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Meet the Garden Designer Who Transformed Rio de Janeiro

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Garden design featuring Premier Hydropavers wins Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show awards

A garden design featuring Premier Hydropavers permeable pavers won the approval of both the judges and the public at the 2016 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

Lincoln Flynn of Lincoln Flynn Landscape Garden and Graphic Design won two awards for his garden titled ‘Refuge’ including the best Avenue of Achievable Gardens design award as well as the People’s Choice Award.

Every year the Royal Exhibition Building along with the Carlton Gardens puts on a display that showcases the best of the newest trends and old favourites in plants, gardens, flowers, and landscaping. The 21st edition of the show, ranked in the top five of garden show events around the world, was held in March this year.

The Achievable Garden award category required the competing gardens to measure 5 metres wide and 3 metres deep, the idea being to simulate the type of space found on a balcony or courtyard. The ‘achievability’ criteria dictated that the average Australian would be able to replicate the design including plants and materials within a budget of $8,000.

Flynn’s garden design blended manufactured or treated materials such as steel, timber, pavers and stone with the surrounding natural foliage and water to create a tranquil retreat. He used circular designs to attain a composition that would mesh with rising and hanging plantation and foliage. Colours were kept understated to blend with the natural feel and timber features.

Since the competition required at least 75% of the garden to be soft landscaping, having a paver compilation that complemented the natural surroundings was integral to the design. To maintain an earthy feel, Flynn used permeable Hydropavers in light grey giving the sense of an aquatic base for the flourishing flora and fauna.

However, in addition to their aesthetic quality, the permeable Premier Hydropavers also bring excellent functional benefits to the installation including providing a solid surface that is responsive to harsh weather conditions as well as moisture control and heat control.

Moisture Control

The natural draining qualities of permeable pavers enable them to withstand heavy rainfall and flooding by proactively draining the surface area and redirecting the water to where it’s needed. Premier Hydropavers offer the perfect troubleshooting paver solution for garden areas that accumulate puddles in awkward areas.

Heat Control

The highly environment-friendly pavers not only control water retention and direction, but also regulate surface temperature in the summer months to prevent over-heating in constricted paved areas. Permeable pavers have the dual ability to regulate the extremes of both the winter and summer months to ensure an enjoyable experience throughout the year.

Image: Lincoln Flynn of Lincoln Flynn Landscape Garden and Graphic Design won two awards for his garden titled ‘Refuge’

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Troop 1 Greenville gains seven new Eagle Scouts at Sunday’s ceremony

SMITHFIELD – Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 1 Greenville, all students at Smithfield High School, will be elevated on Sunday to the rank of Eagle Scout, in a group larger than those in years past.

“They’ve all done a great job,” said Dan Benedetti, a committee member and past scoutmaster of Troop 1 Greenville, who said that the troop elevates three or four boys on average each year.

At a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Greenville Baptist Church, 582 Putnam Pike, seven young men will become Eagle Scouts. They include Owen Placido, son of David and Michelle Placido of Smithfield; Michael Wilcox, son of Gregory and Lisa Wilcox of Smithfield; Alexander Iannuzzi, son of Christopher and Nicole Iannuzzi of Smithfield; Phillip Dushkewich, son of Phil and Edith Dushkewich of Smithfield; Michael Iannuccillo, son of Bruce and Mary Ann Iannuccillo of Smithfield; Joseph Baxter, son of Joe and Helynn Baxter of Smithfield; and John Pagliaro, son of David and Lisa Pagliaro of Smithfield.

All boys are in 11th-grade at Smithfield High School, except Iannuzzi who is in 10th-grade.

Bruce Iannuccillo, Michael’s father, is the scoutmaster for the troop.

According to Benedetti, who has been with the troop for 13 or 14 years, less than 3 percent of boys who join Boy Scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

“It’s a long process for them to go through,” he said. Many of the boys have been scouting for 10 or 11 years, he added.

