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n addition to the usual excitement that attends the Garden Festival, a group of local businesses are planning to stretch the fun, festivities and activities all of the way down to Willow Grove Avenue. The group of LowerHill (LoHi) businesses, including Balance Gym, ProďŹ le Studio, Windfall, Vitality Studio, Artist and Craftsman, Duke Barber, Ella Vanilla, Rebel, Chestnut Hill Pharmacy, and Kis-

met Cowork will be bringing in numerous kids activities and food options while the Venetian Club will be hosting live music. In addition to all of the activities happening on the Lower Hill, the group will be showcasing the numerous goods and services available from the diverse and interesting array of businesses on this vibrant part of the avenue. Balance Gym and BioFit are planning to help you monitor your activity

of the day with pedometers and metabolic screenings. Artist and Craftsman will, ďŹ ttingly, be doing arts and craft workshops. Rebel is panning Sun Salutations on the hour. Duke Barber will always be available to keep you looking clean and trim. Kismet Cowork is setting up a cell phone charging station. This year’s Garden Festival promises to be exciting from end-to-end.

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Chestnut Hill’s Home & Garden Festival celebrates by Ruth R. Russell


wenty-One is a magic number for many young people as they approach adulthood and its anticipated privileges. Twenty-One is a magic number for this community for a different reason. Upcoming is the 21st annual Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival. On Sunday, May 7, Germantown Avenue will again be in full bloom. Look for artists, garden vendors, amusements and activities for kids, music, food and lots more. The Avenue from Rex to Willow Grove Avenues will be closed to vehicles from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This decision was made 21 years ago, reported Peggy Miller deputy director of the Chestnut Hill Business Association, festival host, and has turned out well. There is plenty of space for everyone of all ages and their varied interests with no worry about trafďŹ c. A major attraction will again be the display of works by many talented artists. “We will have more than 150 participants with watercolors, oils, pastels and photography as well as many garden vendors and craftsmen,â€? Miller reported. Exhibitors from this area include Chestnut Hiller Chris, with backyard eats (a worm compost demonstration); Chiara, also from Chestnut Hill, with ďŹ ne art; Wyndmoor resident Truphehena, with African arts and jewelry (proďŹ ts from her sale go back to the African women who made them); John, also from Wyndmoor, with socks and apparel; Soil & Sun Farm, in Erdenheim, with heirloom veggies, owers and herbs; and Roxborough resident Alyssa Van Alstine, with plants and vegetables. As usual, many other exhibitors are far from their own back yards. Besides the Philadelphia area, they come from locations such as Brooklyn, NY; Rehoboth Beach, DE; Fletcher, NC; Amherst, MA, and Tampa, FL. Look for interesting variety in vendors and their wares. For instance, Nick Gomez, of Chestnut Hill, will have skateboards; Megan Fitzpatrick, of Wyndmoor, and Charles Todd, of Mt. Airy, will be displaying furniture, and Dana Rapoport, also of Mt. Airy, will feature children’s books. For honey lovers, the Philadelphia Bee Association will have a display featuring, of course bees, and a look at how these busy critters make honey. “A number of farms will be participating, bringing fresh food and vegetables for purchase,â€? said Miller. As usual, there will be numerous gardeners will beautiful plants and owers, perhaps even orchids, for sale. Returning this year will be Eco Alley, sponsored by PECO Smart Ideas, featuring vendors offering sustainable products from organic plants. This display is courtesy of GRINCH (Green in Chestnut Hill). If you are bringing youngsters, be assured there will be plenty to do. There will be all day amusement rides at 8340 Germantown Ave.; arts and crafts all day in the 8300 block of Germantown Ave., and face painting all day at Germantown Avenue and Gravers Lane. The Manatawna 4H Club Petting Zoo will be open from noon to 4 p.m. at Bethlehem Pike and Germantown Avenue. The popular little train rides will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the 8100 block of Germantown Avenue. A daylong festival like this always has plenty of music and food. (Continued on page 9)

Festival goers at a recent Home and Garden Festival. (Photo by Wendy Concannon)

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Chestnut Hill celebrates 20 years as ‘Philadelphia’s Garden District’ Chestnut Hill Community Partners to Offer Special Events, Tours and Entertainment for the Season-Long Celebration


Roberston’s Flowers: a staple of Philadelphia’s Garden District. (Photo by Hillary Ray)

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hestnut Hill’s green landscapes, lush gardens, public parks and renowned architecture earned the neighborhood the distinct designation of “Philadelphia’s Garden Districtâ€? by Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell in 1997. To celebrate 20 years in bloom, the urban enclave invites locals and visitors alike to experience six months (April – September) of special events, public programs and tours, featuring some of the city’s most dynamic attractions found only in Chestnut Hill. Brimming with culture, recreation, world-class dining, diverse shopping and entertainment, every pocket of Philadelphia’s Garden District begs to be explored. “Chestnut Hill received the honored designation of Philadelphia’s Garden District based on our excellence in urban planning, greenways, public green spaces and horticultural assets,â€? said Martha Sharkey, executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business District (the ofďŹ cial marketing arm for the destination). “For decades, Chestnut Hill remained one of the best kept secrets outside of the Philadelphia region. We are using our 20th anniversary as an opportunity to invite visitors to discover the inherent charm and rich history of this unique urban village.â€? Located just outside of Center City Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is nestled along the 1,800 acres of Wissahickon Valley Park, part of Philadelphia’s 9,200-acre Fairmount Park system – providing outdoor explorers with access to expansive trails for hiking and biking, horseback riding and other recreational activities. Philadelphia’s Garden District is also home to Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. Situated on 92 lush acres, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Morris Arboretum is recognized as the ofďŹ cial arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is open to the public 362 days a year with classes and special events all year long. Adding to Chestnut Hill’s green assets, Woodmere Art Museum combines art and architecture with nature. Housed in a Victorian mansion, Woodmere features the art and artists of the Philadelphia region along with a sprawling sculpture garden – home to the celebrated Harry Bertoia sculpture, Free Interpretation of Plant Forms. An abundant collection of extraordinary architecture weaves throughout the community, providing design lovers with a rich landscape of 19th- and early 20th-century buildings and European-inuenced work alongside sprawling private gardens and modern developments. Germantown Avenue, the heart of the neighborhood, comes alive each spring as hanging baskets, barrels and window boxes are planted with colorful owers. Small pocket parks along the Avenue act as green oases in the retail corridor and every bit of open space is planted with bushes, trees or owers – all thanks to the award-winning Flowering Program operated by the Garden District Fund (a volunteer group of horticulturalists, amateur gardeners and members of local garden clubs dedicated to enhancing the physical landscape of Chestnut Hill). While Philadelphia’s Garden District offers a robust year-round event calendar and visitor attrac(Continued on page 6)

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Chestnut Hill celebrates 20 years as ‘Philadelphia’s Garden District’ May 14, June 10 & July 9 In conjunction with Chestnut Hill/Garden District events, Woodmere Art Museum will host a series of free public tours including: Through a Mother’s Eyes: The Art of John Laub (May 14), Inside/ Outside: Nature in Art Tour (June 10, in conjunction with the Plein Air Festival) and Pet Walks with Art (July 9 in conjunction with Petapalooza).

