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Beacon’s Tioronda Garden Club Gives Holiday Decorating Tips

November 11, 2014

Monthly meeting open to public every second Wednesday

Members of the Tioronda Garden Club decorate wreaths for Beacon's Main Street. (Photo by Gary Barrack)

Members of the Tioronda Garden Club decorate wreaths for Beacon’s Main Street.
(Photo by Gary Barrack)

Beacon’s Tioronda Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon. Carol DiMicco, club member, will be the featured speaker in a presentation of holiday decorating suggestions. DiMicco will demonstrate various approaches to home decorating for the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas using many materials found in nature.

Immediately following the program, there will be a social hour, with a buffet of home-baked refreshments, coffee and other hot beverages hosted by members Phyllis Horton, Margaret Capozzi and Phyllis Sandford. The public is always invited to the club’s monthly meetings, and new members are welcomed.

A number of garden club members met recently at the University Settlement Camp to once again prepare the numerous wreaths and garlands with holiday lights that will shortly adorn the lampposts along the length of Main Street. Beautification of Beacon throughout the year is one of the garden club’s major projects. Every year at this time, garden club members and employees from Beacon’s Public Works Department work together to mount the wreaths and connect electricity to set the lights twinkling for the holiday season.

The Tioronda Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of each month, excluding January and February, at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, 477 Main St. For further information and/or directions, call 845-831-4988 or 845-831-1541, or visit

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Midday Fix: November garden tips from Chalet Nursery’s Tony Fulmer – WGN

Tony Fulmer

Chalet’s Holiday Demonstration Weekend
Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chalet Landscape, Nursery Garden Center
3132 Lake Avenue

Tony’s Tips:

Apply rose protection if there are three consecutive nights of 20 degree temperatures, if leaves are brown and hanging limp or if soil surface is frozen solid.

If rose bushes are tall, consider cutting them back to a height of 30” to 36”

To prevent animal damage to more delicate trees and shrubs, place a corrugated plastic tube around the trunk or use burlap or chicken wire from the ground up to the first branch.

You can overwinter some hardy plants in containers, but use the hardiest plants you can and place them in the largest containers possible (i.e., 24” x 24” x 24”). Store in an unheated garage or shed to ensure the plant’s life next year after a cold winter.

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Garden club to talk holiday designs

The Basil Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Basil Park Community Center, at North High and Washington streets, Baltimore.

For the program, club members are to bring a holiday design to show and tell. During the meeting, reservations will be taken for the December Christmas luncheon at the Davis-Shai House in Heath.

The November Horticulture Hint is to fertilize your lawn for stronger roots and greener grass in the spring.

The Basil Garden Club was organized in 1913 and is the oldest garden club in Ohio. The club joined the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs in 1933. It meets the third Monday of the month, and visitors are welcome to attend the meetings and programs.

For more information about the Basil Garden Club, call club President Trudy Keck at 740-862-8206.

“Open Gym” returns to CUMC

Every Thursday, beginning this week, Christ United Methodist Church will host “Open Gym” in the Family Life Center.

This free family gym time runs from 6 to 7 p.m., and adult times are from 7 to 9 p.m.

The gym, and available equipment, is open to everyone.

For more information, contact the church office at 740-862-4343 or

“Trick-or-Treat Theater”

The Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee, with the help of its sponsors, welcomed 860 guests into the Victoria Opera House.

Children received goodie bags filled with chocolates.

The sponsors were the Baltimore Rotary Club, Baltimore Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3761, the Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce, the Baltimore Lions Club and VFW Post 3761 Ladies Auxiliary.

This week in Baltimore

• Seniors Chair Volleyball, 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Open to all seniors. Christ United Methodist Church, 700 S. Main St., Baltimore. For more information, call 740-862-4343.

• Senior Citizens free lunch, 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Open to all seniors. Christ United Methodist Church by the Good Neighbors in the Village. For more information, call 740-862-4343.

• Rotary Club of Baltimore Ohio weekly lunch meeting, noon Thursday. Ma-Maw’s Diner, 1001 S. Main St., Baltimore. Guests welcome.

• Breakfast at Veterans of Foreign Wars Liberty Post 3761, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Open to the public. 2155 Reynoldsburg-Baltimore Road, Baltimore.

