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This week’s gardening tips: herbs to plant now, cut back chrysanthemums – The Times-Picayune

Herbs to plant now include borage, celery, chervil, cilantro/coriander, dill, fennel, parsley, bay, scented geraniums, beebalm, burnet, catnip, chives, garlic chives, horseradish, lemon balm, Mexican tarragon, mints, oregano, pennyroyal, rosemary, sage, sorrel, marjoram, thyme, winter savory, French tarragon, feverfew, lavender and chamomile.

Cut back chrysanthemums after they finish flowering to remove the faded flowers. The plants will occasionally set a new crop of flower buds and produce more flowers during the winter.

Avoid transplanting tropical plants growing in the ground until next spring. Moving them now will reduce their vigor and lower their chances of surviving the winter.

Leaf and semi-heading lettuce cultivars are easy to grow. The heading lettuce varieties are less successful. Leaf or semi-heading lettuces to try include romaine, buttercrunch, bibb, oak leaf and others.

Over the next several months, don’t worry about the leaves turning yellow, orange or red and dropping from broad-leaved evergreens, such as gardenia, hibiscus, magnolia, azalea, cherry laurel, Indian hawthorn, holly and others. Some of these plants shed old leaves in the fall, and others will shed old leaves this spring. The loss of old leaves is natural and no need for concern.

Article source: http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2014/11/this_weeks_gardening_tips_5.html

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Article source: http://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/home-garden/our-top-tips-for-allergy-free-gardening/story-fnivsv0s-1227114804828

‘Healing Garden’ back in hospital design plan

Hospital

The Ketchikan City Council sped through its agenda Thursday night, completing everything, including an executive session, in less than 45 minutes.

Among the items approved in short order was a request from the Ketchikan Medical Center to add plans for a patient terrace back to the hospital’s ongoing renovation.

City Manager Karl Amylon says that officials from PeaceHealth, which operates the city-owned hospital, agreed to pay the estimated $370,000 in additional costs. PeaceHealth also would be responsible for any future maintenance or replacement costs related to the terrace.

The Council unanimously agreed to add back the terrace, also called the “healing garden.”

“Oddly enough this is something I always supported for this,” said Council Member Matt Olsen. “Because hospitals, you need somewhere to go and relax. I’m glad it got put back in.”

The closed-door executive session at the end of Thursday’s meeting allowed the Council to discuss potential litigation associated with a disputed contract agreement between the city and SS General Contractors. The dispute is related to a reconstruction project on Jackson Street.

When the Council returned from that session, members voted to hire an attorney to represent the city in the matter. Council Member Bob Sivertsen abstained from the discussion and the vote because his son works for the contractor.

Council Members Dick Coose and Dave Kiffer were absent from Thursday’s meeting.

The next scheduled City Council meeting is a special budget work session, starting at 7 p.m. on Monday.

 

Article source: http://www.krbd.org/2014/11/06/healing-garden-back-in-hospital-design-plan/

In the garden: Creating modern paradise

Fernando Caruncho, Spain’s most famous garden designer of modern times, is trying to explain to me how his initial vision of a garden becomes a reality in a sketch on paper and ultimately gets translated to the site to become a fabulous garden.

It is complicated. I am listening intently in an effort to understand; he is struggling with his English to get me to understand.

Every once in a while Fernando’s son, 20-year-old Pedro, jumps in with a word or phrase of translation. It helps a little, not a lot.

The interview goes on for an hour in their Vancouver hotel room, a luxury corner-suite with an impressive view of Howe Street, the art gallery and Robson Square from the 12th floor of the Four Seasons.

Fernando talks about the need to approach the garden site with respect and humility and to experience the natural landscape in a calm, relaxed, unpressured way until its intrinsic nature is recorded as a memory in the mind. In some cases, this process can take months, he says.

In this, he sounds a lot like Alexander Pope, the 18th century poet and essayist, famous for saying: “Consult the genius of the place in all.�

But Fernando’s view is even more profound.

Being a student of Greek philosophy, his ideas are riddled with the thinking of the ancients, from Plato to Aristotle as well as less well-known thinkers like Epimenides who is said to have fallen asleep for 57 years in a cave in the 6th century BC, only to awake with bright insights into the meaning and purpose of life.

All of these thoughts and ideas figure in Fernando’s process of designing a garden.

From the “memory� of his encounter with the landscape, he produces artistic ideas.

