brilliant splashes of colors in twigs and berries.”

Choosing the right approach also can make a small space appear larger, Keener says. “You can use pathways and lighting to create illusions of depth. Also incorporate special features — a bird bath, a pergola, a fountain — to move the eye along.”

Marissa Miles, a landscape specialist with Tomlinson Bomberger in Lancaster, warns homeowners that hardscaping, like patios and other permanent fixtures, should be their first concern.

“If you’re putting the garden in bit by bit, you should have the walkway or patio installed first,” she says. “You don’t want to discover later on that they are in the way of plant materials.

“And make sure the garden design complements the house,” she adds. “A formal French garden with clipped topiaries doesn’t suit a rustic cottage. An artful Japanese landscape will look odd if your house is an American colonial.”

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Me & My Job – Ian Drummond, owner, Indoor Garden Design

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Ian Drummond, owner, Indoor Garden Design - image: Indoor Garden Design

Ian Drummond, owner, Indoor Garden Design – image: Indoor Garden Design

How did you get started in the industry? I joined Indoor Garden Design in 1993 after four years with Ken Hayford floristry, where I started as an apprentice. I recently celebrated 25 years in the industry and took over from Ed Wolf running Indoor Garden Design last year.

What advice would you give to others starting out? There are lots of full-time courses such as amenity horticulture and interior landscaping. I’d recommend taking a course and backing it up with work experience, either part-time or as a volunteer. You can’t beat first-hand experience.

What are you working on? With the World Cup, everyone wanted Brazilian planting — Wentworth, the Four Seasons Hotel and OK! magazine. They wanted lots of palms, strelitzia and Guzmania. For Efig National Plants at Work Week (14-21 July) we were raising awareness of the benefits of plants in the workplace.

Who are your main clients? Big corporates are still the biggest part of the business — blue-chip companies moving into new offices. The growing part of the business is hotel work and events.

Who are your main suppliers? Koburg from Holland.

What are the major industry issues? The corporate side has been on the back burner for a few years. When times are tough it was something they thought could be left. But facilities managers are now putting indoor planting higher back up on what’s needed for their building.

What are your plans for the future? To raise awareness of the health benefits of plants in the workplace and people’s perception of office plants, rather than just having a yucca in the corner.

And to get interior landscaping BREEAM recognised. At the moment it is highly recommended. I’m also on the RHS tender ornamental committee. Then there’s Christmas. We do most hotels on Park Lane.

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Planned Madeira Beach park is one for fun and remembrance

MADEIRA BEACH — A special park dedicated to children who have died is about to be built in this beach community, thanks to more than a half-million dollars in donations from grieving families and community supporters.

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The waterfront ROC (Remember Our Children) Park is expected to officially open in January when construction of a City Hall, fire station and recreational complex is set to be completed.

“The park is intended to serve as a positive and happy reminder of all those we have lost who have touched our lives,” City Manager Shane Crawford said. “It will be a celebration of life and a beautiful, serene place to reflect on all of our loved ones who are no longer physically with us, but still very much alive in our hearts.”

The memorial park, unanimously approved by the City Commission last month, will be an integral part of the city’s recreational complex and is the brainchild of local contractor Bill Karns, who lost his son, William F. Karns III, 26, last year.

Originally, the city had budgeted about $200,000 for the landscaping at its new park, but Karns’ firm, William Karns Enterprises Inc., is charging the city $50,000 less to install all the landscaping and amenities surrounding the city’s new recreational complex.

In addition, Karns, his wife, Diane, and two daughters, Paige and Nikki, created a nonprofit foundation, ROC Park Inc., which has already raised more than $500,000 to help pay for additional features and amenities well beyond those originally planned by Madeira Beach.

“This will be a hub of activity for Madeira Beach and for people from all communities. We are very, very excited about it,” Karns said.

Brick paver walkways will replace shell paths surrounding the park, located on the Intracoastal Waterway just east of the City Hall complex.

