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Paris allows anyone to plant an urban garden | Inhabitat – Green …

Paris just passed a new law that allows anyone to plant an urban garden within the city’s limits. Upon receiving a permit, gardeners can grow plants on walls, in boxes, on rooftops, under trees, or on fences. They can cultivate greenery in front of their homes or offices. They can grow flowers, vegetables, and fruit. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo’s goal is to create 100 hectares of living walls and green roofs by the year 2020, with one third of that greenery dedicated to agriculture.

Locals are encouraged to be “gardeners of the Parisian public space” under the new law. Gardeners must use sustainable methods, avoiding pesticides and promoting biodiversity in the city. They are asked to sign a “Charter of revegetation” and grow “local honey plants,” and they will need to maintain their urban gardens and ensure the greenery enhances the city’s aesthetic. The City of Paris will issue the three-year permits, with the option to renew them.

Related: Plant-covered Mobile Green Living Room travels through Europe

The city asked residents to get creative with where they grow plants, and it will contribute a “planting kit” with seeds and topsoil. They say they’ve offered a few suggestions, but mainly hope people will use their imagination for where they might be able to green the city. Paris city officials hope the law will improve the quality of life for city dwellers and boost the beauty of the city. Assistant to the Mayor of Paris Penelope Komitès also said cultivating the gardens could help locals strengthen relationships with their neighbors and “create social links.”

Via La Relève et La Peste

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Geometry and horticulture come together in artist Gabriel Orozco’s garden design

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco is known for his soft watercolour series, his abstract paintings and totemic wooden sculptures, and now it seems, he is adding horticulture to his repertoire. 

‘The invitation to create a garden as a permanent art work presented a unique opportunity,’ explains the globetrotting artist of his latest work, the garden design at the South London Gallery. 

Two years in the making and unveiled last weekend as the winter’s chill takes hold of the capital, the garden was designed alongside 6a architects – the same firm behind the gallery’s award-winning 2010 extension and current renovation of the former Peckham Road Fire Station – and horticulturists from the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew. 

Sketch of South London Gallery Garden. Courtesy of Gabriel Orozco

Struck by the commitment of the gallery to its local community, Orozco set off to design a space that would help that relationship blossom, to ‘create something which could provide an inspiring platform for all of them,’ he says. ‘I started to think about various geometries emerging from the architecture surrounding the space and how they might be re-integrated into it as the basis of a design.’

Circles – a recurring motif favoured by Orozco – form the basis of his geometric design. Intertwining rings are delicately marked out using materials that reflect and continue the physical language of the gallery’s Victorian building (including bricks from the newly opened up rear facade) as a game of symmetry and asymmetry unfolds, creating in its wake a series of ‘spaces’ or ’rooms’. The character or purpose of each designated by the plants that inhabit it, the rise and fall of the ground beneath, and various seating options available to the public. These notional rooms will be used by other artists and, without a doubt, the neighbouring community in the coming months.

Playing on the idea of urban ruin, the garden will evolve to become rambling and overgrown, allowing the omnifarious grasses, low level creepers and fragrant plants to really grow into their own. In the meantime, working drawings and a film capturing the transformation of the garden over the past year take centre stage within the gallery itself.


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Seminars for Inspired Home & Garden Expo Announced

Seminars Announced for the 2016 Fall Inspired Home Garden Expo of Monterey to be held on October 15 and 16, 2016

Special Guest Appearance and Two Valuable Seminars by Teresa Sabankaya, internationally known expert on the language of flowers and founder of the Bonny Doon Garden Company in Santa Cruz.

Amber Russell, Broker Owner of Over the Moon Realty, who has been featured on the hit TV show, Tiny House Hunters, will present a Seminar on Tiny Home Living.

Grand Prize! Stowe Contracting and Basalite are partnering and offering installation and product to create a beautiful 10’ x12’ patio in Artisan Flagstone with a charcoal border!

