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Archives for November 12, 2017

Ronnie Barrett displays his expertise at Magnolia Garden Club

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Ronnie Barrett, of Flowers by Barrett, shared his expertise on flower designs at Magnolia Garden club recently.

The flowers used were California Wax flower, Pittosporum, Golden Rod, Mums, Salal, Roses, Sunflowers and Virginia Creeper vine, among others. The pumpkin design was perfect for a Halloween or Thanksgiving party. The design with candles could be used for any occasion as a center piece on the dining table, coffee table or any other location. The bouquet in the vase was easily assembled and could be used for most any occasion. He made the designs look so simple to make.

Barrett gave three gift certificates to the lucky winners, Faye Rowe, Virginia Hart, and Peggy Strickland. The bouquet was won by Lorena Barhite.

Faye Rowe opened the meeting with a warm welcome for the members and guests. She called the roll and members answered with the name of a winter flower. She also led the group in the Pledge to the American Flag.

Ruby Bowermeister had a short devotion and prayer. Her topic was “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled.”

Beth Miller shared her experience with students designs that she took to the Perry Flower Show. Beth won many ribbons with her own entries in the show.

Virginia Hart gave a Treasury report. She also hosted the refreshments.

A short business meeting was held. Plans are being made for several upcoming projects and events. The Fund Raiser prize winners were Ruby Bowermeister, bag of bird feed; Peggy Strickland, potting soil; Lorena Barhite, a striped Amaryllis.

Each member carried three horticulture specimens to be judged. The flowers after being judged, were made into an arrangement and given to the Museum. The Gardening Log for November is to plant for winter flowering such as camellias, flowering quince, jasmine, forsythia, pansies snapdragons and calendulas. Plant Amaryllis indoors to force blooms for the holidays.

Remember the Magnolia Garden Club has changed the time of meeting to 3:30 p.m. Thursday instead of 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. They will still meet at the Colquitt County Museum.

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The Smart Collector: Vintage furniture built to last

A large walnut cabinet made in Grand Rapids, Michigan, brought $5,000 at Rago Arts in New Jersey.

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Garden Notes for Nov. 13-16

East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Nov. 13 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Parking is in rear lot. Barb Klein, design specialist at Seneca Greenhouse, will present a demonstration and workshop on creating holiday centerpieces. Guests welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985.

Kenmore Garden Club will hold a business meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 14  in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road. After the meeting, Erin Bauer, gardener and graphic designer, will demonstrate three dried floral holiday designs, which will be raffled off. Guests welcome. On Nov. 21, Garden Therapy will meet at the McAuley Residence to assist clients in making a fall wreath. In late November, a committee will decorate the Exploration Room at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site for Victorian Christmas in a “Visions of Sugar Plums” theme.

Evans Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Angola Public Library for a business meeting and workshop creating holiday decorations for Evans Town Hall.

Ken-Sheriton Garden Club will host a program at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 576 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Connie Oswald Stofko, editor of, will present “Get Crafty with Your Garden.”

Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. Following a business meeting and luncheon, Tammy Schmidt, club president, will present a demonstration and workshop on making a fall arrangement. New members welcome.

Western New York Rose Society will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive. Peter Bonsey will present “Garden Design.”

Cinderella Isle Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Sue Berger, from Flower A Day florist, will present an instructional program on creating a floral holiday arrangement. Call  Julie Furminger, 833-3899.

If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features Department, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240. email: All items must be received two weeks prior to publication.

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City officials seek projects ideas for upcoming day of service

“The depth of Dr. King’s influence is so great that we wanted a significant way to honor his memory and teachings,” Office of Multicultural Affairs Director James McKissic said in a prepared statement.

Officials are looking for a range of service projects that include not only beautification but also education and outreach.

For example, volunteers made rounds at various apartments across Chattanooga to equip residents with information on their rights under fair housing law on 2017’s MLK Day of Service.

“By gathering 50 projects from all over Chattanooga, we can spread his message of social justice to every neighborhood while honoring his important legacy,” McKissic also said.