As part of the process to become an Eagle Scout, Benedetti said the seven boys have been working for three to six months on their Eagle Scout leadership projects. The process includes proposing an idea, getting approval, fundraising, and implementing their ideas.

For their projects, the boys gave back to local churches and community organizations.

Baxter helped create a prayer garden for St. Philip Church in Greenville as a “peaceful place for people to utilize in prayer and meditation.” The garden includes benches, flowers, plants, mulch, and a statue with a foundation.

Also at St. Philip Church, Dushkewich built an 84-foot cedar stockade fence around the back perimeter of God’s Little Acre charity garden, located behind the church.

Inspired by hiking through the woods, Iannuccillo worked with the Smithfield Land Trust and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management in designing a bridge that makes the Judson Conservation area in Smithfield more accessible. Prior to the bridge, people would have to cross a “raging stream” by walking over a log, he said.

As a response to a “very dangerous (and) steep” hill on the Smithfield Cross Country Course at Deerfield Park, Pagliaro worked to build a new path that “offers a safe, alternate route with a much more gradual declivity, making the path … more user friendly, comfortable, and secure,” he said.

For his project, Iannuzzi helped improve and enhance the grounds in front of the Log Road Fire Station in Smithfield, assisting with landscaping, painting, building a picnic table and paver patio, and with general cleaning and maintenance.

Placido repainted the parish hall at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Greenville, and Wilcox painted a room at the Women’s Center of Rhode Island in Providence, a space that provides safety, shelter, and services to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

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Crested Butte has plenty of summer projects

Streets, housing, Big Mine, tennis courts, mine transition and overall stuff

by Mark Reaman

Summer is busy, not just with tourism but also with local improvements. The town of Crested Butte has a full roster slated for this summer.

Probably the biggest project will begin after the busiest part of the summer season, when construction will shut down Big Mine Park at the end of August and into September. The town will upgrade the utilities on the site and that means a lot of digging.

“We are in the initial stages of design and the exact location of the construction is yet to be determined,” explained Crested Butte Parks and Recreation director Janna Hansen. “There will be a lot of trenches dug and new pipe laid, but when it’s all said and done, Big Mine Park will look pretty much the same as it does now. This work is the first step in bringing recommendations from the Big Mine Park Master Plan into fruition. Utility upgrades are phase I of the plan with phase II including an expansion of the warming house and the construction of changing rooms and bathrooms for the ice arena.”

Other projects in the Parks and Recreation realm include constructing a bike jump park out by the gravel pit. That will take until July. There are plans to upgrade the bathroom facilities at Pitsker Field, resurface the tennis courts at the Four-way Stop, do some new landscaping around the Depot and the tennis courts, and build some new trail kiosks at the recreation path and bike park.

The first project you might notice around the tennis courts is construction of a retaining wall that started this week. Sidewalk construction by the courts will begin next week. The courts themselves will be resurfaced due to bubbling and delamination of the existing material. That is a two-week project that has to happen when the nights are warm. So expect it to happen in late June or early July.

Public Works director Rodney Due has a pretty full plate this summer as well. A paving project at the tennis court parking area is slated to be complete before June 17. “But of course that is weather-dependent, like almost everything,” Due said.

Town streets will be crack-sealed, patched and slurry-sealed throughout the summer. “We hope to finish up Butte Avenue and get Block 79 and 80 prepared for affordable housing projects by July 1,” said Due. “I am also hoping to get the new RV dump station on-line by mid-June.”

Town planner Michael Yerman is also deeply involved with the affordable housing blocks. Yerman said the town will offer home ownership classes in June. The lottery to choose the people who can purchase the open affordable lots will be held the second week in June. The Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority (GVRHA) is assisting with this process and qualifying applicants. Applicants must be pre-approved for construction loans for this year’s lottery.

Speaking of affordable housing, “Anthracite Place, the 30-unit building at the entrance of town is currently under construction and is slated to be completed by July 1,”said Yerman. “The town will need to invite elected officials at all levels, including federal, state, and local representatives [to the ribbon cutting]. The town should work with GVRHA to make sure it is well attended and the project full.

