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Archives for December 1, 2017

Chelsea Flower Show 2018: what’s in store for garden-lovers?

Jo Thompson is back. Her sponsors, Wedgwood, dipped into the garden world for the first time at Chatsworth Flower Show earlier this year and must have noted that Jo won the popular vote. She promises a modern interpretation of a tea garden, with a copper pavilion over water plus a link with Allan McRobie, author of The Seduction of Curves.

Hay Hwang returns for her second garden with LG Electronics. Last year her gadget-led outdoor kitchen and living space attracted plenty of attention. Many non-gardeners liked her positive approach to technology in urban spaces (where, after all, most of us live). This year she promises solar powered lights and an aquaponics growing system.

Also well known are Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins, back with Chinese sponsor Creativersal. Their design for 2018, on the Triangle site at the end of Main Avenue again, is based on the lotus flower. The duo seem to have mastered the art of using this awkward site to show off highly photogenic installations.

Mark Gregory is the last of the ‘old hands’ with a show garden for Welcome to Yorkshire. The master builder behind a slew of medal winning gardens, via his company Landform, Gregory’s show garden will celebrate the Yorkshire dales with a buttercup meadow, stone walls, a cottage garden and artisan cheese maker.

Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/chelsea-flower-show/chelsea-flower-show-2018-store-garden-lovers/

Who Is Gertrude Jekyll? What You Should Know About the Famed Horticulturist

An innovative horticulturalist and garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll created hundreds of gardens and inspired many others with her eye for detail and color.

In honor of what would be her 174th birthday, Google celebrated the legendary garden designer Wednesday with a Google Doodle of colorful plants and flowers — and her looking on.

As Google notes in its description of its ode to the artist, Jekyll had many talents that aided her designs. She was also a writer, musician, botanist, composer, woodworker and metalworker.

“Her foundation as a budding artist greatly influenced her breathtaking creations,” Google wrote of Jekyll.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and head gardener Christine Brain tour the Gertrude Jekyll inspired Arts and Crafts Garden at Barrington Court on July 18, 2007 in Barrington, England. (Photo by Pool/Anwar Hussein Collection/WireImage)

Born in 1843 in London, Jekyll created more than 400 gardens throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and authored more than 1,000 articles for gardening publications, according to a 1989 story from the Chicago Tribune. At the time, the Tribune wrote that decades after her death in 1932 at the age of 89, “Jekyll occupies near-legendary cult status in horticultural circles, with both American and English gardening authorities acknowledging her as a premier influence in garden design.”

To honor her legacy, British artist Ben Giles created the Google Doodle using “the hot and cool colors the horticulturist favored to create a lush and brilliant garden collage,” Google said.

The doodle on Wednesday reached Google users in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Iceland, the United Kingdom and Hungary.

Google has created more than 2,000 doodles on its homepage since the idea first took off in 1998. To choose the subjects of their doodles, a team of Google staff members decide which events to celebrate each year, and assign an artist to make the concept a reality.

Article source: http://time.com/5040764/who-is-gertrude-jekyll/

Japanese garden design bows to the moon

Japanese garden design bows to the moon

Article source: https://www.ft.com/content/7f613688-d038-11e7-9dbb-291a884dd8c6

Thanks to autonomous vehicles, we could have these utopian, tree-filled streets

The oncoming rush of autonomous vehicle technology has led to rampant speculation over the future of cities, roads, and society. A recent issue of the New York Times magazine dedicated to the subject listed a number of utopian, dystopian, and downright fantastical visions of our driverless future (no more roadkill, ticketless policing, non-stop teenage car parties, etc.).

While this future, whatever shape it takes, is still a ways away, that hasn’t stopped urban planners and designers from envisioning the layouts, laws, and look of our streets when AV technology becomes mainstream. A recent conceptual design exercise from HOK, a global architecture and design firm, offers a more optimistic, environmentally friendly, and naturalistic take on how this technology may reshape our cities, one block at a time.

Many proposals for AV-enabled streets feature incremental changes, such as wider sidewalks, or the addition of bioswales, landscape elements that filter water and pollution. This HOK proposal focuses on nature first, and sought to answer the question of how we look at streets when technology could fundamentally change how they operate.

