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Executive director sought for Davis-Shai House

The Davis-Shai House plans to hire an executive director, but has a leadership team in place until someone is hired.

Park Shai, board chairman of the cultural arts and event center, said candidates have been interviewed this week for the vacant executive director position.

Jill Ann Ladrick left a month ago for another job after two years as executive director.

“We will hire an executive director,” Shai said. “(We’re looking for) a local person with experience running a nonprofit, and has interest in cultural arts and performing arts.”

On Wednesday, The Advocate was told an executive director was not being hired.

A reduction in city funding will require adjustments, but Davis-Shai House will remain in operation, Shai said.

“We will have to structure some things differently, with the city cutting back, but we’re moving forward in a very positive direction,” Shai said.

“We’re supported by the city through the lease, so it won’t close. We won’t quit doing what we’re doing.”

Team leaders Denise Swartz and John Farabee said they are overseeing operations and spreading the word about the center. Neither is interested in the executive director job.

“It’s going very well,” Swartz said. “We’re very excited with the structure now. We’re networking with the community. We’re very excited to serve the community.”

The team leaders attended a Harry David Gifts business fair Thursday to publicize the Davis-Shai House.

Farabee, who has been at Davis-Shai for two years, has worked as groundskeeper and maintenance supervisor. As team leader, he’s added some duties in sales and management.

Before coming to Davis-Shai House, Farabee worked four years as manager of Rocky Fork Landscaping Co. in Dublin.

“It’s going fantastic,” Farabee said. “We’re really excited, with a lot of ideas floating around, doing a lot of brainstorming, meeting people, going out more into the public and letting them know what Davis-Shai House is all about.”

Heath voters will decide in the Nov. 4 general election if they want to repeal a 2002 city ordinance requiring 95 percent of city bed tax funds, or $75,000, whichever is greater, go to the Heath Community Arts Council to operate the center.

A second petition has been circulated to prevent a recent city council ordinance from taking effect. The ordinance reduced funding to a maximum of $75,000 annually for three years.

Shai said he plans to have an open house at the center to talk to the community and get input from them about the facility.

“If you love Heath, you certainly wouldn’t vote against the small funding the city puts toward that,” Shai said. “It’s be a little bit ludicrous to vote against it.

“It’s just such a beautiful place for Heath. It’s a busy place and it sells itself.”



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Crowd weighs in on open space use

Crowd weighs in on open space use


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Nancy Balavage, left, Abby Walters, center, and Barbara Plitt , right, participate in a design charette Thursday afternoon at Strasburg’s Town Hall. Groups gathered to create input on developing the town’s green space. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Strasburg residents help mull options

By Alex Bridges

More than a dozen people played urban planners Thursday to help Strasburg consider uses for open space downtown.

Strasburg’s ongoing work to revitalize its downtown continued as Community Planning Partners and town officials held a design charette that allowed residents, property and business owners to weigh in on how the town could best use the land behind the Brill grocery store.

Longtime resident Maggie Maloney said after the event that she enjoyed the exercise.

“I thought it was marvelous and it really gets people feeling that they have a say and that they have ownership,” Maloney said. “I think that the activity of actually designing … it made us all feel a part of the possibilities of what could happen.”

Strasburg bought the property at 216 E. King St. — a quarter-acre lot that includes the former Brill grocery store building and a taxi stand — from Leonard Brill for $160,000 in March 2009, according to Shenandoah County property records. The lot and buildings were last appraised at almost $213,000. The town also has entertained the idea of acquiring adjacent properties to expand the amount of available open space.

In the charette, participants divided into groups and brainstormed ideas for the open space and how to better use the town’s parking lot off Washington Street. Participants drew on downtown maps and listed their ideas. Town Council members also attended the charette.

Suggestions made by the groups included:

  • Keep the facade of the Brill building but renovate the rest of the structure to include a public restroom facility
  • Raze the Brill building but restore the taxi stand, and possibly expand it to accommodate restrooms
  • Add archways and signs directing people to and from a parking area and open space.
  • Build a retaining wall along Town Run
  • Build a path along Town Run connecting the public parking area to the open space
  • Remove the Hometown Park to provide access to the parking lot from East King Street
  • Remove the two auxiliary buildings in the town parking lot

Craig Wilson, president and chief executive officer for Community Planning Partners, showed some photographs of examples of how small communities have turned open space into areas for events and farmers markets in an effort to revive their downtowns. Urban designer Jim Smither provided some suggestions for the open space that incorporated trees, landscaping and a stage, and, from the parking area a path along Town Run.