On Jan. 15, 2018, volunteers will gather on the campus of UTC at Chamberlain Pavilion and then fan out into neighborhoods to undertake landscaping, clearing debris, trail maintenance, painting, deep cleaning and project repairs.

Check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m., and work begins at 9 a.m. Work lasts until 12:30 p.m. or earlier, if tasks are completed quickly.

Click here to submit a project idea.

Click here for more information about volunteering.

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Upside downtown: Local leaders share ideas for revitalizing Main Street corridor

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Garden Visit A New Experience For Moorestown FEP Families

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column was submitted by Moorestown resident and Friends Enrichment Program (FEP) founder and chairperson Monique Begg:

MOORESTOWN, NJ — On a recent Sunday afternoon, the Friends Enrichment Program (FEP) of Moorestown Friends Meeting led a walk through the wooded path behind Moorestown Friends School, heading for the nearby property of Ken and Dianne Walker on Paul Drive.

Awaiting the participating children, parents, and FEP volunteers was a garden of wonders. It was alive with birds and beneficial insects and an array of trees, flowering plants and herbs in lush beds, with exotic plants growing alongside native plants.

Here, a patch of joe-pye-weed in full bloom, there a patch of milkweeds, the plants on which monarch butterflies almost exclusively deposit their eggs. Nearby stood a spectacular golden rain tree.

What makes that garden special is the Walkers landscaping skills and their devotion to gardening. Ken has acquired expertise in landscaping and Dianne is a Colorstone Gardens landscape designer. For them, gardening is not a chore; it’s a labor of love.

Because most FEP kids live in apartments or in modest houses with little or no space allotted for outdoor gardening, the trip to the Walkers’s garden was an eye-opener. It was a feast for the senses, with an abundance of things to see, to touch, to smell, to taste and, if you were attentive, you could hear the birds calling across the yard.

The visit to the Walker’s garden was more than an enjoyable educational experience. It had been planned as a special event — an opportunity for FEP families to join the Walkers in the celebration of their daughter Tatum’s 25th birthday. They also had a chance to say goodbye and good luck to Tatum, who, a few days later, flew to a job in Denver, Colorado, opening a new chapter of her life, away from home.

To make it even more significant, it was an opportunity for all participants to release milkweed seeds and wish them good luck, too. Hopefully, many of them will germinate and grow into plants whose leaves will feed the caterpillars of new generations of monarch butterflies.

As the FEP group returned to the meetinghouse, one of the kids said, “These people were so nice. I think they liked us. Are we going to see them again?”

Created in 1997 as a philanthropic project of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Moorestown Friends Meeting, FEP reaches out to underserved, financially disadvantaged Moorestown children. Led by volunteers, it runs a program of Sunday afternoon activities and it offers scholarships for qualifying children to attend summer camp and enroll in art classes or sports clinics or take private music lessons at no cost to their parents. For more information, call Monique Begg at 856-235-3963.

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Landscaping for the soul

POLOKWANE – Having recently launched her business operating from her own backyard of her home, Rose Khomotso Mamabolo invited BONUS into her lovely home to tell us more about her love and passion for gardening and nature.

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“In 2015 I began to no longer think of gardening as a mere hobby and decided to turn my passion into a means to generate an income.

“I did garden maintenance and waste removal for my neighbours and others in the community to make their gardens look beautiful and clean. Gardening is my core business now and I give it my all so that at the end of the day my customers are satisfied with my services,” she explained.

Rose’s garden.

The mother of two explained gardening brings her pure joy and peace, especially when she sees well-built and well-maintained gardens.

“Life can be challenging and for me seeing and being in a well-built and maintained garden soothes me and brings me closer to God.

“I am deeply in love with nature and gardens have a fresh aroma which is soothing and calming. They are natural healing systems which can help improve a person’s mood and help to heal depression.”

Rose studied landscaping and gardening and firmly believes when one plants a garden, one plants happiness.

“I completed landscaping and gardening courses through Intec College and I want to share my skills and knowledge with the community.”