“And when it comes to short-term rentals, or RBOs [Rental by Owner], there is a working group to develop regulations and discuss issues surrounding RBOs,” Yerman continued. “The Planning Department has begun the initial investigation on the legal framework to provide funds for affordable housing. This discussion is ongoing at the regional level with the county and GVRHA. There have already been quite a few locals in my office who have lost their rentals. This will be a major issue again June 1 and the community will put pressure on the town to act. So we will have to be prepared for when the council decides to throw out ideas once they feel the pressure.”

As the economy picks up, so does the idea of development, so Yerman and the town are involved with that planning. A pre-annexation agreement has been executed with Cypress, the development group working toward a “hybrid” annexation and development just north of the town boundaries. Cypress is submitting a major impact application to the county. The planning department will continue to monitor and attend meetings on the application throughout the submittal.

Foxtrot, a four-lot subdivision north of Crested Butte, has a minor impact application under county review. Yerman said a wastewater connection agreement needs to be executed with the developer and town.

The Center for the Arts has submitted an expansion proposal in Town Park to the Board of Zoning and Architectural Review (BOZAR). This will remain a town-owned building. The town will conduct park-planning meetings from July to September. A Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant is due in November.

A traffic study will be conducted this summer for a possible campground at Avalanche Park, south of town by the county shops. Designs will need to be refined and a budget will need to be prepared by this fall.

And of course there are the backcountry issues that pop up in the summer. The town has been engaged with Freeport-McMoRan, new owner of the mine site west of town on Mt. Emmons, on the mine and water plant. As the project has progressed, the Planning Department has become involved in the property acquisition associated with the deal.

Initial conversations have begun with the BLM and Crested Butte Land Trust on the planning for the Oh Be Joyful Campground parcel on the Slate River. The town has been requested to participate in a possible GOCO grant for the project. And the town is continuing to construct a trail up Baxter Gulch in July. This requires time to manage work crews in July.

So while summer is a time to get out and enjoy the perfect mountain weather and cultural activities, it is also a time to get stuff done and that’s what the town of Crested Butte is planning to do before the next big snow flies.

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Volunteers make memorial garden reality

Boys Scouts Josh Neronha and David Lawless, from left, cut cedar Saturday for the benches at the community garden. Nick DiGiando, right, of Atlantic Lawn amp; Garden supervises. Photos by Andrea von HohENleiten
Boys Scouts Josh Neronha and David Lawless, from left, cut cedar Saturday for the benches at the community garden. Nick DiGiando, right, of Atlantic Lawn Garden supervises.
Photos by Andrea von HohENleiten
David Lawless, needing a project to earn his Eagle Scout badge, spent three months considering ideas. When nothing came to fruition, he looked to his fellow Scouts for guidance.

They gave him some sage advice — call Bob Sutton, manager at the Jamestown Community Farm.

Mick Cochran approached Sutton about remembering his wife, Judy, who died in 2015. Sutton already had wanted to beautify the unplanted plot that fronts the Eldred Avenue farm, so the seeds for a memorial garden were about to be sown.

“My wife worked here a couple of years,” Cochran said. “She loved coming up.”

Originally from a farming county in central Illinois, Judy Cochran found comfort in the community farm. Also, she became great friends with Sutton’s wife, Lynda.

Sarah Civic, left, and Mila Cochran dig planting holes in the memorial garden. Watching is Milarsquo;s mother, Jana.
Sarah Civic, left, and Mila Cochran dig planting holes in the memorial garden. Watching is Mila’s mother, Jana.
“They were kindred spirits,” Mick Cochran said.

His initial idea was moving a rock from the family backyard and installing it at the farm — maybe with a plaque, he suggested. That’s when Sutton and Nick DiGiando, president of Atlantic Lawn Garden, brainstormed an edible garden. The purpose of the permaculture garden is to grow food as landscaping.

