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BrightView creates interactive learning garden for Boy Scouts of America

brightview team members working and planting

Photo: BrightView

BrightView worked together with more than 200 volunteers from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Orange County’s Helping Hands Committee to create an interactive learning garden.

The landscaping company also partnered with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to improve the facilities of Oso Lake in Mission Viejo, California. The campground is used for various purposes by more than 40,000 children each year, including the BSA.

The Helping Hands Committee wanted to create an open space that serves as both an outdoor classroom and native garden, and with BrightView’s Design, Development, Tree Care and Maintenance teams, this goal was achieved.

The garden features different plant communities including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, riparian, oak woodland and a meadow area. The 22,000-square-foot garden has trails that are connected to different the ecosystems and blends them together as they would naturally appear in California.

brightview's interactive learning garden

Photo: BrightView

“People often have a misconception that California native plants are all succulents and dry landscapes, but there is so much more,” said Humberto Delgadillo, a designer at BrightView responsible for designing the garden. “This garden will introduce visitors to California’s native plant communities and motivate them to get involved in conservation and environmental stewardship.”

BrightView’s Tree Care, Design Group and Development teams donated $4,000 to purchase the plant material needed for the job and the company also sourced the donation and installation of a fully solar-powered irrigation system.

BrightView teams provided grading, equipment and labor while working with the group of 200 volunteers from IREM to install the garden.

The Boy Scouts will use the space a place where members can earn sustainability badges, as well as learn about careers in landscaping and horticulture. BrightView says that it plans to regularly send employees from various parts of the industry to speak to groups about their profession.

“We were beyond excited to partner with IREM Helping Hands and the Boy Scouts of America on their Oso Lake project,” said Autumn Rau, vice president and general manager at BrightView. “This garden was designed and installed with the intent to have a hugely positive impact on many children for years to come.”

The garden will also be named after BrightView, as the Boy Scouts wanted to recognize the business for all of its contributions on the project.

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Time to do fall chores in the garden

For people who work hard in their gardens, they are getting a break as fall starts to wind down. However, sometimes it can be a little unsettling watching your garden go dormant. But take it in stride and use this time to improve your gardening skills.

I have been preaching the benefits of planting bulbs recently, and I hope you follow that advice. If you don’t mail order, then go to a local store and pick up several bags of tulips. Then make a commitment to plant them now.

If you plant bulbs in November, you will have beautiful flowers in the spring. Tulips, and other bulbs will give you a big lift after a long cold winter.

I have started cleaning up in my garden. Before we can plant our 600 bulbs, all the roses need to be trimmed. I cut them in half for the winter so that the long canes won’t get whipped around in the winter winds. In addition, getting the job done now gets me ahead in the spring.

We will wait until after the first frost to cut off the dead foliage on the dahlias. Next, we will dig them up and store them. I only dig up the ones I want to be sure I save for next year. Out of 80 dahlias, I will store about 40 bare root tubers in newspaper-lined milk crates. I store them in my garage and lightly water them once a month to prevent them from drying up. Keep the tuber fat and moist and away from the cold.

When it comes to cutting down perennials, there are several schools of thought. One group doesn’t like to cut off the foliage, even if it is dead and finished. Another group believes in getting rid of the foliage when it is finished.

I believe in a little of both schools of thought because getting rid of the dead foliage allows me to get ahead of my work in the spring. I am for doing anything I can to speed this process along.

But when it comes to hydrangeas, I agree with leaving it. The main reason is that birds use those spent hydrangea blooms for nesting material. We cut off the spent hydrangea blooms in the first week of April, leaving plenty of opportunity for the birds to use the blooms for nests.

Speaking of the birds, remember to clean out the birdhouses. Birds want a clean and dry place to build their nests. I use tongs to reach into the birdhouses and pull out the debris. This also is a good time to repair or replace damaged birdhouses.

It is important to remember to feed the birds during the winter. Insects are hard to come by in the winter, so birds rely on our suet and birdseed. In addition, keep the birdbaths clean and full of fresh water.

A final note is about the sasanqua hedge blooming right now in my garden. I have seen some incredible blooming sasanqua this fall. In addition, my Chinese abelia is about 10 feet tall and a thing of beauty. The blooms have all faded from white to an olive green. I love this shrub because it is a butterfly magnet.

