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Archives for September 10, 2016

Officials unveil new design for Mount Hope Garden

THE BRONX – City officials on Friday revealed the new design plans for the Mount Hope Garden.

In addition to the garden, it will feature a playground and a sitting area.

The project was spearheaded by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, Bronx Parks Commissioner Iris Rodriguez Rosa, member of Community Board 5 and City Councilman Fernando Cabrera.

Construction on the garden is expected to commence in spring 2017, and the park should be open to the public by spring 2019.

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Sue Scholz: Garden designer Gordon Hayward speaks in Erie

Hayward is a nationally-known garden writer, designer and lecturer. He is the author of 11 books on garden design, two of which have won national awards. He has been a garden designer for 38 years, with no formal training. He wrote for Horticulture Magazine for 25 years and was a contributing editor at Fine Gardening Magazine for six years. He and his wife Mary live in a 240-year-old home with a 1-acre garden in southern Vermont. They also have a garden outside their cottage in the North Cotswold Hills of England, where Mary is from.

Mollie King, chairwoman of the lecture series, is excited about Hayward’s program. “One of our members, Laura Semple, saw his lecture at Phipps in Pittsburgh and was very impressed and suggested that we get him as a speaker,” King said. “He sounds wonderful and his books are very interesting. I bought two of his books and I’ve already been busy using his techniques in my garden.”

Hayward will lecture from his award-winning book, “Your House, Your Garden: A Foolproof Approach to Garden Design.” The American Horticultural Society chose it as one of the top five garden books for 2004.

“This lecture will give attendees basic design principles to avoid making mistakes,” Hayward said in a phone interview. “It’s a practical garden design program. It will give new eyes to the relationship between their home and their garden.”

What can people learn from the lecture?

“How to live in a house in a garden. That is, the doors lead to paths into the garden. Windows frame views into the garden. Life inside and outside the house provides the cues for the design of the garden. The design of the garden comes from three sources: the house, the people in the house and the land. The integration of all three sources results in a deeply satisfying, personal garden.

“I will be giving easy design principles. An American garden design problem is that they walk on lawns past their gardens instead of walking into the gardens.”

What is the biggest mistake people make in garden design?

“Designing gardens that do not relate to the house. People start their garden from plants they love, then they wonder where they are going to put them, instead of building a design with pathways and view lines.”

“The real subject of the lecture is the gardens of the audience members. What I’m hoping to do is to give people a new way to see their garden and those that they visit — a new way to see gardens,” Hayward said.

Hayward will talk about the different garden areas around the house: the front, or entrance garden, the side garden, the back garden and the gardens around small buildings, like sheds. Each has a purpose — the front garden should be welcoming to visitors and the back garden is the family garden, where most gardening happens.

“I’ll also talk about how to engage children and grandchildren to garden by giving them their own gardens,” Hayward said.

Hayward’s lecture is September 21 at 6 p.m. at Erie Insurance Auditorium, 100 Erie Insurance Place. The program is free, but attendees must register by calling Peggy Hetz at 474-5618. Seating is limited to 150 people, and you may be put on a waiting list if it gets filled. If you sign up and then are unable to attend, call Hetz to cancel. Use the main entrances on Sixth and French streets. Parking will be available in the visitor parking lot across the street from the auditorium.

Hayward’s books will be available for sale and signing before and after the lecture. For more information about Hayward visit his website,


Today from 9 to 11 a.m., the public is invited to visit Emmaus Grove-The Urban Farm School, 214 E. 11th St. for a live version of the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Hort Hotline. Share your questions and concerns regarding late summer and fall vegetable gardening. See more than 50 raised beds and fruit trees that produce about 2,000 pounds of produce a year.


A Herbal Medicine Chest Workshop will be held Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Learn about alternative and holistic ways to address health concerns with trained herbalist Leslie Alexander. Attendees will build an herbal medicine chest. All participants will receive a medicinal herbal product. Cost, $25; pre-registration required. Call Beth McLaughlin, 833-6050.


Elk Valley Garden Club’s August garden of the month business winner is the Nationwide Insurance office of Mark Bruns, Ridge Road, Girard. Proving that a garden can be beautiful and interesting without flowers, a soothing variety of greenery surrounds the landscape.

The residential winner is Diane Merski, a resident of Country Gardens Mobile Home Park. Her garden, which she calls, “my own Garden Of Eden,” is awash in color, variety, and homes and food for local pollinators.


Presque Isle Garden Club’s August garden of the month business winner is Colony Pub and Grille in the Colony Plaza. It has beautiful hanging baskets of sweet potato vines and petunias. Growing below the baskets are roses and grasses. The Colony Pub and Grille owner is Kevin Camp.

The residential winner is Angel White, of 2502 North Tracy Drive. Her garden features butterfly bush, cactus, holly hocks, coneflowers, white hibiscus and much more.