The charette also focused on access to the town’s parking area off Washington Street and its connectivity to the open space across East King Street. Strasburg’s Economic Development and Planning Manager Kimberly Murray pointed out that at one point town officials considered turning the open space into parking. A study showed the town has plenty of parking but accessibility remains a concern.

The town received grant money from the Department of Housing and Community Development to support Strasburg’s downtown improvement activities, including efforts to enhance the physical appearance of district. Strasburg has used grant money to survey the town’s businesses, buildings and resources for proprietors, Murray explained. That work set the town up to receive the next portion of the grant money used to conduct the downtown revitalization survey.

The grant also includes an economic revitalization plan consisting of a market-area study of the businesses and a recruitment strategy. Murray said the work also incorporates the market study conducted by students at James Madison University several years ago.

Murray told the crowd that input at the charette would be collected and made available at the next public input session in the near future. Wilson said the work can eventually lead to the town applying for more grant money in February.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or

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Got 2 Hours A Week Or A Month? Volunteer!

GREENSBORO, NC — One of the best ways to honor those whose lives were changed during 9-11 is to give back to your community and make our country a better place. So often, we think to volunteer means you have to give up all your free time.

Chris Sifford, a volunteer coordinator, has a few ideas if you have 2 hours a month or 2 hours a week to give. The ideas below are from The Volunteer Center of Greensboro. But many of these opportunities are available in other cities and counties, you just need to ask!

2 Hours A Week

Office work: The grass roots organization Greener Pastures, established in 2001, serves the Piedmont-Triad area of North Carolina by collaborating with home health physicians in order to provide primary care visits to the aging home-bound population, all the while aiding them to live more independent lifestyles.

In Sept 2013, the organization took services to the next level by meeting the emotional, social and spiritual needs of the isolated and often suffering or in-crisis elderly by implementing chaplain and pastoral care services in partnership with a well-known and respected volunteer organization, Stephen’s Ministry. This innovative partnership of medical professionals, clergy and trained community volunteers “breaks new ground” by expanding the reach of chaplaincy beyond the “typical” settings of public institutions like hospitals, Hospice, military and industrial settings to the in-home setting….the next frontier of medical and personal care as Baby Boomers continue to age.

Visit their website at http://www.greenerpasturesonline.orgto read more or make a donation. Volunteer opportunities are available for fundraising, documentation, accounting, marketing, and IT processing services. Volunteers can sign-up to volunteer online at


Calling all gardening enthusiasts: Lend a hand at Tanger Family Bicentennial Gardens!

The City of Greensboro is in need of a few ongoing volunteers who enjoy spending time in one of Greensboro’s most beautiful places. The City of Greensboro is looking for volunteers who can commit to one hour or more twice a week (Monday-Thursday) any time between 6:30am and 5:00pm.

Volunteers are needed to help pull weeds and manicure landscaping. As a volunteer, you’ll work alongside botanical gardening experts who will teach you everything from designing a flower bed to planning a four-season landscape. A gardening background would be helpful, but is not necessary.

For more information, please contact Anna Hoy at 336-373-7507 or

2 Hours A Month

Food Pantry work: Guilford Child Development is looking for volunteers to work in our food pantry. We need volunteers who will be able to commit to Thursdays. Volunteers should have a passion for helping those in need, good inter-personal skills, be able to lift at least 10 pounds, organizational skills, and the ability to speak a second language is always a plus. This is a great opportunity for any organizations that are looking for volunteer opportunities for a small group. Any and all help goes a long way in feeding families in need in the Guilford County Area. Please click here to see the available dates and times to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact.

Set Up For Activities : Are you looking for a purpose? Would you like to do something meaningful one day a week that will make a huge difference in the lives of others? The Adult Center for Enrichment has the perfect opportunity for you! The Adult Center for Enrichment is a nonprofit organization that provides adult day services to frail and impaired adults as well as support services for caregivers. The Adult Center for Enrichment is looking for volunteers in its Group Respite programs. This is a great opportunity for individuals who would like to volunteer their time to help others. Group Respite volunteers help with the daily operations of the programs. This includes helping set up for the day, helping to serve snack and lunch to the participants, helping with activities, and being a special friend to the programs’ participants. Volunteers in the Group Respite programs are asked to commit to shifts of 9:30-2, 9:30-12 or 12-2 on the days that they choose to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering with the Adult Center for Enrichment please contact Latoya McNair or Taylor Wells at (336) 274-3559.

