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Riverside water-wise garden shows how to have a nice yard with less water – Press

A beautiful yard and low water use can indeed go together.

A new garden in Riverside aims to show how.

Officials marked completion of the Janet Goeske Center Water Wise Garden on Wednesday morning, Nov. 29.

In fact, the Goeske senior center now has 45,000 square feet of gardens around it, demonstrating not one way to garden without a high water bill but seven.

The pocket gardens display turf alternatives, a meadow garden, a decorative hardscape, a Mediterranean garden, a California native garden, a desert garden and a sensory garden. Signs include the names of the plants in each garden and tips on watering.

Seniors walk past the new Water Wise Garden at Riverside's Janet Goeske Senior Center on Wednesday, Nov. 29.Photo by Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG
Seniors pass the new Water Wise Garden at Riverside’s Janet Goeske Senior Center on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Compared to the grass that was there before, the gardens cut water use by 70 percent, which should save about 1.5 million gallons of water per year, said Ryan McManus, water conservation coordinator for Riverside Public Utilities.

More detailed advice on the gardens and water-wise planting is online at

“Candidly, most people over water, so they’ll probably save more water than that,” McManus said.

Other low-water gardens can be seen in many Riverside parks, he said.

One longstanding Inland example of water-wise planting will some day disappear.

The Western Municipal Water District built a demonstration garden in Riverside more than 30 years ago — one of the first in the state — but is closing the Alessandro Avenue site as part of the sale of its headquarters announced in July.

Educating people about water conservation remains a goal, and the district is exploring other ways to do so that are less costly than a demonstration garden, water district spokeswoman Rachel A. McGuire said in an email.

Meanwhile, officials praised the Goeske Center garden on Wednesday.

“We not only replaced a large water-thirsty lawn but will teach others how they can do the same,” said Councilman Mike Soubirous, who represents the ward in which the center is located.

Senior center patrons said they appreciated the importance of saving water.

“It’s getting better,” said Sarah Van Buehler, who has frequented the senior center for 17 years. “It was looking kind of dead for a while.”

The $300,000 garden is funded by grants, Western Municipal Water District, Riverside Public Utilities’ water conservation surcharge and irrigation materials provided for free by The Toro Company.


Limit grass: Consider cutting back or eliminating turf. Use a water-efficient sprinkler system and set lawnmower blades to 3 inches. This encourages deeper roots and saves water. Limit lawn watering  to a few minutes each cycle.

Choose plants wisely: A drought-tolerant landscape allows for a beautiful landscape with drought-tolerant, often native, plants, minimal supplemental irrigation and little to no adverse runoff. Drought-resistant plants can save 30 to 60 gallons per 1,000 square feet each time.

Smart irrigation: Installing drip irrigation and adding a smart controller to irrigation systems could save about 15 gallons each time grass or plants are watered and saves 24-plus gallons a day.

Sprinkler attention: Adjusting sprinkler heads and fixing leaks saves 12-15 gallons each time something is watered. A leak as small as the tip of a pen can waste about 6,300 gallons of water a month. Residents should check for leaks or breaks once a month.

Mulch matters: Use it whenever possible to conserve water by reducing moisture evaporation from soil. Mulch also reduces weeds, prevents soil compaction and keeps soil temperatures more moderate.

No hose downs: Use a broom or rake to clean up outdoors, not a hose. This saves 8-18 gallons per minute.

Source: Janet Goeske Center Water Wise Garden

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UAFS students lend helping hand to Hope Campus

Students from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith came together to breathe new life into a special area at the Riverview Hope Campus.

UAFS students painted a mural on a red brick wall overlooking the beginnings of a community garden at the Hope Campus. It features the phrase “Garden of Hope” written in warm colors against a blue background, surrounded by a considerable amount of plant life.

Bryan Alexis, associate professor of graphic design at UAFS, said the students were part of the Special Topics: Mural Painting class. 

“… Every year for the last three years we’ve run the mural project class in conjunction with the Unexpected,” Alexis said. “This year, they had moved the Unexpected into the summer, and that kind of left us with no festival, but hungry muralist students needing some walls to paint. …” 

Alexis said he approached John McIntosh, executive director of 64.6 Downtown and a member of the Hope Campus board of directors, about needing walls for the students to paint.

