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Spring tradition benefits area charities

This home, on the north end of Sea Island, overlooks the Hampton River and has vistas of Little St. Simons Island. Soft gray, white and glass combine with soft-hued oak floors throughout and visually enlarge the space, particularly in the kitchen, dining and sitting areas. The home also features an outdoor kitchen and dining area on the back porch which takes advantage of the sweeping river views. The seven bedrooms include room for young guests and an in-law suite with a separate entrance. The “tower” office, with its 360-degree view, is highlighted with live oak flooring, a cypress ceiling and an oak counter top.

Article source: http://goldenisles.news/life/spring-tradition-benefits-area-charities/article_79e889e4-8849-58f6-9a87-ad6e0d9ba211.html

Student group holds discussion on possible changes to Peter Pan …

Students from Kansas State University met with community members at Riverside Elementary School Tuesday evening to discuss ideas for the future of Peter Pan Park.

Titled “Reimagining Peter Pan Park,” the city of Emporia reached out to students at K-State to gather community ideas for the future of the park.

“This project was initiated by the city to work with Kansas State regional community planning and landscape architecture students to look at some options for Peter Pan Park,” Joe Foster, planning and zoning specialist for Emporia, said. “It’s intended to be a win-win for the city and the students who get experience doing real-life planning.”

Tuesday’s meeting consisted solely of idea gathering and hearing from community members.

“This meeting is the first step,” Andrew Young, a fourth-year student at K-State, said. “We were commissioned by the city to hold a meeting and get as many people as we could to come and get their input as to what they want to see in the future of the park.”

Breaking up into groups in the library at Riverside, students led discussions with community members on a variety of subjects including activities, safety and uses for park space.

“Some of the things we’re looking for is how the community around the park uses the park currently,” Young said. “What are some of their favorite aspects? What do they like and cherish, and what kind of irks them or what do they dream of when they think of the perfect park?”

With community members having the option to attend at any point during a two-hour span, space at the tables was difficult to find at times as Emporians gave their opinions on the park.

“I just wanted to know what was going on with Peter Pan Park,” community member Jeff Williams said. “I have a lot of fond memories of it growing up here in Emporia. I was born and raised here, and I wanted to know what was happening.”

Williams said he was happy with how the meeting went and said his hope for the park is the preservation of open space.

“My biggest concern is that the open space in the southeast corner needs to stay open,” he said. “It’s one of the few spaces where a kid can fly a kite or kick a ball around. We also need to improve what’s already there. The amphitheater over time has decayed and it needs a lot of attention and I think Monkey Island would make a beautiful koi pond. It just needs some money and attention.”

Foster said he was encouraged to see strong community turnout Tuesday evening.

“There’s excellent turnout,” he said. “I don’t know what the numbers are now, but I’m guessing 20 to 25 community members are here engaging, giving feedback.”

The next step in the process will involve turning the ideas over to landscaping students at K-State, with the next public meeting set for 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Emporia Public Library.

“We’ll pass on the ideas to the landscaping students,” Young said. “They’ll come up with some concepts, some designs, which will be presented on April 29 to the public.”

For any questions, community members can contact Young via email at young11994@ksu.edu.

Article source: http://www.emporiagazette.com/latest_news_and_features/article_70345eff-70f5-54a3-8d65-85af2e3a83b7.html

Master Gardeners: making a difference

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – In Clay County we are blessed to have so many civic and nonprofit organizations working to enhance the community for our citizens. As part of my position with UF/IFAS Extension Clay County, I get the privilege of working with what I think is one of the most dedicated and engaging groups, the Master Gardeners.

The Master Gardener program can trace it roots back to 1972, when a Horticulture agent with the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service trained the first group of Master Gardeners with Florida adopting the program in 1979. Through the first 30 years of the program in our state, Master Gardener volunteers donated a total of 6.2 million volunteer hours, valued at over $98 million dollars. Within Clay County, we have over 80 active volunteers who donated over 7500 hours last year.

With so many hours being donated, you may be wondering what Master Gardeners do. The main function of the Master Gardener program is to help the public in their landscape and garden by providing education, advice, and resources compiled from research-based sources, mainly the University of Florida and other public universities. This job may take many different forms including working with local schools such as Oakleaf High School and Bannerman Learning Center, building and maintaining educational gardens at our office outside of Green Cove Springs, teaching classes, manning plant clinics both at our office and at community events, and working with the Clay County Agricultural Fair.

Through these educational programs, the Master Gardeners work to promote practices such as the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principles that help our communities use less resources and to protect the environment. These recommendations can then be utilized by the public to grow better, more sustainable gardens.

Outside of our volunteer work, Master Gardeners have access to further educational opportunities, field trips, and get to have fun working alongside other enthusiastic and knowledgeable garden enthusiasts.

