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Early Spring 2011

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Welcome...

to issue #6 of Picket Fences!

Boy, do we have a bunch of exciting news to share with you this spring! There’s our new value-focused line of casual furniture; new colorful spring container garden combos; the solar energy project right here at Bucks Country; the new expanded pottery display in the greenhouse; and our new web site... did I forget the expanded edibles display in the nursery yard? For an upper middle aged, folically challenged, slightly overweight, relatively conservative, obsessively anal, often micromanaging kinda guy, that’s a lot of new and a ton of change!

There’s a bunch of the same at Bucks Country, too. Start off with Geoff Simpson, Nancy McIlvaine, Don Lee and Darryl Richard who join me in providing 118 cumulative years of customer service as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bucks Country Gardens, formerly Royer Nurseries & Greenhouses, formerly Royer Plant Market. No, I haven’t been here for fifty years, but I am proud to admit to thirty years–with seventeen as Bucks Country Gardens. Bucks Country Bonus Bucks is the same again this year, too. It was wildly successful in its first year and proved that so many of you liked being rewarded for being loyal customers... rewarded generously and immediately. 2,888 of you redeemed over $100,000 of Bonus Bucks last summer between June 24 and July 11. We thought you’d like a head start this year and have added a special $20 Bonus Buck to the coupons on page 49. Thanks for your loyal support. We look forward to seeing you again this spring. Tom Hebel~President Bucks Country Gardens

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Thomas L. Hebel publisher

Patricia Carr editor

Adriene Vesci Rice graphic designer

patricia carr Laura Koenig Jennifer Robinson advertising sales

bartlett tree experts bucks county YMCA abby Dentner doylestown hospital espoma Tom Hebel Corrie Hunt Becky Jones joe koenig Laura Koenig kreider canvas service moore energy Gregory Orme Tina Sottolano zach stephan david wilson contributing writers

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Congratulations Tina! Tina Sottolano, container garden designer at Bucks Country, recently appeared on “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle” on the Comcast Network in December, 2010. Her appearance in a segment called “A Greener 2011”, focused on ideas and strategies for starting the year off in an environmentally friendly way. Tina has an established reputation as an expert in Container Garden Design and is sought out frequently by many organizations for speaking engagements and seminars on an assortment of horticultural topics. Her appearance on “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle” was her first national exposure and represents an outstanding personal achievement.

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8 The Boutique Focus on Jewelry 12 Community Focus Doylestown Hospital’s Cancer Institute 46 YMCA’s Camp Takoda 13 Employee Feature Get to Know Donna Dentner 15 Outdoor Living Growing Veggies Organically 20 Custom Canvas Canopies 43 Drought Recovery Program 44 Solar Energy Made Simple 19 Q & A Expert Advice & Solutions 22 Keeping It Contained Early Spring Container Recipes 30 Dirty Work Bucks Country Spring Landscape Services 35 March & April Calendars, Tips & To-Do’s 36 Workshops & Seminars Learn Something New 39 BCG Client Spotlight Dutch Gronendahl 47 Kids in the Garden Activities, Fun Facts & More! 49 Seasonal Savings Extravaganza Money $aving Coupons

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But wait–the 70’s are back! The bold colors, pretty prints, minimal lines and draping fabrics from this fashionable decade are here again NEW Butterfly scarf and will brighten anyone’s mood. Embrace from Howard’s Jewelry. the high waists, wide legs and unique denim looks for the spring months. Stackable jewelry, including jeweled rings, bracelets and necklaces, are perfect accessories to complement this vintage style. Another big comeback from the 70’s is beading. From funky beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings to beaded belts for a super svelte look, be inspired by the 70’s at The Boutique at Bucks Country.

2011 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.

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Inspirations also come from such exotic destinations as Africa, India, Peru and Turkey. In The Boutique, find an array of spicy colors and fabulous patterns adoring everything from handbags and scarves to jewelry and hats. Colors like honeysuckle, coral rose and regatta are complimented with cool, refreshing hues of silver peony, russet and silver cloud. Pair these vibrant colors with nude hues to create an wonderful marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones.

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accenting your wardrobe with exhilarating, upbeat colors from The Boutique at Bucks Polymer clay bracelets in Spring’s vibrant hues from Viva Beads. Country. Take fashion cues from the rebirth of nature and the changing seasons. Just as the grey and neutral days of winter start bursting with lively spring color, so should your wardrobe and accessories. This year, the trend is all about pairing the bright colors of spring– bright pink, purple, orange, yellow and every shade of blue, especially turquoise– with timeless and comfortable neutrals of taupe, beige, grey, black and denim.

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The Boutique at Bucks Country continues to offer the best selection of fine and fashion jewelry around. Here, you’ll discover something new each season for every taste and every budget. From the perfect gift for that young lady entering her teenage years, to something special for Grandma or just a little pick-me up for yourself, shop The Boutique. You’ll be glad you did. Kameleon & Halia are two fine jewelry selections which are made with the finest sterling silver & superior craftsmanship, along with great attention to detail.

Kameleon Kameleon was created out of the basic human desire to express individuality, feelings and emotions as well as to stand out from the crowd. From that basic desire, coupled with an inspiration from nature, Kameleon’s interchangeable silver jewelry was created. Kameleon’s jewelry line includes rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces and pins all carefully crafted of sterling silver to accept interchangeable inserts called JewelPops. JewelPops are available in a virtually endless assortment of colors and materials that intermix with the entire collection. You’ll find semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, cubics and Murano glass, making it easy to create a piece of jewelry as unique as you. With Kameleon, Change is Natural.

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Halia is an Italian jewelry company that has been creating fine pieces of sterling silver jewelry for many years. Halia is the name of an ancient Minoan goddess and the jewelry is intended for the goddess in every woman. Halia makes it easy to create jewelry that is a reflection of the wearer. There is a charm for just about any and every occasion to help you celebrate life’s achievements, events and celebrations. Right on cue with today’s fashion trend of stackable jewelry, Halia also offers a complete line of stackable rings. Also crafted of the finest sterling silver, they feature genuine stones of garnets, blue topaz, onyx, pearls, and amethysts as well as a variety of cubic zirconias. All rings can be worn individually or mixed and matched among the entire collection. Wear one, two, three or even five at a time and create your own statement. Gregory Orme, Lifestyle Team

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The Boutique has a Registry for both the Kameleon and Halia jewelry lines. Build your collection exactly to your own style by creating a Wish List of the pieces you want as well as registering the pieces you already have.