Along the walkway, visitors can enjoy fountains, a butterfly garden, a splash pad and playground for children, or sit on benches overlooking Boca Ciega Bay.

People can bring their pets to a fenced dog park. Ball fields already are attracting competing teams and tournaments.

“The liveliness of the recreation center and patrons enjoying the grounds will create a happy and positive atmosphere for all who visit,” Crawford said.

So far, more than 100 people, businesses and organizations have donated money or materials to the park foundation.

The largest contributor to date is Home Depot, which is providing landscaping and materials for the project.

Home Depot has yet to confirm the value of that contribution, but Karns said it could well be $200,000.

“Since out first store opened, Home Depot has been dedicated to giving back to community,” Largo Home Depot store manager John Matz said.

Karns said three large sun shades within the park are being donated by Andy and Vicki Hano, who lost their son Michael in a car accident; former Buc Mike Alstott; and Dignity Memorial, one of the country’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services.

“I hope the park will become a place for families to come to remember their children in the midst of a recreational park being enjoyed by children of all ages,” Karns said. “The park will be there for many, many years and enjoyed by thousands of people.”

He got the idea for the park after his family visited MOMS (Memories of Missing Smiles) park in Ocala.

“That beautiful park inspired us to do this. We did not want anything morbid or cemeterylike,” Karns said. “My son loved kids and would be thrilled to see kids playing on a splash pad.”

He also plans a metal artwork palm tree where people can hang “locks of love” dedicated to passed loved ones.

“It will be a spectacular piece of artwork,” Karns said.

Karns said his foundation will sponsor fundraising activities to continue to raise money to support the park.

Two ideas are a “Rock for ROC Park concert and a 5K “Run for ROC Park” event. Both would be held at the park.

The city is accepting donations to Karn’s foundation, Crawford said. Donations should be made to ROC Inc. and mailed to the attention of the City Clerk at the city of Madeira Beach, 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach, FL 33708.

Karns said people also can purchase brick pavers or memorial plaques that will be placed on benches.

Additional information and updates about the park will be available at

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Burlington Landscaping Company Producing Natural and Beautiful Results

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Forestview Landscaping, a Burlington based company, has been providing residential, commercial and construction solutions to its clients for well over 30 years now!

They’ve built their client base and reputation on the values of honesty and integrity, which is the only way principal owner Paul Louks conducts business. He’s actively involved on site at any landscaping project Forestview Landscaping is involved with managing every project the company undertakes in the Burlington, Oakville or Milton area.

Whether your project is small or big, Forestview Landscaping maintains a steady and effective inventory of heavy equipment that can meet your needs. They offer a full range of landscaping services to make the cornerstone areas directly surrounding your home including: interlocking patios, driveways, steps, walkways, and retaining walls and steps.

That said, the range of services offered by the company doesn’t just stop with the bare basics. The team at Forestview Landscaping can help you with carpentry (including fencing, arbors, pergolas, privacy screens and hot tub enclosures), flag stone and rock gardens, horticulture and water elements like bubbling rock, ponds and waterfalls.

If you want proof of how fantastic and gorgeous the service and results that Forestview Landscaping provides really are, take a look at some of the spectacular photos and enthusiastic testimonials they have to share. Needless to say that when you make the decision to bring them in with the goal of creating a beautiful and natural environment around your home, you’ll walk away with a smile on your face!

To get a sense of what it takes to make the vision you have for your landscaping become a reality, go ahead and jot down your ideas. There’s a really simple way to tell the company what you’re thinking of doing and get an estimate for your project. All you have to do is head to their website and request a quote and one of their friendly people will get in touch with you to talk about how Forestview Landscaping can work with you to make things happen!

Their office is located in the heart of Burlington and they can also conveniently serve customers like you in the Oakville and Milton area as well. Contact Forestview Landscaping by phone at (289) 242-2577 or on the web today to discuss the fully customizable plan they can put together to give your landscaping a spectacular, professional and natural look.