The last word goes to the Japanese maples that I have planted in pots around my garden. The foliage is gorgeous and it seems as if the small maple tree is blooming with its vibrant red foliage.

Linda Cobb is a master gardener who lectures, teaches, and does garden design in South Carolina. She can be reached at 864-574-8493 or email her at Visit her website at

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First Images of What is Set to Become the Largest Botanic Garden in the World Revealed

First Images of What is Set to Become the Largest Botanic Garden in the World Revealed, Exterior view of Northern Habitat Biome. Image via Arup/Grimshaw
Exterior view of Northern Habitat Biome. Image via ©Arup/Grimshaw

Bold, innovative and set to become the largest botanic garden in the world, images of Oman’s future light-filled oasis in the desert have been revealed. A collaboration between Arup, Grimshaw, and Haley Sharpe Design delivers the architecture, engineering, landscaping, and interpretive design in a scheme of over 420 hectares for the Oman Botanic Garden.

Aerial View. Image via Arup/Grimshaw
Aerial View. Image via ©Arup/Grimshaw

The gardens, with guidance offered by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said will celebrate the country’s botanic diversity in the foothills of the Al Hajar Mountains. Here, an ancient seabed is still visible after it was elevated to 100m above sea level by tectonic activity.

The scheme uses the diverse landscape to its advantage, working within the undulating land and natural ridges and ravines to generate walkways and inform building elements.

Exterior view of the Southern Habitat Biome. Image via Arup/Grimshaw
Exterior view of the Southern Habitat Biome. Image via ©Arup/Grimshaw

Central to the site, eight defined habitats reflect the habitats of the country, featuring a range of endangered, native and endemic flora. Two sensitive habitats are enclosed by large biomes – shimmering glass structures woven seamlessly into the rolling plains of the desert. The Northern Biome recreates the varied environments of the Northern Mountains while the Southern Biome will house habitats of the Dhofar region, including an immersive green forest ‘Khareef’ setting. The habitats will be supported by a visitors center and education and research facilities and connected by a cable car.

Southern Habitat Biome. Image via Arup/Grimshaw
Southern Habitat Biome. Image via ©Arup/Grimshaw

Northern Habitat Biome. Image via Arup/Grimshaw
Northern Habitat Biome. Image via ©Arup/Grimshaw

The organic forms of the biomes were driven by the atmospheric conditions of the site, working with the topography and using the sun orientation and weather patterns to optimize natural lighting and cooling and the most efficient plant irrigation. All the water for the site is sourced sustainably with no wastage, contributing to the scheme’s plan for achieving the globally recognized sustainable standard – LEED Platinum.

Habitats Pavilion. Image via Arup/Grimshaw
Habitats Pavilion. Image via ©Arup/Grimshaw

Keith Brewis, a partner at Grimshaw has said of the design; 

“The Oman Botanic Garden is an astonishing project with many layers of interwoven cultural and environmental significance. Its scale and diversity is truly world-leading, and we are honoured to work as the architects for a project that has the conservation of bio-diversity as a core design driver.”

The Oman Botanic Garden will allow visitors to experience the flora of the Sultanate of Oman in only a few hours, and no doubt become a much-loved attraction for locals and tourists alike.

Construction on site is expected to start imminently.

Visitor's Centre pavilions and cable car structure. Image via Arup/Grimshaw
Visitor’s Centre pavilions and cable car structure. Image via ©Arup/Grimshaw

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Allies and Morrison to Masterplan New City District in Oman

The competition to masterplan Muscat, Oman’s new district, Al-Irfan, is over. Organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), five teams were chosen to submit proposals for the development project. Of those five, international firm Allies and Morrison has been selected to oversee the design process.

Grimshaw Reveal Vision for a High-Speed Concourse at London’s Euston Station

Grimshaw Architects, in collaboration with Arup, have revealed renderings for their proposed 25,000 square metre High Speed Two (HS2) railway terminal at Euston Station, in north London. They have developed an “incremental staged design” that will allow for the construction of the new high speed station while maintaining all existing services.

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City Moves to Update Strategic Plan

The City of Peoria occasionally updates its 15-year strategic plan, which includes both policy and management guidelines.