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Outdoor Living & Landscape Maintenance After being indoors all winter, most people look forward to spring and gardeners are no exception. Now is the time to get outdoor gardening and landscape projects started. Whether it is preparing the garden beds, improving the lawn, starting up the pond, or setting up your outdoor living space, there is plenty to do to get things up and running for the season.

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Spring Lawn & Garden Care

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furniture and inspect it for damage that may have occurred over the winter. For furniture in good condition, clean each piece with the appropriate cleaner suited for the material. Some areas may need to be sanded and touched up if they have been exposed to the harsh winter elements for a number of years and are showing wear. If your furniture has cushions, clean them or replace if they are worn out or stained. Inspect your patio umbrellas for rips or tears and check to make sure they are still in working condition. Also, examine the legs of your furniture to see if any of the feet are missing–replace if needed. For granite and tile tabletops, apply a cleaner and sealer to protect them for the season. For teak wood furniture, apply a cleaner and sealer that are specific for teak wood. Use an automotive sealant on aluminum and cast iron furniture to protect their luster.

tenance by raking your lawn. It not only removes twigs and leaves but also controls thatch. After raking, inspect for bare spots that need to be over-seeded. Apply a quality grass seed to these areas and water regularly. If your lawn is compacted from heavy foot traffic, now would be a great time to aerate. You may also want to get your lawn soil tested to see if it requires any lime. Grass likes a neutral pH soil, so be aware of your soil’s qualities before adding lime as this may cause problems if it is too alkaline. Apply a pre-emergent weed preventer and fertilizer such as Espoma’s Organic Weed Beater Complete or Scott’s Step 1 to the lawn to control weeds before they grow and to help the lawn start out strong for the season. If seeding and weed preventing at the same time, make sure products are compatible.

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decks & patios Spring is also a great time to power-wash and re-seal wooden decks, especially if it has been a few years since it was last done. Also, replace any warped or broken boards at this time. For a stone, concrete or paver patio, wash and re-seal it with a concrete sealer. Check to see if any joints need to be filled or regrouted and reset any pavers or stones that may have shifted over the winter.

vegetable gardens Even before you step foot into the garden, consider starting seeds indoors to give them a head start before planting them outside. Vegetables such as Tomatoes, Peas, and Lettuce are perfect for starting inside–just make sure you place them by a sunny window. The first thing to tackle in the garden is the cleaning out of any debris that may have accumulated over the winter. Then add Bumper Crop soil amendment to the beds and till it into the existing soil. You may even want to test the soil to see if anything needs to be added to create a well-balanced foundation before you plant. If you have critter fencing, examine it to see if it needs to be repaired or replaced. Also, check your tomato cages and plant stakes to see if they are still in good condition, and replace if needed. At the point of planting, it is important


to rotate the crop placement from the previous year in order to prevent the spread of disease and nutrient loss in the soil. If you use any type of irrigation system, inspect it to see that everything is in working condition.

perennial & ornamental gardens As with veggie gardens, rake out the perennial beds to remove any dead foliage that is on the ground. Also, prune any dead foliage or branches that suffered winter damage. For ornamental grasses, cut the dead grass about 4 inches from the ground. This is also a good time to split and divide plants such as Irises and Hostas. Don’t forget to add some Bumper Crop soil amendment to the newly divided plants in their new locations. For evergreen topiaries, prune and shape them now before too much new growth occurs and they begin to lose their shape. For Azaleas and Forsythia, popular early spring bloomers, wait until after they bloom to prune and split. Use plant appropriate fertilizers such as Espoma Holly-tone, Tree-tone or Plant-tone now to promote healthier plants during the active growing season. Apply Preen Weed Preventer to the beds to control weed growth and then cover the beds with new mulch at about 2–3 inches deep.

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Pond Opening cleaning Remove the winter netting and pond-deicer from your pond and store them for the fall. While the water is still cold and the fish are slow to move about, clean as much debris from the bottom as possible. If it has been a few years since the bottom was thoroughly cleaned, remove the fish and drain the pond. If the bottom is fairly clean, perform a partial water change. Filter & Pumps Clean or replace the filter media and check for any damage in the plumbing and filter system, which can be caused by freezing. Once this is done, restart the pump and filter system. Add Microbe-Lift to start the biological bacteria in the filter system. If you use an ultraviolet light, wait a few weeks before turning it on in order to let the bacteria establish and flourish. Once the fish become more active, check for any signs of disease. Consider adding Microbe-Lift’s Broad Spectrum Disease Treatment to the pond as a preventative against future disease and parasites. spring feeding of fish When the water temperature is over 50 degrees, slowly begin feeding the fish a spring food such as Pond Care’s Spring/Autumn Fish Food. Also, re-pot any pond plants that have overgrown their containers and don’t forget to fertilize the plants! Zach Stephan, Hard Goods Sales

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Cancer Institute receives NAPBC Accreditation

When it comes to cancer care, you can confidently turn to the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital. Your community hospital became the first Bucks County-based facility to earn the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation in October 2010. NAPBC-accreditation is granted only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Each NAPBC-accredited center has undergone a rigorous application process and on site survey. Doylestown Hospital’s program encompasses the entire spectrum of breast care by providing women with access to a range of Board-certified specialists–including breast surgeons, radiologists and pathologists with special expertise in breast cancer, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic reconstructive surgeons, genetic counselors, and psychosocial support professionals. Accredited centers also offer breast nurse navigators, patient education Dancing Cranes sculpture, which is visible and support, palliative care from the windows of the Cancer Institute, programs, survivorship prois a soothing view for patients while they grams, and high-risk clinics. undergo treatment.

NAPBC accreditation is one key part of the overall vision to offer comprehensive cancer services at Doylestown. The Cancer Institute is preparing to move to a new facility with expanded services this Spring; that means everyone being treated for cancer can now have all their needs met in one place. The first floor will house radiation oncology, with the second and third floors devoted to physician offices and services for cancer patients. Doylestown will continue to offer a variety of American Cancer Society programs and support groups, as well as a Gilda’s Club location on the first floor of the hospital. Although the Cancer Institute treats a wide variety of cancers, the greatest number of patients are breast cancer patients. “I think our patients can take comfort in choosing Doylestown Hospital for their cancer care,” said Director of Cancer Service Karen Quinlan, RN, MSN, OCN. “Certification by the NAPBC demonstrates our commitment to exceptional quality care, positive outcomes and compassionate care and support throughout the process.”

