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Springfield Garden Club turns 100!

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  It’s a centennial celebration for the Springfield Garden Club!  Suzanne Reed, chairman of the garden clubs’ Centennial Celebration gave us some more details!

Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 1 p.m.

Jan Johnsen, nationally recognized landscape designer and author, will reveal the three features of a serene outdoor setting in her talk “Serenity by Design-Simplicity, Sanctuary Delight”, at the Museum of Fine Arts, located on the Springfield Quadrangle, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103. In honor of the Club’s 100th anniversary, her presentation will also touch on different design approaches and popular plants over the last 100 years. Copies of her two books “Heaven is a Garden – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection,” and “Spirit of Stone” will be available for purchase. The event is open to the public. Ticket price is $5.00 prior to the event and $10.00 at the door. Seating is limited. For ticket information, contact Joann at 413-525-5694 or
April 6-9, 

Several members of the Garden Club will be participating in the Springfield Museum’s Festival of Flowers, interpreting museum objects in floral arrangements, which will be held at the Quadrangle, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103. For information on hours and entrance fees contact Larissa Murray at 413-314-6486 at the Springfield Museums or visit .

Friday, April 21

“Propagating Perennials” will be the subject of a workshop presented by Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker. The event will be held at the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095. A light luncheon and beverages will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Guest fee is $5.00. For more information contact Judy at (413) 599-0462 or
In late April, 2017 (Date TBA), in honor of Arbor Day and the Springfield Garden Club’s Centennial, the Garden Club will plant a tree with a Centennial plaque in Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108.

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The 43rd Annual Pennsylvania Home Show provides homeowners, prospective buyers 300 exhibits

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The 43rd Annual Pennsylvania Home Show opens its doors Thursday, March 16, inviting homeowners and prospective homeowners from the region to visit more than 300 exhibitors inside the State Farm Show Complex Expo Center. The Home Show is presented by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg.

Back this year – the Kitchen Bath Showcase features the latest in products and designs from 11 of the region’s best kitchen and bath professionals. Visitors can tour a 1,450-sq. ft. furnished and landscaped home from Lebanon Valley Homes. Strathmeyer Landscape presents a “Creating Outdoor Experiences,” display with an outdoor kitchen area, outdoor fire area, water feature and landscaping.

The Pennsylvania Home Show provides ideas and solutions for everything to beautify, update and maintain the home. Exhibitors range from essentials such as roofing, basement waterproofing to new home builders and spas. Special activities include Senior Day on Thursday, a wine tasting event on Friday evening, Kids’ Day on Saturday, March 18 featuring a Kids’ LEGO ® building contest. On Friday and Saturday, Grammy nominated singer/song writer Ray Owen will be performing. On Sunday, Zoo America will showcase different animals with their Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales presentation.

The Pennsylvania Home Show runs from Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 19. Show hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. the first three days, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. On-site parking is free. Admission price is $10, with a $1 military discount. Children 12 and under are free. On Senior Day, Thursday, guests 55 years and older pay only $8. For a complete list of events, visit


Kitchen Bath Showcase: Eleven of from the region’s best kitchen and bath professionals collected into a single feature area.

Feature Home:
Tour a furnished and landscaped 1,450 Sq. Ft. home from Lebanon Valley Homes.

Outdoor Living Experience:
Strathmeyer Landscape has created an “Creating Outdoor Experiences,” demonstrating how homeowners can enhance their everyday activities and add living space with an outdoor kitchen and landscaping.

Visitors will enjoy FREE on-site parking each day of the 4-day show.


Opening Ceremonies, Thursday, 9 a.m. Harrisburg Mayor, Eric Papenfuse will announcement a new initiative to encourage development and property rehabilitation based on a tax abatement program for city commercial and residential property owners.

Night to Wine, Friday 4- 8 p.m. – wine tasting offered by Armstrong Valley Winery, Cassel Vineyards, Deer Creek Winery and Olivero’s Vineyard.

Kids’ Day, Saturday, March 18, kid’s LEGO® contest, Saturday. Registration at noon, event 1-2 p.m., judging at 2:15 p.m.

