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Renowned garden expert to offer tips at Wbg. beautification event


May 12, 2016

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Young Entrepreneurs showcased

MANSFIELD­ – The Mansfield area’s first-ever Young Entrepreneurs Academy attracted six students — but every one of them stuck with the 30-week intensive program, graduating from the program and launching new businesses this spring.

They got a chance to show off their product or bright idea during a Richland Area Chamber of Commerce after-hours event Thursday at the old Ohio State Reformatory.

Adults who’d helped school them on what it takes to run a business urged Logan Sewart, Alec Schmitz, Sheldon Kiah, Richard Dauchenbaugh, Caleb McKenna and James Sorensen to get cracking to give their best “elevator pitch” as Chamber members wandered by their booths.

The students — some as young as eighth grade — participated in a busy business curriculum, meeting twice a week through much of the school year, getting a chance to learn first-hand from CEOs, attorneys, tax  specialists and accountants what’s needed to run a healthy business.

The program “was more than I expected. It was great,” said Alec Schmitz.

He’d begun running a small lawn-care and landscaping business when he was 12, riding mowers down to neighboring properties in Ontario. By 16, with a driver’s license, he was able to expand his territory. He participated in YEA to fine-tune his skills.

As he learned from adult instructors and mentors, for example, Alec figured out how to fully insure his business, which now includes a full-size truck and 16-foot trailer.

Schmitz wants to continue running the business “all the way through high school.”

When he leaves for college to obtain a business degree, he hopes to continue as owner, with a crew working for him.

“I didn’t really have any expectations, because I had never done anything like this before,” said Bill Sharp, who oversaw YEA after the-Mansfield-Richland Area Education Foundation decided to fund the program here.

“I am blown away by what they have been able to accomplish,” he said.

While about a dozen students expressed initial interest, some opted out because of conflicts with sports or other organized events.  But the six who signed on “stayed on for 30 weeks,” he said.

Sharp said he was impressed by participants’ dedication and willingness to put in extra time and effort toward goals they cared about. At one point, during a meeting where they lobbied to be able to meet three times a week, instead of just two, they asked “We’re different from other kids, aren’t we?” he said.

“They are so passionate about what they are doing,” he said.

Pioneer junior Richard Dauchenbaugh formed Pola Bear Clothing, with a polar bear logo and the slogan “Always Chilly” — promoting his preference for chilling out, rather then letting life’s occurrences send blood pressure sky high.

He left the ‘r’ off the word “Pola” because “it’s a little more urban,” he said.

He’s marketing his products through Instagram and word of mouth.

A steady stream of Chamber members walked up to greet Dauchenbuach, and listen to his pitch.

All six Young Entrepreneurs said YEA helped them hone their business skills — and most said they graduated realizing how important it was to network and forge ties around the business community.

“They’ve got a great network right now,” Sharp said.

Beth Feldmeier of KeyBank sat in on an “investor’s committee” made up of six area companies willing to help fund students’ business ideas — if they could make a convincing pitch. She was very impressed. “The students are just amazing,” she said.

Feldmeier said she considers it important to build opportunities for energetic young people looking for challenges within their own local community, where they may stay, building businesses as adults.

“When you have these kids that have this vision already, before they even get out of high school, you have to nurture it,” she said.

Her only disappointment this year was the small size of the initial class. But Feldmeier thinks word of mouth will help build interest in the program. And she’d dearly love to see kids of both sexes signed up.  “I was majorly disappointed that there were no girls,” she said.

YEA will return next school year. “There is great interest” from school administrators, guidance counselors and parents, Sharp said.

Application forms will be available through schools, or by contacting the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. Students are charged a  $20 application fee. Though tuition was set at $295, scholarships covered all six students’ costs this year — and organizers will attempt to help as many students as possible in 2016-17, Sharp said.

YEA classes will take place November through May. Applications will be taken through September, he said.
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St. Luke’s Aims to Recruit Nurses with New Summer Student Program – Twin Falls Times

Nurse Kris Headrick talks to patient Roberta Wright, from Jerome, at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center on Thursday in Twin Falls.

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Back to Bedrock: Stone furniture fit for the modern age


A stone table and stone fire pit add just the right of Paleolithic glamour to this modern backyard. (27 Diamonds Interior Design)

It’s back to Bedrock for one of the latest trends in furniture.

Modern families are taking a cue from the Flintstones by incorporating stone couches, bars, benches and tables into their homes and yards across the country.