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Getting to Know The Berlin Wall was being built, President Kennedy was

advising families to build bomb shelters and the earth’s population reached 4 billion. Turbulent times when she came into this world. Born to the town’s dentist and his wife of just a few years, the eldest of two children, Donna quickly became the bright light of the Krupa family. Her engaging personality and warm character were evident from the beginning. Donna grew up in Nazareth, a small town in the Lehigh Valley famous for two things: First, it’s the home of Martin Guitar, the finest acoustic guitars in the world and second is Mario Andretti, the best racecar driver in the world. Nazareth was (and continues to be) a town rich in German traditions as it was settled by the Moravians nearly 300 years ago. But, it was also a town where the bright lights shined as Mario won the Indianapolis 500 and where Elvis Presley, James Taylor and Eric Clapton would roll into town to work with the craftsmen at the Martin factory to create special instruments. My mom is a lot like our hometown. She is conservative in her approach to life but every once in a while she loves to shine in the bright lights. Her first stint in Doylestown was at Delaware Valley College. She graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry. After graduation she landed a job on a research team at Thomas Jefferson University developing award winning procedures still used today to reduce the traumatic effects of a stroke. She is very proud of the

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rents, Dr. & Mrs. Ed ward Krupa Seven years ago, she came back to Doylestown and joined the team at Bucks Country Gardens as Manager of the Furniture, Gift and Christmas Departments, collectively known as the Donna’s BFF, Jax Lifestyle Department. Donna is is great at her job because it fits her so well. She works hard to provide an amazing selection of merchandise for her customers’ homes–many of whom Donna Dentner, Lifest yle Manager have become friends. She loves when they bring in pictures or invite her over to show off the results of their experience working with her. That is Donna’s moment in the spotlight and she loves it!

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Organic gardening sounds complex, but it doesn’t need to be. The plants are the same, they take the same time to mature and have the same light, timing, and spacing considerations as a ‘conventional’ garden. The difference is using natural and organic plant foods and, if necessary, control options instead of synthetic choices. The backbone of the organic garden is the soil. It should be alive with beneficial microbes and earthworms. To help improve the soil prior to planting, add rich compost and Espoma’s Gardentone. The compost adds valuable organic matter and Garden-tone adds all the nutrients required to get your plants off to a healthy start. Work both into the top 4–6 inches of soil before planting. Once you’ve planted the garden, side dress the rows with Garden-tone monthly. Throughout the growing season, be sure the garden has adequate water; generally a total of one inch from either rainfall or irrigation each week.

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These homeowners had no easy way to walk between their deck, spa, garage door and driveway. The existing steep slope also provided little space for planting and left the air conditioning units and two-story faรงade exposed, giving the space a stark, cold feel. The homeowners wanted to connect the spaces, screen the air conditioning units, incorporate a fountain and lighting, and minimize the plantings and maintenance.

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An impervious surface allowance of 300 square feet and a township code requiring railings for walls above 30 inches were key project limitations.

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Our design solution included a series of low walls and steps constructed of EP Henry Coventry block in Dakota Blend, a color chosen to complement the house. Both the wall and steps were capped with bluestone treads to accentuate the brown tones in the stone. The path was constructed of matching pavers assembled in a random pattern with a soldier course flanking each side. The two custom wrought iron railings were fabricated and installed by Patterson Ironworks and were intended to be functional and unobtrusive. Low-voltage lighting was used to highlight the plantings and make early morning and evening use of the space safe and comfortable. A fountain above the wall between the air conditioning units and the existing deck and spa areas masks the sound of the units and adds to the ambiance of this new outdoor room.

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Through the strategic placement of walls, steps, walks and planting beds, this area became much more than a simple access way. The homeowners now enjoy views from both the driveway and deck, the area is easy to navigate, and the plantings provide interest throughout the seasons.

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‘China Girl’ Hollies act as a natural evergreen screen for the air conditioning units and the ‘Montgomery’ Spruce and ‘Diablo’ Ninebark provide eye-catching color and texture throughout the seasons with their striking foliage and interesting bark. The multi-stemmed Serviceberry acts as a feathery screen between the spa and the driveway and adds a vertical element to soften the façade of the house. Assorted perennial masses add color from May through November and texture in the winter months.


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Timely Tips & answers to frequently asked questions

Receive our BCG email blasts which are full of seasonal Timely Tips & To-Do’s in your garden by registering your email address on your next visit to Bucks Country Gardens.

March Q What can I add to my soil to improve its structure when planting in the garden?

A Use Bumper Crop, a soil conditioner which

consists of all natural ingredients: peat moss, composted manure, shellfish and bark. It helps to loosen clay soils, improves drainage and texture and gives better aeration. It also helps to promote improved water retention.

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I need to mulch my garden beds but I have years of layers of old mulch on top. What can I do?

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proper air and water movement makes it to the plant. In total, there should be no more than a 2–3” layer around the plants. Don’t forget to apply a weed preventer such as Preen or Corn Gluten, an organic option.

Q How early can I start planting trees and shrubs? A As soon as you can get a shovel in the

ground! This is especially true for deciduous plants. If their roots are disturbed while the plant is still dormant, it alleviates some of the stress on the plant once it “wakes up” and pushes new growth out in the spring.

Q How can I make sure my fruit trees

remain healthy and pest free this season?

A Use Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Spray and Dormant Oil before your fruit trees begin to leaf out. This will help to prevent any insects waiting to feast on the young, tender foliage.

Q How can I jump-start my vegetable seed production indoors? A Soil, for seedling production, requires

Q What is a good Fertilizer for my Peace Lily and is now a good time to fertilize?

A Use a general houseplant fertilizer, Schultz

Houseplant Food 10-15-10, at a rate of seven drops per quart of water, every time you water. During the springs months, all houseplants should be fertilized at this rate.

Hydrangea. Late March is also the best time of the year to prune Boxwood. This will help promote dense, compact new growth and will minimize the amount of pruning needed for the rest of the season. Avoid pruning spring-flowering shrubs like Rhododendron & Azaleas until they have finished blooming. The staff of Bucks Country is more than happy to help with any pruning questions you have about specific plants.

Q What else can I do to prepare for spring planting?

A Late snowy or rainy days in March are the

perfect time to flip through garden magazines and seek out flower shows for inspiration. It’s also a great time to stop by Bucks Country for ideas and ask our staff any gardening questions.

April Q What can I spray on my lawn to control the early season weeds? A Use the Bonide Weedbeater Ultra Spray. Visible results will appear in about 24 hours and will be rainproof within three hours of application. Do not apply to newly seeded lawns until after the second mowing. Treated areas can be reseeded 14 days after application. Q What preventative measures can I take to help control insect and fungus damage on my roses? A Use the Bayer Advanced Rose & Flower

drench every six weeks. One application provides insect and disease control plus food to the plants. For an organic option, use Bonide RX 3 when the rose bushes are coming into leaf at 10–14 day spray intervals.

