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Jack Trice renovations to create more welcoming entrance

Plans are underway for the third and final phase of Jack Trice Stadium improvements, which will create a new park area located between the stadium and Reiman Gardens to develop a more welcoming entrance to Iowa State University from the south.

Phase one and two of the stadium construction projects were completed before the beginning of the 2015 football season, which included expanding capacity to 61,500 and the $60-million expansion and enclosure of the south end zone. The schematic design and $11.5 million budget for the phase three green space were approved at the Dec. 2 Iowa Board of Regents meeting in Ames.

“This was part of the whole master plan for this area,” said project manager Jon Harvey. “The idea was to improve the entrance to campus and also to make an improvement to the entrance to the gardens. Now with the new south end zone project, you have the big presence there at the stadium. Now this (green space) will create a link between the stadium and the gardens.”

Top goals for the improvements include enhancing the image of ISU by creating a memorable first impression and reinforcing the sense of arrival to campus from University Boulevard.

Harvey describes the new green space as a park-like area which will include a water feature, a new entrance to the gardens, additional signage and landscaping. The layout and species of the trees and grasses will work to connect the gardens and the stadium.

“It will be open to the public. You can go down there and enjoy it,” Harvey said. “There is a hope that it is a welcoming and pleasant space that could be used for pre-game activities, it could be used for a wedding, or it could be used for a small concert. The idea is it’s going to be set up for a lot of things.”

Director of Reiman Gardens Ed Lyon said he is excited for the project because it will create a better entrance for the gardens and improves the space adjacent to the stadium.

“It makes a strong connection between the two facilities,” Lyon said. “Driving into the gardens, it will be a parkway instead of just asphalt coming in.”

The changes will also include new signs for the gardens, which Lyon hopes will make for an easier experience for visitors.

This project will eliminate parking lot S3, losing approximately 400 parking spaces. Parking lots S1 and S2 will remain but will be improved with additional trees and greenery.

The $11.5 million project is being funded by athletics facilities bonds, the athletic department, university funds and $2.5 million in private donations.

Harvey said it still isn’t clear when construction will begin, but they are hoping it will start in the summer of 2016, and be completed in approximately eight months.

“If all the pieces fall into place, we would bid the project this spring,” Harvey said. “Our intent would be we would have all the paving, the parking lots and sidewalks done before (football) season.”

Harvey said landscaping the areas would continue on during football season, but the construction would not impact access to the parking lots, the stadium or entrance into Reiman Gardens.

“We are now working on the design,” Harvey said, including making decisions on layout, what the water feature will look like and which plants to use for the project.

Article source: http://amestrib.com/news/jack-trice-renovations-create-more-welcoming-entrance

Potomac: Garden Club Decorates Great Falls Tavern

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The Christmas Spirit descended on the Great Falls Tavern in the CO Canal Park on Monday, Nov. 30 with 40 members of the Little Farms Garden Club volunteering their time and talents. Fresh live greens, red bows, Christmas wreaths, and holiday garlands provided the joy of the season to the historic Tavern.

For 38 years, the members of the Little Farms Garden Club have decorated the Great Falls Tavern for Christmas. The greenery and ribbon are donated by local businesses and members of the club spend the morning making the Tavern a holiday delight. They are assisted by staff member Mark Meyers who helps by climbing tall ladders and carrying the heavy bags of greens and boxes of decorations.

The Little Farms Garden Club was established 53 years ago by Potomac housewives. At the time, many of Potomac residents lived on farms and the group decided to name it after the “little farms” where many resided. The club has continued to flourish — membership is by invitation and the club has 50 members — all who are Potomac residents.

“I’m very fortunate to be a member,” said Joan Armstrong. “Not only do we learn and volunteer, but we have are so supportive of one another — and we have formed wonderful lifelong friendships.”

“Fifty percent of our mission as a club is community service,” said Trish Elliott, who serves as president of the club. “We meet once a month at a member’s home and listen to a professional speaker who is an expert on nature, gardens, flowers, techniques for gardening — anything that has to do with planting and maintaining gorgeous gardens or landscaping. But the highlight of our club is the service that we perform for others.”

Ever wonder where the gazebo came from in Potomac Village? The Little Farms Garden Club donated it to the community. Each year, they host an accredited flower show for 100 garden clubs who enter their prize flowers and plants, artistic floral arrangements and more into the show. The club also volunteers to make crafts and arrangements with Potomac Community Resources, an organization that works with people who are developmentally handicapped. “The young men and women who participate just love it,” said Elliott. “We also redesigned and planted the landscaping at the Rockland House in Rockville, a transitional home for women in need. In addition, we donate clothing and gift certificates to them.”

