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Treasure Valley gardening events: Growing grapes and blueberries, veggies to plant now, and more

Thursday, March 24

Great Grapes: 6:30 p.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. $17 general, $12 IBG members. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Saturday, March 26

Bountiful Blueberries: 10 a.m. at FarWest Landscape and Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Free. 853-4000.

Insect Hotels: 10 a.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. $25 general, $20 IBG members. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Ready Your Outdoor Pantry: Cool Season Veggies: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Learn what to get started in your garden, and the tools, timing and tricks you need to start your spring garden early and maximize your success with edibles. Free. RSVP: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

Wednesday, March 30

Landscape Design: 5:30 p.m. at FarWest Landscape and Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Free. 853-4000.

Lawn and Irrigation: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Air Plant Workshop: 6:30 p.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. $30 general, $25 IBG members. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Saturday, April 2

Tree planting and pruning demonstration: 10 a.m. to noon at Lakeview Park, Garrity Boulevard and 16th Avenue North, Nampa. Hands-on tree planting class to learn proper planting and pruning techniques. Presenter: Earl Moran, city forester. Free. 468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

Get the Mix Right: Best Practices for Planting, Soil Prep and Irrigation: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Learn the essentials of how to prepare your soil, what fertilizers are best for your garden and the tools you need to help make the job easier. Free. RSVP: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

Wednesday, April 6

Roses and landscape: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Thursday, April 7

Tree disorders, insects and diseases: 7 to 9 p.m. at Nampa City Hall, 411 3rd St. S. Learn about some of the most common insect related problems found on local trees and most common problems created by people. Corrective suggestions will be given to help maintain healthy trees. Presenter: Dan Schults, CWI horticulture professor. Free. 468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

Saturday, April 9

Growing Great Pumpkins: 10 a.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. $20 general, $15 IBG members. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Rose pruning and care: 10 a.m. to noon at Lakeview Park, Garrity Boulevard and 16th Avenue North, Nampa. Learn basic techniques to produce beautiful, healthy roses. Presenter: Lucas Navock, Nampa Parks employee. Free. 468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

Spring Plants and Design: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Learn about the best spring plants and how to incorporate them into your garden with companion plants, bulbs, etc. Free. RSVP: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

Tuesday, April 12

Color in Landscape Design: 6:30 p.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. $17 general, $12 IBG members. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Saturday, April 16

Get Drought Smart: Design and Plant Now with Natives and Water-wise Plants: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Designers will guide you through the process of creating a sustainable garden to fit your gardens needs. Free. RSVP: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

Saturday, April 23

Foodscaping: Innovative Ways to Grow Edibles: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Discover ways to integrate your edibles within the existing garden to maximize your space. Free. RSVP: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

Saturday, April 30

Container Garden Drama: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Designers will guide you on the best practices to create a seasonal container for your patio or porch. Bring your ideas and containers. Free. RSVP: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

Saturday, May 7

Plant sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise. 615-1505.

Vintage Vogue: Roses, Peonies and Hydrangeas: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Learn how to design with David Austin roses, peonies and hydrangeas in your garden. Free. RSVP: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

Saturday, May 14

Moveable Feast: Growing Edibles in Containers: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Discover how you can create colorful and aromatic edible container gardens you will enjoy all season long. Free. RSVP: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

Saturday, May 21

Growing Up: Trellis and Vines: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Discover how trellis and vines can be utilized to hide areas or create ambiance in your garden space. Free. RSVP: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

Saturday, May 28

Art in the Garden: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Discover how to utilize garden art to reflect your garden style and create a focal point in your garden space. Free. RSVP: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

June 11

Idaho Rose Show: Noon to 5 p.m. at The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise. Presented by Idaho Rose Society. Free. 440-7826.

Article source: http://www.idahostatesman.com/living/home-garden/article67780117.html

Local landscaper wins parliamentary garden design contest

Whistler landscape designer Heike Stippler has been chosen to create the Garden of Honour at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria.

While designing her submission, Stippler, who runs Heike Designs Inc., said she had a vision of capturing the daily beauty she sees in the province, incorporating elements of the provincial flag.