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which were started indoors to the outdoor garden?

A First, they need to be “hardened off” which

A Absolutely not! Early spring is the perfect

time for planting bare root blueberries and strawberries. Add an organic compost, like Bumper Crop, to help provide nutrients in the soil.

Q I have noticed little tiny flying insects around my houseplants. What are they and how do I get rid of them? A It sounds like fungus gnats, generally caused

by soil that is too wet. If you have over watered, thoroughly dry the plants out in between waterings. Apply Schultz Houseplant & Garden Insect Spray directly to the soil while it is slightly moist every 14 days until you see improvement. You may want to replace the soil or add fresh potting mix plus invest in a moisture meter to help monitor the moisture level in your plants.

Q Can you recommend flowers other than pansies that I can put in my window boxes and containers? A There are lots of cool-season annuals that will provide great color and tolerate colder spring weather. Stock is an option that provides bright color and long bloom time as well as a delicious spicy fragrance. Ranunculus is also a great choice and is available in a wide range of colors. It resembles an old-fashioned rose and flowers well into June. Primrose provides a low-growing blast of color that’s great for the front of a container or border. Lastly, don’t hesitate to use early spring-flowering shrubs & perennials such as Camelia, Candytuft, Phlox or Columbine and transplant them to the garden once they are finished blooming. Q What are the brown and black spots on my Vinca and Pachysandra groundcover? A These spots are caused by the fungus,

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simply means the plants need to be exposed gradually to outdoor light and temperatures. Place the seedlings in a sheltered location where they are exposed to indirect light. Slowly introduce direct light over the course of 7–10 days and then transplant to the garden. This will help reduce transplant shock.

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Q What plants can I prune now? A Any of your summer flowering plants, like


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Is your deck or patio area too hot to use? Many homeowners have a beautiful outdoor space they hardly use as it is unprotected from the harsh sun and cold rain. “A custom built stationary canopy is the perfect solution” says Les Kreider, president of Kreider’s Canvas Service, Inc. Les has been in the “shade” business now for over 43 years and is a firm believer in the practical elegance that his company’s awnings offer. A custom canopy provides a cool, dry living space for relaxing outdoors while adding an additional entertainment space to your home. Canopies have been used for years to cover deck and patios and are now more popular than ever. Further your enjoyment by adding a ceiling fan, lights or even a heater for those chilly fall nights. For more privacy or added shade, roll down or sliding curtains can be installed to one side or around the entire canopy. Additionally, “Because the canopy is virtually waterproof, customers have mounted flat screen televisions to the outside wall. No outdoor party is complete without the game on–one canopy owner has his TV on wheels so he can roll it outside on game day” says Kreider. “An added plus to the canopy is that you will no longer need to remove your cushions and carpeting every time it rains,” Les explains. Lately outdoor furniture has become more comfortable and often has soft plush cushions. Dew, rain and outdoor debris require these cushions and even rugs to be stowed away in a dry place when not in use. Imagine enjoying your morning coffee without the chore of wiping the dew or rain off the table and pulling your cushions out from storage before you sit down.

“Within our staff, we have over 100 years of combined experience at covering decks and patios. We know what works, and what doesn’t. We use the finest looking and longest lasting Sunbrella awning fabrics along with the best construction details for both the frame and cover,” explains Les. Whether you live in a windy area or seem to have an insurmountable obstacle like a chimney or an eave, the custom canopy is the ideal fit for all backyards. The frame is built onsite to fit the exact area you would like covered, even following around the angles or curves of your deck. On cape and ranch style homes, the canopy is mounted to the roof as this will give the needed slope for rain run-off. The front edge of the canopy will overhang the patio or deck by almost another foot so the rain runoff from the canopy will drain into the yard and not back into your outdoor living area. The measurements from the frame are then used to fabricate the cover so it fits drum tight and pucker free. A tight fitting canopy cover will last longer than a loose fitting cover. A loose cover will pocket water, damaging the fabric–plus, it will flap in the wind causing stress on the seams. Stop by Bucks Country Gardens’ showroom to experience a Kreider canopy personally. A sales representative can place you in contact with Kreider’s for a no cost, no hassle, in-home shade evaluation, so you can at last enjoy your outdoor patio area. Kreider’s Canvas Service, established in 1975, is a small family run company with customer satisfaction and over-the-top service as its number one priority! www.kreiderscanvas.com


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‘Stock’ ‘African Daisy’ pansies Primrose ‘Sweet Alyssum’

Create the sweet scent of spring using a variety of fragrant flowers in a 12” upright container. 1 • Osteospermum ‘African Daisy’ 1 • Matthiola ‘Stock’ 2 • Pansies 1 • Primrose 1 • ‘Sweet Alyssum’

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‘Forsythia’ English Daisy Pansies ‘Regal’ Geranium English Ivy

For a second look, try a statement piece, using an 18”–20” pot. to create this look, you will need: 1 • 2 gallon upright ‘Forsythia’ 1 • ‘Regal’ Geranium 1 • English Daisy 2 • Pansies 2 • English Ivy

Rosemary Lemon Thyme Pansies Lemon Thyme

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Create an edible container garden, using a 10” bowl and assortment of edibles. to create this look, you will need: 1 • Rosemary, upright 1 • 6-pak of Lettuce 2 • Pansies 1 • Lemon Thyme

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A F irst Look

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Today’s casual furniture has more to offer than ever before. Perhaps you are looking to furnish your newly built deck or patio, give your poolside a fresh look or brighten up your sunroom. Whatever your decorating needs, Bucks Country Gardens is your one-stop outdoor living shop to make your dream space a reality.

New for Spring 2011 Clockwise from top: Ratana’s Palm Harbor Deep Seating Set, Ratana’s Tasmania Deep Seating Set & Castelle’s Milazzo Cushion Dining Set.

For Spring 2011, Bucks Country Gardens is doing some spring cleaning in our Lifestyle Department. We’ll be freshening up our Boutique and Gift Departments as well as our Furniture Department. As in years past, you’ll still find the best and newest styles the casual furniture industry has to offer. However, this season be prepared to be WOWed as we showcase more styles in our showroom than ever before. Our in-stock inventory and selection is the best in the area as we continue to carry some tried and true timeless looks from Hanamint, Ratana, Alfresco Home, Castelle and Alu Mont. We will be bringing you some fabulous new and exciting collections from these companies as well as expanding the selections from Ratana and Alu Mont. This season also brings an entirely new line to Bucks Country Gardens from Telescope Casual Furniture. Marine Grade Polymer Furniture will be featured on our front patio this season. For more information about the stylish yet super durable collection, see our special Telescope feature on page 31.


