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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!
After an invigorating, sometimes hectic, 5 days in the Big Apple, I can truly say, “There’s no place like home.” Each time we visit New York City with our travel group, we are filled with anticipation for the exciting events, activities and places we will enjoy. And each time, the city does not disappoint. Our most recent visit included several stops that were ideal for Landscape Architects and garden enthusiast, alike. Early in our stay, we explored the Conservatory Garden, located in Central Park. These gardens are situated in the northeast corner of the park and underwent a complete renovation, reopening in 1987, through the efforts and generosity of the Central Park Conservancy. The gardens were designed by Gilmore Clarke and Landscape Architect, Robert Moses, with planting plans by Betty Sprout. They are the only formal gardens within the park and compliment the comprehensive landscape architectural design of Central Park by Frederick Lawn Olmstead. The gardens are appropriately designed for the scale of the site – maintained meticulously – preserving the historical character of the garden, which includes an extensive plant palette of very mature trees, shrubs, perennials and annual color displays.The gardens typify one of the New York descriptions I am fond of repeating when in the city, “New York scale.”
In a huge city, the size of Central Park – at 2.5 miles long and .5 miles wide – is the perfect scale for a thriving metropolitan area. New Yorkers treasure this park, and more importantly – use it. As we hiked the numerous trails, enjoying the green space, rock outcroppings, surprise obelisk and the surrounding city skyline, it was refreshing to see how clean the park is kept by its visitors. Besides Central Park, and at the top on our list this trip, was a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. Again, the “New York scale” of this memorial, with its new buildings, plazas and green spaces, is awe inspiring. It truly was amazing, considering the scale and impeccable design of the memorial is designed to reflect the individual experience of 9/11 – the memorial being personal to every unique visitor. The memorial site includes buildings 1, 2, 3 and 4 World Trade Center, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the National Memorial Plaza – 2 waterfall memorials – and the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. You cannot walk through this memorial without feeling the pain, respecting the rescue efforts, or applauding the perseverance of New Yorkers and Americans. continued on page 6 The Growing Concern | October 2017 | 3
TAB LE OF CON TEN TS O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 WWW. OH I OLA N D SCA P E R S. OR G OH I O’ S P R OF E SSI ON A L G REEN I N D U ST R Y A SSOCI AT I O N OHIO LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION 9240 Broadview Road Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147 Phone: 440.717.0002, or 1.800.335.6521 Fax: 440.717.0004 Web: www.ohiolandscapers.org and www.myohiolandscape.com EDITOR Rick Doll, Jr.
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3 PRESIDENT’S COLUMN There’s No Place Like Home
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4 CORE Elements to Business Success: Building a Measurement System
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REGULAR WRITERS Michael J. Donnellan, King Financial, Inc. Jim Funai, LIC, Cuyahoga Community College Shelly Funai, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Sandy Munley, Ohio Landscape Association Bobbie Schwartz, FAPLD, Bobbie’s Green Thumb Cathy Serafin, ASLA, RLA, Suncrest Gardens ADVERTISING INFORMATION Submission deadline: 10th of the month, prior to the month of publication. For advertising rates and ad specs, please call 440.717.0002, 1.800.335.6521, or email Rick Doll Jr. at email@example.com. DISCLAIMER The Ohio Landscape Association, its board of directors, staff and the editor of The Growing Concern neither endorse any product(s) or attests to the validity of any statements made about products mentioned in this, past or subsequent issues of this publication. Similarly, the opinions expressed in The Growing Concern are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Ohio Landscape Association. OFFICERS President Cathy Serafin, ASLA, RLA President – Elect Marie McConnell Treasurer Adam Capiccioni Immediate Past President Bryan Taynor DIRECTORS Brian Maurer, LIC Domenic Lauria Doug Ellis James Funai, LIC Michael T. Ahern, LIC Steve Moore
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OCT. 10, 2017 LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY CERTIFIED WRITTEN TEST 9:00am @ OLA Offices 9240 Broadview Road Broadview Heights, OH 44147
OCTOBER 26, 2017 MEETING / CENTRAL OHIO Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens 1777 E Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203 Program TBD
NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 1, 2017 SEGMENTAL RETAINING WALL TRAINING & CERTIFICATION Learn how to build Segmental Retaining Walls (SRW) that perform well over time! After completing the one-day course, attendees will have the option to take the written certification test. Register online, or call the OLA offices. See page 7
NOVEMBER 14, 2017 BE MORE THAN A SALESPERSON: BECOME A TRUSTED ADVISOR Marvin Montgomery, better known as the “Sales Doctor,” will conduct a one day sales training course that will provide participants with the necessary skills needed to build long term client relationships. Held at Indiana Wesleyan University, Independence, OH. Register online, or call the OLA offices. See page 20
NOVEMBER 16, 2017 MEETING / NE OHIO MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKFORCE Our industry has 4 generations working together for the first time ever. Hear from a Millennial about how we can all thrive! Presented by Steve Benzschawel, Generational Consulting, LLC. Held at St. Michael’s Woodside. For more info, call the OLA offices at 440.717.0002. See page 27
DECEMBER DECEMBER 15, 2017 LANDSCAPE OHIO! AWARDS ENTRY DEADLINE Don’t miss the opportunity to become an award winning landscape contractor. Entries for the 2017 program are due in the OLA office by 5 pm on Dec. 15. For rules, regulations and entry information go to ohiolandscapers.org. landscapeohioawards.html. Questions? Contact OLA at 1-800-335-6521. See back, outside cover.
