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Dallas Water Garden Planned Along Riverfront Boulevard – NBC 5 … – NBC 5 Dallas

A Dallas Water Garden project planned along Riverfront Boulevard will combine a linear park with water quality improvements for the old drainage channels that once were the original Trinity River path.

Voters approved $7 million for the $50 million project in the November 2017 Dallas Bond Referendum. The rest of the money would come from other government grants, a developer with adjacent property and private donations.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has hired an engineering firm for $365,000 to do preliminary Water Garden design. The park will include a series of wetland ponds to filter storm water that moves through the area. An expanded Able Pump Station just being completed on Riverfront Boulevard will help move excess storm water from the Water Garden through the Trinity River floodway levees.  The river was relocated into the floodway when the levees were built in the 1930’s.

Dallas Park Board President Bobby Abtahi campaigned for the bond referendum and inclusion of the Water Garden Project.

Backyard Gun Ranges Leave Neighbors in Fear

[DFW] Backyard Gun Ranges Leave Neighbors in Fear

A group of people living in Wimauma, Florida have started a petition in hopes that it will lead to state gun laws being amended. They’re worried that backyard target practice, which commonly happens in the area, is getting out of control and someone might get hurt.

(Published Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018)

“We thought it was a great addition to say that we’re not just going to focus on grey infrastructure and pouring concrete but we’re going to focus on green infrastructure and parks and blue infrastructure with our water sources,” he said. “Some people talk about win, win scenarios. This is like a win, win, win scenario, so it’s going to be great.”

The plan thrills neighbor Roger Reyna who owns a nightclub and the land around it on Riverfront Boulevard just south of I-30. His property is right beside the proposed water garden site.

“It will be a tremendous change from what it is now to what it will be then,” Reyna said.

The street was called Industrial Boulevard before the city changed it to Riverfront in 2009 to upgrade the image of what was a mostly industrial area.

Portions of Riverfront Boulevard have since been reconstructed. The terminal for a proposed High Speed Rail line to Houston is planned near the Water Garden site just east of Riverfront Boulevard on Cadiz Street. The hike and bike bridge portions of a new Margaret McDermott I-30 bridge over the Trinity River are expected to open soon with an entrance right behind Roger Reyna’s property.

“There probably will be more folks walking around, biking and stuff like that. And if we have those little ponds like they plan to do, there will probably be people around those ponds,” Reyna said.

Cat Cafe Helping Get Animals Adopted

[DFW] Cat Cafe Helping Get Animals Adopted

Cat cafes are a trend entrepreneurs have pounced on. At Mac Tabby in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can grab a coffee and play with kittens for $12 an hour.

(Published Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018)

His land is already zoned for development up to 300 feet in height. That could be more than 20 stories tall. He said the Water Garden could make this the perfect time to get top dollar for his property.

“I want to retire,” he said. “I want to do something different.”

Abtahi said the city hopes to begin construction of the Water Garden next year.

Cemetery Carjackers Target Mourning Man

[DFW] Cemetery Carjackers Target Mourning Man

A 75-year-old man was carjacked in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin cemetery in the middle of the day. He hopes others learn to be aware, even in the most unlikely places.

(Published Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018)

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Andover Garden Club presents renowned landscape architect

 Garden designer Tom Strangfeld believes in creating vibrant, imaginative landscapes by mixing equal parts people, places and plants. He believes that a home’s exterior should be as important and personal as its interior — not just a lawn with some evergreens planted around a house foundation. He will base his presentation on a project he has been working on in Wellfleet since 2010. It’s sure to be a source of creative landscaping ideas.

Strangfeld ( has been designing and building landscapes in Massachusetts for more than 40 years. During a 30-year career at Weston Nurseries, he planted trees in Boston’s Public Garden, appeared on the PBS series “This Old House,” and installed a landscape — complete with a cave — for Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

He designed and built a garden at the Concord gravesite of gardening guru and TV star James Crockett. A former president of the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association, he has spoken at the Arnold Arboretum, The Radcliffe Seminars and The Museum of Fine Arts. Five times his exhibits took the top prize at the Boston Flower Garden Show. He is a member of the Horticulture Club of Boston.

Founded in 1927, the Andover Garden Club ( is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that encourages the study and practice of horticulture, landscape design, and floral design; aids in the beautification of the town of Andover; and helps protect and conserve natural resources. A member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., and National Garden Clubs, Inc., the club provides both financial and hands-on support to a variety of municipal, educational, and environmental organizations throughout the region.

How to Join: The Andover Garden Club welcomes new members, and information about joining is available from membership chairs Liz Bell (, 978-475-3021) and Kathy Hess (, 978-470-0806).



If you go:

What: Andover Garden Club speaker

When: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. The event begins with social time and refreshments, followed by a business meeting, then the lecture.

Where: South Church, 41 Central St.

Admission: $10 donation requested for guests (includes refreshments)




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Master Gardening: Plant foliage design concepts


After an effort of volunteers and businesses this spring, a large courtyard at Goode K-8 school in York became a place for children to experience nature, grow food, and learn about wildlife.
Paul Kuehnel


Most gardeners consider color and bloom time as the two most important factors when planning a garden. These are certainly important considerations. However, sometimes it’s the subtler touches that take a garden space from beautiful to stunning. After you plan flower colors and choose plants that will ensure blooms all season, consider foliage color and texture as design qualities that can give your garden that “wow” factor. writes, “Foliage plants are the hardworking chorus line of a well-designed garden.” It is the aspect that is most important in creating a space that will always have visual appeal. Even the best planning may not create a garden that truly has continual blooms, especially blooms that look vibrant and fresh. This is where careful foliage design can save the day. This includes not only the foliage on your main flowering plants, but also consideration of plants whose main asset is leaf color and texture. Many novice and even practiced gardeners tend to overlook certain plants that have unremarkable or barely-there blooms. It took me years to realize that even the most beautiful flower palette needs a well-considered foliage backdrop.