Zoo America, Sunday 1- 2 p.m., staff will perform their Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tales presentation.

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9 things not-to-miss at Denver Home Show

The Denver Home Show opens its doors on Friday and continues through Sunday at the National Western Complex.

Before you head down to the show, take note of these 9 features you don’t want to miss:

1. Back by popular demand, the Tiny Home Village will feature no less than 12 tiny homes. New this year, is the addition of a shipping container home by Custom Container Living and a tree house from TreeHouse Colorado. Tiny Home Village will have a presence both inside the National Western Complex and outside at the entrance to the Show. Local tiny home builders participating in Tiny Home Village include EcoCabins, Rainbow Tiny Homes, Reclaimed West Tiny Homes, Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, and SimBLISSity Tiny Homes.

2. The Feature Gardens will provide gorgeous, theatrical backdrops to Tiny Home Village and are designed by some of Denver’s top landscape firms including Daniel’s Landscape Design, Precision Landscape, Rocky Mountain Turf and Landscaping, Stone Falls Custom Masonry Landscape and TLC Land Care.

3. Get tips on how to design the yard of your dreams from Matt Blashaw, host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers. Don’t miss him on the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday at 4 p.m.; Saturday at 3 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m.

4. Tiny home experts, The Diedricksen Brothers, will talk about tiny house construction, budget building, and salvage design ideas on the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday at 3 p.m.; Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m.; and Sunday  at 1 p.m. Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is the host of HGTV’s Tiny House Builders and author of the bestselling carpentry book Microshelters. Deek, along with his brother Dustin, runs the YouTube design channel RelaxshacksDOTcom.

5. The 9NEWS Fix This team, Becky Ditchfield, Raquel Villanueva and Vida Urbanos, partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver for an Upcycle Challenge. Each team member has upcycled a piece selected from Habitat’s Denver ReStore; which will be on display throughout the Show with a silent auction that will allow show-goers to bid on the final projects, auction proceeds will go to Habitat Denver. The Fix This team will host a corresponding upcycle presentation on the Fresh Ideas Stage Saturday at 2 p.m.

6. The Homegrown Marketplace is back and bigger than ever with even more decor and accessories for your home from nearly 30 local businesses. Come shop local artisans and small businesses at the Marketplace.

7. Bring your interior design questions, swatches, blue prints and QUESTIONS to the Denver Home Show, where you can Ask A Designer! Enjoy a ten minute consultation with Heather Sheridan and Alina Kish of Decorating Den Interiors, and the designers from the Vertical Arts Architecture team, which includes Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, and Furniture Designers.

8. Local radio personality, Jonathan Wilde, KOSI 101.1 morning show host, will MC a live Tablescape Challenge Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Fresh Ideas Stage. Local design experts and bloggers, including Brandon Coppin with Thrifty Chic Home and Anna Smith with Annabode, will compete in the challenge live on-stage. The winner will be selected by the audience.

9. Ikebana is the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging and show attendees can view ogetsu School of Colorado Ikebana demonstrations and attend hands-on workshops in this beautiful, simplistic artform throughout the show.

Get 2 for 1 tickets! Use promo code BATH at Offer expires Friday, March 17, 2017.

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Welcome Mat: Win behind-the-scenes Motawi tour

Jonathan Adler, Fisher-Price pair up on baby collection

Beloved designer Jonathan Adler, known for his fun, whimsical design aesthetic, has branched into baby furniture. Adler has teamed up with Fisher-Price on the Jonathan Adler Crafted by Fisher-Price Baby Furniture Collection, available locally at Buy Buy Baby. Available in two finishes — white and gray — the collection includes a Deluxe Convertible Crib, 6-Drawer Double Dresser and 6-Drawer Chest. All three pieces feature a fun, geometric honeycomb-shaped embellishment. The collection also includes a Deluxe Baby Bouncer, High Chair and more. And for parents looking for a crib that will grow with their child, the crib ($900) can be converted into a toddler bed, day bed and full-sized bed. For information, go to