Member Deb McDonald said, “We are a very active group of women ages 30 – 80s. We are extremely involved with the Rockland House — a home to five women who were coping with homelessness. We renovated their gardens and gave them gift certificates — but that wasn’t enough. We also help the women in many other ways and all of us are committed to this service.”

Edie Perry is happy because her daughter Amy Michallas has chosen to become a second generation in the Little Farms Garden Club. “I’m pleased that we can continue the tradition,” said Perry. “It’s a wonderful organization that is committed to helping others as well as beautifying the world.”

Next Sunday from 1-4 p.m. is a 19th century music program at the Tavern presented by the Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern.

Article source: http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2015/dec/09/potomac-garden-club-decorates-great-falls-tavern/

20 Fast-Growing Green Industry Companies

With another comeback year just about in the books, it’s time to unveil our 2015 Landscape Industry Hidden Gems. This year we’ve highlighted 20 landscaping and lawn care companies that, from 2012-2014, outpaced the average industry growth rate of roughly 15%, and have continued growing sales and setting a good example for the industry this year.

So check out this year’s Hidden Gems LIST HERE, along with an assortment of best practices you could very well put into action in your own business. And for information on how to apply for next year’s list, which will focus on the industry’s fastest-growing companies of the past year—regardless of sales volume—send an email to editor@greenindustrypros.com.

Standing out

Green EffeX in Naples, FL, operates in a way that you don’t see very often. They run a one-stop-shop as a full-service landscape management company offering maintenance, fertilization and pest control, and tree care. And why stop there? Green EffeX features a full retail center and a horticultural dump—both of which service the company’s competitors.

Kevin Kaulbaras, founder, co-owner and general manager, explains, “In the beginning it was hard to sell. The competition would come in and say that they wouldn’t purchase anything because they didn’t want to support the competition. I’m not out there to compete on pricing structure. In a year, year-and-a-half, all those faces came in and they realized, ‘this guy is actually helpful.'”

Kaulbaras says that his company most likely holds more licenses than any other company in town. They offer free advice, not only to their residential customers coming into the store, but they also answer questions and give advice to competing landscapers. “I’ve established that we should reach out to our competition and make it a plan to educate.”

Rather than trucking their clippings and yard waste to the landfill, Green EffeX operates their own horticultural dump. They partnered with a local 100% organic recycling plant that takes the horticultural material and turns it into compost. Some of the compost is then used in orange groves and tomato fields by the recycling plant, and some is returned to Green EffeX for sale in its retail center. Kaulbaras adds that his contractor customers don’t have to waste time driving; they can get materials and plants, and dump yard waste all in the same location.

Northwest Construction Landscape in Bremerton, WA, is a full lawn maintenance and customized landscaping company. One thing that sets them apart is their offering of concrete finishes for patios, walkways and driveways. They offer broom finish, exposed aggregate and a popular choice among their customers—stamped or decorative concrete. The company made the decision to acquire their own general contractor license, rather than work with a subcontractor.

“Concrete finishing and stamping was a skill set that a key employee of ours had come to us with. Another landscape construction crew member also had previous concrete experience. So it made a lot of sense for us to specialize in decorative concrete, along with landscape construction,” explains Meeshka Bernabe Brand, vice president of Northwest Construction Landscape.

Central Coast Landscape releases cool-weather gardening tips

Central Coast Landscape Products Inc.

–The landscape supply Paso Robles’ specialists at Central Coast Landscape Products have released a recent Fall/Winter report on ways that home gardeners can winterize their landscapes to prevent hefty landscaping bills in 2016.

The winter months on the Central Coast are relatively mild, but with average lows dipping into the upper 50s, sensitive plants can take a beating from November through January. Their thorough report describes five simple strategies homeowners can take to prevent their beautiful landscapes from being destroyed in the fall and the winter.

Central Coast Landscape – the leading provider of landscape supplies Paso Robles’ residents have depended on since 2006, suggest these winter-proof tips and tricks:

Plant several fall-friendly shrubs and flowers

It is still possible to plant in the cool Fall months. In fact, plants like chrysanthemums are great fall additions to any garden or landscape. Pansies can also be planted in the October months and will bloom again in the Spring as the weather warms. Adding these colorful and durable fall plants can add just the pop of color one may need to make it through the dreary winter months.