MONTEREY — Don’t miss it! The 2016 Fall Inspired Home Garden Expo of Monterey on October 15 and 16, 2016 will feature an array of outstanding Home and Garden Exhibits, Daily Seminars, Live Chef Demos, Shopping, and Charity Partners as well as Expo Sponsors.

Fall is a great season for “nesting” in your beautiful home and getting prepared to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. So … It’s Time to Get Inspired! Make your home improvement and landscaping dreams come true!

Bring your home improvement ideas and remodeling projects to the Inspired Home Garden Expo of Monterey. Experts at the Monterey Home Expo are there to answer all of your questions and help you get started.

Home expo exhibitors will include general contractors, flooring, landscapers, kitchen and bath, cabinets, closet organizers, landscape designers, painters, countertops, tile, granite, appliances, solar energy, fireplaces, and much more, most from around Monterey County!

At a Glance:

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free to all attendees!

The Fall 2016 Inspired Home Expo of Monterey will feature a full weekend of activities for homeowners plus the latest remodeling, landscaping and home accessory trends and tips.

Educational home improvement seminars by local professionals, cooking demos, local charity partners and more.

Special Guest Appearance by Teresa Sabankaya, internationally known expert on the language of flowers and founder of the Bonny Doon Garden Company in Santa Cruz. She will present seminars both days. (See bio below.)

Amber Russell, Broker Owner of Over the Moon Realty, Inc. who has been featured on HGTV’s hit TV show, Tiny House Hunters, will present a seminar on Sunday, “How to make a Tiny Impact No Matter the Size of Your Home.”

Chef Brandon Miller of Mundaka Restaurant in Carmel will present a seminar on the Cuisine of Spain Cooking Seminar.

Additional informative and fun free seminars will be available both days during the Fall 2016 Inspired Home Garden Expo of Monterey (full schedule coming soon!)

The Grand Prize for attendees of the event: Stowe Contracting and Basalite are partnering and offering installation and product to create a beautiful 10’ x12’ patio in Artisan Flagstone with a charcoal border!

Free parking!

Location: Monterey County Fair Event Center, 2004 Fairground Rd. Monterey, California. (Please enter at Gate 3)

For more information, go to or call (831) 772-4600.

During the Fall 2016 Inspired Home Expo of Monterey weekend, there will be an outstanding line-up of seminars in the home, food and garden areas that include many experts in their field. Attendees can plan their visit to the Fall 2016 Inspired Home Garden Expo of Monterey around many valuable remodeling workshops and home improvement seminar presentations by local experts and live chef demos and some seminars are now listed below. Updates about the seminars and the presenters will be posted on the website,

Seminar Schedule

Saturday, October 15

A Posy for You!
The new modern language of flowers
Presented by Teresa Sabankaya

Innovative floral designer, author and owner of The Bonny Doon Garden Company Teresa Sabankaya talks about the language of flowers and her new book.

12:45 pm
Is My Roof Right for Solar?
Presented by Scudder Solar Energy Systems

Scudder Solar Energy Systems works with all different types of roofing styles. Hear how they make solar work for their customers.

1:30 pm
The Cuisine of Spain
Presented by Chef Brandon Miller

Chef Brandon Miller shares one of his popular mouth-watering dishes in a cooking demonstration.

2:15 pm
Turn Your Clutter Into A Masterpiece
Presented by Star Hansen

Star Hansen is a Certified Professional Organizer, known as the ‘Lifestyle Organizer’ working with individuals, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Her unique multi-layered approach including mind, body, spirit and space has been featured on OWN, TLC, HGTV, Style, AE, and the Tyra Banks Show. Star has an innate ability to turn the boring monotony of organization principles into something motivational, inspiring, and entertaining.

3 pm
Painting Project Personalization
Presented by AndSon Painting Inc.