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tions, organizations throughout Chestnut Hill have partnered to curate a menu of special programs in honor of the 20th anniversary celebration. Key anniversary events and exhibits include: s-ORRIS!RBORETUMIN -OTION4HE+INETIC 3CULPTURESOF,YMAN7HITAKER Morris Arboretum Opening April 1 Visitors will experience more than 50 kinetic wind sculptures throughout the garden, ranging in height from ďŹ ve to 27 feet, by American artist Lyman Whitaker. All sculptures will be available for purchase. s4HE*OURNEYSOF *OHN,AUB&IRE)SLAND AND"EYOND Woodmere Art Museum April 8 – August 13 This exhibit explores Philadelphia native John Laub’s landscape paintings and their immersive environments of lush forests, winding pathways and sun-soaked beaches. s&LOWER0OWER(APPY(OURS 0ARTICIPATING"USINESSESn 'ERMANTOWN!VENUE Thursday, April 20 & Thursday, April 27 Toast to the 20th Anniversary of Philadelphia’s Garden District during ower-themed happy hour events including oral cocktails and dishes, along with extended store hours along Germantown Avenue. s#HESTNUT(ILL"EER'ARDEN 4HE-ARKETATTHE&AREWAY Opening Early May The MARKET at the FARE-

The Rose Garden at Morris Arboretum.

WAY opens the new Chestnut Hill Beer Garden, a seasonal outpost for brews and food. Chestnut Hill Brewing Company will serve wood-ďŹ red pizza paired with beers brewed on-site including a special “Flower Childâ€? brew (created for the 20th anniversary celebration). Patrons will also have access to the diverse culinary options within the MARKET including sushi, Korean tacos, Jamaican fare, and more! The beer garden will offer a stylish communal space (created by local designers Tallulah & Bird) in the heart of the historic district. s#HESTNUT(ILL(OME 'ARDEN&ESTIVAL Germantown Avenue Sunday, May 7 Chestnut Hill blossoms into an outdoor garden marketplace as more than 150 home and garden vendors, artists and craftsmen line Germantown Avenue. This free,

family-friendly event draws more than 30,000 visitors each year. s&AIRMOUNT0ARK(ORSE3HOW .ORTHWESTERN%QUESTRIAN &ACILITY Sunday, May 21 Celebrated for 20 years, the Fairmount Park Horse Show is held each spring at the Northwestern Equestrian Facility. This premier equestrian event showcases the talents of students from Northwestern Stables program and other park stables. s#HESTNUT(ILL 0LEIN!IR&ESTIVAL Germantown Avenue Saturday, June 10 Easels and paint pallets will line Germantown Avenue as artists create works of art and compete for cash prizes during Plein Air, an inspired outdoor and public juried art competition. A special “20th

Anniversary of Philadelphia’s Garden District� award will be given to an artist whose work embodies the Garden District message. For a guided look at Philadelphia’s Garden District, visitors can choose from a selection of curated anniversary tours including: s#ULTURAL,ANDSCAPES 4OUR3ERIES Second Saturdays: April 8, May 13, June 10 Second Sundays: August 13, September 10, October 15 Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society will host a series of public outings to explore parks, gardens and architecture throughout historic Chestnut Hill. s7OODMERE!RT -USEUM-ONTHLY !NNIVERSARY4OURS Woodmere Art Museum

s#HESTNUT(ILL4ASTING 4OURWITH4ASTE4RAVEL &OOD4OURSBY#HEF*ACQUIE Spring 2017 Scheduled to be unveiled in spring 2017, Taste4Travel Food Tours will introduce a gastronomic excursion through Philadelphia’s Garden District. Explore the best of Chestnut Hill with Chef Jacquie Peccina Kelly and a specially crafted culinary tour series. Philadelphia’s Garden District has also been named a Distinctive Destination in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in recognition of their rich culture and arts, gardens, parks, shopping, dining, architecture, and history offerings. The area boasts more than 125 retailers, restaurants and locally-owned businesses, along with independent art galleries and a community theater. Easy to get to and get around, Chestnut Hill is accessible via car or train with two SEPTA regional rail train lines culminating in the business district and ample visitor parking throughout six public lots. Visit to explore Philadelphia’s Garden District and learn more about 20th anniversary events. Join the conversation on social media with @chestnuthillpa and share your Chestnut Hill story with #chestnuthillpa and #phlgardendistrict.

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Woodmere lines up exhibits and activities for spring by Julia DeGregorio


he Woodmere Art Museum has a number of new and exciting exhibitions and programs, ranging from Pet Walks to exhibitions of famed Philadelphia artists coming for the Spring and Summer seasons. The Journeys of John Laub: Fire Island and Beyond is a celebration of the Philadelphia born and raised artist John Laub, renowned for his brightly colored landscape paintings of places such as Fire Island to Martha’s Vineyard to Paris. Though Laub passed away in 2005, he was a lifelong activist for gay rights and an AIDS advocate, both of which are reected in his work. This is the ďŹ rst time any exhibition has been dedicated entirely to the artist and includes both his large scale paintings and smaller prints. The exhibition is currently open and closes on August 13. The museum is also offering a wide variety of lectures throughout the summer. Some cost a fee of 15 dollars while others are free to attend. On May 14, Lorraine Alexander, the mother of John Laub, will be giving a lecture and tour of her son’s exhibit. The day before, catch “The Race Space,â€? which is the brainchild of Brenda Dixon-Gottschild and Hellmut Gottschild. The couple, both dance professors at Temple University, works to provoke a response from the audience and causes them to analyse their expe-

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riences with race. On June 10, experience nature’s beauty both in and out of doors with Inside/Outside: Nature in Art Tours which will include a tour of the grounds surrounding the Woodmere and the John Laub exhibit. Those who enjoy something more upbeat and lively should stop by for Friday Night Jazz. This is part of the Music at the Woodmere program which aims to provide a reective space where people can listen to and enjoy music of the past. Come to the museum on May 19 for Jazz and Dance: Partners in Time, a celebration of the impact

that jazz music has had on the dance world. On June 9, experience the exuberance of swing music with Kings and Queens of Swing and stop by the week after that for Gladys Knight: On the Midnight Train. The Woodmere also offers many free classes and programs aimed at making kids interested in and engaged in the art around them. For ages 3 to 5, there is the Artmaking and Storytelling program on May 7 and another on June 4. Children are introduced to art through a story followed by an art project. On July 9, bring your

furry friends to the Pet Walk with Art, which includes a tour of the grounds surrounding the Woodmere. The Woodmere will feature a number of local artists in The Woodmere Annual: 76th Juried Exhibition. To be considered for the exhibit, applicants must live within 50 miles of the museum. Juror Harry Philbrick curated these pieces while keeping in mind the phrase, “speaking truth to power.â€? These pieces of modern art are intended to push the mind to consider the nature of truth and its conicting qualities. This exhibit

opens on June 3 and will be open to the public until September 4. On June 17, Philbrick will be discussing the works on view and give insight on his decisions on picking the pieces. The Woodmere has something of enjoyment to people of all ages and interests. So be sure to check out the schedule for the upcoming months and mark your calendar. For more information on any of the exhibits or programs, check out their website,

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Crowds at the Home and Garden Festival.



Plants for sale at a recent Home and Garden Festival.