Do you have a little more time? Come be a Call For Action Volunteer at 2 Wants To Know! Its a 4 hour commitment, 1 day a week. You do need computer skills. Fill out the application here.

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Garden Calendar: Week is jammed with home and garden show, special iris …

HOME AND GARDEN SHOW: The Collin County Fall Home Garden Show will feature exhibits, vendors and improvement ideas for inside and outside the house. 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen. $8.50.

SAVING WATER: Learn how to save water and money with common-sense landscaping at two water-wise seminars. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois Ave., Dallas. Free. Reservations requested. 214-670-3155.

FALL LAWN CARE: Learn how to feed and treat your turf to get lush, green color all through fall.10:15 a.m. Saturday. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. Free.

BUTTERFLY GARDENS: Dallas Zoo horticulturist Randy Johnson will talk about butterfly gardening and the role our native milkweeds play for monarchs. He is a native-plant expert and is growing multiple species of milkweeds and other butterfly-friendly garden plants. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Gecko Hardware, 10233 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas. Reservations required; limited seating. $20 fee includes milkweed plant.

BUTTERFLY HOUSE CELEBRATION: The Texas Discovery Gardens will celebrate five years of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House. Activities will include exhibits, giveaways, crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. $5.

MONARCHS: Learn about the state insect, its life cycle and its migrations. Participants also will learn how to help protect monarch habitats in Texas. 10 a.m. Saturday. Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney. Free, with museum admission.

GARDEN ED: North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas, offers the following events. Vegetable gardening, 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday. $35 Fairy and miniature gardening, 10 a.m. Saturday. Free Fall rose planting, 11 a.m. Sunday. Free Veggie cole crops, 1 p.m. Sunday. Free Fern Society meeting, 3 p.m. Sunday. Free

WILDFLOWER WALK: The Indian Trail Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will lead a wildflower walk at Mockingbird Nature Park. 9 a.m. Saturday. 1361 Onward Road, Midlothian. Free.

TASTE OF FALL: Learn the best herb and vegetable varieties to plant in North Texas and how to grow them organically. Workshop also will offer ideas to ensure homegrown edibles are packed with vitamins and minerals, how to maximize production and how to handle pests and diseases using organic methods. Marshall Grain Co. 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fort Worth location, 2224 E. Lancaster Ave.; 817-536-5636. 1 p.m. Saturday at Grapevine location, 3525 William D. Tate. Free.

BLACKLAND PRAIRIE: Author Matt White will discuss the flora and fauna of the Texas Blackland Prairie. 7 p.m. Monday. Native Plant Society of Texas meeting, REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, west of the Dallas North Tollway, Dallas. Free.

BASIL: The Garden Club of Dallas’ monthly meeting will include a program on how to grow basil and how to use it. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. Free.

LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVES: This course will offer the basic steps in planning, designing and implementing a landscape. Class offered from 10 a.m. to noon Monday and Wednesdays, Sept. 22 through Oct. 1 or from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 23 to Oct. 2. Collin College Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., Plano. $59. Advance registration required.

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Trowel & Glove: Marin garden calendar for the week of Sept. 13, 2014


Garden exchange: The Marin Open Garden Project encourages residents to bring their excess backyard-grown fruit and vegetables to the following locations for a free exchange with other gardeners on Saturdays: San Anselmo from 9 to 10 a.m. on the San Anselmo Town Hall lawn; San Rafael from 9 to 10 a.m. at Pueblo Park at Hacienda Way in Santa Venetia; Novato at the corner of Ferris Drive and Nova Lane from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Tamalpais Valley at 427 Marin Ave. from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Mill Valley from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Peter Dreyfus Memorial Garden at the Mill Valley Public Library at 375 Throckmorton Ave. Go to or email

Plant sale: Free gardening workshops, live music, kids activities and u-pick strawberries will be part of Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden’s annual autumn plant sale. Certified organic perennial and annual food plants with heritage fruit trees and shrubs, herbs, flowers and native plants will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at 1800 Ignacio Blvd. Novato. Free. Go to

Harvest exchange: West Marin Commons offers a weekly harvest exchange at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Livery Stable gardens on the commons in Point Reyes Station. Go to

Gardening volunteers: The Novato Independent Elders Program seeks volunteers to help Novato seniors with their overgrown yards on Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons. Call 899-8296.