“Our stone pieces have sold equally well off our Hamptons’ showroom floors as they have online where we recently took a web order from a client in Kansas,” says Michael Hofstadter, regional manager at Mecox Gardens.

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A bluestone throne fit for Fred Flintstone. (Mecox Gardens)

But before you go out shopping for boulder beds, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to shelling out for rocks.

What Stone Brings to the Table

Dramatic stone slabs demands attention.

“My clients love a focal point piece that doubles as a conversation starter,” says New Jersey based designer Diane Romanowski who often works with stone furniture. She notes that it’s often used in high traffic rooms like entryways or dining areas where it can be seen on a daily basis– and its durability is appreciated. One piece can go a long way in terms of leaving an impression—a good thing, considering a bluestone chair can set you back $9,000.  

Given its lifespan, stone furniture is a lifetime investment. Plastic and wood patio furniture lasts 20 years if you’re lucky. But a bluestone table can be around as long as Stonehenge. While marble and granite are more attainable luxuries, bluestone is the Rolls Royce of rocks.

“Bluestone—an exceptionally hard limestone—has a low water absorption so it’s an ideal dining surface,” says Coco Peterson, director of merchandise at DEQOR. Peterson also touts it for being on trend with 2016’s Pantone colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity (cloud blue).

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This concrete stool is simple yet elegant alternative to pricier stone options. (Artefacto)

Stone is also feng shui friendly. “Furniture made of stone, the Earth element, helps to ground us and provide us with stability,” says Maureen K. Calamia, a feng shui consultant. Orange And Orange County-based designer Anna Shiwlall uses stone pieces for her clients who desire a rustic element that compliments natural landscaping better than mass market materials like wicker or aluminum.

Go for Broke, Faux and Everywhere in Between

The real beauty of stone furniture is that no two pieces are identical. The New York-based stone mason who recently built a bluestone dining table for Jennifer Lopez credits the colorful minerals for much of the material’s desirability. Depending on its composition, one piece can contain more than a dozen different naturally occurring colors ranging from turquoise to olive, slate and gold. A solid bluestone table such as this oval 14-footer from Mecox costs $27,000, a cocktail table with a bluestone top such as this piece from DEQOR is only $720.

Other, and often more affordable, stone materials showing up in furniture include marble, granite, travertine, slate and even concrete. Paulo Bacchi, CEO of Artefacto, is a fan of this $349 concrete bar stool because of its raw and minimalistic look. “Concrete is a common and popular trend here,” says the Miami-based Bacchi who sees it everywhere from edgy converted warehouses to high-end luxury residential spaces.

For those who want the look but don’t have the budget,  there are faux stone options. Tammie Leach, an interior designer in Ohio, uses an epoxy painting application called Aurastone to get a 3-D stone look for surfaces. Tal McAbian of Casa Medici Designs uses polyurethane resin to mimic stone in his designs. It’s more affordable and easier to mold than stone, plus it’s lightweight which makes it easier to install his signature tubs.

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This elegant resin tub is more affordable– and much more lightweight– than traditional stone. (Casa Medici Designs)

Wear Tear and Care

Stone furniture is either no-maintenance or low maintenance, depending on the material and whether the piece is used inside or outside.

Dawn Carroll is a leading stone specialist and designer at Cumar Marble and Granite. She thinks stone actually looks better with more wear and tear. “Having just been in Italy, I fell in love with the marble streets and sidewalks of Verona,” says Carroll.

“Millions of footsteps pound and torture that stone daily, but the abuse creates the exquisite finish.”

When you’re stone is looking a little rough, Carroll recommends using neutral stone cleansers instead of lemon-based soaps which will etch the surface. But you can also easily seal your stone, which makes it more stain-resistant, to maintain the piece’s original beauty.

Katie Jackson is a travel writer. When she’s not working, she’s chasing after a Leonberger named Zeus. 

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A growing busines: New Haven company sees 25 years of gardening trends

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By Christy Lynn

NEW HAVEN — In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected president of its United States to begin his first term in office. Microsoft released their newest technology, Windows 3.1. “Aladdin” and “Wayne’s World” packed movie theaters, while Pearl Jam and Nirvana rocked the boom box.

Meanwhile, in rural New Haven, Vermont, Peter Norris committed to a business project that seemed small at the time, but has grown and flourished ever since and continues to feel at least as relevant today as the day he started (which is a tough claim for Pearl Jam or Windows 3.1).