She recently launched her gardening business, Khomo Garden Court and Creations, which is focused solely on gardening services which encompass all types of gardening and landscaping services from bush cutting, trimming, garden lawn implants, nursery maintenance, selling gardening accessories and other related services.

Khomo Garden Court and Creations’ vision and mission are to encourage close and everlasting relationships with customers by building trust and confidence.

Rose aims to grow her business so she can open branches across South Africa as well as transfer her skills and knowledge to others who share her interest and passion in gardening.

Rose added she created her business mainly to change people’s mindset about gardening in general.

Aside from her blossoming business in Polokwane, Rose also operates a 2 ha farm in Tzaneen where they are doing crop rotation and growing vegetables and maize beans which they sell to the public and other related markets.

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Singapore: More rooftop gardens, urban farms planned

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There could be more urban farms, rooftop gardens and solar panels sprouting up across Singapore, as city planners redouble efforts to make the city more green.

There are some 100ha of high-rise greenery – which refers to plants covering building exteriors – islandwide. This is equivalent to more than 100 football fields.

The target is to double this by 2030, set as part of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint two years ago.

To get there, developers will be given more options to replace greenery lost at a site during the development process, announced the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) yesterday (Nov 9).

Now, they can do so only through landscaping options within the building or by creating sky terraces and gardens on rooftops. Going forward, new features such as urban farms and communal gardens on rooftops will contribute towards the landscape replacement requirements.

Said Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee: “Such features have been gaining popularity in our urban landscape as many Singaporeans have a keen interest in farming and gardening.”

Speaking at the opening ceremony of GreenUrbanScape Asia, a three-day conference on landscape and design, he said the Government had set the 200ha target to make the urban landscape more attractive and support richer urban biodiversity. He added that “an appreciation and love for greenery is now core to Singapore’s national identity”.

The enhancements aim to encourage landscaping on walls and roofs that not only beautifies buildings, but also provides visual relief to passers-by and cools the ambient temperature, said a URA statement.

The changes come under the Landscaping for Urban Spaces and High-Rises (Lush) programme, which was launched in 2009 to incentivise developers and building owners to integrate greenery.

Yesterday, Mr Lee, who is also Minister for Social and Family Development, cited a joint study by the National Parks Board (NParks) and the National University of Singapore, to illustrate how high-rise greenery has a part to play in housing wildlife.

The study looked at biodiversity in roof gardens here from May 2014 to December 2015, and recorded some 53 bird species and 57 butterfly species in over 30 study sites.

“This joint study suggests that with careful design planning, urban roof gardens can play host to a diverse range of wildlife, and help complement the equally important work of natural habitat conservation and enhancement,” Mr Lee said.

According to the study, which is the first of its kind in Asia, roof gardens that attract the most wildlife are located below 50m in a building; have a larger planted area of more than 1,100 sq m; and have flower-and fruit-bearing plants .

“The study provided very strong evidence to give confidence to designers… to make more responsible, more informed (decisions on) roof gardens,” said Mr Poh Choon Hock, a researcher at NParks’ Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology.

As greener methods of using rooftop areas will require developers to relocate mechanical and electrical equipment, URA will sweeten the move by granting gross floor area exemptions for the space where the relocated equipment is placed in. These exemptions could represent significant cost savings for developers and building owners.

To standardise the assessment of these green plans for buildings, URA will also roll out a new Green Plot Ratio (GPR) framework as a requirement for developers, where denser greenery is required of buildings that see more intense use.

GPR, which will consider vertical greenery coverage, is an improvement over the current standard which takes only horizontal planted areas into consideration.

Today, there are 550 developments in the Lush scheme. Two out of three new residential developments so far have applied for at least one Lush incentive, while over half of new malls, offices and hotels have done the same, said URA.

The enhancements will encourage more developers to get on board, said GuocoLand Singapore group managing director Cheng Hsing Yao, 46. “I just hope we can strike a balance between the visual and the usability aspects of our greenery.”

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