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Kennewick port wants to use wine to bring people to the waterfront

January 4, 2016

Kennewick port wants to use wine to bring people to the waterfront

Prosser has its Vintner’s Village for wine tourists. Now Kennewick wants to develop Columbia Gardens Wine Artisan Village along the Columbia River.

The Port of Kennewick, an economic development agency, is seeking a contractor to build three production facilities for small wineries at 421 E. Columbia Drive. Two of the buildings will have wine tasting rooms, and there will be patios, parking and landscaping.

Bids are due by Jan. 21, according to a notice in the Dec. 14 DJC. A mandatory site visit is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The village is expected to open in spring 2017, and the port plans a second phase, with space for more wineries as well as businesses like cheese shops and boutique restaurants.

Kennewick is in the Columbia Valley wine region, and port officials see this as a way to attract tourists and locals.

“There’s a lot of places you can taste wine and there’s a cluster of wineries you can visit but none of them (in the region) are on the waterfront,” said Tana Bader Inglima, the port’s deputy CEO.

McNary Dam, built by the Corps of Engineers in 1954 near Umatilla, Oregon, provides flood protection and electricity, but Inglima said the tall levees that control slack water pooled behind the dam have walled off Kennewick, Pasco and Richland from the river.

In Kennewick, new development moved south and west — away from the waterfront and part of the city’s historic downtown, she said, and that older area became neglected. The wine village will on part of 16 acres the port owns in the older area, bordered by Duffy’s Pond, Columbia Drive, Clover Island Drive and the SR 397 cable bridge.

On that acreage near Clover Island Drive the port also wants to build a mixed-use development called The Willows. Inglima said the plan is for a craft brewery, art studio, offices, condos, apartments, a boutique hotel, restaurants and a day spa.

Efforts also are under way to connect the rest of the historic downtown two blocks south with the waterfront.

North of The Willows the port owns Clover Island, which shrunk from 162 acres to 14 acres as the water rose after McNary was built. Over the past decade, the port has worked to turn the island, which is accessible via a land bridge, into a waterfront destination with restaurants, offices, retail and housing.

It has added a lighthouse, gateway arch, overlooks, artwork, restrooms and parking. With financial help from the city and state, crews restored part of the shoreline and built a riverwalk to connect with Sacagawea Heritage Trail. The trail is a 21-mile, paved path for bikes and pedestrians through the Tri-Cities.

The port also renovated the island’s marina and boat launch, and constructed a building for the yacht club and businesses, as well as a two-story port headquarters that also houses Ice Harbor Brewing Co.

The Corps is paying 75 percent of the cost to complete the riverwalk and restore the island’s remaining shoreline. Construction is slated to start by early 2018.

Inglima said the port will seek private developers for much of The Willows, Clover Island and probably for phase two of the wine village.

The port does not have barging, rail or airport facilities. It buys distressed properties and tries to encourage development on that land. Port funding comes from property taxes and leases.

“We are not out to compete with the private sector, but there are opportunities that are under utilized,” Inglima said. “I think more and more ports are doing what we’re doing.”

Terence L. Thornhill, Architect designed the first phase of the 13,220-square-foot Columbia Gardens Wine Artisan Village, which the port estimates will cost $2.58 million to build. The city will pay up to $1.3 million for infrastructure, including a wine wastewater treatment facility, streetscaping and a trail.

Inglima said the Corps controls access to most of the Columbia River in Kennewick.

The wine village, Clover Island project and The Willows will give people a chance to use the riverfront, she said. “Our community has been clamoring for it.”


Lynn Porter can be
reached by email or by phone
at (206) 622-8272.

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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 312


↑ If you heard about a $2,998,000 mansion you’d expect waterfront, a dock, a space for your collection of cars, and a golf course nearby. You probably wouldn’t expect a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3,210 square foot house and 3.6 acre property to have room for 26 boats and 45 cars; but that’s what you can get when you buy a marina along the Sammamish River beside the Wayne Golf Course. Why only have room for a few boats and cars when you can accommodate fleets of each? Of course, for three million you might expect to see the inside of the house on the listing; but maybe that’s just a detail for someone with such an expansive collection, or for someone that wants to buy a business.