Flood expert sees natural fixes for Pensacola

Visiting flood control specialist J. David Waggonner toured Pensacola with a map of the city from the 1770s in his lap and said history may hold the key to recent stormwater challenges in the downtown area.

Riding in a reporter’s car and stopped at the intersection of Garden and Palafox streets, Waggonner pointed to a green line on the map that showed a creek flowing under what is now a four-lane road.

“People knew this is where the water had to go. But then the engineering system tried to force it out,” Waggonner said.

Flooding was rampant on Palafox Street near the intersection after the April 29-30 torrential rains. Waggonner, who has long advised New Orleans government leaders on flood control, is in Pensacola to play a similar role. He’s scheduled to be the main speaker this morning at a joint Escambia County-City of Pensacola stormwater symposium.

Rather than more pumps, pipes and retention ponds, Waggonner suggests landscaping that allows excess stormwater to flow into areas where it can soak into the ground naturally.

“You can’t go back and make it all green creek. But you have to find ways within the urban form to intercept the water,” Waggonner said. “But is there space to create a canal, is there something else that could catch the water?”

A resident of New Orleans, he advised community leaders there on flood protection measures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Waggonner hasn’t been retained by either Escambia County or the City of Pensacola as a paid consultant on their stormwater issues.

If he is hired, his Pensacola clients will hear ideas that vary from the conventional strategies of water pumps, big pipes to carry away excess and retention ponds into which to drain it.

For example, he isn’t enamored that retention ponds “just add more water to water” when it rains, and thus are essentially permanent flood threats. Instead, he suggests gentle slopes planted with trees and other plants. “Sculpted efforts to contour the earth where there’s runoff from parking lots are good to drain water slowly. Quickly is not our friend.”

Walking about the Pensacola Technology Campus in the Aragon area near downtown, Ramiro Diaz, an associate of Waggonner, pointed out that the nine-acre facility has few large trees to intercept excess water. Instead, several small trees are planted in the midst of a concrete plaza.

“Those trees aren’t really helping because the concrete takes the water away from them,” he explained.

One strategy to control the impact of urban stormwater is to limit the amount of impermeable ground area. City Council Member Brian Spencer, who organized the stormwater symposium, said last week that he is examining the possibility of replacing some one-level parking lots with structures of several floors that allow more space to absorb run-off water.

Controlling concrete sprawl with development that stacks users instead of spreading their structures can be important, Waggonner said.

“A highrise condo might be a good thing or not, depending on the surface covered,” he said.

“Pensacola has a resource that is important to deal with excess water: sand,” Waggonner added. “In Holland they’re bringing in tons of sand to put down and soak up flooding, you already have plenty of sandy soil.”

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Brave new gardening for brave new climates

Ripping out the front lawn and its bordering rhododendrons and replacing them with a landscape of native grasses, groundcovers, succulents and rocks once seemed an unfathomable act of defiance. No longer.

As many parts of the United States grapple with drought and rising water bills, “The thought of an English garden in the Central Valley of California is sheer madness. It wasn’t meant to be, and it’s sucking up precious groundwater we need for agriculture,” said Ann Savageau, a design professor at the University of California at Davis, who recently traded in her lush green lawns for a desert look.

Instead of scoffing, neighbors stopped to ask her landscaper for his business card. Other California towns, including Sacramento and Menlo Park, have begun offering rebates to homeowners who remove their lawns.

Gardeners nationwide are feeling the effects of climate change. In the East, and other areas where heavy downpours have become more intense, a sustainable garden might include native grasses and other plants that do well in heavy rain and the dry weather that can follow.

“Awareness is changing in a way that is here to stay,” said Brian Sullivan, a vice president for landscapes at The New York Botanical Garden. “Yard by yard, region by region, the overall environmental impact of this trend, which I think is very positive, is substantial.”

