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Feb. 12 deadline for Nursery School signup – Quad

Think you are too old for nursery school? Not this kind.

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have been organizing Nursery School: Lessons in Gardening, a premiere horticulture symposium held in Rock Island County each February, for the last 25 years. The day-long event attracts more than 250 garden enthusiasts to learn from local, regional and nationally recognized experts.

This year’s Nursery School will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m on Feb.18 at Augustana College.  Registration is $55 and includes four sessions, keynote lecture, luncheon, morning coffee, handouts and entry into a drawing for door prizes. Vendors also will be on hand with a wide array of garden-inspired items for purchase.

To attend, register online before Sunday at or call University of Illinois Extension, Rock Island County at 309-756-9978.

A highlight of the event will be the luncheon and keynote address by Galen Gates, of Gates Landscape Garden Design. He is associate professor in the Illinois Institute of Technology’s graduate program for Landscape Architecture. He has more than 30 years of experience at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where he was director of plant collections, and has more than 90 book contributions, over 400 lecture presentations, 25 botanical expeditions and study tours into 20 countries.

His keynote topic is Gardening Year-round (Really!) in the upper Midwest where gardeners can celebrate seasonal changes in gardens. He will show how, with proper plant selection and design, landscapes can garner attention, arouse curiosity, stimulate interest and deliver drama.

Mr. Gates will highlight some of his favorite landscape plants that punctuate the seasons with flowers, fruits, fall color and fragrance. He always considers using plants with special qualities: those moved by wind, multi-seasonal accents, sound generation, attracting birds and butterflies and providing singular beauty.

“The organizers do a great job making sure they have something for everyone.” said Martha Smith, UI Extension horticulture educator, who has been a regular presenter at the event. This year, she is doing a session on Shade Gardening: Beyond Hosta.

“About 30 years ago, shade plants were hard to find — but it’s amazing to see how the industry has responded to the increased interest over the years,” she said.

Another UI Extension horticulture educator, Rhonda Ferree, will present two sessions. Naughty, Nasty and Simply Annoying Plants will cover those pesky plants that poke, irritate or have other poisonous tendencies.

Her second session will be on tea gardens — those enchanting outdoor spaces that are soothing, productive, sustainable and lovely to visit.

UI Extension nutrition and wellness educator Kristin Bogdonas is offering a session on The Art of Fermentation — a topic that is growing in popularity as a way to create foods and drinks with probiotic properties. 

They are among the 16 different topics attendees get to choose for their four sessions. The other topics range from roses, urban trees, terrariums and gardening apps, to new varieties of perennials, landscape favorites, garden photography, heirloom plants of the 1800s and landscape design made easy, as well as DIY sessions where participants can make a miniature garden or a jewel donut pendant.

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Space Age-inspired garden has stories to tell

The recent passing of astronaut John Glenn takes me back to the 1960s — the dawn of the Space Age. This period in our history had a profound impact on garden making. The Sunken Garden at West of the Lake Gardens in Manitowoc provides a great example of a Space Age garden — easy to care for mono-culture beds, geometry, modernist inspired furniture and an Asian influence.

The Space Age was marked by some incredible events. The first images of earth were captured by German V-2 rockets in 1947. The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, in 1957. John Glenn orbited the earth in 1962. Apollo 17 astronauts captured the famous “Blue Marble” photo of our earth in 1972.

Popular culture both celebrated and questioned our adventure with technology and space travel. “The Jetsons” cartoon began airing in 1962 — it showcased flying cars, robotic maids and moving sidewalks. “Star Trek” debuted in 1966. Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey” premiered in 1968.

This was a time when we were grappling with technologies that had tremendous potential for good. From a garden design perspective, optimism, innovation, affordability and cross-cultural ideas dominated.

Jared Goss, former associate curator of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, describes this period: “The years following World War II were characterized by enormous change on every level. The war ended, leaving a new worldwide generation of veterans with young families struggling to rebuild their lives. The pressing need for inexpensive housing and furnishings spurred a boom in design and production. A new optimism — filled with the promise of the future — prevailed.

In particular, a blurring of Eastern and Western aesthetics and technology represented an entirely new cultural fusion. New materials and technologies, many of which had been developed during wartime, helped to free design from tradition, allowing for increasingly abstract and sculptural aesthetics as well as lower prices for mass-produced objects.”