↑ Along a more conventional line, is a bit of nearly new construction with continually new prices. It started at $688,000 about a year ago, but now is down to $629,900. It is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,478 square foot, open-concept two story with the regular blend of casual and semi-formal spaces. All of that fits on a 7,405 square foot lot where the landscaping is in and waiting. As for why it hasn’t sold in a year, well, you just might have to take a tour to find out because it looks fine in the photos.


↑ For some people, downtown Bothell has more than enough. The neighborhood has a “car-dependent” walkability score, but the drive won’t be far from this 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,770 square foot custom home. You might, however, decide that after spending $599,000 you’d rather sit under the skylights and enjoy your own version of a solarium. Or, you’ll get everyone to come to your house for the entertainment, inside or out. Find out a bit more about the outside, though. The listing mentions a lot size of 9,914 square feet and a 2 acre lot, which math suggests is innovative if not impossible.


↑ How about a 1 car garage plus a bit of a carport plus RV parking? This 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,020 square foot rambler may not have as much room as some of the other houses, but it has a bit of the key pieces from most, and also skips one thing that detracts for many: stairs. Having only one story can make life a lot simpler. They’re asking $399,999 for the almost tiny house that was built in 1960. There’s also 0.31 acres to work with, whether that’s expansions, gardens, more parking, or whatever. If you spent less, you have more to spend, and play with. Right?
· Route 312 [Metro]
· Cascadia [UWC]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath

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Home and Garden events calendar, Jan. 2 and beyond

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Your garden in January: Sean Murray’s tips for North East gardeners

Keeping a record of how your garden is developing – of your planting successes and failures and ideas for the coming year – can help you create an even better garden.

With the shortest day behind us and the prospect of longer daylight hours just a leap away I find myself taking stock on all things horticultural.

January can be a quiet time in the garden and a chance to review what worked well last year.

I find that taking photographs throughout the year and chronicling my planting schemes through the seasons is a reliable way of highlighting areas that haven’t worked so well and what I can improve.

Using a notebook alongside your photographs ramps up your success even further when trying to look back and remember things you want to change.

My wife is obsessed with buying notebooks, just as well as I go through them at a rate of knots, recording plant combinations, design ideas and lists of things to do in the garden.

Sean Murray taking notes in his garden
Sean Murray taking notes in his garden

Visiting gardens in winter is a great way of seeing what’s worked well for others, particularly herbaceous borders. Take note of plants with good winter structure, those that haven’t collapsed into a mushy heap.

I’ve just noted how well Eryngium Giganteum, Phlomis Russeliana and Inula Magnifica withstand our Northumberland Winters.

Earlier in the year I was seduced by Bergenia Dumbo with its massive hairy elephant like leaves, I wish I had seen it in winter as it now looks very sad with drooping crumpled leaves. Reminds me of the sad scene where Dumbo’s mother pops her clogs! Not a great winter plant.

I have turned my thoughts around from dreading dark winter evenings to a time where I can relish my favourite seed and plant catalogues. Next year I’m planning to recreate light and shade in planting design with a gorgeous combination of lime green and burgundy annuals, tubers and bulbs.

I have already ordered Nasturtium ‘Black Beauty’, Antirrhinum Majus ‘Black Prince’, Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ and Mollucella Laevis will be dazzling. I am extending the season with Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’ and Gladiolus ‘Black Lash’.

If you’re thinking about revamping your garden for winter colour try Betula Jacquemontii ‘Grayswood Ghost’ a tree with outstanding white bark, Cornus Sericea ‘Cardinal’ a shrub with blazing red stems, Helleborus ‘Foetidus’ a perennial with lime green flowers, and Hakonechloa Macra, a grass with ribbon like leaves that rustle and dance all winter.

Helleborus Foetidus for Sean Murry column
Helleborus Foetidus

Eranthis Hyemalis ‘Guinea Gold’, Winter Aconite is just showing its egg-yolk-yellow-like face with a green ruffed collar in my garden and is a joy to see.

