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H700 Shenzhen: Meet the Garden-Topped Megatower of Tomorrow


A super sleek and elegant building plan for the H700 Shenzhen Tower has been submitted for approval. The skyscraper, designed by bKL Architecture, will be 739m (2,424 ft) high, 3rd highest in the world. Jeddah Tower, in Saudi Arabia, is currently under construction but will be the tallest in the world upon completion at 1,000m (3,280 ft) and 2nd is Burj Khalifa in Dubai standing at  830m (2,723 ft). The new tower will also surpass China’s current highest building, the Shanghai Tower, 632m (2,073 ft).

Plans for the H700 Shenzhen tower

The project, developed by Shenzhen Kingkey Group, will be located in the developing Luohu district, which connects Shenzhen to Hong Kong. It will be the highlight of Shenzhen’s Caiwuwei financial and commercial area. Beside the Shenzhen Tower is another tower which is still unnamed, but will be around 680m (2,230 ft) high, and will likely be linked to the H700 tower via a flyover.


A spacious sky garden will be the tower’s attraction at the top. The plans also features a public plaza that will provide retail, civic, and institutional programs.

As described by the Architects from bKL Architecture, “the tower’s elegant form is composed of three transforming design components: the shape, the structure, and the sky gardens, all three design components ground the tower in a continuous interaction between people and nature. the tower is bold, technical, and strong, while at the same time refined, natural, and elegant.”

China is currently having a surge of skyscraper development. The Jakarta Post reported that of the ten skyscrapers to be completed this year reviewed by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat of the US, six will be erected in China.

The plans for H700 Shenzhen Tower have yet to be formally approved.

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Sean’s Landscaping Offers Proven Record of Installing Quality …

New Orleans, LA – Sean’s Landscaping offers a proven track record of providing quality landscaping services. The demand for landscaping in New Orleans is high at the moment. with such a demand, many landscapers are providing services in high quantities, but are lacking in quality. It’s worth using a company such as Sean’s Landscaping focusing solely on providing their customers with the best quality New Orleans landscaping.

Sean Peeples says, “We have never believed in putting the money before quality services. In fact, landscaping is something that’s close to our hearts. All the services we provide must adhere to stringent quality control standards. Customers get quality every time they ask for installation, landscape design and maintenance services. In fact, we customize landscaping services based on the needs of each client, while ensuring that they receive quality work every time.”

Not everyone knows that a lawn has to be healthy and properly maintained all year round. Sean’s landscaping promises their customers that they will deliver quality so that every lawn stays healthy and attractive every day of the year. The company vows to help customers to build a landscaped paradise where they can relax and enjoy their yard alone or with friends and family. Sean’s Landscaping adheres to the highest quality standards when tending to a customer’s property.

Delivering the highest quality results is something the company has strived to acheive. Sean’s Landscaping achieves this goal by listening to the customer’s ideas and concerns and working with their budget. In addition, the company has a policy of providing innovative and practical landscape design options, which customers can enjoy on their property for years to come. The company’s mission is to integrate the aesthetics of design with the science of horticulture and a unique understanding of the landscaping needs in New Orleans.

Quality control standards are crucial for customer satisfaction. Customers return to a landscaping company that guarantees the kind of quality service Sean’s Landscaping pledges to provide, whether it’s laying garden mulch or mowing, trimming, leaf removal, or edging and blowing.

All the information needed on the quality services that have made Sean’s Landscaping a household name in New Orleans is available on their website for anyone who has questions for them about any of the quality services provided by their landscapers. Quality landscaping is important for anyone who wishes to protect their property, which can be a big investment. New Orleans locals should take advantage of the company’s quality landscaping packages for a yard they can feel proud to show off.


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Detroit offers ideas for central city growth





James Feagin, a lifelong Detroit resident, helps small businesses throughout Motor City obtain funds and other help needed to grow–and he came to Milwaukee this past week to discuss improving those efforts here.

