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Young gardeners of the year competition launched ahead of Ascot Spring Garden Show

Young gardeners of the year competition launched

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‘Private Gardens of the Bay Area’: A rare peek into private enclaves …


Authors Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner explain what the garden owner wanted to achieve, such as a home for a collection of plants (palms, salvias, native plants); a landscape impervious to drought; bringing interest and usefulness to a tiny space; or a way to honor the architecture and garden design of an inherited site. Professional garden designers and/or landscape architects, some historic, many active now, are always given credit. Not all garden owners are named, although many are. For example, gardens include those of Betsy Clebsch in La Honda (a salvia expert); Marcia Donahue in Berkeley (creator of garden art); and Flora Grubb (of San Francisco nursery Flora Grubb Gardens). Grubb, who lives in Berkeley, fills her garden with a selection of the bold, unusual, mostly drought-tolerant plants featured in her nursery, often trying new plants at home before selling them at her nursery.

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This is not a trend-chasing book, although a number of the gardens are new and exhibit up-to-the-minute ideas. Succulents, natives and other low-water plants are often featured, as are porous hardscape surfaces to trap whatever rainfall comes our way. One eye-popping, water-saving design is the Nash Garden in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood. This spectacular planted driveway was a collaboration between designer Dan Carlson of Wigglestem Gardens and client Madeleine Nash.

The garden of Richard and Tatwina Lee in Calistoga depends heavily on native plants, including a ceanothus variety that spread into the garden from adjacent wildlands and thrived where numerous carefully chosen ceanothus varieties had died. This garden, designed by landscape architects Eric and Silvina Blasen, includes concrete walls to frame views while providing much-needed wind protection. It, like a number of other gardens in the book, includes an orchard and a kitchen garden.

A mix of salvias hold a hillside at the Calistoga home and garden of Richard and Tatwina Lee, where walls are used to both focus the view and provide wind protection. Photo: Marion Brenner, Marion Brenner / The Monacelli Press


The book features gardens in various Bay Area microclimates. Some designs solve site problems, such as steep hillsides or strong winds. Some gardens are larger than most urban residents will have. However, the design choices, and especially the photos that show smaller details of the gardens, will be useful to every Bay Area gardener.

An introductory essay on the history of gardens in our region includes a photo gallery of representative public and private gardens. There are shout-outs to influential local garden creators of the past, such as Thomas Church and John McLaren, as well as to the Hortisexuals (an informal group of East Bay plant aficionados) and to the Ruth Bancroft Garden, a landmark dry garden in Walnut Creek featured in the 2017 book “The Bold Dry Garden.” (Bancroft died Nov. 26, 2017, at the age of 109; more on this in my February column.)

Berner is a book editor and editorial consultant; Lowry was a television journalist who had earned a degree in landscape architecture. They met years ago as volunteers at New York’s Conservatory Garden in Central Park. One day they decided to visit another Manhattan public garden, the Heather Garden at Fort Tryon Park. This became the first of their excursions to public gardens, which led to their 2002 book “Garden Guide: New York City.” This is their fourth collaboration, and their first on the West Coast.

“Private Gardens of the Bay Area,” by Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner, with photographs by Marion Brenner. Photo: Courtesy The Monacelli Press, Marion Brenner, Photographer


For this project, Berner and Lowry were looking for gardens that expressed a passion for gardening, and that represented “a particular alchemy between a good story and evocative photographs,” they said in a joint email. They had long admired the work of East Bay photographer Marion Brenner and wanted to work with her. Brenner, for her part, wanted to work with them and was familiar with the Bay Area. She had steadily been shooting gardens since the early 1990s either on assignment or “for the pure love of a garden,” she said, also by email. (However, most of the gardens in the book she shot for the first time for the book.)

A collaboration was born, and during 2015 and 2016, the three considered more than 100 gardens. It turned out that the hardest part of the project was winnowing the selection down to the 39 featured. Once the selection was made, Brenner toured the gardens and photographed them with the authors and the gardens’ designers. However, Brenner is frequently a solitary wanderer, working quickly with her camera and tripod to catch the best light, often early or late in the day.

I asked Lowry and Berner about their working relationship, and they said that in the past one would write a draft and they would pass it back and forth, drawing on their individual strengths, until they were both satisfied. Now, although they still send drafts back and forth, they say their skills have become more interchangeable and their expertise “very much shared.”

