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Annual Day of Caring expands in ninth year

Hundreds of people from southern West Virginia met at the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday morning in preparation to spend their day serving nonprofit organizations as a part of United Way’s ninth annual Day of Caring.

Every year a day is set aside for volunteers from local businesses and organizations to meet together and create a positive change in the lives of others.

John Ballengee, the executive director at United Way Central West Virginia, said he was thrilled at this year’s turnout — more than 650 volunteers from local businesses and organizations in the area showed up to participate.

This year, they were able to expand to 56 project sites across five counties — Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, Boone and Logan. Participants served nonprofit organizations by cleaning, building, painting, landscaping and helping in various other ways in these communities.

Ballengee said they select the program sites carefully. Any social service agency that wants to participate can recommend a project, then a committee looks at the ideas to see if they meet certain criteria. Once they get the OK, they try to pair volunteers with the size and demands of a project.

“It needs to be an intense project, because the volunteers have told us for years ‘We want to go work. We don’t want to spend a couple of hours (working) and eat a candy bar and go home — we want to go the entire day,’” he said. “In fact, in some cases, volunteers go back in future weeks and months and do additional work or finish the work they didn’t finish on the Day of Caring.”

Ballengee said this year’s theme, “Generations United to Give,” is focused on how people of all ages can make a difference by participating in a Day of Caring.

He said they are always looking for ways to engage more people for their annual fundraising campaign, and have noticed that the younger generation may not be able to help out financially. He said he wanted them to understand they could help by dedicating their time.

“We tried this year to involve all generations so we’ve said to people ‘Whether you’re in the youngest generation or oldest generation, you can still participate in some form or fashion,’” he said.

Ballengee said the service to these nonprofit organizations is important because they usually are short on the time, funds or manpower to get tasks done.

Eva Jones, a member of the board at the YWCA and a member of the Charleston Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers Troopers Motorcycle Club, said she knows firsthand how much a volunteer’s time can help.

“I know how hard it is to get the funds necessary to get things done,” she said, adding it can be expensive to hire a professional gardener or painter.

“Having people in the community come in and help with some of these things shows that they value what you give to the community. It shows they value the efforts of the workers at the YWCA and the people they serve enough to give up their time and effort to try and do things around these various facilities.”

Jones helped volunteer Wednesday, alongside Buffalo Soldier members Rodney Booker, John Valentine, Pam Valentine, Eva Jones and Azim Smith, to paint the walls of the YWCA’s Shanklin Center’s activity center room a cheery lilac color.

Purple, coincidentally, is the color associated with elder abuse awareness.

Kyla Nichols, the program director for the center’s elder abuse program, said the center provides permanent supportive housing for victims of elder abuse that have been left homeless due to that abuse. They provide supportive services that differ with every individual.

“A majority of the people are here due to abuse by family members. When they come here they become one another’s family and it’s kind of a community within a community. They take a lot of pride in their homes, not just in their individual apartments, but in the courtyard and activities building because this really is their home,” she said.

The members of the national organization also helped complete projects around the grounds including landscaping, weeding, mulching and pressure washing.

Pam Valentine, of Dunbar, said she thinks one day of volunteering isn’t enough, which is why the Charleston Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers Troopers Motorcycle Club will volunteer at least once a month.

“I wish it was more than once a year,” she said. “There is a big need out in the area and once a year doesn’t do the justice that’s required. In order to be able to help people in the community, we need to do this more often. We’ve talked about it as an organization and we’ve decided to adopt this area and come back at least once a month to see what services we can provide.”

Nichols said without their help it would have taken the organization a long time to complete the projects. She, along with the residents, are grateful for the work the volunteers completed.

“We really rely on help from the community in such projects like this. We greatly appreciate United Way and our volunteers for the day,” she said.

“Earlier in the morning, when the volunteers got here, there were quite a few residents out and about. One of the residents had given one of the volunteers a ball hat and were very excited and very appreciative of our volunteers and the work they are doing to help beautify their home.”

Ballengee said the main focus this year is to raise $2.5 million to meet the demand of social services and financial assistance. He said they have had a lower campaign total in previous years and hopes to raise it to help people in need.

“When that happens, social service agencies can’t expand their services to needed individuals as readily as if we have some additional campaign funds,” he said. “There’s a lot of people that have lost their jobs or anticipate losing their jobs. Take the coal industry for an example — there’s a whole lot of people in that industry focusing on what they are going to do when they get their layoff notice.

“So, as a community we can either say ‘Wow, I’m glad that’s not me,’ and ‘That’s not my fault,’ and we can blame somebody for that. Or we can say ‘You know what? We need to help these folks.’”