Find the perfect dining or deep seating set to fit your style & budget at Bucks Country Gardens. From top: Hanamint’s Sienna DIning Set, Ratana’s Palm Harbor Dining Set & Ratana’s Tasmania Deep Seating Set.

From Hanamint, Sienna dining tables can seat from six to twelve. Left to right: Rectangular extension table, Octagonal dining table.

Hanamint With beautiful and classically designed cast aluminum furniture, Hanamint has many styles from which to choose. We will continue to offer the Sienna Collection, an exclusive line to Bucks Country Gardens. Sienna features exquisite castings combining intricate scrollwork and vine-like details making it right at home in the garden or any outdoor setting. Round dining tables come complete with an integrated lazy susan top making dinner time serving a snap. This year, we are introducing a rectangular extension table from Sienna. Starting at 42” x 76”, it will comfortably seat six. When it is fully expanded to 42” x 100”, you’ll easily seat ten to twelve. We are also thrilled to expand Sienna’s deep seating collection with a stunning sectional sofa available in two stylish fabric selections. If your decorating tastes are timeless and traditional but still crave something a little unusual, consider one of Hanamint’s new Hexagonal or Octagonal Dining Tables, seating six and eight, respectively. A wonderful new addition to outdoor dining, these new shapes are like nothing you’ve seen before. Both styles will give you ample seating and dining space with tons of style.

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ratana Last year, our furniture buyers introduced a new line of wicker furnishings from Ratana. Clean-lined and a bit contemporary, Ratana was very well received by customers. This year, we’ve expanded our offerings in the Palm Harbor collection with additional sizes of dining tables and additional seating pieces. Rounding out our Ratana lineup is an exciting new collection called Tasmania. Tasmania features a soft white-washed finish and beautifully patterned weaves. This substantial grouping is available in dining and deep seating alike.

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Fantastic new styles to spruce up your outdoor living space. From top: Castelle’s Milazzo Deep Seating Set, Alfresco Home’s Dining Set, Alu Mont’s Santa Barbara Dining Set & Alfresco Home’s Sunnyvale 85” Dining Set.

castelle When you are looking for a sofa that really makes a statement as well as being super comfortable and low maintenance, Castelle’s new Milazzo Collection is for you. Offered in both a softly curved crescent shape and traditional style with straight lines, the Milazzo seating group is the utmost in style and comfort. As part of this collection, the coordinating Cushioned Dining Set is back by popular demand. alfresco home For the outdoor furniture choice that wears like iron, try one of our two new collections of iron from Alfresco Home. Highland Park offers the classic styling of iron mesh table tops paired with roomy chairs. Iron mesh chair and seat backs allow for a fit that is softly contoured to the body making for a very pleasant seating experience. The Sunnyvale Collection is another fabulous choice in iron furniture. The table tops, chair and seat backs feature a detailed jigsaw woven pattern. Best of all, Sunnyvale is also offered as an extension table. At 39.5” x 66” and opening to a full 85”, you’ll have just the right amount of dining space for every occasion. alu mont Rounding out some of the fantastic new things you’ll find at Bucks Country Gardens this year are some additional cushioned dining sets from Alu Mont. Alu Mont’s Santa Barbara collection is constructed from wrought aluminum with interesting cast details. This cushioned collection features deep, sumptuous cushions that are beautifully tailored and detailed.

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Spring 2011 at Bucks Country Gardens is full of lots of exciting and new furniture offerings for your outdoor and casual outdoor living spaces. Stop in soon for the best selection of in-stock items and let our talented and knowledgeable Lifestyles Team assist in making the selections that are just right for you and your home. Gregory Orme, Lifestyle Team


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It’s a known fact

that a well-maintained property is not only visually appealing, but sets the foundation for a successful garden. Not everyone has the time or energy to perform this feat themselves. The Bucks Country Gardens’ Landscape Division can do as much, or as little, of the “dirty work” as you would like. For Spring Maintenance Services, stop in the store to fill out a Request for Services Card or call 215.766.7800 to speak to a member of our Landscape Design/Build Staff.

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where to start? Spring Maintenance is best performed between March and June. Our landscape staff can help you determine the best time to perform this service on your property based on such factors as the maturity of your shrubs, whether or not fall maintenance was completed, and the timing of any spring events you might have planned. Spring Maintenance Services include, but are not limited to: cutback and shape of perennials and shrubs, application of pre-emergent fertilizer and installation of mulch. Pink, purple, yellow... A sure way to chase away the winter blues is to add a splash of color with annuals. Some great choices for early installation are Pansies, Columbine, Primrose, Stock and Ranunculus. Just ask–we’ll gladly add some color to your landscape beds or planters to give your home a fresh springtime look. let there be light! Spring is also a great time to service and repair your landscape lighting. We recommend servicing your landscape lighting package every year to insure you are getting the most out of your investment. Whether it is simply straightening and re-securing your fixtures or a complete revamping of your existing system, Bucks Country Gardens is here to help! Landscape Team at Bucks Country Gardens

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In 1903, Telescope Casual Furniture started manufacturing cots and campstools with “telescoping” legs which gave the company its unique name. Originally based in New York City, Telescope eventually moved its facilities to Granville, New York where it remains a family run business. For over 100 years and still going strong, Telescope is currently managed by the fourth and fifth generations. Their large facilities have given Telescope the opportunity to continually bring new innovations to the casual furniture industry. This year, new to Bucks Country Gardens, is great a selection of Telescope’s Marine Grade Polymer Furniture. All of the frames are constructed of super high quality marine-grade polymer. This high tech material has been used for over 20 years by shipbuilders on the topsides of high quality sailing and motor yachts. Combining this superior quality material with Telescope’s extensive sling collection provides a classic, comfortable collection that will last and last and last.

Marine Grade Polymer is an excellent choice for all of your outdoor living spaces. It offers these great benefits and features: ➢ Will not crack, rot or separate in any outdoor environment ➢ Has zero porosity and will not absorb water ➢ Color pigment is throughout the material ➢ Contains 30% recycled resin ➢ Raw materials, equipment and processes emit no harmful gasses or byproducts into the atmosphere. ➢ All material waste is recycled back into the original product. Telescope Casual Furniture & Gregory Orme, BCG Lifestyle Team

Bucks Country Gardens showcases pieces from three different Marine Grade Polymer collections. First, is Windward Dining, which is on display in a sophisticated Mahogany finish with natural colored fabrics. This can be ordered in your choice of four other finishes and multitudes of fabrics. Next, are Dune Chaise Lounges, featuring softly curved lines in a Snow finish and a beautifully striped fabric. Truly a relaxing experience, Dune chaises are the utmost in comfort and durability. Plus, they stack neatly and easily. Finally, the Adirondack Sling Chairs–a new and innovative look to the traditional Adirondack chair. These completely weather resistant chairs are perfect poolside or anywhere you want a comfy spot to relax. Bucks Country Gardens carries these must-have chairs in a variety of color and fabric choices and, of course, can order that special combination just for you.