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Soul City will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 8600 block of Germantown Avenue; Rich Posmontier Ensemble will follow from 2 to 5 p.m. in the 8600 block of Germantown Avenue; the Dukes of Destiny will play in the 8200 block of Germantown Avenue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and be followed by City Rhythm Orchestra from 2 to 5 p.m. Plenty of delicious food will be available. Locations are as follows: 8600 block of Germantown Av enue — McNally’s Outdoor Café, Cosimo’s Pizza Café, Mica, Thai Kuu, Tavern on the Hill, Banjara, Trade Winds, Osaka, Bredenbeck’s Ice Cream; 8500 block of Germantown Avenue — Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop, Starbuck’s Coffee, Funnel Cakes & Smoothies; 8400 block of Germantown Avenue —Weavers Way Co-op, Iron Hill

Brewery & Restaurant; 8300 block of Germantown Avenue — Roller’s Express-o, Campbell’s Place, Fiesta Pizza, Old Fashioned Kettle Korn; 8200 block of Germantown Avenue — Paris Bistro, Chestnut Hill Grill & Sidewalk Café, Green Soul, Poppy’s Café, King’s Garden, Night Kitchen Bakery, El Poquito, Cin Cin, the Fresh Market; 8100 block of Germantown Avenue — Roller’s Restaurant at Flying Fish, Bredenbeck’s Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor. Presenting Sponsor of the festival is Glanzman Subaru and Media Sponsor is B101Radio. Admission to the festival is free and parking is available at selected lots. Rain date is May 21. For more information, visit or call 215-247-6696.




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Morris Arboretum in Motion this spring and summer


Yoga at Morris Arboretum.

hether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 50 plus kinetic sculptures from artist, Lyman Whitaker, propelled by the slightest of wind, the Garden Railwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loco-motion on its quarter mile track, or yoga classes outside in the summer garden, Morris Arboretum wants to set your world in motion with a visit this spring and summer. Lyman Whitaker kinetic sculptures, ranging from 5 to 25 feet, are placed throughout the garden in groups the artist calls â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wind forestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The natural elements create the movement, and visitors are prompted to observe their surroundings. When in motion these wind sculptures create a mesmerizing effect for viewers. The artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intent is to make you feel connected to nature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything in the world is designed to amp you upâ&#x20AC;? says Lyman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These sculptures are designed to take you down, to relax you, to make you feel comfortable.â&#x20AC;? See Speeding up the sense of motion is Morris Arboretumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved Garden Railway which opens for its 20th season on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27th. Model trains zip around an outdoor quarter mile track surrounded by a miniature village of plantings and iconic Philadelphia buildings like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Zoo, and William Penn atop of City Hall. Kids will ďŹ nd it hard to keep still as they watch the trains disappear into tunnels only to appear on the other side to barrel down the tracks and over bridges. Special weekends during the summer feature Thomas the Tank and Friends, and Circus Week. The Garden Railway is open daily through Labor Day, and weekends only through October 9th. Yoga in the Garden, Ten Enchanted Evenings is a chance to learn about motion with the best yoga practices from acclaimed yoga instructor, Jennifer Schelter. More info at Morris Arboretum offers more hours to enjoy the garden this summer. From May through October, the Arboretum is open at 8am on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Wednesday nights the garden is open until 8pm for visitors to appreciate the magic of summer nights with a picnic or have dinner at the Compton CafĂŠ after an evening stroll. Morris Arboretum invites visitors to experience motion in whatever way they enjoy most.

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Innovation and Preservation: The Architectural Heritage of Chestnut Hill Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden District Grows Ripe with Extraordinary Architecture and Design he harmonization of innovative architecture and the natural environment has come to deďŹ ne the look and feel of Chestnut Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural legacy. In this urban enclave located just outside of Center City, Philadelphia, visitors will ďŹ nd an abundant collection of extraordinary architecture highlighting 19th- and early 20th-century residential buildings and European-inďŹ&#x201A;uenced work alongside country estates and sprawling gardens. Designated as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden District,â&#x20AC;? this progressive community is nestled along the 1,800 acres of Wissahickon Valley Park, part of Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9,200-acre Fairmount Park system, making it one of the most environmentally-friendly residential and business corridors in the region. Examples of early Italianate Victorian, Queen Ann and Colonial Revival designs can be found throughout the community, showcasing the work of renowned architects like Samuel Sloan, G.W. & W.D. Hewitt, Wilson Eyre Mellor Meigs and Howe, and most notably â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Horace Trumbauer, Louis J. Kahn and Robert Venturi. Early on, these architects played a pivotal role in outlining the delicate balance between preserving the green space and natural assets of Chestnut Hill while embracing new development. This tradition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;designing with natureâ&#x20AC;? remains a core value for the corridor today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chestnut Hill continues to change and evolve,â&#x20AC;? remarked Richard Snowden, owner and managing partner at Bowman Properties (which owns a signiďŹ cant number of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial and residential buildings) and president of the Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District. The community works hard to make sure that new developments reďŹ&#x201A;ect the preservation ethos of the neighborhood as well as those who support its growth. While we embrace change, we also remain dedicated to the historical significance of Chestnut Hill and the community-focused values of the corridor.â&#x20AC;? One West is an example of this development and is the ďŹ rst completely new building on Germantown Avenue (the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main street) in 30 years. Facing the business district and a part of Fairmount Park, this mixed-use space sits on two acres of land and features a ďŹ ve-story building with luxury condominiums and retail space on the ground ďŹ&#x201A;oor. Designed by local ďŹ rms Stanley Runyan and Associates of Chestnut Hill and SPG3 architects, the project was developed by Bowman Properties, and is a prime example of honoring the historical integrity of the community with innovative new designs. The use of Wissahickon schist (native stone) and landscaped terraces blend this modern structure seamlessly with the neighboring historic buildings and well-manicured avenue. A convergence of old and new, Chestnut Hill bridges the gap between historical preservation and economic development, along with bucolic charm and urban accessibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chestnut Hill offers a unique mix of cosmopolitan amenities paired with distinctive history and space â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a luxury in any metropolitan area,â&#x20AC;? says Martha Sharkey, executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business District (the ofďŹ cial marketing arm for the destination). â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our designation as Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden District, we also pause to appreciate the (more than) 100 years of innovation and preser-


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vation the community is known for,â&#x20AC;? continued Sharkey. Thanks to the efforts of the Houston-Woodward family during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the seed for Chestnut Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse landscape was planted. Often thought of as the founding family of Chestnut Hill, the Woodwards constructed spacious homes and cultivated green spaces throughout the region, with designs inspired by the revival ideas of English and French architecture, as well as the emerging American Craftsman style of the early 20th century. As the community grew, homes were seamlessly woven within the verdant landscapes surrounding the community. This unity of nature and architecture continued throughout nearly every development that followed. A shining example of historic sense of place is the Morris Arboretum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania began as Compton, the summer home of John and Lydia Morris (siblings), built in 1887. The property opened to the public in 1933 as the Morris Arboretum. Today, the Arboretum has restored many of its original historic architectural features including numerous working fountains, the Log Cabin, the Springhouse (pre-dating even the Morrises), Lydiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seat in the Rose Garden, and the only freestanding glasshouse Fernery in North America. Morris Arboretumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest architectural triumph is Out on a Limb, a permanent nationally award-winning exhibit which takes visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing. Morris Arboretum is open 362 days a year. Robert Venturiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1960s Vanna Venturi House stands as a leading example of a modern piece that retains the spirit of Chestnut Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original character. Surrounded by trees and nestled near Pastorius Park, the Vanna Venturi House is known as one of the ďŹ rst examples of postmodern architecture, featuring complex geometrical designs. Built in 1964 for Venturiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, the home remains a private residence and is not open to the public. Embodying the Chestnut Hill spirit, Krisheim Estate was originally a Woodward family residence. Designed by the architectural ďŹ rm Robert Swain Peabody and John Goddard Stearns Jr. in 1912, this Tudor-Jacobean building served as home to the Woodward family for nearly 50 years before becoming a religious retreat in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s and split into apartments in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s. Today, the home is being restored to its original form by the Woodward family. With the goal of ensuring the legacy of the Woodward family and heritage of Chestnut Hill, the


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Chestnut Hill Conservancy (CHC) was established in 1967. Formerly known as the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, the CHC is dedicated to preserving the open spaces and historic structures of the community through land conservation and architectural preservation efforts. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this organization and the 20th anniversary of the garden district designation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CHC is offering a series of guided tours exploring the architecture, history and natural beauty of this unique urban village. Tours will take place the second Saturday of every month (April â&#x20AC;&#x201C; June) followed by the second Sunday of each month (August â&#x20AC;&#x201C; October). Tickets for the tour begin at $15. For tour times and highlights, visit Visit to explore Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden District and its distinct architecture and history. Join the conversation on social media with @chestnuthillpa and share your Chestnut Hill story with #chestnuthillpa and #phlgardendistrict.