For him, this always involves using grid-patterns as the way of making sense of space. The grid is crucial to his designs and is always his starting point.

Now here is the more complicated part: Once the garden is envisioned, Fernando says it is then left to nature to complete the process, perfecting the vision and guiding the way to the finished garden.

There should be no attempt, he says, to project preconceived ideas on to the landscape. This would be a “dangerous thing.�

“The initial idea or vision is planted in our brain by nature at the outset and nature ultimately completes the process,� Fernando says.

Is the finished garden better or worse than the initial one imagined? “Always better. You only see part of it; nature completes it.�

“Every person has a garden inside their mind and soul. The first garden, the garden of paradise is imprinted in our unconscious memory and is our first home. From our own inner garden, we are joined to the truth of the landscape.�

Now if you are thinking that it all sounds a little deep, I do sympathize; Fernando is possibly the most intellectual thinker in today’s world of garden-makers.

He was in Vancouver to give the annual International lecture on Garden Design, sponsored by UBC Continuing Studies at Robson Square.

The lecture itself was a little out of the ordinary. Fernando started by giving a brief dissertation in which he quoted Epicurus saying “only from the garden is knowledge possible.�

Article source: http://www.vancouversun.com/garden+Creating+modern+paradise/10360026/story.html

City: No promises about funding redesigned Club Blvd. project

City officials gave a surprisingly cool reception Thursday to a request from three groups that they delay and redesign a planned traffic-calming project on West Club Boulevard.

They in particular made a point of saying, contra the wishes of the three groups, that the delay could knock the West Club project down the queue for funding and staff attention.

“I wouldn’t want to leave the impression it automatically goes [back] to the top of the list because it’s been delayed, or that it’ll be in the position of being readily funded,” City Manager Tom Bonfield said. “It might, but I don’t know that, without knowing what might come out of this.”

Councilman Steve Schewel – a resident of the affected neighborhood who acknowledged the project may affect his own personal interests – backed the manager.

“The fact you’re coming forward today saying we need to do something different, that would be with the understanding of what the manager just said,” Schewel told leaders of the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association, the Durham Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission and Bike Durham.

But the groups stood their ground, insisting that project “remain a high priority” now that it’s risen to the top of the city’s to-do list.

“We recognize it’s going to change the timeline for the project: We’re obviously not going to begin construction on whatever the agreed-upon solution will be in May,” said Jamie Gruener, the Watts-Hillandale association’s president. “But we’re asking the city to honor the commitment to traffic calming. We’re asking not to be put back to the end of the line and be revisited in two or three years.”

The city’s stance may put pressure on Gruener’s group, which until September had wanted officials to go ahead with what’s become a controversial plan to install pavement narrowing “neck-downs” at five intersections to encourage motorists to slow down.

Schewel’s house is at one of the intersections.

The opposition to the plan comes mainly from bicyclists, some of whom argue that the neck-downs will become a “death trap” by forcing riders to weave in and out of the flow of vehicular traffic.

The debate has split Watts-Hillandale residents. Some agree with the bikers, but others support the current plan, arguing it’s more important simply to slow down car and truck traffic on Club and to retain the project’s place at the head of the line.

In September the Watts-Hillandale association signaled it was open to discussions on a compromise, and it’s since joined the other two groups in saying the current design isn’t up to snuff.

All three agree the project should make Club “safe and inviting for all users,” including bicyclists, and reduce traffic speeds to 25 mph. They also say it should “meet the parking needs of the neighborhood.”

The existing plan, they add, doesn’t meet “the city’s adopted goals for bicyclist safety” or seem likely slow motorists by the desired amount.

They want administrators to spell out, by January, a timeline for redesigning the project, a process they acknowledge will mean gathering more public comment and regulatory approvals.

Administrators say they’re willing to work with the groups, but at least one council member questioned their tactics.

“If you want changes wouldn’t it be helpful for your group to submit what changes you want in the plan?” Councilman Eugene Brown asked Gruener.

Gruener answered that when construction is on the table, people generally expect professionals to lay out the alternatives and their potential costs. “We have some ideas, but we’re not traffic engineers,” he said.

“There are multiple stakeholders who need to be engaged in this process,” added Erik Landfried, chairman of the Bicycle Pedestrian commission. “It needs to be led by the city. It is a city project, it is a city [road], it engages more than just the neighborhood board.”