For more information about the YWCA Shanklin Center and the services they offer, call 304-415-2682 or visit

Contact writer Shawnee Moran at 304-348-4872 or Follow her on Twitter @shawneemoran22.

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Hernando County events for Sept. 19-24


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Markets and sales

Today (FRIDAY)

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 yard sale: During the sale, there will also be a membership drive by American Legion Post 186, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders. A table will be set up with representatives from each organization to answer questions. Rain date is Sept. 26. Proceeds benefit veterans and their families. Sales will continue on the third Friday of each month. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Vendor spaces are $10; bring your own table. (352) 799-1545, (352) 686-1820.



Low-cost pet vaccination clinic: Sponsored by the Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff. Vaccinations are administered by a veterinarian. Documentation is provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that benefit the teaching zoo in Bushnell. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Tractor Supply Co., 18471 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats are $7. Dog distemper-parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots are $15, and kennel cough (Bordetella) shots for dogs are $16. (352) 867-7788.

Nature, outdoors


‘Save Weeki Wachee Springs’ algae cleanup: The Rotary Clubs of Brooksville and Spring Hill Central will remove Lyungbya algae. (Cleanups in the springs are on Wednesdays; cleanups of the river are on Saturdays.) New volunteers are welcome; please arrive 15 minutes early for orientation. Those younger than 18 must have parents sign a waiver and remain with their children during the session. There are tasks available for volunteers not wishing to get into the water. A picnic will follow the cleanup. 8 a.m. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 442-1156, (352) 279-1530.


Fire and Flowers Walk: Join park biologist Keith Morin for a two-hour walk through an area recently burned, and learn about the importance that natural fire plays in ecosystems. 9 a.m. Crystal River Preserve State Park, 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. Free; donations welcome. (352) 563-0450.

Classes/self help


Uplands Module Florida Master Naturalist Program: The course, which continues each Saturday through Oct. 25, explores the uplands natural communities of Florida through classroom activities and field trips. Details are available at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. $225. (352) 754-6722.

Dade craft class: Make dolls and flowers out of corn husks. 10 a.m. to noon. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. The class is $3; ages 11 and younger free. Parking is $3.

Book talk


Spring Hill Book Discussion Group: Discussing The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. Noon. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

For your health


‘Tools to Quit’ IQuit smoking cessation program: This program is part of the IQuit program offered by the Area Health Education Center. Learn strategies and skills for quitting and receive nicotine replacement therapy, if needed. Follow-up support included. Noon to 2 p.m. today (Friday), Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner’s Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.


Free memory screening: Adults 50 and older who are concerned about memory loss may schedule a free, 30-minute memory screening. This quick screening tool is not recommended for those who have already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The screening will be conducted by a representative of the Alzheimer’s Association. Appointments must be scheduled. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. HPH Hospice Spring Hill, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-1882.

Family fun


Puppets ‘N Day Prowl: Puppets help bring this story time alive. Afterward, there will be a brief walk on the trails. 1 to 3 p.m. Park entry is $3 per vehicle, but the fee will be waived for those who bring a family-friendly book donation, or who show a library card/library book. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Hobbies, specialty shows


Friday Night Thunder: The cruise-in includes cars and trucks from all decades, including classics, antiques, sports and imports. There will be music, prizes, food, drink and activities. 5 p.m. City of Inverness Historic Courthouse Square, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. Free.


Model Train Show and Sale: Presented by Regal Railways. Vendors will share various scales of trains, tracks and accessories. Also features a model train layout for kids of all ages. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Admission $5; ages 12 and younger free (admission is $7 for early bird admission between 9 and 10 a.m.). (727) 244-1341.

Coin, Stamp, Bullion and Collectibles Show: Up to 35 dealers will buy, sell and show gold, silver, coins, stamps and currency. Breakfast and lunch available. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pearl of the West Masonic Lodge, 6319 Louisiana Ave., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 247-6390.

Wounded Warrior Shoot: Local veterans and their families are invited to shoot various kinds of firearms for free, from pistols to full-auto style firearms. All firearms and ammunition has been donated. There will be a bounce house for children. Complimentary lunch will be provided to veterans and their families, courtesy of Texas Roadhouse and Golden Corral. This is a Wounded Warrior Project event. Spectators welcome. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (434) 294-5883.


Pasco-Hernando Fall Home Show: Home improvement vendors, including artists, will be on site with bathroom remodels, windows and doors, home decor, flooring, kitchen ideas, landscaping and interior design ideas. Meet with home improvement specialists, watch demonstrations and receive tips. The first 100 guests each day receive a gift. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 674-1464.



