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Festival of Homes provides panorama of homebuilding design; indoor theaters …

CEDAR CITY — Cedar City community members currently in the market for a new home, or wanting to see the latest trends in homebuilding are welcome to attend the 20th annual Cedar City Festival of Homes hosted by the Iron County Home Builders Association.

House No.2, owned and built by Arron Ashworth, features tile floors to prevent spills, a pellet-ice maker, large bedrooms , entertainment room and a custom backyard basketball court. Cedar City, Sept. 1, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

House No.2, owned and built by Arron Ashworth, features tile floors to prevent spills, large bedrooms , entertainment room and a custom backyard basketball court. Cedar City, Sept. 1, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

The 2014 Festival features a total of 14 homes spread throughout the Cedar City and Enoch areas with styles ranging from modern and spacious to homey and traditional. The first portion of the Festival ran from Aug. 29-Sept. 1 and the Festival will resume from Sept. 5-7 from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.

The purpose of the Festival is to provide homebuyers and those interested in home decorating or landscaping with a way to see the latest technology and trends, Zurl Thornock, executive officer of the Iron County Home Builders Association, said. The festival gives these people a face-to-face experience with builders to learn about how they may take advantage of similar opportunities with their homes.

The 2014 Festival shows more homes than in previous years, Thornock said, and also features higher-end homes that are worth over $1 million. These additions, along with some others small changes, have drawn a larger crowd than previous years.

The downstairs entertainment room of House No.2. Cedar City, Sept. 1, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

The downstairs entertainment room of House No.2 in the Cedar City Festival of Homes, Sept. 1, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

“Our numbers our doing really well,” Thornock said. “Through the first three days we’ve already had 9,300 visits, with an average of … around 660 (visits) per-home.”

Some homebuilders and owners are using the high traffic of visitors to help promote their businesses. Arron Ashworth, of Dual-A Construction and owner of house No.2 in the Festival, said the Festival allows him an opportunity to interact with the public.

This is not the first year Ashworth’s house has been featured in the parade, but he said it has been one of the best in terms of visits and inquires about his work.

“I’ve had two offers on this house and three people who are very serious about wanting me to build for them,” Ashworth said. “Multiple people have actually come back, saying, ‘I want to see it just one more time.’”

The theater room in House No. 9, built by Jake Hulet Construction. Cedar City, Sept. 1, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

The theater room in House No. 9 of the Cedar City Festival of Homes, Sept. 1, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

Being both a homebuilder and a father has allowed Ashworth an opportunity to customize a house that fits his family’s needs. Complete with a game area, tile floors to prevent spill stains and a second kitchen downstairs, he said, the house is perfect for those with a family.

“Every room in (this house) is personalized to each kid we have …,” Ashworth said. “It’s just a big and fun house.”

Some community members visit the Festival for reasons other than buying their own home. Vickey Carlson, a resident of Cedar City who has attended the Festival in past years, said she and her friends have a different reason for attending.

“(I come) to find ideas of things to get in my own house,” Carlson said. “This year I found a kitchen that will actually fit with my kitchen.”

The outdoor kitchen in the backyard of House No. 1 in the Festival of Homes in Cedar City, Sept. 1, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

The outdoor kitchen in the backyard of House No. 1 of the Cedar City Festival of Homes, Sept. 1, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

The Festival, Carlson said, gives people a chance to see how different paint styles, countertop materials and floor plans can look without actually having to change their own homes, saving them both time and money.

Homeowners or builders wanting to be a part of the 2015 Festival can do so by becoming a member of the Iron County Home Builders Association, Thornock said, and remaining in good standing.

Tickets for the Festival are $10 and can be purchased at the State Bank of Southern Utah in Cedar City, or by visiting any of the houses on the Festival’s list during the open hours. Tickets are required for visitors over the age of 2 and entitle one visit per-home and an extra bonus visit to a home of the ticket holder’s choice.


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Kinder Garden makes debut at Fall Gardeners’ Festival



Mark Windham, UT Extension, identifies this large leaf brought in by Judy Pearson as a Paulownia leaf.

Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:17 pm

Kinder Garden makes debut at Fall Gardeners’ Festival

As participants explored the gardens at the UT Plateau AgResearch Center Aug. 26, they found displays of native plants, educational seminars on a variety of topics and experts ready to answer their garden-related questions. 

They also found the beginnings of a new garden, the Kinder Garden.

“The demonstration gardens are for education, but yet we had nothing for children,” said Beth Morgan, Master Gardener. 

The Kinder Garden is currently under construction, with planting to take place in the spring. It will cater to children up to age six and serve as an outdoor classroom. 

