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Circleville Garden Club members travel to Kingwood Center

Circleville Garden Club

Circleville Garden Club

Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:19 am

Circleville Garden Club members travel to Kingwood Center

Several members of the Circleville Garden Club recently participated in a day out, traveling to Kingwood Center in Mansfield. Enjoying a delicious lunch at Der Dutchman on the way, the group was also blessed with a near-perfect day from a weather standpoint.

Kingwood is a wonderful array of seasonal annuals, perennials, herbs and a rose garden. Also included in the self-guided tour of the grounds was the greenhouse, a marvelous exhibition of tropical plants, and a sales area.

The group came home with notes on new plant varieties, landscaping ideas, and new plants to try in the garden.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:19 am.

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City test drought resistant landscaping

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Jensen garden pool could be restored at Rosewood Park

The garden pool that landscape architect Jens Jensen designed for the Highland Park summer estate of Sears Roebuck mogul Julius Rosenwald has fallen into decay, according to residents urging its restoration.

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All that may change, however, now that the Park District of Highland Park has engaged Ratio Architects to assess the feasibility of restoring the pool and landscaping in keeping with Jensen’s vision.

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The park district acquired the 11-acre estate of Julius and Augusta Rosenwald in 1926 and turned the grounds and lake frontage into Rosewood Park. The Highland Park Community Foundation provided the park district a $20,000 grant to conduct the study in its capacity as steward of funds left by Friends of Jens Jensen from an earlier project.

“The garden pool has fallen into fairly serious decay,” Laurie Levin, a foundation board member, told the park board June 23.

The funds were originally raised to assist with the 2005 restoration of a park bearing Jensen’s name at Roger Williams and St. Johns avenues.

“There were remaining funds that we wanted to start to spend to assist with Jens Jensen’s legacy and park activities in the neighborhood,” said Levin.

Ratio Architects will assess the pool’s structural condition and ability to hold water, and identify sources of water and electricity that would be needed to fill the pool and reestablish circulation.

The consultants will provide an initial plan for restoring the pool walls and other stonework, including the benches and walkway in the vicinity of the pool. Ratio consultants also will develop a landscape plan in keeping with Jensen’s philosophy of using native flora and available materials.

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Jensen, who did extensive work for the Chicago Park system, moved to Highland Park in 1915 and worked out of a home studio on Dean Avenue in the Ravinia neighborhood from 1920 to 1935, according to records of the Highland Park Historical Society.

A story on Jensen that appeared in a 1950 edition of the Highland Park News, shortly before his death in 1951, described his influence on the community and Augusta Rosenwald, the wife of the Sears mogul and philanthropist.

“Mrs. Rosenwald came under the influence of Jens Jensen, a Danish landscape architect whose strong conviction it was that the conditions and forces of the natural environment are logically normal ones for living in that place,” wrote Evelyn Lauter. “The ravines and tableland were kept as close to natural as possible. When Jens Jensen arrived on the scene and put up his shingled house at the edge of a ravine (on Dean Avenue), the whole community fell under his spell.”

Jensen also designed landscapes for the estates of Harold Florsheim and A.J. Becker in Highland Park; Ogden Armour in Lake Forest; Edsel and Eleanor Ford in Michigan and Maine; and Henry and Clara Ford in Michigan. He also designed the Lincoln Memorial Gardens in Springfield, Ill.

A kickoff meeting between representatives of Ratio Architects and park district staff is set for July 9.


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From Hay Barn to Great Estate

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    Lambertville, United States

  • Price: $2,300,000

This 10-acre Lambertville, N.J., property has its roots in a dairy farm’s hay barn dating to the late 1700s. Now, the home’s 2½-story great room, multiple bedrooms and exquisite landscaping make it an ideal home for relaxing and entertaining. –Erin McCarthy

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Landscape accessories can add personality to the garden

Flowers are the face of a garden, providing color and texture. But a few well-placed landscape accessories can give it character and a dash of personality.

Accessories can range from water fixtures, like ponds and streams, to outdoor furniture and appliances, fountains to statuary, miniature fairy gardens to antiques. Give it some thought, however.

