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Vote for your favorite mum arrangement: Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase at Lan Su Chinese Garden (photos)

It’s time to vote for your favorite floral arrangements on display through Sunday, Nov. 5, at downtown Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden.

The annual Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase was organized by the Chinese garden and Portland’s Floral Design Institute to spotlight arrangements created by 24 of the Pacific Northwest floral industry’s top designers.

On Friday, Carlie Beck and Dylan Christiansen were awarded first prize by the judges for their towering, dramatic The Lucky Dragon creation.

One of the prizes in the competition will be a People’s Choice Award based on visitors’ preference for classic Chinese techniques, Western approaches or a mix.

British Columbia floral designer Brenna Quan, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and who created an elaborate fan-shaped arrangement at the 2015 showcase, demonstrated at the Friday night preview and will execute floral artistry from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5.

Throughout the month at the garden, you can stroll among thousands of blooming chrysanthemums in all shapes, sizes and colors, as part of the annual Mumvember celebration.

Admission to Lan Su Chinese Garden, at 239 NW Everett St., is $10 for adults ($9 for seniors 62 and over, $7 for students and $28 for a family with two adults and two students. Children five and under are free). Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Nov. 1-March 14 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day).

— Janet Eastman

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Expert floral designer visits Andover – Eagle

ANDOVER — Expert floral designer Julie Lapham will be at the South Church on Central Street at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 to give a lecture and demonstration on creative arrangements with a seasonal flare.

Lapham has lectured and instructed garden clubs throughout the region and has taught International Design Symposium classes. In this demonstration, she will dazzle the eye with an array of creative arrangements and will share tips to help attendees decorate with seasonal flare. Her distinctive designs will be raffled off at the end of the program.

The proprietor of Julie Lapham Designs ( in Southborough is a National Garden Clubs Inc., accredited master judge and a Garden Club of America (GCA) approved judge for flower arrangement.

She has won awards from both organizations, including the GCA’s 2005 Katherine Thomas Carey Medal for outstanding achievement in flower arrangement education. She has served as garden club coordinator for Art In Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, as co-chairwoman of Flora in Winter at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and for many years has been a member of the design division committee for the Boston Flower Garden Show (FKA the New England Spring Flower Show). She has exhibited internationally at museums and shows, and was one of only six American designers who demonstrated at the World of Floral Designers USA show in 2011 in Boston. Images of her designs have appeared in several books.

The event begins with social time and refreshments, followed by a business meeting. Lapham’s demonstration will begin at approximately 11 a.m.

Admission is a $10 donation requested for guests, which includes refreshments. 

Haverhill recycling update

HAVERHILL — The city’s curbside recycling color for this week, Nov. 6 through 10, is red.

Items left out for recycling should not be placed at the curb prior to 4 p.m. on the day before the scheduled collection, and must be out by 6 a.m. on the day of collection. Legal holidays will delay pickup by one day.

Women’s City Club to meet

HAVERHILL — The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St.

The new starting time of the business meeting is 1 p.m., followed by coffee hour at 1:30 p.m. The program, featuring “Maggie’s Girls,” will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Maggie was their mom. Lucille, Jeanne, and Marie were her daughters. She passed away in the summer of 2014. Lucille, Jeanne and Marie saw firsthand the difference music made in their mother’s day, and her demeanor. It is their hope to spread joy to others, bring a smile and make their day a little brighter, simply by singing some songs and tapping their feet to the beat along with them. Enjoy lighthearted, classic favorites.

Guests sponsored by members are welcome. Invite a friend or neighbor, especially one who may need a little sunshine in their life.

Veterans Den Band event

METHUEN — The Veterans Den Band will honor fallen heroes at an event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St., Methuen.

There will be a free Will offering, a 50/50 raffle and refreshments.

The band includes Ed Hoppy Curran, Al and Lauren Gagnon, Tom Everson, Charlie Schack, and Ed and John Hayes. The event is free and is a patriotic way to end Veterans Day weekend.  

Educator of the Year program announced

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill YMCA will hold its 9th annual Educator of the Year awards ceremony and recognition event at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at DiBurro’s in Ward Hill.

This event also honors Jean Ray as well as Covanta for Commitment to Community.