Mayor Bill Bell, meanwhile, indicated that he wonders if the original assumptions about the need for the project still hold. His comments implied that he thinks officials need to start by checking the speed of car and truck traffic on Club.

“If [the problem] does exist, the question is who’s got the solution for it,” Bell said. “The question is, do we still have it?”

The debate during Thursday’s council work session isn’t the only action taking place on the Club Boulevard front.

A local architect, Sasha Berghausen, told city officials she will appeal the Historic Preservation Commission’s October decision to certify the neck-down plan as being appropriate for the neighborhood.

The preservation board’s discussion focused heavily on landscaping, as the plan likely dooms 14 of the big trees that line Club Boulevard.

Berghausen, a Club Boulevard resident, told council members on Wednesday that the residents she represents regard the plan as “ruinous to one [of] the city’s most beautiful streets.”

An appeal would go to another regulatory panel, Durham’s Board of Adjustment, and perhaps from there to the courts.

City/County Planning Department staffers believe landscaping falls into the preservation commission’s purview because of the wording of the preservation plan for the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood.

But that view appears to be drawing the ire of another Watts-Hillandale resident on the City Council, Councilman Don Moffitt.

He wrote Berghausen on Thursday to note that officials are in the midst of rewriting Durham’s preservation guidelines, and that he thinks the council needs to scrutinize any coverage by them of landscaping.

“I have concerns about local historic district guidelines that move from historic structures to trees,” Moffitt told the architect. “I particularly have concerns if the interpretation is that the city needs a [Historic Preservation Commission permit] to manage its street trees.”

Article source: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/showcase/x205864363/City-No-promises-about-funding-redesigned-Club-Blvd-project

Group honors Tivoli Enterprises as green business

DOWNERS GROVE – Tivoli Enterprises, owner of Classic Cinemas, the Tivoli Theater, Hotel and Bowling Alley officially is a Downers Grove Green Business, according to a village news release.

Awarded by the Environmental Concerns Commission and the Village Council on Oct. 7, the Green Business designation recognizes the Tivoli’s efforts in environmental sustainability, the release stated.

Tivoli’s green practices include:

• Water conservation: The Tivoli has replaced fixtures in bathrooms and office buildings to reduce water usage, the release stated. Water usage is regularly tracked, existing sprinkler systems are on timers to reduce water consumption and landscaping is designed to withstand dry conditions, according to the release.

• Waste reduction and recycling: The Tivoli recently introduced recycling in its bowling alley for cans and bottles, the release stated. It uses environmentally friendly cleaning materials and has reduced printing and copying by using a cloud platform for sharing documents and re-uses packing supplies, according to the release.

• Energy efficiency: Using ComEd’s Smart Ideas program, the Tivoli has replaced lighting with more efficient LED, CFL or T8 fluorescent lights, the release stated. Hot water pipes and refrigeration lines are insulated and the windows and doors are weatherproofed, according to the release.

• Building preservation:Tivoli Enterprises has preserved historic buildings in multiple communities, which results in fewer materials being transported to landfills, the release stated.

Article source: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2014/10/23/group-honors-tivoli-enterprises-as-green-business/avfj5ag/

Cindy Lange-Kubick: A small race in the small print and the virtue of running it

Don’t hang your head, Adam Hintz.

Listen to your friends.

Thanks for taking a stand, Adam, and making a strong run.

We’re proud of you regardless of the election outcome!

Think of how many times Abe Lincoln lost. While history has forgotten the men he lost to — most everyone remembers Abe fondly …

Lots of people on Facebook and elsewhere are fond of Hintz, co-owner of Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso, defender of trees and caretaker of nature, the man who lost the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District Subdistrict 10 race to incumbent Karen S. Amen Tuesday night.

It wasn’t a high-profile race, the results buried in the tiny print at the bottom of Page A4.

And it wasn’t a particularly close race, although Hintz received 2,875 votes, a tidy sum.

And there wasn’t a lot of hoopla (no balloons, or banners) at his small Election Night party — just three of his best buddies and a few beers at Ploughshare Brewing.

“At 9 o’clock, we looked at the results,” he said, “and I said, ‘Well, I’m just going to go home.’”

And he did, to his modest bungalow and his wife and daughters and his pre-candidate life.

“It was a great educational experience,” the 35-year-old said Wednesday, picked up, dusted off and on lunch break from a daylong food handler’s manager training.

“A lot of people running for local offices, they really do care about their communities. On the state level, there are people who love the state, too.”