“There’s some wonderful stuff out there (to collect) and it’s awfully tempting, but you have to be really careful not to overdo it,” said Linda Engstrom, a landscape designer from Portland, Oregon.

She advises putting no more than two or three items in one area. “It gets too cluttered and the eye doesn’t know where to go,” she said. “You need some negative space.”

Many of those items also can be high-maintenance.

And landscape accessories should fit the architectural style of the home, Engstrom said.

“I had a client once who had a Tudor house but who wanted a Japanese garden. That wasn’t such a great idea, but I was able to give her a Japanese-style garden semi-enclosed in the backyard, and it wasn’t jarring,” she said.

Engstrom doesn’t like the trend toward elaborate outdoor living rooms with weather-proof furniture. “I can’t picture leaving that stuff out there in wet or snowy winters,” she said. “It’s quite a chore to keep it looking nice when placed outside.”

Accessories can be used to screen unsightly utility sheds or add some visual flavor to hobby greenhouses, she said. “Put up a pergola and string it with vines and flowers. Add a fountain or garden seat.”

Homemade landscaping objects are becoming fashionable again, said Leonard Perry, an extension professor with the University of Vermont.

“Making your own accessories may be a great way to save money, a fun craft hobby or family activity,” Perry said. “Making colorful pavers (stepping stones), either with inlaid objects, designs or leaf impressions, is a great activity to involve children.”

Creativity also comes into play finding unusual objects from flea markets, garage sales or your basement, and figuring out how to incorporate them into a garden.

Landscape accessories can be functional as well as attractive. Consider low-voltage lighting that enhances safety along walks and drives, and home security. “Up-lighting” tree trunks or creating a lighting “wash” along the side of a home can add focus and drama, Perry said.

“Use lights to highlight fountains, plants and containers in full bloom so they can be enjoyed in the evening, too,” he said.

Tastes vary, of course, Perry notes. “What is tacky to some may appear to be a thing of beauty to that gardener or homeowner,” he said.



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Tips to transform a large London garden

“I aimed for a clean look that would require minimum effort to stay that way,” he says. “So I smartened up the borders by laying pea shingle over a weed suppressant membrane, and most of the plants I chose were perennials – as long as they remember to water them, they’ll keep coming back year after year.”

Matt used pea shingle around all his planting to suppress the weeds

Tod had a clear vision for taking the eye to the bottom of the garden where a picnic table was already in place. “This is where most of the socialising will take place,” she says, “so I painted the fence behind the table in Cuprinol Summer Damson, which is a lovely deep shade.

“That created a high-impact area in the garden in the same way that a feature wall draws the eye in a house. It takes your attention all the way down and makes the garden feel longer as a result.”

Keightley took Summer Damson as his lead for the planting. “I focused on some fairly bright greens and chose flowers on a crimson palette, so we had dark peonies – dark brown and scarlet – with some really lovely mauve thistles, and I planted beautiful dark purple roses to give height at the back of the flower bed.

“I finished the whole thing off with some bright purple salvia. It’s always worth considering a planting scheme such as this – you simply pick out one colour and choose close tones that work around it. The finished effect is quite sophisticated.”

Keightley and Tod were keen to work with the fact that the garden is on three levels. Leading out from the house, Keightley added a trellis to an archway in the foreground, which Tod painted in Natural Stone, so that it would blend in with the paving stones in that area. “We wanted everything apart from that feature fence to have a natural feel to it,” says Tod.

Our aim was to return their outdoor space to its former glory, so that it would be an extension of the home

“The archway then guided you into the next area of the garden, where we gave an area of decking a new lease of life with Natural Oak – the idea being that by using a light tone of brown we could keep that space light and open. Matt used pea shingle around all his planting in this area to suppress the weeds, which has a similar honey colour.”

Finally, in the seated area at the very back of the garden, Tod painted the furniture in Forest Mushroom. “It’s a smart-looking colour,” she says. “A warm grey with very slight mauve tones to it, so it works well with the Summer Damson on the fencing.

“I’ve also added touches of Summer Damson to some wooden boxes,” she says, “to help connect the different areas of the garden.”