“It’s a practical way to help other people,” Cochran said. “It’s not just a memorial to my wife.”

Saturday morning was the first day of the season for volunteers. Lawless, who embraced the garden as his Eagle Scout project, expected about five Scouts and a landscaper. He was presently surprised.

The garden is being built in honor of Mick Cochranrsquo;s wife.
The garden is being built in honor of Mick Cochran’s wife.
“A lot of people showed up,” he said. “Today’s going pretty well.”

The design included three benches evenly placed throughout the garden, Lawless said. One was already built, which the Scouts used as a model. DiGiando guided the teens as they sawed wood for the other two cedar benches. Lawless’ team of Scouts also planted berries and dug trenches.

“Seeing it all come together was great,” he said.

Lawless, 16, is a sophomore at North Kingstown High School. Prior to Saturday, he spent weeks shepherding the concept through the approval process. He completed paperwork and raised money. Home Depot contributed $50 in materials, which he used to buy 50 deck screws and two tubes of construction glue.

Finally, he met with Sutton and Cochran about the budget. Although most Eagle Scout projects cost between $200 and $500, the garden had a projected $4,000 price tag. After Lawless raised what he could, Cochran’s family agreed to pay the remainder. Leaders from Troop 1 Jamestown approved the project in April.

DiGiando, who created the design, has had the concept on his mind. Gardeners work with nature to create little edibles for insects, birds and humans. The best plants are the ones with the most uses, he said, providing both food and shelter. For example, workers planted bee balm for insects, elderberry for the birds, and blueberries, which are good for everybody.

Permaculture, DiGiando said, means planting species that help one another grow. Under the garden’s fruit trees is wintergreen and bunchberry for ground cover. These plants like the shade and people can eat them. Also, they’re perennials so it reduces the human impact.

“Let Mother Nature do the hard part,” he said.

Down on the farm

The Jamestown Community Farm, now in its 16th year, harvests tons of food annually, mostly for food pantries across the state. It’s located on land leased for $1 a year from Peter Ceppi. Donations and sales from the farm stand support the operation. Bob Sutton, farm manager, estimates the farm sells about 1.5 tons of food and donates about 10 times that amount annually. While new gardens are planted, greenhouses are built and solar power is expanding, there always has been one constant at the farm — it’s all volunteer work force.

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Laurel street garden even has its own library

Posted May. 19, 2016 at 2:00 AM

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Time again to take beer to the great outdoors

If the pop-up of crocuses heralds spring, then the pop-up of beer gardens ushers in the summer season.

Ambler Yards will be open through June. Slideshow

Temporary outdoor restaurants, many using off-premises catering permits, have been all the rage in Philadelphia for the last several years during the warm weather, providing a social outlet for patrons and new revenue streams for savvy restaurateurs and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society.

The PHS, which launched the pop-up era in 2013 by opening a garden in a vacant lot on South Broad Street, this year again will headline two locations – on South Street near 15th (its third year) and a new pop-up at Viaduct Rail Park, the creative reuse of the old Reading rail line in the Callowhill neighborhood.

At least four new beer gardens, all run by private individuals and groups, are on the way. SkyGarten is planned for the 51st floor of Three Logan Square, one of the city’s tallest buildings. Entrepreneurs are also setting up in a former creamery in Kennett Square, beside the Schuylkill in Conshohocken, and starting Thursday, in a business campus in Ambler.

Other seasonal operations are coming back:

May 7 was the opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park, a leisure attraction along Penn’s Landing.

Thursday is the second-season debut at Uptown Beer Garden outside the BNY Mellon Wealth building at 1735 JFK Blvd., with chef Jonathan Petruce (formerly of Petruce et al.) in the kitchen.

Assuming that long-standing licensing issues are settled, developer John Longacre expects to reopen the Point Breeze Beer Garden at 1622 Point Breeze Ave. with a festival on Saturday.