To share news items in the Baltimore area, contact Robert B. Badgeley at or 740-862-5820.

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Koi & Japanese Gardens Flourish into an International Design Center

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Parks and Rec reveals Hutchinson Square update ideas

Monica Kreber/Journal Scene
Parks and Recreation manager Doyle Best speaks with Councilman Aaron Brown at the recent standing committees meeting.

Summerville is looking to give Hutchinson Square a facelift.

At the standing committees meeting Nov. 5 Summervilles Parks and Recreation Committee discussed renovations for the square. In May the town approved renovations for the square as part of the towns vision plan.

Doyle Best, manager of the Parks and Recreation Committee, presented to council members Bob Jackson and Aaron Brown foreseeable ideas he has with the square.

Bests vision is to change the landscaping, calling the squares current design too cramped and crowded for those who use it, particularly during big town events such as the monthly Third Thursday. Best would like to see it more open for people to move around and to be able to have a band on the square during such events. Best also suggested an operable fountain with a splash pad for kids to play in, but that could be turned off during events.

Another thing Best suggested fixing was the overall infrastructure such as the electrical system.

I wont say its not up to code, but it could definitely be addressed because its aging, he said.

Councilman Walter Bailey asked if the fixes could be done in-house. Best said there are some parts, such as the landscaping, that he feels could be done in-house, but as far as coming up with the overall master plan and developing construction documents, Best said that was something the town would need professional help with.

There are no conceptual drawings of the plan right now, other than what is already included in the towns vision plan. Once getting it approved Best estimates the project would take five to six months to complete.

Well get public input on it as well, Best said.

The committees requested action during the standing committees meeting was to recommend full council approval of a contract with Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. and the expenditure of $56,500 from the 2014-2015 Community Development Block Grant funds for the development. The plan will go before the full council before it is approved.

Best also went over plans for the empty National Guard Armory building, of which Parks and Recreation has been put in charge of recommending the best use of the building.

In August the committee presented a conceptual plan for converting the armory building into a community-based recreational center. In September a public hearing was held, during which people commented on whether they would like to see the building be turned into a recreational facility or have it be an expansion of the senior center.

Since that meeting Parks and Recreation staff has contracted with GMK Associates to conduct a feasibility study, during which the organization will conduct a comprehensive investigation of the existing conditions within the building and provide the committee with a scaled floor plan, a detailed narrative of all systems (roof, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing), a construction budget cost estimate and a proposed schedule of design and construction.

The conceptual cost estimate to bring the building up to code is about $2.7 million. To build a new facility would be about $4.5 to $5 million, Best said.

Brown asked where the money would come from.

Best said a grant writer has found a loan program that the town would have to apply for, but the rest has not been figured out yet.

I think its a great project, its something the town needs, Brown said, but the bottom line is finding the remainder of money.

Everybody needs to know how were going to pay for it.

No action was made on the armory building other than for Jackson and Brown to receive information on the project.

After the meeting, Jackson told The Summerville Journal Scene that the town will consult with the senior center to allow it to utilize rooms for senior programs within the building.

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Tips for making fall leaf clean-up fast, efficient and good for your soil – The Plain Dealer

View full sizeFall leaves are beautiful, but too many left on your lawn over the winter can kill grass. 

Alec McClennan, owner of Good Nature Organic Lawn Care in Cleveland, makes a two-prong attack on the leaves in his Chagrin Falls lawn. He uses both a rake and a mulching lawnmower, and advises his clients to do the same.

McClennan rakes leaves from the flower beds into his lawn, then chops them up with a mower. Then he rakes the lawn to let the small leaf bits fall into the soil; larger pieces go to the compost pile. His method may sound time-consuming, but he says it’s fast and beneficial to the grass.

“The leaves are so good for the soil, to take them away is crazy,” McClennan said.

It’s always a race to rake up all the leaves before the first snow turns them into heavy, soggy mats. These layers of dead leaves block sunlight and air from reaching the grass, and promote turf disease.

What we all need are tips and ideas for fast and efficient ways of dealing with fall leaves, and you can read some below.

Sources include the websites How Stuff WorksOrganic Gardening and Mother Nature Network. Some tips, first published in 2013, were provided by Ken Collier, editor in chief of the Family Handyman magazine, and Sabrena Schweyer with Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc., a sustainable landscape design firm in Akron.


