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Nursery, Landscape Industry Prepare for ‘Spring Training’

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Dec. 8, 2017) — The green industry will gather in Louisville Jan. 24-25 for the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association’s annual Spring Training Conference. The University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture will co-sponsor the event, and many of the sessions are taught by UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment experts.

“KNLA is thrilled to partner with UK Horticulture for the 2018 Spring Training,” said Kim Fritz, KNLA president. “Not only does UK provide outstanding education and research, UK professors serve on our board of directors.”

The 2018 conference will be held at the Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel and Conference Center, located at 9700 Bluegrass Parkway in Jeffersontown.

“We are pleased to participate in this year’s Spring Training,” said Dewayne Ingram, UK horticulture professor. “The green industry has vital economic impact in the state and individual communities. These educational sessions have been designed to help position the individual businesses to take advantage of the current economic climate and environmentally conscious consumer.”

Keynote speakers will open each day’s sessions at 8 a.m. Steve Foltz, from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, will speak on Jan. 24, and Irvin Etienne, from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, will speak on Jan. 25.

On Jan. 24, classes in the crew academy track will include Pruning; CMV Safety in a World of Landscaping; Plants Under Stress, a Predisposition to Plant Disease; and Implementing and Evaluating Monarch Conservation Practices in the Urban Landscape. The production track classes will include Increasing Production Efficiency and Marketing Ecosystem Services; Water Use and Conservation in Nursery and Greenhouse Production; The Science of Tree Risk Assessment; and Blue Hydrangea Flowers and More Consistent Release of Nutrients by New Controlled Release Technology.

On Jan. 25, the pest management track will include Fungicides 101, Rain-fastness and Efficacy; What’s Bugging You? A Closer Look at Nursery Inspections and Invasive Pests; and What Will Be Bugging You in 2018. The plants and design track will include Selecting Plants for Specific Sites; Blocking the View or Successful Screen Planting; Notable Plants that Brighten Winter’s Gloom; and Nativars — Strangers in a Strange Land.

Kentucky Nursery and Landscaping Association will hold its annual meeting and reception from 4 to 5 p.m., Jan. 24. The second day of the conference will conclude with a keynote speech by Paul E. Cappiello, of the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

A full vendor showroom will be open both days.

For more information about the 2018 KNLA Spring Training or to register, visit

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Extend yourself in 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Master Gardener course offered by Tillamook’s Oregon State University Extension Service.

Starting on January 11, Oregon State University faculty and local experts will offer weekly sessions on all aspects of gardening on the Oregon Coast.

The 12-week course will cover soils, propagation, pruning, landscape and garden planning and design, suitable plants for coastal gardening and landscaping, pest and disease control, weed management, orchards, raised beds and other topics of interest to local gardeners.

Students will experience a variety of hands-on and interactive training, including greenhouse techniques.

The program also requires 60 hours of community service work in the first year of training, including advising the public during Master Gardener office hours.

“By taking the Master Gardener classes, and in helping others, our Master Gardener apprentices develop their own expertise and abilities to better serve the community,” said OSU Extension Agent Joy Jones. “This is a great way to help yourself and others enjoy their gardens using current scientific knowledge.”

Tuition is $120 and includes the comprehensive “Sustainable Gardening” book, as well as access to a wide range of printed and online resources, and experienced professional instructors. People who do not have the time or desire to volunteer can take the training for a fee of $240 and receive a certificate of horticulture.

For more information or to enroll, call the Extension Service office at 503-842-3433 or drop by the office at 4506 Third Street.

Registration information can also be found at

Spring into action

The Master Gardener Program is also on offer in Newport through the OSU Lincoln County Extension.

Running from January through March, the program allows participants to study with like-minded folks who have a desire to learn and are passionate about gardening.

Classes are held from 9 am to 4 pm on Tuesdays beginning January 9 at the Newport campus of Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way.

Registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 18.