The result was a reverse engineered urban roadway, with lush tree canopies, extensive landscaping, wide pedestrian walkways, outdoor places and seating, and just a tiny set of tracks dedicated to fully autonomous vehicles.


“We haven’t spent enough time showing people what cities could look like if they’re not designed around the car.”
HOK

“We haven’t spent enough time showing people what cities could look like if they’re not designed around the car,” says Brian Jencek, director of planning at HOK, who helped envision this nature-centered look at the urban streetscape. “Today, you can’t design streets without thinking about vehicles. But those vehicles are about to change.”

These renderings present a vision placing the public realm first, says Jerome Unterreiner, a senior urban designer at HOK who collaborated on the exercise with Jencek and other colleagues. Instead of incremental changes, HOK designers used nature and the landscape as their starting point.

“We haven’t seen this kind of design yet because clients haven’t started thinking like this,” says Unterreiner.

While this speculative exercise relies on a degree of AV navigation technology and road safety that’s far from proven, the HOK team believes it’s important to look forward, consider how AV tech will reshape different paradigms of urban design, and set goals.

With AVs expected to require less space on the street due to computer navigation, how much asphalt can we reclaim for other uses? With cities, such as San Francisco, considering and implementing drop-off and pick-up spaces for ride-sharing and eventually AV cars, how can we design around those new transit points and create magnets for shopping and commerce? Can these new pedestrian focused streets create enough retail and commercial activity to make up for the lack of parking meter revenue?


The dimensions of today’s urban roadway.
HOK


Forest Bathing Diagram

HOK’s conceptual design for the AV age would turn excess street space into a walkable urban forest.
HOK

Featuring carpets of grass underneath a tree canopy, this revamped roadway also offers solutions to many of the environmental and health problems challenging cities, from cutting carbon emissions and air pollution to reducing the urban heat island effect. It would add more shaded and quiet spaces for relaxation. Adoption of autonomous and electric vehicles, the designers argue, would give space to plants and pedestrian activity, more natural solutions to cutting pollution.

“Health is where this concept starts and ends,” says Jencek.


Theoretically, adding walkable commercial districts may help make up revenue lost from parking meters and parking tickets.
HOK

These ideas, which grew out of discussions at an Urban Land Institute event in Seattle and have been used by HOK staff in presentations with planners in cities such as San Francisco, may be as utopian and optimistic as they come. The designers think they’d would work best as demonstration blocks, perhaps part of specific projects for developers who may see these types of walkable streets as a big draw.

The missing pieces needed to make these sketches more relevant and realistic, such as where emergency vehicles would go, are self-evident. But as long as it starts a dialogue, the Jencek and Unterreiner are happy.

“The future of streets touches the rich and poor,” says Jencek. “We need to start a bigger dialogue about what our streets can become.”

Article source: https://www.curbed.com/2017/11/30/16720446/driverless-cars-roads-urban-planning-hok

Students to present design proposals for former Arnaudville hospital on Friday

State Police confirm they are investigating a police-involved shooting in Eunice.  

Article source: http://www.katc.com/story/36964548/students-to-present-design-proposals-for-former-arnaudville-hospital-on-friday

Imagination Landscapes Announces Their New Website – NB Herard

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Springfield, MO Landscaping is an art form that takes skill, creativity, and a considerable amount of practice to perfect. With landscaping companies trying to show customers their work, it is vital to be accessible to those customers online. One such company, Imagination Landscapes, now has a new website designed to showcase the work they have been doing and to provide customers with a great experience on their site.

Imagination Landscapes is a landscape design and build company in the Springfield, Missouri area, and beyond just Springfield they also serve, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Willard, Rogersville, and Strafford. With 28 years of experience, their professional team knows the business well and is equipped to handle any landscaping project. They specialize in a broad range of landscaping techniques and concepts that always begin with a ‘form follows function’ philosophy. Behind this philosophy is an understanding of how plants can work together in color and texture to create the desired look. Each landscape is unique and there are specific plants well suited for each design and project.

Imagination Landscapes builds landscapes that have a harmonious flow, while at the same time reflecting the style and preference of the customer. This makes for a more personalized landscape and one that would be the pride of the customer and the envy of their peers.