JANUARY 2018 JANUARY 15 -17, 2018 MGIX – formerly known as CENTS Tradeshow with educational sessions held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Visit OLA in Booth #1341. For more information contact the ONLA at 800-825-5062.
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Dormant Pruning of Landscape Plants is a half-day, hands-on clinic and a timely training opportunity for you and your crews to learn the proper pruning techniques. Instructed by Gail Reinhart and held at Willoway Nurseries in Avon, Ohio. See page 15
Come network with others in the Green Industry. Hosted by OLA. Held at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 501 North High Street, Columbus, OH, 5 pm to 7 pm, across the street from the Columbus Convention Center at the close of MGIX for the day. For more information contact OLA at 1-800-3356521, or visit OhioLandscapers.org.
NOVEMBER 28, 2017 DORMANT PRUNING CLINIC / CENTRAL OHIO Dormant Pruning of Landscape Plants is a half-day, hands-on clinic and a timely training opportunity for you and your crews to learn the proper pruning techniques. Instructed by Gail Reinhart and held at Premier Plant Services in Hilliard, Ohio. See page 15
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My personal favorite at the Memorial is the Transportation Hub Building, designed by Santiago Colatrava. The building is a bright white, with graceful arching wings – resembling a dove. Inside, there are windows which stream light through the spines of the oculus. In line with the building’s vertical structures, this building is pure, bright and uplifting – immediately invoking hope. If you get to visit the Big Apple, I implore you to make sure the 9/11 Memorial is on your agenda. As I’m sure is the case with many of you, in my husband and my travels, our work is always in the back of our minds. During the daily walking and Uberring of the streets of Manhattan, as contractors, we became painfully aware of how difficult and expensive it must be to build anything – hardscape or landscape – within such a congested city. Another one of my New York euphemisms is the “New York (cost) Factor, meaning – at a minimum – everything costs about three times what we would normally pay for goods or services at home. An architect friend of ours who lives and works on Long Island joined us for a day and shared some horror stories of just how difficult it is to work and build in the city. A few years ago, he contracted a larger scale project within the city for a regular client of his. The city required him to secure the permits for the construction from an architectural firm in Manhattan. Their fees alone – just to secure the permits for him – exceeded his architectural fees for the design. Yikes! To add to that, there is minimal parking, loading, and allaround general access to work on any project at street level, or even worse, on another level of a building. Several times, as we watched the slow pace of construction, or saw a truck loaded with material struggling to squeeze into anything that looked like it might be a parking space, we expressed our gratitude for how easy the same process is for us in Ohio! Yes, our five days were packed with excitement, the last highlight of which was going to see “Wicked,” one of my favorite Broadway shows. I love the music and thoroughly enjoy how the plot unfolds to tell the story behind the “Wizard of Oz.” Seeing “Wicked” in New York is, well, appropriate. Many lines seem even more meaningful, when you visit “The Big City” from the likes of Ohio – especially as the pace of running through
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crowds and paying higher than usual prices for everything starts to wear on you. And while we go to New York for a vacation, we do love to come home. There truly is “no place like home,” especially when home is the wonderful, naturally beautiful state of Ohio! Enjoy the fabulous season of fall, and hold close to your hearts how great it is to call Ohio your home. Other places in the country may have milder winters, big city appeal, or other attractions, but in Ohio we enjoy a thriving economy for landscape professionals and get to live with people who possess great mid-western ideals and work ethics, as well. Thank you for your continued membership and participation in the Ohio Landscape Association! We look forward to seeing you soon! Your president, Cathy Serafin