Painting Project Personalization: Craftsmanship is a Signature That Can’t be Forged – Learn about what you need to consider when starting your paint project. How do you choose the right contractor? What are the industry trends? How do I pick colors? AndSon Painting Inc. offers common sense guidance for homeowners ready to start a painting project.

Sunday, October 16

A Posy for You!
The new modern language of flowers
Presented by Teresa Sabankaya

Innovative floral designer, author and owner of The Bonny Doon Garden Company Teresa Sabankaya talks about the language of flowers and her new book.

1:30 pm
Money-saving Power of Solar
Presented by Scudder Solar

With easy financing and a 30% federal tax credit available, more and more homeowners are installing solar panels on their home to power their lives and protect their pocketbooks against continually rising electrical bills.

2:15 pm
Tiny Houses
Presented by Amber Russell, Broker/Owner, Over the Moon Realty

Real Estate Broker/Owner Amber Russell appeared on HGTV as an agent helping a couple purchase a tiny house. Amber talks about the real estate market and the interest in tiny homes among many young buyers. She’ll also provide tips on how to reduce your carbon imprint no matter the size of your home.

Corporate Sponsors

  • Noble Pride Roofing
  • Scudder Solar Energy System
  • REM Sleep Solutions

Media Corporate Sponsors

  • Monterey County Herald
  • KRML Radio 102.1 FM and 1410 AM
  • Times Publishing Group

Exhibitor booth and Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, go to


Learn from and become “inspired” by top professionals in the field. Come meet the experts from the community who can help you create a more beautiful living environment, make a space more comfortable or fix an issue in your home. The event gives you the opportunity to build relationships with the people who can help you make your dreams become reality. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for ideas for Fall projects, inspiration or just browsing home improvements large too small. Talk with expert local home contractors that can create all your “inspired”, images from your clippings and Pinterest boards, meet your Google search list face to face, and make your home improvement dreams a reality.

The free, fun and informative Fall 2016 Inspired Home Garden Expo of Monterey will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th at the Monterey Fair Expo Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA. This not-to-be-missed event will feature about a hundred LOCAL home and garden professionals on site, many based in Monterey County, with all of your home project solutions. They will be available to answer all of your questions and provide expert advice for enhancing your indoor and outdoor living space.

The Fall 2016 Inspired Home Garden Expo will feature displays and exhibits of the latest ideas in home improvement, remodeling, interior design, decorating and landscaping. In addition, it will provide educational and informative seminars and demonstrations designed to help you enhance the beauty and the value of your home. Quality contractors, expert craftsmen, premier designers and home improvement professionals are there both days to focus on all of your needs to make your home meet your vision.

About Special Presenter: Teresa Sabankaya

Storytellers share their inspirations through words written or spoken, with photos or video, and in art, music, or dance. Teresa Sabankaya, founder and owner of the Bonny Doon Garden Company in Santa Cruz, CA, is an expert on the language of flowers, an art form believed to have originated with the Turkish Selam, which is not only a greeting, but also a language of objects.

Sabankaya, author of a forthcoming book on the subject, (release date: Fall of 2017), has been lauded as one of the most innovative florists in the San Francisco Bay area, and her floral creations have been exhibited at the “Bouquets to Art” exhibition at De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, the National Trust Riloli’s Estate in Woodside, and multiple other floral design and garden shows.

Her floral styles have graced multiple wedding blogs and magazines, including Smitten, Sweet Violet Bride, Style Me Pretty, and Green Wedding Shoes, and she is featured in Amy Stewart’s acclaimed book, Flower Confidential, as well as her blog.

In the PBS documentary, “Botany of Desire” (based on Michael Pollen’s bestseller of the same name), Sabankaya was compared to “a florist from 100 years ago,” and her trademarked “Bonny Doon Posies” — part of her retail business from the beginning — have been showcased in media including “CBS Sunday Morning,” Romantic Homes magazine, and newspapers that include the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

“It’s easy and fun to incorporate the historical language of flowers into your life today. sharing a gift of a posy to another is a very meaningful way to express your sentiments for many occasions: A birthday, a newborn baby … even your deepest condolences,” said Sabankaya, who opened Bonny Doon Garden Company (1101 Fair Avenue in Santa Cruz) in 1999 as a full-service floral design studio, florist, and botanical gift shop. “When someone receives a gift of a posy, it’s not only a beautiful arrangement, but the message the flowers convey is strong and very memorable, and will have a great impact on the recipient.”