To register, call 541-574-6534 or go to

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A fire-wise landscape

UC Master Gardeners of Napa County ( answer gardening questions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, at the UC Cooperative Extension office, 1710 Soscol Ave., Suite 4, Napa, 707-253-4143.

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Books to consider as a gift for the gardener on your list (or for yourself)

Gift-giving season is upon us and there is a nice variety of books available that will appeal to gardeners. Here are a few to consider for yourself or other gardening friends:

I have been captivated with the Great Plains of the Midwest ever since my parents took us on a cross country road trip in the mid-1960s. Over the years, the “Little House on the Prairie” books, Willa Cather’s “My Antonia”, and “PrairyErth” by William Least Heat Moon served to deepen my fascination. “The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder; The Frontier Landscapes That Inspired the Little House Books,” by award-winning author Marta McDowell is a new treasure focusing on America’s heartland and it appeals to readers–both gardeners and Wilder fans–on many levels. First of all, it’s beautifully produced book on quality paper. Marvelous illustrations, maps and photographs, illuminate McDowell’s well-researched, engaging text. There are plenty of detailed descriptions of the plants and landscapes Wilder loved.

If you are new to McDowell’s work and enjoy books that deliver a well-crafted mix of horticulture, history and literature you will want to check out her other titles: “All the Presidents’ Gardens” which won an American Horticultural Society award and “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life,” which received a gold award in 2014 from the Garden Writer’s Association.

Jana Milbocker, garden lecturer and co-owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscaping design firm in the Boston area, has created an excellent guidebook for those of us who enjoy taking a road trip focusing on gardens and nurseries. “The Garden Tourist; 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast” is described perfectly by the author in the paragraph entitled How to use this book: “This guide is for travelers who wish to visit some of the most enchanting gardens and nurseries in the Northeast, from northern New England to the Hudson River Valley, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania.

“The book is divided into seven chapters covering the major states. Each chapter features a state map with a list of the gardens, as well as suggested itineraries for making the best of your visit. Each garden entry includes the address, telephone, and website; the size of the garden, visiting hours, special events, and facilities.”

But that’s not all! I simply couldn’t resist the infomercial tag line because the author has done us another huge favor: in each of her suggested itineraries, she provides suggestions for a “mid-price” eatery near the recommended garden visits. I can think of nothing better: strolling through a marvelous garden and then sitting down to a tasty meal. The author has done all the painstaking research for us. When the bug to visit beautiful gardens bites, we just need to grab this guide, gas up the car and go. All the practical concerns are covered with garden location details, website and contact information and key symbols indicating whether there are public restrooms, dining on the premises, a children’s garden, gift shop or guided tours. The softcover book is 256 pages with more than 600 color photographs and I have no doubt it will appeal to armchair traveler-gardeners on your gift list as well. “The Garden Tourist” is available on the author’s website, or Amazon.

Being an anglophile, I often fantasize about spending an entire year traveling the British landscape and exploring all the great gardens. However, when it comes to how-to gardening books, I almost always depend on American authors for advice because our climate is so very different from the United Kingdom’s. An excellent new encyclopedic textbook is one exception: “Essential Pruning Techniques: Tree, Shrubs, and Conifers,” published by Timber Press, is a book I can rely on for accurate information on this side of the pond. This edition is an updated version of English woody plant expert George Brown’s 1972 pruning manual. Tony Kirkham, head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London, has revised and expanded Brown’s original text to include an excellent guide to proper pruning techniques. The bulk of the book is a detailed A to Z primer on how to prune nearly every tree one can think of. Because the authors are English, it does include some plants we cannot grow here, but the instructions for the trees we do grow is clear and straightforward. I thoroughly enjoyed the “Britishisms” that pop up now and then.

Beloved trees and shrubs can be ruined with improper pruning –and many so-called professionals are often to blame. Basic understanding of individual species is essential — for evaluating professionals before hiring them — or taking up a pruning saw ourselves.

