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Friends of Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library plan bus trip to Chanticleer Gardens

SELINSGROVE— Friends of Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library in Selinsgrove are planning a bus trip to Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, Pa. on May 24. Stops will include Lancaster County Farmer’s Market and Eagle Village Shops.

Once the Rosengarten estate, today’s Chanticleer is a colorful, contemporary garden within an historic setting. London’s Financial Times calls it a garden “planted to perfection” and Garden Design magazine says that they are “America’s most inspiring garden.” The Chanticleer estate dates from the early 20th-century, when land along the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was developed for summer homes to escape the heat of Philadelphia. Adolph Rosengarten Sr. and his wife Christine chose the Wayne-St. Davids area to build their country retreat. The family’s pharmaceutical firm would become part of Merck Company in the 1920s.

Cost is $65 which includes bus and entrance to Gardens. For more information and to make a reservation contact Liz Heim at heimeliz@ptd.net, 570-374-1082 or visit www.friendsgelnettlibrary.org

Reservations are due and payable by May 1. Proceeds benefit Snyder County Libraries.

 

 

 

 

Article source: http://www.dailyitem.com/community/friends-of-rudy-gelnett-memorial-library-plan-bus-trip-to/article_e55570e1-4ca2-51a2-8301-2b6a2ca5e0d4.html

Look Inside One Fashion Design’s Exceedingly Colorful Home

“And who’s this?” I ask Nicola Formichetti, 39, in the bright top-floor studio space of the Tribeca penthouse he has called home since early last year. “Oh, that’s Nicki Minaj,” he says. We’re looking at a life-size figurine from the 1984 horror-comedy Gremlins—dressed in a neon-green wig and a leopard-print bikini. “At night she scares people,” he adds before messing Gremlin-Nicki’s chartreuse locks into a sex-hair rat’s nest. Outside and below, on one of the apartment’s five pyramidal terraces, the man’s penchant for spectacle unfurls with colorful cactuses, lush bromeliads, and cartoonish tchotchkes that hide amid the foliage. Much like his dynamic career trajectory—which has taken him from creative director of Dazed Confused to stylist for Lady Gaga to creative directorships at Mugler, Nicopanda (which he still runs), and now the denim giant Diesel—Formichetti’s pad is a paean to polychrome.

The space evokes a bona fide urban Eden. Flora is abundant—“keeping the garden fresh,” Formichetti says, is essential in creating a peaceful hiatus from the tumult of downtown. “It’s always shifting,” he notes while airing out a riotous crochet-knit throw from Tulum, Mexico (he likes to vacation at the region’s Hotel Esencia). “I’m lucky to have friends who work as floral specialists or as decorators.” These include the florist Miya Takama, who changes Formichetti’s arrangements each day, and the garden designer Jeff Rosenbloom, who crafts his outdoor areas, where those cactus stalks—some of which were flowering with cyan or canary petals when I visited—blanket tables that also boast bovine skulls and shark jaws.

As for his taste in earthly delights: “I like a mixture of bonsai trees and tropical things,” Formichetti says, “but I try not to put too much of a ‘Japanese’ angle on it—not too much bamboo. That would be like my parents’ house.” The aesthetic is personably eclectic, yet calming despite the generally unconventional palette. See, for example, a Memphis Group bookcase stacked with raunchy anime dolls from Tokyo, Formichetti’s birthplace, watched over by what he calls a “fucked-up monster doll” made by Jun Takahashi of the label Undercover, along with a few strands of free-flying ivy vines.

Sinews exist between Formichetti’s decor and his work at Diesel. The designer’s gigantic matrix of clothing—from graphic tees to a new collaboration with denim mixologist Faustine Steinmetz—appeals to both the fashion discerner and the general observer. He provokes, but with a mainstream fluency.

Formichetti has also lately found himself impassioned—like so many creatives—by our executive powers that be. His spring campaign, dubbed Make Love Not Walls, was shot by David LaChapelle and stars the Ukrainian-born ballet star Sergei Polunin, who dances while a concrete barrier is destroyed and romance—both hetero- and homosexual—ensues. He captioned a promo of it on his
Instagram, “It’s all about LOVE. . . .” Clearly, that love begins at home.

Sittings editor: Stella Greenspan.
Hair: Neil Grupp; Makeup: Emi Kaneko.

