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Archives for December 21, 2016

All Pilgrims ready to begin Same Love Garden construction

As hateful rhetoric surges in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Capitol Hill’s All Pilgrims Church is ready to build a garden of love and inclusion.

Fencing around the Broadway church is slated to come down next week, signaling the start of construction for the Same Love Garden, which will be an open space available for weddings and community events, as well as the church’s Night Song performances.

The name is derived from Seattle native Macklemore’s “Same Love” song. A portion of the music video was filmed at All Pilgrims.

The hip-hop artist and his fianceé, now wife, Tricia Davis, also backed the Same Love Garden project, though Steve Clagett with All Pilgrims Church declined to reveal that amount.

“He was kept apprised of it, I can say that,” Clagett said of designs for the garden. “Pretty much he let the church do the design.”

A temporary fence will be installed during construction, with a new fence already created. It will have a 25-foot opening that can be closed at night, but will be open during the day for people to use.

“That’s the whole idea, to open it up to the public,” Clagett said, “and there will be a long handicap-accessible ramp that runs along the front.”

The ramp will have plaques inlaid that commemorate historical moments in marriage equality.

“I have a plaque for Macklemore shooting the (“Same Love”) video there, and there will be one for Referendum 74, and then there will be one for the (national) marriage equality decision,” Clagett said.

A circular courtyard will be constructed using bricks designed by the multiple donors that contributed to the Same Love Garden.

“People told us what they wanted on their brick, and they’re all being engraved right now,” Clagett said, “so they should be ready by the beginning of the year, so the timing for this is really good.”

The courtyard labyrinth can be expanded with additional donor bricks, should more contributions come through later.

Construction should only take about a month, Clagett said, but landscaping won’t occur until spring.

“We’ve got some really great members of our church that are really good about keeping up the grounds,” he said, adding his appreciation for contractor Rubric Landscape Architecture and its principal, Derek Hevel.

An English yew designated a significant tree by the city of Seattle and supposedly sourced from “the holy land” will stay, Clagett said.

The hope is to have a grand opening for the Same Love Garden in the spring, and, yes, Macklemore will receive an invite, Clagett said, as will anyone else involved in producing the “Same Love” music video.

All Pilgrims Church is at 500 Broadway E. Find out more about the church at


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Get Growing: There’s plenty to see in the winter garden if you know where to look

Special to the Reading Eagle: Gloria Day | Edith Bogue magnolia stays green and glossy throughout the winter, a hardy plant in our region.

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Designers tour ‘The Abbey’ in Morris Township for Mansion in May inspiration





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Great Gift Ideas for a Family Caregiver

Family caregivers devote much of their time to taking care of their senior loved ones. When picking out the perfect gift for a family caregiver, be sure to take the time to find something to convey how much you appreciate his or her efforts.

You do not have to spend a fortune to give a meaningful gift that comes from the heart. Since many caregivers have limited time and may be overwhelmed with stress, anything to make their days easier is welcome. 

Consider one of these 5 gift ideas: 

1. A Complimentary Night Out

Since a family caregiver is often busy caring for his or her loved one, leaving little time for entertainment, show your appreciation by offering up a night out, complete with dinner reservations and movie tickets. To complete this gift, also arrange for the caregiver’s loved one to be taken care of while he or she is out. Prescott respite care agencies can assist with this.

2. A Gift Certificate

Never underestimate the value of a gift certificate. Especially during the holidays, there are so many options to choose from that you are sure to find something a family caregiver would enjoy and appreciate. Don’t limit yourself to restaurant and retail gift certificates. Companies offering services like housekeeping, laundry, landscaping, and transportation are also great ideas that often go overlooked. You can also create homemade certificates offering up your own time and services to help.

3. A Subscription to a Magazine or Streaming Service

Another unconventional gift idea would be a subscription for a favorite magazine or streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu. By doing this, the caregiver in your life can enjoy some relaxing entertainment and downtime at his or her convenience.