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Marine Grade Polymer Furniture from Telescope– New this spring at Bucks Country Gardens Clockwise from top: Adirondack Sling Chairs, Dune Chaise Lounges & Windward Sling Dining.

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5 Great Plants For breathtaking color in your garden Our Garden Splendor® plants represent the finest selection of easy to grow, top performing varieties of shrubs, vines, perennials and grasses. They are especially well suited to our conditions and offer consistently, superb quality and value. Customers frequently remark how these sturdy, densely-branched, masterpieces provide instant color and finished beauty to any garden setting. With smaller garden spaces and time-pressured lifestyles, the need for compact, spectacular plants that give a long lasting and easy to look after display has never been greater, here are five outstanding examples that will bring wonderful color to your garden from spring all the way through to autumn.

Syringa ‘Red Pixie’

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Start the season off with Syringa ‘Red Pixie’, this charming dwarf lilac is covered from top to bottom with masses of dark, reddish purple blooms that soften to pale pink in late spring. Growing only 4-6 feet tall, this rounded, compact beauty is a marvelous, time-tested selection that was raised in Nebraska, so it’s very hardy and easy to grow. Over the years, we have stocked several small growing lilacs but of all of them, Red Pixie remains one of our favorites. Side by side it outperforms the others with its clean, dark green disease-free foliage, hardy and robust constitution and delightfully fragrant flowers that occasionally reappear in the same year to give encore performances.


TOP: Clematis Parisienne BOTTOM: Panicum ‘Ruby Ribbons’

Clematis Parisienne™ Then as the pixie dust settles, look for the spectactular free flowering display of Clematis Parisienne™. This superb vine has masses of striking, soft violet-blue flowers for many weeks in early summer, with repeat bursts in late summer and autumn. It is a nice, vigorous grower, yet bushy and tight in habit. Unlike many vines, the whole plant only reaches 4 feet tall, so it is perfect for training on mailboxes, veranda railings, trellis on decks and patios, or fences around swimming pools. Just provide something for it to twine around (trellis, chicken wire or strands of wire) and it will put on a terrific show.

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We love how plants with colored leaves last so long and stand up regardless of the weather, so when Panicum ‘Ruby Ribbons’, with it’s dark ruby-red leaves showed up, we knew we had something special. This exciting, new 3-4 feet tall ornamental switch grass starts out with blue-green foliage in spring, changing to wine-red in early summer and intensifying to rich ruby-red by mid-summer and fall.


TOP: Echinacea ‘Mistral’ BOTTOM: Hydrangea ‘Bombshell’

Echinacea ‘Mistral’ To keep the pageant going into summer, you have to grow Echinacea ‘Mistral’. This fantastic dwarf coneflower is only 15 inches high and loaded with big soft pink, daisy-like flowers. It’s a flowering machine, so bushy and free flowering that it produced more flowers than any other small growing coneflower we have ever had. What’s more, the blooms are boldly produced above the foliage so they make a tremendous display. Unlike many of the older, waist high coneflowers, it flowers on study, stocky stems that don’t need staking or tying to keep them from flopping and falling apart.

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Hydrangea ‘Bombshell’ Finally, a remarkable dwarf growing shrub completes our recommendations–Hydrangea ‘Bombshell’ is a new Pee Gee Hydrangea from Holland. At only 3 feet tall, this bushy and compact selection packs a lot of punch. It is very hardy, easy to grow and in summer, bursts into flower with dozens of huge, rounded creamy-white flowers that are displayed on strong stems. The unfolding blooms are a delightful shade of chartreuse green, turning to creamy white and becoming rosy pink and beige as they mature in early autumn. This is a glimpse of the terrific plant opportunities that await you at Bucks Country Gardens this year–they are excellent examples of how our Garden Splendor® plants help to make your gardening more enjoyable, successful and fulfilling. We will have super, premium sized plants in stock that are fresh in from our nursery and are ready to plant, so why not stop over. We can hardly wait to show you why our Garden Splendor® plants are Plants worth Remembering™. David Wilson, Overdevest Nurseries


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Bucks Country Gardens offers a wide array of Workshops & Seminars. Check out our full schedule and sign up today. All workshops are free unless otherwise noted and spaces fill quickly. To register, call Bucks Country Gardens at 215.766.7800. CREATE A SPRING WREATH Saturday, March 19 • 1pm Create your own unique spring wreath from our colorful selection of silk florals. Fee includes wreath form and basic supplies, cost of silks are additional. $14.99 SPRINGTIME CENTERPIECE Saturday, March 26 1pm Join our floral designer as he helps you create your own unique spring centerpiece. Fee includes basic supplies; container and silks are additional. $9.99 Pond Opening Seminar Sunday, April 3 • 10am Learn how to successfully open your pond for spring. Returning guest lecturer, Lee Dawkins from Mars Fishcare, will share timely information and answer specific questions. Early Spring Container Gardening Sunday, April 10 • 2pm Create a beautiful spring-blooming container using Pansies, Primroses and other early season annuals mixed artfully with willow branches. Fee based upon materials used. Suggested cost $40–$60.

Vegetable Garden Prep 101 Featuring Dr. Earth Sunday, May 15 • 11am Join us for a discussion on the planning and preparation of spring vegetable gardens. Also, learn which plants and vegetables are compatible to plant together. Container Gardening with Herbs Sunday, May 15 • 2pm Create an herb garden in a container by learning how to choose the appropriate herbs, container and soil. Care and maintenance of herbs will also be discussed. Fees based upon materials used. Suggested cost $35–$50. Potting Party Friday, May 20 10am–12pm Sunday, May 22 2–4pm Create beautiful container gardens with the help of our talented designers. Bring your own pots or purchase one of ours. Fees start at $14.99 for plantings for a basic container garden; pots and containers are additional.