For all its well-known problems with poverty, troubled schools and crime, Detroit in recent years has seen a resurgence in its downtown area — not unlike downtown Milwaukee’s ongoing revival.

And just as in Milwaukee, there are concerns that Detroit’s poorer neighborhoods are being left behind.

That’s where James Feagin goes to work. A lifelong Detroit resident, Feagin helps small businesses throughout the Motor City obtain funds and other help needed to grow. He came to Milwaukee this past week to discuss improving this city’s similar efforts.

“We can’t be comfortable with saying this area is going to get investment and be fine,” Feagin said, “and this neighborhood is just going to be impoverished and we’ll wall it off.”

Feagin was in Milwaukee to meet with local officials and others. His schedule included delivering the keynote speech at a Wednesday night event known as the Dolphin Pool, with six local entrepreneurs presenting their start-up ideas to compete for cash and other prizes.

The event was part of Riverworks Week, which promotes the Riverworks Business Improvement District’s campaign to attract more entrepreneurs. That district runs from Keefe Ave. to north of Capitol Drive, between N. Humboldt Blvd. and N. 3rd St. It also showcased other businesses from the adjacent Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods.

Feagin’s visit comes at a time when the need to spur Milwaukee central city business and job growth is drawing more attention after last month’s civil unrest in parts of the Sherman Park neighborhood. On the same day Feagin arrived in Milwaukee, Common Council members were learning that the city’s goals for hiring disadvantaged residents to work on some high-profile commercial developments were generally falling short.

The Riverworks group became aware of Feagin through the Kresge Foundation, which is based in the Detroit area and helped fund a project in the business improvement district.

Detroit’s urban redevelopment efforts can offer some lessons for Milwaukee, said Carl Nilssen, chair of the district’s board.

“There’s just a lot of beautiful things that are coming out of that city,” said Nilssen, who operates BIGMPG Design/Marketing, 811 E. Vienna Ave.

Those activities include the New Economy Initiative’s NEIdeas program, which was launched in 2014 with funds provided by a dozen local and national foundations.

The three-year program is providing 30 annual grants, of $10,000 each, to businesses with annual sales of up to $750,000, and two annual grants, of $100,000 each, to businesses with annual sales between $750,000 and $5 million.

Aiding small businesses

The idea is to target existing smaller businesses that need help to grow, said Matthew Lewis, the initiative’s communications officer.

“In many cases, they are the glue of their neighborhoods throughout the city of Detroit,” Lewis said.

Feagin has played an important role in contacting small businesses to help them learn about the program and apply for the grants, Lewis said.

Detroit’s population is over 80% African-American, and the initiative “wanted to create a base of winners who look like the city,” he said.

Feagin has played a similar role for Motor City Match, a business plan competition sponsored by Detroit Economic Growth Corp., a nonprofit group.

The match offers business planning courses, free architectural services, loans totaling $2 million and grants totaling $500,000 during each competitive round, which occurs four times a year. The program targets both start-ups and expanding small businesses.

It was launched in 2015 and is funded with foundation grants as well as federal Community Development Block Grants provided through the city. So far, that has totaled $5.5 million in foundation cash and $8 million in federal grants, said Michael Forsyth, Detroit Economic Growth Corp. small business director.

“These are projects that are happening in our neighborhoods,” Forsyth said.

For both Motor City Match and NEIdeas, Feagin has been an energetic evangelist for small businesses, Forsyth and Lewis said.

“James is a guy who tries to be with everyone, and who tries to be everywhere at once,” Forsyth said.

“He’s very gregarious,” Lewis said. “When he runs these meetings, he’s almost like a preacher of sorts.”

Feagin, 35, comes by that role naturally. He wrote his first business plan while a college student and his résumé includes working for a community development group on Detroit’s east side, running his own consulting firm and helping build the sales team for a tech start-up.