Win a behind-the-scenes Motawi tour

Homestyle, the Novi Home Garden Show and Motawi Tileworks are teaming up on a very cool contest for Detroit News Insider, a program for Detroit News subscribers. One reader and friends (up to 20 people total) will receive a private tour of Motawi Tileworks Design Studio in Ann Arbor and the opportunity to design their own Motawi tile. The Behind the Kiln Tour at Motawi Tileworks is an hour to hour-and-a-half walking tour of the studio. Afterward, participants will carve their own tile, which Motawi Tile will then fire and glaze. Tiles will be shipped to the winner for distribution approximately four (4) weeks after visit to studio. To enter, you must be a Detroit News insider and at least 18 years of age. Go to for details. For information on Insider, go to

Berkley store offers authentic Irish goods

Friday marks a holiday close to my own heart: St. Patrick’s Day. If you’d love to incorporate your Irish heritage into your decor, Berkley’s Twisted Shamrock offers a fun variety of everything from shamrock stepping tones and planters to clothing, lamps and wall decor. Its Celtic napkin rings are made of metal and come in a set of four ($20.95). The Twisted Shamrock, 3074 12 Mile, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Call (248) 544-4170.

Check out backyard and pool ideas at Novi show

If you’re dreaming of bright summer days around the pool or in the backyard, check out the 22nd annual Novi Backyard, Pool and Spa show, March 24-26, at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Roughly 45 exhibitors will be there, featuring everything from landscaping ideas to pools, spas and hot tubs. There also will be products and ideas for fencing, awnings, outdoor kitchens and living spaces, water features, brick paving, decorative concrete, patio furniture and accessories. Pictured is a covered pavilion with a stone veneer created by one of this year’s exhibitors, Ventures Design of Wixom. Admission is $8 for adults. The show runs from 3-9 p.m. March 24; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. March 25 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 26. For more information, go to or call (734) 398-9700.

Free daffodils at English Gardens

Ready, set, spring! Monday is the first day of spring, and to mark the occasion English Gardens is giving away free daffodils. The giveaway starts at 9 a.m. at the retailer’s stores in Clinton Township, Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak and West Bloomfield and 10 a.m. in Eastpointe and Ann Arbor. “Everyone is very ready for spring and the warm and beautiful things that come with it. We want to kick off the beautiful things by sharing the gift of flowers with our customers,” said John Darrin, the retailer’s president. Flowers will be given away while supplies.

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Design tips: Creating a matrix garden for year-round interest

By Benjamin Vogt / Houzz contributor

A matrix planting is designed to emulate the look and function of a natural ecosystem found in the wild. By using plants’ strategies for competition, and siting plants correctly, we can create a sustainable landscape that reduces human inputs, from water to fertilizer to trimming and more — and also cuts down on maintenance.

A matrix garden often combines elements of a meadow or prairie with a tiered and flower-based garden. This means it feels familiar to us while opening up new ecological design possibilities (accepting what looks at first to be a bit messy). Let’s look at what a matrix garden is and how to make it your own.

Traditional Landscape

Photo: Sparrow Landscaping LLC

The Plants of the Matrix

The ground layer. The base of a matrix planting is almost always made up of sedges, grasses or both. These plants form a background, ground cover or green mulch that visually ties the landscape together and also provides real sustainable bonuses. They outcompete weeds by shading the soil and creating a wildlife habitat in the form of a dense cover.

I tend to use mostly sedges in my matrix base, since they green up early in spring, often before my neighbors’ lawns. Plant those sedges close, 12 inches on center, and in plug form for the base of a thriving, low-care landscape in short order. I then plant sweeps of taller ornamental grasses for their fall color and winter seed heads.

Landscape Along the Beach

‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese anemone (Anemone hupehensis ‘Honorine Jobert’) borders a path in this Seattle-area garden.
Photo: Broadhurst + Associates

Seasonal flowers. After the ground layer, look to seasonal displays of diverse flowers to place in clumps or drifts. These plants can be the same height as or taller than the matrix sedges and grasses. Plants that are all the same height provide a softer and less imposing view — especially suited for front-yard gardens where you don’t want a “weedy” look. Seasonal flowers that are a bit taller add an exciting architectural texture that mimics nature even more closely.
You can have just a few flowering plants or have a lot, but generally 50 percent flowers and 50 percent sedges and grasses is a good baseline.