Flowing Acacia ‘Cousin Itt’ lines a walkway in Flora Grubb’s Berkeley home. Grubb owns Flora Grubb Gardens in S.F. Photo: Marion Brenner / The Monacelli Press


The two recalled one long day in Napa Valley to visit Molly Chappellet’s vineyard garden: “We were drooping when we started the ascent to meet her at the foot of the long climb up through the vineyard to her garden,” the authors emailed. “She is an artist, brilliant garden maker and legendary hostess, and each of those qualities was on full display during what turned out to be a magical visit. It stretched out to twice as long as we had budgeted and culminated with a glass of Chappellet wine in her dining room overlooking her garden, the vineyard and valley beyond.

“A giant oak was outlined against the setting sun. We all feel lucky to have shared that moment — later that year a winter storm felled the oak. When Marion (Brenner) returned to photograph, the limbs of the oak were laid out as sculpture and were the focal point of one of the most beautiful images in the book.”

Pam Peirce is the author of “Golden Gate Gardening.” Visit her website, www.pampeirce.com Email: food@sfchronicle.com

In Molly Chappellet’s vineyard garden in St. Helena, the limbs of a fallen black oak are arranged as sculpture in a garden that embraces both natural and edited elements. Photo: Marion Brenner, Marion Brenner / The Monacelli Press


Can I see the gardens?

Note that the gardens in the book are private, not public. But some are open to the public on Open Garden Days, which are tours of private gardens sponsored by the nonprofit Garden Conservancy (www.gardenconservancy.org) or other nonprofit groups.

“Private Gardens of the Bay Area,” by Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner, with photographs by Marion Brenner. The Monacelli Press, 256 pages, $60.

Article source: https://www.sfchronicle.com/homeandgarden/article/Private-Gardens-of-the-Bay-Area-A-rare-12510942.php

London College Of Garden Design launches 10th anniversary celebrations


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Of flora and fawns: How to keep deer from munching on your plants

Keeping deer away from plants is easier said than done. Mike McGrath shares some strategies in this week’s Garden Plot.

Seeds and deer don’t get along

Ted in Chevy Chase writes: “Can you recommend some seeds for planting this spring that will not end up as fodder for the deer that seem to love my yard and almost everything in it?”

Seeds? Not a one, Ted. Although some trees, shrubs and annuals become “deer-resistant” when they mature and get tougher, sharper and/or nastier-tasting, all plants are deer candy when they are small sprouts.

Plantings from seed should always be protected by fencing that encircles and covers the plantings (like a little cage with a top on it), or by one of the deer-deterrent devices that really works. One favorite is a motion-activated sprinkler that throws cold water at anything that comes too close to the plants. Another is “The Wireless Deer Fence”: small posts that attract deer with a special scent and then give them a battery-powered shock when they lick the electrified tops.

You’ll find a good selection of motion-activated sprinklers online and at better garden centers. Or order The Wireless Deer Fence directly.

How big does a fence need to be to defy deer?

After a bit of back and forth, deer-plagued Ted in Chevy Chase explains that he is not hung up on starting from seed. He writes: “I would be happy to grow any annual or perennial that gives me some color in the yard. I can legally put up a fence.”

Well, the right kind of fence would allow you to grow anything — including legendary deer candy like tulips, hostas, azaleas and rhododendrons. But “the right kind of fence” is 11 inches taller than Shaquille O’Neal.

That’s right: Although some people get by with shorter fences for a while, they run the risk of waking up to find Bambi with a broken leg thrashing about in their shrubbery, as deer can easily clear 6 feet.

Professionally installed deer fence is the right height — 8 feet — and virtually invisible from most angles. Just don’t forget to deer-proof the driveway with a fence or in-ground “cattle guard” pipes.

Cheap plants are rarely a bargain

Ted in Chevy Chase adds that he wants some deer-proof living color in his yard but also doesn’t want to spend a lot of money.

It always amazes me how people somehow think they should be able to get great results from plants that were on their last day before the dumpster. In gardening, you really get what you pay for — especially if you want plants that are going to be strong and healthy enough to resist deer attacks.

The bigger, older and more-established the plant, the more deer-resistant it’s going to be. Yes, it will be more expensive, but it will also be instantly showy, filling a larger space or blooming more prolifically than a year-old bargain.

Consider making this wise investment: Visit your local dedicated garden center (not a big box store) and ask them to suggest some easy-care deer-resistant plants. You’ll get professional advice and help keep a family business alive. You might even get a free garden design of you buy all the plants from them.