Beating up on public officeholders is a time-honored pastime. We bash their egos, their sound bites, their glad-handing, their policies, their inability to play nice in the political sandbox, their out-of-touch worldviews. (Bye-bye, Lee Terry.)

But for every big-spending, special-interest-beholden, fork-tongued politician, there is an Adam Hintz.

A guy just learning the ropes, wanting to do his part. A guy happy to be a participant in the democratic process.

It was his first campaign, said Hintz, and he didn’t spend (or raise) a lot of money.

He didn’t have a campaign manager (although, in hindsight, he wishes he had) or yard signs.

But he walked a lot of neighborhoods, met a lot of people and made some new allies in the fight to protect the planet.

He figures he hit 50 houses a night every weeknight for two months, and 100 a day on Saturdays and Sundays.

“I’d see people growing tomatoes in their front yards,” he said, “the little projects they were working on, get landscaping ideas for my own yard.”

He hosted four meet-and-greets, attended a couple of Democratic Party dinners, took in campaign contributions $10 and $20 at a time.

“There’s a lot of virtue in the grassroots,” he said. “You don’t want to be a corporate-sponsored candidate.”

He figures his interest in making a difference started with an eighth-grade report on endangered river dolphins in China, but it wasn’t until his firstborn arrived 12 years ago that he found a new focus: worrying about more than just his own future.

Hintz is president of Friends of Wilderness Park and he’s helping build a food forest at Southern Heights Presbyterian Church. He’s an organizer of Earth Day events and opens up his coffee shop for speakers and films all year long.

A year ago, he went to Omaha and listened to activist Bill McKibben talk about climate change and the need for people to get involved in the political process.

“I kind of took that challenge to heart,” he said.

And this spring, shortly after he watched the film “A Fierce Green Fire,” a history of the environmental movement and the people behind it, he headed down to the Secretary of State’s office and filed for the NRD race.

And he was off, learning as he went.

“I’d encourage anybody to get involved,” he said. “Run, join a campaign, volunteer for it, get a taste of what it’s like.”

It’s hard putting yourself out there, he said.

“I think in Nebraska we’re a humble group of people. It’s hard to market yourself.”

But it was heartening.

“It was definitely a community-building experience,” he said.

And also discouraging, looking at the big picture and all the money spent on campaigning: “All the other things that could be done with it.”

And looking at the small picture on his phone Tuesday night, his name below the woman with 60 percent of the vote.

“It was a bitter pill,” he said, “that’s for sure.”

A day later, he was looking forward to watching some TV and hanging out with his girls and continuing the journey.

“I was thinking about this: It’s like the Huskers lose, but we still love ’em, we just look forward to the next game,” he said. “Maybe we didn’t win this one, but we still have the next one.”

Article source: http://journalstar.com/news/local/cindy-lange-kubick-a-small-race-in-the-small-print/article_93ac5e7e-f207-53c5-ad04-93d9e0d3caca.html

The U’s Campus Gardens grow more than veggies


University of Utah’s campus is repurposed to create the Edible Campus Gardens

On Utah’s summer-like fall day—the day you peeled off all your layers and wished you were wearing shorts—I attended the Edible Campus Gardens’ Fall Harvest Service and Soiree.

The event honored the year’s hard work and the garden’s volunteers. My good friend Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, the outreach and education coordinator for University of Utah Sustainability Resource Center (SRC), invited me. This was my first time visiting the campus gardens. Ayrel had talked about the gardens often and mentioned the produce was sold at the U of U Farmers Market. I was excited to see what they had created and to how the University supports sustainable food and farm-to-table ideals.

Several student volunteers drop their backpacks and pick up some tools before working in the gardens.

The garden is located between the Pioneer Memorial Theatre and the Biology/Theatre Storage. I parked in Presidents Circle and weaved my way through the campus following the distinctive smell of fresh compost until I reached the beautiful little garden, which seemed unceremoniously placed between buildings, sidewalks and construction. There were a few large compost piles and several raised beds. Backpacks and garden tools were scattered throughout the garden.


Students working together to make fresh apple juice

When I arrived, a group of students dressed in Halloween costumes were making fresh apple juice for the event. Everyone got a turn at chopping, grinding and pressing the apples, which were donated by a farm in Layton. The final product was sweet and delicious.