Consider the Spring plant lineup now

This is also an important time to add to a spring garden. “Look for bulbs and perennials that will bloom in the Spring, including tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, and peonies,” the landscape supply Paso Robles’ gardening professionals suggest. Vegetables like garlic and shallot can also be planted in the Fall.

Don’t forget about the perennials

This may be time to do some “Fall cleaning.” Examine the perennials that are currently in the garden. If parts of plants that are doing well while other parts are dying, now is the time to break them apart and replant them in new holes. Be sure to remove and discard any diseased or dead plants. Adding chopped leaves to the mulch beds of perennials can add an extra layer of protection for the plants and for the surrounding soil.

Be proactive – weed now and save later

As the weather cools, this is a great time for weeding. Getting rid of extra weeds now will lower the Spring maintenance that will be required – leading to measurable cost savings for homeowners.

Don’t throw it away – start composting

The winter is a great time to start a compost pile. Be sure to winterize compost piles by erecting or covering it with a roof or tarp to protect it from the elements. To maintain a good balance of nutrients add food waste, plant trimmings, and leaves – remember the smaller the added materials are, the better the compost pile will develop. Central Coast Landscape Products representatives say that gardeners should take the time to shred and tear any materials they add to their compost pile. There is no need to turn or rotate the compost pile in the winter. Keeping it stationary will help to insulate it from the cold temperatures.

Following these suggestions can mean a lower landscaping bill next April and May and can save a garden or picturesque landscape from being destroyed. The landscape supply Paso Robles’ team of gardening and landscaping professionals at Central Coast Landscape Products are available to help begin winterizing and protecting gardens across the Central Coast.

For a free consultation contact Central Coast Landscape Products at (805) 595-3478.

Central Coast Landscape Products, Inc
445 Prado Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 595-3478

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Article source: http://pasoroblesdailynews.com/central-coast-landscape-releases-cool-weather-gardening-tips/46289/

Simple Gardening Tips For Winter

Gardening is a great thing to do that can, for sure, enhance your creativity. Winter is the season of flowers and vegetables. If you want a kitchen garden or a flower bed to enhance the beauty of your house, this is the season you’ve been waiting for.

But, you also need to pay special attention to your plants. Otherwise, your garden can look tattered.

With simple gardening tips for winter, you can plan your garden with lively green vegetables and colourful flowers.

One of the most important winter care tips for plants is to clean and cover up your garden. Frost and snow fall can be other enemies for your plants during winter. If you want to see your plants healthy and happy during winter, you need to plan ahead. Initially, you should clear out the unhealthy and blackened stems from the foliage.

Thus, you can avoid the attacks of pathogens which cause various plant diseases. Winter is also the season of the hatching of insects’ eggs. They dwell on the leaves of plants and end up eating those, thereby spoiling the greens. To get rid of these problems, you should eliminate the unhealthy leaves, black stems, etc.

What are the simple winter care gardening tips for plants that you can follow? Though each plant needs special care and attention, here are some simple gardening tips for winter you can follow for any kind of plant.

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Winter is the season when you get less sunlight, as the days are short. However, your plants need some amount of sunlight to grow. The easiest plan is to place your plants into pots. Thus, you can move them to the brighter sides of your garden.

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When you need winter care tips for plants, you should do this at the beginning. Preparing your soil is the first step. Dig up the soil, remove weeds and add some compost to improve the quality of the soil. By following these steps, you can prepare the soil with foods for the plants.

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Simple gardening tips for winter must include this step. By adding mulch to the soil, you make it moist and increase the temperature of the soil as well. Mulch also works as the barrier that can protect the plants from the scorching heat of the sunlight and extreme cool and rough breeze.

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There are certain plants which can’t withstand the chilled weather during winter. Know your greenhouse capacity to keep those plants inside during winter and transplant them after a few days as per the temperature conditions. Thus, your plants won’t get weak and die.

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If you want to protect your plants from the winter breeze, cover them with a blanket or sheet. In this way, the warm air from the ground revolves around the plant and keeps it warm. This works as an insulation. Consider this as one of the simple gardening tips for winter.

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It is very important to provide essential fertilizers during winter. If you’re planning for a flower bed, fertilize the plants twice a month. Make the solution with water and spread it on the soil. The plants can get foods from these fertilizers.

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Winter is a dry season. Think how it works on your skin. In the same way, it can make the soil dry and unsuitable for plants. Therefore, you must water your plants at regular intervals, so that the moisture retains in the loam. Isn’t it one of the simplest gardening tips for winter?