“I didn’t want it to look too classic or conventional,” she said, in regards to her idea for the project. “The garden is like a small quadric circle. So I wanted to connect shapes and colours with a flow that was B.C. related.”

The Speaker of the House for the province of B.C., Linda Reid, and the B.C. Minister of Agriculture, Norm Letnick, selected the winning design.

They said in a release that they were impressed with the depth and scope of submissions, especially Stippler’s.

Stippler said she’s excited to speak at the reveal of the garden on April 28. With a combination of colour, texture and style, her objective was to unify the diversity and challenges seen in our province — from water to fire, snow and rain, mountains, rainforests and hot deserts, she said.

Through her creation she wanted to display how life may not always be planned, but it is real and full of chances. Our actions affect each other and make a difference to build the province as a whole, she said. The theme of the garden is to honour firefighters and law officers who have served for the province.

“We wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the people who fight forest fires and enforce our law,” said Stippler.  “It’s easy to forget what we have and important to remember.”

The competition, which closed in February, required designs to fit certain parameters. The plantings could not exceed two ft. in height and no high structures were to be incorporated into the garden. Things like irrigation and plant hardiness also needed to be considered. Stippler’s design introduces plants that are native to and grown in B.C. They are low maintenance, drought-tolerant and pollinator friendly, she said.

The largest, rounded stretch of the garden measures 50 feet in length. “Because of the limited size I knew I needed to get the design just right,” said Stippler. “Nothing too busy or too boring, but a perfect middle ground. The idea came together quite quickly actually.”

Stippler started Heike Designs in 2005. She works out of Squamish and Vancouver as well as Whistler. Working in different parts of the province presents her with the challenge of extreme differing climates.

“I really try to be creative and do something different to justify specific properties,” said Stippler. “It’s easy to always do the same thing.”  

© Copyright 2016 Whistler Question

Article source: http://www.whistlerquestion.com/entertainment/arts/local-landscaper-wins-parliamentary-garden-design-contest-1.2209820

Richland Players: Bringing great productions to the Tri-Cities – Tri

The Richland Players looks forward to another exciting year of great productions and events in our historic building. We continue to work toward our mission of “Entertainment, Inspiration, and Education — Committed to serving the Mid-Columbia region by entertaining, inspiring, and educating audiences and artists through the shared experience of live theatre.” With that mission in mind, The Richland Players is continually seeking input and ideas from our community.

The vision that created the Richland Players in 1944 — to bring live performing art to the community with opportunities for local citizens to directly participate — continues today. However, it’s not without challenges.

In 2012, Washington had a higher than national average volunteer rate (34.4 percent). But in the past 4 years, that number has declined to a 10-year low. We hear from our nonprofit partners across the Tri-Cities that volunteering levels are at an all-time low. At The Richland Players, we are exploring new ways to seek out and retain volunteers. Our newly formed Volunteer Committee is already finding unique and creative ways to involve people in our passion for the arts.

Each season, The Richland Players puts on 40 performances, attended by more than 8,300 patrons.

As with any historic building, our 70-plus-year-old home is in need of repair. We are continuously faced with the challenge of repairing leaking roofs, heating/cooling systems, and landscaping and maintenance. During the last year, we replaced our HVAC system in the lobby, fixed multiple toilets (theater is very glamorous), and patched a leaking roof multiple times. As a board of directors, we are committed in the next year to explore new community partnerships and sponsorships to help with capital improvement projects.

We will be seeking out ways to preserve this theater, and the piece of history we claim in downtown Richland. We are excited to find ways to partner with the new outdoor stage at the John Dam Plaza. From end-to-end of The Parkway and “Stage-to-Stage” of performance venues, we think we can bring people down to The Parkway in Richland, and watch it become a lively entertainment and dining district for people in the Tri-Cities. Partnerships with businesses like The Paper Street Brewery Co., providing a place to gather before and after shows, is just one example of how we’re striving to reach out to new people.

Each season, The Richland Players puts on 40 performances, attended by more than 8,300 patrons. We have two exciting shows to finish this season.