Establishing relationships

That’s not to say he didn’t encounter a lot of skepticism when he first began visiting neighborhood small businesses to spread the word about the grants, loans and other help that was available.

“There’s some leg work,” Feagin said. “There’s relationship building. It takes time.”

A lot of people considering starting their own business, or people operating an existing small business, aren’t aware of such programs despite marketing campaigns and news media coverage, he said.

People are often just consumed with their work, Feagin said. There’s also a digital divide, with some people spending little or no time on the internet. It takes personal contact, including working with neighborhood groups and churches, to spread the news.

“No one organization can touch the entire city,” he said.

Both programs are showing positive results, Feagin said, with most of the grants flowing to businesses operated by people of color. They include such enterprises as restaurants, barber shops, beauty supply stores, tool-and-die manufacturers, commercial printers, and landscaping services.

“We’ve shifted the conversation for a lot of folks in the city,” Feagin said.

Jevona Watson is opening Detroit Sip, a coffee shop on the city’s northwest side near the University of Detroit Mercy. She received a grant through Motor City Match.

Watson hopes Detroit Sip will help better link the University of Detroit to its neighborhood. The campus has been gated since the 1980s after crime increased, she said, but in recent years it has been reaching out more to its neighbors.

“One of my goals for the coffee shop is to draw the students outside the gate,” said Watson, an attorney who has lived on Detroit’s northwest side for 14 years.

Those programs can be done in other cities, including Milwaukee, Feagin said.

“It’s a long-term process,” he said.

“The general attitude has to be, we’re not doing this because we feel bad because African-Americans have been disenfranchised,” Feagin said. Instead, he said, the attitude should be, “This makes economic sense.”

Detroit, like Milwaukee, still faces a lot of challenges. The Detroit metro area has the highest rate of concentrated poverty among nation’s 25 largest metro areas, according to a study released in April by the Brookings Institution.

But the combination of the city’s downtown redevelopment and the efforts in boosting smaller neighborhood businesses are a welcome change from five to 10 years ago when some people were writing off the entire community, Feagin said.

“It’s now becoming part of America,” he said.

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Which Florida-friendly plant is right for you?

Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2016 6:00 am

Updated: 9:29 am, Sat Sep 17, 2016.

Which Florida-friendly plant is right for you?


Florida-friendly plants are adapted to the Florida climate conditions and require minimal applications of fertilizer and pesticide. Many thrive without routine maintenance when planted in the right place. There are multiple trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and grasses that are low maintenance, beautiful and attract wildlife.

A native to the eastern United States, the chaste tree blooms purple in May and again in cycles throughout the summer. It is deciduous and will drop its leaves during the cooler months. The chaste tree has a wide and short stature for a medium-sized tree, and it thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Pollinators such as honeybees and halictid bees are attracted to the purple blooms.

The sunshine mimosa or powderpuff is an excellent ground cover for a full-sun location and sandy soil. It can be used as a replacement for turf and as a low-growing ground cover. This pink tufted bloomer will be nipped by a frost, but will recover in late spring. Sunshine mimosa is also called the sensitive plant as its leaves temporarily fold up when disturbed by rain or traffic.

The blanket flower is a native Florida wildflower that blooms throughout the summer. The bright flower displays red, yellow and orange and various combinations if these cheerful colors. It is tolerant of hot, dry environments and is commonly planted on roadsides or in medians. Like most wildflowers, the blanket flower is an annual, but it will reseed readily if grown in an area without a weed mat or without a thick layer of mulch. In warm locations in Florida the mother plant may come back year after year, but each year the overall appearance and vigor will decrease. It is best to pull out the mother plant once it has gone to seed and let the new blanket flowers take its place.

Rosinweed is a wildflower native to the southeastern U.S. where it reaches heights of 3 to 4 feet. This yellow flowering plant is an extremely hardy wildflower, will reseed freely and attracts butterflies and bees. Rosinweed will be damaged by frost but it will come back vigorously in the spring. Unlike many wildflower species, the mother plant will be a perennial in the Florida landscape where it will bloom from the end of May until the first frost.