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women. And thanks to better health care, lifestyles and living standards, a 65-yearold man today has a 30% chance of living to 90â€”and a 65-year-old woman has a 40% chance of reaching 90, according to research by Ron Gebhardtsbauer, an
associate professor of actuarial science at Penn State University. In addition, the Census Bureau says that a person at 90 statistically has a further life expectancy of almost five years. If you are already close to retirement, there is only so much you can do to address this new planning metric. It’s difficult to acquire more money once in or near retirement, and you can’t dramatically, nor efficiently, increase the rate of return without piling on unacceptable levels of risk. The next logical option is to cut back on spending. One current problem is that interest rates are near historic lows. Retirees are finding it difficult to get yields on bonds above 3% unless they want to look at long term bonds or head out farther on the risk curve. A decade or two ago investors could buy 6% bonds and live on the interest. This new economy means the standard assumption that retirement income should be equal to about 70% of preretirement income in order to maintain a client’s standard of
living is also out the window. Dean Deutz, senior manager of wealth management initiatives at RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis, says that 70% figure is also too low to provide a comfortable retirement. “Most of our clients are spending 100% of what they spent before retiring, sometimes 110% or even 130%.” Twenty years ago, Medicare covered most bills, and insurance, hospitals and drugs were cheaper, too, with Americans spending an average of $3,500 per year on medical care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For a generation of people, many of whom worked for a single company for decades, company-sponsored retirement health insurance plans eliminated much of the worry and planning surrounding retirement medical issues. Fifteen years ago the cost of a year in a nursing home was just $48,000, a National Institutes of Health study says. But given our increasing longevity, abandonment of retiree health benefits by most major corporations, soaring medical costs continued on page 11 The Growing Concern | October 2017 | 9
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BOBBIE SCHWARTZ, FAPLD Bobbie’s Green Thumb Ornithogalum’s genus name comes from the Greek words ornis meaning a bird and gala meaning milk – for the white flowers.
ORNITHOGALUM Ornithogalum is a genus of bulbs that has been dismissed as unfit for the garden because one of its members – Ornithogalum umbellatum (Star-of-Bethlehem) – which naturalizes with great zest and is regarded by some as too aggressive. I beg to disagree with this assessment. Many of us prefer a tiny bulb that proliferates and carpets the ground plane, so that we don’t have to look at mulch. The white, starry flowers have a green stripe on the outside of the petals and are clustered (10 to 20 flowers on a stem), sitting just above the 6 to 12-inch high foliage that is green with a white mid-rib. Extremely hardy (to zone 4), the flowers close at night to protect the pollen. They thrive in full sun to part shade, prefer moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate dry, and go dormant after blooming.
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In a group of plants that isn’t well known, Ornithogalum magnum is a stand-out that really shines. It is also deer and rodent resistant.
Ornithogalum nutans (Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem) is a species I discovered in 2010. Growing 12 to 18 inches high, it has small, nodding flowers, 3 to 12 on a stem. The catalog description says that the flowers are white inside and green outside with a white margin but mine are the same inside and out – white with a green mid-vein. This bulb supposedly produces offsets freely, but I have yet to see it increasing; I keep hoping because it is lovely.
a basal clump in spring but begin to disappear shortly before the flowers bloom. I have interplanted mine with Lupinus perennis in my upper garden. Sadly, this species has become very hard to find but it’s worth the effort.