Nursery volunteers: Volunteers are sought to help in Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy nurseries from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Tennessee Valley, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Muir Woods or 1. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays or 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the Marin Headlands. Call 561-3077 or go to

Nursery days: The SPAWN (Salmon Protection and Watershed Network) native plant nursery days are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and weekends. Call 663-8590, ext. 114, or email to register and for directions.

Garden visits: Marin Master Gardeners and the Marin Municipal Water District offer free residential Bay-Friendly Garden Walks to MMWD customers. The year-round service helps homeowners identify water-saving opportunities and soil conservation techniques for their landscaping. Call 473-4204 to request a visit to your garden.

Garden volunteers: Marin Open Garden Project (MOGP) volunteers are available to help Marin residents glean excess fruit from their trees for donations to local organizations serving people in need and to build raised beds to start vegetable gardens through the MicroGardens program. MGOP also offers a garden tool lending library. Go to or email

Harvesting volunteers: The Marin Organic Glean Team seeks volunteers to harvest extras from the fields at various farms for the organic school lunch and gleaning program. Call 663-9667 or go to

Plant sale: Free gardening workshops, live music, kids activities,and u-pick strawberries will also be part of Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden’s annual autumn plant sale. Certified organic perennial and annual food plants with heritage fruit trees and shrubs, herbs, flowers and native plants will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at 1800 Ignacio Blvd. Novato. Free. Go to

San Francisco

Botanical garden: The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park, offers several ongoing events. $7; free to San Francisco residents, members and school groups. Call 661-1316 or go to Free docent tours leave from the Strybing Bookstore near the main gate at 1:30 p.m. weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekends; and from the north entrance at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Groups of 10 or more can call ahead for special-focus tours.

Floral palace: The Conservatory of Flowers, at 100 John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park, displays permanent galleries of tropical plant species as well as changing special exhibits from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. $2 to $8. Call 831-2090 or go to

Around the Bay

Landscape garden: Cornerstone Gardens is a permanent, gallery-style garden featuring walk-through installations by international landscape designers on nine acres at 23570 Highway 121 in Sonoma. Free. Call 707-933-3010 or go to

Rose ranch: Garden Valley Ranch rose garden at 498 Pepper Road in Petaluma is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Self-guided and group tours are available. $2 to $10. Call 707-795-0919 or go to

Burbank’s home: The Luther Burbank Home at Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues in Santa Rosa has docent-led tours of the greenhouse and a portion of the gardens every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. $7. Call 707-524-5445.

Olive ranch: McEvoy Ranch at 5935 Red Hill Road in Petaluma offers tips on planting olive trees and has olive trees for sale by appointment. Call 707-769-4123 or go to

Garden tour: A site and garden tour is at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center at 15290 Coleman Valley Road in Occidental. Wednesdays are volunteer days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The garden’s organic nursery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends through Nov. 2. Call 707-874-1557 or go to

Botanical garden: Quarryhill Botanical Garden at 12841 Sonoma Highway in Glen Ellen covers 61 acres and showcases a large selection of scientifically documented wild source temperate Asian plants. The garden is open for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. $5 to $10. Call 707-996-3166 or go to

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Hot Property: Designers uproot tradition

Everything you grow in your yard can be eaten.

Edible landscaping — not to be confused with traditional vegetable or herb gardens — is one of the growing trends in residential yard design according to local landscape designers. Edible plants, bushes and trees can be picked for food or be added to drinks.

“Plantings have to be aesthetic and gorgeous, but they can also be productive, ” said landscape architect Kate Kennen, owner of Charlestown-based Offshoots. “You could be growing something that you could use.”

Kennen says she is creating a lot of edible landscapes with plantings such as juneberry trees that provide sweet berries, an attractive option to traditional fruit trees that attract a lot of bugs. Another favorite are basswood trees, also known as salad trees, whose leaves, buds and flowers can be eaten.

“We did a ‘mint and mojito’ garden for a Jamaica Plain apartment project to appeal to younger people who love craft cocktails,” said Kennen, who says cocktail gardens include mints, oregano, lavender, chives and sage.

She’s created tea plant gardens as well as an edible garden geared to children with tags on a ring binder to help them identify when edible plants can be eaten.

Another growing residential landscaping trend is low-mow or no-mow lawns, said Andrea Nilsen of Boston’s Nilsen Landscape Design.