Vicki Johnson is a gardening columnist for the New Jersey Herald. She can be reached at or

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Why Chicago is pollinating bee populations

The billowing stainless steel forms of Frank Gehry’s Pritzker bandshell seem to float up from behind the 3.5-acre Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, backed by Chicago’s celebrated skyline. Another landmark in a city long a laboratory for innovation in architecture and landscaping, the garden has been called a “model of responsible horticulture.” Masses of flowering perennials and grasses are a striking counterpoint to the surrounding walls of concrete and glass. Perhaps most unexpected, at a place that sits atop a 4,000-vehicle underground parking garage and railroad depot in the inner city, are the bees that flit from flower to flower.

In the 21st century, urban green spaces must be many things: verdant getaways; playgrounds; gathering spots. As cities continue to sprawl across the planet, leaving mere patches and fragments of wilderness in their wake, gardens increasingly also must serve as living space for native plants and animals. Not every species is amenable to city life, but from Berlin to Melbourne to Berkeley, researchers are finding that flower patches — in parks, residential properties, community vegetable plots and vacant lots — support surprisingly healthy populations of bees, the most important pollinators in agricultural and most natural areas. In a few cases, urban bee populations are more diverse and abundant than those outside the city.

In fact, as Rebecca Tonietto was surveying bees (PDF) in Chicago in 2008, just four years after the Lurie Garden opened to much fanfare, she made a remarkable discovery. Among the lanky sunflowers and bursts of purple bee balm was Lasioglossum michiganense, a native sweat bee never before found in Illinois, collecting pollen and nectar on the enormous green roof, the most urban of landscapes.

Tonietto, a biologist at the University of Michigan-Flint, is co-author of a recent essay in Conservation Biology that points to research on urban bees as evidence that humans can share high-density habitat with other species. “Surrounded by increasingly less hospitable rural and suburban landscapes,” she and her colleagues wrote, the city “can become a refuge” for the bee species and other insects that are suffering significant declines.

“This means we can do some real conservation in cities,” not just public education and outreach, said Damon Hall, lead author of the essay and a biologist at Saint Louis University.

According to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, from 2008 to 2013 bee abundance in the United States decreased most sharply in the Midwest corn belt and California’s Central Valley, where agricultural production has intensified. “Among the numerous threats to wild bees, including pesticide use, climate change, and disease,” the authors write, habitat loss seems to have been the biggest contributing factor. “We’ve got to find a way out of these declines,” said Hall, “but in the interim we have an opportunity within cities to support and bolster bee habitat.”

Widespread planting for bees and other pollinators by landscape designers and gardeners is already underway. The orange dots marking the locations of new pollinator plantings blot out most of the map of the U.S. on the website of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, an initiative launched in 2015 by a partnership of conservation, gardening and civic groups and designed to create gardens and landscapes conducive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Pollinator gardening is becoming mainstream in the U.K., with the meadows of the London Olympic Park its most public face. Echoing other proponents of pollinator gardening, Vicki Wojcik, research director at the nonprofit Pollinator Partnership, said, “People find planting for pollinators inspirational, because you really do feel like you are making a difference.”

Amid the heartening news about urban bees, however, some uncomfortable questions are being raised. Can the non-native plants used in most gardens harm remnant native plant populations in urban settings, many of which harbor threatened species? And are urban gardens encouraging the spread of aggressive non-native bees that could outcompete declining natives?

Remarkably little is known about wild bees, an astonishingly diverse group of more than 20,000 species worldwide. In the U.S., bees range in size from the hefty carpenter bee to tiny Perdita minima, a Southwestern native less than .08 inch long. In addition to flowers, bees require places to nest. Unlike the European honeybee, which lives in hives, most bees are solitary and nest in tunnels they excavate in soil or wood.