I have grown the three species that are hardy in northeast Ohio. My favorite is Ornithogalum magnum (Giant Star Flower) because it is so striking and because it has definitely naturalized. Although it is listed in catalogs as growing 1 to 2 feet high, mine are 3 feet high and make a vertical statement in the garden. Numerous, tiny, star-like flowers bloom in huge pyramidal upright racemes. Flowers in each raceme open from bottom to top. Linear, grass-like leaves emerge in
Bobbie Schwartz, FAPLD, owner of Bobbie’s Green Thumb in Shaker Hts., Ohio,
All three species bloom in May and June and are left alone by deer and rabbits.
is a landscape designer, consultant, freelance writer, and lecturer whose specialties are perennial gardens and four season landscapes. In addition to being an Ohio Landscape Association (OLA) member, she is an active member of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) and Perennial Plant Association (PPA). Bobbie is a Past President of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Bobbie’s new book, Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams, will be published in November 2017 by Timber Press.
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PRUNING SAFETY TIPS Fall is the time of year to evaluate trees that may be dead or so weakened that they may not survive, and to determine if they need to be removed or pruned to remove deadwood or weakened limbs. Doing this before winter storms arrive may help to avoid potential damage to properties from falling trees and branches. The tools used for pruning and removing trees can include loppers, hand-held shears, pole pruners, saws, and of course – ladders. Many of these tools have sharp edges and pinch points. Examples of injuries that can occur during pruning work include falls, lacerations, slips, head/eye injuries, strain to shoulder/back, and repetitive motion injuries. Here are some recommendations to help reduce the risk of injuries during this year’s pruning activities:
• Inspection – All tools and equipment should be inspected prior to using – and preferably prior to leaving the shop – in order to make sure everything is functioning properly (e.g., blades sharpened, parts lubricated, etc.). This will help prevent accidents, as well as alleviate the issue of having your employees get out on a site, only to find that the tools they have don’t work properly – which may lead them to use the wrong tool for the wrong job.
• Owner’s Guide – Before using pruning tools, operators
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Workers should
should be fully trained on the equipment and should read and understand the operation and safety procedures in the operator’s manual provided by the manufacturer. When appropriate, have a crew leader or foreman demonstrate how to use the tool properly – including storage of the tool when it is not in use.
have access to – and use – the appropriate PPE, which may include well-fitting leather or other work-type gloves, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy shoes, and hearing protection/protective eyewear (e.g., when using hydraulic saws or loppers).
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continued from page 16 • Tool Choice – Teach your employees to choose the tool that is right for the job they need to complete. This may not always be the easiest tool to use, or the tool that accomplishes the job in the quickest amount of time.
• Weather – Employees should dress appropriately for the weather conditions of the day, including layers of clothing in the winter to prevent cold-weather related conditions like frostbite. On bright winter days, make sunscreen available. Employees should avoid using electric pruning tools or equipment in rainy, wet or dangerous weather conditions.
• Ladder Safety – make sure your workers know how to choose the right type of ladder for the job. Ladders should never be used to support more than their maximum load rating (user plus materials). There should only be one person on the ladder at a time. The proper length of a ladder is a minimum of 3 feet extending over the roof line
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or working surface. All metal ladders should have slipresistant feet. Along with that, metal ladders will conduct electricity, so use only wooden or fiberglass ladders in the vicinity of power lines or electrical equipment. The ground under the ladder should be level and firm. Large flat wooden boards braced under the ladder can level a ladder on uneven or soft ground.
• Repetitive Tasks – Reduce the risk of muscle and joint injuries by encouraging short, frequent breaks when employees are completing repetitive tasks. Doing stretches before, during, and after work is also beneficial. Consider using battery-powered electric hand shears which distribute weight more evenly.
• Power Line – Workers should always be aware of power lines. It is recommended that only professional tree services prune or trim branches or trees within 10 feet of power lines.
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• Slips and Falls – Workers can reduce the risk of slips and falls by using the three points of contact rule – meaning they always maintain one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot, when climbing or descending ladders, trucks and equipment. Workers should not over-extending their reach, always keeping their trunk within the side rails.
• Emergency Plan – An emergency plan should be in place in the case of an incident. First aid kits should be easily accessible and the crew leader should be trained in first aid. As you begin pruning, follow these safety reminders. The last reminder is to always know where your other hand is located when holding a branch and cutting with your other hand! The author, Linda Fetzer, is an Extension Associate at Penn State Extension. She has worked in agricultural safety and health for 20 years. For more information about the Penn State Extension, visit https://extension.psu.edu. * A portion of this article comes directly from UMassAmherst’s site at ag.umass.edu.
