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Archives for March 4, 2016

Photos: BC garden designers rock the Home Show

Check out stunning outdoor living spaces created by landscape design companies featured at the BC Home and Garden Show taking over BC Place Stadium, Feb. 17-21.

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Your Best Bets for the weekend

2. BROADWAY MUSICAL: The national Broadway tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” brings the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical to the Phillips Center Saturday complete with such popular tunes as “Any Dream Will Do” and a compelling story taken from the book of Genesis. For tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance, call 392-2787.

3. NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA HOME GARDEN SHOW: Check out home improvement ideas and get answers to your landscaping and remodeling questions in the 17th installment of this event at the O’Connell Center. More than 150 booths showcasing everything from furniture and nurseries to painting, plumbing, roofing and more will be featured from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4; free to ages 16 and younger.

4. SAVION GLOVER, JACK DEJOHNETTE: On Sunday, catch a performance of this unique tour pairing the award-winning tap dancer Savion Glover with the renowned jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette and his group. The former won a Tony Award for choreographing “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk” and the latter has kept the beat for jazz men ranging from Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard to Sonny Rollins and Bill Evans. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance at the Phillips Center are available by calling 392-2787.

5. LITTLE JAKE AND THE SOUL SEARCHERS: Gainesville’s own soul man and his dynamic backing band return to the Dirty Bar Saturday for a night of upbeat RB and hot buttered soul as only they can perform them. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. at the venue, 2441 NW 43rd St.

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4-H Day is this Saturday

Do you want to join 4-H in Fairfield County? Come and learn more about 4-H on Saturday at 4-H Day.

The event will be at the AAA building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees will learn about projects in animal science, companion animals, child and family development, food and nutrition, money management and more available through the 4-H Youth Development program in Fairfield County.

In addition to learning about projects available, there will be several large animals to visit as well as dog agility demonstrations throughout the day. The event is free and open to all who are interested.

Membership to the traditional 4-H club program begins when a child is at least enrolled in third grade and has reached age 8 as of Jan. 1 of the current year. Ohio 4-H membership ends Dec. 31 of the year in which and individual turns 19.

Eligibility for Cloverbud 4-H membership begins when a child has enrolled in kindergarten and reached age 5 as if Jan. 1 of the current year. Cloverbud participation ends when a child is eligible for competitive events, 4-H projects and other older youth activities.

A 4-H project is made up of three types of activities:

Hands on-activities: making, producing, practicing, observing, testing, interviewing, caring for, etc.

Organized activities: demonstrations, speeches, workshops, camps, county judging, project activities, exhibits, etc.

Leadership/Citizenship activities: conducting, planning, teaching, assisting, informing, organizing, etc.

Fruit tree pruning workshop

The Ohio State University Extension in Fairfield County will sponsor a hands-on fruit tree pruning workshop with Ralph Hugus from 10 a.m to noon March 19 at Hugus Fruit Farm, located at 1960 Old Rushville Road NE in Rushville.

The workshop will involve walking through the orchard and discussing growing and pruning techniques for apples and peach trees. Pruning shears will be provided. Participants will be able to learn pruning techniques and get all of their questions related to fruit tree growing and pruning answered.

The majority of the workshop will be outdoors so attendees should dress for the weather conditions.

Reservations are not required, but to provide adequate printed materials, they are suggested. Reservations can be made by calling 740-652-7260.

Home and Garden Show

The 38th annual Home and Garden Show will be March 11 to 13.

The hours are noon to 8 p.m. March 11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 12 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13.

The event will be in both the Ed Sands and AAA Building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, 157 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster.

There will be many vendors featuring home improvement and landscaping ideas. How-to seminars will be offered each day on the main stage, and door prizes will be up for grabs. Admission and parking are free, and there will be a food vendor on site.

Bloom Carroll FFA

The Bloom Carroll FFA Chapter will have a booth for children from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. March 12 at the Home and Garden Show at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.

There will be numerous hands-on activities available for children, one of which will be a coloring contest with prizes for three age groups: 5 and younger, between 6 and 8, and between 9 and 12.

The winners of each age division will receive a $10 gift card to Tractor Supply Co.

The OSU Extension Office Update is compiled by Connie Smith, program assistant and Master Gardener coordinator with the OSU Extension Office in Fairfield County.

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The outdoor life: Baton Rouge couple hits the ground running with ideas for new home

Even before Andy and Lydale Roberts were settled in Old Goodwood, they were meditating on major changes to their 1950s-vintage cottage.