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Article source: http://www.boldsky.com/home-n-garden/gardening/2015/simple-gardening-tips-for-winter-94223.html

Gardening books for green fingers

I’ve really enjoyed browsing through the pages of The Irish Garden by Jane Powers (£40, hardback, Frances Lincoln). Beautifully produced, artfully written and lavishly illustrated with photographs by her husband Jonathan Hession, it won “Inspirational Book of the Year’ at last month’s Garden Media Guild Awards.

In doing so, it pipped the shortlisted Garden Design: A Book of Ideas (£30, hardback, Mitchell Beazley) to the post. Written by Heidi Howcroft, with images by award- winning garden photographer Marianne Majerus, the latter is a first-rate visual reference to the building blocks of good garden design. 

The work of top garden designers and landscape architects is something of a theme as regards this year’s crop of books. One such is The Gardens of Arne Maynard (£45, hardback, Merrell), written by the designer himself. Focusing on 12 of the gardens that he’s designed over his award-winning career, Maynard gives readers an utterly absorbing account of how he approaches the business of garden-making.

Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman’s Life by Noel Kingsbury, (The Monacelli Press, $50) tells the story of Dutch-born plantsman and designer Piet Oudolf’s gradual evolution from unknown nurseryman into one of the 21st century’s most influential garden-makers.

Sheila Brady’s groundbreaking design for New York Botanical Garden’s “Native Plant Garden”, is amongst the gardens featured in The Inspired Landscape by Susan Cohen (£35, Timber Press). Filled with detailed design sketches, this book offers a fascinating analysis of how of the world’s most celebrated landscape architects go about the process of “finding the muse”.

Similarly instructive as regards the mysterious process of garden design, Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks (£29.95 hardback, Thames Hudson) features the design plans and hand-drawn sketches of 37 world-class designers, handchosen by author and garden historian Tim Richardson.

The skilful use of plants is, of course, central to the success of any garden, which is why the latest additions to the Timber Press Plant Lover’s Guide series (Tulips by Richard Wilford, Ferns by Richie Steffen and Sue Olsen, Asters by Paul Helen Picton, and Epimediums by Sally Gregson, all £17.99, hardback) are all to be welcomed.

Also published by Timber Press, Cultivating Chaos by Jonas Reif, Christian Kress, and Jürgen Becker is a persuasive call-to-arms to gardeners to loosen the reins a little and let nature work her magic.

Practical and inspiring in equal measures, Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers by the artisan flower farmer, Georgie Newbery (£24.99, hardback, Green Books) is an excellent guide to growing seasonal, eco-friendly flowers for that very special day. Newbery writes in a way that’s both chatty and yet reassuringly authoritative, offering tips on everything from selecting the finest varieties to how best to avoid any Bridezilla-style meltdowns.

Meanwhile kitchen gardeners will thoroughly enjoy Mark Diacono’s latest publication, The New Kitchen Garden (£25, hardback, Hodder), another of this year’s Garden Media Guild Awards winners, which winningly makes the case for a kitchen garden that will “light up rather than weigh down your life”.

The newly-minted British publishing house Pimpernel Press has produced a clutch of excellent gardening books, including Paradise and Plenty: A Rothschild Family Garden (£50) by the garden writer and designer Mary Keen.

“It is a modern tendency to want instant results,” Keen points out crisply, before cautioning that “gardening is a process that takes time”.

A book as beautifully and incisively written as this, so filled with detail, careful observations and with lavish photography by Tom Hutton, must also, you feel, have taken much time to create.

Herterton House and a New Country Garden by Frank Lawley, (£30, Pimpernel Press) also tells the story of a garden, in this case one made over four decades by the author and his wife Marjorie. Lovingly penned, deeply personal and strangely moving, it speaks volumes about the intense relationship that a gardener gradually forges with the space that he/she tends.

A book that I find myself returning to is Great Gardens of London by Victoria Summerley, with photographs by Marianne Majerus (£30, Frances Lincoln).

From the exoticism of Irish-born designer Declan Buckley’s private town garden to the eccentric brilliance of Malplaquet House, this book proves why London is reknowned as the world’s cultural melting pot.

On an even grander scale is The Private Gardens of England, (£75, Constable), a lavish publication edited by Tania Compton, in which the owners of 35 gardens contribute individual chapters on the story of their own garden’s creation. So many different voices might have made for a noisy confusion, but not in this case.