Rocktemberfest: The two-day event includes continuous live music both days. Friday’s highlight includes a concert by Almost Styx. Saturday’s highlights include the Bob Hope Band at 6:30 p.m. and the Black Honkeys at 8:30 p.m. There will also be a Car Cruise-in from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. In addition, the event includes craft vendors, food, a kids zone, boat tours and a petting zoo. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. Free admission.


‘It’s Jazz’: This is an ongoing series about the golden age of jazz in the 1950s and ’60s. Presented by former NPR jazz radio announcer Peter LaMattina. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

On stage


‘Kiss Me, Kate’: Cole Porter and Sam and Bella Spewack’s tribute to the theater features two divorced, egocentric performers who find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Taming of the Shrew. 6 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sundays and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 26. Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. $49.50 for dinner and show; $38.45 for show only. $24.95 and $19.95, respectively, for children under 12. (727) 863-7949.


‘The Singing Divas of Broadway and Hollywood’: Broadway singer Dee Etta Rowe and opera singer Mary Anne Edwards pay homage to the golden age of show business. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Jimmy Ferraro’s Studio Theatre, 5732 Main St., New Port Richey. $23.36. (727) 409-0293.

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Landscape with native plants at backyard gardening worskhop at Frontera …

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“Landscaping with Natives” workshop planned Sept. 20, at Frontera Audubon.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:23 pm

Landscape with native plants at backyard gardening worskhop at Frontera Audubon

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WESLACO — If you are planning to plant a garden this fall, consider using native plants, Robert Vanderveer says.

“Of the many reasons you should incorporate natives into your landscape, consider that they are easy to grow and can withstand our harsh South Texas weather,” the Weslaco resident and master gardener said.

Vanderveer will present “Landscaping with Natives,” a workshop on the basics of native plants and how to use them, on Saturday, at 10 a.m. at Frontera Audubon, located at 1101 S. Texas Blvd. in Weslaco.

“I will share some of my favorite plants that are not only useful and beneficial, but also nice to look at,” he said.

Vanderveer will begin the workshop with a presentation featuring photos and descriptions of common and available native plants. A short demonstration featuring native plants will follow, and Frontera will offer participants a free native plant to take home. Cost to participate is $10 and $5 for Frontera Audubon members.

“The presentation is perfect for the novice or beginning gardener — like me! — who just needs a little bit of direction on plant care and creative ideas for landscape groupings and placement,” Frontera Audubon’s executive director, Sarah Williams said.

She said another presentation in the Backyard Stewardship Series at Frontera is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11.

“We are excited to present a workshop and demonstration on container gardening with Master Gardener Esmeralda Guerra next month,” Williams said.

“These workshops will help you gain confidence with growing native plants that not only enhance your environment, but are a life source for birds, butterflies, and other critters,” she added.

Please call (956) 968-3275 for more information. Prior registration is recommended to ensure your space.

Robert W. Vanderveer has been a Valley resident since 1975 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baylor University and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Habitat Steward.

Frontera Audubon is a 15-acre nature preserve in Weslaco that leads in the preservation of historical and naturally diverse environments. The preserve is a haven for birds, butterflies and other wildlife that thrive among its Tamaulipan thornscrub habitat, orchard butterfly garden, wetlands and ponds. Frontera houses a Visitor’s Center and the Skaggs House, a Texas Historical Landmark, built in 1927.

The mission of FAS is to preserve and promote the natural and historical environment for the education and enjoyment of the community.

Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m on Sundays. The preserve is closed Mondays.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:23 pm.

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Brea plans for drought-tolerant garden

With Southern California facing a severe drought, the Brea City Council narrowly approved on Tuesday a demonstration garden project aimed at educating property owners on the benefits of using drought-tolerant and low-water use plant materials in their gardens.

Anyone using the featured materials could save on water usage and expenses, city officials told the council.

The proposed garden will be constructed somewhere on the Civic and Cultural Center property to take advantage of the high …

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Man’s garden contains proof of his green thumb

Junior Klima was like a frustrated magician trying to pull the giant carrot from the Earth.

He knew it was in there somewhere.

However, the first carrot he plucked from the stock tank appeared ample, but average. Then he tried again amid the thick growth of green, lacy carrot tops. The second was smaller.

He knew there were big carrots in the bed. Surely the next one would be it, he said, but I urged him to stop before his determination caused him to dig up the entire bed of carrots.

I believed him when he said he had grown a 32-inch-long carrot. He had a photo to prove it.

Klima has reason to be proud of his flourishing backyard. He has a variety growing, from late green beans to irises that bloom in the spring, all in 51 stock tanks set up with their own sprinkler system, which he built.