Are You Master Gardener Material?

While the name Master Gardener may seem overwhelming, you do not need to be an expert in all things gardening to take part in the program. As part of the training for the group, you will undertake 50 hours of classes and complete 75 hours of volunteer service throughout your first year, learning along the way from experienced members and extension professionals throughout this time. One of the main things to remember is that you do not always need to know the answer, but can help others find it.

If you like learning about plants and gardening, are willing to participate in an intensive training program, like to work educating people, and have time to train and volunteer, the Master Gardener program may be for you.

The 2017 UF/IFAS Clay County Master Gardener training class will begin on August 2, 2017 and will run every Wednesday until Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with the exception of August 30 for a total of 9 full day training sessions. Our training program is combined with St. Johns County, so the first five classes are held at their location in St. Augustine. There is also a field trip and graduation ceremony at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Information covered will include vegetable gardening, landscaping, care of plants, plant pathology, entomology, pest management, customer service, plant nutrition and environmental best management practices. Registration for the course can be found at clayextension.eventbrite.com.

If you have any questions about the Master Gardener program, landscape and garden topics, or need plant or pest materials identified, contact the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Office online at http://www.clay.ifas.ufl.edu, follow us on Facebook, or call by phone at (904)284-6355.

Article source: http://www.claytodayonline.com/stories/master-gardeners-making-a-difference,6109

Treasure Valley gardening classes include help with fruit pruning

Thursday, March 9

Fruit tree pruning: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. With Matt Perkins, city arborist and forestry specialist. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Raising backyard chickens with Gretchen Anderson: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearbon St. 459-3242.

Saturday, March 11

Fruit Tree Basics: 10 a.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Learn the best varieties for our area as well as proper planting and pruning methods with Katherine. Free. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Tuesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 16

Tree pruning: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. With Dennis Matlock, city arborist. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Wednesday, March 15

Terrariums/Fairy Gardens: 6 p.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Marianne, our custom potting expert, will teach the class on making a mini garden. $30, includes container, soil, plants and natural embellishments. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Saturday, March 18

Eat Your Leafy Greens Containers: 10 a.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Doreen, our head grower, will show how to plant up a leafy greens salad bowl in this edible growing class. $25, includes materials. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Gardens to Dine For: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Designing gardens for entertaining and relaxing. Free. RSVP to 995-2815 or email info@madelinegeorge.com.

Wednesday, March 22

Tree selection and planting: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. With Ryan Rodgers, city arborist and nursery specialist with the Laura Moore Cunningham Arboretum. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Friday-Sunday, March 24-26

Boise Flower and Garden Show: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. Shop for the latest in landscape design, garden art and decor, yard furniture, plants, decks, greenhouse, more. Also, display gardens, seminars, orchid and bonsai displays, wine nights, a silent auction. $8 general, $3 children 12-17, free for under 12. gardenshowboise.com.

Saturday, March 25

Bountiful Berries: 10 a.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Tom Elias, founding member of the Snake River Table Grape Growers Association, will introduce some of the best berry varieties for our area. Free. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Wednesday, March 29

Tree problems: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. With Debbie Cook, city arborist. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Saturday, April 1

Table Grapes: 10 a.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Tom Elias, founding member of the Snake River Table Grape Growers Association, presents a class on planting, training, and pruning grapes. Free. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Wednesday, April 5

Lawn and irrigation: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. With Dave Beck, who is responsible for the care and maintenance of more than 300 acres of turf in city parks. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Small Footprint Gardens: 6 p.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Get ideas for gardening or landscaping a small space. Free. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Saturday, April 8

Welcome to Boise Gardening: 10 a.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Doreen will take you down the path of basic tips for successful planting and growing in our climate and soil. Free. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Kick off Your Outdoor Pantry: Cool Season Veggies: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Get your garden, tools, timing and tricks you need to start your spring veggie garden early and maximize your success with edibles. Free. RSVP to 995-2815 or email info@madelinegeorge.com.

Wednesday, April 12

Landscape Design: 6 p.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Introduction to design of gardens and outdoor living spaces. Learn the basic principles of landscape design — form, function, flow, aesthetics — and apply those principles to the process of designing a new outdoor garden room. Free. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Roses and landscape: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. With Andrea Wurtz, master gardener and certified landscape technician. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Saturday, April 15

Spring Wall Basket: 10 a.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Bring your gloves and create a beautiful spring basket to hang on a wall, just in time for Easter. $30, includes all materials. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Building Bodacious Borders: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Techniques to design a layered flower bed with structure, color and year round interest. Free. RSVP to 995-2815 or email info@madelinegeorge.com.