The council has already established guidance for several policies for projects, like combined sewer overflow and road maintenance.

But City Manager Patrick Urich says the council still needs to develop policy direction in several other areas:

“The medical field is probably the largest segment of our employment base in the metro area, so what can the city be doing to facilitate growth in that area,” Urich said. “There’s some other ongoing issues with vacant lots or police and community relations that I think the council wants us to continue efforts to drive change in our community.”

The strategic plan addresses issues relevant to the city’s overall vision, which is to become a safe, beautiful and growing, financially-sound community.

The council has occasionally met during the last several months to update the strategic plan. It will likely approve the revised plan at Tuesday’s council meeting.

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Hamilton Township committee approves proposed Eagle Scout project

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Local 14-year-old Jake Burnett has a goal of becoming an Eagle Scout in the very near future. On Monday, Nov. 13, the scout from Troop 55 in Somers Point sought approval from the Township Committee to create his Eagle Scout project on a property owned by the township.

About a month ago, Jake contacted the township with the purpose of finding a project the community needed that he could do as an Eagle Scout project.

According to Jake’s mother, Gina, township Director of Public Works Brett Noll offered two projects that could be done. He spoke with Jake about re-doing the rotting, falling apart, wooden raised flower bed surrounding the football scoreboard at Underhill Park, a place where Jake had played baseball for many years. Jake selected this project as it met the criteria needed for his Eagle project.

For the project, Jake will remove the old rotten structure, build a raised flowerbed using brick pavers and landscape the bed using evergreens to be sure it continues to look good through the cold months.

Jake has partnered with an experienced landscaper, Mark Shutz of Shutz’s Landscaping, as well as Noll, to assist with his project. He has been in touch with Mays Landing Athletic Association President Brion Kurtz and Football Commissioner Patrick Milliken to discuss his project, to see if they had ideas or concerns. They were both positive and excited for the project to take place and offered him their assistance if needed.

After handing out the project description and design to committee members, Jake quickly obtained a unanimous approval to move forward. “It’s great to see your initiative,” Mayor John Kurtz said.

Township Solicitor Robert Sandman asked Jake about the cost of the project. Jake replied he was unsure, as it depended on how much of the materials would be donated. Sandman then pledged $300 from his law firm, Hankin, Sandman, Palladino and Weintrob.

The freshman, enrolled in the engineering magnet program at Cedar Creek High School, said he plans to begin construction on the project in March.

“This is the type of project that will last for decades and not only is it one Jake will be very proud of, but one that will beautify and help his community,” Gina Burnett said.

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Colorado River Journey: The Past And Future Of Water Use

LOVELAND, CO — When you turn on the tap and pour a glass of water in the Front Range, you are drinking last year’s snow from the Western Slope. That snow will melt in the spring and rush along tributaries of the Colorado River high up in the mountains heading west.

But before the river’s water can flow from its headways down to the Gulf of Mexico, it’s caught in reservoirs such as Grand Lake and Lake Granby. There, it’s held until it’s diverted the next year to the eastern part of the state, through giant tunnel and dam works that harvest hydroelectric power and carry water for drinking, industry and agriculture.

“Basically 80 percent of the precipitation in Colorado is west of the Continental Divide and 80 percent of the people are in the eastern part of the state,” said James Bishop, public involvement specialist of the Bureau of Reclamation, Eastern Colorado Area Office.

A new era in public dam works is beginning in Colorado, with two projects getting approval from the Army Corps of Engineers this year. There hasn’t been a big dam or water-moving project built in the state for the past 25 years.

The past and the future of water use along the Front Range can be understood with the Loveland Museum’s enormous 3-D map of the Colorado-Big Thompson system, which takes up a large portion of the second floor. [You can watch a video below]. The museum’s Tunnel Vision exhibit celebrates the anniversary of the completion of the Alva B. Adams Tunnel, which first conveyed water in 1947 from the Colorado River to be used in the east.

New dam-building projects

Denver Water announced a $380 million expansion of Gross Reservoir, which will allow it to increase storage by 18,000 acre-feet.