Greenhaven Garden Nursery is now celebrating its 25th season at the New Haven site on Route 7 and Norris says the business has grown to match that big idea he had at the beginning. Starting with just a small shed and some shrubs and annuals, Norris (and the few family members and friends who were helping him) started out modestly. But word about his knowledge of landscaping as well as the service customers could count on at Greenhaven quickly helped the business expand.

“Each year, we added at least something more,” recalled Daenen Norris, who married Peter in 1993 and has been a business partner and integral member of the business ever since. The couple raised their three daughters on the site and, along with what they call a “rock solid staff,” have been able to turn their little dream into a successful business.

Today, Greenhaven’s eight acres houses eight greenhouses, two irrigation ponds, lots filled with gravel and other landscaping material and row after row of perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees, vegetables, herbs and other edibles. Greenhaven also boasts a garden store stocked with all the supplies you may need to tend to these plants.

In addition to the retail aspect of their business, Peter Norris and a team of about a dozen Greenhaven staff also work with landscape architecture firms on large-scale residential and commercial landscaping projects around the state. Some of their recent projects include the skate park in Burlington and the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, but they have also done work with Middlebury College and other local businesses as well as residential projects around Addison County.

The Norrises also own an off-site solar farm that can generate enough energy to meet all their power needs (and more) for the gardens and nursery, something that certainly wouldn’t have been feasible 25 years ago.

Indeed, the technological world has changed dramatically in the last quarter-century, revolutionizing the way companies like Greenhaven can do business.

“When we first got started, we just had a cash box,” Daenen recalled. “We eventually moved to a cash register, then added the credit card processing machine. Now we have a Square and I can ring someone out on my phone.

“But in the world of too-much technology and an app for almost everything, gardening is a reprieve from the fast-paced digital world,” Daenen continued.

And that’s a good thing for Greenhaven, she added.


In fact, the staff at Greenhaven has watched as trends have shifted back toward the natural world and responded to the calls for a renewed interest in the natural landscape.

“People are more interested in native plant varieties than they used to be and curious about edibles and how to integrate them into their naturalized gardens,” Daenen says. “Vermont’s localvore movement is having a major effect on the plants people want to grow and ways they want to design their landscapes.”

She says it is an environmental and a political message of self-reliance and consciousness about what is good for the landscape and what isn’t. Access to technology and information in the modern world has enabled people to become a lot more educated about the kinds of gardening and landscaping practices that are good for the land and those that are not.

“We know a lot more about invasive species and pesticides and growth stimulators than we used to,” she says, and that knowledge has shaped the choices that consumers make about the plants they grow, chemicals they use and alternatives they seek.

Greenhaven staff has responded aptly by creating things like hanging basket mixes designed specifically to keep certain pests away from their neighboring plants. That way gardeners have an alternative to pesticides, but still can enjoy a tomato or lettuce green that doesn’t already have a munch out of it.

The nursery is also investing more heavily in heirloom varieties of vegetables as well as flowers and other plants. Heirloom varieties help keep the biodiversity of a crop strong and disease-resistant, as well as introduce a fun and interesting variety to the garden or salad bowl.

But according to Norris, perhaps the most distinct characteristic of gardeners today is their lack of patience and desire for instant satisfaction.

“Where we used to sell tiny seedlings that people would be able to watch grow over many years, now people want bigger plants, shrubs and trees that are going to instantly look like what they were envisioning or saw in a picture,” she says. People’s tendency to move around more may also affect their desire for instant gratification — they don’t know when they’re going to leave, so don’t want to risk missing out on the good part of the plant’s life.

So to that end, Peter Norris has invested in a giant tree spade that can relocate a tree that has a trunk up to 10 inches in diameter (which, for the record, is HUGE — such a tree would easily reach over 20 feet tall). Their grounds are filled with large perennials already a size that would naturalize quickly into a hole in the garden. Their greenhouses are filled with vegetable plants that will grow to be two feet tall before someone takes them home.

For Greenhaven, people wanting larger plants that have a greater chance of surviving, or fruiting, or producing a flower, isn’t a bad thing. Perhaps that will keep them going — and growing — for another quarter century.