Onions Growing Among the Grassy Landscape

Ornamental onions (Allium sp.) grow among grasses.
Photo: Oehme, van Sweden Landscape Architecture

Try including clumps or sweeps of flowers for every season.

  • Spring: Dwarf blue indigo (Baptisia australis minor), Hubricht’s bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) and golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)
  • Early summer to midsummer: Purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea), pale purple coneflower (Echinacea pallida) and common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
  • Midsummer: Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) and butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Late summer to early fall: Tall blazing star (Liatris aspera), showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa) and smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve); then follow with aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), stiff goldenrod (Oligoneuron rigidum) and Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani)

Keep in mind that these plants all have different soil and moisture requirements, as well as various root systems. They should be matched to one another and the other matrix plants.

Photo: Jay Sifford Garden Design

Sculptural specimens. Small shrubs and trees can be used to add a last, artistic layer to the garden, often to frame a view, serve as a focal point or guide us down a path.

A few larger sculptural perennial forbs, or herbaceous plants, scattered throughout also add interest to the designed wildness. Consider plants such as wild senna (Senna hebecarpa), Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum), compassplant (Silphium laciniatum) and ironweed (Vernonia spp.).

Backyard Hardscape and Landscape

Photo: Broadhurst + Associates

The Matrix Design

Designing a matrix planting isn’t just about aesthetics and how plant forms play off and against one another. It’s also about how the plants work together above and below the ground.

Competitive plants should be planted among other competitive plants so that they can control one another. This competition may manifest in the aggressiveness of their roots or how quickly they self-sow. Well-behaved clumping plants should be placed among other slow-to-spread plants.

Root structure is another element to be aware of. Place plants with deep taproots among plants with shallower fibrous roots so neither outcompetes the other; each will have its own level to pull resources from.

Contemporary Landscape

Photo: Adam Woodruff + Associates, Garden Artisans

Matrix gardens tend to look good year-round, given their dense structure and attention to texture, varying heights and interplay among plants. Grasses, sedges, seed heads, barren stalks and empty branches all play key roles in both the garden’s style and wildlife value from summer through winter and on into spring. Wildlife will come to seek shelter, eat seed heads or, in the case of some pollinators, overwinter inside stems or under leaf litter.

If you use plants native to your area, the sustainable and ecological value of your matrix garden will greatly expand. While such a garden may take a bit of research early on — learning how plants compete in the wild and with one another — it will be well worth it in the end. These gardens often are self-guiding, with each year revealing something new. Of course, you may need to thin some plants or make replacements, but that’s part of any garden — and also part of the fun.

 EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is from Houzz. Vogt owns Monarch Gardens LLC, a prairie garden consulting and design firm based in Lincoln, Nebraska. He speaks nationally on native plants, sustainable design and landscape ethics.

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Spring Garden Festival to welcome the season at Kanapaha

Kanapaha Gardens is celebrating the beginning of spring with its Spring Garden Festival Saturday and Sunday.

About 150 booths will be set up with landscape plants, gardening accessories, arts and crafts and food. There is live entertainment, a live auction and a children’s area.

“If you are interested in getting some plants you couldn’t find at Lowe’s or Home Depot, something like that, this is the event for you,” said Alexis Caffrey, park director.

New to the festival this year is a face painter and new crafts in the children’s area.

“Florida-friendly landscaping is something that’s a hot topic this year,” she said. In 2016, the Florida legislature passed a statute that says each water management district in Florida must provide an incentives program to encourage the passing of Florida-friendly landscaping rules at the local government level.

Alachua is home to 59 plant species that are deemed by the Atlas of Florida Plants as “invading and disrupting native plant communities in Florida,” or “species that have shown a potential to disrupt native plant communities.”

According to Caffrey, there are a whole lot of plants we see every day that don’t fit the bill of “Florida-friendly.” Two of the most common are ardisia and the air potato.

Seminars inside the Gardens’ main building will be spearheaded by the Alachua County Master Gardeners and will focus on Florida-friendly landscaping.