Also, Northern Water Conservancy District in Berthoud got approval for the $425 million Windy Gap Firming Project, which will capture water from the Fraser River tributary on the Western Slope and deliver it to a brand new 90,000 acre-foot reservoir west of Loveland in Chimney Hollow. That water will also flow through the Adams Tunnel.

The Tunnel Vision exhibit displays photos from the construction of the tunnel, decreed via U.S. Senate proclamation in 1937. The exhibit also features art of Megan Gafford that demonstrates “humanity’s impressive ability to figure out how to achieve the difficult task of moving water.”

Tunnel system brings water from west to east

The tunnel system was, and is, an engineering wonder.

A worker paints the inside of the Alma D. Adams Tunnel
A worker paints the inside of the Alma D. Adams Tunnel. Courtesy Loveland Museum

Water is collected from the Colorado River in Lake Granby, then pumped uphill to Shadow Mountain Lake and adjacent Grand Lake, where it is fed into the 10-foot diameter mouth of the Adams Tunnel.

For a 13.1mile stretch, the tunnel passes under the Continental Divide, dropping 100 feet in elevation and empties out west of Mary’s Lake near Estes Park. Water passes through five power plants as it makes its way to the Front Range. Some of the electricity is maintained in the system to power the pumps on the Western Slope. The rest of the power is sold.

The tunnel can convey water at a rate of up to 1,100 acre-feet per day, adding up to 220,0000 acre-feet of water per year. The Colorado-Big Thompson system brings water to farm and ranch land as well as 925,000 people in portions of eight northern Colorado counties, according to the Loveland museum.

But demographic changes have increased the usage of water, and who’s using it, Bishop said. When the Adams Tunnel was built, two-thirds of Front Range use was for agriculture and one-third was for municipalities and industry, Bishop said.

“Now those are inverted, with two-thirds for municipalities and one third for agriculture.”

More people = new water projects

New times and new demographic predictions are bringing big new construction projects to the water delivery services in Colorado. But some say the Colorado River is already dying, with climate change making things worse. They assert the river, and the states downstream, can’t afford more diversion.

Windy Gap Reservoir
Windy Gap Reservoir. Courtesy Northern Water Conservancy District

The Windy Gap Firming Project was conceived when wet years between 1995-2000 caused water to overflow the Colorado Big Thompson system, said Eric Wilkinson, general manager for Northern Water Conservancy District.

On the Front Range, twelve cities will use the new reservoir outside of Loveland west of Carter Lake. The City of Broomfield will claim the most storage with room for 26,464 acre feet. The Platte River Power Authority will claim 12,600 acre feet. Greeley, Longmont and Loveland will claim about 10,000 acre feet each, while other towns in Weld and Boulder Co’s. will store between 1,000-5,000 acre feet. Northern Water will issue bonds for the project, which participating cities will repay.

Originally proposed in the 1960s, the Windy Gap project had an extra storage component, but that was never built, Wilkinson said. The new reservoir at Chimney Hollow can hold water during dry years when there is carryover, he said.

Site of proposed new Chimney Hollow reservoir and dam near Loveland
Site of proposed new Chimney Hollow reservoir and dam near Loveland via Northern Water Conservancy Dist.

“Utilizing storage is like having money in a bank account, when there are plentiful years, you have some fairly steady income coming out,” Wilkinson said.

But environmentalists say collecting more water from the Colorado River would only exacerbate problems downstream in the southwestern states like Nevada, Arizona and California, where droughts have created crisis and states have taken drastic conservation measures to attempt to regulate water use.

Further, they say climate change is already resulting in less snowpack and less water in the river.

A group of conservationist organizations filed a lawsuit in October with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Reclamation Bureau. The petition for review of agency action asks the two federal agencies to revaluate the Windy Gap Firming Project, which they say is not based on actual water demand and will remove more water from the Colorado River, further damaging the wildlife and health of the river.

“We consider it a brand new project,” said Gary Wockner of Save The Colorado. “They think water shouldn’t have to go down the river unless it’s legally forced to. We believe rivers are alive and they exist for the benefit of fish, habitat and wetlands.”