This year’s nominees include Bonnie Antkowiak, Tilton School; JoAnn Atwood, Golden Hill; Maureen Bly, Little Sprouts Haverhill NECC; Joseph Boland, Whittier Regional Vo Tech; Tim Carven, Pentucket Lake; John Clark, Bradford Elementary; Paul Corriveau, Silver Hill; Danielle Gregoire, Moody School; Heather Guthrie, Sacred Hearts; Alexandra Handel, Silver Hill; Rhonda Kurto, Sacred Hearts; Dana McNamara, Tilton School; Paul Moskevitz, Whittier Regional Vo Tech; Kim Perez, Silver Hill; Beth Perry, Tilton School, and Meghan Pstragowski, Golden Hill.

Tickets are $40 each an include dinner. Raffles for gift baskets will be available. RSVP by Nov. 7 to Colette Ekman at

Festival of Trees at the Buttonwoods

The Buttonwoods Museum’s 16th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees” runs from Nov. 24 (opening gala night) through Dec. 10.

Tentative hours are posted on the museum’s website, A full schedule will be posted once it is available. 

The deadline to donate or advertise for this year’s event is Sunday, Nov. 12.

Donated trees, wreaths and centerpieces can be dropped off as follows: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 8; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

For more information, contact the Buttonwoods at 978-374-4626. 

Holiday fair to benefit Salem Animal Rescue League

DERRY — Brookstone Park is holding a Holiday Fair to benefit the Salem Animal Rescue League from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25.

The fair will be held at Brookstone’s location at 14 Route 111 in Derry.

Vendors will be selling homemade items, holiday themed gifts, bags, jewelry, pet items, clothes and more. There will also be activities for kids, with a children’s book sale, photos with Santa, and raffle items.

All proceeds from this event support the Salem Animal Rescue League and the animals in their care.


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Kennesaw to consider $300000 Smith-Gilbert Gardens park improvements

The Smith-Gilbert Gardens will be the main item on the Kennesaw City Council’s mind at its meeting tonight.

The council will consider whether to approve paying $303,590 to Croy Engineering for SPLOST projects there.

Voters approved the construction of a new visitors center as well as parking and other facility improvements in 2011 and 2016. The city is now ready to move onto the design and engineering portion of the project.

Architectural and mechanical, engineering and plumbing fees would make up the largest portion of the cost at $170,500. Landscape, architect, hardscape and garden design fees add another $65,770. Program management is set to cost $48,820, and another $18,500 would go toward civil engineering fees.

In other Kennesaw council news, members will consider:

♦ Spending $28,830 on active shooter kits that were part of the 2017 budget.

♦ Providing pedestrian lighting along Dallas Street, Watts Drive and Lewis Street. It would cost $170,300 to install the lights and $695.97 per month to maintain them.

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‘She sheds’ are feminine response to man caves

Ava Garcia is a University of Arizona journalism student apprenticing at the Star.

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5 incredible West Coast botanical gardens

Whether you’re a fan of succulents, Japanese irises or simply floral-fringed hiking trails, the West Coast’s botanical gardens offer some irresistible horticultural sights. Here are five extraordinary spots to indulge, from a Palm Springs cactusarium to a floral haven on the Mendocino coast.

1 Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs

A desert-inspired garden with a sensational backstory, too? The brainchild of actor Chester “Cactus Slim” Moorten and his botanist wife Patricia, this Palm Springs botanic garden boasts 3,000 desert plants from the Mojave and deserts around the world. You’ll find agave and aloes here, but also cardon and boojum trees, a thorned Caesalpinia, a towering Pachypodium and other plants that sound like something from a Dr. Seuss book. Don’t miss the greenhouse cactusarium, where all manner of spiky, thorny wonders await.

Golden barrel cactuses adorn a hillside at the Moorten Botanical Garden inPalm Springs. (Jackie Burrell/Bay Area News Group)
Golden barrel cactuses adorn a hillside at the Moorten Botanical Garden. (Jackie Burrell/Bay Area News Group) 

If you’re a fan of W.C. Fields or Buster Keaton — or the original Keystone Cops — you may have spotted Moorten’s rail-thin figure. But by the time he and his wife opened this desert arboretum in 1938, their landscape design skills were already well-known to the glitzy Palm Springs crowd. The Moortens designed gardens for Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Walt Disney — and landscaping for Disney’s Frontierland, too. Find out more at

Canton Garden Center fills a void with new water feature

For every good deed, a little rain must fall.