Imagine you are a bee attempting to navigate an urban landscape. If you are one of many species that needs bare ground for nesting, you are out of luck, as city soils that have not been paved over or obliterated by buildings are often covered by dense turf or pounded down and impenetrable due to human foot traffic. Flower patches must be within flying distance because you need to return to your nest several times a day carrying pollen and nectar — a task made all the more difficult by the fragmented nature of urban green spaces. Even if you are a diminutive bee that can fulfill all your needs in a small area, your nest may be so far from those of other bees that inbreeding and, eventually, local extinction are inevitable, said U.S. Agricultural Research Service entomologist Jim Cane.

Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park is a “near-native” representation of prairie habitat.

One big advantage of urban areas is that people, like bees, are attracted to flowers — “the key driver,” in Hall’s words, “of bee diversity and abundance.” Although the native vegetation has been all but wiped out, the diverse human populations in cities plant flowers from around the globe. That’s a boon for generalist bees, which are not fussy about flower forage. But if you are oligolectic, a specialist that requires pollen from one group of closely related native plants, or even a single species, you “are doomed,” said Cane.

As a result, in the typical city most of the floral specialists and many ground-nesting bees are missing, leaving what Cane calls a “subset” of the larger regional bee fauna. Thirteen percent of New York state’s bees were found in New York City community gardens. Half of Germany’s bees were discovered in Berlin. Interestingly, bees are flourishing, particularly in vacant lots in so-called shrinking cites such as Detroit and Cleveland. Hall attributes this to the undisturbed “wildness” of these seemingly forlorn places. “No one’s out there spraying a bunch of Roundup or neonicotinoids [pesticides],” he said. “Few people live there.”

Scientists also have documented threatened species in cities. For instance, researchers who studied bees within a third of a mile from the center of Northampton, a large, urbanized English town, found the nationally rare sharp-tailed bee Coelioxys quadridentata and discovered that overall bee abundance and diversity were higher in the urban core than in surrounding meadows and nature reserves.

More than a century ago, landscape architect Jens Jensen spurred a homegrown rebellion, pioneering a new approach to landscape design in Chicago’s parks based on native plants and regional plant communities such as those found on the prairie. Today, the debate over growing native or non-native plants continues.

“The reality is that most urban and suburban gardens have had no or minimal natives,” said Mary Phillips, director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program. Educating the public about the importance of reestablishing native plant populations is a priority of efforts such as Garden for Wildlife and the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, she said.

The Lurie Garden, a stylized “near-native” representation of prairie habitat by superstar Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf, has been called “a possible resolution” to this debate. Some 26 percent (PDF) of its plants are native to Illinois. According to a recent Lurie Garden blog, “Current research indicates that mixing native and non-native plants in a designed landscape increases pollinator habitat.”

Beyond establishing that such gardens sustain mostly generalist bees, however, research paints a more complicated picture. Just as studies have indicated that native trees and shrubs provide the most resources for birds, surveys have found “a relatively low attraction of bees, especially native bees, to exotic plants.”

What’s more, in a recent paper in New Phytologist — “Considering the Unintentional Consequences of Pollinator Gardens for Urban Native Plants: Is the Road to Extinction Paved with Good Intentions?” — University of Pittsburgh biologists found that the non-native and native plants used for pollinator habitat could have a variety of deleterious effects not only on urban native plant remnants but also the native bee specialists that depend on them. Unless they are grown from seed collected locally — almost never the case in commercial horticulture — native plantings could swamp unique gene pools in nearby urban fragments.

Even worse, the non-natives have a high potential to escape from cultivation. And as research has demonstrated, there is often a lag time of several years to several decades between the arrival of an exotic plant and the explosion of its populations, making it difficult to conclude that a non-native that has been innocuous for years is safe to plant.

Exotic plants also may be favoring the non-native bees proliferating in cities. Scientists suspect that some of these bees may be poised to expand their territories and potentially displace native bees with widespread pollinator plantings. According to University of Virginia entomologist T’ai Roulston, an estimated 41 non-native bee species are in North America. One species that has raised a red flag is Osmia taurus, a Japanese mason bee that potentially could outcompete the native blue orchard mason bee, an important pollinator of apple and cherry trees.