Saturday, April 22

Tomatoes: 10 a.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Doreen will share her tips and secrets for healthy plants and bountiful harvests, favorite heirloom selections, good choices for preserving and, of course, the best types for making salsa. Free. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Earth Day Essentials: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Hey There Pollinator: How to Attract Native Pollinators; Get Xerius: Water and Firewise Gardens; Get the Mix Right: Soil Amendments; Planting Perfection: Best Practices. Free. RSVP to 995-2815 or email info@madelinegeorge.com.

Wednesday, April 26

Hypertufa Pot (Part 1 of 2): 6 p.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. In this two-part class, Rebecca Needles, of the Idaho Botanical Garden, will show how to create a Hypertufa pot. Part one of this class you will form your pot. Part two is a few weeks later, which allows your pot to cure. In part two, you get to put soil and plants in your creation. $40. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Saturday, April 29

Blueberries: 10 a.m. at FarWest Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Dennis Fix, owner of FarWest, will teach how to grow blueberries in Idaho. Free. RSVP to 853-4000. farwestgardencenter.net.

Article source: http://www.idahostatesman.com/living/home-garden/article137274183.html

Home, garden ideas free for taking | Home & Garden | Eugene … – The Register

More than 50 free seminars and workshops on remodeling, landscaping, gardening, outdoor living and other topics are scheduled for the Lane County Home Garden Show March 9-12 at the fairgrounds in Eugene.

The sessions will be held on three different stages:

Dig into Dirt! Stage, Room 4-West, off the South Lobby in the Lane Events Center.

Remodel it NOW! Stage, Room 4-East, off the South Hall in the Lane Events Center.

Garden Hall Stage, Expo Hall 2 in fairgrounds buildings along Amazon Canal.

The clinics will run all four days of the show:

Thursday, March 9

6 p.m. “Sorting Out Veggie Problems in The Garden.” Garden Hall Stage; by OSU Extension Master Gardeners.

6 p.m. “Tiny Houses — Facts to Fun.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Keith Schneider, Bohemian Cottages.

6:30 p.m. “Crafting Cool Creative Containers.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Don Engebretson, “The Renegade Gardener.”

7 p.m. “Garden Basics: Grow it. Cook it. Eat it.” Garden Hall Stage; by John Fischer, “The Relaxed Gardener.”

7 p.m. “Inspiring Kitchen Remodels.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Magda Zafer, Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling.

Friday, March 10

6 p.m. “Pruning Ornamentals.” Garden Hall Stage; by OSU Extension Master Gardeners.

6 p.m. “Reinventing Your Home — Whole House Remodels.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Matt White, Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling.

6:30 p.m. “Top 10 Gardening Landscaping Blunders — and How to Avoid Them.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Don Engebretson, “The Renegade Gardener.”

7 p.m. “Grow What You Like to Eat — Veggie Fruit Selections, Growing Techniques, Irrigation Pest Control.” Garden Hall Stage; by John Fischer, “The Relaxed Gardener.”

7 p.m. “Kitchen Remodels — Designs to Budgets.” Ten winners of $100 goodie bag. Remodel it Now! Stage; by Ericka Arowcavage, Signature Kitchen Design.

Saturday, March 11

10:30 a.m. “Do it Yourself Ductless Heat Pump Installation.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Rick Gregg, The Heat Pump Store.

11 a.m. “Embrace Your Shade: Plants Design Tips for Shady Spaces.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Don Engebretson, “The Renegade Gardener.”

11 a.m. “Spring Vegetable Gardening in the Willamette Valley.” Garden Hall Stage; by OSU Extension Master Gardener.

11:30 a.m. “2017 is the Final Year of the Oregon Residential Solar Tax Credit.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Brett Moser, Advanced Energy Systems.

Noon. “Plants for Year -Round Color in the Garden, using Rhododendrons More.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Harold Greer, author international rhododendron expert, Greer Gardens.

12:30 p.m. “Do The Rot Thing: Choosing Using a Composting System.” Garden Hall Stage; by OSU Extension Master Gardener.

12:30 p.m. “Making a Splash in Your Bath — Bathroom Remodeling.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Stefanie Rotella, Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling.

1 p.m. “Been There, Killed That: The Plants that Survived our Fierce Winter.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Mary-Kate Mackey, garden writer.

1 p.m. “Horizontal Directional Underground Drilling Demonstration.” Expo Hall Lawn; by Kevin Cohen Plumbing.

1:30 p.m. “How to Make a Lifelong Home — Aging in Place with AARP Home Fit.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Michele Scheib, AARP.

2 p.m. “You’ve Lost an Important Tree, Now What? Storm Damage, Disease More.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Sperry Tree Care, certified arborists.

2 p.m. “Drip Irrigation Made Easy — Do It Yourself Save $$ on Water Bills Too.” Garden Hall Stage; by John Fischer, “The Relaxed Gardener.”