Samantha Cole, director for community health and access at Mercy Hospital, said Mercy Hospital started looking at planting a garden at the Hope Campus in about September. 

“We did an immersion event where some of the Mercy co-workers came out and built raised flower beds, or boxed beds, garden beds, in that area in preparation of a garden,” Cole said. “And when you looked at the beds that were built, the wall there is just a plain brick wall, and someone had mentioned how nice it would be to have a mural there, letting everyone know that this is a place of hope. …”

Cole said that is how they started reaching out to McIntosh. McIntosh was instrumental in helping to connect the UAFS students with the Hope Campus to get the mural project started. Cole credits Martin Schreiber, Mercy Hospital vice president of mission, for mentioning the idea of a mural in the first place.

McIntosh said he “basically connected the dots” between the UAFS students, the Hope Campus and Mercy Hospital.

“… It took a little bit to facilitate the design approval, which I was involved in, and then just making sure that the Hope Campus knew that these students were coming to be there, and they rolled out the red carpet for the students, and it took them two or three days to do everything that they needed to do,” McIntosh said. “And we ended up with a really nice mural that’s a backdrop and colorful behind the garden. …”

McIntosh said he believes the mural will have a lasting impression for those who come to the Hope Campus to get a hand up in life.

Alexis said the Special Topics: Mural Painting class collaborated and put a design together, submitted the design, got approval, and figured out the amount of paint it would take to complete the project, among other tasks.

“I helped them with the purchasing of the paint, and, you know, any questions they had kind of along the way, ” Alexis said. “But for the most part, they scheduled it, they went down and projected, and drew the design on the wall.”

Alexis said one of the first directives the class received from the Hope Campus was that it wanted the name of the garden “Garden of Hope” and it wanted that text incorporated into the mural.

“… And (the students) went through several design iterations where they were featuring vegetables and fruits and things of that nature,” Alexis said. “But because I think that, you know, the garden that was going to grow a variety of things, they kind of went more … sprouting and growing, and new life emerging from the ground, and I think that’s what the Hope Campus is partially about … giving people hope, and giving them new life, and giving them skill, and giving them things that maybe they haven’t had before that could emerge and grow in their own lives.”

Cole said McIntosh sent her and Schreiber four different versions for the design of the mural. All three of them picked the final design.

“… The one that we picked, we were all in agreement with it,” Cole said. “That was exactly the picture that we were looking for, exactly the hope that we wanted to bring through that artwork.”

The painting of the mural took place Oct. 26-27, Alexis said. The students projected the image onto the wall on the night of Oct. 26 and painted an outline before spending all of the next day painting.

When asked why he believed this was an important project for the students to perform, Alexis said it is all about “design for good.”

“… I think that so many times we get wrapped up into the commerce of design and the commerce of art ,” Alexis said. “Sometimes, it’s important to just take a step back and say, ‘Hey, you know, you can also use these skills that you have for the enhancement of your community, the enhancement of your fellow man, not just the economy, but our collective wellbeing, and I couldn’t have thought of a better project, with them coming together with an outreach for the homeless in our community, and connecting the students with that. …”


The release states the following students participated in the mural:

Nathan Meyers of Alma.

Manyseng Soukhaseum of Booneville.

Claudia Lackie and Julia Sexton of Fort Smith.

Hannah Hayden of Greenwood.

Ryder Chang, Cole Stufflebeam and Lauren Westfall of Van Buren.

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Couple’s love for Olive Garden inspires baby girl’s name – KSLA

FORT SMITH, AR (KFSM/CNN) – A couple who once ate at Olive Garden nearly every day for seven weeks is now planning to name their daughter Olivia Garton.

Justin and Jordan Garton chose their baby’s name to celebrate her Italian heritage, but it had been a joke in the family for quite a while that the couple would name her after Olive Garden.

The two once visited the restaurant frequently after hitting a financial rough patch.

“That’s when we bought the ‘Never Ending Pasta Pass’ because we didn’t have enough money for groceries. We knew that the investment in the $100 Pasta Pass would save us money, and it did wind up saving us over $250,” said mother-to-be Jordan Garton.

