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Archives for December 14, 2016

Gardening Calendar


Now to Jan. 1

Not a Creature was Stirring-Holiday Floral Show, daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee. Show will feature a natural woodland setting with a forest of decorated trees filled with miniature rustic houses, burrows and dens showing how our smallest woodland creatures celebrate the holidays.

Now to April 2017

Fondy Winter Farmers’ Market, Mitchell Park Domes. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a weekly Saturday morning Farmers Market showcasing 50-plus local farmers and vendors providing locally grown and sourced food and products. For more information, visit

Through Dec. 31

Holiday Express, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Large-scale model trains wind through an enchanted land of colorful poinsettias and holiday trees. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free. Admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory is included., 608-246-4550.

Garden of Lights. 5 to 9 p.m., Green Bay Botanical Garden. 2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay.

Holiday Light Show. 4 to 8 p.m. Rotary Botanical Garden, 1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville.

Dec. 26

Luminary Snowshoe Walk, 6 to 8 p.m., Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Enjoy the beauty of winter as you walk along a candlelit path through the snow-covered gardens. Bonfire, hot chocolate and snacks, too. A limited number of snowshoes available during the event ($2 donation per pair), or bring your own. Watch for weather related cancellations.

Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Family Festival, 6 to 9 p.m. Mitchell Park Domes. A traditional celebration for families, a night of entertainment, music, and food. For more information, visit, 414-257-5611.

Jan. 1

First Day Hike, Lapham Peak Unit, , Kettle Moraine State Forest. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hikes offer visitors an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connected with nature. The Ice Age Trail Alliance will host a 3-4 mile First Day Hike at Lapham Peak. Park fees will be waived for the day. Warm up with hot beverages and snacks. Meet at the Hausman Nature Center parking lot, 920-533-8322.

Jan. 21

Garden Dreams conference. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Portage County Master Gardeners. Lettie W. Jensen Community Center, 487 Main St., Amherst.

Garden Visions conference. Central Wisconsin’s largest garden conference. Northcentral Technical College, 1000 Campus Dr., Wausau.

Jan. 28

Toward Harmony With Nature conference. Wild Ones. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Native plant and landscaping conference. Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N. Main St., Oshkosh.

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PHOTOS: Shahzadeh Garden, A Jewel In The Desert


PHOTOS: Shahzadeh Garden, A Jewel In The Desert

Photos by Mohsen Rajabpour, Mehr News Agency Abouzar Ahmadizadeh, Islamic Republic News Agency

The historical Shazdeh (Prince) Garden is located in the
Kerman desert near Mahan.  The Garden is a fine example of
Persian gardens that take advantage of suitable natural climate.  This magnificent garden known as “a corner in heaven” has been registered
on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as one of the masterpieces of traditional gardens.


Introducing Shahzadeh garden, Mahan-Kerman
Investigating the characteristics of Persian gardens: taking a close look at Mahan Shah Zadeh garden

by L. Tajaddini, Department of Architecture, Islamic Azad University-Bardsir branch, Bardsir, Iran

Shahzadeh Garden is located at a point 35 km from south-eastern Kerman, and at a point 6 km from Mahan, on the Kerman-Bam Road near the altitudes of Joupar. It is an Iranian garden benefiting from the best natural situation. Shahzadeh garden, Mahan has been constructed in Ghajar Era, at 11-year old sovereignty of Abdolhamic Mirza Naseroldoleh. This garden is located near the tomb of Shah Nematollah Vali on the hillsides of Joupar altitudes. Fertile soil, sufficient sunshine, mild wind, and access to Tigaran water had made it possible to construct a garden on that scale on an arid and barren land. Shahzadeh Garden is located on Joupar altitudes in an area of 5.5 hectares, in a rectangular form and slope of about 6.4%. A long fence separates it from the undesirable atmosphere of its peripherals.

Garden’s feeling

When you enter the garden, in the whole space along the main axis landscapes of Joupar altitudes are seen. This long landscape is hidden by the huge size of the main structure and is reinforced by the trees at both sides having different colors at different seasons. The water’s overall stream along the garden’s main axis and the waterfalls and their sounds, have contributed to a high quality for this axis. Tree reflections, the facade structure and the gazebo have contributed to a relaxing feel about the garden, one of peace and solitude. Light and shade play a significant role in this landscaping.


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The Persian Garden on UNESCO’s World Heritage List:
The property includes nine gardens in as many provinces. They exemplify the diversity of Persian garden designs that evolved and adapted to different climate conditions while retaining principles that have their roots in the times of Cyrus the Great, 6th century BC. Always divided into four sectors, with water playing an important role for both irrigation and ornamentation, the Persian garden was conceived to symbolize Eden and the four Zoroastrian elements of sky, earth, water and plants. These gardens, dating back to different periods since the 6th century BC, also feature buildings, pavilions and walls, as well as sophisticated irrigation systems. They have influenced the art of garden design as far as India and Spain.

