Garden Design

Musical eclipse to mimic solar eclipse at the Chicago Botanic Garden – Chicago Sun-Times

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

A solar-eclipse event in suburban Chicago won’t just offer a spectacle for attendees’ eyes. It’ll simultaneously offer something for their ears. A work entitled “Eclipse,” by composer Mischa Zupko, will be performed Monday at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe as the moon crosses between the earth and the sun. Zupko says a cello and a violin play separate, distinctive lines at the start of the four-minute piece. But they…

Flowers to bring a buzz to the garden – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

There’s lots of publicity urging gardeners to grow flowers that attract bees and butterflies, but are we being led up the garden path? Even though many garden flowers are advertised as bee-friendly, a recent study reveals that most of them are fairly useless at attracting insect pollinators. It’s easy to assume that a flower that is big and beautiful to our eyes will be just as attractive to bees, butterflies…

House plants that help clean the air – WTVC

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Experimental garden in Minneapolis has many stakeholders | Star … – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

See more of the story On a sunny midsummer day in a south Minneapolis backyard, a handful of people were harvesting garlic for a meal to be served at a nearby American Indian church. A few steps away, eggplant and exotic squash were ripening on the vine, almost ready for the kitchen of a neighborhood Bangladeshi/Indian restaurant. The people picking the vegetables, weeding and tending the crops weren’t members of…

As garden season winds down, the chores wind up – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

FAIRBANKS — This is my least favorite column to write every year because it means I can no longer ignore that summer is fading. Goodbye to dinners of grilled tiny eggplants and baby zucchinis and sautéed new potatoes with fresh peas. Ta-ta to tomato and cucumber salads. Farewell to desserts of raspberries, honeyberries, rhubarb and strawberries. Hello, end of season garden chores. Some people stop going…

IN THE GARDEN: Simply edible flowers | Lifestyles | stwnewspress … – Stillwater News Press

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Eating will always be much more popular than gardening and, flowers bring an inviting interest to meals. Edible flowers can turn an average dish into the talk of the town at the next potluck. Know the tasty treats that color our landscapes. Normally harvested for their pungent leaves chives (or garlic chives) and oregano have lavender-pink (white) flowers useful in any dish that calls for the…

Garden calendar | For the week of Aug. 20 – Madison.com

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension horticulture educator

Experimental garden in Minneapolis has many stakeholders – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

See more of the story On a sunny midsummer day in a south Minneapolis backyard, a handful of people were harvesting garlic for a meal to be served at a nearby American Indian church. A few steps away, eggplant and exotic squash were ripening on the vine, almost ready for the kitchen of a neighborhood Bangladeshi/Indian restaurant. The people picking the vegetables, weeding and tending the crops weren’t members of…

As summer winds down, start planning for next year’s garden – AG Week

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

I’m positive I’ll remember the name of the spinach variety that grew especially tender and tasty, but by next spring I’ll be asking my wife, Mary, if she recalls the name. Start a notebook and jot down vegetables, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs while tags are still in place and memories are fresh. 2. View annual and perennial flowers that you might not have grown before. It’s easier to decide…

Recyclables create garden art in Erie – GoErie.com

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Old plates, broken bird baths and more become the focal points of area gardens. By Sue Scholz / contributing writer This is a part two column on the garden art of Garden Tour Erie. I was just so impressed with the creativity of the gardeners that I wanted to share more of their ideas. Robert and Cynthia Reid of West 7th Street have a musical garden….

7 things to know about Truckee’s ‘Secret Garden’ – KCRA Sacramento

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

TRUCKEE, Calif. (KCRA) — Truckee’s Lower Carpenter Valley is now owned and operated by the Truckee Donner Land Trust, with The Nature Conservancy holding the conservation easement to study the array of plants and animals that had been in private hands for more than a century. Now open to the public for tours, the rich montane meadow provides a pristine look at a piece of Sierra Nevada landscape 8 miles…

Order v disorder: the two faces of a magical garden – The Guardian

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017

It’s a huge stand of Verbena bonariensis that offers the first clue about what kind of garden lies beyond the five-barred gate. The verbena’s spindly stems topped with tiny lilac pompoms like a map of the stars have colonised one side of an ancient open-sided barn with an undulating roof of rust-red tiles. Above the froth, the eye is drawn to the horizontal line of a grapevine trained along the…

Horticulture student, faculty recognized by plant group – Manhattan Mercury (subscription)

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

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Make a memorable pathway with paving stones and plants – SFGate

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Caption Close Using paving stones as an alternate walkway or to add attractive hardscaping to a garden is now commonplace in many a garden. In many cases, that raises the issue of what to plant between those pavers, and here is where the elements of beauty and practicality intersect. There are many ground covers to choose from; fortunately, there are ways to narrow down those choices. A good plant for…

Growing Virtual Plants Could Help Farmers Boost Their Crops – Scientific American

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

What if farmers could grow sugarcane in a matter of seconds, not days or weeks? Scientists are doing just that. Of course, these crops are not sprouting from soil. Instead they flourish on a computer screen. Digital plants like these are part of a new movement in agricultural science called “in silico,” where researchers design highly accurate, computer-simulated crops to help speed up selective breeding, in which plants…

Hoosier Gardener: Indy prime place to hold multi-neighborhood garden tours – Indianapolis Star

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Shuttles transport tourists from neighborhood to neighborhood participating in Garden Walk Buffalo, where they see postage-stamp size gardens.(Photo: Provided by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp) In Buffalo, N.Y., quaint homes and eclectic gardens adorn Garden Walk Buffalo. (Photo: Provided by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp) For that past 23 years, gardeners like you and me have put their gardens on tours in Buffalo, N.Y., the last weekend in July. This year, about 60,000…

How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish – NPR

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Some community gardens keep plots open to the public instead of assigning them to individuals. Courtesy of Wangari Gardens hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Wangari Gardens Some community gardens keep plots open to the public instead of assigning them to individuals. Courtesy of Wangari Gardens I spent two years dreaming of sun-warmed tomatoes, towering sunflowers and home-grown salad greens before a spot opened in my community garden in Washington,…

Something foul is coming to the US Botanic Garden – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Titan arum, also known as corpse flowers, are close to blooming at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington. It’s the first time three of the plants — known for their extremely smelly scent — will bloom at once. (Adrian Higgins/The Washington Post) The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., is expecting a stinky first in the coming days as a trio of corpse flowers is due to open and release…

Ford settles sexual, racial harassment claims at Chicago plants for $10 million – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay up to $10.1 million to settle racial and sexual harassment claims at two Chicago-area plants, a move that could allow it to avoid a class-action lawsuit being pursued in federal court. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement this week after an investigation gave it reasonable cause to believe that Ford personnel harassed female and black employees at its Chicago assembly and…

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