The couple decided on the name Olivia after they fell in love with it – but it helped that the name resembled that of the restaurant.

“So, we just knew that that was going to be it, and then we were like, ‘Oh yeah, we can still subtlety make the pun,’” Jordan Garton said.

After the baby’s name was chosen, friends of the Gartons surprised them with a personalized onesie for the baby whose design resembled the Olive Garden logo.

Still, the couple says they didn’t directly name the baby after the restaurant.

“We just happened to have ties to the restaurant. The name is close, but obviously, we didn’t want it to be directly naming her after the restaurant,” said father-to-be Justin Garton.

Olive Garden got word about Olivia’s name and told the parents that the popular food chain would have a special surprise in store for the new baby.

“To hear from Olive Garden, they’ve reached out to us, and they’ve even said they’re going to give Olivia an early birthday present. So, we’re excited about that,” Justin Garton said.

With the baby’s due date in early December, it won’t be long before Olivia Garton can have her first experience at Olive Garden.

“We’ll probably be there several times before she can even eat solid foods,” Justin Garton said.

The little girl’s full name will be Olivia Michelle Garton.

Her initials will be O.M.G., another thing her parents plan to have fun with.

Copyright 2017 KFSM via CNN. All rights reserved.

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Home & Garden: A healing garden in German Village

Jerry Smith’s garden space was designed with peacefulness in mind

Step inside Jerry Smith’s German Village garden and it’s easy to see why he schedules client meetings here. This landscape architect, who helped write the national guidelines for sustainable landscapes and designs greenspaces for health care facilities around the world, practices what he preaches in his own backyard.

“Healing gardens are designed to delight the senses—a bright spot of color to attract the eye, the sound of water or the smell of lavender,” says Smith who is a fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects. “These elements offer positive distractions from an illness or a loss.”

Just outside the front of Smith’s home, a wall of green shrubbery buffers the traffic noise. An iron gate opens to a patch of lavender and a charming brick path that leads to a raised terrace. Oakleaf hydrangeas that are heavy with blooms lean toward the path. Farther down, a large cherry tree veils an open gathering area around a fire pit. In the distance, a row of arborvitae catches the eye with its conical forms.

“We’ve always thought of our outdoor rooms as healing spaces,” says Smith. “That’s our quiet meditation place, our connection to nature and positive distractions place, and our place of social interaction and connection to community.”

After working and living in downtown Boston for 10 years, Smith and his wife, Brooke Michl-Smith, also an architect and contributor in the garden’s design, decided to return to her home state in 1995 to raise their daughter Ruby.

“German Village was the only place after living in downtown Boston,” says Smith. The couple found their diamond in the rough—an 1870s Italianate brick home just a half block from Schiller Park that was overdue for some updates.

On the exterior, the couple removed metal awnings over the windows, took down the metal louvered siding that wrapped around the front porch and eventually pulled off metal storm windows that surrounded a carport in the back. Inside, they renovated the kitchen and extended the space by knocking out a wall to an adjoining sun porch.

Next, they worked with Oakland Nursery, where Smith now works as a part-time consultant, to tackle the landscape, which he describes as “literally concrete and brick with no shrubs.”

Here, they wanted to create a respite from work, a gathering space for friends and family and a play space for their daughter.

Over time, they transformed the outdoor space into four living areas—an entry, an elevated middle terrace, a sunken garden room and an adjoining carport/event space.

“I think of it as rooms with segregations and connections,” says Smith as he points to a dividing wall of shrubs and a connecting path of bricks. “If you see the garden all at once, you have nothing to explore. So I like spaces to have a focal point to draw people in and give them surprises to find throughout.”

For the entry, they created an inviting front porch with a seating area, new railing and an antique newel post they found at a local antique mall. Nearby, they planted a Kousa dogwood with white blooms in spring and red fruits in fall.

From the porch, a brick path leads to an elevated dining terrace.

“Raising the plane [of the terrace] was key to creating a series of rooms,” says Smith. The raised terrace also reduced the number of steps from the kitchen door, making the space more accessible. A row of boxwood, an ivy-lined wall of the neighbor’s home and a tall butterfly magnolia further define the intimate space. Here, they enjoy morning coffee and grow a collection of culinary herbs in pots.