Rakes are more eco-friendly than leaf blower, which create fumes and noise. Match your rake to the type of leaves you have, and to your size and arm strength. Rakes with metal tines last longer than plastic ones, but plastic tines may be lighter, allowing you to stay with the task longer.

Get a bigger rake. Many home centers sell rakes up to 30 inches wide. Look for a “no-clog” rake with tines that don’t pierce the leaves, so you spend less time stopping and unclogging the rake.

Always rake with the wind, and downhill whenever possible.

Keep whole leaves from blowing away by stomping through the pile. If you are using a bin or other enclosure, leave it open on one side until you’re through collecting leaves. That way, you can rake or dump right into the pile without lifting your loads over the sides of the bin, and your leaf pile will be accessible for walk-in stomping. 

It takes less time to rake leaves onto a tarp and drag the pile to your curbside for city pickup, or to an unused corner of a large property. This method is faster than bagging them.

Create leaf piles in different parts of your yard so you won’t have to drag or carry tarps full of leaves any farther than necessary.


Lay down plastic sheeting on the lawn and rake the piles of leaves onto it. Then use the plastic like a funnel to pour the leaves into a garbage or lawn bag.

You can also use a leaf scoop, which is a lightweight plastic scoop that lets you easily pick up a large batch of leaves in a single swipe.



Mulching mowers shred leaves into small bits that can be left on the lawn or spread on flower beds as fertilizer.

Change your mulching lawnmower to its highest setting, remove the bag attachment and mow the leaves and grass, letting the shredded leaves and grass blades remain on the lawn. If you don’t have a mulching mower, buy a mulching blade from a hardware store a – mulching blades have special serrated edges – and attach it to the mower.

Mowers with side shoots or old-fashioned push mowers aren’t as efficient in shredding leaves into small pieces as mulching mowers.

If you use a landscaping service, ask them to use a mulching mower in the fall and not bag the leaves.

Don’t wait until spring to mulch leaves and spread them on landscaped beds.  If you place leaves on garden beds in the fall, they will biodegrade almost completely by spring. If, on the other hand, leaves are not placed on garden beds until spring, the decomposition process will compete with plants for soil nutrients just when the plants need it most.

Oak leaves are not good candidates for mulching mowers because they decompose slowly. Maple and elm leaves work better with a mulching lawn mower.


Your neighbors may hate you, but a leaf blower/vacuum is great for getting leaves that are stuck around shrubs and in flower beds and other hard-to-rake areas. Leaves are minced so that large volumes can fit into the blower/vacuum’s bag, so you don’t have to empty it every five minutes.

Smaller leaf blower/vacuum units designed for home use are not as powerful as the big, commercial units that professional landscape crews use. It takes a big, powerful and expensive blower to blow leaves into big piles, especially if the leaves are wet, heavy or on grass. Smaller leaf blower/ vacuums are best for cleaning leaves off driveways and sidewalks, or sucking leaves out of corners where rakes can’t reach.

Be a good neighbor and refrain from powering up your blower/vacuum early in the morning or late in the evening, especially on weekends. Maybe your neighbors will forgive the noise if you volunteer to tackle their leaves, too.


Put shredded leaves to work in your compost pile. Set aside whole leaves in a separate pile to be broken down later.

Mix leaf species whenever possible. Leaf-eating microorganisms that get started on thin maple or dogwood leaves will move on to thicker oak leaves as the pile decomposes.

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New nonprofit group aims to support Greenfield Lake

Greenfield Lake Collaborative, which officially launched earlier this year, is focusing its efforts on bettering the 250-acre city park.

In the long-term, the group wants to raise an endowment of about $500,000 that will generate ongoing revenue that can be used to support projects, said Lori Harris, the organization’s volunteer executive director. One possible project, for example, is a small playground on the southside of the park.

In the nearer term, the group is building a board of directors and growing its list of ideas.

Next year, for example, it hopes to see pedestrian art installed throughout the park.

Volunteers will continue with landscaping days, especially centered around the park’s Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden, which contains the World’s Largest Rotary Wheel.

The collaborative grew out of a renewed focus on the garden. A few years back, Rotarians launched a task force centered on caring for the wheel. Although the city does basic maintenance, the goal was to enhance the area, such as by adding extra plants.