Marilyn and Donald Schneider of Plain Township understand this.

In 2011, the Schneiders purchased a fountain while visiting their daughter in California. When it arrived at their home, they decided it wasn’t going to fit into their landsdcaping, so they decided to donate it to the Canton Garden Center, where others could enjoy it. Marilyn Schneider is a long-standing member of the center, and they were happy to donate the Italian-style fountain to the center as a gift to the community.

Schneider contacted the Canton Parks Department to find out what needed to be done to make the donation, and Marilyn informed the garden center of their intentions.

A committee, consisting of the Canton Garden Center president; a representative from the parks department; a past president of the Garden Center; the 2011 landscape chairman; a nursery/garden center owner; and the Schneiders, helped pick the perfect spot.  A location just off the parking lot was chosen, and members of the parks department, along with Vince Russo, a well-known cement contractor, under the supervision of the Schneiders, began the placement of the fountain.

Marilyn Schneider was very hands-on during installation.

“Being outside is good for the soul,” said Marilyn Schneider. “I always thought there were people who needed to sit and meditate or heal, and we tried to design the area with that in mind. I was there every day. It was pure fun to be involved with that project.”

Once the fountain was installed, it was decided that benches were needed so people could sit and meditate. The benches were donated that same year, and, thanks to the Canton Garden Center president that year, money was raised to landscape the area, and the Schneiders matched the funds. The landscaping was done by Barrie Kridler.

The following year, the fountain was destroyed when a young mother sat her child on the fountain to take pictures, and the Schneiders “generously decided to replace it with a similar-styled fountain,” said Pat Smith of Louisville, the current landscape chairwoman. However, this fountain didn’t last, either. Someone toppled it in 2014. The area sat empty until a few months ago, when the Canton Garden Center replaced the fountain with a “bubbler” from Bluegrass Garden Center and Landscaping.

“We were so upset when the first fountain was destroyed, but we said we just had to replace it, that is all,” said Marilyn Schneider. “So we called the company we did business with in L.A., and had another fountain delivered.”

After it was destroyed, the Schneider’s decided enough was enough.

“The second time the fountain was destroyed, it was malicious,” said Don Schneider. “The first time it was an accident.”

When the Schneiders heard the garden center was replacing the second fountain, they drove to the center to see the newest addition.

“The bubbler is a natural stone from a stone quarry,” said Josh Strubel, service manager for Bluegrass. “Someone will have to go to great lengths to destroy this.”

It differs from a fountain because it sits lower to the ground, but, those relaxing on the benches around it still get the soothing sounds of water.

“It was very sad to see that space empty all these years,” said Diane Patris of Jackson Township, president of the Canton Garden Center. “When we set out to replace the Schneider fountain, we wanted to find something that could not be damaged. When we saw the bubbler, we knew this was it. It is a boulder.”

Why someone would go out of their way to destroy the fountain remains a mystery to garden center members.

“We are thankful no one got hurt when the fountains were destroyed, but why would they destroy them in the first place?” questions Smith. “I guess they thought they were entitled to climb up on them.”

The fountains were put there for everyone to enjoy, she said.

“We believe the gardens help people relax,” said Smith. “When there are beautiful gardens, there is less child abuse, stress levels are down. It is very calming here at the garden center, and we want people to enjoy their visit here, and they do. People have lunch here and they do yoga here. We want the garden center to be a place where people come and commune with nature.”

Reach Denise at 330-580-8321 or  On Twitter: dsauttersREP


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Master gardeners give tips at the Boardman library


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Master gardeners from the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic gave tips to a group of gardeners at the Boardman library. They gave some general advice, such as keeping a gardening journal to track success, as well as specific guidance from members of the group’s questions, like what to do about intrusive chipmunks in the garden.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.A panel of master gardeners led a discussion on gardening tips at Boardman library on Sept. 21. Pictured are, from left, Theresa Harris, Cynthia Foust and Judy Rodkey.


The Boardman library invited master gardeners to the library on Sept. 21 to discuss the best ways to put your garden to rest for the winter.

