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MTM On The Road: Let Your Love Bloom At Monarch Garden & Floral Design

Today in America we are celebrating one four lettered word, love. This Valentine’s Day Americans are projected to celebrate with over $4 billion in jewelry, $1 billion in cards, and $2 billion in flowers. This morning Sarah Grimmer and Photojournalist Stephanie Adkins are showing us where all that flower money is going, they’re live at Monarch Garden Floral Design in Petoskey. At Monarch Garden Floral their designers will gather exquisite blooms and arrange them for you. Join us inside to check them out!




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Garden Design program rescheduled for March 7

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The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has rescheduled a program in Berkeley Springs for Wednesday, March 7, 10 a.m. The program was rescheduled from its original date of February 7 due to weather conditions.

The program will be held at the Morgan County Board of Education building at 247 Harrison Avenue.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The speaker will be James Dillon, a certified Horticulturalist who owns and operates Native Havens LLC, a landscaping and gardening firm in Kearneysville.

His presentation will emphasize the importance of considering plant functions as well as aesthetics in designing gardens, to ensure that the results are not only visually beautiful but resilient and beneficial to local birds and pollinating insects.

Dillon has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from East Carolina University and has been working in the field for more than 13 years, most notably at the Delaware Center for Horticulture.

His landscape and garden designs emphasize native plant selections, environmental benefits and low maintenance.

He has designed several rain gardens in the region and volunteers for the Monarch Alliance, designing butterfly waystations for them.

For more information go to or contact Krista Hawley 703-303-1026.

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Eastern Hills owner in talks with Uniland – WGRZ

CLARENCE, N.Y. – In this era of online shopping, the ’70s-style Eastern Hills Mall needs a plan for survival.

Enter: the “Lifestyle Center.”

A spokesperson for the mall’s owner, New Jersey-based Mountain Development Corporation, confirmed on Tuesday that the company has entered early discussions with real estate firm Uniland Development about a major redevelopment plan for the Eastern Hills Mall.

The spokesperson could not divulge specific plans, but talk of a lifestyle center has reverberated throughout the Northtowns for a few years now. Elected leaders in the Town of Clarence also plan to implement zoning requirements on the site that would facilitate an open-air concept with retail and residential space.

Nathan Mroz, who opened BFLO Gallery and Gift Shop at Eastern Hills three years ago, has been one of the most vocal advocates for a lifestyle center.

He’s optimistic that the mixed-use concept would thrive at Eastern Hills, particularly because it’s located on a busy Transit Road corridor in close proximity to some of the region’s most wealthy residents. There are no lifestyle centers in Western New York, but they do exist as close as Cleveland and Southern Ontario.

“Buffalo and Western New York, it’s been a bit behind the eight ball in terms of getting a lifestyle center,” Mroz said. “But there’s no reason it couldn’t work.”

These redevelopment ideas are still in the very early stages, though. A spokesperson for Mountain Development stressed that the talks are preliminary.

A Uniland spokesperson declined comment.

It’s unclear how much a redevelopment would cost if Uniland and Mountain Development invested together, but Town of Clarence Supervisor Patrick Casilio estimated they would need at least $200 million at the very start.

Casilio is a proponent of the lifestyle center idea, simply because he feels it may be the only way for the town’s most valuable property to reinvent itself.

“It makes no sense that the mall is in the state that it is now,” Casilio said. “When it first opened up, you couldn’t even find a parking space at the mall.”

The mall doesn’t have widespread vacancies, but it has lost major stores like Dave Buster’s and Macy’s recently.

If the redevelopment project moves forward, the mall site would turn into a “city-center” of sorts with sidewalks, landscaping and plazas. The Town of Clarence already adopted a new zoning code that allows for a mixed-use “overlay district,” but it would still need to specifically rezone the Eastern Hills property for any redevelopment to occur.

Casilio said the town’s zoning codes will ensure that the Eastern Hills Mall site won’t turn into a mega-sized atrocity.

“It won’t become a flea market, it’s not going become a car dealership, it’s not going to allow big box stores,” he said, adding that existing anchor stores can still remain. “It will not become a big Walmart plaza. It’ll become a mixed-use design.”

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O&R Customers Get 2 Free Tickets to Rockland Home Show

From Orange and Rockland Utilities: Orange and Rockland Utilities (OR) is offering each of its customers two free tickets to the 31st Annual Suburban Home Show at Rockland Community College’s field house in Suffern, N.Y. February 23-25.

One of the largest, best-attended shows of its kind in the Tri-State area, the Suburban Home Show features over 400 booths, exhibits and demonstrations of the best in home improvement, decorating and landscaping ideas, and products and services priced for every pocketbook. Also, at the show, significant savings are available on dealer-installed products and services. And, exhibitors offer a large selection of show-discounted items and special offers throughout the weekend.