Built with two bedrooms and one bath, the home had a later addition of another bedroom and bath “stuck onto the back,” Andy Roberts said.

“When we bought the house, we started sketching on paper what we wanted,” he said. “Our idea was to maximize the necessities and minimize the things we don’t use everyday.”

Working with architect Sutton Miley, the Roberts made some unusual changes to completely transform the house.

“We swallowed up a smaller house and built around it,” Andy Roberts said.

They stole about 12 inches from the original dining room and made the remainder of the room into a hallway leading to a 1000-square-foot addition of a family room-kitchen combination.

The tiny original kitchen and the area stolen from the dining room became a half-bath, a kitchen pantry and a butler’s pantry, which opens to a new mudroom-study combination.

In the process of renovating, the Roberts removed three layers of wallpaper and drywall from the old dining room ceiling to discover a wooden ceiling of shiplap, rough-sawn pine often used in barns and old homes.

“It was so nice that we decided to use the same idea on the walls and ceiling of the new addition,” Andy Roberts said.

Because the shiplap has natural imperfections, it is especially easy to care for.

“You don’t have to worry about nail holes,” Lydale Roberts said. “You can just nail something on and forget about it.”

The kitchen section of the big new room contains a center island, which is actually two feet smaller than originally planned.

“When it arrived, it was so big that we had to have it cut down,” Andy Roberts said, “but we still affectionately call it the ‘grand isle.’”

Cabinetmaker John Wilson built the kitchen cabinets exactly as the Roberts wanted, but he didn’t want to stain the wooden counters because of the difficulty in getting the correct stain color.

Andy Roberts, who says they “take do-it-yourself to the extreme,” decided to stain the counters himself one night after work.

“We came back in the morning and hated it,” he said.

“They were purple,” Lydale Roberts said.

The next night, he sanded the countertops to the wood and restained them. This time, the couple was thrilled with the results.

The white wooden 14-foot vaulted ceiling and walls, matching white kitchen cabinets and tall brick fireplace create a warm, expansive living area for the young couple and their two children, Drew, 5, and Mae, 2.

At the back of the large family room is a doorway, perfectly aligned with the front door to give the old and new parts of the home a clear pathway of light from front to back. The door opens to a large back porch with 16-foot ceilings and an extension of the tall brick fireplace.

“We wanted a huge back porch,” Lydale Roberts said. “We love to be outside.”

“A lot of people are building outdoor kitchens,” Andy Roberts said. “We built an outdoor living room.”

The Roberts are surrounded by young families with children, who all get together frequently. It’s what they love about their neighborhood.

They are always thinking and planning for other improvements in the coming years. One day, they hope to add a master suite and an outdoor kitchen and to do some extra landscaping to their large lot. But they are especially happy about the changes they made to the original house.

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PA Garden Show of York


PAGSY has been a family tradition in the mid-state for over 24 years. It is a well-balanced flower and garden show featuring landscape display gardens, a standard judged flower show, and retail garden market. This year’s theme is “Stepping through Thyme,” so landscapers will interpret this in their own designs and can reference herbs and the history of garden landscaping. Seminars will address current trends in landscaping, horticulture, environmental maintenance, design, and how to garden for edibles and delight.

The show will take place from Friday, March 4 to Sunday, March 6 at the Memorial Hall, 334 Carlisle Ave, York, PA, 17404.

For additional information, you can visit their website or call 717-578-9029.

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Author to headline talk

GOSHEN — The Michiana Master Gardeners will be hosting an educational seminar for the public on edible landscapes on Saturday. The seminar will be held at Greencroft Activity Center, 1820 Greencroft Blvd., Goshen from 2 to 5 p.m.

Master Gardener and chairwoman for the spring celebration, Judith Forbes, explained this is the group’s annual educational program for the public. The speaker, Janet Macunovich, will give a one-hour presentation on how to incorporate edibles — fruits, vegetables and herbs — into landscapes.

Forbes said there will also be approximately 23 local Elkhart County vendors and educational booths for attendees to visit and shop after the presentation or during the break. There will also be some herb-related snacks free of charge during the break.

Forbes reported that she was “really excited” about this year’s speaker and said that she and some other master gardeners had heard Macunovich speak at the Kosciuscko County and Porter County master gardener programs.

The theme of edible landscapes came about while thinking about how some people may be restricted from having vegetable gardens in their front yards, according to Forbes, and she thought Macunovich could show people how “to incorporate vegetables into a more formal background. She has a way of making it attractive with curb appeal.”