The master gardeners, Judy Rodkey, Theresa Harris and Cynthia Foust, volunteer for the Mahoning County extension of the Ohio State University Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic in Canfield. The library’s Andrea Przybylski introduced the panel.

The three speakers explained how to tend to your garden and get it ready for the springtime. For example, they instructed the group to remove diseased, mildewed plants from the garden and not to compost them.

The three panelist gave general tips for better gardening. Rodkey talked about the importance of keeping a journal to track what worked and what did not work. Harris added that creating a map of the garden will help, too.

They answered specific questions as well. Some members of the audience asked about questions with certain plants, but others had queries about their entire gardens. The master gardeners offered their best opinions on digging up the hard soil of the area and keeping chipmunks out of a garden.

The panelists told the group to go to the clinic at 490 S. Broad Street or contact them by phone at 330-533-5538 for answers to more specific questions. The clinic’s website,, has other helpful information.

The gardeners will next speak at Austintown Senior Center on Oct. 13 and 20. They will host more events in when springtime nears.

Harris and Foust are also involved in the Local Flavor group that tends to community gardens throughout the Youngstown area.

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This week’s gardening tips: plant cole crops, harvest sweet potatoes

November can be an active month in South Louisiana vegetable gardens. Several vegetables and herbs can be planted, including beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, collard, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce and mustard greens.

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November a fun month for gardeners – Visalia Times






Tips on what to add to your compost pile — and what to leave out.

November is my favorite month in the garden. We can still plant new plants, re-design and re-do our landscapes, and finish up clean-up chores. The weather is cool, sometimes even cold.

We could receive an early frost any time after mid-month, so be sure and mulch new plantings with at least two inches of bark or rock. This is the time to monitor our irrigation systems so we are not watering any more than necessary.

Days are shorter and plants transpire (lose water) far less than even in September, so adjust your controller accordingly. This month is also a fun season to gather plant materials for wreaths and arrangements for the Holidays.

BULBS: November is the ideal month for planting spring bulbs. Nurseries usually have a large number of bulbs available. Purchase only the bulbs that are firm and do not show any signs of mold.

Certain bulbs, such as Tulips or Hyacinths, will require pre-cooling for 6 weeks before they are planted. A good way to pre-cool is to place them in the refrigerator, away from fruits and vegetables.

Plant your bulbs where they will get a full day of sunshine. A general rule to follow when planting is to place the larger bulbs deeper. In most cases, you should plant the bulb three times deeper than its height.

Usually, the pointed end of the bulb is placed up when planting. Add a handful of bulb fertilizer to the base of the planting holes, and mix it into the soil. All spring bulbs should be planted by Thanksgiving to ensure spring bloom.

PLANT: There is still time to plant California native trees, shrubs, perennials, and vines, along with a large number of other climate-right species. Two California natives that should definitely be planted in fall (instead of waiting for spring) are ceanothus and manzanita.

Also, establish your pollinator garden this fall in time for next spring’s pollinators. November is also fine to continue planting cool-season vegetables, especially early in the month while the soil is still warm. Some vegetables to plant now include kale, garlic, sprouting broccoli and collard greens.

It seems common in landscapes to have a few shrubs that have grown too large for their spot in the garden.

If you have shrubs you’ve been wanting to move, later in the month, once they are fully dormant, is the best time to give it a go. Dig them up carefully, and take as much of the root system as you can.

Re-plant at the same soil level or slightly higher, and water well. If you plant them too deep, it will kill the plant. We should not be planting in inverted pyramids, or with the old water-well plan. Instead, let the water roll away from the crown of the plant to avoid root and crown rot issues next summer.

Whether or not to add amendments to the planting hole seems to be a matter of preference; there is conflicting research-based evidence on the subject. Many of us don’t add anything, so don’t worry if you want to save the money. You can always top-dress with compost.

And remember to add a layer of mulch after transplanting. Keep the mulch several inches away from the trunk of woody shrubs and all trees.

PRUNE: After the leaves fall, begin pruning shrubs and trees, not only to shape them, but to prevent storm damage. A tree without gaps in the leaf canopy may have broken branches as a result of the wind.