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your goals. Before you go to the store, you should consider a few factors and clear out your goals. Think about what you will need the mulch for â&#x20AC;&#x201C; easier gardening, controlling weeds, covering a garden path, or maybe to reduce the evaporation of water from your plants? Depending on the purpose there are different types of mulch and application methods. You can also consider using grass clippings or dried leaves as mulch, if you have any in your garden. You should also consider if you prefer a biodegradable mulch, which will become a part of the soil over time, or something which will stay there forever, like stones, plastic and glass. Appearance is also very important here. Mulch can be used as a decorative feature in your entire landscape, or just to cover a few vegetable patches in a garden. Prepare the area. This is the time to prepare your garden for the mulching process. You should remove all the weeds from the garden as a start. You can either pull them off completely or just cut them really close to the ground if the roots are very deep in the ground. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to apply the mulch on a ďŹ&#x201A;at surface, because this will slow the weed growth, thanks to removing its access to light. You can also dig new plant beds and enrich the soil, if necessary. The biodegradable mulch works best on loose, rich soil. Some people also apply landscaping fabric or newspaper scraps under the mulch, to prevent weed growth completely. This would also be the time to create edges and fences, if you want any in your garden. Apply the mulch. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for the proper garden maintenance to apply a thick layer of mulch, especially if you want to retain moisture in your plants and trees or prevent weed growth. You should apply a layer which is at least 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10cm deep. Have in mind that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good for the plants and trees to have mulch right against their stems. This is why you should leave a small margin from at least 2 inches from the stem to allow the plant to breathe and prevent water logging or moisture depletion, both of which can destroy your plant. Mulch can be also used to create basins and small natural water features if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re into these things. Once you pour the mulch, use a rake to spread it around and create an even layer. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply too much, because it could be damaging for the plants. You should also use the rake to pull away mulch from the areas where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to plant things. Renew organic mulch every few years. As I mentioned earlier, the organic mulch will break down over time and it will blend with the soil, so you will need to replace it with a new one every once in a while. If you want, you can dig the old mulch into the soil or just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother and apply the new one on top of the old one , it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. Use mulch for plant protection. Mulch is also a very good solution to protect your plants during the cold months. You can prune back certain plants and cover them entirely with mulch. It will provide them with insulation. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to remove the mulch in spring.

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How to care for the Dendrobium orchid by Sameera Jayalath


endrobium orchid ďŹ&#x201A;ower is famous for cut ďŹ&#x201A;owers. It has a sympodial and an epiphytic growth habit as other orchids in its family. There are many orchid varieties that produce orchid ďŹ&#x201A;owers in different colors. The durability is also higher than other orchids. In cut ďŹ&#x201A;ower production, the ďŹ&#x201A;owers are divided into three types. They are phalaenopsis type, cane type and intermediate type. In these three types cane type is not that much suitable for cut ďŹ&#x201A;ower production. Orchid growing is not that much easy. It needs a good attention than other ďŹ&#x201A;owers. To keep a healthy plant below factor should be maintained.

should be added in optimum level. It is also helps to keep the humidity level. Chlorine free water must be used. Frequently check the moisture level in the media and use a hand sprayer to apply water. The better time to apply water is 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 a.m. Arial roots and leaves should be wet. If water is applied in the evening, it should be done before 4 p.m.

plant. It needs more lights than other orchid varieties. But direct sunlight is not good. So light level should be controlled by using a shade net above ten feet in height in a commercial cultivation or pot plants can be place in a sitting room. The window must be had in south or north directions. Keeping pots with a window in east or western, it is leads to sun burning damages on orchid plants. Temperature Dendrobium can tolerate warm conditions. But ventilation should be good enough to control it. The temperature ďŹ&#x201A;uctuation should not be more than 50 degrees Farenheit. Day time temperature should be between 77 and -86 and night time temperature should not be lower than 59. Those conditions are the best for ďŹ&#x201A;ower production.

Humidity Light Normally higher humidity level Dendrobium is a light prefer

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is needed for orchids. Therefore 70% of humidity is better for well growth of Dendrobium orchids. If humidity level is low you can spray water around the plant. The media should be prepared to keep moisture. Media preparation for Dendrobium (Orchid Care Steps [Full Guide]) Watering Watering is very important for Dendrobium. As other treats, water

Fertilization Liquid fertilizers are recommended to add. It is better to add them by using a sprayer. Spray on leaves and roots to get wet well. It is better to use morning time to add fertilizer. Organic liquid fertilizers can be used once a week. The best mixture of fertilizer is N. P. K. (20: 20: 20). Dissolve 5 gram of fertilizer in one litter of water for adding. Any balanced fertilizer can be used this purpose. Potting It is better to use a clay pot. Because it is absorb more water than plastic pots. For decoration purposes you can put it into a plastic or any other suitable one. The diameter and height of the pot should be ďŹ ve inch. There should be holes for better ventilation. Media should be consisted with char or biochar and tile pieces. Better to add coconut husk pieces. It will keep the moisture. Use ½ ž inch pieces.

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How to Bonsai: From tree selection to picking the right soil


bonsai tree is a Japanese approach for growing mini trees in ceramic pots to model aged saplings. The trees are becoming progressively popular to bring the outdoors in, and hundreds of species could be chosen to develop into a bonsai plant. The method might seem intimidating for a beginner; however with research and practice you can excel in the art form of bonsai! Follow these steps to grow your bonsai tree to perfection! Select a species of tree Selecting the right sapling is the ďŹ rst step of bonsai, and the choices should be carefully weighed judging by your geographical location and whether you want your plant indoors or outside. Some plants muster better inside and in a controlled climate, while others ought to be outdoors where they can go dormant in the winter. Analyze the trees that do the very best where you live, and go from there. The most common styles of bonsai trees are Elm, Juniper, and ďŹ cus.

important is the plant. Choosing the appropriate pot has a lot to do with the size of your desired plant. A deep pot will bring a larger tree, while a shallow pot will keep the roots miniature and keep the size of the tree small. The ceramic pot must allow proper drainage, and should be lined with wire to ensure your soil erosion does not occur. Choose soil Bonsai soil is available in organic and inorganic, and most bonsai hobbyists strategically mix both soils to come up with the perfect mix for their plant. This also requires research depending on your geographical location and plant type. Preparation This step requires you to arrange your tree with wires and the initial steps of pruning, to procure the design of the bonsai tree. Remove the plant from its existing holder, and water the roots and prune them to ensure they ďŹ t securely into your purchased ceramic pot with the proper amount of soil.