Although the Greenfield Lake Collaborative grew out of the task force, the nonprofit will focus on the entire park, said Harris, who also works as manager of marketing services for StarNews Media.

As a fundraiser for its endowment, the organization manages the annual Greenfield Lake Garden Party connected to Riverfest.

The city moved its annual Christmas tree lighting to the park in 2012. This year, Harris wants to see horse-drawn sleighs added to the celebration.

Later this month, volunteers will plant Azaleas and hydrangeas in the Rotary Garden, a project financed by a $5,500 grant from the Cape Fear Garden Club.

Harris can rattle off plenty of other goals. She wants more people walking on the five-mile path around the lake. She thinks the park has a stigma that it is not safe. “But it is,” she said.

She dreams the park could, one day, be better connected to the riverfront, though she said the logistics have not been explored.

“They’ve got a lot of good ideas,” said Nina Johnston, the city’s parks superintendent. “Whether or not they will all fly or not, I don’t know.”

As the organization continues building, its volunteers will develop project plans and develop resources. Harris emphasizes the importance of collaborating with other civic-minded groups. “There’s a wholesome approach to this,” Harris said.

After Harris spoke about the organization at a Nov. 4 city council meeting, Mayor Bill Saffo said the city appreciates the effort to improve the park.

“We look forward to continuing to work with you and collaborate with you and with all the partners you’ve identified there to make this one of the most magnificent parks in the city,” Saffo said.

Julian March: 910-343-2099

On Twitter: @julian_march

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The Denver Botanic Gardens Lands a Dale Chihuly Sculpture for its Permanent …

Chihuly_Gift.jpgA rendering of what the sculpture will look like once it is installed.
To call Chihuly, which closes November 30 after several months at the Denver Botanic Gardens, a success, would be something of an understatement. Made up of Dale Chihuly’s monumental glass sculptures nestled into the picturesque landscaping of the grounds, the show has nearly doubled last year’s attendance numbers at the DBG, with well over a million people having visited so far in 2014.

And now, the cherry on top for Chihuly-mania: a monumental sculpture call “Icicle Tower — ‘Colorado'” will be gifted to the DBG next month and become part of the permanent collection. This piece is not part of the current show and is not yet installed at the Gardens, but is being specially made for the site and will be erected in December.

See also: Connect the Blobs in Drips, Drops, Pours and Spins at Michael Warren Contemporary

Chihuly_Himself.jpgDale Chihuly at the presentation.

To create the piece, the Seattle-based artist employed more than 700 blown-glass spikes that will be attached to a pole. The piece will reference a radiating plant, like a yucca, in its overall form. The spikes, which will radiate out from the pole, will be gathered at the middle with the shorter ones pointing down on the lower part of the piece and the longer ones pointing up, above.

The sculpture will rise to a height of more than eleven fee and will be installed in the center of the circular pond anchoring the Ellipse Garden that’s directly adjacent to the historic Waring House at the southeast corner of the Gardens.

In this spot, it will appear as though it is floating above the water. The spikes will be red, orange and yellow, and Chihuly says that he selected those colors because of how impressed he was by Colorado’s famous sunsets; he observed them during the many trips he’s made here over the last year in order to oversee his show at the DBG.

The gift is being made possible through funds provided by donors Robert and Judi Newman and by the Kemper family. The price of “Icicle Tower” has not been revealed but it’s surely the better part of a $1 million.

Chihulyshoes.jpgDale Chihuly’s Chihuly-esque shoes.
The obvious concerns about having a glass sculpture situated out-of-doors in Colorado’s unpredictable climate, notably our constant cycle of freeze-thaw during the winter, and our hail storms during the summer, have been addressed by Chihuly’s studio team. They have considerable experience with outdoor works, and so they are employing specially reinforced glass that’s been tested in the field, to make the spikes.

Over the last decade or so, Colorado has become something of a center for Chihuly’s art — even without the one that is coming to the DBG. That piece, when it gets here, will join the monumental chandelier at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the even more monumental wall installation, “Colorado Wild Flowers,” in the lobby of downtown’s UMB bank, and the fifty pieces, including several chandeliers, that surveys the artist’s entire career in the permanent collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Not to mention that Cherry Creek’s Pismo Gallery has represented and exhibited Chihuly’s pieces for decades and has placed many pieces in various private collections.