Wockner said population growth was driving water demand, but that Colorado was “twenty years behind” on water conservation efforts like those in California that resulted in water use reduction of 20 percent or more. “California [gives a rebate] to people to get rid of their lawns, there isn’t anywhere in Colorado that does that,” Wockner said. Wocnker said more efficient systems, water recycling, growth management and working with farmers were the ways to meet water demands in the future.

Towns along the front range are trying to work the lawsuit into their timelines.

“The impact of the lawsuit on the proposed project schedule is uncertain at this time,” David Allen, Broomfield Pubic Works director, said in an email. “The lawsuit may delay the selling of bonds if the legal proceedings are drawn out. We will have a better sense of any potential delays in the next three to six months. Engineering design is still moving forward as planned and is anticipated to be completed in early 2018.”

As for climate change, Wilkinson said he wasn’t sure how the weather would affect the amount of snow. “Weather on both extremes is what we’re thinking. Wet years will be wetter and dry years will be dryer.”

Wilkinson said Northern Water supports conservation methods and the Berthoud offices feature 2.5 acres of demonstration gardens to offer landscaping ideas. But he disagreed that water conservation was the answer to the water needs of population growth.

“Conservation alone will not, in any way shape or form, solve all the problems. Yes, it’s a key ingredient and our participant [municipalities] are vigorously pursuing that,” Wilkinson said. “The state water plan made it clear that our system includes storage.

“It takes 20 years, at least, to develop a water project,” Wilkinson said. “You don’t plan for tomorrow if you’re in the water purveyor business, you plan for 20 years from now.”

Watch an explanation of how water travels from the Colorado River to the Front Range using the Loveland Museum’s 3-D map of the Colorado Big-Thompson Water System.

Image: Lake Granby Dam and water spill via Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District

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ASGC Expands Egypt Portfolio With Two New Project Wins – Al

Emaar Misr has chosen ASGC as the main contractor for two of its upcoming flagship projects: Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the new Uptown Cairo project Levana

ASGC, one of the leading construction groups in the UAE, is expanding its overseas portfolio with the announcement of two new project wins in Egypt’s capital city of Cairo. Emaar Misr has chosen ASGC as the main contractor for two of its upcoming flagship projects: Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the new Uptown Cairo project Levana, and the Crescent project within Cairo’s Mivida development.

“Across our business, ASGC’s growth momentum continues as we expand to new regional markets and affirm our commitment to supporting top regional developers,” said Bishoy Azmy, CEO of ASGC. “We are proud to have been selected by Emaar Misr to deliver these exciting projects, and we look forward to applying our expertise — which spans over 30 years — in contributing to Egypt’s urban progress.”

ASGC’s Scope of works in Levana, includes the construction of 121 villas and townhouses with total built up area of around 62,000 m2, complete infrastructure works, landscaping, as well as utilities networks. The Cairo Uptown project is the first integrated development in the center of the Egyptian capital with easy accessibility from Cairo’s neighborhoods. Combining the best of urban and suburban design, Uptown Cairo offers suburban tranquility and city center convenience,

ASGC also started working on the Crescent development at Mividia. This project entails the construction of 13 fully-finished apartment buildings, in addition to private gardens and landscaping, infrastructure, and more. Mividia by Emaar Misr is located in New Cairo, integrating urban lifestyles with natural surroundings. The 3.8 million m2 development, which is just 20 minutes away from Cairo International Airport, will feature 5,000 homes designed by international architects.

Founded in 1989 in Dubai, ASGC provides turn-key general contracting solutions across a range of market sectors, including residential, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, industrial, leisure, and infrastructure. In addition to undertaking large-scale construction projects, ASGC offers related construction products and services, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing services, and steel structure, ready-mix concrete and pre-cast products, as well as interior fit-outs through a number of subsidiaries.

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What’s Growing On: Master Gardeners are here to help you

Have you ever wondered where to go for advice about landscaping or vegetable gardening? Does a pest problem have you stumped? Do you need guidance on how and when to prune your favorite specimen plant or fruit tree? Master Gardeners are here to help!

The Master Gardener Program is administered by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), and is part of the University of California, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR). Our mission is “to extend research-based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to the residents of California…”

Master Gardeners go through an extensive training program and background screening, and once certified, they must also complete annual requirements for volunteer hours and continuing education. In other words, when you enlist the help of a Master Gardener, rest assured that you’re receiving top-notch assistance.