4. A Clean House

Many Prescott caregivers are so busy tending to their loved ones’ needs that their own needs get pushed to the back burner. To show your appreciation, treat a family caregiver to a free deep cleaning of his or her home. This could involve arranging for someone to take the caregiver out for the afternoon while you focus on getting his or her home cleaned and put back together.

5. An Encouraging Book

Many people step into the position of caring for a senior loved one without any formal training or prior experience. A book full of helpful caregiving tips and encouraging words can provide a great deal of comfort to an overwhelmed and inexperienced family caregiver.

One of the best gifts a family caregiver can receive is time to relax and focus on personal health and interests. A professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help provide the respite care many family caregivers need. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to assist seniors with a wide variety of daily tasks. For more information on high-quality home care in Prescott that families trust, please call a friendly Care Manager at 928-771-0105 to schedule a complimentary consultation or go to Home Care Assistance Prescott



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Proposal replaces US-Mexico border fence with landscaping

Miami firm DOMO Architecture + Design has created renderings that show a series of landscaped features along the border between the USA and Mexico instead of a fence or wall.

The Beautifying the Border project suggests a series of landscaped features that the studio hopes would be less imposing than the present setup.

“Currently, there is an existing fence and other natural conditions acting as a border,” DOMO principal Francisco Llado told Dezeen. “We are manipulating all manmade fences or walls that create an aggressive division between both countries by means of design.”

Beautifying the border by Domo Architecture and Design

“By removing the idea of a wall or a fence, we remove the negative social, cultural and physical connotations associated with visual and physical barriers,” the studio added.

The studio is the latest to reimagine the border, after Donald Trump outlined plans during his presidential campaign to build a wall along the 1,954-mile (3,145-kilometre) stretch of land where the two countries meet.

Beautifying the border by Domo Architecture and Design

Earlier this year, Mexican firm Estudio 3.14 visualised a giant pink wall influenced by the work of Luis Barragán to show the “gorgeous perversity” of the idea.

DOMO’s ideas vary for the different types of terrain and climate. Verdant areas could be separated by a ha-ha – a turfed slope that declines to meet a vertical retaining face.

Beautifying the border by Domo Architecture and Design

Based on ancient Chinese sunken ditches, the features were used in 17th- and 18th-century country gardens around Europe to keep livestock from venturing onto lawns without the visual impact of a wall.

“The slope is inspired by the contrition of a ha-ha wall, which will maintain visual connectivity and stop any potential tunnel connectivity,” said the studio.


In the desert, a canyon that snakes through the landscape could also prevent crossing without creating an eyesore.

The Coastal Border Beautification area would comprise a public park to be shared by citizens of nations, but with areas for each separated by earth formations. This could stretch into the sea as a pier.

DOMO estimates that 750,000 unused shipping containers – now frequently used in architecture projects – could be used to help form the massive landscape features. These could be either hidden under earth or left exposed.

“Our intent is to create landmark architecture that is highly sensitive and responsive to its context and climate while establishing a perfect equilibrium of design, sustainability and economic viability,” DOMO said.

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North Fork Dream Home: $1475000 post-modern in Wading River

68 Crescent Ct

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Long Island Sound is the stunning backdrop to this four-bedroom, three and a half bath house set on the dramatic bluffs of Wading River.

At just under two acres, this Crescent Court home offers a peaceful retreat.

“The property is particularly beautiful,” said Valerie Goode, the listing agent and owner of Colony Realty in Jamesport. “It has 150 feet of beachfront with a private beach. That’s a fantastic lot.”

A private path leads  to the beach, which is ripe for a stroll most of the year. When you get tired of beachcombing, simply enjoy the view from your pool.

“You can swim in your pool and see the Sound,” Goode said. “You can also see Connecticut in the distance and, if you look east, you can see the shoreline.”

The 3,178-square-foot post-modern house is the perfect accent to the stunning property. Impeccably maintained, it features has hardwood floors throughout and an open floor plan that creates space and light. Floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Sound, a wood-burning fireplace and a formal dining room are first-floor highlights.

“There are lots of French doors that go out to the pool,” Goode added.

All of the bedrooms are located on the second floor, including the master, which features an elegant bathroom and balcony overlooking the water. 