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Last May, the BCG Client Spotlight featured a presentation I gave in celebration of my father’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination. It seemed an appropriate memorial to him and based on many of your responses, you agreed. Seven months later, I would lose another important person in my life–my best friend Dutch Gronendahl. A few weeks before he died, he asked me to give his eulogy. Some of you suggested it be included in the next issue of Picket Fences. Tom Hebel, President of Bucks Country Gardens

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Dutch and Kim Gronendahl at the Red Ball Gala, 2010. Eastwood, Tom Cruise and Sean Connery and a whole lot of MacGyver. He was a baseball player, a sailor, a soldier, a teacher, a salesman, a pilot, a captain, a mechanic, a carpenter, a painter, a farmer, a nurse, a chauffeur, a greens keeper, a care taker, an historian and more than anything else, Dutch was a story teller.

He lived a rich and full life and experienced more than seems possible. At 16, Dutch joined the Merchant Marine and sailed around the world working a cargo ship. At 17, he joined the United States Marine Corps and at 19, was captured as a prisoner of war in North Korea. Dutch spent a total of 12 years in the Marines where he was awarded three Purple Hearts, among other medals, and worked as a marksman, drill instructor and recruiter. Dutch was a pilot for Air America and the CIA assuming a Canadian identity, flying in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He was twice shot out of planes and three times given last rights. Dutch was held together with metal plates, rubber hoses and a bunch of nuts, bolts and screws. He survived cancer for more than 10 years with a lobe removed from his lung.

Many of Dutch’s stories centered on the people he encountered on his travels around the world. They would often start out with Dutch identifying the people he had met and then using this familiar line...”they took a liking to me”. Dutch made friends everywhere he went and people just loved to hear him talk... we called it “holding court.” I can see Kim now, rolling her eyes and saying “Oh, Dutch...” and we knew how proud she was of him. I know many of you have heard lots of his stories: like the First Holiness Pentecostal Church of Swansboro, where he dated the entire women’s choir, or trailering his sail boat through Brigantine knocking off traffic lights as he went, or the Major’s wife’s poodle with the rhinestone collar and the base pet alligator and Dutch’s subsequent reassignment to Guam, Little Richard singing in the shower at boot camp, or getting seasick in the Chesapeake Bay after sailing solo from the North of France across the Atlantic, or Mike Schmidt being evicted from the Canyon Club Marina, or Diane docking the sailboat by herself in Annapolis when she was 10 years old, or hitting that mule with his Hudson Hornet at 120mph then doing time on the chain gang because he didn’t have bail, or the night he held three men at the end of his shotgun on his front lawn waiting for Charlie Penglase to take them off to jail, or the night he first met Kim in Cape May at Carneys with her stepbrother who was dating his daughter... Dutch offered, “If you buy me a drink, I’ll let you call me Dad...” and on and on and on.

Dutch was a captain for a local private charter airline and was an owner/operator of the Montgomeryville Airport. When he wasn’t flying, Dutch was sailing. He worked as a marine surveyor and reconditioned boats. He did a solo crossing of the Altlantic Ocean, sailed up and down the Intercoastal from New Jersey to Florida many times and boated throughout the Caribbean, the Jersey Shore and the Chesapeake Bay. Dutch had a passion for travel and he flew and sailed all around the world, over and over. Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Monte Carlo, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Holland, England, North Africa, South Africa, Greenland, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Argentina, Hawaii and the entire South Pacific... and who knows how many other places.

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I often thought about defining Dutch Gronendahl through the characters in our favorite movies. He was a little bit of Clint

Over the last 15 years, Dutch filled my life with his. Not only did he share his stories, we made a bunch of our own. We vacationed in Kiawah Island, south of Charleston, where we watched him collapse in the sand after a 15-mile bicycle ride. Dutch was never one for bicycles... He taught us how to get a

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utch Gronendahl was born on March 22, 1931, in his grandfather’s house in the Frankford Section of Philadelphia. He died on October 23, 2010 in his Doylestown carriage house. In between, he lived 79 years, 7 months and 1 day like no one any of us has ever known.


discount on our meal when a cockroach fell out of the bread basket–he dove on the floor, shoe in hand, screaming “I got it, I got it”. He demonstrated the finer points of pruning palm branches with a Ginsu knife to maximize the ocean view... We caught the motor home bug with Dutch on a trip to Penn State in a rented Cruise America van with 120,000 hard miles and just enough room to squeeze six good friends in together... Dutch spent more time patching it up than we did driving. Together we searched for the elk in Benezette and I promised never to take him there again. We cruised to St. Martin & St. John, boated at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia, the Chesapeake Bay and the Sassafras River where, after sailing for a lifetime, he backed my boat into a piling at full speed. We celebrated the 4th of July in Tinicum Park at Symphony Under the Stars, and New Year’s Eve on Holden Beach in North Carolina with a bonfire in the sand. We cheered Penn State to victory enduring three overtimes at the Orange Bowl and watched the fireworks over Miami. When our vacation to Italy was cancelled because of 9/11, we got to experience all Cape May has to offer and learned how fast $20 to the hostess at the Lobster House gets you a great seat when the wait is 90 minutes... and eight years later, 1st class to Italy and two weeks cruising from Rome to Venice and everywhere in between with Dutch as our tour guide... now I know why he always flew 1st class. I should have known not to question him. And then there was our last trip to River’s Edge... the one that none of us would experience as we sat with him and Kim at his home in his final hours... I think that was the best one of all.

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Dutch was a study in contrast. For as much as he enjoyed traveling, he loved to stay home on his farm. He ate in the finest restaurants in Paris, but his favorite was the Country Tavern in Plumsteadville. He never finished high school but he was highly educated and articulate, often reading a book a day. He drove the finest automobiles, but he drove them for 15 years. He enjoyed Captain Morgan on the rocks but he rarely drank and he would never drink and drive or fly. He was proud of his service in the Marines where his job was to kill the enemy, but he was a gentle and caring man. He enjoyed the company of beautiful women, but he was a loyal and loving husband. He had the wealth of aristocracy, but he was a simple man who enjoyed simple things. He was a man’s man and he was a woman’s man. He was very private, but he shared every embarrassing detail in his stories. He was a lifelong conservative, but he voted for Murphy and Obama. He was great at saving money, but he was oh-so generous, picking up the check so many times and leaving eye opening tips. He was old enough to be my father, but young enough to be my best friend. Over and over he made me laugh until I cried and finally he made me cry until I laughed. It was always about Dutch, but it was never about Dutch. He was the life of the party, the center of attention and the master of ceremonies, but he always let others make the plans. I can’t remember when the first words out of his mouth were not “How’s business?” and “How are the boys?” and “Is Barb feeling better?” and “Is there anything you need or anything I can do?” and he listened to hear my response because he really cared... and in the end, all he really cared about was Kim and knowing we would be there for her when he wasn’t. I’m going to miss that old guy, his warm smile, the twinkle in his eye, his wavy white locks and golden tan. You see, I took a liking to Dutch Gronendahl.