Article source: http://www.vogue.com/article/inside-nicola-formichetti-new-york-home-diesel

Radlett garden designer bringing City Living to Chelsea Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 15:32 08 May 2017

Kate Gould's 2017 entry for the Chelsea Flower Show: City Living.

Kate Gould’s 2017 entry for the Chelsea Flower Show: City Living.

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Kate Gould’s 2017 entry for the Chelsea Flower Show: City Living.

Kate Gould, who runs her own award-winning garden design company, will feature at Chelsea Flower Show next month.

Her exhibition entry is entitled City Living and is based on the theme of making grey Britain more green.

She said: “The inspiration was to create usable attractive urban gardens for year round use regardless of how small, difficult, or constrained the space. It is a contemporary garden on several levels, imagined in a typical urban apartment block.

“While these dwellings are often cold and slightly forbidding in appearance, they could easily be transformed with the addition of attractive green outdoor spaces for residents’ use – with comfortable and sheltered seating areas surrounded by appealing planting and tranquil water features.

Kate Gould’s 2017 entry for the Chelsea Flower Show: City Living.

“This garden could be added to existing buildings or easily inserted into new builds to effectively ‘green up’ city spaces and provide valuable habitat for wildlife and birds.”

Set on three levels, it has a mezzanine floor, a stairwell with back-lit concrete, cantilevered steps and a perforated metal screen allowing for light to filter on all levels, making them suitable for gardening and recreational use.

Green walls and a water feature add a sense of tranquility and movement, and the hard landscaping uses sustainable bamboo, luxury decorative tiles, two giant outdoor lamps and solid teak stools.

It is not the first time Kate has taken her work to the prominent Royal Horticultural Society event, which runs from May 23-27. She has won several awards for her entries in previous years, including multiple gold medals.

Garden designer Kate Gould.

This year’s contribution is in the ‘fresh garden’ category and 10 metres by six metres, situated on plot 72.

More information about Kate’s garden design, planning and landscaping service, from The Garden Design Studio in Aldenham Road, Radlett, can be found at kategouldgardens.com.

Article source: http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/radlett-garden-designer-bringing-city-living-to-chelsea-flower-show-1-5008062

The Bloomsbury Bohemians in the British Countryside

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/travel/britain-bloomsbury-group-gardens-sussex-kent-virginia-woolf.html

KAJO News – Grants Pass City Council Deciding What To Do with …

The Grants Pass City Council is deciding what to do with current landscape strip requirements — namely, who is responsible for maintaining them?

During a presentation for the City Council on Monday, Community Development Director Lara Glover explained that current street division standards require the inclusion of planter strips in conjunction with sidewalks for new developments.

Glover said the city maintains many planter strips around town at a cost of about $55,000 annually. She said disagreements and confusion between the city and property owners has resulted in the city picking up the tab when the property owners were initially responsible for the planter strip maintenance.

City staff is seeking consistency for these rules and Mayor Darin Fowler agreed they need a uniform plan to deal with the maintenance of planter strips. No decisions were made during the workshop and the issue will be brought back to the city’s governing body in the near future.

Several ideas came from the City Council including relaxing the planter strip requirement temporarily for new developments, using artificial turf to replace grass in the planter strips, using drought-resistant vegetation for less maintenance in the strips, and the city continuing to maintain the landscaping only for arterials and collector streets such as Rogue River Highway and Washington Boulevard.

When it comes to trees in those planter strips, Glover said the city program provides 50% reimbursement to property owners for removal and replacement of hazardous trees. She said the city is not proactive with the program, but responds to inquiries in a complaint-driven process.

Article source: http://www.kajo.com/news/local/stories.php?subaction=showfull&id=1494309921&ucat=2

Lavender Mountain Hardware & Garden offers a wide variety of gift ideas as well as many other items for the spring …

This is Lavender Mountain’s 18th spring and their busiest time of year: very hectic, but rewarding.

Mother’s Day is coming up; people buy gifts for their mother, their grandmother, their wife, and even their great aunt. The week before Mother’s Day is Lavender Mountain’s busiest week of the year.


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Home décor- unique frames, outdoor weather proof pillows, and ceramic bird. Metal outdoor table and chairs.

Hanging baskets and flowering shrubs are popular for Mother’s Day along with bird baths and fountains.


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Great selection of hanging baskets.

They are very proud of their Gift Shop managed by Leanne Kight. She has been with them for over 16 years and has grown the gift area to include a unique collection of gifts and apparel. She started out with a small area but it was so popular and sales increased so much it now covers a third of the store.