As I walked around the garden, taking photos and enjoying the beautiful day, I chatted with garden supporters and learned a great deal about the program. Dr. Fred Montague, a biology professor, started the garden project in 1996. In 2010, Fred retired and the management of the garden was taken over by the SRC, which helped to grow the program through two expansions in the past four years.


James Ruff, Jen Colby and Dr. Fred Montague show their support for the many volunteers.

Participation in the garden has expanded greatly, explained Jen Colby, sustainability coordinator at the U and the campus garden program manager. In 2014, volunteers contributed over 1,600 hours and produced several thousand pounds of produce, though exact numbers are still being calculated. The student volunteers and paid interns who work the garden develop relationships with each other and the garden; many alumni return to volunteer. The students are responsible for planning and executing the garden, as well as teaching each others how to maintain the beds. Nick Volker, who has volunteered in the garden in the past and is now one of the program’s paid interns, said that he “loves working the dirt, canning, and eating organic produce!”


Nick Volker has worked on the campus gardens for over two years.

The garden also serves as a resource for many departments on campus. Some academic programs, including the Environmental Sustainability Studies department, use the gardens as a living laboratory. The Bennion Center, which engages students in community service, provides volunteers to work in the gardens, and produce from the garden is shared with University Dining Services. Recently, a student from the dance department even used the garden as her performance space.


The Edible Campus Gardens are a living reminder of small changes that can create significant results.

The importance of the garden goes beyond the produce that’s grown. Ayrel told me that, “The garden encompasses local production, organic fertilizer and student engagement. Food, in general, is a great entrance into sustainability.” Although the garden seemed to be located nowhere special, the passion for the garden makes the space sacred. Students walking by the garden have the opportunity to see the landscaping as more than just scenery on their way to class.

To learn more about the Sustainability Resource Center follow their blog at sustainableutah.wordpress.com

Sarah Lappé is a local foodie, who worked in the restaurant industry for many years, and has a strong family legacy of food activism. Follow her blog, Farm to Table Utah

Article source: http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/04/the-us-campus-gardens-grow-more-than-veggies/

Milwaukee’s Hanging Gardens grows as a one-stop shop for green roofing

When John Lottes put money into Hanging Gardens LLC in the spring of 2011, his sole intention was to be an investor.

But the more Lottes got to know the Milwaukee distributor of green roofing products, the more interested he became in being a part of it. So less than six months after making his investment, Lottes joined the team.

“I saw it as a good industry to get into because it was going to continue to grow,” said Lottes, an architect who is now the company’s chief marketing officer.

So far, Hanging Gardens has found ways to grow with the industry and without having to raise money from outside investors.

The Milwaukee company, 247 W. Freshwater Way, has six full-time employees and sells its products in Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle and St. Louis, said Anthony Mayer, founder and chief executive officer. Mayer said Hanging Gardens has accumulated an unparalleled catalog of pavers, roof membranes, drainage mats, plants and other products for architects, contractors, landscapers and other customers.

“We have the largest product list for storm-water management products for green infrastructure in the world,” Mayer said.

Named for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon — possibly the world’s first green roof — Mayer came up with the idea for Hanging Gardens in the early 2000s. A client of the landscaping firm where he worked asked for a green roof, and Mayer became the firm’s expert on the topic.

The roofs were just starting to gain attention in the United States, and there was no one-stop shop for the roof membranes, root-protection and drainage materials, growing media, plants and other supplies needed to create them.

The modern green roof movement began in Germany in the 1960s. To better understand it, Mayer, whose family has German roots, began studying German product catalogs around 2007. Over the next three years, he translated them into English, converting their metric measurements into feet and inches.

Mayer’s work with the catalogs became the beginnings of Hanging Gardens’ product list, which now consists of more than 400 offerings.

“Our role is to know the products that work and provide them,” Lottes said.

Although product distribution represents more than 95% of the company’s revenue, Hanging Gardens also provides consulting and design services for green roofs and storm-water management.

The company’s only investment had come from its three partners: Mayer, Lottes and Daniel Philipp, its chief financial officer. Hanging Gardens generated revenue, but without outside funding its ability to expand was restrained by the long cycle involved in warehousing products, delivering them to job sites and waiting to get paid.

Scale Up Milwaukee’s “Scalerator” project helped change that. Mayer credits Les Charm, his Scalerator instructor and an entrepreneurship professor at Babson College, with giving him a different viewpoint.

“This guy totally changed my mind and philosophy about how to garner financing for the company,” Mayer said.