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Fountain Setup Purchase one of our many fountains and we will deliver and set it up for you. Prices for delivery and set-up vary based upon fountain purchase and delivery distance. Planting We will professionally plant your trees and shrubs and extend the plant guarantee to 2 full years. Fees for planting are 50% of the original cost of the plant plus delivery fees. Delivery fees vary by delivery distance and size of the planting project. Soil Testing Bring us a sample of your soil (equivalent to a coffee can size), and we’ll test your soil right at our pharmacy desk. If you require additional soil testing, we sell soil testing kits, or we can send your soil sample to Penn State University for detailed testing for a fee of $10-$12. We design, You dig If you have a Do-It-Yourself attitude, our team of landscape designers will hand pick plant specimens and design a landscape for your home–then turn it over to you. Stop in and pick up our design brochure to get all the details! Fees range from $149 through $499 and include a 10% purchase discount. Landscape Design/Build Our professional landscape division

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Bartlett Tree Experts’

5 Point Drought Recovery Program The drought

that had prevailed over much of the eastern United States last season will have a longterm effect on landscape plants. In many areas of the East, 2010 was a year of subnormal rainfall during the crucial growing season. Lack of water greatly reduces the plant’s ability to manufacture food, which weakens the tree and limits future growth. Water stress symptoms... Moisture stress also increases the tree’s susceptibility to harmful insect and disease pests that would not ordinarily affect healthy plants.

Irrigation

It is critical to thoroughly irrigate landscape plants as soon as possible during the summer and fall. Water stress inhibits the synthesis of key plant growth regulators that control dormancy. If irrigation was not applied by fall, there is an increased chance of winter injury. Irrigate so that the soil is moist to a depth of 6–12 inches. Drip irrigation systems or soaker hoses work well because they irrigate the root zone and decrease water loss to evaporation.

Long-term drought eventually leads to branch dieback & tree decline.

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Trees should be cleaned to remove dead, damaged and dying branches. Selectively thinning plants with exceptionally dense branches reduces the demands for water and nutrients. Thinning must be done judiciously because excessive pruning can weaken the plant.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Moisture-stressed plants are more susceptible to insect borers, bark beetles, root rot and stem canker diseases. Insect pests and disease organisms weaken trees by Soils & Nutrient defoliation or by causing stem and root damage that impede absorption Management of water and nutrients. IPM programs Plants weakened by moisture stress and ensure early detection and treatment. nutrient deficiencies should have been Treatments should be applied only fertilized this past fall or this spring when to keep pests below damaging soils are recharged by rainfall. Avoid White Oak declining from drought conditions. levels and maintain plant health. fertilization during droughts because it Pest management throughout the growing season is the most provides little benefit when water is the limiting growth factor. effective way to prevent problems later on. Soil analysis is recommended to identify nutrient requirements.

Mulching

Moisture stress on newly transplanted plant.

An on-going, comprehensive plant health care program that includes all of the above components is beneficial and highly recommended to help all landscape plants thrive and will add to the beauty of your property for years to come. Bill Truscott Certified Arborist PD0281a Bartlett Tree Experts

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Mulching trees and shrubs with organic materials, such as wood or bark chips, provides many plant health benefits. Mulch conserves soil moisture, insulates soil to reduce winter injury and improves the physical condition of soil. Apply mulch to a depth of 2–4 inches around landscape plants, avoiding contact with the stem.

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Solar Made Simple Green is in. Across America people are looking for ways to be energy independent and less dependant on foreign oil. For the first time in over 30 years, Solar Electric Systems are finally making sense as a financial investment–that means keeping more green in your wallet. As of January 1, 2011, in Pennsylvania, electric utility rate caps for all major utility companies have been removed, ending over 10 years of “regulated” capped increases. Utility rates have increased as expected, and may continue to rise over time.

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Pennsylvania has approved incentives for Solar Electric Systems and the Federal government offers a 30% tax credit or grant on all new systems installed. These financial incentives can offset

more than 50% of the cost of a new system in the first year. The full payback period is typically six to seven years for residential systems, about five years for commercial systems. All Solar Electric Systems require minimum maintenance and come with extended warranties typically lasting 25 years or more. There are no moving parts so there is very little that can go wrong once properly installed. All energy produced is either consumed by you or “sold back” to the utility at the same price they charge you. The utility will automatically adjust your bill for any energy sent back to them.


It’s important to select a qualified installer when evaluating whether Solar makes sense for you. The Installer must be designated as a PA Sunshine Participating Contractor to qualify for rebates from the state. The Contractor should custom design a Solar Electric system for your home or business based on your energy needs, site restrictions and budget. Please keep in mind that Solar Electric Systems require a large area with minimum shade to be cost effective. A qualified Contractor will be able to evaluate your site for shading and make an accurate assessment of your Solar Electric Systems potential. So please take the lead and go green. It’s a good value for you and it’s good for our community. Barry Alan Moore, Moore Energy

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Make a Difference at Camp Takoda At the Central Bucks Family YMCA Central Bucks Family YMCA’s Camp Takoda offers some of the best opportunities for the area’s youth to learn, grow and thrive during the summer months. Fresh air, a great new pool with water-park elements and deeply caring counselors all make a camper’s experience truly fulfilling. It is a sad fact that not every child in our community gets the opportunity to spend a summer discovering a newfound love of soccer or arts and crafts, making new friends and braving the climb to the top of the water slide. The Kids-to-Camp campaign is supported by an increasing number of generous donors each year. The YMCA is deeply grateful to these donors for making the difference for a child between a lonely summer and a summer filled with fun and wholesome activities, building character and promoting positive values.

In a community of apparent wealth there are still those suffering from economic or personal setbacks. Through its Financial Assistance program, the YMCA is committed to removing barriers, exploring potential, discovery and developing life-long healthy habits. We really do make a difference in people’s lives–We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life. At the YMCA, campers learn about sportsmanship, sharing, and most importantly, how to be themselves. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. For any questions about supporting the work of the YMCA or its programs, please contact Cory H. Schroeder at 215.348.8131 x1127, or cschroeder@ cbfymca.org.

Making a difference in even one life is a feeling like no other: “I appreciate all the help that the YMCA has given me. As a recent single mom, my son and I have had to go through many changes. Being able to be at skate camp helped him to find joy in every day. As for me, I cannot tell you how much of a relief it is to know my son is somewhere safe. Thank you again for making a huge difference in our lives.” –Single Mom, Doylestown Area

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