Seed or aged tree The next step is to choose whether you wish to grow the tree from the ground up, or buy an existing tree from a nursery. It is advocated that beginners buy an existing tree for their ďŹ rst time trying to bonsai to make sure that they can succeed. Your local nursery will help you to decide on the perfect bonsai for your climate and expertise level.

Pot the tree If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already placed mesh netting on the bottom of the pot, you should do so now. Place the roots down at the bottom of the pot, and run a wire through one of the drainage holes to tie the plant into place. Attach the other side of the wire to the root system and pour soil over the exposed roots. Trees that are in temperate climates should be planted by spring, while tropical trees should Choose a pot The ceramic pot that you grow be planted in the summer. your bonsai tree is a crucial in the success of your plant. The term Prune & enjoy The last step is to prune your bonsai means â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;plant in a trayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which someone can theoretically tree when the leaves grow out, and conclude that the tray is equally as have fun growing your bonsai!

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Living green is just one of the beneďŹ ts of composting

Want an expert opinion? Ask an expert at the Garden Festival sound re-greening of the 55-acre parcel of land in Germantown. ooking for expert advice from Susan has a B.S., in horticulture professional gardeners? Three and botany from Temple Univerwill be available for advice at sity and has been an ISA (Interthe Chestnut Hill Home and Gar- national Society of Arboriculture) den Festival. As of press time, it was CertiďŹ ed Arborist since 2010. unclear where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be staitioned MacQueenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community involveon the Avenue, but they will be ment and credentials include being available. a member of the Society of MunicJason Lubar, Associate Direc- ipal Arborists, the Vice Chair at tor of Urban Forestry, Morris the Temple Arboretum Advisory, Arboretum of board member of the University of the Chestnut Hill Pennsylvania. Garden District Jason has been Fund and member employed at Morof the Pi Alpha Xi ris Arboretum of Society (National the University Horticultural Honof Pennsylvania or Society). She as the Associhas also served as a ate Director of member of both the Urban Forestry Woodlands Cemefor 14 years. His tery and Bartramâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career has focused Garden horticulon educating a tural advisories. wide audience She presently volabout trees and unteers with the natural resourcChestnut Hill Tree Jason Luber es. He teaches Tender group and professional-levthe Climate Action el arboricultural courses at Morris Team at St. Martins-in- the-Fields. Arboretum, presents at international conferences, and supports Judd Friedman, streetscape Morris Arboretumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s educational manager for the Chestnut Hill mission by providing a wide-range Business Improvement District of tree-related services to a diversiJudd Friedman previously worked ty of clients including design ďŹ rms, at a landscape and gardening busiarborists, townships and munici- ness called Enchanted Gardens. He palities, schools, and corporations. also was involved with landscape Jason is a Board Member of architecture at different design stuthe PennDel Chapter of the Inter- dios throughout the years. Friednational Society of Arboriculture man received his Bachelors of (ISA), serves on ISAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council Science in Landscape Architecture of Representatives and is a Board from Temple University Ambler CertiďŹ ed Master Arborist and a campus as well as a Bachelors of member of the American Society Fine Arts from Philadelphia Colof Consulting Arborists. He also is lege of Arts. Friedman is also a part on the Executive Board and is trea- of the Master Gardener afďŹ liate surer of the Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Urban program at Penn State Univerand Community Forestry Council. sity. As a part of that program, he worked at a hotline answering Susan MacQueen, landscape various questions about gardening. design at Eco-Chic Gardens, LLC. At his current position, FriedPreviously, Susan MacQueen man does most of the planting was the executive director at Uni- in the Chestnut Hill area in the versity City Green. UC Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role of streetscape manager for the mission was cooperative communi- Chestnut Hill Business Improvety urban greening. She has spoken ment District. In his free time, regionally and nationally on the he loves to grow many different beneďŹ ts of urban greening initia- varieties of plants, particularly vegtives. She additionally was the land etables. manager at Awbury Arboretum, where she oversaw the ecologically

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o you want to live green and reduce your environmental impact, then think about composting. The beneďŹ ts of composting are numerous, from reducing the solid waste you send to the landďŹ ll to creating a nutrient rich, organic additive for your organic garden. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a garden? No problem. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also cover a variety of non-garden compost uses that can beneďŹ t the environment and save you money. The simple act of composting is an easy step toward green living. Composting is natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way of recycling. Redirecting your yard and household organic waste to a compost system can reduce your landďŹ ll contribution by as much as 30%. If every household in America composted all of their compostable

waste, then we could extend the life of our landďŹ lls by 50%. Diverting household waste from landďŹ lls reduces the formation of methane gas and leachate in landďŹ lls. Less garbage means less plastic garbage bags, less fuel to run the garbage trucks, and lower sanitation bills if you pay by volume. If these beneďŹ ts arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to convince you to start composting, read on to see what the ďŹ nal compost product can do for your garden, your yard, and you. In your garden, compost will act as a soil conditioner. Compost can transform even the most useless clay into productive soil for your vegetables, ďŹ&#x201A;owers, and lawn. Mix it into existing dirt or clay to add nutrient-rich humus for plant growth and better crop

yield. Plants need macronutrients like potassium, phosphorous and nitrogen as well as micronutrients like copper, zinc, iron and manganese. Compost provides these nutrients and also adds beneďŹ cial microscopic organisms that help aerate the soil, ďŹ ght plant diseases, and break down other organic matter in the soil for a continuous supply of nutrients. When compost is mixed into soil, it improves the soil structure so it will retain moisture better. This means you can water less often and use less water when you do. If you are trying to grow organic vegetables, then compost is the perfect alternative to chemical fertilizers. Because you know exactly what goes into the compost you (Continued on page 19)

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For the best garden ever consider Aquaponics


rowing your own crops is undeniably a demanding task even for those deeply in love with gardening. It certainly is a time intensive activity and it requires plenty of energy and dedication. Furthermore, a conventional garden requires fertile land which will sustain your crops. These are generally the main causes for which many people give up their desire to growing their own personal vegetables and switching to home grown organic food. What people dont generally know is that there is a method of growing organic food (pesticide and chemical free) in the comfort of your home. Yes, you read it perfectly: inside of your house. This new type of farming is called aquaponics and is the simplest way to become a farmer! The great part is that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll not only grow vegetables, but you will also grow ďŹ sh, with the intention to offer your friends and family a diversiďŹ ed nutrition. It all starts fairly simple, with a plain tank ďŹ lled with water wherein you place some ďŹ sh. You can get for Tilapia, Chinese CatďŹ sh, Crappie, Bluegill or Koi, or whatever species of ďŹ sh you are allowed to grow in your house. Put them in the water, take good care of them and in about a month position the seeds ensuring they can reach the water and get the nutrients from it. The plants will develop and begin growing using the nutrients offered by the ďŹ sh. Meanwhile, the ďŹ sh will enjoy a clean environment as the plants will act as â&#x20AC;&#x153;maidsâ&#x20AC;? to them, cleaning and refreshing their water each

and every day. As you can tell this type of farming does not require any type of land, fertilizers or harmful chemicals. Just set up the system and make sure that the water has got the normal PH so that the ďŹ sh will live comfortably in there. Then, let nature follow its course! You can grow almost everything you need in the aquaponic farming. Leafy greens, fruity plants and legumes can all be planted within the aquaponic farming. If you have a piece of land where you might cultivate ground-based plants (potatoes, carrots, asparagus, onions, garlic and so on) you can use this water to irrigate it and the results will be spectacular! This symbiosis between ďŹ sh and plants is the one which will save you lots of time as well as provides you with a way to take on this activity without compromising your social or professional life. Couple of moments each day will be sufďŹ cient for you to make sure that both your crops and your ďŹ sh are alright! In fact, growing plants and ďŹ sh with the aquaponic system is so simple that your entire family will be happy to help you with that. Since it involves no dirty hands, bending and digging in the ground, you can even let your little ones help you. It wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long so that they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get bored and you will get to enjoy moments with them. Aquaponics is the easiest way through which you will have tasty, fresh and healthy vegetables on your table every day. There is no need to be afraid. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy.