The Sunken Garden at West of the Lake demonstrates what Gross describes. The garden features a stone patio and formal rectangular planting areas around a sunken pool. Hot pink and yellow Portulaca, a drought-tolerant succulent with tissue-like flowers — fill the beds. The simple and practical approach of planting entire beds with a single species aligned with modernist principles.

Comfortable 1950s outdoor wrought iron chairs designed by Maurizio Temestini furnish the area. Temestini’s chair, called “Radar” — inspired by the radar dish — roots this garden in the Space Age.

A pair of baby Buddhas look at each other across the pool. They add a cross-cultural, Asian touch that Gross describes.

John West and Ruth St. John moved from New York to Manitowoc in the 1930s. West joined the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, where he would become the president, chairman and chief executive officer. For their home, the Wests purchased land along Lake Michigan. West of the Lake Gardens represents a lifetime of gardening by Ruth St. John. Mostly gardenesque in style, with carefully planted ribbons of colorful annuals, St. John comfortably mixed styles across her 6-acre waterfront property driven by her sense of beauty. She drew from gardenesque, modernist and woodland design. St. John created the Sunken Garden we highlight here in the 1960s.

Thanks to the generosity of the Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation, the gardens continue a tradition started by Ruth St. John. Open to the public from Memorial Day Weekend to Mid October, this garden is full of inspiration. As you plan your spring garden visits, be sure to add this one to your list.

Happy gardening!

David Calle is an Appleton resident, Outagamie County Master Gardener and garden blogger at He can be reached at

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Rock Terrace Landscaping Vegetable Garden Layout Planning …

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Terrace Garden Tips, a website dedicated to garden and terrace planning and tips, was officially launched. The website features a variety of informative articles, videos, guides and tutorials on vegetable garden planning, flower backyard designs, rock terrace landscaping, and more instructional content.

Rock Terrace Landscaping Vegetable Garden Layout Planning Website Launched

Terrace Garden Tips, a website dedicated to garden and terrace planning ideas, launched a wide range of informative articles, videos, guides and tutorials on rock terrace landscaping, vegetable garden planning, flower backyard designs and more instructional content.

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Gardening is a popular pastime for both rural and urban dwellers, with enthusiast gardeners developing and implementing a wide range of designs and landscaping styles.

Gardening is not only restricted to those with access to a front or backyard, with most urban dwellers opting for indoor gardening as a solid replacement for traditional, outdoor plant growing. Whether for food production or decorative purposes, indoor and outdoor gardening are both a hobby and a lifestyle for people of all ages and occupations.

With thousands of sources of inspiration available, finding a well-organized collection of landscaping and garden planning ideas might often be challenging. Terrace Garden Tips provides a wide range of free informative content on a variety of gardening and landscaping topics, organized in different categories and easily accessible for all visitors, regardless of gardening experience.

The website provides extensive information on flower garden ideas for those interested in indoor, pot growing, backyard and garden landscaping floral solutions. Terrace Garden Tips features videos on flower container designs, patio solutions, small yard planning and a variety of other materials.

The gardening website also provides extensive guides for beginning gardeners. The category includes video courses on basic gardening, hydroponic gardening, organic and budget friendly gardening, as well as different simple landscaping ideas for amateurs and beginners.

Terrace Garden Tips also offers landscaping and design ideas for rock terraces and backyards, providing a variety of blogs and video content on different rock garden designs.

Vegetable gardeners will also find a wide range of content, including landscaping, planning, different types of watering systems and more.

In an effort to provide updated content to its visitors, the Terrace Garden Tips constantly publishes new content in both video and written form.

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Home and garden events Feb. 4 and beyond – Courier-Journal – The Courier


Purdue Master Gardener Program Seeking New Volunteers. The training session will be offered to residents of Floyd, Clark and Scott counties, and surrounding areas. Participants commit to volunteer 35 hours to be a certified Purdue Master Gardener sharing their knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities. Training will be held Mondays from 6 -9:15 p.m. through April 10, the Prosser School of Technology, 4202 Charlestown Road, New Albany. $175 ( $25 deposit is requested to hold your spot). Gina Anderson, 812-948-5470.

Every Child Outside (ECO) Kids Discovery Day: Survival Strategies. Bernheim Forest, Exit 112 off Interstate 65, Clermont, today. At the Visitor Center. Discovery Stations, 1-4 p.m. On Your Own Challenge, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Hike of the Day, 2 p.m. $5 per car. 502-955-8512.