Many customers have been delighted with the work done by them. One customer said  “Imagination Landscapes has been able to take the vision for the backyard we imagined and turn it into a reality.” This and other customer feedback shows what the company can do, which is to give customers the landscape they’ve always dreamed of. Bringing the new website to customers is just another way to streamline the process.

Customers can contact the company directly to get started with an initial consultation to make their vision a reality. Owner Mark Cunningham will meet with the customer at their residence to get an overview of the situation and listen to the customer’s needs. Notes and a rough layout with measurements will be taken. After the initial consultation, Mark will begin creating a plan and cost analysis. Once a plan has been created, Mark will set an appointment to go over the proposal. At this point, options will be discussed, and any modifications can be made. If the customer is happy with the proposal, terms are discussed and the project date is set to begin.   

Imagination Landscapes takes great pride in what it does. It all starts with a little imagination. With access to the website, customers can find more information about what is it they do, what services they offer, and answers to their questions about their landscaping ideas. There are many pictures of their past work that customers can take a look at as a reference for what they can do for their project.


For those looking to get started with a landscaping project, Imagination Landscapes offers services ranging from softscaping, hardscaping, outdoor lighting, water features and outdoor living areas, all with information available on their website. You can find their website at imaginationlandscapes.biz.

Media Contact
Company Name: Imagination Landscapes
Contact Person: Media Relations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (417) 300-2804
City: Springfield
State: Missouri
Country: United States
Website: imaginationlandscapes.biz/

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Article source: https://nbherard.com/business/imagination-landscapes-announces-their-new-website/29575

Entrepreneurs Engage

Nearly 100 of Tallahassee’s small business owners gathered at Midtown’s Fifth and Thomas yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 29). The purpose of the get-together was to network, exchange ideas and to provide county officials with a wish list.

The “entrepreneurial engagement” event came two weeks after the area’s very successful series of “Start Up Week” activities. Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier asserting the area’s future depends on a dynamic community of small business owners.

“If we have a robust small business community – entertainment, culture, arts, restaurants and construction,landscaping and others, that supports the people who are going to work at these other businesses.”

Which Dozier says includes everything from software developers to product and service offerings that no one’s even imagined yet. Participants at Wednesday’s session also made lists of supportive ideas they’d like to see local government adopt.

Article source: http://news.wfsu.org/post/entrepreneurs-engage

Imagination Landscapes Announces Their New Website – NB Herard

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Springfield, MO Landscaping is an art form that takes skill, creativity, and a considerable amount of practice to perfect. With landscaping companies trying to show customers their work, it is vital to be accessible to those customers online. One such company, Imagination Landscapes, now has a new website designed to showcase the work they have been doing and to provide customers with a great experience on their site.

Imagination Landscapes is a landscape design and build company in the Springfield, Missouri area, and beyond just Springfield they also serve, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Willard, Rogersville, and Strafford. With 28 years of experience, their professional team knows the business well and is equipped to handle any landscaping project. They specialize in a broad range of landscaping techniques and concepts that always begin with a ‘form follows function’ philosophy. Behind this philosophy is an understanding of how plants can work together in color and texture to create the desired look. Each landscape is unique and there are specific plants well suited for each design and project.

Imagination Landscapes builds landscapes that have a harmonious flow, while at the same time reflecting the style and preference of the customer. This makes for a more personalized landscape and one that would be the pride of the customer and the envy of their peers.

Many customers have been delighted with the work done by them. One customer said  “Imagination Landscapes has been able to take the vision for the backyard we imagined and turn it into a reality.” This and other customer feedback shows what the company can do, which is to give customers the landscape they’ve always dreamed of. Bringing the new website to customers is just another way to streamline the process.

Customers can contact the company directly to get started with an initial consultation to make their vision a reality. Owner Mark Cunningham will meet with the customer at their residence to get an overview of the situation and listen to the customer’s needs. Notes and a rough layout with measurements will be taken. After the initial consultation, Mark will begin creating a plan and cost analysis. Once a plan has been created, Mark will set an appointment to go over the proposal. At this point, options will be discussed, and any modifications can be made. If the customer is happy with the proposal, terms are discussed and the project date is set to begin.   

Imagination Landscapes takes great pride in what it does. It all starts with a little imagination. With access to the website, customers can find more information about what is it they do, what services they offer, and answers to their questions about their landscaping ideas. There are many pictures of their past work that customers can take a look at as a reference for what they can do for their project.