The garden has two areas with one focused on gross motor skills. There children can crawl through a bean tunnel, skip over stepping stones and play in the fort. 

On the other side of the garden, activities are offered to engage all five senses. Edible plants and herbs will engage their taste buds. A small labyrinth gets their eyes working. There will be items to manipulate with their hands, working on touch and feel. A musical area, with permanently installed instruments, engages their ears. There will also be an art area for children to create projects and a vegetable planting areas. 

“The parents or guardians move through the garden with the child and lean with them and play,” Morgan explained. “Children learn by playing.”

Gardening with children teaches science, math, language and other skills. It also helps children to reconnect with nature, cultivate creativity and responsibility and learn patience and compassion. 

The Kinder Garden is a project of the Cumberland County Master Gardeners and was built by volunteers with donations from the community. 

Other popular topics visitors could hear about included the Garden2Tailgate presentation. Dean Towers, a member of the Cumberland County Master Gardeners, offered cooking classes and safety tips for healthy tailgating. The recipes featured seasonal fruits and vegetables. 

Rainwater and rain gardens explored how to improve the soil and make use of native landscaping. Organic gardening was discussed, along with berry production and vegetable plants, and harvesting of herbs. Several of the expert-led presentations served as continuing education sessions, as well. 

Visitors could also explore the vendors area, which featured nurseries from around the area, and UT Extension offered free soil pH analysis. Wagon tours helped give an overview of the many activities at the Plateau AdResearch and Education Center, which became the third site in the UT Gardens’ statewide plant collection. Last year, the combined UT Gardens collections were designated by the Tennessee General Assembly as the state’s official botanical garden.  

The annual Fall Gardeners’ Festival is a project of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the Cumberland County Master Gardeners. The Cumberland County Master Gardeners Association is a program of the county’s UT Extension office. For more information, visit the Master Gardeners’ website at


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Wheel-friendly yards: Accessible Garden Tour of SE Portland (photos and video) – The Oregonian

Larry Cross spins his wheelchair around when he’s through talking about his backyard waterfall. Then he dashes up a ramp to explain his rain pavilion, an elevated wood platform where he can survey his Southeast Portland backyard.

Cross, 67, can’t walk without effort and relies on a walker and a motorized scooter. But he doesn’t slow down when he’s explaining about the eight years it has taken him to create landscaping that is universally accessible.

Universal Design considerations allow everyone, regardless of age, size or ability, to access a space. For gardens, this means there are smooth, wide paths, sturdy, steadying railings and high raised beds that don’t require kneeling or bending to reach. Many people are laying out their home and garden now using these concepts to allow them to age in place.

Cross’ disability has kept him out of many gardens. On the Foster-Powell Garden Tour and the Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour, his battery-operated scooter got stuck in the gravel and he had to be pushed out.

Those recent experiences inspired him to organize a tour that’s accessible to everyone, from babies in strollers to people needing railing for balance or a gently sloping ramp for a wheelchair.

The free Accessible Garden Tour of SE Portland is from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Each of the five sustainable gardens are real-life lessons in accommodating gardeners and visitors with physical injuries or disabilities.

A safe, outdoor space does not have to look a bleak, says Cross, gesturing toward his colorful yard.

Although still rough in places, Cross used recycled materials, rescue plants and ingenuity to add water features, greenery and art around his home.

There are 60 feet of ramps that weave from the front gate up to the entry of the house, past red flowering current, lavender and wisteria, and under an arch ribboned with yellow-orange honeysuckle. Cross calls this his fragrant Matisse sculpture park.

“I’ve created a space for everyone to enjoy,” says Cross, whose garden was on the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability‘s now defunct Build It Green! Home Tour in 2012.

“Children love to dig and explore; people congregate on my rain pavilion, to be social, to relax, to admire the two waterfalls,” he says. “A blind individual can enjoy the scents of the star jasmine and the pittosporum, and enjoy the sounds of the two waterfalls and my four clucking chickens.”

He stops to pet one of his chickens, Esmeralda, that is the color of orange zest. Chickens make him laugh, but they also fertilizer his garden, eat kitchen scraps and bugs, and provide him with eggs.

These are life’s simple pleasures that Cross takes the time to enjoy.

“My osteoporosis requires me to be very careful. Thus, I move more slowly to avoid falls,” says Cross. “I am now attempting to compensate by slowing down, appreciating much more, eliminating stress and anger, and expressing gratitude for what I have.”

Cross took classes to earn a certificate in accessible and aging-in-place design at Portland Community College and professor Amanda Davis of the Interior Design Department will be at his home during the tour with information about spaces that everyone can access, now and in the future.