100 Lunches, a great gourmet comedy, premieres in March. To end our season in May, we are producing Frost / Nixon, a fictionalization of the famous interviews that David Frost conducted with ex-president Richard Nixon in 1977, as a part of Nixon’s efforts to improve his image. What a great way to emphasize an exciting presidential election year. Next year’s season is just as thrilling with newer shows and classic favorites. We’ll kick off the 2016-17 season in September with Cyrano De Bergerac, followed by a Christmastime “who-dunnit” thriller, Ken Ludwig’s The Games Afoot. We’ll continue to bring out the laughs and drama well into 2017, with Our Lady of The Tortilla, Calendar Girls, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Great shows like these all have one thing in common — volunteers. The board’s reorganizational effort is in full swing. We have a new website, and soon you can purchase tickets from Facebook in addition to our regular methods. We want to find ways to continue to serve our community and our patrons. We are looking at bringing additional events to the theater, such as radio-shows, one-weekend-only productions, and maybe some music and open mic opportunities.

We want to make everyone’s experience with The Richland Players a positive one; whether you’re performing on stage, taking tickets at the door, or finding new funding sources, volunteering should be a fun and rewarding experience. We are in need of volunteers, so consider how you can get involved, and come join us in giving back to the Tri-Cities community.

As the president of the board, I hope to hear from the community that we serve. Whether it’s suggestions on how we can improve things, information on sponsorships or partnering opportunities, or plays you’d like to see, I’m reachable at president@richlandplayers.org.

This past year we have also hired our first ever general manager to help run the business of our theater. Michael Wutzke brings with him decades of theater and performing arts experience, as well as the business management skills needed to help our theater continue to thrive. Our board meetings are open to everyone. For more information, go to our website at www.richlandplayers.org, find us on Facebook/Twitter, or visit the theater at 608 The Parkway in Richland.

We look forward to seeing you at the theater.

Article source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/special-reports/progress-edition/article66698232.html

5 experts who can help with your ‘honey-do’ list | Warr

By Al Warr

With any luck at all, we have seen the last of winter. It did not amount to much this year. A few nights with low temperatures and one big snowfall and we can call it a season.

When the forsythia covers its branches with a profusion of yellow blossoms, spring is here. And that means it’s time to get with the program.

The program is that pesky “honey-do” list. Everyone tends to put off repairing, cleaning, renovating, painting, and doing other things — inside and outside the house.

During winter months, the list tends to grow longer. Now is the time to begin tackling the tasks, solving the problems, and putting “done” to your “honey-do” list.

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Bill Cummins runs Appliance Master of Central New Jersey. He has eight technicians who troubleshoot, service and repair all sorts of appliances.

Get ready for spring | Warr

“We focus on quick customer service,” Cummins said. “And we operate in a two-hour window”

They take on refrigerators that have lost their cool, washers that no longer wash, dryers that leave clothes wet, and just about any other appliance problem. And it’s not just the newer models—they also tackle older brands.

His operation is based in Flemington, but he covers a big area with vans running in all directions.

“We handle calls from south of Route 80 to north of Route 195, along with Bucks County,” he told me.

Cummins started in business back in 1983. He has seen, and solved, lots of different problems with appliances. He is a certified service manager, having met the rigorous standards of the Professional Service Association.

Appliance Master works with homeowners, businesses, and appliance dealers to install and repair appliances. For more information, call 908 788-7753 or 800 752-7123. Also visit ApplianceMaster.com.

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Bruce Turek is a Hunterdon Handyman based in Ringoes.

He can handle all sorts of repairs and maintenance around your place. This includes interior painting, remodeling baths and kitchens — including tile work, hardwood flooring, repair doors and decks, light construction, powerwashing, and more.

“I’ve re-glazed old windows and replaced the window weights in old houses,” he told me. “Also installed vanities and replaced rotted siding.”

Turek is a source to call to get at many items on your “honey-do” list. He’s licensed and fully insured. But hurry. He’s already scheduling jobs for summer.

He works in a wide area — from Clinton and Flemington to Lambertville, with some jobs in Somerset.

For more information, call 609 203-2039 or 609 466-1647. You can also find him on Angie’s List.

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Gilbert Van Wyck is a specialist in the repair, restoration, and refinishing of fine furniture. He can also handle restoration work involving fine carpentry.

“I lived and worked in Germany,” he said. His European training extends back more than 25 years.

“I just finished re-doing six chairs,” he added. “Four of them were 125 years old. The other two were 150 years old.”