Many of these Florida-friendly plants can be found at retail garden centers and should be easily located at native plant nurseries.

To learn more about Florida-friendly landscaping, attend “Fertilizing Your Landscape” at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Trilogy Magnolia House, 100 Falling Acorn Ave. in Groveland. Participants will learn how to fertilize their landscapes to promote plant health, landscape beauty and prevent pollution of water bodies. A $5 registration fee is required at or by cash or check at the Lake County Extension Office during normal business hours.

“Fall and Winter Landscaping” will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Paisley Library, 24954 County Road 42. Registration is required by calling 352-669-1001.

For gardening questions, visit our Master Gardener Plant Clinic. For landscape and garden ideas, visit Discovery Gardens. Both are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Extension Office, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

Brooke Moffis is the Residential Horticulture Agent of the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension office. Email

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‘Better Homes and Gardens’ Live in Melbourne – 40pc Discount for Starts at 60 Readers!

Those looking for home decorating inspiration; ideas for landscaping gardens; or handy do-it-yourself life hacks, you will be well catered for at the Better Homes and Gardens Live Melbourne Expo. Spanning three days, the event is an ideal mix of inspiration, education, surprises, and fun and makes for an entertaining and informative day out for the whole family.

Better Homes and Gardens Live, brings one of Australia’s favourite magazine and television shows to life all under one roof.  There’s simply so much to do, including: 

  • Peruse hundreds of exhibitors showing off thousands of innovative wares for your home and garden.
  • Meet your favourite Better Homes and Garden’s TV talent and magazine editors.
  • Four dedicated stages and six show zones presenting inspirational ideas to make your home and garden a sanctuary.
  • Range of optional QA sessions and workshops including a cupcake decorating class with Elle Vernon, Food Editor of BHG Magazine, and a gardening QA with Roger Fox, gardening editor of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and Matthew Carroll from Nursery and Garden Industry Australia.

Now, thanks to Seven West Media, we are thrilled to announce a 40 per cent discount for Starts at 60 readers! (Valid on general admission tickets.) When purchasing tickets, using the link below, simply apply the promo code ‘STARTS60’ in the coupon code field to redeem your discount.

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  • When: 14 to 16 October
  • Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Doors open: 10am

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Gardening: Roberta Muehlberg

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Roberta Muehlberg’s garden.

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Wildflowers in Roberta Muehlberg’s garden.

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Q: What have you been doing in the garden?

A: Because of the dry weather I’ve been spending way too much time watering. I’ve also been picking blueberries which I sell to the Astoria Co-op.

Q: What has been your biggest gardening challenge this season?

A: My biggest gardening challenge has been pulling myself out of my garden long enough to get anything else done.

Q: What’s the most recent gardening book that you’ve read that you would recommend?

A: Gardening and landscaping books are my weakness and I own about two hundred of them — seriously! I couldn’t recommend just one.

Q: What is your favorite plant?

A: My favorite — and most useful — plant is the sword fern because it looks so natural in Northwest gardens. It’s also deer resistant and drought and shade tolerant. I’m also a fan of ornamental grasses.

Q: What part of your personality is reflected in your garden?

A: I’m a pretty quiet person and the garden is a good place to be quiet. My garden is also a place where I can indulge my love of color combinations.

Roberta Muehlberg is a retired nurse in Astoria active with the Clatsop County Master Gardener program. Her gardening philosophy is to protect the earth as much as possible.

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Judges Rules the Government Can Ban Vegetable Gardens

Claim: A Florida judge ruled that the government can ban vegetable gardens because they’re “ugly.”

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WHAT’S TRUE: A Florida judge ruled that the community of Miami Shores could enforce local codes restricting vegetable gardens to rear yards only.

WHAT’S FALSE: The judge did not rule vegetable gardens may be banned altogether because they are “ugly” (or for any other reason).