“People’s realization that they will age creates an awareness of how one’s home may need modifications,” says Cross. “This tour of five gardens will inspire them.”

–Janet Eastman

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A glimpse of India comes to Taubman Museum through art on Sept. 13

Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 2:00 pm

A glimpse of India comes to Taubman Museum through art on Sept. 13

“Arts of India – A Glimpse” is an audio and visual presentations of Indian arts – tribal to traditional – depicting Indian life, culture and nature via mediums of sketches, paintings, arts and crafts at the Taubman Museum of Art. The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

Live performances of music and dance and talks will also be available. Enjoy strolling through these exhibits:

Color Collage: A tapestry of Indian crafts

Themes of India: An exhibition of sketches and paintings

Bahar: The Indian performing arts

Warli: A tribal arts mosaic

The event is free. For more information, call 540-772-1539.

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Fall Gardening Tips

Fall Gardening Tips

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables — and personal satisfaction — from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season. Cooler temperatures and fall conditions can actually make gardening easier and more enjoyable. Many of fall’s best-producing vegetables are also colorful, making them great additions to flower beds and containers.

If you loved summer gardening, you can keep your garden growing right through fall. Here’s how to make the most of fall season gardening:

Size Up the Soil
Most vegetable plants require full sun for six or more hours a day, and because fall provides a bit less sunlight than summer, you may need to relocate your plot to make the most of shorter days. If moving your garden isn’t an option, you can still take full advantage of sunshine by planting veggies in containers or by creating a raised bed in a sunny spot.

If you’ll be reusing your summer garden plot, remove any leftover debris. Don’t forget to pull up weeds before they go to seed. Fluff any compacted soil with a garden fork. Next, test the soil to see if any amendments are needed. Even if your soil is in good shape, adding a 2-inch layer of bagged compost or a balanced, natural fertilizer can give plants a boost.

Be prepared for frost. Keep materials on hand to protect plants when frost threatens, such as floating row cover, a cold frame or a cloche. On frosty, cold nights, move container plants to a protected spot. Not sure when frost will arrive in your area? Check out this USDA frost map.

Pick Your Plants

While crops like strawberries and tomatoes have faded to sweet summer memories, many plants thrive in fall. To ensure a successful harvest, it’s important to pick the right plants and give yourself a jump-start by using transplants, rather than starting off with seeds. Planting six-week-old transplants ensures you’ll have the best opportunity to take advantage of fall’s shorter, and you’ll harvest sooner than if you plant from seed.

Seasonally appropriate transplants ensure you’ll have greater success in your garden. An added bonus of fall planting is that many cool crops are also packed with nutrition and are among the healthiest vegetables you can eat.

Choose hardy crops that can withstand light frost and temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Hardy Bonnie favorites for fall include:

Broccoli – This versatile veggie is packed with vitamins K, C and A, and is a good source of folate.

Cabbage – A staple of Oktoberfest celebrations across the country, cabbage comes in several varieties, all of which are high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and K and fiber.

Kale – Some varieties of kale, like Winterbor Kale, actually taste better when kissed by frost. A prolific producer, kale thrives in fall gardens and is a good source of vitamins A, C, K and B6, as well as manganese.

Leeks – Prized by gourmets for their milder flavor, leeks are frost-tolerant in all but the coldest planting zones. The health benefits of all onions are well documented, and leeks also add a pop of bright color to culinary dishes.

Spinach – This nutrient-rich green does as well in fall’s cooler temperatures as it does in summer heat. Spinach will continue to produce throughout the season, providing a tasty source of vitamins A, C, K and E, as well as the minerals iron, potassium and magnesium.

The end of summer doesn’t have to herald the end of your garden harvest and enjoyment, or a return to the grocery store produce aisle. With the right fall crops, you can achieve a satisfying, healthful harvest throughout the fall.

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GARDENERS looking for unusual ways to spice up their estate can learn a few tips at a talk by Winchester Horticultural Society.

Worthy Plants’ Philip Jeffs will present 15 unusual plants for small gardens in a talk on September 10.

The society meets every month at The Winchester Club in Worthy Lane. This month they will compete to produce the best three garden tomatoes.

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In the Garden: Tips and ideas for fall planting

A small tree frog makes his home at Pine Creek Nursery. Photo by Gwen Sayers

Back-to-school is upon us and fall is right around the corner. Vibrant autumn colors will soon be making an appearance; leaves are poised to begin drifting lazily to the ground.