“I have collected more Osmia taurus at my field station than all but one of the nine native Osmia species,” Roulston said. Meanwhile, entomologists point out, in U.S. cities the much-loved non-native honeybee consumes more floral resources than any other species, dominating native bees wherever a hive is nearby.

Few scientists believe that urban habitats are a panacea for bee conservation, although they do support some important populations. In the words of Tina Harrison of Rutgers University, who studies the homogenization of bee communities in disturbed landscapes, “Pollinators that are successful in cities are often very common in other habitats in the surrounding region,” and a focus on conserving them could divert much-needed funds from efforts to protect vulnerable bees. Conserving regionally rare or specialist bees that have found a refuge in cities, though, is probably a good idea, she said.

There is unanimous agreement that much more can be done to make cities beneficial to bees by, for example, ensuring that there is ample bare, loose soil for ground nesters and following the French government’s lead in banning pesticides that are harmful to bees. In addition, bee advocates say that urban native plant remnants should be protected, and the planting of native species essential to the survival of beleaguered specialist bees should be a priority.

As the Pollinator Partnership’s Wojcik pointed out, the sheer per capita conservation potential of cities is tremendous. “If everyone in a city of a million people planted even one pollinator-friendly plant,” she said, “there would be a million more foraging opportunities for bees.”

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Recognizing Eureka’s ‘Garden Jewels’

2356 Frank St.

2356 Frank St.

This month’s “Garden Jewel” certificates are being presented to homes in the Myrtle Avenue area of Eureka.

In the 1900s, this part of town was called “Eden,” as in the Garden of Eden mentioned in the Bible. The land was covered with rhododendrons and tall evergreen trees. Several of these homes are now occupied by second and third generations of the original families, while other residences have been built in the last 10 years, nearly 100 years later.

The owners of these front gardens have been invited to attend the Jan. 19 meeting of the Eureka Sequoia Garden Club, to be held at the Humboldt County Agriculture Center at 5630 South Broadway. For more information, call 707-442-1387.

This month’s “Garden Jewels” are:

• 3719 Pennsylvania Ave.: White picket fences surround the front yard at the cottage home owned for the last 30 years by Lee and Joyce Coffman. She was raised in the home. A jasmine vine covers the arbor and front gate, which leads on a concrete path to the front porch adorned by stained glass windows. Variegated hebe with purple flowers and grey Santolina are under the maple tree. Rhododendrons, Meyer lemons, lilac trees and variegated weigela balance the landscape design. The foundation plants near the house include orange roses, breath of heaven, hydrangeas, sword ferns, geraniums and Mexican daisies.

• 3700 Pennsylvania Ave.: A wonderful park bench under a Victorian streetlight adorns the property. The early Craftsman home, owned by Walt and Toni Kabula, was built in the 1950s when she was a child. Colorful rhododendrons, camellias, hydrangeas, calla lilies, yellow yarrow, ferns and California poppies are under the Pieris Japonica tree. Cherry trees are featured on the corner lot and are accompanied by holly trees and mature rhododendrons surrounded by a green lawn. A jade specimen is happy on the front porch and welcomes visitors.

• 3745 Pennsylvania Ave.: Anita and Chuck Pavlich created the landscape design around the 1950s ranch style house. Jamie Pavlich grew up in the residence and her son now lives there and is attending Humboldt State University. Her dad was in the nursery business for years and later was a landscape specialist for the State of California. Currently Luscious Landscaping is doing an amazing job restoring the garden. Red and gray brick pillars mark the circular driveway in front of the home with accent lights. Roses, evergreens and chrysanthemums add more color along with the curly redwood stakes as an architectural feature. The tradition palm tree from that era is on the west side of the home, with rhododendrons, camellia, red trig maples, heather and a birdbath. The Pieris Japonica shrubs and outdoor lighting are featured with the bird nest pine and maroon Japanese maple trees. Other mature maple trees complete the landscape design.