Her new book, will take readers on a fascinating journey through history, from Constantinople to England, telling the colorful tale of the language of flowers and the language of objects, through the travels of a British aristocrat, Lady Mary Montagu.

Lady Mary became fascinated by the Selam and its tradition of gifting boxes filled with various objects to another person. Each object carried a secret language — even a pebble had a verse or meaning attached — a tradition Montagu brought with her when she returned to her home country. Thus, the language of flowers evolved into a phenomenon in Victorian England.

Sabankaya is a certified green gardener and a member of, an online directory of florists who source their materials locally. She also is a member of

To contact Teresa Sabankaya, or to obtain more information about her upcoming book, go to

About Simply Clear Marketing

Simply Clear Marketing Inc. (SCMI) is a professional event management and marketing company based on the Central Coast. SCMI currently produces 7 successful INSPIRED trade show events per year and is expanding its events and services. The Inspired Home Expos are designed to create an environment for consumers to find the products and services they need to create the home of their dreams. The vision behind the home expos is to create a location for local residents to meet face to face with local companies who can help them to create a beautiful living environment and increase the value of their homes. The health expos provide a location for residents to meet face to face with a variety of health, wellness, and fitness providers in the area.

Simply Clear Marketing’s mission is to help small businesses grow by connecting them with potential clients through events and marketing. For more information, go to or call (805) 772-4600.

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Halloween display at Burnet home is a musical monster mashup

BURNET — Every October, Glynda Smith, daughter Mara Johnson, and a cadre of friends and relatives put in hundreds of hours of yard work.

Smith, who owns her own landscaping company, puts in a full day’s work and then comes home and labors over her daughter’s yard.

But by Halloween, all that effort pays off.

“Yeah, it’s a lot of work, and a lot of time” Smith said standing amid headstones, skeletons, zombies, and other creepy creatures. “But it’s worth it. It’s worth it when you see the looks on the kids’ faces.”

Smith and Johnson are the mad scientists behind the 221 Corder Lane Halloween Yard. But Johnson calls her mother the “mastermind.”

“She’s the one who comes up with all this, all the ideas,” Johnson said as she and Smith scrambled Oct. 7 to get the final displays up, making sure the lights and movements are synched to the music and the fog is just right. “This is the final push. We may have to make a run to Fry’s (Electronics) or somewhere tomorrow morning. But we’ll get it done.”

The show went live Oct. 8 and runs through Halloween each night from dusk to 9 p.m. And as people drive by, they can tune in to the music on 107.1 FM. Or, like hundreds of people do each year, get out of the car and just watch.

Smith started the display about eight, maybe 10, years ago at her Hoover’s Valley home. But a few years ago, they decided to move it to Johnson’s home in Burnet.

“Yeah, I’m not sure they really asked,” Johnson said.

“It was like, let’s take it to Mara’s house,” Smith added with a laugh.

The display encompasses Johnson’s entire front yard. But it’s not just static decorations.

“There’s servos and motors in a lot of the skeletons and other things,” Johnson said. “They move with the music. There’s also a movie playing (on the side of the house). The movement and other things go with the music.”

The entire show lasts about 45 minutes but cycles through the night.

Smith said she comes up with the ideas for the displays and builds quite a few of them, but Johnson is in charge of programming the music and the movements.

“She’s good at all that; I’m not,” Smith said.

It takes several hours of programming for a few minutes of music.