   Greenhaven’s staff got a jump-start this year with the unseasonably warm winter and early spring. With Easter and Mother’s Day also earlier than usual this year it’s meant the greenhouse and garden team has been hard at work getting all the plants organized and ready for when the sunny weather arrives and the masses decide it’s time to get plants in the ground. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

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Pietro Porcinai in Trivero: Gardens and landscape exhibition

The exhibition “Pietro Porcinai in Trivero: Gardens and landscape, between public and private” which opened recently in Trivero pays homage to architect Pietro Porcinai, one of the most important landscape architects of the 20th century, who completed 1100 projects in Italy and other countries on various different scales, from private gardens to city parks, working with such prominent partners as Tobias Scarpa and Oscar Niemeyer, BBPR and Franco Albini.
The exhibition is held in the winter gardens of Lanificio Zegna, a space designed by Pietro Porcinai himself, and, though limited to studies and projects in Trivero, includes examples of the different scales the architect has worked on.
The projects on display may be divided into three main categories: public, that is, projects for the community of Trivero along the Zegna panoramic road; and private, family gardens for the Zegna family’s Ca’ Gianin and Al Roc residences; l’business, that is, projects for transformation of the spaces between the Lanificio and the private homes to make them suitable for the purposes of hospitality and public relations.
The landscape architect’s partnership with the Zegna family dates back to 1950, when Ermenegildo Zegna first appointed Porcinai to work for him, and continued over the next twenty years. His most important projects include landscaping of the Zegna panoramic road with restoration of vegetation and creation of the Conca dei Rododendri, an accessible mountain garden, one of the most dramatic and most photographed parts of what is now known as Oasi Zegna.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Title: Pietro Porcinai in Trivero: Gardens and landscape, public and private.
Curated by Maria Luisa Frisa and Luigi Latini. Set-up by Alessandro Gori. Laboratorium.
Dates: May 8 – July 10 2016
Location: Trivero, Italy

Images courtesy of Casa Zegna, Archivio Fondazione Zegna, Luigi Latini, Paola Rosetta

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Gardening experts offer tips to retired people

Celebrity gardeners offered tips and advice for green-fingered retirees at a Cheshire garden centre.

The BBC’s Joe Swift and former head gardener of Tatton Park Sam Youd entertained guests at Okells Garden Centre in Duddon with a series of presentations.

The BBCs Joe Swift and Former Head Gardener of Tatton Park Sam Youd entertained guests at Okells Garden Centre

Their aim was to bring the audience a taste of daily life at Inspired Villages, a new 151-apartment retirement development in Tattenhall.

Joe and Sam shared a number of tips throughout the day, gleaned from their lifetimes spent in the garden.

The BBCs Joe Swift and Former Head Gardener of Tatton Park Sam Youd entertained guests at Okells Garden Centre

Their top tips for older gardeners included:

  1. Get the balance correct – don’t be a slave to the garden.
  2. Search out interesting plants that you can learn about and talk about
  3. Minimise maintenance by allowing grass to grow longer, introduce containers and choose plants which require reduced watering.
  4. Immerse yourself in the hobby – get stuck in and visit your local garden centre for advice
  5. Keep a good notebook and diary
  6. Above all – enjoy it!

The BBCs Joe Swift and Former Head Gardener of Tatton Park Sam Youd entertained guests at Okells Garden Centre

Sam and Joe’s gardening tips for the elderly can be seen in full on the short video.

Sales and marketing director for Inspired Villages James Cobb said: “Sam and Joe have offered some excellent gardening tips at Okells and in doing so, they’ve demonstrated the kind of exciting activities we will be offering frequently to our residents in Tattenhall.

“If there’s one thing we’re keen to convey, it’s that gardening doesn’t have to be a chore. Our new Cheshire village will allow residents to get involved with gardening as much or as little as they like. Throughout the year, it will be looked after by our team of expert gardeners who will plant and maintain the grounds.”

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Spring Gardening Tips: How To Have A Successful Garden

When the cities of Winkler, Altona, Morden, Carman, and the rest of Southern Manitoba want local news, weather, and sports online and on-demand, they turn to Pembina Valley Online. As the Pembina Valley’s website for local job listings, free classifieds, garage sales, family events, business directory and weather cancellations, Pembina Valley Online is your connection to local information.

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Get tips on creating a butterfly garden – Daytona Beach News

Planting a butterfly garden is a great way to beautify your yard and attract butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects. You don’t need a large area. Even a few key plants can make an impact.

Master Gardener Vivian Bowden will offer tips on creating a butterfly garden at 1 p.m. May 19 at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach. She’ll explain which plants to use and where to plant them to create your own butterfly garden.

Her free presentation is part of the library’s Casual Gardening Series. Reservations are not required. For information, call the library at 386-676-4191, option 4.


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Garden tips: Free checklist for Lancaster bird-watchers; bloom-and-return tulips

A screech owl is one of the feathered friends you’ll find on a birding checklist prepared by Lancaster County Department of Parks Recreation. 

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