“You can enjoy your morning coffee out there,” Goode said. “Plus, it’s ultra spacious.”

Established gardens and landscaping create a park-like effect and offer plenty of privacy.

“I think this would make a fantastic second or primary home,” Goode said. “With the wraparound porch and patio beside the pool, it really gives it a country feel.”

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3,178 square feet

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Soundfront Post Modern With Inground Pool On The Waterside, Path To Beach. Master Bedroom With Balcony Overlooking The Li Sound And Elegant Master Bath. 9′ Ceilings, Hardwood Floors,4 Bedrooms Total And 3.5 Baths. An Ideal Retreat For Your North Fork Getaway. Park-Like 1.7 Acre Property Established Gardens Offers Privacy Enjoy 151 Feet Of Pristine Beach..Glorious Sunsets!!
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Your Source for Healthcare Exteriors Using Sustainable Design

Sustainable design is a critical factor for healthcare facilities, which must practice what they preach in terms of providing healing environments for patients, staff, visitors, and families. The exterior of a building, whether it’s a hospital, clinic, or medical office building, is just as important as the interior in presenting a positive image of health, support, and community. Healthcare Design magazine recognizes the fact that landscape designers have a unique opportunity to build sustainable design features—such as water reclamation systems, the use of local flora and vegetation, solar energy, green roofs, and more—into the overall healthcare site aesthetic.

These green design features also help healthcare facilities achieve LEED certification. Healthcare Design includes stories on the multiple ways designers can build green practices and sustainable features into attractive, functional healthcare exteriors and landscapes.

Outdoor Healing Gardens Serve Patients and Families Alike

The families of hospital patients play a critical role in their healing process, and providers know that designing for families in healthcare is a key to success. To this end, many designers and healthcare providers strive to include outdoor healing gardens, children’s activity centers, labyrinths, and walking paths to enhance the landscape and the hospital exterior.

Designing for families in healthcare, both inside and outside the facility, serves to improve the patient experience because their loves ones will stay longer and feel more comfortable in the overall environment. Research shows that the role of nature in healing is profound, which is another reason why landscapes and exteriors must be well-tended to provide healing views of nature for those who can’t get outside.

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Gardening tips for December – Stephenville Empire

Cold weather does not mark the end of the gardening season. This is an ideal time of year for some important gardening activities. One nice benefit is that we can work outside a lot longer without passing out from heat exhaustion.

Another important fact is that almost all trees and shrubs planted at this time of year get established sooner than those planted in late spring and summer.

If you have plans for a new flower bed, vegetable plot, rose garden, or landscape section in the coming months, I encourage you to go ahead and start soil preparation now. Obtain your soil amendments that you plan on using (compost, aged bark, peat moss, aged stable manure, fertilizer, limestone, etc.), and when the soil is dry enough to work, break ground and incorporate your soil amendments. Even if you don’t plant right away, the soil will be prepared and in great shape, ready to grow new roots whenever you finally do plant.

Don’t put up the mower just yet. Not all leaves have blown off the trees. Use the mower to chop up and recycle the tree leaves back into the lawn, or collect them for mulch or the compost pile. Don’t let fallen leaves remain on the lawn all winter. Fallen leaves left on the lawn can cause disease problems if a thick layer keeps the grass wet and dark. However, mulching chopped up leaves into the lawn does not cause problems, and is a good way to deal with them, since our mild southern winter allows microbes, which break down organic matter, to continue to grow and do their composting work.

Did you buy some bulbs earlier this fall? Still haven’t planted them? Not a problem, but plant them this month for best results.

Remember to provide food and water for birds this winter. If you put out a variety of seeds, like sunflower, thistle, safflower, and millet, plus suet, you will draw a large diversity of birds. Once you begin putting out bird food, continue feeding them through the springtime.

Don’t get in a hurry to prune woody trees, shrubs, and fruit trees. Late December through February is the optimum time.

However, if you want to trim some hollies or other berry plants for indoor decoration, go right ahead. But do not ruin the beauty and natural form of the trimmed plants. Also, keep in mind that holly berries are poisonous, so keep them out of reach of youngsters.