He can take them apart and put them back together again. This is no small task, and it takes lots of sensitivity, expertise, and knowledge of antiques and older methods of construction. All his re-finishing is environmentally friendly.

Related undertakings include crown moldings, custom carpentry, upholstery, and other endeavors.

He covers a wide area, from Warren and Hunterdon to the Jersey Shore.

For more information and photos, see Facebook.com/RYPC. Call him at 908 835-7892 or 908 285-0915.

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Every “honey-do” list will include things needing attention inside and outside the house. Now that spring has arrived, it is time to get moving on the yard.

Mark Schlaudecker does spring clean-ups, mulching, stone and gravel work including ornamental. He can build a retaining wall, install patios and sidewalks, lay pavers, and more.

He can help you with designing and landscaping. Ideas that have been floating around in your head can be turned into reality with his expertise.

“In the spring and summer, I focus on lawn cutting and landscaping,” said Schlaudecker. As summer turns into fall, he signs up people who need firewood and cool weather projects in the yard.

He also handles indoor tile work and restorations of baths and kitchens. He covers Hunterdon, Warren and Morris counties.

For more information, call 908 835-0330 or his cell 908 319-3537. Visit his website at MarksLandscapingNJ.com.

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My wife once decided that we needed to replace the wallpaper in the kitchen’s breakfast nook. Long before we bought the old house, crazy patterns had adorned the walls of the small eat-in area.

“It has to go,” she told me in no uncertain terms. Changing the wallpaper was at the top of her “honey-do” list.

So I rented a contraption and began the process of steaming the old wallpaper off the plaster walls. She busied herself flipping through wallpaper sample catalogs, finally finding a design to her liking.

Both of us tackled the task of unrolling wallpaper, soaking it in the bathtub, and stretching it against the now-bare walls. It was a mess. Glue got smeared on everything in the bathroom and the kitchen — and both of us. We finally finished, and I swore, “Never again.”

Today, I would call an expert — like Igor’s Painting Inc. Located in Flemington, Igor’s handles painting and wallpapering, start to finish. Where was Igor when I needed him?

To reach him, call 908 788-2901 or 908 399-4850.

Al Warr can be reached at 610 253-0432 or AlWarr16@gmail.com.

Article source: http://www.nj.com/hunterdon/index.ssf/2016/03/5_experts_who_can_help_with_your_honey-do_list_war.html

House of the Week: A rustic contemporary dream home in Covington

Although it was designed with young children in mind, Jarrod and Blair Jemison’s Covington home makes no sacrifices. As much showplace as family nest, the property blends family-centric features with a well-considered aesthetic.

“We wanted something that when you wake up, you feel like you’re at the beach on vacation,” Blair Jemison said of the couple’s four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home.

Designed by Matt Voelkel at Covington’s studioMV (where Blair now works) and constructed by Cornerstone Custom Houses (Jarrod’s former employer), the home began as a collection of ideas the Jemisons gathered from favorite Pinterest photos.

“We sent a Pinterest board over to Matt,” Blair said. It contained inspirations, ideas and tidbits of this-and-that. “We were kind of going for a new, modern farm-looking house.”

The home sways toward a palette of whites, grays, pebbles and pewters. Pale white oak flooring spans most of the ground level. Soothing carrera marble vanity countertops, floors and to-the-ceiling carrera-tiled walls define the master bath. Even the accessories and sundries of life are all calming neutrals. It’s an airy, tranquil place where a family can really breathe.

The farmhouse elements include two sliding barn doors with heavy hardware, one leading to the home’s loggia and another to the home office; reclaimed pine beams spanning the living room ceiling and used for several door frames; a long, weather-worn church pew sitting in the seagrass-wallpapered loggia; and a light smattering of decor references that harken to rustic living, such as animal hide rugs.

“The wood slats on the wall in the kitchen also are more of a farmhouse look,” Blair added.

Interwoven with these elements are more modern decor statements that blend old and new styles. Subtle ecru or gray upholstery and rugs bring the look into the present, with artwork and tchotchkes used sparingly.

“A lot of the art in the house is by family and family friends,” Blair said. Above the couple’s bed is a painting by friend Abby Sembera, who sells her work at Niche in Mandeville and has her own studio in downtown Covington.