Both members of our makeover team were thrilled with the end result. So much so, they didn’t want to leave. “Matt and I wanted to hang around to be able to enjoy some time in it with the householders,” admits Tod.

“We felt as though we’d left them with something really special that they’ll enjoy in the sunny months ahead. What was once past its prime now feels like a wonderful extension of the house and a real gift to the people who live in it.”

Team Cuprinol

Matt Keightley
Matt Keightley has more than 12 years’ experience in the landscaping industry. He made his Chelsea Flower Show debut last year, winning the RHS Silver-Gilt Medal and the BBC People’s Choice Award for his Help for Heroes Show Garden. His Hope In Vulnerability Show Garden in this year’s show, designed to raise awareness for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale, won a Silver-Gilt award.

Louise Tod
Cuprinol colour expert Louise Tod is a highly experienced creative consultant who specialises in design, colour and trends forecasting. As a former interior designer she is an expert at taking inspiration from indoor trends and taking them outside. She also develops strong colour palettes that will work in a variety of outdoor spaces.

• For more ideas on brightening your garden with colour, go to or visit the Cuprinol Facebook page, where you’ll find a host of inspirational ways to cheer up your outdoor space

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Auckland to Host Outdoor Design Showcase

Inspired by
the great classical gardens of Europe, this stunning garden
was designed by Robin Shafer.
Photographer’s credit:
Sophie Leuschke

The dates for the 2015
Auckland Garden DesignFest have been confirmed as 14 and 15
November 2015.

Design enthusiasts will be able to
purchase tickets from 01 August for what will be the third
biennial event organised jointly by the Garden Design
Society of New Zealand and Rotary Newmarket.

The two
day charity event provides visitors with a unique
opportunity to view some of Auckland’s finest
professionally designed, private gardens, all of which have
not previously been open to the public.

from the Festival will go to Ronald McDonald House, Garden
to Table and Rotary Club of Newmarket Charitable
All gardens included in the event have been vetted
by a panel of experts from the Garden Design Society of New
Zealand and the talented designers will also be onsite to
talk to visitors about their designs.

The final line
up of up to 20 designers will not be announced until 01
August, but organisers have confirmed that amongst those
already accepted are Chelsea Flower Show Silver Medalist,
Xanthe White and TV and radio gardening personality, Tony
Murrell. Highly respected New Zealand designers Trish
Bartleet, Robin Shafer, Trudy Crerar and Joanna Hamilton
have also confirmed their participation.

are expecting over 2,000 visitors from both New Zealand and

“We are delighted to have such
wonderful designers onboard. The opportunity to explore
these stunning gardens for the first time makes it a very
special event. There will be a diverse range of gardens on
show, in terms of both size and style. Visitors will see how
well-planned garden design and installation makes outdoor
spaces more functional and enjoyable to live in,” says
Joint Chairperson, Rose Thodey.

“Visitors will not
only be donating to three great charities, but it’s a
great way for people to get a sneak peak of current garden
design trends and gain inspiration from the experts for
their own gardens. Whether it’s inspiration needed for
small or larger projects, visitors will come away with
plenty of ideas,” says Thodey.

For those who are
looking to see the highlight gardens with expert guides, a
bus tour will again be offered. Places are expected to fill
up quickly, so early bookings are recommended.

Inspiration for the Auckland Garden DesignFest came from
Melbourne’s renowned Rotary Garden DesignFest, which is
held in alternate years to its New Zealand counterpart.

Rose Thodey says; “Our DesignFest is two-yearly to
give gardening and design enthusiasts the opportunity to go
to festivals in both cities.”

Tickets for the
Auckland Garden DesignFest go on sale at iTICKET on 01
August 2015, plus various garden retailers (see website for
details) and onsite at the garden gate. Visitors can choose
from a $65 all garden ticket or single garden access for $10

For more information and updates about the
Auckland Garden DesignFest visit
or follow them on Facebook.


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A different type of trail: Connecticut’s historic gardens

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Old Lyme — Connecticut residents didn’t have to pay museum admission Sunday to take a step back in time — they just had to visit one of the state’s 14 historic gardens.

Spread throughout the state, most of the gardens were created by a well-known designer or feature a historical garden style. Sunday, all 14 joined together for the 12th annual Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day, where most were allowing free admission to their grounds and offering refreshments.