He cycles his vegetables between various perennial flowers that bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Where tulips flourished in April, colorful vincas blanket the top of the tank in September. Mums are in bloom where peas might be planted in March.

The premise for the container gardens came about when Klima was recovering from a life-threatening infection that kept him from kneeling in the dirt to garden. Klima, who owns a landscaping business, loves working in the earth, so several year ago he decided to use the raised beds and his knees never touched the ground again.

Working out in the yard agrees with the tanned, high-energy man. Along with the container planting, he has a collection of antique farm equipment he points out, and then there is the small rock he found with the face of his beloved Pekingese on it. He discovered it out of the blue after Gigi had died.

“What are the odds?” he asked, displaying the rock.

But, in the garden, Klima doesn’t like to just show off his flourishing plants; he also offers tips. Some are more like folklore, from his Bohemian, Cherokee and Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors.

“If your tomatoes aren’t producing, beat the tar out of them with a broom or cut off their tops,” he said. “Or before planting corn or green beans, always soak the seeds for one and a half hours and they will root as soon as they are placed in the ground.”

He also suggests when cutting up potatoes to plant, let the cubes sit out until they are dry before planting.

The secret for big carrots is to plant the Nantes Coreless variety. In the bed Klima mounds the soil up and then plants the tiny seeds on the top and barely covers them with soil.

It’s wise to take this man’s advice. After all, he grew a 32-inch-long carrot.

Unfortunately, that 32-inch carrot was history. Klima said he had chopped it up and cooked it in a stew.

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Land Rush in Balboa Park? Gardeners Offered Adopt-a-Plot

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Alcazar Garden at Balboa Park. Photo credit: Wiki Commons

Organizers of a Balboa Park centennial celebration planned for next year in San Diego said Wednesday they have started an Adopt-a-Plot program, in which organizations can volunteer to work on one of the park’s 29 gardens.

Michael Ruiz, who is leading the planning for the centennial for the city of San Diego, said volunteer groups can maintain and improve the gardens better than the city because of staffing issues.

At a meeting of the City Council’s Environment Committee, Ruiz said that so far, nearly half of the park’s gardens have been adopted by groups like the Friends of Balboa Park, the Mission Hills Garden Club and Sage Landscaping. He said 15 more sponsors are needed.

“It’ll provide an opportunity for community involvement, not just for next year, but beyond,” Ruiz said.

He hopes the sponsoring organization will continue working in the gardens after the centennial is over.

More information on adopting a garden is available online at

Ruiz took over planning for the park’s 100th anniversary five months ago, after a group that had been setting up the celebration disbanded.

The city plans to use the annual December Nights holiday festival to bookend the yearlong celebration and put on two other major events in the spring and summer.

Ruiz told the committee members that the spring event would involve gardening and include demonstrations, tours and other gardening information. He said the “Garden Party for the Century” would run from Arbor Day, April 24, through May 9.

The city is also banking on the park’s museums and other cultural institutions to enhance the centennial by hosting special exhibitions. Among other things, the San Diego Natural History Museum will host a major exhibit on King Tutankhamun, beginning next month and running well into next year.

He said that he has attended nearly 200 meetings about the centennial since he took the job five months ago, and looked over more than 100 proposals from individuals and groups. He said it’s not too late for people with good ideas to submit proposals to him.

The city dates Balboa Park back to the 1915 California-Panama Exhibition, which brought national and international attention to San Diego.

— City News Service

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Time To Plant Garlic With Growing Tips

Garlic is rich in lore. It has been reputed to repel vampires, clear the blood, cure baldness, aid digestion over the ages. Today’s studies have shown is garlic antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral. And, it tastes great! Garlic has been around for thousands of years. It originated in Asia, was cultivated in Egypt and has been a Mediterranean staple for centuries.It is easy to grow and has few pest issues. All you do is throw them in the ground in the fall in late September/early October in our Zone 6 garden and by early summer, they are ready to harvest.

The clove puts out roots in the fall. Depending on how warm the winter is, there can be green shoots showing through the cold months. Garlic will be some of the first to start growing. The stems resemble onion greens. The garlic flower, or scape, has a cute little curl in it. It grows on hard neck varieties. They are great in salads. Harvesting them also gives you bigger bulbs.

You should choose the biggest cloves to plant. The bigger the clove, the bigger the harvest! Cloves like other root vegetables like loose soil, compost and steady fertilizer. Like carrots, radishes and beets, you can add sand to give a looser soil structure in your garlic bed. Compost and mulch well in the fall before cold weather sets in. Plant the cloves root side down, 1-2” deep, and 4-6” apart. For planting by the cycle of the moon, garlic should be planted during the waning cycle of the moon. For our Zone 6 garden, this is September 9-23 and October 9-22. After the greens sprout to 6”, add compost or fertilizer as a side dressing. Garlic does not need a lot of nitrogen so compost is a good choice.