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent. His column appears weekly. 

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These basic tips can put you on the path to landscaping success

Garden design is like any other art form. We all perceive beauty differently. So what I’m about to jot out today may or may not jibe with your own landscaping goals. Take with you any of these tips that will help. Leave the others behind. These are just my own stream-of-consciousness — the things that roll through my own mind as I’m planning a basic home landscape design.

▪ Simplicity is always OK. You’ve been in homes where the rooms were neatly decorated. Everything had its own place and purpose. You felt comfortable as you entered. Gardens that are handsomely understated evoke those same feelings.

▪ Think of your landscape as the frame for the portrait. Your home, after all, is the star of the show. You don’t want the landscape to overwhelm it, to draw attention away from the house. Simple designs can make it all happen.

▪ Plan for scale and proportion. You can use most of the same design principles whether you’re planning an acre or a zero lot line property. When the space shrinks, you just have to tune it on down to smaller plants for compact places.

▪ Determine the focal point. In the front yard, it will almost always be the front door. In the back yard, it’s going to be the pool, a garden statue, a fountain or some other feature that’s part or all the way to the back of the landscape. Use your landscape plantings to create a visual funnel to draw attention to that focal point. Taper the plantings from the tallest plants to the sides and down to the shortest near the front walk.

▪ Construct beds that are proportionate to the size of the house. In most cases, curved beds look most natural. Use a supple garden hose to lay them out, and carry them right across the front walk in one single line. For a two-story house, let the beds come as close as 4 or 5 feet from the foundation, then swing them out 8 or 12 feet around the corners. Narrow, little, straight beds give you no room to be creative.

▪ Plant in clusters and groupings of odd numbers of plants (more visually relaxing). The old days of “foundation plantings” went away when Texans turned to concrete slab construction 50 years ago. There is no sin in leaving some of the foundation exposed and visible. Group one type of plant beneath low windows on one side, and another type of taller shrubs to the opposite corner.

▪ Choose plants that grow to the mature sizes you need. Don’t count on shearing to keep them in bounds. In fact, for the most natural look, avoid formal shearing entirely. We have scores of varieties of dwarf and miniature shrubs. “Cutting plants back” is a phrase we ought to eliminate.

▪ Avoid formal rows that repeat the lines of the house. Unless you’re planning some very formal garden design, it’s best to keep it all natural. Don’t line your shade trees up with other trees on the block, and don’t plant them straight out from the corners of your house. Along a similar thought, don’t center trees in their part of the yard, but use the 60/40 ratio instead, planting them 60 or 40 percent of the way from one side to the other and 60 or 40 percent of the way from front to back.

▪ Evergreen shrubs have a look of permanence. Use deciduous shrubs sparingly up near the house. That includes most of our flowering shrubs. They always show up better when they’re planted in front of dark green evergreens.

▪ Limit the numbers of plant species you show in any one part of your landscape to just six or seven. You’re not trying to create a botanic collection — just a tasteful assemblage of compatible sorts.

▪ Use a variety of growth forms and textures. Those features are often overlooked as we worry too much about color, whether from flowering plants or variegated foliage. Contrasts in growth forms and leaf sizes can be just as exciting.

▪ Good landscapes are moving targets — they’re never really finished. Your tastes will change, and old shrubs may grow tired. Don’t be afraid to remodel your gardens. You do it indoors. You can do it outside as well.

▪ Plan color beds carefully. You don’t need big expanses of flowers to create a fine show. Plant color, instead, near the focal points. “Warm” colors (bright red, yellow, orange) show up best from a distance. “Cool” colors (blue, purple, green) recede in the landscape, giving a feeling of greater depth to small spaces.

▪ Plan for a full season of color. Know when each type of plant will have flowers, fruit or colorful foliage, and schedule pockets of color throughout the seasons.

This is a great time to start planning your landscaping improvements. Take stock of what looked good this past year and, more especially, what needs to be changed. Start sketching those changes. As soon as the holidays are behind you, schedule an appointment with a local nursery or landscape contractor to start talking things over. Let your dreams take you. It’s part of the fun!

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