Cambridge Garden Club, Thursday, 7 p.m., 158 McClellan St., Cambridge Springs. Jen Salem, founder of the Go Native Erie program, will talk about the importance of using native plants. Call Sandy Moraski, 528-7748.

Sue Scholz is a member of the Presque Isle Garden Club. Send garden news to

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Get Imaginative With A Garden Design

Despite being a comedian, the guy who holds the title of “Drinking Ambassador to the World,” takes it extremely seriously. Zane Lamprey is the host of “Three Sheets,” a drinking show in which he takes a trip the world to.well.drink. Along the method he has ended up being a specialist in all things alcohol, but not just the liquid itself. In his journeys Lamprey checks out the drinking cultures, the individuals and the hangover cures.

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Producing your beautiful bridal bouquet with your very own two hands might be your dream come to life, but realistically it takes persistence and know-how to obtain the task done. Consider your experience with flowers or other crafts. Can you use that knowledge to your wedding flower strategies? Do you understand where to obtain products and ways to care for fresh cut flowers?

When the classes are very first published and most moms and dads are more worried about summertime holidays, the most convenient time to discover open classes is going to be early to mid summertime. Usually you will have your pick of times and schools. Of course the downside is that you most likely won’t have the ability to get your little woman began right method. Also classes may not be in session so you may not get a chance to observe a class or even do a trial class.

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Company opens 22-acre headquarters

Michael Hatcher Associates, a landscaping contractor we covered in our January cover story, opened its new 22-acre home office in Desoto County on Sept. 8. Guests of the open house will be a part of a ribbon cutting ceremony, featuring Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, and a tour of the new headquarters.

The new headquarters of Michael Hatcher Associates, named The Landscape Center, includes a 10,000 square foot office facility, display libraries, which will consist of gardens, raised planters and urban gardening opportunities, and a conference room that is capable of seating 144 people.

“Our new Landscape Center is a vision that I have not only for our company but for our landscaping industry as well,” said Michael Hatcher, chief executive officer of Michael Hatcher Associates.

This vision includes further community involvement, such as school trips for students to tour and become educated on gardening, and the implementation of trending topics such as sustainability and urban agriculture. While these new trends move in to The Landscape Center, however, landscaping trademarks such as outdoor kitchens and patios and other landscaping and horticultural services will still be available as well.

Whether it is students or customers who visits the Landscape Center, however, all audiences will have an opportunity to do exactly what the Center is intended to do, to educate.

“The Landscape Center is about positioning our company as a leader in the landscaping industry,” said Hatcher. “Furthermore, it’s about setting us apart in our market and educating our community in the process.”

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Colorado Fall Home Show, garden expo’s big numbers obscure do-gooder mission

Elaine and Pat Wendler take a quick lunch break while in a garden at the Colorado Convention Center on February 13, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

The impressive draw of February’s 40,000-square-foot Colorado Garden Home Show and its September equivalent, this weekend’s Colorado Fall Home Show, obscures a simple fact: both are essentially sales pitches for their parent organization.

That’s a good thing. Like the Denver Comic Con, which also takes place annually at the Colorado Convention Center, the Colorado Garden Home show is a massive event that doubles as a fundraiser for its nonprofit organizers. Earlier this year the Garden Home show drew 50,000 people downtown to peruse more than 650 vendors offering ideas, gear and contractors for all their landscaping, gardening and home improvement needs.

The show injected $55.6 million into the Denver economy and created the equivalent of 600 jobs, according to an economic impact study commissioned by the nonprofit Colorado Garden Foundation. That’s up from $38 million in 2005, providing the largest economic impact of any annual event at the Colorado Convention Center — including the Comic Con, which draws 10 times as many people.

But it’s not the whole story.

“As a result of our two shows we’re giving away $630,000 in horticultural scholarships and grants around Colorado this year,” said Jim Fricke, executive director of the Colorado Garden Foundation. “That includes full-ride funding for five Colorado State University students and six other smaller scholarships.”

Fricke’s organization, which was founded in 1958 — the year before the first Colorado Home Garden Show — also supports community gardens, education programs and school improvements around the metro area to the tune of $6.8 million over the last 25 years. It’s unabashedly in service of the horticultural industry, and it survives by drawing consumers to its convention center shows.

Fricke believes the Sept. 9-11 Colorado Fall Home Show will have another historically robust turnout.

“We’re expecting increased attendance this year because of the construction boom and what’s going on in Colorado right now,” Fricke said of the event, which could draw anywhere between 7,000 and 10,000 people. “And the time-frame is right for winterizing and talking to contractors. If you want something done by Christmas, you need to get on their calendar now.”

Fricke’s foundation works closely with the city boosters at Visit Denver to market the show, which is a slightly different animal than most convention center events. Unlike many industry and trade confabs, the garden and home shows don’t put as many “heads in beds,” resulting in a relatively modest $1.8 million in restaurant and lodging revenue. The majority of its economic impact, or $40 million, is the result of attendees spending money with vendors on-site.