Garlic is ready to harvest then the tops fall over and die off. They are ready to harvest about a week later. Typically this is mid-summer.

Be careful when you go to harvest. If you cut the bulb, it will not keep and needs to eaten soon. The garlic should be left in dry shade for 2-3 weeks or brought inside and stored in a cool, dry location with good air circulation. They can be hung or placed in a perforated bin to dry and store. Store-bought garlic has been treated with chemicals to keep them from sprouting so they are not a great choice for growing your own. A great option is to buy cloves from your local farmers market. You know they grew well in your area. Just separate out the bulb(s) into individual cloves and plant the biggest ones.

Garlic can be mild or hot. Elephant garlic is very mild and not really true garlic at all. It is a type of leek. It has a great garlic flavor and produces huge bulbs. The ones I am growing this year are from the previous year’s harvest.

You can tell the difference in the two by looking at the flowers. Leeks and soft neck garlic have a onion type flower while garlic has a curly scape flower. There is soft and hard necked garlic. For storing, soft neck garlic is the ticket. It is also the strongest flavored. Hard necked is milder, easier to peel, more cold hardy and the first to mature.

Everyone knows of garlic in sauces and on cheese bread. A couple of years ago, we tried roasted garlic. It dramatically mellows the flavor. I just put a few heads in a small baking dish, add chicken stock to just about level to the cut heads, and let bake covered at 350 for 30-45 minutes, until soft. It is a great spread on French bread!

If your garlic dries up over the winter, I grind it into garlic powder. If you have great tasting garlic that doesn’t store well or you have a bountiful crop, another preservation option is pickled garlic. Just peel and cover your fresh garlic cloves in organic apple cider vinegar. You can add a couple of hot peppers if you want to add some extra zing!

Of course, you can also add garlic to the tomato sauce, pickles or peppers you are going to can. You can flavor vinegars or oils by popping crushed garlic into them. Many options for utilizing your garlic harvest!

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September gardening tips from the UT Gardens




Sunflowers are still prominent in September at the UT Gardens in Knoxville. 

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:20 am

Updated: 12:41 pm, Wed Sep 17, 2014.

September gardening tips from the UT Gardens



Here is your “to do” list for the garden for the month. These tasks may not apply to everyone, but September is a good time to perform any of these tasks that will enhance your landscape. The tasks were submitted by Jason Reeves, horticulturist and curator at the University of Tennessee Gardens in Jackson.

• Apply a pre-emergent herbicide on your lawn to control cool-season weeds such as chickweed, henbit, dead nettle and annual bluegrass (Poa annua).

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      London College Of Garden Design announces new satellite training hub in Crewe


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      New satellite training hub in Crewe

      The London College of Garden Design have announced an expansion of their short courses with a new satellite training hub in Crewe. The new base will allow designers and landscapers who cannot afford the time or cost of visiting London to benefit from the very best of the College’s courses and tutors near to where they work.

      Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Director said “We have been conscious for a while that many designers and landscapers have wanted to take advantage of our professional level courses but travelling to London is often expensive with the cost of hotels and travel and can take up a large part of the working week. By setting up a base that was chosen for it’s proximity to some of the UK’s biggest population centres we are able to deliver those courses in a cost effective way to some of our biggest fans.”

      The new Crewe series of courses is being coordinated by Paul Richards, a successful designer based in the region and previously responsible for the instigation of many new short courses for the Society of Garden Designers. Paul said “the design profession in the region has long wanted a new source of professional development training and the extension of the London College of Garden Design’s most successful courses here will be a major boost for us.”

      The first course to be run on 7th November is the Garden Design Drawing Skills course which has been sold out on four occasions in London. Other courses to follow in the next year include subjects such as construction detailing, designing with water, contemporary planting design and successful business strategies.


      About the London College of Garden Design

      The London College of Garden Design aims to offer the best professional garden design courses available in the UK. The College is one of Europe’s leading specialist design colleges and offers professional level courses including the one year Garden Design Diploma which is taught from the Orangery Conference facilities at the world famous Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and Regents College in central London.

      Short courses are offered at Kew, Regent’s University in central London and our new satellite hub in Crewe. The college also has a partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society offering short courses at RHS Garden Wisley.

      To find out more visit

      For more information please contact Andrew Fisher Tomlin on 01276 855977 or
      07957 855457 or

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