Instead the result is an exquisitely illustrated, satisfyingly sumptuous coffee table book that drives home the fact that England has far more than its fair share of world-class gardens and garden-makers.

Finally, for an eminently readable, slender bedside volume, I heartily recommend Onward and Upward in the Garden, the collected writings of the late Katharine S White, which first appeared in The New Yorker between 1958-1970, and are now republished in a new edition by New York Review Books Classics (£11.99).

Article source: http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/gardens/gardening-books-for-green-fingers-1.2460047

THE BEAUTIFUL EDIBLE GARDEN

From the founders of landscape design firm Star Apple Edible Fine Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area comes a stylish, beautifully-photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.

We’ve all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don’t want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it’s possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces—from large yards to tiny patios—this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.

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Article source: http://www.motherearthnews.com/store/product/the-beautiful-edible-garden

Bainbridge residents give wish list to Meijer for new store to keep Geauga …

BAINBRIDGE, Ohio – Township officials had little to say at a public hearing  Tuesday, allowing residents to express to Meijer representatives how they would like to see the now-defunct Geauga Lake Amusement Park incorporated into the Meijer superstore to be built on the park’s former parking lot.

Meijer, a Michigan-based retailer, has purchased 41 acres from Cedar Fair – which closed the park in 2007 – to build a 200,000-square-foot hyper-store. The company is promising the new retail outlet will bring 250 jobs to the community.

On the residents’ wish list are:

  • Have the front entrance of the store look like the iconic main gate of the park
  • Incorporating the only remaining ride at the park – the Big Dipper roller coaster – into the main boulevard leading to the store
  • Having Meijer’s traditional penny ride be a carousel horse as a nod to the park’s carousel
  • Imagery reflecting lake recreation, park signage and the dance hall throughout the store
  • Architectural features in departments that are reminiscent of kiosks that dotted the park
  • An arcade to mimic the park’s Golden Nugget Arcade
  • Benches, trash receptacles and cart barns to be reminiscent of Geauga Lake
  • Park foods be sold at the store’s snack bar

Meijer representative Cris Jones said the family-owned business is open to ideas for incorporating the park heritage into the store “where there is a line of reasonableness,” but there are few Geauga Lake artifacts available.

Cedar Fair representative Bill Spehn said the company has relocated all of the rides — with the exception of the Big Dipper roller coaster — and most of the structures have been demolished. He said the main entrance is still standing, but has not been maintained since the park was closed in 2007, so is likely not usable.

Meijer has already agreed to several requirements by the township, which pertain to architecture, landscaping, parking islands and an entrance to the store. The retailer is also offering to memorialize Geauga Lake on a roadside sign near the entrance to the property.

Meijer moving forward with store location at former Geauga Lake Amusement Park

According to Jones, the plan now includes keeping 60 percent of the parcel as green space – less asphalt than is covering the former parking lot now.

“We (Meijer) have a strong sense of community and history as well,” Jones said. “We recognize what Geauga Lake meant to this town. We want to establish a good relationship with the community because we want to be here for a long time.”

Jones said the retailer would – in addition to the $20 million investment in the property – make a six-percent contribution of net income to local charities annually, as well as partner with local food banks to minimize waste of expiring produce and dairy products. The company also plans a $25,000 donation to the community.

“We are not fighting to keep you out,” said Kathleen Staudenbaur. “We want to welcome you, it’s just that change is hard to accept.”

Jones said he felt the opportunity to hear the residents’ requests was “a step in the right direction. We want to find common ground and move forward.” Jones said his next step is to look at the requests, figure out what can be done, then make a formal request to the township for a zoning certificate.

Article source: http://www.cleveland.com/west-geauga/index.ssf/2015/12/bainbridge_residents_give_wish.html

Dillon polls students for Town Park playground ideas

Dillon is making progress on a conceptual plan for its Town Park, with a local architecture firm incorporating feedback from the town’s citizens. Monday’s parks and recreation meeting took a different perspective, with dozens of children helping pick the best playground equipment.

“When you put them in the drivers seat, they come up with really compelling ideas,” said Jackie Miller, director of youth initiatives for Great Outdoors Colorado (GoCO). “They want to frequent and spend time in it because they were part of the inspiration for that design.”

The town is moving full speed to rebuild the park, which hosts sports games, farmers markets and a variety of other activities. After Dillon received a $60,000 GoCO planning grant last year, the next phase will be to finish a final design by mid-June.