From the terrace, the brick path steps down into a large garden room covered by the canopy of a mature cherry tree that blooms pink in spring. At the far end, the square space is separated from the alley with a brick wall and row of arborvitae. A seating area is surrounded by June-blooming Annabelle hydrangeas and August-blooming Tardiva hydrangeas, a Japanese maple, a Ruby Falls redbud and a collection of hostas and other perennials. In the middle, a vintage glider purchased at the German Village annual garage sale is the plumb seat by the fire pit. A water fountain finishes the space with a relaxing gurgle.

The final outdoor space is the carport. Smith connects the carport to the garden room via a tunnel of shrubs and an iron gate from his mother-in-law. He cleverly tucks this alleyway of viburnum and lilac shrubs beneath the kitchen window where their fragrance wafts into the house in spring. On most days, the carport provides off-street parking for the couple’s vehicles and a workspace using a potting bench from the repurposed kitchen sink and cabinets. For special occasions, the couple parks the cars in the alley and transforms the carport into an alfresco dining room, complete with a pop-up dining table and hanging light fixture.

The backyard is not only a respite for the couple, but for urban wildlife. A robin keeps a nest atop a column on the front porch. Songbirds visit the bird bath. Occasionally, a falcon will appear as it passes from its Downtown nest to Schiller Park.

It’s no wonder Smith meets with clients in the kitchen’s sun porch, where they can enjoy the sounds of these songbirds, the warmth of the morning sunlight, the colors of the garden or the fragrance of lilac.

He knows a sensory garden’s healing power firsthand. When he was laid off during the recent recession, he says he redesigned details in the garden a dozen times. Thankfully, the process and the outcomes kept him believing in himself.

“Nature is a mediator,” says Smith. “We can connect with nature and its cycles of life. When leaves fall in winter, we don’t despair and have hope that things will come back in the spring.” 

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Founder of Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek dies at 109

WALNUT CREEK — Ruth Bancroft, a renowned expert on drought-tolerant plants and founder of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, died at her Walnut Creek home Nov. 26. She was 109.

Bancroft was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Berkeley. Although she studied architecture at UC Berkeley, the 1929 stock market crash derailed her career plans. Instead, Bancroft earned a home arts degree and later taught high school. In 1939, she married Philip Bancroft Jr., whose family owned a 400-acre walnut and pear farm in Walnut Creek, according to a news release.

The Southwest Sunset Social at the Ruth Bancroft Garden recently welcomed a surprise visitor, Ruth Bancroft, shortly before her 107th birthday. She joined the festivities to meet wildlife ambassadors from Lindsay Wildlife Experience.
The Southwest Sunset Social at the Ruth Bancroft Garden recently welcomed a surprise visitor, Ruth Bancroft, shortly before her 107th birthday. She joined the festivities to meet wildlife ambassadors from Lindsay Wildlife Experience. 

Bancroft had a keen intellect and an insatiable curiosity about plants and nature. She collected and categorized seashells and planted flower gardens around the home she shared with her husband and three children on the Bancroft property.

In 1950, Bancroft bought her first succulent and eventually she collected greenhouses full of the hardy plants. After selling plots of land to residential developers, in 1971 the Bancroft family cut down their last walnut orchard and Philip Bancroft Jr. gave his wife the 3.5 acres to plant her succulents.

Working with Lester Hawkins, co-founder of Western Hills nursery in Occidental, Bancroft designed the garden’s intricate layout to display the beauty and diversity of succulents, cactuses and other drought-tolerant plants.

Sally Ingraham, who lived next door to the Bancroft family farm in the 1960s, described Bancroft as a kind, thoughtful woman who was highly respected by the community.

“She was dedicated to that garden and with her talent and her ability it became something that was worth saving and quite unique,” said Ingraham, 90, a founding member of the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

“People come from all over the United States and even the world to see it because it’s so beautiful and so well-designed.”

Bancroft worked in the garden everyday until she was 97 years old, although she did take time off every once in a while to attend the opera, according to Gretchen Bartzen, director of fundraising and development and former executive director of the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Bancroft often toiled in the sweltering Walnut Creek heat, without taking many breaks, Bartzen said, but she would have a beer with a visitor and talk about plants.