The master bedroom features a contemporary platform bed, a wood-burning fireplace and a tongue-in-groove poplar ceiling.

A bright kitchen with an ample island centerpiece opens into the living room. The island uses a slab of calacatta gold marble, with little gold inclusions.

“I wanted (calacatta) in here because of all the brass,” Blair said. It coordinates with the gold undersides of large pendant light fixtures placed over the island and with the kitchen’s brass faucet and cabinet pulls.

“I wanted everything really open,” Blair said, pointing from the kitchen to the adjacent living room.

Most details, from the floor plan to the number and positions of windows, were influenced by the couple’s goal of crafting a space that accommodates the needs of their children: Cannon, 4, Reese, 3, and baby No. 3, who is on the way. Blair, Jarrod (an entrepreneur whose projects include ownership of Covington Athletic Club) and the kids also share their home with a 200-pound English Mastiff and an English Bulldog.

For Blair, much of that aesthetic was about light.

“I’m a fool for natural light,” she said, gesturing towards the surrounding windows in her living area. All were uncovered, screenless and framing inviting scenes of the outdoors. Only the bedrooms have either drapery or plantation blinds; everywhere else, the sunlight streams in freely.

The windows were not just to lighten the space; they also were strategically placed so the Jemisons could observe their children at play from various vantage points.
A breezeway connecting the 4,460-square-foot main home to a detached two-car garage with an apartment-like space above passes alongside an outdoor kitchen with a grill and wood-burning fireplace.

The hideaway above the garage is for family movie nights, which the Jemisons hold weekly. A screen pulls down from the ceiling, a projector features the flicks, and cushy pillows and seating provide a cozy atmosphere. Extended family and friends sometimes join the shows.

The room also does double duty as accommodations for overnight guests.

In the main house, the children’s bedrooms are upstairs, and the youngsters have a playroom and a mudroom-style entrance to the outdoors. The laundry room is conveniently adjacent.

The children also enjoy a small screened porch that was quite important to Blair, who laughed at the little bits of Play-doh stuck to the Old Chicago brick floor as she showed a visitor around the space. “It’s their place,” she said.

The approximately half-acre lot includes a simple landscape by Brian Humphreys. Fig ivy is trained up portions of the street-facing facade. Small espalier-trained pear trees now lie dormant in their winter bareness, preparing at any time now to leaf out for spring.

Another calming outdoor spot is a small courtyard. It’s accessible from the front yard via a small slatted wood gate and is immediately visible through a wall of windows when entering the foyer. The ground is covered with fine gray gravel, and a trickling fountain adds a soothing soundtrack.

The backyard is an exercise in simplicity and geometry. A covered brick patio gives way to a field of squares as travertine pavers form a grid. Between each paver is vibrant green grass that is as unreal as it is easy-care.

It’s “faux grass,” Blair said, of the rye-grass-colored plumes poking out from between the slabs. “We did that for maintenance.”

The backyard’s landscaping is simple, with several azaleas serving as a bright foil for the austerity of the pavers.

“Two to three times people have knocked on the door asking if we’d sell the house,” Blair said, adding that she and her husband like the neighborhood and the home too much to consider selling it.

Article source: http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2016/03/house_of_the_week_a_rustic_con.html

Spring Landscaping


Article source: http://www.wearecentralpa.com/central-pa-live/spring-landscaping

Botanical Garden must adapt or disappear – Fairbanks Daily News

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Peek Through Time: Site of proposed swingers club once home to store built on love of parakeets

SUMMIT TWP., MI – These days, a building at 4200 Spring Arbor Road is attracting a lot of attention over a debate of whether or not it might become a swingers club.

But, longtime Jacksonians probably remember this spot as a garden center where they bought plants, trees, gifts, garden items, pet supplies and even Christmas trees.

Though it was very much out in the country when it opened more than 60 years ago, shoppers quickly discovered Beiswenger’s.

The business, which had an original address of 4242 Spring Arbor Road, was a garden center and gift shop created by Walter and Mary Beiswenger out of their hobby of raising parakeets.

The Beiswenger’s opened on April 15, 1955, offering garden supplies, aviary items, nursery stock and – of course – parakeets.