But perhaps surprisingly, when it comes to gardening, autumn is an excellent time of year to plant things. Pine Creek Farms and Nursery owner Gwen Sayers recently offered some suggestions on what can be done to keep gardens looking attractive in the fall, as well as how to best prepare for a flourishing garden in the spring.

“As we get into fall, it is the perfect time to plant things. It is the best time of year to put things in the ground as long as it’s a perennial that comes back year after year, or a shrub, or a tree,” said Sayers.

When it comes to annuals, plants which bloom for one season and then are done, more care is needed to ensure that the annual you are planting can accommodate the upcoming shift in the seasons. Sayers shared that pansies can be planted all throughout the fall and even into the winter.

“They do okay in the frost, and they’ll live through the snow a lot of times,” said Sayers.

Pink Lewisia plants are a flowering perennial plant which comes in many different colors. Photo by Chris Hendrickson

Another way to extend the beauty of both perennials and annuals is by trimming away the old flowers.

“You can even sometimes get them to bloom another time before fall ends, so you get another flush of blooms through fall,” said Sayers.

Sayers explained that sweet peas are a popular annual flowering plant that can be grown from seed. They are notably bright and fragrant, do well in the sun, and will often bloom through November, provided that the old blooms are deadheaded and any seed pods are trimmed back.

One of the things that Sayers is looking forward to is digging up some of her perennials to be divided and then planted in other places throughout the nursery. Perennials like Hastas, Garden Phlox and Black-eyed Susans can be divided up in this fashion and replanted, populating other areas of the garden which may need some filler.

An example of both garden art and a container garden at Pine Creek Nursery. Pine Creek suggests combining evergreen plants and perennials, as well as flowering annuals when doing container gardens.
Photo by Chris Hendrickson

“So you plant them in the fall, and then they sit there all winter and develop roots, and then next year they come back as really strong plants,” said Sayers. “I think a lot of people don’t think of fall as the best time to plant, but it’s cooling down, we start getting our rain, and there’s not a lot of heat to stress the plants out.”

In addition to amending beds, trimming things back and doing miscellaneous cleanup, Sayers explained that fall is also a great time to experiment with growing things in pots.

“Something that we specialize in here is container gardens,” said Sayers. “Container gardens are a fun way to do gardens on a smaller scale or to dress up an area like the entrance to your home.”

Pine Creek advocates for utilizing evergreen and perennial plants in containers and pots, rather than only annuals. Annual plants like pansies can then be added to the ensemble, creating both texture as well as a vibrant splash of color. Once the annuals start to get tired or withered from the summer sun, they can simply be pulled out and fresh pansies can be added to keep the container looking full throughout the fall.

“We love to teach people about using perennials and evergreens and things that are there all year long,” said Sayers. “Then it’s not so much work to make it look good; you’re just plugging in some color here and there instead of replanting the whole thing.”

Pine Creek provides spring classes on things like container gardening and terrariums, and during the winter they offer wreath-making classes. Private parties can also be accommodated.

A various assortment of plants at Pine Creek Nursery. Photo by Chris Hendrickson

Pine Creek Farms and Nursery, located off U.S. 2 in Monroe, is owned by Gwen Sayers and her husband, Paul. When the two purchased the property in 2000, it consisted of rough pasture and blackberry brambles. Currently, the nursery, which opened in 2003, features a tree farm, several greenhouses, an events center and a gift shop. Rows upon rows of plants are available including evergreen plants, edibles, herbs, flowering plants, garden art and more.

They also provide bulk landscaping materials like gravel, bark, topsoil, mulches and compost. They also sell Christmas trees in the winter.

Gwen shared that Paul has been the driving force behind Pine Creek.

“Every year he’s added something new. This year it’s the events center,” said Gwen. “He started working on that early last spring, and it’s just about done now.”

“There are all these little pieces that go together, making it more of a well-rounded experience coming to a nursery,” she continued.

His next goal is to complete the new amphitheater which will enhance Pine Creek’s events facility.

Pine Creek’s events center can accommodate weddings, anniversary parties, birthday celebrations and corporate events. The lush garden environment features landscaped flowerbeds, courtyards, water features and much more. The gift shop includes everything from waterproof boots to coffee table books about gardening.

Paul, an accomplished landscape architect with over 20 years of experience, also owns and operates his own landscaping company called Paul Sayers Landscaping.

Gwen shared that eventually, the two hope to ease away from the landscaping business and operate the nursery on a full time basis.

Pine Creek Farms and Nursery is located at 23225 Sofie Rd. in Monroe. For additional information on the nursery, visit the website here: The Pine Creek Facebook page can be found here:

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