For those looking to get started with a landscaping project, Imagination Landscapes offers services ranging from softscaping, hardscaping, outdoor lighting, water features and outdoor living areas, all with information available on their website. You can find their website at imaginationlandscapes.biz.

Media Contact
Company Name: Imagination Landscapes
Contact Person: Media Relations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (417) 300-2804
City: Springfield
State: Missouri
Country: United States
Website: imaginationlandscapes.biz/

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Article source: https://nbherard.com/business/imagination-landscapes-announces-their-new-website/29575

Brighten Up Your Winter Landscape

Winter brings with it a dreary grey and white color palette that makes us long for the bright colors of spring and summer, and the deep, warm hues of fall.

But believe it or not, there are some beautiful, low-maintenance plants that do well in cold temperatures and can add some life to your otherwise dismal winter landscape.

Flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa)

The flowering quince is a perfect choice for any homeowner, even those with a black thumb. It is virtually indestructible and can tolerate extreme climates and neglect.

Snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii)

The snowdrop may be the perfect choice for Midwest homeowners because it does not like warm winters. This plant typically grows in regions with cold to moderate winters, and the best time to plant them is early fall. These plants blossom near the first of the year and will be dormant by late spring, resting underground until the next year.

Boxwood (Buxus)

Evergreen boxwoods can add some great texture to your landscaping and are relatively easy to grow and shape. Although they typically can withstand a colder climate, these plants do need the right care to make it through a harsh winter. They require proper soil conditions and adequate protection from winter sun and wind.

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

This time of year there are few plants more recognizable than holly. Winterberry – a deciduous version of holly – is a dazzling addition to your winter garden. Remember to plant these in spring or fall to ensure a colorful winter display. 

Witch hazel (Hamamelis)

Witch hazel is another great winter option that should be planted in the fall. This plant is fragrant in summer and produces groups of spidery red-and-yellow flowers. Be sure to locate the perfect space for this sizable plant as it can grow up to 15 feet tall and possibly just as wide.

Camellia (japonica)

Rose-like blossoms in your garden in mid-January? This may be possible with the camellia, but check with a local greenhouse to select varieties that are winter-blooming.

Christmas rose (Helleborus niger)

The Christmas rose loves winter and blossoms from late December through early spring. Plant this beauty in shady spots along your walkway/

Sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana)

Missing a bit of green in the dreary winter? The sweet box plant may be your answer. This plant is a member of the boxwood family that has thick evergreen leaves and fragrant, small white blossoms that appear in late winter.

Mock rush (Pennisetum glaucum)

The mock rush is a tough ornamental grass that can add a lot of interest and texture to your yard. Plant this annual in early spring, and use the seeds to start next year’s crop.

Visit the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® Facebook and Pinterest page for more year-round gardening, ways to spruce up your curb appeal and home improvement home ideas.

Article source: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/marketplace/real-estate/2017/11/30/brighten-up-your-winter-landscape/912342001/

Seasonal fertilizer ban enacted in Florida

Lake County, Florida, passed an ordinance on Tuesday restricting the use and application of fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorus from June 1 through Sept. 30. The ordinance does allow fertilizers known as “summer blends” containing iron, manganese and other micronutrients to be used under the condition that they do not contain any nitrogen or phosphorous.

Additionally, the ordinance includes a clause that extends “fertilizer-free zones” from 10 to 15 feet away from of any pond, stream, watercourse, lake, canal or wetland. These areas are completely restricted from fertilizer use at all times.

An exception for phosphate use on flowering plants and vegetable gardens is included in the ordinance.

Outside of the summer months, fertilizers containing nitrogen applied to turf or landscaping plants during the period of Oct. 1 through May 31 must contain no less than 50 percent slow-release nitrogen. On Oct. 1, 2020, this content requirement will increase to no less than 65 percent.

The ordinance will not go into effect for another year, and the county plans to implement an educational campaign before the rule is enacted.

According to local news outlet Daily Commercial, representatives from TruGreen and Scotts Miracle-Gro attended the meeting to oppose the ordinance.

 

Article source: http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/ll-113017-seasonal-fertilizer-ban-enacted.aspx