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make, you can be sure of its organic integrity. So, what if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a garden? You can use the compost in your yard too! It makes a great erosion deterrent. Spread it around bare roots, along stream banks, on hillsides and around ponds to reduce erosion and turf loss. Apply a liberal layer of compost around trees and bushes in place of mulching. Like mulch, compost will keep moisture from evaporating. Think

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of the money youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll save on your next visit to the nursery when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to buy as much mulch. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also see the saving in your water bill. If you have children, get them involved. It can be a fun science experiment. Plus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the best ways to help them understand that managing our waste properly can change a negative environmental impact like sending waste to the landďŹ ll into a positive one like using compost instead of chemical fertilizers. Finally, there is the personal satisfaction of knowing you are doing something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the environment and part of a sustainable lifestyle.

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Greenhouse supplies necessary for your growing success by Margo Lalonde


here are a variety of greenhouse supplies that can help you provide your plants with a healthy growing environment. Used properly, they can make your green thumb even greener and more productive. There are solutions available to you no matter what the issue. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a constant challenge to keep your greenhouse growing environment steady. Heat, cold, humidity, air circulation, drainage...these are all conditions that need to be controlled to provide a healthy atmosphere in which your plants can thrive. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a look at the various greenhouse supplies available to help you produce under almost any condition. Greenhouse heaters are deďŹ nitely a great help. A greenhouse will extend your growing season through the colder months provided you prepare for the temperature drops. Electric heaters are

a commonplace solution to keeping a steady temperature for your plants. It is generally recommended to have at least two heaters in the greenhouse. It is important to remember, though, that placement of the greenhouse heaters can adversely affect your plants if they are in direct line with your heater. Be sure to allow good air ďŹ&#x201A;ow and ease of access for yourself. A good solution to this is to have your plants on benching with the heaters below. You can adjust the direction of heat ďŹ&#x201A;ow and since heat rises, you should be able to maintain a nice temperature for your plants. Keep in mind that a source for electricity should be easily at hand. If heat is the problem than an automatic vent opener may be of help. A greenhouse vent is very important to provide heat release and air circulation to your plants. They can, however be a pain to adjust manually. An automatic vent opener will adjust itself to release heat when the temperature

A greenhouse done right can keep you growing all year.

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from 30-70% reduction in light. It can be purchased in a variety of sizes and is easily attached over your greenhouse. What you choose will depend on what you are growing (Continued on page 21)

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Greenhouse supplies necessary for your growing success

A greenhouse can contain more than junt plants.

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and your location. For example; roses would require a lesser shade factor. Generally a 50-60% shade factor is optimal but in the south you would want to amp that up. Most plants love some humidity and ideally you would keep the humidity level in your greenhouse around 50-70%. Certainly you can attain that by using a misting sys-

tem. The ďŹ ne mist that is provided will evaporate using up some of the heat in the greenhouse, creating moist air and having a cooling effect of up to 35 degrees. Great especially in the hot summer months. Air circulation is very important in maintaining the productivity of not just your plant but your greenhouse itself. Adding wall louvers to your greenhouse can be of beneďŹ t

as well as having slatted or wire shelving units. Good air ďŹ&#x201A;ow will also help prevent the build up of mold and fungi. In combination, these greenhouse supplies can help you maintain and preserve the optimal growing conditions in your greenhouse. They are readily available online and are generally easy to install and use. Happy Growing!

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Growing tomatoes in pots â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Where do I start? by Stella Dawson


omato plants have always been popular among vegetable gardening hobbyists and this seems like a global trend. What makes planting tomatoes so appealing to vegetable gardeners? Perhaps, it is the ease of growing tomatoes that is attractive. Perhaps, the bright color of the tomatoes could be a draw too. Most people would agree that bright colors always look cheerful and brighten up oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day. In case you are not aware, tomatoes come in many shades of colors - yellow, green, red, white and even purple! If you love salads, it would be an excellent idea to grow your own tomatoes so they can be available all year round. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if you live in an apartment. Tomatoes can be planted in containers and pots too. Here in this article, we will share some gardening secrets and what it takes to get started in growing tomatoes in pots.

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helps in root development. Add fertilizers once every 2-4 weeks. Position your tomato plant at a location where it can get 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. Water your tomato plant often since they need an inch of water per week. Lack of water will result in your tomatoes having split or cracked skin. It can also result in blossom-end rotting if there is insufďŹ cient water. Take note to water your tomato plant from below; you can place your pots on a saucer or tray. If you want to attach growing supports for your tomato plants, do it at the planting stage when the roots will not be bothered. You can either place a cage or poles to hold up the plant and keep the fruits clean.

Tips for growing tomatoes in pots Firstly, decide on the variety of tomato you want to plant. The dwarf varieties typically grow better in containers. However, if you want to grow full-size tomatoes, choose the determinate variety, which is more compact and manageable. Here are the items you need to buy to get started with growing tomatoes in pots: 1. Container / pots 2. Tomato plant 3. Gravel 4. Potting soil 5. Fertilizer 6. Compost Buying a container Bigger pots are a better option for growing tomatoes because the the tomato plant has roots that grow wide. Generous space is needed for the tomato plant to develop a strong and healthy root system. As a general guideline, you should get pots with diameter of at least 12 cm. On top of that, you need to check for adequate drainage holes on the pot to make sure adequate drainage for your plants. Planting your tomato plant Before you ďŹ ll the pot with soil potting mix, ďŹ ll it with a few inches of gravel ďŹ rst to help promote drainage. Next, add the potting soil

Conclusion Growing tomatoes in pots is interesting and rewarding in terms of the harvest and nutritional beneďŹ ts. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can reduce the risk of having cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Tomatoes are also fantastic sources of Tomatoes can grow great in pots. phytochemicals, ďŹ ber, vitamins A, B and C. So, why are you still till it ďŹ lls up about half of the pot. putting compost. Finish off with laying the com- waiting? Start growing your tomaPlace your tomato plant inside and cover with the rest of the soil and post over the soil. Perlite may be toes today and reap the wonderful fertilizers. Leave behind about 2 added to the compost to assist in beneďŹ ts of tomatoes! inches from the edge of the pot for moisture and air retention, which

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How garden landscapers can use garden decking to make your green spaces great decking installation is up to you, deďŹ ned as ever by desires and budget. A straightforward garden decking installation is simply a wooden area on which you can sit, or place garden furniture. At the other end of the spectrum your garden landscapers can create an outdoor Jacuzzi bath complete with plants in pots and a changing area. Your imagination and the size of your wallet is all that separates you from relaxing under the stars with a bottle of bubbly, a loved one and a luxurious steaming bath. One great simple tip to make

your garden decking area exotic is to have earth beds underneath it, with Hawaiian style outdoor torches staked into it. The safe ďŹ&#x201A;aming torches or garden candles can be incorporated into your garden landscapersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plans, or you can add them yourself once the garden decking installation is complete. With precious leisure time at more of a premium than ever before, your free hours should be spent in total relaxation. With a decking installation, you can enjoy the weather and the greenery whenever you like.