Example: [Collected via e-mail and Twitter, September 2016]

It’s all over the Internet that the government can ban vegetable gardens:

Origin:In September 2016, the Free Thought Project web site published an article that led to claims a judge had ruled that “the government” could “ban vegetable gardens” because they’re “ugly”:

A Miami-Dade judge became the focus of much-deserved anger when she ruled on an ordinance banning front yard vegetable gardens. The village of Miami Shores, according to the ruling, has every right to take legal action against residents who dare to grow food in their own yards because they are “ugly.”

The court’s decision was based on a three-year long legal battle of Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts. They were facing a fine of $50 a day, not for robbing banks, or trafficking humans, or running some other criminal enterprise — but for growing their own food.

For 17 years, the couple grew their own food in their front yard until one day, the state came knocking.

No one was harmed by the couple’s garden, it was entirely organic, and in nearly two decades, not one of their neighbors ever complained. The only injured party in this ridiculous act was the state.

According to the tyrannical legislation, all homeowners are subject to the same absurd constraints. Their yards must be covered in grass — that is the law.

Predictably, the claim aused widespread outrage on social media due in part to the growing popularity of vegetable gardens and local produce. The rumor was condensed to conclude that a precedent enabling the banning of independent vegetable growth throughout Florida (or all of the U.S.) had been set by a judge because such gardens are unsightly, and that Miami Shores officials wished for all vegetable gardens to be replaced with grass.

The “tyrannical” tale also made it to the Miami Herald, which presented a more balanced version of events to readers. As it turned out, Carroll and Ricketts weren’t prohibited “by the government” from growing any and all vegetables; rather, the Miami Shores jurisdiction simply stipulates, as part of local landscaping codes, that such gardens should not be placed in the front yards of homes:

A Miami-Dade judge on [25 August 2016] upheld the village’s much-maligned ordinance banning the practice. In a 10-page ruling filled with legal analysis on the definition of vegetables, Circuit Judge Monica Gordo acknowledged she wasn’t quite sure how the gardens ruin the aesthetics of a neighborhood [but] she got to the root of the law: Miami Shores still has every right to decide front-yard veggies make a neighborhood ugly.

“Given the high degree of deference that must be given to a democratically elected governmental body … Miami Shores’ ban on vegetable gardens outside of the backyard passes constitutional scrutiny,” Gordo wrote.

The upscale village in Northeast Miami-Dade has long insisted it had every right to regulate the look of the community. At a hearing in June, the village’s attorney said vegetable gardens are fine in Miami Shores, as long as they remain out of sight in the backyard.

“There is no vegetable ban in Miami Shores,” village attorney Richard Sarafan told the judge. “It’s a farce. A ruse.”

Judge Gordo agreed, saying that the village was well within its rights. She noted that Ricketts and Carroll weren’t without options.

Code regulations in Miami Shores Village (Division 17, Sec. 536[e]) pertaining to landscaping state that “Vegetable gardens are permitted in rear yards only.”

It is true that a Miami Shores couple fought and lost a court battle with the village to retain their front-yard vegetable garden, but the court’s decision in no way “banned vegetable gardens,” much less constituted a sweeping ruling applicable anywhere outside Miami Shores. A local judge simply sided with Miami Shores Village in ruling that the jurisdiction had a right to enforce extant landscaping codes, which permit vegetable gardens in rear yards but not front ones. The couple involved were not prohibited from growing vegetables, simply from doing so in the front yard.

The rumor about a vegetable garden ban was one of several that severely distort local controversies over individual management of personal resources such as food and water to suggest the government is hostile to rugged individualists. A similar distortion asserted a man was arrested for collecting rainwater, and another inaccurately claimed Michigan repealed its “Right to Farm Act” (and presumably the right to farm along with it).