The Suburban Home Show hours are Friday: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Stop by OR’s state-of-the-art display where energy experts will discuss the latest convenient service options and programs that help customers save time, energy and money. Those features include OR’s new online store, energy efficiency incentives and OR’s natural gas conversion rebate program.

Of special interest to Rockland customers this year will be the implementation of the Company’s new smart meter program, a game-changing technology designed to provide greater control, choice and convenience for busy energy consumers.

The two free tickets — a $20 retail value made available to all of OR’s New York and New Jersey customers through the Company’s promotional partnership with the Suburban Home Show — are included in OR customers’ February monthly statements.

If you missed seeing the tickets with your monthly statement, or you pay your bill electronically through either a pre-arranged electronic fund transfer or eBill, go to OR’s website for tickets. The tickets must be printed out and the hard copies presented at the event’s box office.

If you do not have access to a computer, call OR Customer Service at 1-877-434-4100, and ask that two free Home Show tickets be sent to you by mail.

Children under 10 are admitted to the show free of charge and parking at RCC’s field house also is free.

For more information about the Suburban Home Show, visit or call 845-343-2772.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (OR), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. OR provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company). OR also provides natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.

Photo courtesy of O R: OR’S Vinny Galligan, left, advises a customer about the benefits of converting home heating systems to natural gas service during last year’s Suburban Home Show at Rockland Community College’s field house in Suffern.

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Out of the snow and into the garden

Garden expert Karen Bussolini to visit Kent

  • Karen Bussolini will be speaking at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard on Saturday, February 24, 2 p.m. Her topic will be Herb Liberation! and two of her books The Homeowners Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook and The Naturescaping Workbook will be available for purchase and signing. This special event is co-sponsored by the Kent Garden Club and Kent Memorial Library. Please register. Photo: Photo By Karen Bussolini / (c) Karen Bussolini, 2017 All Ri / (c) Karen Bussolini 2017



KENT – Residents are invited to delve into the world of herbs with garden photographer, speaker, writer and organic land care professional Karen Bussolini.

The talk “Herb Liberation!” will offer practical advice and feature photographs at Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, on Saturday, Feb. 24, starting at 2 p.m.

The Kent Memorial Library and the Kent Garden Club event is open to the public with a $5 admission fee.

Bussolini has been a gardener as long as she can remember, according to a release from the library. She trained as a painter and had a career as an architectural photographer before turning her attention entirely to gardens. Her work explores the many ways gardening connects us to our place on earth and to each other.

She will answer questions before, during and after her talk, and will sign or inscribe copies of her books, which will be for sale (cash or check accepted). The books are “The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook” ($29.95 softcover, $39.95 hardcover, plus tax) and “The Naturescaping Workbook” ($24.95 plus tax).

Bussolini is a lifelong organic gardener and lover of nature. Her art background and focus on environmental topics – ecological landscaping, native plants, biodiversity, xeriscaping, organic gardening, planting for wildlife, pollinators and other beneficial insects – inform every aspect of her work, according to the release. Her slide talks, which combine original images, recent scientific findings, personal observations, hands-on experience and a touch of humor, have been well received from coast to coast, event organizers say.

Her photographs have been published in every major garden magazine and in hundreds of books. She frequently contributes photo/text packages to national magazines.

Closer to home, Bussolini gardens on a deer-infested mountainside in South Kent. Her eco-friendly garden coaching practice is devoted to teaching homeowners how to garden in a more environmentally sustainable way, to create healthy yards that are full of life, diversity and delight, according to the release.

Those who bring a packet(s) of seeds for the Kent Seed Library will have a chance to win a book photographed by Bussolini. Registration for the event is required. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to the online calendar at

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Top Emerging Trends in the Global Portable Pressure Washers Market| Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio’s latest market research report on the global
portable pressure washers market
provides an analysis of the
most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from
2018-2022. Technavio
defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to
significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

According to Technavio analysts, the global portable pressure washers
market will grow at a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast
period. Growing gardening and landscape services market is a major
factor driving the market’s growth.

Landscaping and gardening are activities that include modification of
garden-featured areas; construction of terrains and water bodies; and
the use of artificial lighting in vacant pieces of land and the exterior
and interior of buildings, houses, and public spaces. They also comprise
maintenance and servicing of gardens and landscapes in residential
properties. However, this industry is driven by the rapid expansion of
housing and construction activities, along with homeowner’s interest in
landscaping and gardening.

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In this report, Technavio highlights advances in technology and
increased product efficiency as one of the key emerging trends driving
the global portable pressure washers market:

Technology advances and increased product

The vendors operating in the portable
pressure washers
market are continuously engaged in increasing
product efficiency. These vendors are introducing products that operate
on electricity to avoid the implications of government regulations. The
electric pressure washers are witnessing greater adoption in comparison
to other models because they are lightweight, smaller in size,
environment-friendly, need less maintenance, and are easy to use.