Hanging Gardens took advantage of that and a connection made with a local banking executive at another Scale Up Milwaukee event, said Brian Schupper, policy director at the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

“The challenge for Hanging Gardens was finding a bank that would listen to their story and be willing to think outside the box to support their growth strategy,” said Jay Sciachitano, a vice president of commercial banking at Park Bank.

Banks often view as too risky companies that have just moved out of the development stage. Park Bank, however, listened to Hanging Gardens’ story and came away impressed by the idea that green roofing looked like a trend that wasn’t going to slow, Sciachitano said.

Armed with a new line of credit from Park Bank, Hanging Gardens has ambitious growth plans.

Mayer’s goal: to supply 50% of the green roof/storm-water management materials used in Milwaukee and the four other cities Hanging Gardens operates in.

GREEN ROOF REWARDS

Along with the aesthetic benefits, proponents say there are many reasons to consider installing green roofs:

■Filter pollutants and heavy metals out of rainwater and reduce storm-water runoff.

■Reduce energy bills.

■Provide sound insulation.

■Extend the life of the roof.

■Filter pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air.

■Might qualify for government incentives.

Article source: http://www.jsonline.com/business/milwaukees-hanging-gardens-grows-as-a-one-stop-shop-for-green-roofing-b99384311z1-281719611.html

Home and Garden Digest, Nov. 7, 2014: Gardeners’ Club presents local …

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Aptos

Gardeners Club presents local sustainability expert

Ken Foster is the guest speaker for the next Gardeners Club meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Foster will speak about permaculture, a set of principles and techniques that guide gardeners to self-sustaining, regenerative systems. Foster is a professor at Cabrillo College and owner of Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping, a local business that focuses on ecological and sustainable landscaping.

The group meets at the Aptos Grange Hall, 2555 Mar Vista Drive. The event is open to the public. Go to www.thegardenersclub.org.

Santa Cruz

Arboretum honors California’s last wild river

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is hosting a lecture, Saving California’s Last Wild River, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9.

The lecture features award-winning journalist Greg King’s photos of the Smith River, the only major undammed river in California. Despite being one of the cleanest rivers in the world, the Smith River faces an uphill battle against a damaged lower reach, and against ongoing pesticide use in Easter lily farms that surround the Smith River estuary.

Admission is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers and free for UCSC students. The arboretum is at High Street and Western Drive. To RSVP, go to raycollett-gregking.eventbrite.com.

Santa Cruz

Love Apple Farms welcomes the holidays

Love Apple Farms is hosting its workshop Wreaths from the Garden from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2317 Vine Hill Road.

The event will teach participants how to make garden wreaths using landscape trimmings commonly available in backyards. The class will explore wreath construction in multiple phases: base, body and decorations. Students are asked to bring clippers and wreath materials, although they will also be available.

The class costs $59 plus $15 in material fees. Call 831-588-3801 or go to www.growbetterveggies.com.

Santa Cruz

DIG celebrates orchids, terrariums

DIG Gardens is hosting several upcoming workshops at 420 Water St.

• At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, Jen Dumford will teach Orchids 101. The hands-on demonstration workshop will tackle how to care for and repot orchids. Participants may bring one non-blooming orchid to the workshop for a hands-on repotting demonstration. The class costs $20 and includes instruction and potting materials. Rare orchids and pots will also be available for sale.

• At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, terrarium designer Laura Olandese will share her secrets at the Air Plant Terrarium Workshop. Participants can choose from an array of air plants, mosses, pebbles and other natural adornments to create a miniature garden. The class costs $20 and includes instruction, moss, pebbles, feathers and other materials. Air plants and terrariums will also be available for purchase.

• At 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, DIG will delve into Kokedame, an ancient form of bonsai perfect to display in hanging gardens for homes and patios. Each participant will choose a 4-inch houseplant from the nursery, and use special soil mix, string and moss to create a display. The class costs $45 and includes a plant and materials.

• At 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, DIG will host Holiday Wreaths With a Twist. The workshop will teach participants how to make long-lasting wreaths from scratch using traditional pine and fir, along with locally grown foliage including leucadendrons, pepper berries and eucalyptus. Cost is $65 and includes all materials.

DIG Gardens is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For details, call 831-466-3444 or go to www.diggardens.com.

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Article source: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/homeandgarden/ci_26884913/home-and-garden-digest-nov-7-2014-gardeners