Originally published: 16 September 2016


Michot, Walter.   “Court Upholds Miami Shores Ban on Veggie Gardens.”
    Miami Herald.   25 August 2016.

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Gardening tips: here’s why Alliums are the magic wands of garden designers

Alliums are the magic wands of garden designers, and this versatile family of bulbs should work its magic in all our gardens. The star-studded pompoms on rod-straight stems look wonderful rising head and shoulders above clipped box balls, echoing their shape, popping up randomly among the lavender or contrasting their perfect, globed heads with spears of flowering iris. 

Early enough to spice up the aquilegias, they fill the lean gap between spring and summer, taking the baton from the tulips and hitting their stride before the roses get going. Bees and butterflies adore them. Best news of all, the bulbs are easy to grow, both in border and container, they naturalise over time, and the time to plant them is right now.

Alliums blend into any and every kind of plot, from modern minimalist to densely planted cottage garden, and there are myriad ways to use them, from demure, pink-flowered chives that make the prettiest edging to sensational Allium cristophii, with sparkly, silvery heads up to nine inches in diameter, that rival any garden sculpture. 

At Great Dixter, the drumstick blooms of signature allium Purple Sensation, several shades richer than their close relative A hollandicum, drift through ladybird poppies, making a striking contrast to the scarlet, black-blotched flowers. Use both these hollandicum alliums together, darker and lighter, to fabulous light-and-shade effect. 

At innovative Sussex Prairies, Paul and Pauline McBride couldn’t afford a water rill to run down the long space, so instead planted what they call a pink river of Allium Summer Beauty, a lilac-tinged pink evergreen allium that has a clump-forming habit, so throws out several stems from each bulb. And when the alliums are past their best, ornamental grass Miscanthus Silverspinner takes over, veiling Summer Beauty’s dainty seedheads. 

If you’re looking for impact, Allium Globemaster, with its giant mauve, tightly packed flowerheads on fat 3ft stems, is the one to choose. Just a trio will pack a big punch in a small border. Dynamic plantsmen Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough scattered spectacular Globemaster through the Pictorial Meadow at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, using them to create strong visual anchors for the wildflowers.


In a far smaller space, London designer Charlotte Rowe uses white Nigrum alliums to add drama to a contemporary courtyard, and plants groups of white, 4ft-tall, large-headed Mount Everest among lime green euphorbia, beneath pleached hornbeams, to add vertical interest to a cool green colour scheme. 

Garden designer and BBC Gardener’s World presenter Nick Bailey favours the other end of the allium colour spectrum, and is a fool for the lesser-known deep, dark Allium atropurpureum. “It has really deep, inky purple flowerheads that look amazing with any silver, blue and pale-coloured plants. It’s also rugged of stem, so I do a bit of a cheat when the flowers have faded and the stems have begun to rock at the base. I tug them out, cut them off, and push them back into the ground, which gives them another six weeks to display their seedheads.” 

Allium cristophii is another Bailey favourite. “Each flowerhead is a perfect sphere of interlinking stars. There is no other plant with quite that metallic sheen. The understorey of any sun-loving herbaceous plant is ideal for cristophii to grow through, but my most successful planting is with Nepeta Walker’s Low. When the seedheads have formed, I cut the stems and nestle the heads into the catmint.”

For London garden designer Claire Mee, alliums are the spring and early summer version of agapanthus. “They’re a great transition plant. You can use them anywhere in the garden, but a favourite combination of mine is to weave the only true blue ornamental onion, Allium caeruleum, through a drift of ornamental grasses or green-and-white Astrantia Shaggy. 

“I’ve just planted them beneath crab apple Malus Red Sentinel, so as the blossom finishes above, the alliums beneath take over. For later on in summer, I like to use the small, lozenge-headed, blackcurrant Allium sphaerocephalon. The only rule I have in planting schemes with alliums is to position them in the middle of a bed or border rather than the front, so the surrounding plants camouflage the foliage, which tends to die down when the flowers start to bloom.”

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