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BUILDING A MEASUREMENT SYSTEM This is the second of three articles on CORE 1: GUIDING THE BUSINESS. Last month we covered creating a purpose, this month’s focus is building a Measurement System that tracks progress, defines results, and makes sense of accounting statements. So let’s start our journey at the beginning - MONEY! What are the causes of great financial performance? Today most of the measurement systems we implement follow a formula.
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CUSTOMERS Measurements of how the customer perceives the quality of products and services you offer, the experience of doing business with you, and treatment they receive after they submitted a payment. • Marketing measures: Frequency of contact, open rate, and the balance of communications. • Sales measures: Close ratio, time to close, and sales price. • Service measures: Delivery on promise, recovery from failure, and front-line authority.
PROCESSES Measurements of how you build and deliver the products and services the customer purchased. Consider this: Margins are 80% scheduling, 15% job efficiency and 5% control of waste. • Scheduling measures: Overall project/job scheduling, scheduling elements within projects/jobs, and the sequencing of elements within projects/elements. • Efficiency measures: Actual time worked vs. available time, finished jobs/tasks, and work performed outside of change orders. • Waste measures: Scrapped materials (thrown away), returned tasks (fixed), and redone tasks (done over).
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TALENT Measurements of how you get people to act like owners and work harder than their paychecks. Consider this: Standards are set at about 40% of a person’s ability. How many of your people are just cruising? • Leadership measures (includes management): Presence on the job site and in-touch with the work, their group’s contribution to the business, and how they represent the company. • Teamwork measures: Members commitment to the group, the group’s unofficial rules about working and supporting the work of other members, and self-management. • Skill Mastery measures: How well a person fits the job, how fast are they becoming competent, and how are they using technology to work on higher impact tasks.
FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE Measurements that differ from how the bank or your accountant looks at the business. There is nothing wrong with their approach. However, it is smart for the owner to use the lens of an investor – which they are. • Are you a good investment? What does an investor want to know – revenue, earnings, and net investment back in the business? (We will cover this in greater detail in later articles when we cover creating a financial legacy for your family.) If you want to build a measurement system that tracks performance and results, join us on the Ohio Landscape Association Group on Facebook and access tools to build an effective measurement system.
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3 WAYS TO HELP CLIENTS GET LANDSCAPES READY FOR FALL & WINTER Landscaping is a year-round job, but with fall and winter on the way, your clients will be asking about things like leaf cleanup, perennial bed maintenance and fall planting. The thing is, not all clients are aware of just how much work it takes to keep their landscape beautiful throughout the cooler months and healthy come springtime. That means the last days of summer and the early weeks of fall are a wonderful opportunity to educate customers and offer new services that will bring new customers into the fold.
PROMOTE HEALTHY LANDSCAPE CARE To many people, autumn means falling leaves and lots of raking. While that is part of fall landscape care, there are many more things that need to be done as well. Prepare a fact sheet or advise your clients about all the other late summer jobs, such as:
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Removal of dead branches Trimming and pruning of trees and shrubs Perennial bed cleanup Tilling and re-mulching Grass fertilization Lawn aeration
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For many of these things—like grass fertilization—the common wisdom among homeowners is that it should only be done in the spring and early summer. Let your clients in on the truth: Grass fertilization, lawn aeration, pruning and all the rest will promote healthy growth though the fall months, which will result in a revitalized landscape in the spring. Your clients will see the difference once everything starts to grow again, and they’ll be quicker to call you back for more.
WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THOSE LEAVES? In the past, people raked and bagged leaves, tilled them into continued on page 25
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continued from page 22 garden beds or mulched them into the lawn. These days, people are looking for greener, more sustainable alternatives. That’s where you come in: Offer to set up a compost bin. While homeowners love the idea of composting, many are intimidated by the process. When you start talking about microbes, nitrogen levels and other things, it starts to sound more like a science project and less like a green way to get rid of leaves and garden waste. Make it simple for your clients by explaining which additives—like bone meal or other nitrogen supplements—will hasten the decomposition process. You could also provide a guide that shows how to layer leaves and other organic materials, how often the compost should be turned and any other tips that will get your customers started.
