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Archives for January 4, 2018

Artists and church members making stained-glass windows

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Indiana Limestone Company to Feature Urban Hardscapes Line at …

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Indiana Limestone Company will feature its growing Urban Hardscapes line
of natural stone landscape and hardscape products at the Landscape
Ontario Congress, Jan. 9-11 at the Toronto Congress Center.

At Booth 2153, visitors will experience the beauty, versatility, and
permanence that classic Indiana Limestone products bring to residential,
commercial, and institutional landscaping projects. The Urban Hardscapes
products enable architects, contractors, landscape designers, and
homeowners to use this premium natural stone.

Landscape Ontario Congress is among Canada’s premier tradeshows for
horticultural and landscaping professionals. It features more than 600
exhibitors, along with extensive professional development opportunities
and presentations by 49 expert speakers.

Urban Hardscapes by Indiana Limestone products include pavers, garden
walls, garden steppers, pier and wall caps, decorative boulders, and the
appealing Estate Veneer Series, which provides architectural highlights
and complements in Berkshire™, Rockford Estate Blend®, and
Vanderbilt Classic® surfaces. This range of products makes Urban
Hardscapes a preferred choice for varied custom applications.

“This combination of versatility, beauty, and permanence makes our
landscape and hardscape products really unique,” said Tim Pick, Indiana
Limestone Company’s Architectural Sales Rep-Canada. “The people who
staff our booth are deeply experienced in supporting landscapers and
architectural designers, so a visit with us pays off in useful ideas on
how to make the most of these excellent natural stone offerings. Our
visitors also have a chance to discover what’s new in the constantly
evolving Urban Hardscapes product line.”

For more on the Indiana Limestone Company and its products, please visit

About Indiana Limestone Company

Indiana Limestone Company is unmatched as the premier supplier of
Indiana limestone in a range of beautiful and lasting building products.
Founded in 1926 (with predecessor firms that had been quarrying
limestone since the mid-1800s), Indiana Limestone Company today remains
the provider of choice for this internationally renowned natural stone.
Throughout an illustrious history in which its stone has made such
iconic structures as the Empire State Building, National Cathedral, and
the Pentagon, Indiana Limestone Company has reliably provided the
highest quality products and services carefully tailored to the needs of
the market with an environmental, natural focus.

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Splash pad to look like fountain

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January is a good time to dream about spring gardening

By Charles Lillard

Oklahoma County Extension Master Gardener

Many people make New Year resolutions. They set goals of losing weight, reading more, being physically fit, spending more time with family or a host of other promises to themselves concerning a new year. January is a tough time to do a lot of outside gardening so how about making resolutions for your garden? Take a look at your landscape. What do you like and what would you like to change or add? Winter is a great time to plan, get a soil sample and dream about what spring gardening will be like.

Look out your window and think about what you would like to see. Much of the year we enjoy our gardens from the inside. Is there something you could add to improve the view? Perhaps adding something to an existing bed or creating a new bed would put a finishing touch on what you view. January is a good time to think strategically about plant placement.

Seeing the outside from inside gives you a different perspective. Look out from all the places you and your friends enjoy sitting. Sit in your favorite chair and look out the window. Don’t forget to consider the view from the breakfast table. Since the temperatures may be hitting the freezing mark, now may not be the opportune time to change that view but now is a good time to make plans for spring gardening renovations and additions. Thinking about your landscape can lead to making garden resolutions. Perhaps you should write these resolutions down? We can forget resolutions or put them on the backburner until it is too late.

Think about what gives winter interest as well as summer color. Looking out my window in January, my eyes are drawn to ornamental grasses, variegated yucca (Yucca filamentosa) and Harry Lauder’s walking stick (corylus avellana).

If your garden resolutions include creating a new garden bed, where will it be? What will be in it? The answer to these two questions will depend on each other. If your area to plant is in the shade and you want to have a vegetable garden, your wishes are at odds with each other. Your available space will dictate the planting choices. There are several things to think about as you plan your new space. You must consider drainage and availability of water as well. Now would be a good time to get the fact sheet, HLA-6440 (Planning the Landscape) from your OSU County Extension Office. You can also obtain it on line at

Another great resolution would be to learn more about landscaping. The Oklahoma County Extension Center is offering an “Earth-Kind Landscape Management and Design School” on February 9 to 10. The conference will be held at the OSU Extension Conference Center located at 2500 NE 63rd Street, OKC, OK 7311. A pre-registration fee of $100 (cost for two people) is required. If interested, you may sign up for an individual landscape design consultation for $75. Call 405-713-1125 for more information. Happy new year and good luck keeping those resolutions.

