elegant hardscapes

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Value and enjoyability are primary reasons for adding hardscaping to a home, according to area experts. According to Brien DeGryse of Custom Hardscapes, the appearance and low maintenance of hardscaping, as well as the return on investment when selling a home are important factors. Brad Norris of Norris Architecture says that the texture and interest that pavers and hardscaping create is the reason there is continuing interest in the various treatments to which they lend themselves. Norris says the use of local crab orchard stone is gaining popularity again and reports that he likes to utilize pavers and stone in …

gardening compositions – garden with confidence through fall

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garden compositions—garden with confidence through fall By Mike Sikes, Horticulturist, Gardener’s Confidence Collection Late summer in the garden can sometimes be oppressive. Extreme heat and humidity can drive the gardener inside. Periods of drought can make one shut off the hose and give up. It doesn’t have to be that way. A garden can have color, form, and texture throughout the year.

Exploring Green Interiors – Save Water with Drip Irrigation

Save Water with Drip IrrigationSpring is finally here, and with sunshine and warmer weather, gardens are blooming and landscaping projects have begun. At Beth Haley Design, we just relocated our office to the 12South business district in April. In addition to a new home, we’ve gained a yard! In our plans to keep the space as “green” as possible, water supply and output has been a major concern for the upkeep of our new landscaping. Through research we found the drip irrigation system to be the best solution for our needs. It consists of an underground tubing system that carries …

Gardening Composiions – Plants That Grow Hope

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garden compositions— plants that grow hope This June will mark the seventh year that Southern Land Company has built the home to be raffled off as a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I love having a small part in this project.

garden compositions—the seedy side

h&h&g gardening – garden compositions—the seedy side It’s interesting to me to observe human nature, how people so often are drawn to knowing the “dirt” on any given person or situation.  We also seem drawn to know what is going on beneath the surface and what are the root issues that produce certain behaviors or results; in a sense, there is a lot of psychological gardening going on. The link between psychology and gardening is a strong one, so what better way to deal with the winter blues than to get the dirt on your favorite new plants by starting …

Plant Spring Bulbs Now

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Tuck Bulbs in the Ground this Fall for Blooms Next Spring Fall is the time to plant tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, and other bulbs that bloom in spring. “People figure plants this cool must be tricky,” says Sally Ferguson, director of the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center (NFBIC) in Danby, Vt. “But, really they’re super easy to grow! And just one afternoon planting this fall can yield weeks of color next spring!” For information about selecting suitable bulbs, planting tips, and how to maximize the colorful view keeping reading.

garden compositions—the 10 commandments of container gardening

h&h&g gardening garden compositions— the 10 commandments of container gardening Ok, boys and girls, it’s time to gather ‘round for a lesson from the Gospel of Gardening. Put on your best overalls and finest gardening gloves, pull up your wheelbarrow to the potting shed, and sit back on your weeding stool as I present today’s sermon on the Ten Commandments of Container Gardening. These “commandments” are guidelines to help you be successful in your container gardening endeavors.

garden compositions—a garden murder mystery

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h&h&g gardening – garden compositions—a garden murder mystery It was a dark and cloudy winter, and the innocent stood blithely in their gardens, along roadways, in parks, and in front of homes reaching upward in anticipation of summer when their glorious presentation to society would be revealed. Even in their winter appeal with colors of cinnamon, gray, or green, their beautifully lithe arms spoke of grace and beauty. Suddenly, they were cut down.  

garden compositions—a guiding gardening principal

h&h&g gardening – by Barbara Wise – garden compositions—a guiding gardening principal Before you pick up the phone and report what appears to be a glaring spelling error, read on… Walk toward the elementary school entrance at Christ Presbyterian Academy any time of the year and you’ll be greeted with an array of botanical pleasures.