Fall is also a great time to talk to clients about installing new patios, establishing new perennial and shrub plantings or creating a wonderful new water feature. Manufacturers often offer late-season discounts on many of the supplies necessary for these jobs. Promote new landscape features that are enjoyable in the fall and will be fresh and ready to go for spring. As the hot weather fades away, clients will be asking what they can do to get ready for falling leaves and blowing snow. This is your opportunity to make an impression with new services while making sure your clients’ landscapes will be beautiful throughout the winter months. Put your best foot forward, and you’ll draw in all kinds of new business!
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JIM FUNAI, LIC Cuyahoga Community College
SHELLEY FUNAI, LIC Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Weigela florida “Pink Princess” is a hardy plant, easy to grow and maintain, and grows to a height and width of up to 5-6 feet in appropriate conditions.
WEIGELA FLORIDA FLOWERING WEIGELA If you look in Dr. Dirr’s Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, you will see he lists this month’s plant by the common name “Old Fashioned Weigela,” a name that does it a great injustice. Quite the contrary, this month’s plant is a great example of taking the old, making improvements, and finding new uses for the betterment of our landscapes. The trick is overcoming past negative experiences with either the straight species, or some of the less-than-stellar cultivars. Perhaps it would help us to think of some of the Weigela on the market as “New Fashioned Weigela!” During a recent learning expedition to Klyn Nursery, to visit one of our horticulture heroes, Bill Hendricks, we actually had a discussion about “old fashioned plants.” While we may not be the trend setting industry the clothing industry is – we tend to be a bit too practical for that – a lot of us fall into the same trap of follow-the-leader towards the next new shiny trend.
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Just try to name all Coneflower cultivars. Or, take a stab at the Heuchera inundation. Perhaps you can rattle off the most recent Panicle hydrangea cultivars? Really, how many versions of “it turns pink in the fall” do we need? Please, don’t get us wrong. These are great plants, and new cultivars are fun and exciting, but we can go overboard with these obsessions. Don’t believe us? Try talking to someone who is a Daylily fanatic as they describe the difference between 50 “different” yellows. Yikes!
While there are a number of great plants that have come in fancy colored containers recently, it may be wise to remind ourselves that a great deal of that is simply good marketing and a mastery of Photoshop. Meanwhile, “Old Fashioned Plants,” sometimes referred to as Victorian Era plants – such as Weigela and Hydrangea – are experiencing a great resurgence in the market due to renewed interest in breeding new cultivars. The name of the straight species, Weigela florida, is credited to a German (Prussian) botanist, who was raised in Russia, named Alexander Bunge. Bunge completed a number of expeditions through Asia and Siberia in the mid 1800s, helping to fuel the Victorian Era obsession with exotic plants. The name Weigela is a tribute to another German scientist, Christian Weigel – probably pronounced “vei-ge-la” – though we both can’t seem to kick the habit of incorrectly pronouncing this plant as
“why-gee-LEE-ah” (we need to drop the lee-ah to why-GEEla). Florida, in botanical Latin, simply means flowering. Flowering is traditionally what this plant was loved for, though modern breeding efforts have created new colors in the flowers and foliage, and more importantly improved habit. Originally, the Weigela plants were a bit on the wild side and looked downright ratty, unless cut back annually. We’ll share some great improvements and ideas on how to make this “old fashioned” Victorian a renewed and important part of your plant repertoire. Keep in mind, with at least 170 named cultivated varieties – a number of them being identical – there needs to be some trials performed to pick the best-of-the-best. This is why we love to go on our learning expeditions. It is crucial to build a relationship with your plant producers to truly understand where they are sourcing their materials and how they are continued on page 30 The Growing Concern | October 2017 | 29
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continued from page 29 propagating them. Some nurseries are simply plant factories, cranking out as many of what is popular as possible. On the other hand, some nurseries grow plants because they are true plant nerds that love discovering the best plants for our region. It is more profitable to purchase from reputable plant nerds than plant factories, you want the best of the best, not the cheapest from the big box. One of our favorites is NOT one of the latest versions of drunken spilt, wine and cheese options in a pretty white pot, but instead a self-proven champion of the garden, called “French Lace.” Discovered as a genetic mutation (sport) of a 1950’s cultivar named “Bristol Ruby,” this plant was cultivated in 1989 by French breeder, Andre Briant, who patented the name as “Brigela,” which sells under the name “French Lace.” This cultivar is a good 4 to 5 foot rounded shrub with deep-red flowers set on lime-yellow margined leaves. French Lace also develops some attractive fall color in the reds to oranges. While this cultivar is newer to us, here in the states, it has a great track record of performing in a range of gardens across the world.