Ten years later, the Beiswengers were ready to retire. In stepped “empty-nesters” Adrian and Betty Verhoeven, who bought their 17 wooded acres that included the business and a house.

“Ade” Verhoeven, as he was known, had a financial interest in and was employed by Casual Furniture Co. of Oak Park, Ill., and his wife was a passionate gardener and winner of several blue ribbons in National Garden Club competitions.

Adrian and Betty Verhoeven, at left, buy Beiswenger’s garden center in 1965 from Walter and Mary Beiswenger. It later became Arbor Gardens. (File photo | Mlive.com) 

“My mother had a great green thumb,” said Jean Cromwell who currently lives in California and is one of the Verhoevens’ three children. “She was a very crafty person with wreaths and bows and dried flowers.”

The Verhoevens kept the Beiswenger’s name, but quickly made the business their own, adding a larger inventory of gift items, landscaping services and more.

“I think the business appealed to my mom because of her background in plants and flowers, but they both loved it and took a lot of pride in it,” Cromwell said. “It was such a great place and a very eclectic place. It was one-of-a-kind.”

The Verhoevens’ dream business literally went up in flames on Nov. 5, 1973, when fire broke out in a storage room and leveled the 11,000-square-foot, single-story wood-frame building.

More than 75 firefighters from nine Jackson-area departments fought 15 mph winds, thick smoke and a water shortage in a futile effort to save the store.

Whipped by the winds, the flames spread quickly, igniting packaged fertilizer, furniture, pet supplies and packaged Christmas decorations.

Faulty wiring within an electrical conduit in a storage room in the northwest corner of the building was to blame for the blaze, then Summit Township Fire Chief John Worden later told the Citizen Patriot.

Adrian Verhoeven estimated the loss at between $250,000 and $300,000.

Despite the utter destruction of their building, the Verhoevens opened Beiswenger’s popular Christmas tree lot a month later, from which they also sold holiday wreaths and garlands.

Undaunted by the destruction, plans also immediately were begun to rebuild on the site, Adrian Verhoeven told the Citizen Patriot.

“We haven’t canceled a one of our spring garden orders,” he said.

The rebuilt steel-frame building reopened with a new name – Arbor Gardens – in May 1974. First-day shoppers were greeted by 3,000 potted roses.

Arbor Gardens carried on as a popular garden and gift center for another 14 years, until Betty Verhoeven died in January 1988 at age 69. Her husband sold the business to Danny H. Watson later that year.

In 1993, the building became home to Premier Lighting, whose owners then said people still came there looking for the Christmas tree lot.

After Premier Lighting relocated to 2901 W. Michigan Ave., the building housed fitness, gymnastics and martial arts centers.

In December 2014, it was purchased by Epicurean Developments LLC, which is embroiled in a legal battle with Summit Township over use of the property.

Tidbits

• After the Beiswengers sold their business to the Verhoevens, they took a two-month tour of South America and then moved into a Jackson apartment.

• Betty Verhoeven was president of the Diggers Garden Club of Jackson and a blue-ribbon winner in the 1963 Chicago Flower Show.

• In August 1973, the Verhoevens’ son, Jim, joined Steve Riddle, owner of Concord’s Riddle Landscaping, to form Landscape Associates Inc., a company that operated out of Beiswenger’s. The company specialized in commercial, residential and industrial landscaping. Jim Verhoeven, a Michigan State University graduate, won an award from the Michigan Agricultural Nurserymen’s Society for a landscape project he did at then Jackson Community College.

• The large amount of water firefighters needed and the limited hauling capacity of their tankers caused the water shortage during the Nov. 5, 1973 blaze at Beiswenger’s. Trucks had to drive to Lumen Christi High School or the Ganton Nursing Home, 2121 Robinson Road, to tap into the Summit Township hydrant system. The shortage was eased when pumpers began drawing water from a pond on the nearby Hickory Hills Country Club.

• Fourteen firefighters were sent to Jackson hospitals due to smoke inhalation and exhaustion from fighting the Beiswenger’s fire. Four were admitted.

Article source: http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2016/03/peek_through_time_site_of_prop.html

MASTER GARDENERS: March gardening tips

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