The three main goals of the redesign are to convert the park’s baseball field into a multi-use field, create better paths and build two new playgrounds for preschool-age children and elementary students.

“The idea was to do something complementary with natural play, and traditional play,” said Pedro Campos, principal and landscape architect with Zehren and Associates, Inc. “We’ll find out the themes and ideas that are the most popular with kids in certain play equipment and incorporate it into the design.”

Zehren and Associates helped create plans for Dillon’s Marina Park, which was renovated last summer with the help of another GoCO grant. The design company is seeking another distinctive plan for the park at the heart of the town.

Dillon preschoolers and Dillon Valley Elementary students will be able to choose three of their favorite design concepts. The students were presented poster boards with several ideas, including rock-climbing walls, swinging nets, animal sculptures, building materials and more.

Playgrounds that include more natural materials, such as boulders and logs, are seen in more recent designs as communities seek to give kids an opportunity to experience the outdoors.

“There is growing interest in nature play areas as they provide really meaningful time for unstructured play for kids,” Miller said. “Loose parts provide more opportunities for kids to be creative and use their imagination.”

After the town tallies up the students’ votes, Dillon will gather more input through another public meeting in January. Once the final design is ready, the town may apply for another grant from GoCO for construction of the new park.

GoCO local government coordinator Madison Brannigan said the program has about $6 million to award every year, funded by Colorado lottery proceeds. Grants are selected by a group of GoCO staff members and recreation professionals who read every application, choosing thoroughly researched projects with substantial community input.

“The town should be very proud it’s been awarded a grant from GoCO,” Campos added.


Article source: http://www.summitdaily.com/news/19535157-113/dillon-polls-students-for-town-park-playground-ideas

Foodscaping Challenges Conventional Ideas About Landscaping

Brie Arthur, self-identified as #crazygrainlady on social media, shares her experiments with growing crops on her 1-acre parcel, from wheat and rice to popcorn and tomatoes
Brie Arthur, self-identified as #crazygrainlady on social media, shares her experiments with growing crops on her 1-acre parcel, from wheat and rice to popcorn and tomatoes

Conventional ideas about what a landscape should look like are being challenged left and right, from young homeowners like Sarah Baker of Baker’s Acres, who are standing up for their right not to mow their lawns, to Brie Arthur’s passion to start a movement to incorporate food with flowers throughout suburban and urban landscapes nationwide. As younger generations step up as consumers and industry leaders, these changes are likely to continue, and the horticulture industry, which has the most to gain, would be remiss not to embrace and influence them.

Well known for her personal foodscape, which she has promoted across social media, and her annual tomato-tasting fundraising event benefiting the nearby J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C., Brie Arthur has also been working with schools and her local Homeowner Association (HOA) to challenge the traditional idea of the landscape to one that incorporates the growing of food with mainstream, foundation ornamentals.

In her view, if everyone in the hundreds of thousands of suburbs around the country grew food in with their flowers and donated the harvest to a local foodbank, suburban households could go a long way toward stamping out hunger in their communities. All they need to know is that they can do it, even with a small piece of land, and how.

foodscaping at epcot - Foodscaping Goes Big At Disney
The Epcot Center Foodscape was planted for the 2015 International Flower Festival.

“There are nearly 100,000 HOA-maintained neighborhood entries in the U.S.,” Arthur says. “That equates to a lot of square footage of open-mulched space that could be used to grow seasonal food.”

In 2016, Arthur will introduce her Foundation Foodscape Initiative, a project promoting sustainable, local food production, to landscape professionals.

“Through collaborations with professional installation and maintenance companies, everyday foundation landscapes are transformed into beautiful, purposeful gardens,” she says. “Ornamentals and edibles mingle throughout the seasonally lush landscape, increasing biodiversity, attracting beneficial pollinators and providing organic produce for homeowners.”

Read more about Arthur’s ideas on foodscaping in her December 2015 GROW Perspective column.

Foodscaping Goes Big At Disney

The Epcot Center Foodscape was planted for the 2015 International Flower Festival. The entire property of Epcot had edibles mingled with ornamentals. In many places the food crops grown were being used at the restaurants on site (each country), and chefs provided demonstrations of cooking from the garden. Epcot Center saw a 25 percent increase in attendance from season ticket holders (locals) as a result of the food integration in the landscape and the on-site cooking programs.

 

Article source: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/business-management/foodscaping-challenges-conventional-ideas-about-landscaping/