Vendors are also focusing on launching versatile products that can wash
every kind of surface with the aid of different nozzles available in one
equipment. For instance, Alfred Kärcher offers HIGH PRESSURE WASHER K 7
PREMIUM FULL CONTROL *EU that is capable of washing and cleaning
bicycles, gardening machines and tools, garden, patio or balcony
furniture, fences and smaller garden paths or flagstones, motorcycles
and scooters, small cars, external staircases and larger garden paths,
medium-sized vehicles and estate cars, garden and stone walls, mobile
homes, swimming pools and patio surfaces, and everything around the
house and facades.

“Vendors are also concentrating on smaller product aspects such as
relief from the hectic nozzle changing task for different cleaning
practices. For instance, RYOBI’s gas-powered 3100 PSI pressure washer
has an installed five-in-one nozzle to permit easy spray adjustments.
The company is also considering the inclusion of safety features for
customers and operators to avoid the risk of damage and harm associated
with these pressure washers. Such advances in technology and increased
efficiency of portable pressure washers will increase their adoption
during the forecast period,”
says a senior analyst at Technavio for
research on home,
kitchen and large appliances

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washers market based on end-users (residential users and commercial
users), type of fuel (electric and gas), and geography (the Americas,
APAC, and EMEA).

In 2017, electric pressure washers dominated the market with a share of
close to 93%. This is because the electric pressure washers are cheap,
involve less maintenance and have easy usage and environment-friendly

In 2017, the Americas segment dominated the market with a share of more
than 45%. This is because of the increased preference that consumers in
the Americas show towards DIY. Furthermore, this demand is fueled by the
rising number of independent houses and growing gardening and
landscaping services.

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“Oklahoma Gardening” going strong into its 44th season – News …

This season, Casey Hentges, host of “Oklahoma Gardening,” will be looking at the science behind gardening.

STILLWATER – Although there are a few more weeks of winter, the crew at “Oklahoma Gardening” has been hard at work preparing for the show’s 44th season. Slated to kick off Feb. 17, this season promises to deliver great gardening advice and take viewers along as they visit other parts of this great state.

Casey Hentges is back as host of the show and said she is excited to share the latest gardening tips, tricks, and information with viewers.

“I’ve always been curious about nature and science especially in relation to gardening, so that’s going to be our theme this year,” Hentges said. “Gardening truly is about science and we’re going to break down the science involved in a way that’s easy for viewers to understand. We’ll cover things such as how trees live in winter without leaves, why pruning a leggy plant makes it bushier and why certain plants are better adapted for dry, sunny locations. Learning about the characteristics of plants that survive in those conditions will help gardeners when they’re looking at plants they may not be familiar with.”

Hentges said this season will help viewers understand the why of gardening, because that often helps explain when, how or what is involved. For example, there are hundreds of plants that are suitable for a dry, sunny location, but no gardener can know all of them.

This season’s regional tour will take viewers to Northwest Oklahoma where the focus will be on seeing some of Oklahoma’s extreme growing conditions. Prairie and native plant gardens are very popular and viewers will get a closer look at the natural beauty found in the landscape of that part of the state.

“We’ll continue to do fun garden projects, share great plants for Oklahoma and feature cooking segments using produce from the garden,” Hentges said. “In addition, we’ll offer gardeners timely tips about things that need to be done in the garden, as well as introduce our viewers to some amazing gardeners and their gardens. There are a lot of interesting things planned for this season and we can’t wait to share them.”

Check out the show’s website at for direct links, as well as video clips of the program, links to gardening resources, a link to recipes featured on the show and much more.

“Oklahoma Gardening” airs every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. on local OETA channels. If viewers are unable to watch on television, they can subscribe to the “Oklahoma Gardening” YouTube channel and see full shows or search for specific segments at their convenience.

“Oklahoma Gardening” also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Botanic Garden at OSU is the home of the “Oklahoma Gardening” studio garden and is located west of Stillwater on the north side of Highway 51. The show is produced by Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension, OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Agricultural Communications Services.

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Dig It: Master gardeners provide gardening tips at various events …

In 2017, 167 Master Gardener volunteers contributed over 10,000 hours in the Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties. The value of their volunteer service is $263,000 (as calculated by Independent Sector).

Master Gardeners have several large events scheduled in our four-county Extension Unit.

Stop by their informational booth at the Peoria Home Show on February 23-25 in the Peoria Civic Center. They will answer general gardening questions, provide information to those interested in being a Master Gardener, and distribute informational brochures and bookmarks.

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