But as they hustled around the yard, checking lights, making sure skeletons’ heads move correctly, Smith and Johnson laughed, smiled, and joked. It’s a lot of work, but they can’t wait to see the faces of the kids who stand outside the fence and watch.

“It’s exciting to see the kids and watch as they discover something new,” Smith said.

They’ll open a walkway up to the front door on Halloween for trick-or-treaters. Last year, more than 400 kids knocked on the door.

“We expect more this year,” Johnson said. “We get buses from the assisted living homes come through. It’s fun.”

“And it’s not scary,” Smith added. “Just fun.”

There is no charge, but they are asking people to bring a non-perishable food item (or cash) to place in the drop-off bucket outside the display. The food and money will go to LACare, a Burnet food pantry. Last year, visitors dropped off 300 pounds of food.

“We want to beat that this year,” Smith added.

Once Halloween is done, the display comes down. But then it’s back to work for the next big display: Christmas.

“We take about a weekend off, then we get working on Christmas,” Smith said.

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WGIF mourns loss of industry leader

The Wisconsin Green Industry Federation has reported the passing of WGIF Hall of Fame inaugural member Matthew Stano, owner of Stano Landscaping, Milwaukee. He passed away this past Saturday, Oct. 8. Stano was a leader in the industry, beginning his career in 1963. He was a member of numerous associations including WLF (now WGIF), WNLA and WLCA. 

For 10 years, Stano served on the board of directors of the Metro Milwaukee Chapter of the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association (WLCA) and served as its president from 1978-79. He also served as president of the WLCA Professional Landscape Scholarship Fund, a separate corporation he helped to establish. 

Most recently, he was honored with the WLCA’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes industry leaders who have contributed exceptional ideas, time, insight and leadership to the WLCA over a period of years. 

Stano also served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Landscape Federation (now WGIF) for twenty years, and as its president from 1987-89. In 2003, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Landscape Federation Hall of Fame which honors individuals who have been cited by their peers for lifetime achievements in the Green Industry. He has also served on the board of Boerner Botanical Gardens. 

Please see the Milwaukee Journal’s obituaries in the coming days for the funeral announcement. 

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Huge Floral Art Installation by Rebecca Louise Law Commissioned by Casa Romantica; Southern California …

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, a nonprofit southern California cultural center, has commissioned well-known artist Rebecca Louise Law to create a floral art installation. Casa Romantica is recruiting gardeners from the southern California community to grow and donate the 8,000 blooms needed to comprise the material for the artwork. The artist will weave and hang the blooms at the center’s gallery in June 2017, and the living exhibition will transform for three months. Casa Coastal: Rebecca Louise Law will lead educational efforts about the benefits of native and drought-tolerant horticulture from an artistic standpoint, and is a pivotal community engagement project for southern California.

Project Vision

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is located at the historic Ole Hanson estate (built in 1927). Image courtesy of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens.

A floral art installation by Rebecca Louise Law, photo courtesy of Chan Dran Gallery, San Francisco.

“The purpose of this collaboration is to accomplish three goals that align with our mission,” says Casa Romantica Executive Director Berenika Schmitz.

“These goals are to commission original works for our organization, to educate our community through arts and horticulture programming, and to lead our community in choosing native and drought-tolerant landscaping.”

She continues,

“Casa Romantica strives to be the epicenter for innovative artistic experiences in our southern California community. As a leader and as an American Horticultural Society member, it is equally important that we set an example with landscaping choices. We have a duty to demonstrate that California native and drought-tolerant plants not only benefit the environment, but can be considered art.”

About the Artist

Rebecca Louise Law is a British installation artist whose flora-based works have appeared throughout the western world. Lifecycles and preservation are central themes in her art. The natural evolution of her materials and her preference for site-specific blooms contribute to the uniqueness of each installation.

Law’s work has been exhibited in Times Square, Art Basel, the Victoria Albert Museum, and the Royal Academy. She has completed commissions for internationally recognized brands including Viacom, Tiffany, and Hermès. Her publication features include The New York Times, The Oprah Network, CNN, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, and House Beautiful. Casa Coastal: Rebecca Louise Law will be the first southern California exhibition for the artist.