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Gardening: Seed catalogs offer visions of spring – The Spokesman

As soon as the flood of Christmas cards slowed to a dribble, an avalanche of garden catalogs filled up my mailbox. Mixed into the usual list of big catalogs like Johnny’s Select Seeds, Territorial Seed and Burpee were several tempting offerings from smaller seed companies that specialize in unusual or hard to find vegetables, herbs and fruit. I am especially excited to check them out because my kids cleared some of their stuff out of the basement and I actually have space to start my own seeds. I’ll talk about seed starting in another column in a few weeks.

The graphics of the R.H. Shumway catalog is a throwback to the seed catalogs our grandparents ordered from and that’s just what it is. A catalog filled with heirloom varieties of vegetables, flowers and farm seed. Many of the vegetable flower varieties date from the turn of the 1900s while the farm seed (heirloom field corn and forage crops) dates from the 1940s and 50. The farm seed varieties are some of the earliest hybrids farmers started using after World War II. Many of the seed descriptions include a short bit of the history of the variety along with the growing information.

The J.W. Jung Seed Co.’s catalog is jampacked with vegetable, fruit, perennials, annuals, herbs, bulbs, roses and landscaping plants with a good selection of gardening and harvesting supplies thrown in for good measure. Jung Seed has been in business since 1909 and specializes in cold tolerant and short season varieties grown in their Wisconsin production fields.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is a newcomer to the garden seed market. Started 1997 when then 17-year-old Jere Gettle printed his first catalog of heirloom seeds, the catalog offers over 2000 varieties of heirloom vegetables, flowers and herbs from all over the world. If you want to try something really unusual, this is your catalog. Check out the selection of squash and gourds that come in every imaginable color and shape. All their seed is GMO-free.

John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seed catalog is full of vegetable and flower varieties reminiscent of our grandmothers’ gardens right out the back door and within easy reach of the cook in the kitchen. There are hard-to-find varieties of beans, greens, tomatoes, peppers and herbs as well as old fashion flowers varieties for arrangements and garnishing a salad. They even offer craft beer makers several varieties of hops.

Irish Eyes Seed Co. specializes in organically grown, short season varieties of seed potatoes, vegetable seed, garlic, onions, shallots, strawberry and asparagus roots as well as tools, booklets, soil preparation products, and organic and natural fertilizers. Best of all they grow most of their seed just down the road in Ellensburg. They are best known for their dozens of varieties of seed potatoes and garlic including the Ellensburg Blue garlic and Ozette Fingerling potatoes. The Ozette potato was brought to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula from South America by Spanish explorers in the late 1700s and grown on by the local native tribes.

Pat Munts has gardened in the Spokane Valley for over 35 years. She is co-author of “Northwest Gardener’s Handbook” with Susan Mulvihill. She can be reached at

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Master Gardener classes start Jan. 11

Each year, in county extension offices statewide, AgriLife Extension conducts Master Gardener volunteer training for adults interested in gardening, horticulture, and related topics.

Master Gardeners volunteer for the local extension office, providing information on gardening and landscaping, educational programs, and technical assistance. They partake in numerous horticulture-related community service projects.

Those completing the training become certified Master Gardeners and assist AgriLife Extension with community education in horticulture. Volunteer hours may apply to a variety of approved projects discussed during training.

Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Jan. 11 to April 3, unless otherwise noted. Most class instruction takes place at the Anderson County Extension Office, 101 East Oak St., in downtown Palestine.

Applicants are not automatically accepted. Criteria include a willingness to volunteer, as well as presenting a thorough application. A background check is required for all applicants in the Master Gardener program.

Interns completing 70 hours of classroom training and passing the final exam must complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service toward youth and adult education outreach their first year, and 20 hours annually thereafter.

Class size is limited; deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 9.

A registration fee of $150 is due the day of registration. There are now 25 certified Master Gardeners in the Anderson County program. Projects include school gardens, numerous seminars, plant sales, research and demonstrations gardens, participation in the county’s Ag day for youth, YMCA garden raised beds, landscaping at Wildcat Golf Course Club House, a community garden, and grow your own garden projects.

Master Gardener classes cover a range of topics, including water harvesting, invasive species to Anderson County, plant growth and development, disease, honey bees as pollinators, basic garden and landscaping design, insects, soils, and fertility.

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