Open up spaces by removing a few branches from the trunk with thinning cuts. You should never top landscape trees. Topping not only encourages even more growth at the top but these new branches are weakly connected and can pose a safety hazard.

Once you top a tree, you are obligating yourself to the expense of re-topping every year. So save your money and let the tree reach its mature height.

If you have trees under utility lines, you or the utility company will be topping them every year. That’s unfortunate, and something to remember when planting new trees.

Complete your fall cleanup by cutting back perennials that have become too leggy, and trimming off brown plant material.

But don’t prune anything if frost is predicted; even frost-hardy plants can be damaged with all those open wounds. If your plants are hit with an early frost, avoid removing any frost damaged material until late next March or April.

FERTILIZE: Fall and winter blooming plants and vegetables can be fertilized now. Do not fertilize avocado, citrus, palms or any other frost sensitive plants. You don’t want a lot of new, frost-sensitive growth on these heat-lovers.

DISEASE PREVENTION: If your peach or nectarine tree had deformed leaves during the spring and summer, it probably has a fungal infection that causes “peach leaf curl.” If severe, it can cause the tree to be stunted or even to die. To control peach leaf curl:

  • Rake leaves when they fall. Remove any fruit mummies (fruit that has dried on the limb) and discard. Do not add these to your compost pile.
  • Spray trunk, branches and the ground underneath the tree with a copper-based fungicide or a Bordeaux mixture (a slurry made of hydrated lime and copper sulfate). Since repeated annual use of copper fungicide can eventually harm trees, and because copper is toxic to aquatic species, only use copper-based fungicides when and if you need it. You can also use chlorothalonil, which doesn’t contain copper.
  • One application is usually sufficient; however, if we have a wet winter, then spray again before the flower buds swell in the spring.

FROST PROTECTION: You can wrap trunks of avocados, citrus, kiwi and palms with heavy paper or burlap (not plastic) if a heavy frost is in the forecast.

Use gauzy row cover cloth to protect the entire plant of smaller frost-sensitive plants, including new plantings of some of our native plants that originate in Baja California or the Channel Islands. Examples include Bush Verbena and Fairy Duster.

One special note about orange-flowered milkweed (Asclepias currasavica). This plant has become popular as more people want to help support Monarch butterflies, and it is still far more available than our native milkweed varieties. It’s good to note that this tropical milkweed is not from California (or even the United States).

While Monarchs may use it, be sure and cut all of the flowers off by early November at the latest, so that Monarchs and other butterflies will migrate south and not be killed in the frosty cold days of our winter.

For answers to all your home gardening questions, call the Master Gardeners in Tulare County at (559) 684-3325, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:30 and 11:30 am; or Kings County at (559) 852-2736, Thursday Only, 9:30-11:30 a.m; or visit our website to search past articles, find links to UC gardening information, or to email us with your questions:

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November Gardening Tips

In November our minds may be more on preparing for the holiday season, but there are still things that can be done in the garden this time of year. Below are gardening tips to help your garden through the winter season. 


  • Remove fallen leaves from lawns as soon as possible to provide ample sunlight for the lawn. Piles of leaves can become wet blankets that smother your lawn.

Trees, Shrubs and Flowers

  • November is the time to be planting spring-flowering bulbs like daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, and tulips.
  • Clean up rose beds. Be sure all diseased leaves are raked up and disposed.
  • Check cypress and other evergreens for bagworms. Remove and destroy bagworm capsules to reduce next year’s pest population.
  • After chrysanthemums have stopped blooming, cut stems back close to the ground and dispose of stems and all dropped and dried leaves and branches.
  • Bring out the bird feeders and stock them with bird seed for the birds. Remember to provide fresh water for them too through out the winter months.

Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

  • Till your vegetable garden to expose many insects pests to birds and winter cold, reducing the numbers in next year’s garden.
  • A good clean up of fruit trees can reduce future problems. Keep mulches pulled back several inches from the base of trees to prevent bark injury from hungry mice and voles. Pick and clean up fallen, spoiled or mummified fruits to prevent diseases and insects from overwintering.


Jessica Strickland is an Agriculture Extension Agent, specializing in horticulture for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Wayne County. Horticulture program information can be found at Forward any questions you would like answered from this week’s column to

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