Kentucky Pollinator Protection Plan. Bernheim Forest, Exit 112 off Interstate 65, Clermont, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 11. State Apiarist Tammy Horn Potter will discuss Kentucky’s plan to protect pollinators and mitigate the risks of chemicals to honey bees while also protecting crop production. Registration and payment are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 10. $12, $10. Bernheim members. 502-955-8512.

Louisville Nature Center Bird Walks. Lobby, 3745 Illinois Ave., 10 a.m. Feb. 18. Rod Botkins will lead the walk. Participants 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. If you have binoculars, bring them. Free, donations accepted. 502-458-1328.

The Gardens of Southern France: A Dinner Travelogue with Paul Cappiello. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old Lagrange Road, Crestwood, 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 22. Features and evening with traditional French cuisine, wine pairings and Yew Dell’s executive director Paul Cappiello sharing his experiences traveling through the gardens of southern France. Catered by Red Hog, Blue Dog’s new Artisan Butcher Shop Restaurant. $80, $70 members. 502- 241-4788;

Louisville Nature Center Wonderful World of Weeds. The Louisville Nature Center and the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm is partnering to offer a two-part weed education series (10 a.m. March 25 and April 5). Registration is required by March 23rd. $40. 502-458-1328.

Sunnyside Master Gardener Spring Lecture Series: The Road to a Beautiful Garden. Clark County REMC, 7810 State Road 60, Sellersburg, 9 am.-2 p.m. April 1. Karen Bryant will discuss, A Spring Garden Calendar; Anitia Mosiman will discuss, Edible Landscaping; and Dr. Tom Turpin will discuss, Good Bug/Bad Bug. Reservations are needed by March 11. $30 per person, includes breakfast and lunch. Contact, Gina Anderson, 812-948-5470.


Gear Up For Gardening. Louisville Free Public Library, Main Branch, 301 York St., 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through March 23. Led by Master Gardener June Sandercock. Sandercok will discuss what is new, new plant introductions, new gardening and landscape design concepts, new ways of planting and maintaining spaces and new ways to approach everyday issues. Free. To register call, 502-574-1623.

Clark County Vegetable Gardening Class: The After Dinner Garden Conversation. Clark County 4-H Fair Grounds, Charlestown, Ind., Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 16 through Sept. 14. Gardening enthusiasts and beginners to gardening learn how to successfully raise vegetables in their communities and backyards. Registration is by Feb. 10. $20 for the series. 812-256-4591.

Smart Gardens and Landscapes. Research Center, Bernheim Forest, Exit 112 off Interstate 65, Clermont, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 18. Make plans for your edible ornamental garden and learn about plant and site selection, garden design, site preparation, labeling and the care and maintenance of the garden. Registration is needed by 4 p.m. Feb. 17. $15, $10 members. 502-955-8512.

Fruit Trees and Shrubs. Research Center, Bernheim Forest, Exit 112 off Interstate 65, Clermont, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 18. Learn how to plan, care for and harvest from an edible landscape for years to come. Registration is needed by Feb. 17. $15, $10 members. 502-955-8512.


Sunnyside Master Gardeners’ meeting. Prosser School of Technology, 4202 Charlestown Road, New Albany, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Speakers: Dale Josey and Jane Harrod from Blackacre Conservancy. Topic: Our mission is threefold: to Preserve Blackacre’s natural and historic features, promote outdoor environmental education, and share Blackacre’s cultural heritage with the community.

The Riverside Garden Club meeting. Riverside The Farnsley-Moremen Landing 7410 Moorman Road, 11 a.m. Feb. 11. Speaker: Ray Rock, nursery manager for Stephenson’s Nursery and host of Gardening with Ray. Topic: Tools That Work For You In The Garden.

Hosta Society meeting. Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Road, 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Speaker: Alice Kimbrell from Yew Dell Gardens.

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Vail Landscape Logic column: What do broccoli and roses have in common?

Just like 2017 is the year of the rooster in the Chinese calendar, 2017 also has a designated bulb, perennial, annual and edible. While a national designation, these plants offer noteworthy advantages for Colorado gardeners and all of the designees could be good for your landscape, even if your garden plot is as small as a container on your patio.