Reviewing my notes from last year, I’ve made some New Year’s resolutions to grow more cut flowers for the house, to sort out our garden lighting and to cull some of our small planted containers which are labour intensive. Bring on the spring, so much to do I can’t wait.

Sean Murray runs a garden design company based in Ashington, Northumberland,

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Winning garden design to be revealed in Spring

The winning design for a new waterfront garden at The Hepworth, Wakefield will be unveiled next Spring.

Four design plans were showcased on garden sheds at the gallery in October.

Christopher Bradley Hole and Brita von Schoenaich Hepworth garden design

Judges short-listed the four designs by Christopher Bradley Hole and Brita von Schoenaich, Tom Stuart-Smith, Cleve West, and Peter Wirtz, who between them have won 16 gold medals at the Royal horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Members of the public were then invited to see them and give feedback on their favourite.

The judges – David Liddiment (Chair); Simon Wallis, The Hepworth Director; Jane Marriott, The Hepworth Deputy Director; Chris Blundell of the Royal Horticultural Society; Edwina Sassoon of the Royal Academy of Arts; Anna Pavord, author and writer; Christopher Woodward, director of The Garden Museum; Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council; Dr Evelyn Stern of David Chipperfield Architects; and Michael Ziff, The Hepworth Wakefield trustee – are now considering the feedback as they select their winning landscape.

Jane Marriott, The Hepworth’s deputy director, said: “Thank you to all those visitors who took the time to responded to our public consultation survey for the Hepworth Riverside Garden project.

Cleve West Hepworth garden design

“It’s been really encouraging to see such fantastic support for our vision to create a new public garden at the gallery and help to transform the wider waterfront area.

“The public feedback has been considered by the garden panel and we hope to be able to announce a final decision on the winning garden design in spring next year.”

The gallery will launch a fundraising campaign so it can start work on the ‘sanctuary garden’ project, which will be created as part of its fifth anniversary celebrations and Visit England’s Year of the English Garden.

Pictures courtesy of The Hepworth, Wakefield.

Tom Stuart-Smith, Hepworth garden design.

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WSU Extension Master Gardeners: Garden journal can prove an invaluable tool – Yakima Herald

“January is the quietest month in the garden, but just because it looks quiet doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the rainfall while micro-organisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants. The feasting of earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come.” — Rosalie Muller Wright, editor of Sunset Magazine, January 1999


The January Garden may be sleeping, but …

There’s not much going on in the January garden — at least not much that you can see under that blanket of snow. However, most gardeners might be very busy indeed.

Read on if you dare. There is danger that your cabin fever will break, your green thumb will heat up, your winter blahs will start to thaw and you will be inspired to “get going already” with some winter projects that will help you be oh-so-ready for spring.

Now that the holidays are over and winter is well underway, nearly every gardener has something growing in the back of their mind: the coming year’s garden. Though we rest from our garden labors, we love to browse all those freshly arrived seed catalogs, anticipate the 2016 growing season and plan for its success.

As we have mentioned more than once in recent columns, if you don’t have a garden journal, you need to start one this year; you’ll find it an invaluable tool. You don’t need to purchase a fancy journal, either; any notebook can serve as a garden journal.

Make a drawing of your garden plan for the coming year, rotating crops to different planting areas than those you used the past year or two. This helps preserve soil nutrients and avoid potential disease problems. Your drawing will become an invaluable tool for planning for the future and remembering the past. It can also become your wish list.

Measure your garden spaces, then plot them on graph paper. You can draw each planting bed on a different page or you can draw out your whole yard on one sheet. The best plan might be to do both. This allows you to make detailed planting diagrams for each bed as well as a whole-yard overview.

Your drawings need not be fancy; just outline the shapes of your planting areas after measuring them. Mark and label permanent plantings such as trees and shrubs and long-lived perennials, then have several copies made to keep in your notebook.

Each year as you plan changes to your landscaping, flower gardens and crop rotation in your veggie garden, you will have a “map” of last year’s garden to help you remember what was planted where, as well as a new “map” on which to plan changes. You can also cut out clippings from magazines and Internet sources that contain ideas you might want to incorporate in your garden.