“Traditional lawns are intensely needy — water, fertilizing, chemicals, mowing,” Nilsen said.

Nilsen uses clumping grasses that look like lawn but don’t grow and ground­cover plantings in lieu of grass. In one Belmont project, Nilsen used huge beds of creeping thyme and barren strawberry as a lawn substitute.

Kennen added that custom-blended seed can provide an attractive lawn that only has to be mowed every 4 to 6 weeks.

Homeowners are also looking to cut down on irrigation costs by using plants that require less watering as well as harvesting storm water for irrigation.

“A third of potable water is poured on landscape, it’s a waste,” said Kennen. “People want to do less watering.”

Low-water plants are also being increasing used on urban rooftop gardens, Nilsen said.

Kennen has done several water-cleansing gardens, where the roots of plants are used to clean toxins in groundwater. She also has expertise in a growing trend called phytoremediation that uses plants to remove contaminants from soil.

“I did a garden in Weston with plants that absorb arsenic left there when it was an orchard,” said Kennen, who is writing a book on the subject.

Even the traditional vegetable garden is getting a new twist.

“Usually vegetable gardens are relegated to the backyard, but I did a project where I put the vegetable beds in the front yard because it worked better there” said Nilsen, who is also designing more habitat gardens, with plants that attract honeybees or butter­flies. “People want their landscaping to have more of a purpose.”

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Gardening Tips For Fall in Wisconsin

The weather has made a statement – summer is behind us. 

Just a day after the temperature neared 80 in downtown Milwaukee, the forecast calls for highs in the 50s over the next couple of days, with lows reaching the low 40s.

While we’ll probably still see some warmer conditions in the days to come, it’s a good reminder that gardening and yard work are transitioning as well.

Melinda Myers is an author, garden expert and a regular Lake Effect contributor.  She spoke with Mitch Teich about the opportunity fall gives us in the yard.

“It’s really not a time of just of closing down for the year…getting things ready for winter, but preparing for next year as well,” says Meyers.

Melinda Myers also has numerous books on gardening – her most recent titles include Minnesota and Wisconsin: Month-by-Month Gardening; ​and Minnesota and Wisconsin: Getting Started Gardening Guide.  For more information about her Costa Rican gardening trip mentioned in today’s show, visit the Earthbound Expeditions site.

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Keep growing with season-extending tips for fall gardens


photo courtesy Green Earth Media Group

Fall plants include broccoli, cabbage, kale, leeks and spinach. The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of great food coming from your garden.


photo courtesy Green Earth Media Group

Cabbage is a staple of Oktoberfest celebrations and is high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and K and fiber.

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.

Some gardeners assume that when fall arrives and kids return to school, they’ll have less time to garden, and may experience less success from their garden plots. But 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 like Bonnie Plant Food 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 the USDA frost map on the Bonnie Plants website.

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.

Producers like Bonnie Plants provide garden retailers with transplants intended to grow well during the specific growing season and are suited for your geographic region. 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. Visit to learn more about fall gardening and cool-weather crops.

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Home-Garden news for 9/11: Design your space at home show this weekend …

Meet skilled craftsmen, kitchen and bath designers, architects and builders at the 2014 Design Your Space Home Show this weekend in Virginia Beach.

Jeff Devlin, HGTV personality and DIY host of “I Hate My Bath” is the main stage presenter during the show which is designed to help homeowners and others with renovation plans. Other highlights, according to a release from Brickell Partners Public Relations, include a giveaway for a $30,000 bath makeover, a man cave exhibit and “Coffee University” from Keurig/Green Mountain.

Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for military and seniors 62 and older, and free for children 12 and younger. Like the show’s page on Facebook for a chance to win free admission and other prizes.

The Design Your Space Home Show is at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach. Parking is free.

For more information and a $2 off admission coupon, go to

Urban gardener lecture series

The Fred Heutte Center in Norfolk has announced the lineup for its 2014 Urban Gardener Lecture Series.

Each session is $5 (free for members) and is geared for beginners and specialists, according to a release from the center. The lectures include:

“Planting Your Fall Winter Vegetable Garden with Tommy Heath.” Thursday, Sept. 11. 7 p.m. Heath, the owner of Norfolk County Feed and Seed, is the main Portsmouth source for plants, seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, information, and other agricultural related items for locals as well as many area farms in adjacent farming communities. He is also an excellent source for fall and winter plants.