All right: Let’s name some plants “that deer eat last”

The Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York (where they’ve got more deer than trees — and they’ve got a lot of trees) has produced a detailed record of the annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that deer have declined to dine on over a more-than-20-year period at the lushly landscaped resort.

The list includes the annual flowers ageratum, begonia, foxglove, snapdragon, phlox, marigold and zinnia. Perennials include yarrow, bleeding heart, evening primrose and peonies.

But that’s just a very small sampling; you’ll find the entire list at the Mohonk Mountain House site.

Deer-proof plants? Stick with the A-team!

Rutgers University has issued a great “report card” on the deer-vs.-horticulture problem, giving plants grades ranging from “A” (if they are rarely eaten) to “D” (the deer will be on them before you can get back inside the house).

Among the A-listers are ageratum, American holly, big bluestem, bleeding heart, the Christmas fern, boxwood, foxglove, fritillaria, forget-me-not, sage, sweet flag, lamb’s ear, larkspur, all of the hellebores, lemon balm, pachysandra, pawpaw, peony, snapdragon and strawflower, to name just a few.

Get the full list from Rutgers University.

Mike McGrath was Editor-in-Chief of ORGANIC GARDENING magazine from 1990 through 1997. He has been the host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show “You Bet Your Garden” since 1998 and Garden Editor for WTOP since 1999. Send him your garden or pest control questions at MikeMcG@PTD.net.


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Made in St. Louis: He creates plans for edible gardens

Custom Foodscaping

Designer/Planner/Gardener • Matt Lebon

Age • 32

Family • Lebon shares his home with partner Deidre Kelly and two bunny rabbit pets, Naomi and Blossom

Home • Tower Grove South

What he does • Edible garden designer Matt Lebon develops workable plans for good-to-eat gardens that produce herbs, nuts, fruits and vegetables year after year. His motto is “Have your landscape and eat it, too.”

How to contact • Contact Lebon by email at customfoodscaping@gmail.com

How much • Prices determined by scope of services

Matt Lebon doesn’t design typical gardens. He believes his unique style reaches an untapped market of people eager for an edible, regenerative landscape. “When I see lots, lawns, schoolyards or pockets of land in the community, I see a food-producing landscape as opposed to formal gardens,” he says. “I want to help people reimagine where we’re growing our foods.”

Through his experiences as farm manager at EarthDance organic farm in Ferguson he joined a supportive community of people committed to the protecting the Earth. His thoughtful approach at Custom Foodscaping reflects his values.

“My mission is to connect people to magical food experiences,” Lebon says. “I want people to understand where food comes from and to interact with nature.”

Talkin’ bout regeneration • Lebon doesn’t base his food production on tender annuals. He focuses instead on hardy perennials to design regenerative landscapes that last much longer. “We put a lot of work, maintenance and effort into gardens that often don’t provide much in return,” Lebon says. “My designs allow people to plant once, then harvest food from their landscapes for decades by utilizing edible perennial plants, shrubs and trees.”

How does your garden grow? • Lebon’s wide-ranging plant choices veer from the familiar to the less well-known. Every selection reliably produces food year after year with a high resistance to pests and diseases. Familiar picks include rhubarb and horseradish, to the more obscure sorrell and bronze fennel. Sorrell, a tender, lemony green, makes a tasty addition to salads and fish dishes. Bronze fennel fronds work well with most fish dishes while seeds impart a distinct flavor to breads and cakes.

Healthy, too • Lebon combines native fruit and nut trees with berry bushes to bring new foods to the table that are often high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, such as tart persimmons and paw paws, a custardy fruit with notes of banana and mango. “I have many favorites, like the Carmine Jewel bush cherry,” he says. “They’re highly ornamental and produce a true tart cherry. I love Asian pears because they’re very vigorous, they taste delicious and store all winter.” Perennial herbs also come into the regenerative fold Lebon designs. “Chives, sage, thymes — they work for cooking, but a lot of herbs flower, which adds to the foodscape,” he says.

Getting started. Design now, plant later • In gardening circles, winter is the time to plan, so now is the time to schedule a meeting with Lebon. “I work from an office in my home and email is the best way to contact me,” he says. Each client’s needs differ widely, so Lebon works up bids for each project. He works with homeowners, schools, businesses, institutions and communities on projects large and small.

Coach and encourage • “Coaching is part of my business, too. A lot of vegetable gardeners who may not need a garden plan could use a garden coach,” he says. “I help people by providing support, answering questions and doing what’s needed to set up gardeners for success.”