Mowing and watering a traditional lawn requires a lot of time, money, water and fertilizers. Increasingly, many home gardeners want to focus instead on edible gardens, and rethink the rest of their landscaping in a more environmentally sustainable and low-maintenance way.

It’s sometimes hard to know where to begin, however, and few people have the funds or time to tackle a total garden makeover all at once.

Here are some strategies to get you started.

Take it in steps

“Transitions should be made at your own pace and you do these things in small steps,” Sullivan said. “Lawn has utility. We play on it, sing on it and look at it. You can still enjoy your lawn, but cut it down by a third or half, or go with groundcovers you can walk on. They’re not the same, but it’s about shifting expectations.”

Susan Middlefield, horticulture editor for the Vermont-based National Gardening Association, said “less lawn means you’re putting less carbon into the atmosphere. Lawns are fertilizer hogs, and a lot of fertilizer also contributes to oxygen depletion in local waterways.”

Savageau retained a small circle of lush lawn about 12 feet across for her grandson to play on. It’s surrounded by agave and desert grasses.

Consider your site

When taking your yard in a new direction, experts say, the first step is to know your site. Do you have a slope? Is it shady or sunny?

Plants on the top of an incline will be drier and plants at the bottom will be wetter. But when the water dries up, the plants at the bottom need to be fine when it’s dry, too.

Talk with local experts

Many arboretums, botanical gardens, native plant societies and local extension services offer brochures, online help, and classes on suitable plants and landscapes for various climates and regions. Many also maintain native plant gardens to inspire home gardeners, and some communities offer incentives to homeowners making the shift toward more sustainable yards.

Melanie Sifton, vice president of horticulture and facilities at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, in New York City, suggests that homeowners start with, an interdisciplinary effort toward sustainable gardens led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas in Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.

Consider a rain garden

Rain gardens are “a great idea for any part of the country. … You take out a small area of lawn and make a depression into which you direct the rainwater coming off your roof. Instead of rainwater running down the driveway and overwhelming sewers, it goes into an area planted with occasionally heavy downpours in mind,” explained Middlefield.

In Vermont, she said, rain gardens often include summersweet, inkberry, shrubby dogwoods and purple coneflower.

“When there’s a big thunderstorm, you know all that water will be going somewhere useful,” she said.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s new rain gardens, planted with varieties of blue star, switch grass and black gum trees, have been successful and provide stunning fall color, Sifton said.

where lawns are viable, think sustainable

“In areas with sufficient water, I’m not anti-lawn,” Sifton said. “Just be aware of water use, use organic fertilizers and aerate the soil a lot.”

Sustainable lawn varieties being used successfully in New York City include tall fescues mixed with Kentucky bluegrass, she said.


“Composting yard waste and putting out a bucket for rainwater are huge in their environmental impact, and are both very easy ways to start gardening more sustainably,” Sifton added.

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Inaugural Urban Ag Week set to include films, classes and garden tours – City

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By Darla Shelden
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Oklahoma City’s first inaugural Urban Ag film series is now scheduled for August and September. The event will feature local gardens and farms and raise awareness about fall gardening with classes and garden tours.

The OKC Urban Ag Coalition is a new group comprised of urban farms, community gardens, non-profits and supportive businesses.

A series of films and a week of educational events and activities have been designed to highlight the benefits of raising food in the city – especially in the fall.  Event organizers say that’s when weather conditions are ideal for many plants.

“Oklahoma’s heat and drought can be a challenge for gardeners,” said the Coalition’s Co-chair Kat Gant, a sustainable horticulture teacher at OSU-OKC and Director of Community Relations for TLC Gardens.

“We want to help people be successful in growing food. Many people don’t realize that fall is a perfect time for gardening,” Gant added. “The cooler fall weather means less weeding and watering, and many greens and vegetables do very well until November.