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The first rule is ensuring that you combine a variety of textures. This is true not only for the leaves of your flowering perennials, but also for the plants you choose for their foliage colors. For example, you can combine a gorgeous palette of Heuchera (think coral bells dressed for the Oscars), but they all have the same general leaf shape, albeit ranging in size. However, using grasses, ferns or other plants with a contrasting leaf shape will help lead the eye through the garden by giving places to “rest” amid the sameness of the heuchera habit.Just as we’ve come to learn that container gardens can benefit from the guiding principle of having “spillers, thrillers and fillers,” (combining different habits with stand-out plants), consider having vertical or spiky plants combined with lower growing and unusually shaped plant foliage to break up the sameness of the various shades of typical green leaves. Repeating plants with similarly-shaped foliage is the best way to go, as having similar textures repeated throughout the garden helps to create a visual flow that is pleasing to the eye.

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Once you’ve considered your use of texture, the next step is deciding how to use foliage color to heighten impact. There truly is an endless range of hues to consider, and sometimes colors that you may not consider initially can look exquisite in combination. For example, I mentioned Heuchera above. Their scalloped leaves come in colors ranging from bright lime to creamsicle orange to the deepest glossy purple. Believe it or not, I have combined all of them in my garden. Two of my favorite colors to combine are a bright yellow/lime foliage with a nearly-black foliage. The contrast of these two is remarkable, especially intermixed with purple flowers.

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Another option is to choose one color to plant throughout the garden (again, think about leading the eye), and look for varying hues of that color in different plants. Perhaps start with chartreuse, as it combines well with greens and the more popular flower colors of purple and dark pink. Many cultivars of common sun perennials have this bright yellow foliage. Those you are likely to find in the garden center include spiderwort (Tradescantia), creeping Jenny (Lysimachia) and sedums. Chartreuse foliage is a wonderful way to brighten your shade garden, too. You can find it among varieties of my beloved Heuchera, as well as hostas and Japanese shade grass (Hakonechloa).

When it comes to garden design, have fun and experiment! And remember that all gardens are works in progress. If you have a hunch that a particular plant would look better elsewhere, don’t be afraid to grab your spade, dig it up (preferably not on a blazing hot afternoon), and move it! I have been known to move plants less than six inches just because my eyes convinced me it would be worth it. So make some tea, gather your stack of garden catalogs or your laptop, and start dreaming of your amazing garden. Happy planning – and happy growing!

Mary Prescott is a York County Master Gardener.  Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers for Penn State Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact the Master Gardener office at 717-840-7408 or

Pam Bennett, gardening: Insects to help manage lawn pests

Pest management for your lawn and garden is a personal choice. You choose what fits best according to your gardening philosophy.

My job is to provide you with all of the options that are available, and one of those options includes biological controls.

Biological control occurs when you use one organism to control another. For instance, ladybugs feed on aphids.

My approach to using biological controls is three-fold. The first is to be able to identify the good guys, or the bio-allies. The second is to attract them to the landscape. The third is to protect them and avoid pesticides if not necessary.

Identifying these bio-allies takes a little bit of practice and experience. Once you learn as much as you can about them, you begin to start looking for them and actually finding them.

The biggest issue here is that you have to look for them in the garden just as you would be looking for the bad bugs. Get up close and personal with your plants in order to find these good guys.

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Ladybugs are the most recognized good bug. The adults and larvae feed on soft-bodied insects such as aphids and some scale species.

Other good guys include lacewings, syrphid flies, wasps, praying mantids, soldier beetles and more. Doing an internet search for these will provide you with details and photos so that you can begin to identify them in your garden.

A few years ago I had an infestation of aphids on my tomato plants. While inspecting the plants, I also found lacewing adults, larvae and their eggs. I decided to do nothing. After about 10 days, the aphids were gone and no pesticides were used.

Attracting the good guys to your landscape is done by determining the types of plants that are attractive. Plants in the carrot and mustard family are good for attracting beneficial insects.

Plants that attract these insects also include small flowering plants such as sweet alyssum, dill, fennel, cilantro and lovage. Coneflower, coreopsis, tansy, yarrow, goldenrod, sunflowers and cosmos also attract the good bugs.

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Again, after planting a variety of flowers to attract good bugs, get close to the flowers and watch to see what visits and begin to identify the beneficial insects.

Lastly, protect those that you attract. Avoid using pesticides if possible. If you need to spray, select pesticides that are considered “soft,” or the least harmful to many beneficial insects.

For instance, insecticidal soaps and summer oil sprays are used to kill aphids but won’t affect ladybugs once they dry. However, they will kill the good guys if you spray them directly. Therefore, once again, inspect and make sure you don’t have good guys on the plants prior to spraying.

I rarely use pesticides in my lawns and landscape, and I try to use the above practices first. I only spray if things are really out of hand and I might lose a plant or the flowers will be destroyed (hibiscus blooms, for instance).

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Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. Her website,, offers gardening videos and tips.

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