Article source: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/made-in-st-louis-he-creates-plans-for-edible-gardens/article_67a87435-5247-56ec-a7e4-8fb8a8dab67a.html

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Great Big Home + Garden Show offering inspiration

1/18/2018 – West Side Leader
     

By Staff Writer

This year’s Garden Showcase will feature song-themed displays. A topiary garden from a previous event is shown above.

Besides viewing exhibits, visitors also can bid on upcycled nightstands, one of which is pictured above, with proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

CLEVELAND — The 2018 Great Big Home + Garden Show, taking place Feb. 2-11 at the Cleveland I-X Center, will feature more than 600 exhibits to help visitors renew, refresh and restore their homes using innovative products, practical advice and great deals.

“The Great Big Home + Garden Show is back, bigger and better than ever for its ninth year,” said Show Manager Rosanna Hrabnicky. “This year’s show has exciting new features, a great lineup of home and garden celebrity appearances and continues to be the premier source for Northeast Ohio homeowners to find innovative products and get advice from industry experts.”

The show, produced by Solon-based Marketplace Events, will include a Song!-themed Garden Showcase, an off-the-grid cabin, tiny homes and an elevated outdoor living space. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to bid on mailboxes and nightstands designed by local celebrities and designers to benefit charity.

Features and attractions of the show will include:

• Weaver Cabins will feature a 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath rustic cabin and an approximately 600-square-foot off-the-grid cabin that offers a unique concept in utilizing solar power in the home. This exhibit is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams, Cleveland Magazine and Ohio Magazine.

• A 1,500-square-foot Xtend Technologies’ High-Tech Luxury Lower Level built by Pepperwood Homes will offer ideas for indoor/outdoor entertainment and recreation areas and feature the latest in home automation, including live demonstrations in the home theater. This exhibit is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams, Cleveland Magazine and Ohio Magazine.

•  An Elevated Outdoor Elegance feature built by Dan Guardo Contracting will feature new technology that will inspire visitors to consider new patio design options suitable for any elevation.

• Tiny Homes by Small Spaces CLE will show why a luxury home doesn’t always mean thousands of square feet. This exhibit is sponsored by Universal Windows Direct.

• Glamping, one of the biggest trends in camping, will be showcased with designs by Cabela’s and The Great Escape that show campers do not have to rough it and leave the luxuries of home behind.

• The Weavers Fine Furniture and Carter Lumber Design Center will include the latest in designs to transform living rooms, kitchens or bedrooms. This exhibit is sponsored by WOIO-TV.

• The DIY Inspiration: One Nightstand Challenge, where six of Cleveland’s most stylish designers were challenged to take a basic nightstand from bland to bold using only $50, will allow attendees to place a bid on their favorite, with auction proceeds benefitting a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

• With the “U Got Mail” feature, visitors can vote for their favorite local celebrity-designed mailbox and bid on a chance to take one home, with proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

The Great Big Home + Garden Show will include displays and a variety of presentations. A past event is shown above.
Photos courtesy of Great Big Home + Garden Show

In addition, the Home Builders Association Housing Resource Center will offer expert advice to visitors who bring home photos, plans or ideas.

Home improvement celebrities also will make appearances throughout the show. These include:

√ Clint Harp, sponsored by Absolute Roofing and Construction Inc., Feb. 10-11. Harp is a regular on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” as the dumpster diving, reclaimed wood-loving carpenter. Harp quit his sales job in 2011 to build furniture and his own company, Harp Design Co, with his wife, Kelly. On the show, Harp helps Chip and Joanna Gaines as they remodel in Waco, Texas. The show attracted more than 19 million viewers its first season and is currently airing season five. The Harp Design Co. team takes recycled and reclaimed wood, usually found pieces, and creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces meant to bring families together, which the Gaines incorporate into their final remodel and home designs, according to show organizers. Up next, Clint will star on the DIY Network series “Wood Work.” Learn more at harpdesignco.com.

√ Kathy Ireland, sponsored by American Family Insurance, Feb. 3. Ireland’s brand is listed as one of the most powerful in the world by License Global Magazine. According to Fairchild Publications, Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion. She has been on the cover of Forbes Magazine twice (2012, 2016) and the business has billions of dollars in retail sales, according to show organizers. Ireland also was named an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Learn more at kathyireland.com.