“Ruth had a great eye for garden design, the art of arranging plants to create unique compositions,” close friend and garden curator Brian Kemble said in a statement. “But beyond this, she was awed by the plants themselves, thinking of each kind as a near-magical product of the creative expression of Mother Nature … There was a joy in the way she related to plants which will always stay with me.”

With the help of New York-based The Garden Conservancy, the Bancroft family formed the nonprofit Ruth Bancroft Garden on Bancroft Road which is protected by a conservation easement. It opened to the public in the early 1990s. In August, the garden broke ground on a visitor and education center with space for events and classes as well as offices for staff.

Walnut Creek Councilwoman Cindy Silva described Bancroft’s garden as both artistic and educational.

“It’s just beautiful to look at, but her biggest gift, I think, to the community in developing and nurturing that garden is it taught us to respect the environment we live in and that beauty can come in even the driest of climates,” Silva said.

For Bancroft, gardening was a form of self-expression and relaxation, said Bartzen, adding that visitors encounter a world of beauty where they also can truly be themselves.

“I think there’s something important and organically necessary about a public garden and people want that, they don’t want that to go away, it’s a treasure,” she said. “This little woman did this huge thing all by herself.”

Bancroft is survived by her children Peter Bancroft, Nina Dickerson and Kathy Hidalgo and four grandchildren. The Bancroft family and the Ruth Bancroft Garden plan to hold a memorial for Ruth Bancroft in the garden in the spring.

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Editor’s Letter: A Fresh Look – Garden & Gun

If we’re doing our job well, magazine editors spend the better part of most days thinking about our readers—what stories will interest them, what will surprise them, what photos will captivate them, what headlines will draw them in. But no matter how much thought and effort go into a magazine’s content, everything rides on the back of good design. For the past year we’ve been thinking a lot about the design of Garden Gun, and we decided that as we came to the close of our tenth-anniversary year and looked ahead to 2018 and beyond, the time was right for a true refresh. 

Award-winning design director and Memphis native Marshall McKinney led the charge. As a nine-year veteran of GG, he was tasked with giving the pages a more modern feel while retaining the clean, crisp, and elegant look the magazine is known for. Working alongside McKinney were design consultant Tom Brown of TBA+D, photography director Maggie Brett Kennedy, art director Julia Knetzer, and associate photo editor Margaret Houston. You’ll notice we updated fonts, eliminated some visual clutter, and refined the overall reading experience. We even added a section, Jubilee, to serve as the new home for our food and drink coverage. A celebration of the Southern table, it contains some of your favorite regular columns, including Kim Severson’s Anatomy of a Classic and John T. Edge’s Fork in the Road, plus a few surprises. 

If we’ve accomplished our goal, the new look should feel effortless. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to an eclectic mix of great stories and stunning photography, and of course our love of a good dog. The cover of this year’s sporting issue is graced by a twelve-week-old springer spaniel puppy named Cragtopp Crawford of Tibea—or Rodney, for short. Rodney belongs to trainer Robin Watson of Tibea Gundogs in Lancaster, South Carolina. The pup arrived in the States from England just a few weeks before our cover shoot. For now, there’s not much training for Rodney, just exploratory walks and the occasional quick game of fetch. “We let them have their childhood before going to school,” Watson says. But soon they’ll begin work on basic obedience before moving on to flushing and retrieving, and before long he’ll be ready for the field.

A good gundog is always evolving, much like a magazine. Speaking of which, we hope you like the changes we’ve made to GGDon’t hesitate to let us know your thoughts.


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VR Retail launches 3-D garden design app

The 2018 iLandscape Show will feature Animal Planet television star and tree house master Pete Nelson as its keynote speaker. The show takes place Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2018, at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Nelson will kick off the event with a keynote presentation at 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 31 in Discovery Hall. Attendees will learn about Nelson’s path to a unique, tree-centric career. He will discuss his projects and the lessons he’s learned in his 30 years as a professional tree house designer.

The show will also offer educational sessions, which will include topics such as efficient operations, goal setting, container gardening secrets, soil health, customer service, communication, installation techniques and plant material. Spanish language educational sessions will also be available.