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Work could begin to restore well on at historic Piedmont Hotel

A hand-dug well on the grounds of one of Gainesville’s most revered historic sites could be restored early next year to period fashion.

An ornate design will be used in building a structure over the well, or well house, at the Piedmont Hotel, once owned by Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, second in command to Robert E. Lee during the Civil War.

“The archival material says (the well produced) the coolest and freshest water in … North Georgia,” said Margaret Rasmussen of the Longstreet-Piedmont Site Planning Committee.

“That was in the advertising for the hotel,” said committee member Richard Pilcher, who manages the hotel.

He added with a smile: “I think advertising was about the same then that it is today.”

The hotel — or the restored, white clapboard portion of what’s left of the original building — is a tourist attraction but also serves as headquarters for the Longstreet Society, which aims to preserve the legacy of Longstreet, a formidable war commander who sought to reconcile the South and North after the war.

The committee is working to ramp up improvements to the grounds at the hotel, which is off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Maple Street in Gainesville’s Midtown.

The renewed efforts, including dressing up gardens on the property, were given the blessing earlier this month by the Longstreet Society’s board, along with a fundraising campaign to start immediately.

The well, now boarded up in the front lawn, just off the hotel’s wraparound porch, is one of the project’s highlights.

“Most kids haven’t seen a working well before. The hotel is just a big teaching tool, so the (well) would be just another facet to teach, to bring schools and colleges in,” Longstreet Society President C.J. Clarke IV said.

Rasmussen said she even sees the well house as a potential site for weddings.

To restore the structure, work would require excavation by hand — same as the original job more than a century ago — rather than by machine, which “would probably destroy some of the (well’s) integrity,” Rasmussen said.

She said Gainesville architect Garland Reynolds has drawn up the plans to be historically accurate.

“If we can (replicate) this well and well house accurately, that gives us one spot on this site that is genuinely authentic,” Rasmussen said.

During its heyday in the late 1800s, the bustling, three-story hotel that took up a whole city block drew many high-profile visitors, including future President Woodrow Wilson. A room where Wilson’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first daughter, Jessie, has been preserved.

The hotel later fell into disrepair. After Longstreet’s death in 1904, the Piedmont was used for various purposes over the years, including a boys’ school and a boardinghouse. Much of the building was razed in 1918 with the remaining portion serving as a home to family members until the 1980s.

A restoration effort began in 1994, soon after the society’s founding. After 13 years of many financial hurdles, the single-story remnant of the original hotel reopened in 2007.

Last year, an old house that sat at the corner of MLK and Maple was torn down, providing a clear view of the Piedmont from both streets.

Its removal helped kick-start property improvements, particularly landscaping. An entrance garden was created where the old house stood, and a flagpole displaying U.S. and Georgia flags was moved to the garden from the front of the hotel.

The property also includes two memorial gardens — one named after Jamie Hollis, the group’s longtime financial adviser, and Jamie Longstreet Patterson, a Longstreet granddaughter who died in 2014.

Rasmussen hopes “a lot of different groups” will participate in improvements.

“There’s something here for everybody,” she said. “Historic gardens in Georgia are pretty important, and we want everything to be as authentic as we can possibly get it.”

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Build up hope and share gardening tips

Building On Hope

New Hampshire nonprofits have an opportunity to get a helping hand as Building On Hope, a New Hampshire-based organization of volunteers who provide renovations to deserving non-profits, is currently searching for its next Extreme Makeover type of renovation project. Building On Hope is accepting submissions from in-state, non-profit organizations in need of significant improvements to their facilities. To meet the criteria, the organization must be a 501c3, own their facility and be located within 20 miles of Manchester. To be considered, compose a letter describing your mission and programs, and how you benefit the community. Explain the needed renovation work and how a remodeled structure could transform the organization and its services. Email your letter to Karen Van Der Beken at by Dec. 31. Nonprofits that meet the criteria will later be asked to fill out a formal application provided directly by Building on Hope.

Love to garden?

Do you love gardening and sharing your gardening experience with others? Consider becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, an integral component of UNH Cooperative Extension, to educate and share gardening knowledge with individuals and communities in Carroll County. After completing 10 to 13 weeks of training, participants will contribute a minimum of 55 hours of volunteer service over the next year. The next class is in Littleton on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at White Mountain Community College, 646 Union St., Littleton. The cost of the training is $175; payment plans and financial aid are available.

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