Volunteer Opportunities

Beginning in October 2016, there are three ways that supporters can participate to grow the 8,000 blooms needed for Casa Coastal: Rebecca Louise Law

1. Volunteering five hours per month in the Casa Romantica gardens to tend specific plots for the exhibition.
2. Experienced home gardeners may commit to the harvest of a certain number of approved plants by May 2017.
3. Beginning home gardeners will participate in on-site garden workshops in addition to their at-home work.

All groups will have free scheduled time with the Garden Director as needed for assistance.

Exhibition Dates

The exhibition will open to the public on June 9, 2017. Philanthropic benefactors for the project will be invited to a private artist reception and dinner in the Casa Romantica gardens on June 8. Law will host a public talk on June 10 about the project. Throughout the summer, other Casa Coastal events will support the exhibition theme. The exhibition concludes on August 13.

Casa Romantica’s gallery program features the work of internationally-recognized artists such as celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland, and of seminal collections like the E. Gene Crain California watercolor collection.

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and is the historic home of the founder of the City of San Clemente. Casa Romantica provides programs for all ages in arts, music, history, and horticulture and is a premier Southern California cultural center.

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Surprise grows garden programming, landscaping tips

Gardening and landscaping

Kris Coates, a desert landscaper and Master Gardener, gives tips to the community on how to attract wildlife to their gardens during a lecture at Surprise City Hall in 2012.

Posted: Sunday, October 9, 2016 8:00 pm

Surprise grows garden programming, landscaping tips

Virginia Mungovan
Special to Independent Newsmedia

Those looking to keep their garden and landscape in great shape should check out the Master Gardener Clinic and landscaping classes offered by the city of Surprise.

If you have questions about gardening, plants, insects, or landscaping, you can check with Master Gardeners at our monthly diagnostic clinic. Master Gardeners will provide plant problem diagnosis and management recommendations, insect identification, and general gardening or landscaping recommendations.

You can bring samples and/or photos of unidentified insects, diseased plants, and other yard and garden-related questions to the clinic. Insects should be placed in a plastic or glass container with a lid. Plant samples should display both healthy and disease symptoms.

The free clinics are on the first Monday of every month (except holidays) at 10 a.m. in the Surprise Public Safety Building Auditorium.

The city is also offering free classes on preparing your landscape for winter and xeriscaping. Those classes are as follows:

Irrigation/Preparing Your Landscape for Winter – Oct. 15

It’s time to change your watering schedule for winter. Keep your plants healthy and save on your water bill too.

Xeriscape 101 – November 19

This class explains how to use low-water-use desert adapted trees and shrubs to have a colorful and easy-to-maintain landscape.

Both classes run from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be held in the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register, visit Click on “Register for Programs,” select “Special Interest Classes – Adult Programs” and then select “Landscape Classes.” Indicate which class you wish to attend and fill out the required information.

You must be at least 16 years of age to attend the class. Space is limited, so register early to reserve your spot.

For questions, contact Angela Lucci at or 623-222-7029.

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Midday Fix: Fall container garden tips from Chalet Nursery’s Tony Fulmer – WGN

Tony Fulmer

Chalet Landscape, Nursery Garden Center
3132 Lake Avenue

Pruning Shear Sharpening
Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Chalet Education Center


Beyond traditional mums and pansies, there are many different annual frost-hardy plants that provide color, texture and interest to fall containers.

Fall containers have a shorter life span of 6 to 7 weeks due to oncoming cold weather. On the plus side, that means that frost-hardy plants generally do well in sun or shade.

Combine fall flowers and edibles, like kale and Swiss chard, in a fall container for beauty and sustenance.

Have some Halloween fun with your containers, too, with plants like Celosia “Dracula” or other dark flowering plants and red blooms.

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