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“It’s a Girl Thing” southern t-shirt Garden Tote which includes all the gardening hand tools you need.

It’s important to Lavender Mountain that their gifts are high quality, often made in the USA and a gift that they would like to receive themselves. Hand tuned wind chimes, soy candles, luxurious high quality soaps and lotions, Cypress made-to-last-a-lifetime birdhouses, enamel cookware, sun hats and scarves; there is something for everyone and they love to gift wrap.


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Scented soy candles and luxurious fragrant soaps.


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Cypress Blue Bird House. Made in the USA

It’s pretty much all about the Garden Center this time of year and any item relating to landscaping or gardening.

The Lavender Mountain Garden Center along with the Green Services offers a full range of products and services which make for a very busy spring.

Rob Parker heads up the Green Services providing lawn maintenance, installation and design. He is a UGA graduate and licensed landscape architect with many years of experience.


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Beautiful Mother’s Day containers and plants.

Their Garden Center staff is dedicated to helping Lavender Mountain’s customers be successful with their gardening. Kayla Bryant, Laura Adams, Rebecca Petracca and Cherry Green are all enthusiastic gardeners with many years of experience among them. They have become the experts for container design and planting. This is a great niche for their business since Lavender Mountain stocks hundreds of containers and plants and has some very creative employees.

Spencer and Virginia Brewer own Lavender Mountain while Drake Holley Tara Peace manage the store. They are the reason their customers keep coming back and rely on Lavender Mountain for a type of service that is hard to find anywhere else. The service provided is summed up by a recent quote from one customer: “I come to [Lavender Mountain] because I feel appreciated.” The staff at Lavender Mountain knows most of their customers by name and enjoy their friendship tremendously.

Stop by or visit us online http://www.lavendermountainhardware.com/


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Hand-tuned wind chimes.

Article source: http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/online_features/pro_files/lavender-mountain-hardware-garden-offers-a-wide-variety-of-gift/article_faef20e2-33ff-11e7-a975-0f6f6321ebfa.html

New low-water landscaping book released by USU Extension …

Combinations for Conservation

Combinations for Conservation

Utah State University Extension recently released “Combinations for Conservation.” The landscaping book provides examples of plant combinations that have been successful in low-water gardens throughout the Intermountain West. 



Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017 7:00 pm

New low-water landscaping book released by USU Extension

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Utah State University Extension recently released “Combinations for Conservation.” The landscaping book provides examples of plant combinations that have been successful in low-water gardens throughout the Intermountain West.

Authors are Adrea Wheaton, Larry Rupp, David Anderson, Paul Johnson, Roger Kjelgren, Kelly Kopp, Anne Spranger and William Varga, all USU Extension plant and landscape specialists.

“There are many plant books that list a variety of drought-tolerant plants suitable for water-conserving landscapes,” said Wheaton. “However, many homeowners are often intimidated by the information and unsure of how to put them together. This book is designed to give homeowners and designers the confidence to create beautiful, low-water landscapes.”

The book contains over 100 tried-and-true plant combinations discovered in gardens throughout the Intermountain West. Design issues such as dry shade and hot planting strips are addressed, and the book is organized so that plant combinations are grouped together by water requirements. There are also tips throughout the book about conserving water and efficient irrigation.

Cost of the book is $25 and is available through USU Extension at www.extension.cart.usu.edu and at many county Extension offices throughout Utah.

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What I’ve learned from my gardens

I got into the landscaping business over 25 years ago; I did so because I had a passion for plants and taking care of them. Through the years, I have learned a lot from tending to my gardens. Here are the three best lessons my passion has taught me:

You must be patient; success is a marathon, not a sprint. Many times we plant things that don’t look great on day one. In fact, in the months following their initial installation, you may have felt inclined to remove the plants because they don’t look good. 

How many times are things not going well for you and you want to quit, start over, try something else, or feel sorry for yourself? Smart entrepreneurs stick with their plan. They don’t take another path, just because the first one isn’t working out; they keep on trying. We remove obstacles; we ask for help in the form of friends, family, consultants, and other experts. We read books; we think about what solutions are out there and we continue to keep one eye on the vision we have for the future.

Stick with your plan, stick with your people, support them, help them and encourage them. Learn about all the tricks and tips other landscapers use to make their businesses better by reading this magazine, attending conferences and reading books. A friend of mine told me once, “If someone else has done what you are trying to do, you can do that too!”