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reat gardens let you enjoy your open spaces without having to do too much work. Garden landscapers can direct and control your green spaces so you can get maximum enjoyment from them without having to put in too much work in your precious spare time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when frankly you would be much happier sitting around reading the newspaper and drinking a nice glass of Chardonnay! Garden decking is a great way to add an easy-to-maintain, natu-

ral look ambience to your outside spaces. Decking is made of wood, so it feels natural and looks right. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually raised, so you have an unimpeded view of the rest of your garden. And because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treated for weather and microbe exposure it pretty much looks after itself â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all you need to do is sweep or pressure hose it every now and again and have it re-treated once a year. Garden landscapers can ďŹ t your garden decking into an overall scheme designed to create a perfect haven, where you can relax and watch the world go by â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or entertain your friends, perhaps, with an

al fresco dinner party. To create a place like this your landscapers will look at the overall area of your outside space, the access to and from the house and the view you and your guests will enjoy while using your decking. In some cases it makes more sense to put the garden decking off the back of the house (effectively making a sort of wooden patio); in others, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better for your garden landscapers to create a freestanding decking area at the other end of your garden, where it is completely surrounded by greenery and plants. The actual anatomy of your

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Engage kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; love of nature through bird feeding, ditch their devices


Bird feeders are a favorite for children.

s it difďŹ cult to pry your kids away from their electronic devices to get them outdoors? From tots to teens, todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kids love their electronics. After all, where could you ďŹ nd anything to compete with the bright sights and sounds of their favorite video game? The answer may be no farther than your backyard and the brightly colored songbirds visiting during warm weather. Interacting with nature helps kids in many ways, from helping them understand science concepts and care for the environment, to lifelong physical and mental health beneďŹ ts. One of the easiest, most enjoyable ways for children to interact with nature is to feed wild birds right in their backyard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feeding birds, planting gardens, anything you do with children thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nature-oriented helps them understand their connection to the natural world,â&#x20AC;? says Elaine Cole, president of Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wild Bird Products. Cole learned her own love of wild birds by feeding them with her father, company founder and birding expert, Richard Cole. Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers some tips to help engage kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; love of nature through bird feeding: s 'ET KIDS OFF THE COUCH DITCH their devices and introduce them to their backyard! Tell children what type of location is best for a birdfeeder, then let them hunt for the spot. Choose a location where a feeder can be seen from indoors (so they can enjoy watching their feathered friends), yet is safe from predators. Let math and critical thinking skills come into play by measuring the distance from the door to the feeder and from the feeder to the nearest shrubs where predators could hide and trees where birds can shelter. s4AKETHEOPPORTUNITYTOTEACH the importance of good nutrition for the child and the bird! Explain how good nutrition helps living creatures stay healthy and energized. Help them understand the nutritional value of food they eat by explaining what birds like to eat and how birds need a healthy diet of nutritious food options like Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wild Bird Feed to support their health and well-being. s (ELP KIDS UNDERSTAND WILD birds have food preferences just as they do. Talk about how some birds like to eat bugs, grubs and worms, while others prefer berries and some like seed. s 4HE FEEDER YOU CHOOSE WILL inďŹ&#x201A;uence the kind of birds that

visit. Many types of birds will visit a bowl feeder, and its open shape makes it quick and easy for kids to ďŹ ll with any type of feed and clean. 'IVING CHILDREN THE TASK OF lLLing and cleaning feeders can teach them responsibility and basic life skills, plus theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take ownership of the feeder and nurturing backyard birds. s 9OU CAN ALSO USE BIRD FEEDING to help kids understand concepts of ďŹ nance, including spending their money wisely. Try an experiment with them; buy a bag of cheap birdseed, ďŹ ll the feeder and watch what happens. Fewer birds will visit and a mound of waste - the ďŹ ller in cheap feed - will pile up under the feeder. Then replace the cheap feed with a Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seed mix and observe results. Kids will see plenty more birds visiting and less waste under the feeder. The experiment can help teach kids that not everything low priced is a good deal. Ultimately, feeding wild birds should be fun for families. Here are some types of bird feed that should appeal to childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests: sSuet - While todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-energy suet comes in different, convenient forms, like Coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nutberry Suet, and Suet Kibbles, kids will love the idea of serving up a big hunk of fat in the form of a Suet cake. Kids can stick it directly on tree bark and branches, which theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd fun! s Seeds - Many songbirds prefer seeds. Serving high-quality seed, like black oil sunďŹ&#x201A;ower, can help attract songbirds. Learn more about seed mixes and birds who love them. sDried mealworms - The early bird may get the worm, but birds, such as bluebirds, ďŹ&#x201A;ickers and nuthatches, prefer a tasty treat like dried mealworms. Kids will get a kick out of ďŹ lling up feeders with something yucky-looking for their feathered friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad got me hooked on bird feeding by challenging me to identify as many birds at the feeder as possible,â&#x20AC;? Cole says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did the same thing with my kids. My dad recently gave my 10-year-old daughter a birding journal. She loves to identify all the birds she knows and anything interesting about them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids taking part in attracting birds to their backyard is great fun; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love getting out of the house, taking charge of their new feathered friends and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn a lot of good lessons through the process.â&#x20AC;?

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Reasons why you need to prune your tree by George Hopson


considerable measure of us have trees in our garden and consistently, they should be pruned to stop them becoming too huge and assuming control over your garden. 9OUCANPRUNETREESPAINSTAKINGly to shape them whenever of the year. We as a whole trim the fences amid the mid year months. On the off chance that you are going to truly trim the tree in those days this ought to be done in the winter months when the sap is down and the tree is lethargic. There are many motivations to prune a tree from it deterring your satellite gathering, darkening the light, a branch rubbing against a window or it beginning to end up noticeably congested and should be developed with the goal that it looks more pleasant. When you are pruning you should be cautious since it is anything but difďŹ cult to harm a tree for all time on the off chance that you hack off an expansive branch or make a terrible cut. There are tree specialists who will joyfully do your pruning for you professionally and appropriately... for a charge. Another regular purpose behind pruning a tree is to dispose of dead wood. Dead wood will in the end tumble from a tree at some point or another, frequently amid a high

wind. The inconvenience is, if a man, auto or other signiďŹ cant is underneath this dead branch you can wind up with inconvenience staring you in the face. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatly improved to evacuate the branch before it turns into a difďŹ cult issue. All in all, dead wood ought to be reduced to a point where the wood is live. This will advance the development of live wood back over the wood youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made by evacuating the dead. Another critical motivations to prune a tree is to decrease the danger of it falling over in high winds. On the off chance that you live in a region where high winds are visit then this is critical. This is an intricate subject and one that requires a level of preparing so it is constantly best to utilize an expert arborist for this who will guarantee the tree is molded to limit hazard from the winds. Pruning trees is an essential piece of property upkeep and you have to guarantee that you prune your trees routinely with a speciďŹ c end goal to keep them looking pleasant. Customary pruning will prevent them from hindering satellite dishes, darkening your view or obstructing the light to your garden. On the off chance that you are in any uncertainty about how to prune your trees than counsel with an expert arborist and motivate them to help you.

Pruning is essential for healthy trees.