One of the primary ways San Joaquin Master Gardeners help county residents is through our help desk, which is open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. For general gardening questions, you may contact the help line at (209) 953-6112. If you need help with identification of a pest or weed, or diagnosis of a plant disease or problem, it’s best to contact our volunteers by email (, or to visit our office in person at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Blvd., Suite 200 (off Arch-Airport Road in Stockton). When using email, it’s helpful to send a few clear photos along with a description. If coming to our office in person, please bring an intact insect or a large plant sample in a tightly sealed clear plastic bag or jar, to prevent potential spread of a harmful condition or invasive pest.

Our “UCCE Master Gardeners of San Joaquin County” website ( is another key part of our outreach, with countless articles, helpful links, and other garden-related information appropriate for our area. The information available is far too extensive to list here, so set aside some time to visit our site and explore its many resources.

Your local Master Gardener volunteers also participate in many local community education projects. These currently include:

• The Learning Landscape, our volunteer-maintained demonstration garden at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center. This garden is open to the public year-round, and its six miniature landscapes — All-Stars, California Native, Edible, Foliage, Mediterranean, and Pollinator — are designed to inspire and educate visitors. Plant specimens are labeled with both scientific and common names; informative signage explains the garden’s sustainable design elements and irrigation system. Visit the landscape on your own, or look for notice of our biannual public event: Open Garden Day, held in both the spring and fall.

• Garden Notes, our quarterly newsletter. Both current and prior issues are available online at Visit our website and click on the newsletter link on the home page.

• The “What’s Growing On” blog — of which this article is a part — which is a series of weekly articles on a wide variety of garden-related topics. The full series of articles is available at

• Monthly workshops in Stockton and Manteca. Check our online calendar of events for locations, dates, and times.

• The annual Smart Gardening Conference, which is next scheduled for March 3. Specific details and registration information will soon be posted on our website.

• The School and Community Gardens Committee, with expert consultants that can help your organization establish and properly maintain an edible or ornamental garden. We currently work with the Boggs Tract Community Farm, the Stockton Emergency Food Bank garden, the garden at the LOEL Senior Center in Lodi, the Black Urban Farmers Association, and many other school and community sites throughout the county.

• Community outreach. San Joaquin Master Gardeners volunteer their time and talents at various special events throughout the county: farmers’ markets in Stockton and Tracy; AgVenture programs in Lodi, Manteca, and Stockton; Arbor Day events throughout the county; Stockton’s Earth Day Celebration at Victory Park; the Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi; and many more.

The statewide Master Gardener program also has a tremendous selection of online resources and other valuable information for the general public. Visit their website ( and click on the “Gardening Resources” icon to access a page with links to:

• The California Garden Web, a portal to UC’s collection of garden-related research.

• The California Backyard Orchard, with guidance on growing fruit and nut trees at home.

• Integrated Pest Management (IPM), on how to cope with garden problems while minimizing impacts to the human and natural environs.

• ANR Publications, with a wealth of UC-published books and pamphlets.

Master Gardener volunteers throughout California have donated nearly five and a half million hours of their time — and San Joaquin Master Gardeners have donated almost 49,000 hours in the last ten years — to help people like you with garden-related questions and issues. We’re always glad for opportunities to serve you, because gardening is our passion!

If you have any questions about the San Joaquin Master Gardener programs mentioned above, need help with gardening-related questions, or would like to become a Master Gardener yourself, please call our office at 209-953-6100, send us an email at, or visit our website:

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Landscaping Products in the US by Product, Market, Application, End User and Region

Key Findings in the Landscaping Products Study:

Homeowners’ Interest in Attractive, Functional Spaces Drives Gains
Gains will be fueled by creating areas for entertaining and cooking outdoors. Continued interest in home improvement television shows, magazines, and websites inspire homeowners to purchase landscaping products that incorporate style elements prevalent inside the home. These include decorative pottery, and tiles and pavers made from natural stone and porcelain.
Additionally, landscaping products such as lighting, structural shelters, and heating equipment extend the usefulness of an outdoor space into evenings and during seasons with transitional weather.
Furthermore, rising interest in gardening – decorative and/or edible – will boost sales. Gardeners are more likely to purchase pots and planters, develop raised plant beds with hardscape products, and use structures such as sheds and hobby greenhouses. Healthy gains for pots and planters result in part from rising consumer interest in container gardening, particularly herbs, vegetables, and decorative plants that must be brought indoors during colder months.