The festival is a fundraiser for Kanapaha Botanical Gardens’ general operations.

Although pets are usually welcome at the Gardens, only service dogs will be allowed at the festival this weekend.

Admission to the festival is included in the normal cost of admission for the Gardens. Adults are $8, children ages 5 to 13 are $4, and children under 5 get in free.





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Local Experts give Gardening Tips to Northlanders – Fox21Online

Get Ready to Grow

FLOODWOOD, Minn. – The official start of Spring is just days away and many folks around the Northland are getting anxious to start gardening.

This morning Bob Olen, Horticulturalist and Educator for St. Louis County, stopped by FOX 21 to chat about an upcoming gardening program.

The county is hosting a seminar to give new home fruit and vegetable growing tips.

The program will be March 16, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Downtown Fair Center, 107 West 7th Avenue in Floodwood.

With a theme of “Get Ready to Grow,” this year’s program includes a session on gardening and good nutrition.

Growing fruits and vegetables is a good way to support a healthy lifestyle, but getting started can be intimidating for beginner gardeners.

The program will feature discussion on growing great blueberries, asparagus, tomatoes, squash, and sweet potatoes as well as current weather trends.

Olen, has particular expertise with blueberries, having been involved with the introduction of the original “half high” Minnesota blueberry.

The program fee is $22, and includes the new 2017 edition of Fruits for Northern Minnesota, as well as reference materials and refreshments.

More information is available online at or by contacting the St. Louis County Extension Office at 218–749–7120.

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Creative gardening tips | The Jewish Voice

STATEPOINT – Gardeners often focus on the science of their hobby: how much water and sunlight their plants need and how to improve soil quality and keep pests at bay. But there can be a lot of artistry behind the craft as well – from how you harvest and enjoy flowers to how you convert unused spaces in your home into a viable indoor edible garden.

Put your creativity to good use this spring season by gardening with style.

Indoor Gardening

For those who don’t have an outdoor garden or yard, the dream of enjoying your own freshly picked fruits and vegetables may seem out of reach. However, the nooks and crannies of your home can be creatively rendered into productive growing zones. And experts say that nearly all homes can support indoor gardening.

 “Whatever the size of your home, there will be a selection of edible plants you can grow indoors, as long as you have some natural daylight filtering in,” says Zia Allaway, author of “Indoor Edible Garden: Creative Ways to Grow Herbs, Fruit and Vegetables in Your Home.”

“The areas where plants will grow can be windowsills, beneath a skylight or even in a dark, unlit area if you install grow lights.”

In “Indoor Edible Garden,” a highly visual guide full of practical tips and stylish ideas, Allaway offers step-by-step directions for everything from creating suspended shelves and hanging jars for growing herbs to mounting edible orchids onto bark and displaying them on walls. She points out that those embarking on indoor gardening should first evaluate the level of time they can commit.

 “Just remember that unlike other projects in the home, such as decorating and cooking, all gardening projects require some aftercare. So, if you have a busy schedule, choose crops that will tolerate less watering and feeding.”

Flower Arranging

While your flower garden is likely a beautiful work of art in and of itself, you can spread the joy by harvesting your flora and bringing the beauty indoors. Floral arrangements add vitality to any interior space.

“For me, every arrangement starts with the container. Think about what mood or style you want to evoke, and remember, anything can be a container as long as it can be made watertight,” says Rachel Siegfried, author of “The Flower Book: Natural Flower Arrangements for Your Home,” which explores 60 flowers, bloom-by-bloom in portraiture, including quick-reference profiles and tips.

Siegfried recommends that, when selecting flowers for your arrangement, you pay attention to shapes, textures and colors to achieve good balance. Start with a primary focal flower and build out with a couple of secondary focals, a final flourish, and foliage.

For her part, she relies on instinct. “I get a ‘buzz’ when I find a good combination,” she says.

From flowering bouquets to spicy pepper plants, apply creativity to your gardening this spring.

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Keeping the garden lovely: Ag experts offer timely tips for those dreaming of spring





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Gardening tips: Getting ready to grow

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