The real beneďŹ ts of reel push mowers by George Hopson


es, regardless of whether you call them push reel mowers ,push mowers, antiquated mowers, or simply manual mowers, they are making a major rebound. Consider a portion of the advantages these push reel mowers give. 4HEYRE 'REEN 'AS FUELED LAWN mowers are a noteworthy patron to outďŹ&#x201A;ows. The motors on most gas mowers are extremely fundamental and add to contamination. Once a push reel mower is made, the contamination it produces is no more. the best reel mowers give clean contamination free cutting. (they additionally deliver low commotion contamination) Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Economical. I never thought cutting my lawn was a costly undertaking, until gas hit $4 a gallon. I used to have the capacity to ďŹ ll my gas can with pocket change, now I utilize my charge card. Push reel mowers keep running on a renewable asset, you! Push reel mowers are accessible under $100 and need almost no support and dependably begin on the ďŹ rs draw or, push maybe. They give a free exercise. We have spent such a large number of years attempting to make things less demanding for ourselves that we now have it to simple and need to pay to get a decent work out. Push reel mowers will give you a pleasant low effect work out at your own pace. 9OURLAWNWILLLOVEIT!DECENT sharp reel mower will leave your lawn ďŹ t as a ďŹ ddle. In the event that you wear your old steel golf spikes, you can circulate air through your lawn at the same. Talking about golf, many greens utilize a type of a reel mower to keep their grass ďŹ t as a ďŹ ddle. While push reel mowers may not be for everybody, numerous littler lawns and their proprietors also our planet and our economy can proďŹ t.

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A history of gardens through the ages

An illustration of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, a lost wonder of the ancient world.


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s a pursuit built as much on our own foresight as it is on our creativity, it is important to reďŹ&#x201A;ect on the schools of thought that drove previous horticulturalists, because, as inďŹ&#x201A;uential as the great painters and ďŹ lm makers are on our artistic heritage, so of course must be the gardeners that came before you and me. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll use this article to pay some gratitude to, and hopefully learn the motivations behind, the green spaces of the past and how these reďŹ&#x201A;ect on those of the future. The genesis of artistic horticulture began with one of the oldest recorded civilizations, in the Persian Empire - at its height over 3000 years ago. Gardens emerged as an organic rebuttal to the harshness of the Iranian landscape and also as a testament to the ingenuity of contemporary engineering. It was the introduction of structures now referred to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;qanatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which made the impossible ideal of Persian design a reality. These subterranean aqueducts were originally developed as a means to combat the hostility of the surrounding desert and make plausible the mass integration of agriculture, and also of water supply. The Persian garden is famous for its contrast with the landscapes it survived in - while the renaissance horticulturalists sought to form uniformity among that which nature already provided, the eastern garden is charac-

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terized by its ambition in the face of adversity, perhaps personiďŹ ed by the persistence of the legends of the garden of Babylon. So emotive was this school of design, that its thematic sensibility travelled as far west as the Iberian peninsula (modern day Spain and Portugal), where the gardens of the Alhambra are a good example, and as far east as the ďŹ&#x201A;at lands of India, where the gardens of the Taj Mahal were laid out in the Persian style. The horticulturalists of both these countries can, like the Persians, be considered geographical victim to, and conqueror of, the arid landscape. Despite the predating Egyptian, Roman and Hellenic empires, none had before employed gardens with such frivolity and with so great a gulf between the priorities of art and state. The next chronological milestone in horticulture comes from what is now the longest surviving empire of the ancient world, the Chinese principality, beginning with the Qin dynasty approximately 200 BC. These projects were usually state sponsored and were often established as a form of a homage to the current imperial patriarch, the Qin dynasty, however, they took a back seat in the progression of Chinese scholarly gardening to the Yin Yang philosophy that dominated the countries academia in later centuries. This impetus stemmed from a focus on the importance of harmony and balance within, and in relation to natural setting, hence the design ideal that spread to medieval Japan, which I have mentioned in a previous editorial. Thus began the idea of microcosmic recreations of the natural landscapes of both countries, the obsession with symbolism to evoke greater scope than would be possible in the dimensions of a conventional garden, and also the inclusion of panoramic perspective to give the illusion of size. These included the use of gravel pits to signify oceans or deserts, which themselves were identiďŹ ed by the deliberate inclusion of rock formations to represent land masses or landmarks within these miniature environments. Following the fragmentation of the Roman Empire, two major powers emerged in Eurasia from the remains of the old imperial senate the Western Roman Empire fell to ruin against the hordes of Attila, while the eastern remnant would later evolve into the Byzantine Empire. The vast majority of their horticultural heritage, however, was lost with the sack of Constan(Continued on page 27)

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The Palm House at Kew Gardens in London.

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tinople by the Ottoman Empire and, while contemporary novels provide romanticized accounts of the techniques employed, the only solid evidence we can rely on is the context around which they were constructed, which dictated all those that came before. Due to the relative youth of orthodox Christianity, the integration of animal sculpture to the Byzantine garden was not an unreasonable concept - having not fully established the accepted religion, pagan idolatry was still rife and thus nature, as opposed to divinity, was held in much higher regard - unlike the monastic gardens that were to follow.It is reasonable to accept that these motivations continued until the demise of the empire in 1453, which leads conveniently into the subject of renaissance gardening. Despite the stimulus of its predecessors, and the relative contrast between countries and the respective art movements in other mediums, renaissance gardeners had one common ideal: uniformity. The beginning of the renaissance and the introduction of formalized aristocracy, following the bloody medieval period, led to a new focus on regality and aesthetic symmetry, and brought with it a boom in the popularity of topiary. Hedging had become a geometric means of maintaining the lines and shape of beds and gardens and also in promoting the favoured colour of the era, which was green. Many royal and state gardens were designed with a birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye perspective, in that the formation and shaping of hedges and beds were intended to be seen from above, which meant that, while the garden was aesthetically pleasing, it was not an interactive experience, but one whose primary function was to be observed - and observed from a distance. Excellent examples of such gardens can still be seen at Versailles and Villandry in France. With the introduction of the Romantic Movement in the 18th century, came a particularly English focus on the revival of the pastoral imagery that over the past few centuries had become so populist in continental art. The realization of an idyllic landscape, including lakes, trees and temples, became as

much a part of the fabric of horticulture, as it had of contemporary literature and painting - hence the favoured integration of livestock such as sheep and horses to the garden grew exponentially! Lancelot â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Capabilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brown was not the ďŹ rst designer to employ this style, but he was perhaps the most famous, designing 170 gardens including Petworth in West Sussex, Chatsworth in Derbyshire and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. By the end of the romantic era, however, the class division in the country had grown to dizzying heights due to the effect of the industrial revolution, which was only further exacerbated by the First World War breaking out. Due to the pressures that global conďŹ&#x201A;ict produced, gardens were forced to evolve once more to be used for more practical purposes and, by the time World War Two hit, the working class was fully indoctrinated with the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;grow your ownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mentality. It became not only a personal responsibility, but a national duty, to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dig for victoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to ensure that, should the

worst occur, one would be ready to contribute to the cause of king and country, and thus vegetable gardens became the new standard. Once the wars were over, however, and the economy beneďŹ tted from the rule of a new and industrious government, sustainable consumption was no longer a priority for the common man, and so English culture underwent a second renaissance and what emerged were the many and varied children of a hundred older gardening cultures that we see today - but no less beautiful for it. Finally, we must address the garden design of tomorrow, which in the wake of the 19th century industrial boom can be summarized in one word: Ecology. As weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be covering in another topic this week, it has become the primary focus of both government and leading designers to ensure that our domestic gardens, as well public green spaces, are as sustainable as possible so that they, at least, may shine brightly in the shadow of our uncertain future.

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