“The annual Colorado Garden Home Show has become a staple in the Denver community, driving thousands of attendees and resulting in significant positive impacts for Denver,” said Richard Scharf, President CEO of visit Denver, in a press release. “We look forward to the show each February, along with the organization’s Fall Home Show in September, and the many positive contributions these shows will continue to make for the Denver community for years to come.”

The Colorado Fall Home Show continues through the weekend at the Colorado Convention Center, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. Kids under 12 are free.

Visit for a full list of vendors and a show map.

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Fall gardening events

by Janet Laminack, Denton County Extension Agent-Horticulture

Fall is a great time to garden in Texas. Consider trying that vegetable garden again! We have great information about how to get started in vegetable gardening in this area on the Master Gardener website. There are also many opportunities to learn more about gardening or landscaping coming up.

Saturday, October 1, is our annual Fall Garden Fest which is a free event with gardening demos, exhibits, handcrafts for sale, speakers and kids’ activities. This is held at Trietsch Memorial UMC Family Life Center, 6101 Morriss Road in Flower Mound from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presentations include “Eating Fresh” by Chef Charles Youts of the Classic Café in Roanoke, “Edibles in your Landscape” by Master Gardener Janet Gershenfeld, and “Garden Harmony 101” by Steven Chamblee, chief horticulturalist of Chandor Gardens.

Have you ever thought about becoming a Master Gardener? Come find out more about this volunteer program on October 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the AgriLife Extension office in the Joseph A. Carroll building, 401 W. Hickory St, Denton. This informal event will feature a social, refreshments and detailed information about becoming a Master Gardener. The deadline for applications to apply for the spring class is October 14. Classes begin January 31 and run through May 2, every Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cost is $240.

How about all of you do-it-yourselfers? Are you interested in designing your landscape but don’t know how to get started? Join us for the “Design Your Yard with Earth-Kind Landscaping” class October 19-21. Space is limited and registration is required, cost is $50/per person or $75/couple. More information about this class is found on our webpage or by calling 940.349.2883. We will seek to provide reasonable accommodation for all persons with disabilities for our programs, please notify us in advance.

The Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council, Keep Denton Beautiful, and the City of Denton are offering the “Citizen Forester Training Program” which is six classes on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Denton beginning September 14. This class requires 25 hours of community service towards projects that involve trees on public property. The course includes classroom and outdoor learning and costs $50, which includes light breakfast, lunch and all supplies. Anyone 18 years or older can sign up. Enrollment information is available at the Keep Denton Beautiful website.

And as always, if we can help you with landscape, lawn, tree, or garden questions, please contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 940.349.2892 or email

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Home and Garden: Here are some fall lawn and garden tips

What a welcome relief this cooler drier weather has been! Not to mention how we lucked out with very few repercussions from Hermine. All you gardeners are most likely noticing your plants beginning their “winter phase.” Of course, that means something different to each plant. If you have some of these plants in your yard, this is what you will need to do to get them ready for their winter “nap.”


If your soil test report showed that your turf was low in potassium levels, apply a potassium fertilizer such as 00-00-22. Do not apply nitrogen fertilizer any more this year. And, speaking of soil testing, you have until Nov. 1 to get it analyzed at no cost.

Trees and shrubs

Leaf spot diseases are common on trees and shrubs in the fall but rarely need to be treated. You can transplant any shrubs or evergreen trees that need to be moved.


Continue to remove spent flowers to prolong the blooms. Cut back perennials when they’ve passed their prime. Pull up annuals that are on their way out anyway and turn over the soil as you remove them. Remove leaves and weeds from under plants as they can harbor insect pests and disease over the winter.

Divide day lilies, daisies, bee balm, coreopsis and peonies. Plant mums, goldenrod, Mexican sage plants and asters. A pretty perennial with autumn foliage you might consider is Bluestar (Amsonia) of which there are a variety of cultivars. It forms a fine-textured mound and grows to 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, is easy to grow, prefers sun to partial sun and is quite deer-resistant. In the fall, the leaves change from green to a stunning gold. It has clusters of lovely, light blue flowers in the spring.


You can divide and replant spring flowering bulbs, but it is way to early to plant new ones.

Vegetables and herbs

Cabbage, broccoli, kale, spinach and Swiss chard transplants need to be set out now. If you’re not planning to plant fall veggies in the garden where you had your summer ones, you might consider planting cover crops to prevent soil erosion. A few suggestions are wheat, rye, crimson clover and oats.

You will need to mow or till these under in the spring before their seeds ripen or your garden will be prolific with weeds. Sow cilantro and dill seeds to harvest this fall. They love this cooler weather! Pick and dry tarragon, sage, parsley, oregano and basil. You can do this in a 150 oven. I leave them out on the counter for several hours after I remove them from the oven, and then store them in glass containers. You can also freeze them.