• 2316 Frank St.: The landscape design on this property owned by Earl and Sheila Schmeidt includes a bank of river rock planted with red trig maple trees, against a redwood fence with a decorative lattice across the top. Mounds of summer flowers add color, and huge rocks are featured by the split-rail fence. Japanese maples, heavenly bamboo, purple leaved shrubs and cascading maple trees are arranged in a geometric style. The foundation planting includes Pieris Japonica shrubs and ornamental grasses.

• 2364 Frank St.: This three-story modern home owned by Duane and Amy Christian was landscaped by Tim Rice. It has matching corners of mature collections of succulents, circled by locally collected rocks. A dry pond uses black rocks to create the effect of water and the design of the river gravel gives the impression of the dry creek bed flowing to the sidewalk. A pair of matching orange roses frame the wine barrel near the residence with primroses spilling out to the garden and beautiful green lawn.

• 2356 Frank St.: Shirley Tuel loves to celebrate the holiday by decorating her landscape design in the front of the house. The picture with this article features Thanksgiving, and you can drive by today to see the Christmas season with red ribbons. Rhododendrons, holly and heather shrubs bloom seasonally while the white lattice fence accents the planted area of manzanita and the wishing well. A privet hedge and outdoor lights show off her planter boxes filled with greenery and cloth bows. The green and yellow spotted aralia is always dramatic.

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New York Long Island Tree Service Brings a Redefined Experience to Garden, Flowers and Trees Unlike Any Other …

New York Long Island Tree Service Brings a Redefined Experience to Garden, Flowers and Trees Unlike Any Other Company

New York, NY, December 07, 2017 — “We are professionals that are specialised in landscaping. Our team has the experience and knowledge and are always willing to offer you reliable services. Our services are pocket friendly and at very affordable prices to help you maintain and enhance the value of your property,” said a New York Long Island Tree service representative.

New York Long Island Tree service has been in the industry for over 20 years and has worked with people throughout Long Island, NY serving both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. They recently created a new division that specializes in landscaping; working in residential properties to enhance the beauty of one’s home, improving gardens, and specializing in flowers, plants, etc.

They are a full tree service company providing services ranging from tree trimming, pruning and removal services. Stump grinding, property clean-ups and storm damage clean-ups are also included in their service list. They are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help clients with all their emergency tree service needs.

They also provide services to commercial properties; some of their landscaping services includes analysis from tree experts, residential lawn tree care, emergency tree removal service, lawn restoration, landscape services, land clearing, garden designs, transplanting, and tree relocation, among others. These are only a few of the landscaping services New York Long Island Tree service offers.

At the Tree Service New York and Landscaping Division, their primary aim is to keep their customers satisfied with their landscaping services. These experts are experienced and ready to work in any residential or commercial property. They are willing to give their client’s lawn the desired and needed care and maintenance, which includes helping their clients with any landscaping design they wish to have done.

“There are many things that can lead to needing tree removal services. When there are strong storms in an area, there may be a need for tree cleanup. Your full range New York Tree service company is readily available when you need tree removal in New York. Our expert team is ready to provide a fast response to your emergency tree situation,” said Michael, New York Long Island Tree service representative.

Their professionals work in any area of Long Island, NY and serve any area of Suffolk and Nassau County. They help people with their landscaping design, creating new ideas for their gardens and lawns and any other project that the owner wishes to have done on their residential or commercial property. They also give solutions to how to trim a diseased tree.

For more detailed information about tree removal in Long Island, please visit

Media Contact: Michael
Phone: 516-4767249

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Open the Door: Community gardening as personal growth

“People should take pride in their community and treat each other with respect,” says SaRah, Community Gardener and Dwelling Place resident in Muskegon Heights.

SaRah, a resident and community gardener at Roosevelt Apartments, was one of the first to participate in planting during a September volunteer day prior to the Roosevelt Apartments community open house. She was quick to volunteer and the peas she planted during the volunteer event were growing strong during the fall months.