Forbes said the program may also touch on landscape edibles for wildlife as well.

Author to sign books at First Friday

Macunovich has published several books on gardening and landscaping and will be signing books at Better World Books on First Friday. She talked a little about what those attending her program might expect to hear.

She said she’d be speaking about placing edibles throughout one’s landscaping, like small fruit trees in patio pots or using lettuce as decorative edging. She’ll also talk about using herbs in perennial gardens and edible vines for shade over a pergola, for example.

“I’ll be sharing the possibilities and the practicalities,” Macunovich said.

Honoring volunteers

Earlier that day Forbes said they’ll be honoring individuals who’ve donated more than 1,000 hours to the community. To become a master gardener one has to attend a series of classes, give seminars and have a six-month internship, culminating at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

After achieving master gardener status, a minimum of certified hours of education and community work is required to maintain that status.

Michiana Master Gardeners take care of the Young MacDonald’s Farm garden at the fairgrounds, the Elkhart Community Garden and other projects all over the county.

If you want to go

Tickets are available in advance for $10 a ticket and may be purchased at Better World Books in Goshen and Martin’s Pet Garden Center in Elkhart or by mail to Purdue Extension-Elkhart County, 17746 C.R. 34 Suite E, Goshen, IN 46528.

Tickets will also be available at the door for $12 per person.

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Inspired Home & Garden Expo comes to Fairgrounds, May 5 and 6

As the days become ever longer and the temperatures warmer, most home owners start examining their windows, doors, furniture, gardens, garages, and the walks that lead up to them. They start thinking “it’s time to freshen up the place.”

If this includes you, the Spring 2016 Inspired Spring Home Garden Expo of Monterey is a perfect place to drop by this weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 6. It will feature an array of home and garden exhibits, daily seminars, live chef demos, shopping, and charity partners as well as expo sponsors.

Learn from top professionals in the field who can help you create a more beautiful living environment, make a space more comfortable or fix an issue in your home. You will have the opportunity to build relationships with the people who can turn your dreams into reality. Talk with local home contractors who can take your inspired images saved from clippings and Pinterest boards and tell you whether those are feasible, effective, and economical ways to improve your home.

The Spring 2016 Inspired Home Garden Expo of Monterey takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6 at the Monterey Fair Expo Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. This event will feature nearly a hundred local home and garden professionals on site, many based in Monterey County. They will be available to answer all of your questions and provide expert advice for enhancing your indoor and outdoor living space.

The Spring 2016 Inspired Home Garden Expo will feature displays and exhibits of the latest ideas in home improvement, remodeling, interior design, decorating and landscaping. In addition, it will provide educational and informative seminars and demonstrations designed to help you enhance the beauty and the value of your home. Quality contractors, expert craftsmen, premier designers and home improvement professionals are there both days to focus on all of your needs to make your home meet your vision.

The event is free of charge.

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Seminar Schedule

Saturday, March 5

12:15 p.m.: Paella with Chef Brandon Miller, award-winning chef at Mundaka in Carmel will teach you how to make this staple of Spanish cuisine.

1 p.m.: Owning and Caring for Succulent Gardens presented by Mojave Desert Design

1:45 p.m.: Tile 101 with Emser Tile, learn how to select and care for your tile.

2:30 p.m.: Flawed Wine presented by Holman Ranch, A Sip ’n’ Chat class structured to allow each person an opportunity to learn, taste and enjoy.

3:15 p.m.: The Art of Fine Woodworking presented by Don Whitaker of Test of Tyme

Sunday, March 6

12:15 p.m.: Cooking Demo with Wills Fargo Steakhouse +Bar Chef Greg Karjala, a cooking demo and tasting his new menu items.

1 p.m.: Ask-A-Contractor Panel, presented by NARI Monterey, talk with a panel of expert contractors and product professionals

1:45 p.m.: Get your Garden in Shape with a Knox Garden Box, Presented by Warren Knox

2:45 p.m.: Caring for Your Roses and Fruit Trees, presented by McShane’s Nursery

Attendees Can Enter to Win!

Visit the Spring 2016 Monterey Home and Garden Expo for a chance to win a $1,000 Backyard Makeover from McShane’s Nursery and Landscape Supply. Entry information can also be found on

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Charlie Dimmock’s 5 essential tips for first-time gardeners

It’s almost 20 years since Charlie Dimmock made her name as the expert gardener on Ground Force. Now, the 49-year-old has launched a cut-price range of gardening must-haves for £1 each at Poundland.