Not all plants do well in every condition. Some plants like wet feet; some don’t. Some like the sun; some like the shade. Plants that grow in Florida, for the most part, won’t grow in Minnesota. You can’t grow Christmas trees in southern California. And some plants need to be pruned, sprayed and cared for meticulously and others can be just left alone. People have some of the same attributes.

Companies often take their best sales people and make them the sales manager and wonder why that doesn’t work. It’s because the skills required to manage and motivate people are different than the skills needed to sell. Yes, some can do both, but it doesn’t always work. We need to take hiring very seriously and be very careful about who we hire and make sure they are a fit. You have to hire people who have a passion for the work at hand. Yes, once in a while, you can get lucky, but over time you will be far better served by creating a description of the traits you are looking for and finding people with those traits.

Some years my garden does well, in other years it doesn’t. This is the best lesson my garden has taught me. I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. Some years your plants just seem to thrive and other years they don’t. This year my garden looks fantastic. When cars stop in front of your house, you know you’ve done a good job! (I love it when that happens, especially if they write down the phone number on the jobsite sign in my front yard.)

In your garden, you take care of it. You water, you weed, you fertilize, you prune and you tend to it so it produces for you. Your business is the same. Just because your garden isn’t blooming as well as it did last year doesn’t mean you walk away from it. We succeed with our gardens by paying attention to the ever-changing environment.

Our businesses work the same way. They will produce for us most years, but only if we tend to them and pay attention to what they are telling you.

Growing a garden can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do; running a business is as well. Let’s not forget that and keep tending to it!

Article source: http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/article/owners-almanac-051117-learned-gardens/

Garden tour to reveal private landscapes, new Mounts space

Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will host the 13th annual Connoisseurs Garden Tour, a Mother’s Day tradition, on May 13 and 14 with a tour of eight private gardens and a sneak peek at the new Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden, which is scheduled to open at Mounts in June.

The new tropical wetland garden at Mounts Botanical Garden features waterfalls, wading birds and transparent, open-gridded, 4-foot wide walkways, giving visitors the feeling of walking on water.

“What is unique about our annual Connoisseurs Garden Tour is that guests can visit the gardens at their own pace and sequence,” Rochelle Wolberg, Mounts Botanical Garden’s interim operations manager, says in a statement.

Included in the tour are the Leeann and Tim Whelan Garden and the Kat and Chuck Rahla Garden, both in Palm Beach Gardens; the Julie Criser Garden with orchids, and Suzann and David Mauroner Gardens in North Palm Beach; the Todd MacLean and Geoff Darnell Garden in West Palm Beach; the Benjamin Burle and Debra Yates Garden as well as the Ruth and Terry Lynch Garden in Lake Worth; and the Paton White Garden in Atlantis.

Manners in the United States

Caption Manners in the United States

A recent survey showed Americans’ perception of manners and civility in the United States. (May 1, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)

A recent survey showed Americans’ perception of manners and civility in the United States. (May 1, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)

LA 90: Venice Beach Freak Show closing

Caption LA 90: Venice Beach Freak Show closing

The Venice Beach Freak Show had been operating for the past 11 years. (May 1, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)

The Venice Beach Freak Show had been operating for the past 11 years. (May 1, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)

Doreen's Deals: Dolla holla at Jimmy John's on Tuesday

Caption Doreen’s Deals: Dolla holla at Jimmy John’s on Tuesday

Get crazy-cheap eats at J.J.’s for National Customer Appreciation Day from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 2.

Get crazy-cheap eats at J.J.’s for National Customer Appreciation Day from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 2.

Barack Obama to hold first public event since leaving office, in Chicago on Monday

Caption Barack Obama to hold first public event since leaving office, in Chicago on Monday

The 11 a.m. discussion with six Chicago-area students is billed as a “Conversation on Civic Engagement” and will be followed by a handful of national and international events.

The 11 a.m. discussion with six Chicago-area students is billed as a “Conversation on Civic Engagement” and will be followed by a handful of national and international events.

Paton White, board member at Mounts and head of the garden selection committee, says, “The tour is an inspiration for people to garden.”

She’s proud that in this year’s selection every garden is different and one of a kind, and highlights different things.

“Besides pretty landscapes, visitors will come away with clever gardening and landscape ideas,” she says.

jengoren@tronc.com

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-bbf-gardentour-0510-20170508-story.html