The houseplants that have summered outdoors should be put in the shade now to prepare for coming back into the dimmer light indoors in October. This way, they won’t drop so many leaves on the floor. It is best to keep them slightly on the dry side. This is also a good time to cut them back or take cuttings of your favorite geraniums and coleus to root.

Happy fall gardening!


Judi Lloyd lives in River Bend and can be contacted at

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This week’s gardening tips: control caterpillars, purchase spring-flowering bulbs

This week’s gardening tips: Spring-flowering bulbs begin appearing in local nurseries this month. You can purchase them, but there is no hurry to plant them. Bulb planting is done in late October and November. If you intend to mail order spring bulbs, get your order off soon.

From now on, avoid applying fertilizers containing nitrogen to most landscape plants. Fertilizing trees, shrubs, lawns and ground covers this late can reduce hardiness and promote winter cold injury.

Control caterpillar problems on ornamentals with a pesticide containing Bt, spinosad, carbaryl or a pyrethroid like permethrin or bifenthrin. Bt is a bacterium (Bacillus thuringiensis) that only attacks caterpillars and is harmless to other organisms. It is essentially nontoxic and is appropriate for use by organic gardeners. Spinosad also is organic. Make applications before damage is too extensive, and make sure the damage is fresh and the caterpillars are still active before you treat. Keep these insecticides well away from butterfly garden areas. They also are toxic to butterfly caterpillars.

Mulches may have decayed and thinned out over the summer. Replenish mulch layers with fresh material to maintain about a 2- to 3-inch thickness. Place the new right on top of the old mulch.

Now through early December, watch for the wonderful display of autumn wildflowers that we have along local roads, highways and interstates.

Dan Gill is a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter.

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Garden Tips: Do your research before planting groundcover – Tri

Do your research before planting any groundcover in your landscaping. Too often a plant that seems to be perfect for the situation becomes a nightmare or escapes and becomes a noxious weed in native areas.

Here are two examples of plants that gardeners often introduce into their landscape and regret it later.

▪ Snow-on-the-Mountain (Aegopodium podagraria): This plant’s other sobriquet, bishop’s weed, should be a clue that it can become a problem. Bishop’s weed, also known as goutweed, is a vigorous ground cover that thrives in shade and is very winter hardy.

It is often planted by gardeners as a groundcover beneath trees where dense shade prevents lawn growth. Most gardeners prefer the variegated form of bishop’s weed, but there are also forms with solid green leaves. The plant also produces clusters of white flowers.

The problem is that bishop’s weed truly can become a weed in the yard and garden. It spreads by long branching rhizomes and also readily self seeds, making it difficult to contain within the area it was planted. Once established, it is aggressive and tenacious.

Bishop’s weed is an alien plant. It was supposedly introduced to North America as an ornamental plant by early settlers and was well established in the U.S. by 1863. In some northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, it has escaped cultivation and has become an invasive weed that reduces native species diversity. Research indicates that the main dispersal agent has been gardeners.

▪ Heartleaf (Houttuynia cordata): The red-yellow variegated form of this plant is known as the chameleon or rainbow plant. Like the previous plant, heartleaf is a vigorous groundcover with a creeping habit. The leaves, variegated or solid bluish green, make the plant quite attractive. In early summer it produces pretty single white flowers above the leaves. Heartleaf is not drought tolerant, preferring moist conditions and full sun to light shade. It spreads by rhizomes, making it both invasive and doggedly persistent in the garden.

While this plant is quite attractive, it apparently has an odor when crushed or pulled. Fans say it has a delightful citrus or lemon-pepper aroma. Detractors say it is stinky and smells like a skunk or rotten fish.

Comments like, “Worst plant in the world. Do not plant it,” or “This plant is impossible to kill. It’s totally invasive,” have been posted by gardeners on various online gardening blogs, which should make you think twice about planting it.

Heartleaf is native to southeast Asia and Japan where it grows in moist, shady areas. It is grown in Asia as a vegetable and both the leaves and roots are harvested for eating. While I could not find that there is any concern about heartleaf becoming a noxious weed in the U.S., it is definitely considered obnoxious by many gardeners who have planted it.

I was able to find both of these plants for sale online from reputable nurseries and recommended as groundcovers by university experts. However, when considering what groundcover to plant, do a little research first. If descriptions indicate a plant is “aggressive,” “vigorous” or “invasive,” I recommend avoiding it.

Are you interested in planting a groundcover that will not become a nightmare? Visit the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden behind the library at 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick. In parts of the garden, you will find some groundcovers that do not become a problem after planting and are well suited to area conditions.

Marianne C. Ophardt is a horticulturist for Washington State University Benton County Extension.

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