In addition, students are invited to attend the 2018 iLandscape show any day at no cost, as long as their college or university is registered. On Feb. 2, the show will host a career day where students can participate in a mentor walkabout to introduce them to top industry professionals. There will also be student roundtable discussions with a team of landscape professionals representing several areas of the landscape industry.

More details are available about the show online. To register for the show, click here.

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How Can We Fix The City’s Worsening Architecture?

Hulking buildings with no aesthetic value keep popping up all around Denver. Here’s why you should care.

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CrowdReviews Partnered with acm Events to Announce: The 4th Edition of Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar …

Naples, FL, November 27, 2017 — The 4th Annual Future Landscape Public Realm Qatar conference has been launched successfully today as part of Qatar Sustainability Week 2017. The conference was held at Intercontinental Hotel The City, Doha.

Dr. Anna Grichting Solder from the College of Engineering at Qatar University chaired the conference. Whilst Mona Noureldin Mohamed from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment delivered a presentation titled “Vibrant Qatar – towards Creating community-based open spaces and public parks.”

Ghazi Elsherif from Public Works Authority “Ashghal” presented the opportunities of using thermal dried sludge and treated sewage effluent in Qatar’s landscaping industry.

Another interesting presentation was delivered by Energy City Qatar (ECQ)’s representative Mohamad Diab about ECQ landscape and public realm design.

The conference ended with a panel discussion on designing a fully functional and pedestrian friendly public realm through effective strategies. The panel discussion included Don Sharp from Parsons, Mona Noureldin Mohamed from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and Mohamed M. Hassona from The Qur’anic Botanic Garden.

The event included a networking break that brought together all attendees, speakers and sponsors in a professional friendly atmosphere.

The first day of Future Landscape Public Realm Qatar created the perfect platform for the attendees to build relations, exchange ideas and seize business opportunities throughout the ACMi+ interface that allowed for many networking breaks which created a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.

Many key players participated in this event, to name a few: Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’, Parsons, Energy City Qatar, Cracknell, The Qur’anic Botanic Garden, Qatar Green Building Council, Richer Environments Qatar, Isocarp, College of Engineering – Qatar University and University of Wisconsin, Marinette.

Solution providers like Nakheel Landscapes, Aqua Masters, Ghesa, WATERMASTER, WT Burden, and Marshalls showcased their newest technologies and solutions in the field of landscaping and public realm.

Day two of the conference featured many more interesting presentations, to name a few: The influence of landscape architects in shaping the public realm, the benefits of investment in green roofs to Increases property value and a panel session on green spaces and corridors in urban areas.

For more information, please visit: or contact Jessica Bou Samra at [email protected]

ACM – Advanced Conferences Meetings, part of IFP Group, is a premium B2B conferences company focused on the requirements of the MENA region. ACM’s specialized events and world-class conferences are highly tailored networking and learning opportunities, bringing senior decision makers together and providing up-to-the-minute information on industry trends, government initiatives, technological advances and developments in regulation. As such, ACM conferences act not only as extremely effective tools for gaining business advantage, but also as high level platforms for change in the industries they serve. Some of the sectors ACM has specialized in: Construction and Infrastructure, Energy and Utilities, Smart Mobility and Transport, Security and Law Enforcement, Technology and Innovation.

Reinforced by profound industry insights and a keen eye for developments in the region, ACM conferences harbor an ideal environment for small, medium and multinational companies to unravel business opportunities, learn about government initiatives, discover latest technologies, promote and sell their products whilst nurturing relations with existing and potential clients.

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Former Wildflower site opens as park in downtown Boca Raton

The former Wildflower property in downtown Boca has officially opened as a public park, marking the end of years of controversy over what to do with the space.

The city on Monday opened the park’s gates to the public, after the site at 551 E. Palmetto Park Road sat cordoned off and unused for more than a decade.

The 2.3-acre unnamed park is mostly a slab of pavement, but it will eventually include walkways and grassy areas.

For now, residents can use the space to park for free from 8 a.m. until dusk. In addition, it will serve as a viewing spot for the city’s Holiday Boat Parade on Dec. 16.