Interest in Minimizing Storm Water Runoff Will Impact Landscaping Product Selections
Concern for improved water management is driving installation of permeable pavers, including replacement in areas that were formerly fully paved. Permeable pavers allow rainwater to drain through gaps between the pavers and into the ground below, limiting the amount of water diverted to storm sewers. Key applications include driveways, patios, pedestrian paths, plazas, parking lots, and courtyards.
Additionally, the increasing installation of rooftop gardens – particularly on multifamily housing buildings, and office and other commercial spaces – also assists in redirecting rainwater. Such locations provide additional outdoor living and recreation space that can be outfitted with landscaping products such as planters, hardscaping, and pergolas.

Study Coverage
This industry study presents historical demand data (2006, 2011 and 2016) and forecasts for 2021 by product (decorative products, hardscape products, outdoor structures, and other), market (residential, nonresidential, nonbuilding), application (new, and improvement and repair), end user (professional and consumer/DIY), and region (Northeast, Midwest, South, West) at manufacturers’ level. The study also discusses marketing, product development, and consumer trends, evaluates company market share, and analyzes industry competitors including Boral, CEMEX, Central Garden Pet, HeidelbergCement, Oldcastle (CRH), and Philips Lighting.

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Thanksgiving travel tips: Expect New Jersey Turnpike traffic, watch out for crashes


Traveling for Thanksgiving? Same.

Whether it’s plane, train or automobile, one thing is certain for Thanksgiving travelers: You’re in for a rough ride.

The days before major holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are nightmares for regular commuters and travelers. Trains and buses are standing-room only. Stations and terminals become mosh pits of angry luggage-wielding travelers. Rush hour traffic lasts for hours at a time.

MORE: 5 myths about Thanksgiving travel

AAA projects that nearly 51 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving, the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2005.

Here’s your guide to getting away – or simply getting home – for Thanksgiving the easiest way possible: Driving.

Do you need to take a plane? Check out our guide here!

Or are you hitting the rails? Here’s everything you need to know!

By car…

According to AAA, more than 45 million people – 89 percent of all Thanksgiving travelers – are planning a road trip this week, a 3.2 percent increase.

The icing on the cake? Drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving fuel prices since 2014. On Monday, New Jersey fuel prices averaged $2.57 per gallon – up 35 cents since last Thanksgiving.

Expect higher traffic than usual during rush hour periods on Wednesday, known as “Getaway Day.” That traffic could be even worse on roads that run near major airports – such as the New Jersey Turnpike near exit 13A, for Newark Airport.

THE WORST: NJ drivers ripped off at NY E-ZPass tolls

“Thanksgiving has historically been one of the busiest holidays for road trips, and this year we could see record-level travel delays,” said Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX, a global transportation analytics company that partnered with AAA to inform travelers of delays. “Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.”

According to AAA, the busiest travel time is between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, which could double typical rush hour traffic delays.

MORE: Which cars are most distracting?

And if you’re on the road, be careful. Drunken driving crashes killed more than 800 people from Wednesday night to Monday morning, from 2012 to 2016, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

5 holiday travel tips: Automobiles

  1. Timing is everything. If you can avoid rush hour times, then avoid them. Leave late at night – after 9 p.m. – if possible.  
  2. Back-up plan. There’s likely a half-dozen different routes to Grandma’s house. Become familiar with them so, if a major crash closes a road, you know how to get around it.
  3. Stay alert. Monitor 511 NJ and for the latest crashes and road closures – so you know when to turn to Plan B.
  4. Fuel up beforehand. There’s nothing worse than packing up the car, loading everyone up and immediately stopping for gas.
  5. Be nice. Nobody likes sitting in traffic. Go easy on blaring the horn or aggressively driving behind slow motorists. Don’t worry: The turkey will still be there.

NEXT: What can you expect at the airports on the busiest day of the year?

Mike Davis; @byMikeDavis: 732-643-4223;

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