√ Matt Fox, sponsored by ProVia, returns as this year’s Main Stage emcee with his quick wit, home improvement knowledge and special educational presentations, said event organizers. Fox is best known for creating and co-hosting the first and longest-running show to air on HGTV, “Room by Room,” as well as hosting and producing the public television series “Around the House with Matt and Shari.” Learn more at mattandshari.com.

Returning favorites will include:

• The Garden Showcase, sponsored by WKYC-TV, WDOK-FM and WQAL-FM, will feature song-themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio’s top landscapers.

• The Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage offers attendees an opportunity to taste and enjoy culinary delights. This includes a state-of-the-art kitchen stage and vignette designed and built by the Home Builders Association for consumers to tour between stage presentations. The Main Stage is sponsored by 84 Lumber, WKYC-TV and the Home Builders Association.

• The Garden Showcase in the I-X Bistro, a full-service, white tablecloth restaurant.

• The Club Cambria space will feature OBERFIELDS products and offer a place to enjoy wine or light snacks.

• The Petitti Gardening Stage will offer gardening seminars on landscape design, flora and furnishing outdoor rooms and feature numerous outdoor furniture sets and plants for purchase.

• The Playground World’s KidZone features a variety of safe, high-quality playground equipment for children and exciting giveaways for parents.

• Children can learn how to use a hammer to construct a small project and receive an orange workshop apron during the Home Depot Kids’ Workshops.

Show hours are Feb. 2 and Feb. 5-9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Feb. 3 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 at the box office or $12 online or at any Discount Drug Mart location; $11 for seniors age 65 and older with identification, on Monday to Thursday only, with tickets available at the box office; $10 each for groups of 20 or more; and $5 for children ages 6-12.

The following discounts are available:

√ Sherwin-Williams Day, sponsored by WDOK-FM, Feb. 2. Visit any Sherwin-Williams store for a free general admission ticket to the show for that day.

√ On Heroes Days, Feb. 4 and 11, active and retired members of the military and first responders will receive free admission to the show with valid identification.

√ On Red Hat Society Days, Feb. 2 and 9, those who wear red hat society attire can purchase discounted tickets for $10, with a four-ticket maximum per red hat purchase.

√ On Ohio Lottery Day, sponsored by WQAL-FM, Feb. 8. Visitors bringing in a losing Ohio lottery ticket will receive $5 off admission at the box office.

The Cleveland I-X Center is located at One I-X Center Drive. For the latest show information, visit www.greatbighomeandgarden.com or the event on Facebook.

     

Article source: http://www.akron.com/akron-ohio-real-estate.asp?aID=36675

News Briefs – Jan. 18 edition

Book Sale

The Friends of the Oakhurst Library will hold Collectible Book Sale 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jan. 20. Adult hardcovers $2 and up; children’s hardcovers $1 and up; paperbacks 50 cents and up. Come shop for many one-of-a-kind books. All proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Library.

Details: (559) 683-7552.

Learn basic computer skills

Beginning Jan. 24, the Oakhurst Library will offer free basic computer skills classes 9 – 10 a.m., for six Wednesdays through Feb. 28. Classes, sponsored by the Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library, will be taught by Jill Flanagan, who has worked for 40 years in professional office environments. The basics include how to set up an email account, create a password and user name, and search the internet. Space is limited to six, so sign up at the library to guarantee a seat before classes begin.

Details: (559) 683-4838.

Review of candidates Feb.

Oakhurst Democratic Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Yosemite Gateway Restaurant, 40530 Highway 41. An 8:30 a.m. buffet breakfast is available for $8. The program begins at 9:15.

This month’s program will include a review of the candidates for US Congress, California Senate, and California Assembly. The public is invited.

Health workshop

Manifestation of Health Workshop will be held 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Jan. 27 at the Oakhurst Branch Library. Dr. Art Capperauld, DC, CCWFN will focus on: 1) why diet and lifestyle are so important for optimum health; 2) the major body systems including digestion, blood sugar, cardiovascular and bone/joint; and 3) the truth and misconceptions regarding different aspects of health and health care.

Register at www.onetribeglobal.org. Pay online, by check, or at the door.

Elevating consciousness

The second of three workshops under the overall title of Elevating Consciousness Through Health and Nature, Seeds of Health – Connection to Nature, will take place 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Feb. 17, at the Oakhurst Branch Library. Marianna (Cookie) Burrett shares her education and passion as she teaches the first of a 2-part duo of workshops focusing on our connection to Nature and planting the Seeds of Health.