It’s important to write down the names of trees and shrubs as well as when you planted them. Keep track of how many pounds of tomatoes you harvested from the dozen plants you grew last year. Write down homemade fertilizer recipes and composting tips. Who knows, it may become a family heirloom.

Continue adding to your compost pile and turning it to create that “black gold” for your garden.

Educate yourself. Check out some books from the library to help you increase your gardening knowledge. There is also a lot of knowledge available from the WSU Extension Office and the Internet about gardening and related topics.

Remember, however, that not everything you read on the Internet is accurate or true. Seek out respected sources such as those ending in .gov or .edu and/or double-check facts from other sources, especially those that seem too good to be true, odd or far-fetched.

Even experienced gardeners can benefit from continuing education, as recommendations about things like soil science, plant breeding and best practices in the garden can change with research and development bringing new understanding.

For instance, preparing a garden bed by tilling repeatedly and breaking down soil to a fine consistency is not good for soil structure or the microbe activity in the soil. Less is more when it comes to tilling.


Q. We frequently hear from people who bought a live Christmas tree and want to know what to do with it. The ground seems frozen. Is it impossible to plant now?

A. We encourage those who anticipate buying a live Christmas tree to dig a planting hole in advance and cover the soil so it doesn’t freeze, but even if you haven’t already dug your hole, you can still save that tree. If you haven’t moved your tree from your warm house to your garage/shed where it can get used to the colder weather, do so now. Also, you will need to make sure it is kept moist, but not water-logged.

Do some research to see how big your tree will be at maturity, so that you can choose an appropriate planting site. Once the weather warms up a bit, you should start digging, as the soil may only be frozen for a few inches.

Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball, being sure to remove any strings or burlap, then straighten out any roots that seem bound up before placing the tree in the hole.

Make sure that your depth is correct so that your soil line will be the same as it has been in the pot. Cover with soil and water well. Place mulch around the planting to help hold the moisture.

Happy gardening in 2016!


The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is an organization of trained volunteers dedicated to horticulture and community service. Even though the Master Gardener Walk-In Clinic is closed for the winter until March 1, your questions about gardening, landscaping or this program can be directed to the Master Gardener Clinic at 509-574-1604, or you can leave samples for identification at the WSU Extension office. You can also email your questions to The WSU Extension Office is at 2403 S. 18th St., Suite 100 in Union Gap. Our phone is 509-574-1600. New volunteers are welcome.

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Village wants your ideas on North Palm Beach Country Club

Village residents have two more weeks to register their opinions online on the future of the North Palm Beach Country Club.

The anonymous survey by the village, which is free and takes about five minutes to complete, is available at

+Village wants your ideas on North Palm Beach Country Club photo

North Palm Beach Country Club is on U.S. 1 (Photo by Bruce Bennett)

Demolishing the 50-year-old building that houses the golf shop and Village Tavern restaurant is being considered. Changes to the swimming pool, located adjacent to the building, are also under consideration.

All facilities at the country club, including the golf course, are open to the public.

Village officials hope to start the project next year and complete it by the end of 2017. The village council has approved a master plan for the project. Plans have been submitted for consideration.

“It’s absolutely necessary we get as broad of a response from the public as possible,” said North Palm Beach Mayor Robert Gebbia.

A cost for the plan for the new building at the country club, located on the west side of U.S. 1 between Northlake Boulevard and the Parker Bridge, has not been determined. The final cost and schedule will be determined after the survey is complete, said Gebbia.

The village has been making updates to the country club for the last decade.

The par-71 Jack Nicklaus Signature course was redesigned and opened to the public for play in the fall of 2006. The course was lengthened to more than 7,000 yards from the back tees.

In 2009, the village installed clay courts, a new 2,000-square-foot clubhouse, new lighting, irrigation, and landscaping as part of $500,000 in improvements to the tennis center, located on the north side of the country club. The new clubhouse has showers, a small kitchen and a meeting room. The tennis center is open to the public.