Location Info

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York St., Denver, CO

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City gets $50K grant for Heritage Park

The mansion at Heritage Park and Gardens

The mansion at Heritage Park and Gardens

Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 8:01 am

City gets $50K grant for Heritage Park

By Amber Vann

The city of Live Oak has been gifted a $50,000 grant from the state of Florida to build a playground, picnic areas, nature trails, and other improvements at Heritage Park and Gardens located off East Helvenston Street. According to a press release from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature appropriated more than $2.4 million in fiscal year 2014-15 for the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program, which provides grants to communities for recreation projects.

The Heritage Park and Gardens grant process began in Sept. 2013 when the city of Live Oak applied for the DEP-awarded competitive grant. Their proposal was accepted, along with 50 other community projects across the state of Florida.

During the Sept. 2014 Live Oak City Council meeting, councilmen unanimously approved of the grant agreement. The agreement states that Suwannee Parks and Recreation must complete the Heritage Park and Gardens projects by April 30, 2017, and that matching funds are not required from the city.

“These projects will provide additional outdoor recreational opportunities that local residents and visitors can enjoy for years to come,” said Rick Mercer, director of DEP’s Office of Operations.

According to the city of Live Oak’s grant application, the $50,000 will be used primarily for a playground at Heritage Park and Gardens. Picnicking, nature trails, fencing, landscaping, parking, and lighting will also be we worked on at the park.

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Teaching garden planned for North Liberty Community Pantry

The North Liberty Community Pantry is working to raise money to bring a 9,600-square-feet teaching garden to the area and is planning a Gardening for Health Project fundraiser for Nov. 23.

“It’s really important for people to have access to healthy foods, because the families that we are serving require more and more assistance,” said Tina DuBois, executive director of the pantry. “We want to make sure that they have healthy foods, such as vegetables, available to them. We also invite the entire community to be a part of the garden.”

The organization is looking for more donations of crafts and baked goods for the fundraiser, which will be at the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty from 2 to 4 p.m.

“We want people to be involved all the way from this beginning point all the way through to informational sessions,” DuBois said. “We want people to be able to look at what’s in the garden and say, ‘Oh, I can do this at home.’

“And if they don’t have access to an outdoor space, we would encourage using container gardens,” DuBois said.

The event will feature many activities, including a pie tasting contest, bake sale, craft sale, autumn-themed refreshments and garden tours. Kids activities include a bouncy house, a balloon artist, pumpkin-tossing competition and more.

The garden — which will be about one-fifth the size of a football field — will help feed hundreds of pantry clients, while educating the community about health benefits of growing your own food, DuBois said.

Earlier this year, the pantry was one of 15 nonprofits selected to receive a matching grant of $38,850 from The Wellmark Foundation, making the garden possible. In order to receive the funds, the nonprofit must raise the same amount by Dec. 15.

“We are really excited to be able to put this project together and educate the entire community about the food cycle all the way from beginning to end,” she said. “We want to provide a place where kids can go and eat grape tomatoes right off the vine and be able to try produce and see where they’re grown.”

So far, more than $27,000 has been raised.

Lucy Hershberger, one of the owners of Forever Green landscaping and garden service in Coralville, has been working with the pantry for years.

“Anytime we can expose people to an opportunity to go out and dig in the dirt, I think for most kids and adults, it’s good for them to have that connection to know where their food is coming from,” she said. “It’s not for everybody. For a lot of people, it’s a fun activity to enjoy and get outside.”

Hershberger said she will help put the garden together and, once it’s all finished, would like to conduct seminars at the site.

“The more we can give, especially kids, a chance to experience the outside whether its gardening or playing with butterflies or helping clean up outdoors, when we give them those kind of experiences, I think we kind of plant that seed for the rest of their life,” she said. “Somebody has to take them outside and show them what’s involved and why they can enjoy that. And that for some of those kids, that’s the one incentive they need and it sticks with them for the rest of their life.”

If you go

What: Gardening for Health Fundraiser. Will include a pie tasting contest, bake sale, craft sale, kids activities, refreshments and garden tours.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 23

Where: First United Methodist Church, 89 N. Jones Blvd. in North Liberty.

Cost: Free.

To help: To volunteer or donate a craft or baked item, to to

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