At the garden at the Thankful Arnold House Museum in Haddam, for example, visitors could use dried flowers, herbs and ribbons to make a grapevine wreath while enjoying fresh rhubarb tea and learning more about the garden’s herbs.

And, at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, guests could see Griswold’s cutting garden, from which Griswold would pick the flowers for the bouquets she put in her boardinghouse’s rooms.

Both the garden and Griswold’s boardinghouse have been restored to reflect the early 1900s time period, when the house was the center of an art colony that featured many prominent artists.

Tammi Flynn, director of marketing at Florence Griswold Museum, encouraged guests to take a trip — and painting supplies available on-site, if they so desired — down to the nearby river, where some of those prominent artists used to spend much of their time.

“Every place centers their Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day activities around what they do best,” Flynn explained.

This year, those participating could grab a “passport” at their first garden, mapping their own trail throughout the state and getting stamps along the way. If they visited at least three, they got a prize: six notecards featuring past Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day hand-painted posters.

Flynn said a good amount of visitors, if they hadn’t already visited more than one garden, were planning to do so, despite Sunday’s rainy weather.

Standing in Griswold’s garden of several heirloom-variety plants, Joanne Priolo and Kay Morey, both of Fairfield County, were just getting started. Next, they said, they’d visit Harkness Memorial State Park, Thankful Arnold House or the New London County Historical Society.

“We’ve been working in (Priolo’s) yard for the last four or five weeks, making a lot of changes to her landscaping and her gardening,” Morey said. “So we’re just trying to get ideas and see what looks good mixed with other things.”

Flynn said she was happy to see people “making the Historic Gardens Day exactly what we were hoping for.”

“I think it’s a great reminder that we have such wonderful places within the state,” Flynn said.

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Goats provide school district with cheaper, ‘greener’ landscaping

SALT LAKE CITY — They are voracious eaters, these goats.

Trucked in from Fielding in Box Elder County, 100 of the hoofed weed eaters descended on a steep hillside behind Washington Elementary School on 200 West and set about the task of munching down on the overgrown vegetation.

“You can see a huge difference between Friday night and this morning,” said Ricardo Zubiate, a beaming smile on his face as he watched them do their thing Saturday morning.

Zubiate, the assistant facilities manager for the Salt Lake City School District, said this is the first time the district has turned to goats as a landscaping tool.

“This hill has been an issue for us for a lot of years,” he added. “It gets overgrown with weeds and vegetation that grows wildly. We’ve spent a lot of money trying to remove this vegetation.”

The overgrowth presents a safety issue for the children as well as the neighborhood, providing cover for transients who may use it as a camping spot.

In the past, the district has spent upward of $8,000 for a grounds crew to come in and clear the mess. The goats cost $2,000.

Mark Ruff, the district’s grounds supervisor, said the goats provide an ecologically healthy alternative to herbicides and reflect the district’s efforts to cut down on the use of chemicals as much as possible.

Districtwide, pesticide and herbicide use has been reduced in buildings by 90 percent, Ruff said, and a similar focus is on using alternatives outdoors as much as possible.

(Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

“There have been a lot of environmental changes that have gone on in the world, and this is one of the good ones,” he said. “The less we can use chemicals, the better.”

District officials, long frustrated with the vexing problem presented by the steep hillside, even brought in landscape architect to get ideas on what to do.

“Restructuring the hillside is too costly for us to tackle,” Zubiate said, noting that it was the professional landscapers who suggested the services of D’ Goat Farm in Box Elder County.

The goats arrived Friday night and will stay until Monday, undertaking their assignment with great zeal and providing a curious distraction for neighbors. Signs adorn the fenced perimeter, asking people to refrain from feeding the goats. That would, after all, defeat the purpose.

After the hillside is sufficiently depleted of weeds and other unwelcome vegetation, the plan is to go in and plant native grasses and shrubbery that won’t require this kind of intensive effort ever again.

“We feel like this is a win-win situation,” Zubiate said. “I think we brought the farm to the city, or at least the goats. The goats get to eat, so they’re happy, and we’re happy.”

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