It includes everything for the first-time gardener such hand tools, bird feeders, mosaic solar lights and gloves – and as Charlie, says, it proves you don’t have to be rich to develop your green fingers.

“I know that gardening is perceived to be an expensive hobby, but, like most things, you can make it as expensive or inexpensive as you want,” she says.

“So go for smaller plants, which actually are easier to establish, rather than going for big instant planting – there’s less work involved. 

[Related story: 6 cheap and cheerful ways to transform a small garden]

“My new range is accessible and affordable to everyone and has some great equipment – if you’re on a budget, the hand tools are good quality and strong. And there are daily products which get used up quickly like labels, ties, and slow-release fertilizer, plus the ornamental bits really allow you to put your personality on your garden.”

Charlie Dimmock’s top tips for first-time gardeners

“Being a first time gardening can be a bit daunting and intimidating but a few simple Dos and Don’ts really help start you off…”

Just get out there

“Do some research, but don’t get bogged down in it – looking too hard can lead to confusion and getting in a muddle. By getting out there and actually giving it a go, you’ll learn from your mistakes and quickly work out the best way of doing the job.”

Be realistic

“Don’t try to take on too much at once, as you may find the maintenance required will take up all your time and then gardening becomes a chore – not only will you stop enjoying it, but you’ll get behind and the garden will suffer.”

Combine pretty and practical

“If you’re designing a garden, keep in mind that you want the garden to be not only pretty but practical i.e. somewhere for the dustbins and washing line and maintenance that is straight-forward. This also applies to the plants you select, if you don’t have much spare time, don’t go for plants that require lots of pampering.”

Keep it simple

“When you’re new to gardening, by keeping it simple you’ll succeed more readily, which will not only boost your confidence, but increase your knowledge and lead to you taking on more complicated and involved gardening projects.”

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Charlie Dimmock’s Poundland favourites

Soft twist plant ties – Great as they don’t cut into the plant and easy to use.

Propagator – It’s handy and fits on the window sill and stops all the hassle of putting polythene bags over cuttings and seeds.

Hand tools – They’re strong, a good weight and the wooden handles make them lovely to use.

Tool hooks – I’ll be replacing my four-inch nails now!

Expandable willow frame – not only is it attractive but it’s a great plant support and adjustable so it holds the plant together without it getting trussed up.

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Experts give 6 tips on building better garden in Downers Grove

“You can make your garden bigger every year,” she said. “Don’t start up so huge that by the middle of the summer it is more than you can handle.”

A lot of first-time gardeners also want to jump into planting a vegetable garden, but a perennial garden is lower maintenance, she said.

“A vegetable garden is something that you need to keep weeded, and every year is a brand new garden,” she said.

Don’t be smothering

Collins compares raising plants to raising children: gardeners can be overzealous in taking care of plants.

For instance, some gardeners will use so much pesticide that it burns the plant.

“You’re just annoying this plant to death,” she said. “I think we need to back off and let this plant grow.”

She said she also teaches customers to water deeply and infrequently.

Through processes such as drip irrigation, the water trickles deep into the ground, causing the roots to grow and strengthen the plant.

If a plant is watered too shallowly, it becomes dependent on the gardener watering it and less capable of surviving a drought.

Join a community

For those who want to learn more about gardening or do not have room for a garden, there are community gardens available.

The Downers Grove Park District has a community garden at Mar-Duke Farm, 6800 S. Main St. It is mostly used for vegetable gardening and planting flowers to attract bees to pollinate.

Residents who are new to the garden or who want to pick a new plot can register from 8 to 10:30 a.m. March 5 at the Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave.

Shannon Forsythe, manager of natural resources and interpretive services for the Park District, said registration remains open until June 1 and the lots are never sold out.

The Park District tills the land, provides water and picks up leftover plants at the end of the year to be composted. Residents are responsible for the materials and tools.

New this year is a mentoring program that will pair experienced gardeners with novice gardeners.

“Hopefully this will give new gardeners an opportunity to learn on site with somebody who has been more successful,” Forsythe said.

For more information, call 331-777-4355.


Garden show

Wannemaker’s Home and Garden, 1940 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, will host a Spring Home and Garden Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5 and 6. The event will include seminars, demonstrations, special sales and giveaways.

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10 tips to start a community garden from Lancaster gardeners

Lafayette Elementary School, in the School District of Lancaster, built an outdoor classroom with raised garden beds after a recent renovation.

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