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“Wine and Roses” seemed to take the gardening world by storm when it hit the market around 2000, helping push the white pot to the forefront of consumers’ minds, but the plant fell a bit short of expectations. The deep purple of the leaves seemed to fade to a dark green by mid-summer and was likely rushed to market before actually proving itself. “Midnight Wine” was next in the series – and performs better – but makes one wonder if this group of breeders should put the wine down sometime before midnight. While the dwarf habit under 24” is nice, it still doesn’t seem to be the best of the dark-leaved versions. “Spilled Wine” continues in this debauchery, yet finally offers the best retention of deep purple leaves through the summer. Now that they’ve spilled the wine, one would hope they lay the series to rest – and hopefully make it through the hangover. We’ve personally found “Tuxedo” intriguing, as the white flowers jump out better with the same fading dark purple
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leaves of the wine series. We always found the dark-pink flowers of the wines to be not quite the right contrast to catch the eye. Time will tell how Tuxedo holds up but, we are hopeful. In our experience, if you want darker leaves and pink flowers, save some royalty fees and check out “Minor Black” and “Minuet.” If green leaves are more appropriate for your design, check out a newer plant named “Maroon Swoon.” Our visit with Bill was our first introduction to this one, and after holding the flowers of French Lace next to Maroon Swoon, you really appreciate the benefit of contrasting colors. The deep-red on top of deep-green, which lasts the majority of the summer, will create a beautiful contrast in the shrub border and provide great color for the garden.
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margined in gold with hints of red, at times. While not a very strong flower producer, this plant is great in mass at the front of the border for foliage effect. So, give the “old fashioned” plants another go around and see what affects you can add to the landscape with these foliage and flowering, long time favorites.
Jim Funai is full-time faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, a NALP accredited associate of applied science in hoticulture degree program. He is pursuing a PhD in Landscape Engineering and Forestry and is a Licensed Arborist. Shelley Funai is Grounds Manager at Stan Hywett Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio, which offers a historic estate designed by Warren H. Manning and a beautiful manor house museum. She is Landscape Industry Certified in
On the dwarf side, “My Monet” was a favorite of ours – for a while – but it seemed to have some issues holding up its fullness and color. “My Monet Sunset” seems to be an improved version that stays under 24” and offers green leaves
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Executive Director The Ohio Landscape Association
SHARING One of my favorite things about the Ohio Landscape Association is the sharing that happens between our members! On September 20, we held our Annual Landscape Facility Tour at Brian-Kyles Landscapes of Distinction in Lorain, Ohio. If you missed this event, you missed a great opportunity to see inside of another landscape contractor’s business. OLA Landscape Facility tours are not just open houses where you get to see the brick and mortar. They are an opportunity to hear how a company runs its business, while getting to see the facility itself. The Brian-Kyles team did a fantastic job of sharing with this year’s attendees. The evening started out with company owner and president, Brian Maurer, addressing the entire group. He explained the history and family roots behind the company. We then split into 7 different groups that visited each of 7 stations. Each station focused on a different aspect of the company and had a team member talking about that part of the company. Everything from hiring and onboarding employees, to equipment maintenance, to snowplowing was discussed. The presentations were interactive with many questions from the attendees being answered. The evening ended with an hour of networking and food being served.
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Among many other things, Brian and his team have been focusing on education and certification. Many of the presenters at the various stations stressed how this culture and focus has improved employee retention, as well as the quality of the individual employees. I’m happy to add that, as of 10am on September 21, we’ve already received a phone call from one attendee who was so motivated by what Brian-Kyles is doing, that he wants to get certified as well! He specifically inquired about information concerning the Landscape Industry Certified Technician test. What a great outcome! We are so appreciative of the effort everyone at Brian-Kyles Landscapes of Distinction made to make the tour experience a good one for everyone! Sharing is not a once-a-year event with OLA. Members continue to share year round at our other events. We always try to incorporate opportunities to share at our events with roundtable discussions, panels and time set aside for casual networking. Make sure you are taking full advantage of all the opportunities OLA has to offer. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
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