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Tell Me About It: The family business

DELPHOS — Jimmie Mox comes from a long line of men with green thumbs. For more than 150 years, Mox Nursery in Delphos has helped the community choose the right way to plant, grow and nurture things in the outdoors.

“It’s truly a neat thing to actually get to redo landscape jobs that my grandpa and dad did years ago and work for the same customers after this many years,” Mox said.

He was raised working at the nursery and is taking the reigns and looks forward to possibly handing the business to his own children someday. He and wife, Natalie, have two children, son Reegan, 6, and McKynlie, 3.

“We pride ourselves on being a small family-owned business in working for so many years in the surrounding communities,” he said. “We can’t thank our customers enough for keeping us going for all of these years. It is truly a pleasure to work with each and every one of them.”

The business was started in 1862.

“I’m fifth generation; my great-great-grandfather Albert Mox started the nursery and travelled on horse and buggy selling fruit trees,” he said.

From fruit trees the nursery has put roots deep in the community and grown to be a lot of things to the customers it serves.

“We offer landscape design, installation, landscaping maintenance, things of that nature,” Mox said. “We also do decorative retaining walls and paver patios. We also run retail sales here at the nursery were customers can come and purchase trees, shrubs, and bulk mulch. We also do a few lawn mowing accounts and snow removal through the winter months.”

Mox explained how it was handed down.

“Albert’s son, Ed, who is my great-grandfather, worked along side his father until Albert’s death in 1911. Ed had two sons that entered the business with him; one was also named Ed who was my grandpa and Oscar who was my great-uncle,” Mox said.

1. And from Grandpa Ed it was handed down?

My grandpa Ed and Oscar took over the business as the third generation when their father passed away in 1933. Oscar had a son Frank, who came into the business as a partner with Grandpa Ed in 1959 as Oscar became sick with cancer and passed in 1962. Frank’s wife, Imogene, was also a huge help in the business. Grandpa Ed’s youngest child, Jim, who is my dad, grew up with the business and after serving in the Army, was discharged in 1968 and returned home and became partners in the business with Frank, his first cousin, becoming the fourth generation. Grandpa Ed retired upon Dad’s return, but lived there at the nursery for the remainder of his years with my grandma Louise in the house he was raised until his death in 1997. My dad became sole owner of the nursery upon Frank’s retirement in 1991.

2. What is the best memory of your grandpa Ed?

I would have to say the best memory of my grandpa Ed was he worked well through his 80s. He was always doing something around the nursery and constantly coming out to still talk to customers and see what we were up to that day. I would always go into Grandma and Grandpa’s house when I took a break to find him in his chair listening to Lawrence Welk.

3. How long have you worked at the nursery?

I’ve been involved with the nursery as long as I can remember by helping out around the shop and following Grandpa and Frank around getting to do little jobs.

4. What was your favorite thing working at the nursery?

My favorite as a kid was actually getting to go with my dad and drawing up the jobs for designs and layouts. When I graduated in 2000 I came to work full time. Dad and I still run the business together along with my mom, Mary, who is the backbone of the business answering phones, acting secretary, sales woman and takes care of piles of paperwork.

5. Do you think your children will take over?

It would be absolutely great if the kids take over making them the sixth generation. My son takes a great interest in coming to the nursery and helping out as much as he can. He loves talking to the customers and being a salesman.

6. What is the best and worst thing about the nursery?

The best and worst things about it would have to be working for yourself. You have the freedoms of being self-employed but also the headaches of it as well. Most people don’t see the 15- and 16-hour days and the weekends and holidays that have to be worked to make deadlines or beat bad weather.

7. Why did you choose to take it over?

I didn’t always want to take over the nursery, but the older I got the more I realized what a neat thing it was to be the fifth generation of a business. I really wanted to keep that going for as long as I was able. Now that I have kids I strive to make the business better for them in case they have an interest in becoming the sixth generation.

By Janet Ferguson

For The Lima News

Janet Ferguson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to The Lima News. Share your story ideas for Tell Me About It at [email protected].


Janet Ferguson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to The Lima News. Share your story ideas for Tell Me About It at [email protected].

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