The third workshop, Seeds of Health – From Concept to Action, will be held 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., March 24 at the Oakhurst Library. Led by Marianna (Cookie) Burrett, you will create your own eco-garden design.

Cost is $45 for each workshop, register at www.onetribeglobal.org. Pay online, by check or at the door.

Visitor Guides

Our 2018 Visit Yosemite Madera County Visitor Guides are now available for pickup at the Visitor Center in Oakhurst. Stop by to pick up as many as you can store. This is the single-most useful publication you can give visitors to our area.The office is 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Lincoln/Reagan dinner

The Mountain Area Conservative Forum will hold the annual Lincoln/Reagan dinner and silent auction Feb. 2 at Madera Municipal Golf Course (23200 Avenue 17). Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30, $60 per person. The featured speaker is Ruben Barrales, president/CEO of Grow Elect.

Details or reservations: maderarepublicans.org, or bthomasson011@comcast.net, (559) 232-0566.

Article source: http://www.sierrastar.com/news/local/article195225159.html

Connecticut Garden Journal: English Cottage Gardens

With an already long feeling winter — and it’s still January — it’s a good time to plan your flower gardens. One design that everyone loves is the English cottage garden.

English cottage gardens are known for their informal style and overflowing with colorful abundance. Although they look chaotic, there’s organization in that chaos. Here are some elements to designing your cottage garden.

Traditional cottage gardens are located close to the house, wall, or building and have fences, hedges, and gates. Originally these were to keep animals out of the garden, but now they can be used to create rooms with different themes and plantings.

While cottage gardens are a mix of perennials, annuals, bulbs, vegetables, fruits, shrubs, and trees, don’t forget structures. Vertical structures such as pergolas, trellises, arbors, and teepees let plants climb, provide interesting visuals and to bring height to the garden.

Pathways are important too. Cottage garden paths wind and are irregular making the garden feel larger than it is and less linear. Use grass, bark mulch, or stone for pathways. Help guide visitors along the pathways with focal points. These can be plants, containers, sculptures, fountains, benches, or other objects that draw the eye down the path.

Finally, traditional English cottage garden plants include hollyhocks, peonies, Sweet William, roses, phlox, foxgloves, and wall flowers. Mix and match perennials, biennials, and annuals to have the garden in constant color all summer.

Give plants room to grow, but allow them to run into each other to create a sea of color and texture. Luckily, our Connecticut climate is similar enough to England where cottage gardens can thrive here.

Next week on the Connecticut Garden Journal, I’ll be talking about shade gardens. Until then, I’ll be seeing you in the garden.

Article source: http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-garden-journal-english-cottage-gardens

Learn ‘the law’ of flower show exhibits

The Port St. Joe Garden Club held its January meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11. Following a luncheon the speaker, Ms. Jane Brewer, gave a presentation on designing exhibits for entry into a National Garden Club Flower Show. Design styles may be either traditional or creative, and the flower show schedule provides the guidelines for the exhibitors, judges and the viewing public and is the “law” of the flower show.

Ms. Brewer brought with her three designs for teaching several principles of design. Balance, proportion, dominance and scale are all important principles of design, and proper execution of these and other principles is needed to have a well executed design. Ms. Brewer provided visual examples of well executed and poorly executed design principles.

For instance, a common mistake is failing to use the space provided by the schedule for the exhibit and having the design too small for the space, a failure of properly executing the design principle of proportion. The presentation was informative, fun and enlightening and raised excitement for the upcoming PSJGC National Garden Club Flower Show on June 9, theme of which will be “By the Sea..By the Sea.”

Ms. Brewer is past president of the Gulf Beach Garden Club in Panama City Beach as well as past president of District II of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Next month, Feb. 8, at noon, the PSJGC will be hosting a presentation on everything you wanted to know about composting, learn how to start and maintain a compost pile. The presenter will be Ray Bodrey, a club member, and the Gulf County Extension Service director.

The public is invited to attend the presentation at 216 Eighth Ave. in Port St. Joe.

If you recently moved here or are on an extended visit and are wondering what to plant in your yard or garden that will flourish in our beach environment, please come join us, learn about composting and get your gardening questions answered.

Please check out our Port St. Joe Garden Club Facebook page for additional information on this or future presentations or email psjgardenclub@gmail.com to RSVP or request further inquiry. The Port St. Joe Garden Club is a national and historical site and is available for rental.

Article source: http://www.starfl.com/news/20180116/learn-the-law-of-flower-show-exhibits