2:30 p.m. “Interior Design — Tips, Tricks Trends for Your Home.” One winner of a pair of lamps. Remodel it Now! Stage; by Jessica Hardman, interior designer, La-Z-Boy Furniture.

3 p.m. “Crafting Cool Creative Containers.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Don Engebretson, “The Renegade Gardener.”

3:30 p.m. “Using Your Electric Pressure Cooker.” Garden Hall Stage; by OSU Extension Master Food Preserver.

3:30 p.m. “All About Outdoor Living Spaces — Designing Kitchens, Grilling Stations Fire Pits.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Sunset Outdoor Living.

4 p.m. “Dazzling Dahlias — Blazing, Ravishing Easy to Grow.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Sharon Frey, “The Dahlia Queen,” Frey’s Dahlias.

4:30 p.m. “Horizontal Directional Underground Drilling Demonstration.” Expo Hall Lawn; by Kevin Cohen Plumbing.

4:30 p.m. “The Evolution of Arts and Crafts Stickley Furniture Construction.” Prizes: Stickley tape measure, 25 winners. Remodel it Now! Stage; by Paul Schatz Furniture and Bud Peizner, Stickley Furniture.

5 p.m. “Moles, Voles Gophers — Driving You Crazy? Tips to Regain Your Sanity Yard.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Grant Williams, Ultimate Pest Control.

5 p.m. “Vertical Gardening with Hardy Succulents Sedums.” Garden Hall Stage; by Becky Sell, Sedum Chicks.

5:30 p.m. “Kitchen Remodels — Designs to Budgets.” Ten winners of a $100 goodie bag. Remodel it Now! Stage; by Ericka Arowcavage, Signature Kitchen Design.

6 p.m. “Top 10 Gardening Landscaping Blunders — and How to Avoid Them.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Don Engebretson, “The Renegade Gardener.”

6:30 p.m. “Spiders in the Garden.” Garden Hall Stage; by OSU Extension Master Gardener.

6:30 p.m. “Tiny Houses, Backyard Cottages Accessory Buildings — Codes, Size, Setbacks Permits.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Keith Schneider, Bohemian Cottages.

Sunday, March 12

10:30 a.m. “Going Ductless, Whole Home Comfort.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Curt Myers Kathleen Berry, The Heat Pump Store.

11 a.m. “Top 10 Gardening Landscaping Blunders — and How to Avoid Them.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Don Engebretson, “The Renegade Gardener.”

11 a.m. “Preparing Roses for Summer Bloom.” Garden Hall Stage; by OSU Extension Master Gardeners.

11:30 a.m. “Kitchen Remodels — Designs to Budgets.” Ten winners of a $100 goodie bag. Remodel it Now! Stage; by Ericka Arowcavage, Signature Kitchen Design.

Noon. “Steal These! Innovative Ideas from Garden Shows — PNW to Chelsea.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Mary-Kate Mackey, Garden Writer.

Noon. “Horizontal Directional Underground Drilling Demonstration.” Expo Hall Lawn; by Kevin Cohen Plumbing.

12:30 p.m. “The 365-Day Vegetable Garden — Growing Year Round.” Garden Hall Stage; by OSU Extension Master Gardeners.

12:30 p.m. “Tiny House Guidelines — Budgets, Timelines Construction Details.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Keith Schneider, Bohemian Cottages.

1 p.m. “Natural Stone Power Permanence: Using Natural Stone in the Landscape.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Don Engebretson, “The Renegade Gardener.”

1:30 p.m. “All About a Four-Season Sunroom Addition.” Remodel it Now! Stage; by Chris Smith, Dorman Construction.

2 p.m. “Beekeeping for Backyard Gardeners.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Ken Ograin, Lane County Beekeepers.

2 p.m. “Carefree Fruit. Grow Tasty Fruit Berries Organically: Peaches, Kiwis, Plums, Figs Raspberries.” Garden Hall Stage; by John Fischer, “The Relaxed Gardener.”

2:30 p.m. “Horizontal Directional Underground Drilling Demonstration.” Expo Hall Lawn; by Kevin Cohen Plumbing.

2:30 p.m. “Interior Design — Tips, Tricks Trends for Your Home.” Prize: one winner of a pair of lamps. Remodel it Now! Stage; by Jessica Hardman, interior designer, La-Z-Boy Furniture.

3 p.m. “Crafting Cool Creative Containers.” Dig into Dirt! Stage; by Don Engebretson, “The Renegade Gardener.”

3:30 p.m. “What is Sustainable Gardening?” Garden Hall Stage; by OSU Extension Master Gardeners.

3:30 p.m. “Comfortable Energy Efficient Homes.” Remodel it Now! Stage; presentation by Darek Smith of Neil Kelly Home Performance.

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