Two other popular outdoor destinations – seasonal permanent restaurants operating under conventional liquor licenses – have opened: Independence Beer Garden at 100 S. Independence Mall West (on Sixth Street across from the Liberty Bell) and Morgan’s Pier, on Penn’s Landing.

Even the City of Philadelphia is getting into the act. The Department of Parks and Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy are working on a movable pop-up series at various parks from June to October.

Here is a rundown of seasonal offerings announced so far:

Spruce Street Harbor Park (now open through Sept. 25): Food and drink by Federal Donuts, the Little Fat Ham, Franklin Fountain, Chickie’s Pete’s, and Garces Group’s Village Burger, Distrito Taco, Papas Fritas, and Froman’s.

Morgan’s Pier (now open on the Delaware River just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge): Chef Jim Burke (formerly of James) is chef-in-residence.

Independence Beer Garden (now open): Michael Schulson’s joint outside the Dow Chemical Building has additional lighting and gardens and huge Connect 4 games for its third season.

Uptown Beer Garden (opening May 19 outside BNY Mellon Wealth, 1735 JFK Blvd.): Chef Jonathan Petruce takes over the new outdoor grill for a second summer. There will be additional seating and access to the building atrium.

Ambler Yards (300 Brookside Ave., Ambler, opening May 19): Fort Washington’s Cantina Feliz and sister restaurant Taqueria Feliz Horsham will provide food and beverage for the outdoor setup next to a Lower Gwynedd Township office campus. It will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays until the end of June. (It will be closed Memorial Day weekend.) The arrangement is run by Kevin Tierney and Ben Bergman, with Ambler Yards owners Matt Sigel and Marc Policarpo. Menu will include two beers and beer-friendly food.

Point Breeze Beer Garden (opening May 21 at 1622 Point Breeze Ave.): The landscaping is expected to be more extensive this year at this reuse of a derelict city lot. Food is provided by trucks.

The Creamery (401 Birch St., Kennett Square; due to open May 27): Entrepreneur Michael Bontrager has retained the landscaping services of Groundswell Design Group to convert a long-vacant industrial complex on three acres into a community gathering place that will offer nightly live music and other community-focused programming provided by the marketing agency Mole Street. Chef Jeremy Nolen of Whetstone Tavern and Brauhaus Schmitz will run the food program. It will run Thursday to Sunday through mid-September.

PHS’s pop-up at 1438 South St. (opening officially June 1 but soft-opening sooner): The Khyber Pass Pub folks will be behind the craft beers, cocktails, and food. Hours will be 5 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 2 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

PHS’s pop-up at Viaduct Rail Park (10th and Hamilton Streets, opening early June, but officially on June 10): Chefs Jason Cichonski (Ela and Gaslight) and Sylva Senat (Dos Tacos and the future Maison) and management from HFA Bridge are behind this high-minded pop-up. Walter Hood’s design of the Viaduct Rail Park merges the overhead rail structure with green urban space. PHS is working with the Friends of the Rail Park and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Hours will be 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 2 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

SkyGarten (opening June 1 for Center City SIPS and officially June 8): At Top of the Tower – the event space on the 50th and 51st floors of Three Logan Square (1717 Arch St.) that hosts a popular SkyBrunch – Doug Hager and Jeremy Nolen of the Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone restaurants will oversee food, and bar manager Jesse Cornell will oversee the cocktails.

Conshohocken Beer Garden (2 Ash St., Conshohocken, starting in early June): Entrepreneurs Kevin Tierney and Esther Pulver are headed to the bank of the Schuylkill at the 3 Tower property, near the Residence Inn, with a pop-up whose food and beverage partner will be Brian Pieri of Bar Lucca and Pepperoncini. It will be open Wednesday through Saturday through October. comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the “Report Abuse” option.

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Bay-Friendly Garden Tour is May 22

Visitors arrive at one of the stops on the 2015 Bay-Friendly Garden Tour. This year’s event is May 22. 

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Gardening Tips: What To Plant Now

EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, the airline said Thursday.

The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted.

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