“Fall Planting for Easy Spring Flowers with Lisa Ziegler.” Thursday, Sept. 18. 7 p.m. Come learn what to plant in the fall and very early spring to have a dynamite spring garden. This includes the favorites of spring: snapdragons, sweet william, sweet peas, bells of Ireland, among others. Ziegler’s new book, “Cool Flowers,” will have just come out. Her books, DVDs, gardening supplies and seeds will be available at the program for purchase.

“Garden Renovation with Dr. Laurie Fox.” Thursday, Sept. 25. 7 p.m. A garden makeover can be as simple as revamping a tired flower bed or as ambitious as tearing out the existing landscaping and starting from scratch. Whether your plans tend toward one of these extremes, or you simply want to add a feature or two, horticulturist and landscape designer Laurie Fox will show you how to reach your goals. The program includes ideas, techniques, and suggestions to transform, improve, and refresh your garden space.

Register via email at or by calling 757-441-2513. The center is at 1000 Botetourt Gardens in the Ghent area of Norfolk. For more information, go to Admission is $5 per person and free to center members.

Become an oyster gardener

Learn to grow oysters from your dock during upcoming workshops. Families and kids old enough to maintain floats are encouraged to attend. Participants receive a bag of 1,000 baby seed oysters and a growing system. After one year, return the oysters at a round-up event where they will be transplanted onto sanctuary reefs in local waterways. A $30 donation helps offset the program’s cost and entitles you to a Chesapeake Bay Foundation membership.

Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9-11 a.m. at Dozier’s Regatta Point, 137 Neptune in Deltaville

Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Norfolk Academy, 1585 Wesleyan Drive, in Norfolk

Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9-11 a.m. at the VIMS Eastern Shore Lab, 40 Atlantic Ave., in Wachapreague on the Eastern Shore.

Register online at To get more information, call 622-1964 or email

Upcoming home, garden events

12th Annual Plant Extravaganza. Saturday, Sept. 13. 8 a.m.-noon. Gloucester Master Gardeners’ 12th Annual Plant Extravaganza will be in the parking lot at the Main Street Center beside the Gloucester Library. Trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, ground covers, houseplants and herbs grown by the master gardeners will be for sale as will gently used gardening items, and gardening magazines and books. Mini demonstrations will be presented on various gardening topics such as proper pruning techniques and such. Tool sharpening will be offered; each attendee can get one tool sharpened at no cost. A silent auction of garden-related items is included.

World of Worms Seminar. Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. Location: Williamsburg Botanical Garden, 5535 Centerville Road. $5. Learn what worms eat, how they breathe and how they help your garden. Instructor: Vanessa DiLeo. Registration required by emailing

Go Green Expo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Learn about eco-friendly products and listen to speakers on how to garden healthy and green during the Go Green Expo sponsored by Newport News master gardeners at Brittingham Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive (mid-town Jefferson Avenue), Newport News. Also featured: 70 vendors, farmers market, raffles, hands-on demos, rain barrel workshops, children’s crafts and face painting, ask-a-master gardener booth and food trucks for lunch. Free, open to public. or 757-591-4838.

Chesapeake Bay Wetlands Habitat Talk. Bill Portlock, senior educator with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, talks about bay wetland habitats during a meeting of the John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society, at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the York County Library, Route 17 at Battle Road. Free, open to public.

Plant Walk. Native plant expert Donna Ware leads a walk on the Colby Swamp Trail in Freedom Park on Saturday, Sept. 20. See butternut in fruit, log fern and big tooth aspen, among other sights. Meet in the Freedom Park Interpretive Center parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The trip involves walking less than a mile. Freedom Park is at 5537 Centerville Road in James City County. To register, call Donna at 565-0657 or email

River Recreation Workshop. Sept. 17-18. Free. Mecklenburg County. Through classroom sessions and on-the-water field trips, attendees will learn how to enhance river-based recreation in their communities. Presentations will cover economic impact, planning and design, resource protection and other topics related to river recreation. Virginia Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones will deliver the keynote address. The workshop also will provide opportunities to explore the newly developed Southern Virginia Wild Blueway and other recreational resources in the area. Information/registration: or email

Coming Sunday in Good Life

Garden writer Kathy Van Mullekom offers a guide to fall plant sales across the region in her Diggin’ In column.

Compiled by Felicia L. Mason and Kathy Van Mullekom

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