“Some can even survive through the winter, with a little bit of protection,” she said. “Fall is also a perfect time to plant trees and perennials.”

The Urban Ag film series is sponsored by TLC Gardens with support from Myriad Botanical Gardens and Transition OKC, a catalyst for healthier, more resilient and sustainable communities.

Films will be screened at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and are followed by informal receptions. Tickets are priced at $5.

On Friday, August 8, a screening of “More Than Honey,” a film about the decline of honeybees will be featured. On Friday, August 22, “Symphony of the Soil,” a documentary about the complex web of life in a teaspoon of soil, will be shown.

The series highlights issues central to the local food, gardening and agriculture movement.  The films will cover the collapse of honeybee populations, the importance of topsoil, and the rise of urban farming as a way for people to connect with their food.

Urban Ag Week runs from September 1 – 7. There will be a lecture and workshop on Wednesday, September 3, from 7-9 p.m., hosted by nationally-recognized organic gardening expert Howard Garrett, also known as the “Dirt Doctor.”

Garrett will provide advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pest control and natural living.

Several other events will be featured including the inaugural Oklahoma City Urban Farm and Garden tour. It will showcase a variety of attractive edible landscapes, community and backyard gardens, and urban farms throughout the metropolitan area.

According to Elia Woods of CommonWealth Urban Farms, the series of events was inspired by the Oklahoma City Council’s December 2013 adoption of an ordinance that supports and embraces urban agriculture, including clear provisions for composting, greenhouses, rainwater harvesting, and front-yard gardening.

On Thursday, September 4, a third film “Growing Cities,” will screen at Myriad Gardens with a reception following. It will detail the benefits brought to numerous American cities through urban farming.

Also on September 4, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. two lectures at Myriad Gardens will feature the benefits of growing food in the fall in Oklahoma as well as a tree planting demonstration.
All day Saturday, September 9, there will be tours of gardens and urban ag projects around Oklahoma City.

“There is a fabulous diversity of urban agriculture in our City,” Woods said.  “We hope the tour and other events will inspire people to grow food for their family, friends, and neighbors and by doing so, help their communities grow and thrive as well.”

To purchase tickets for the Urban Ag film screenings and Howard Garrett events, call Ashley Elkins at the Myriad Gardens at 405-445-7080. Tickets will also be available via the website closer to the event dates.

For more information call 405-524-1864 or visit

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Cooler temperatures helping personal landscaping, businesses’ bottom lines

By Michael Henrich

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 17, 2014) — Below-average July temperatures have given the recently maligned landscaping industry a boost this summer, according to businesses interviewed by FOX59 News.

After at least two straight difficult summers, which have included high temperatures and drought, the cooler temperatures and rainfall during the summer of 2014 have given the landscaping industry another chance.

Dottie Warner, of Frazee Garden Center in Brownsburg, said the difference has been clear.

“This has been perfect weather for landscaping as opposed to the summer of 2012, which was almost as bad as it could get,” Warner said.  “It was too hot.  It was too dry.  The economy was bad.  This year people have been more positive [and] more upbeat.”

Plus, Warner said they’ve been more willing to spend time outside tending to their gardens and, therefore, more willing to invest in their plants and lawns.

Patriot Landscaping LLC owner Jason Thompson has also noticed a difference.

“Last year was really dry and didn’t really have people wanting us to come out and mow when there’s nothing to mow,” Thompson told FOX59.  “It’s definitely helped with the cooler temperatures and the rain.”

Warner said this summer’s weather has been great for growing, which does come with some things on which to keep an eye.

First, Warner said some people have been so trained by previous year’s droughts to constantly water their lawns and gardens in the summer that they’re not taking current rainfall into account and overwatering their landscaping.

Second, good growing weather is also good for weeds.

Warner recommends pulling weeds vigilantly and keeping your grass at a healthy length, rather than automatically going for the putting green look.  She also said fertilizer will help your grass grow and crowd out some of the weeds.

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