With fifteen community gardens across Dwelling Place’s West Michigan properties, gardening holds a special place in the hearts of residents, especially the residents in the newly renovated Roosevelt Elementarynow home to the Roosevelt Apartments in Muskegon Heights.

SaRah shares that she checks on her plants regularly and that “it makes me feel empoweredto plant something and see it blossom, it reminds me of myself.”

According to a report from the National Gardening Association, in 2013 there was a 29 percent increase in food gardening by people living in urban areas, up from 7 million in 2008 to 9 million. Two million more households also reported participating in community gardening in 2013 than 2008, a 300 percent increase in five years. The national impact of food growth in urban areas aids with sustainability efforts, reduces food waste, and ultimately builds community.

“Community is not just your neighbors,” says SaRah who has also worked as a volunteer organizer and continues to have strong roots in her volunteer efforts. SaRah says, “my passion for community involvement stems from my mom’s work in a food pantry and being raised to care about my community.”

Dwelling Place is working to encourage active and engaged resident leadership by opening up community gardening opportunities across Dwelling Place apartment community. Through gardening, educational workshops, community partnerships, regular meetings and annual events, residents are empowered to take on leadership roles and positively engage with one another. The Dwelling Place’s  Community Gardening program serves as a catalyst for a healthy, strong, and growing community.


SaRah is planning on staying involved with the gardens and events happening at Roosevelt Apartments. The Dwelling Place growing group of community gardeners are meeting during the winter months to decide how they want to plant and tend to the gardens for 2018 season.

Dwelling Place is currently hiring a Community Gardening Landscaping Specialist to expand resident gardening opportunities. Help support resident gardners by making a contribution at

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Weather outside may get frightful

This weekend will likely see many breaking out the winter gear as cold air and the season’s first major snow accumulation is on the way. 

Today, snow flurries are expected across the northern portion of Ashtabula County, with the most snow expected to fall between Erie, Pennsylvania and Buffalo, New York, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

“Northeast Ohio is on the fringes of the snow bands,” said Kirk Lombardy, a meteorologist with the NWS in Cleveland. “As we get into the weekend, an Alberta Clipper system will affect all of northern Ohio, bringing four or five inches of snow.”

But that’s not all.

Lake effect snow is right behind the clipper and with it, more snow for the snow belt, he said.

In addition, temperatures will drop below freezing during the day and into the teens at night, according to the NWS forecast.

At Kelly’s Gardens and Landscaping in Saybrook Township, co-owner Chris Mramor said she expects brisk Christmas tree and wreath sales, as snow often gets people in the Christmas mood.

“We have been busy for this early in the season, but I think we will be even busier,” she said. 

A big snow event is something the Ohio Department of Transportation prepares for weeks in advance, said Justin Chesnic, ODOT spokesperson.

“We will pre-treat the roads and we will have our snowplows out on all state and U.S. roads,” he said. “We have 25 crews ready to work around the clock.”

Ashtabula City Manager Jim Timonere said the equipment is ready and the salt dome has been stocked. 

“We have been out twice this year just to salt the roads when we dropped below freezing with rain and the little snow we did get to date,” he said. “A reminder to residents — parking bans will be in place if accumulations are over three inches. The goal is to hit all streets within 24 hours after the snow stops. We have not started third shift yet, but we will be on call if and when it comes.”

Amir Garakouei, superintendent of the Ashtabula County Highway Department, said his crews are always ready to battle snow.

“We got the forecast and our guys are ready,” he said. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to be safe especially while driving in winter weather.

“Slow down and give yourself lots of room from the vehicle in front of you,” said Sgt. Chris Thayne of the OHP Ashtabula Post. “Don’t be in a hurry. Give yourself plenty of time.”

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Nebraska Statewide Arboretum awards planting, education and landscaping efforts – Omaha World

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