• 2017: Year of the Daffodil — Did you know our country has always enjoyed daffodils because women sailing to the new world sewed the bulbs into the hems of their skirts because they had nowhere else to put them on the ships? And if you guessed they are a plant distasteful to many animals, then you earn a gold star.

These early bloomers of spring are in our heritage and a great fit for gardens nibbled by wildlife. Daffodils are well suited to Colorado’s climate and require little maintenance.

• 2017: Year of the Brassica — Say what? The word “brassica” denotes the family of hardy, early- and late-season edible crops that are so healthy for us. Think broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, rutabaga and turnips. These crops have been a major food source throughout history and are grown around the world.

Brassica are among foods highest in vitamin C, antioxidants and other compounds that reduce risk of cancer. Simply buy a packet of seeds, follow the instructions on the package and you’re off and running to enjoy healthy, homegrown veggies.

• 2017: Year of the Rose — The U.S. National Flower is perennial of the year. Long before arriving in America, the rose was recorded in China some 7,000 years ago. Fortunately, today’s varieties are easy-to-grow staples in the landscape. Plant them where they will have six to eight hours of full sun, and irrigate them with water-conserving drip irrigation. Drip avoids common diseases brought on by wet foliage watered by spray irrigation.

Roses require some pruning to produce many blooms, but the process is user friendly, as long as you know when to prune and avoid the thorns. Ground cover roses require no pruning at all.

• 2017: Year of the Pansy — The plant considered a weed until early in the 19th century now has varieties that are grown worldwide and enjoyed for their range of colors, from near-black to bright yellow and many soft shades between. They are suitable for any sunny space and can be planted in the ground, in containers and hanging baskets. Pansies are edibles, so plant them with early lettuce and use their blooms to dress up salads. Blooms can also be candied to decorate cakes.

Colorado gardeners can always rely on pansies for transitional color between the warm and cool seasons — on the front end of winter turning to spring and on the back end of summer turning to fall.

Information is courtesy of the National Garden Bureau. Becky Garber is a member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, of which Neils Lunceford, a landscaping company, is a member. You may contact them at 970-468-0340.

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Nashville Lawn & Garden Show to feature Wilson County’s best

The four-day, indoor show will display the theme, “Plant a Forest: Gardening for the Future” with garden displays, lectures, vendors, floral designs and some special features for children. 

Several Wilson County landscape and garden design companies will participate in the 2017 Nashville Lawn Garden Show. Drew Heering with Living Stone; Chris Agee with Living Stone; Austin Fry with Masters Landscaping, Mike Pruitt with Masters Landscaping; David Wills with Ponds by David; Kyle Tuggle with Gardens on Main, Jason Moles with Gardens on Main; and Bob Chappin with Gardens on Main all took part in a recent planning meeting for the show.

“With this year’s show, we will showcase the traditional gardens our visitors have come to love, in addition to new ideas in sustainability, gardening for those living in urban areas, and even ways in which our next generation can become involved in gardening, recycling, and preserving the landscape,” said Randall Lantz, co-manager of the Nashville Lawn Garden Show. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to the 2017 show.” 

Show times are March 2-4 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and March 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. A wine festival will be held Saturday from noon until 6 p.m. Identification will be checked before entry into the wine festival. 

The centerpiece of the Nashville Lawn Garden Show is the walk-through, interactive garden displays from some of Middle Tennessee’s top landscape and gardening companies. An extensive schedule of free lectures from guest experts and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are offered each day on a variety of topics ranging from beekeeping to edible gardens.  

For shoppers and green thumbs alike, the marketplace is filled with more than 150 vendors with 250 exhibit booths offering of a variety of plants, seeds, home décor, gardening equipment, books, and free advice for your next gardening project. The region’s top floral designers showcase their talents in the floral design gallery.  

Now in its 28th year, the Nashville Lawn Garden show is Tennessee’s largest and most popular annual gardening event. More than 18,000 people from around the mid-south region visit the show each year. The family friendly show is indoors and is fully handicapped accessible. On-site parking is available and shuttles are provided. The address for the event is 500 Wedgewood Ave. in Nashville.  

A general admission ticket to be used any day of the show may be purchased for $12. For children younger than 12, tickets are $2 for a day general admission; for seniors 65 and older, tickets are $11 for one-day general admission, or a four-day pass may be purchased for $20. 

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