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Eco-Friendly, Low-Maintenance Gardening with Roy Diblik

Eco-Friendly, Low-Maintenance Gardening with Roy Diblik

During the lunch break Roy answered questions from gardeners, like Carole Galati here. Photo by Kathy Jentz. Way back (it seems) in February, I attended a popular winter event for DC-area gardeners – the Green Matters Symposium of Brookside Gardens. The highlight for me was the keynote address by Wisconsin...

Marketing to gardening ignorance – GardenRant

Marketing to gardening ignorance – GardenRant

I always have books around and these are good ones. I’ll be giving these to the beginning gardeners I know, except for Tom’s, which I’ll keep. Beginning gardeners in the US are the focus of a variety of persuasive techniques. Last April, I posted about how dubious websites and silly...

The Wife, The Flu, and the Ecstacy of Entering a Gardening Dream State

The Wife, The Flu, and the Ecstacy of Entering a Gardening Dream State

Cincinnati, Ohio January 23, 2020 Dear Marianne, What a treat it was to receive your letter dated January 22nd. And so publicly too! What fun. Despite myself, I somehow got caught up in flights of fantasy borne from your descriptions of your bucolic existence in the benevolent hills far enough...

Mad for Madison – GardenRant

Mad for Madison – GardenRant

Madison private garden We’re not exactly known as “fly-over” states, but some of us in the Great Lakes area have to try harder to convince out-of-towners we’re cool. It shouldn’t be necessary. Thanks to, in part, glacial activity, we’re blessed with spectacular scenery. Thanks to the inland seas we surround, we have abundant access to fresh water....

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Eco-Friendly, Low-Maintenance Gardening with Roy Diblik

Eco-Friendly, Low-Maintenance Gardening with Roy Diblik

During the lunch break Roy answered questions from gardeners, like Carole Galati here. Photo by Kathy Jentz. Way back (it seems) in February, I attended a popular winter event for DC-area gardeners – the Green Matters Symposium of Brookside Gardens. The highlight for me was the keynote address by Wisconsin plantsman Roy Diblik – “Design Strategies for Low Maintenance and Ecologically Beneficial Landscapes.” What’s striking about this eco-gardening approach is its focus on low-maintenance, so it’s good for the environment AND the gardener. Roy started by showing examples of bad public landscapes, in a corporate/civic style we unfortunately all recognize. So much mulch! So few plants! Roy imagines the plants saying “What the hell happened? Why are we so far apart?” Here the wood mulch is so thick, rain can’t get through it. Above, again too few plants and too much mulch, and we were told that it takes regular... Read More
January Pairings: Plates + Flatware

January Pairings: Plates + Flatware

With products from Bamboo Table, Villeroy & Boch, Rosanna, Alessi, Fornasetti, Michael Aram, Crow Canyon Home, Fortessa, Fiesta, Jean Dubost, Lenox and Dôme Deco Lauren Roses is Home Accents Today’s product editor, responsible for selecting and compiling product and trend stories, and for overseeing product submissions and coverage of intros and market debuts. Lauren studied at the University of Arizona and has lived in San Diego, California and New York City. Prior to joining Home Accents Today, she worked in marketing and project management for several prominent interior design and real estate professionals. In early 2018 Lauren moved back to her home state of North Carolina where she enjoys reading, animals, hiking and spending time with family. … Read More
Marketing to gardening ignorance – GardenRant

Marketing to gardening ignorance – GardenRant

I always have books around and these are good ones. I’ll be giving these to the beginning gardeners I know, except for Tom’s, which I’ll keep. Beginning gardeners in the US are the focus of a variety of persuasive techniques. Last April, I posted about how dubious websites and silly memes try to convince people that they’re not just endangering their plants, they might be killing the world. Unfortunately, these often become viral, as people who have grown up depending on digital information spread this stuff without questioning it too much. Gardeners who aren’t sure about mulching, garden clean-up, and other interventions would be well advised to put their devices down and go talk to a green industry professional. For the past ten years or so, I’ve been trying to attend the yearly education days put on by our industry group, PlantWNY. Other than some master gardeners and a few... Read More
IMAX names two new VPs

IMAX names two new VPs

IMAX Worldwide Home has made two personnel moves to boost its sales and marketing efforts. The Tulsa, Okla., based supplier of home furnishings and accessories has named John Rains, former vice president of IT Systems and eCommerce Sales, as its vice president of Sales, and Arda Bulak has been promoted to vice president of Marketing and Business Development. John Rains In his new role, Rains will oversee all sales activity for the company including managing reps in the various territories and all eCommerce business operations. Rains attended the University of Tulsa, graduating in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis on Management of Information Systems. He previously served 16 years as vice president of sales for Austral, Inc., a consulting and solutions company focusing on the home décor industry. He is passionate about serving others and very involved in the Life Church and The Rotary Club of... Read More
Self Journal $4.forty nine

Self Journal $4.forty nine

Gardening From modern lighting corresponding to lamps and candleholders to inventive accessories like vases and mirrors, discover hundreds of dwelling décor selections to help you personalize every room. When your straw bale garden is all arrange and prepped, it is time to start planting your seeds or seedling. Take your sharp trowel and stick it into the top of a straw bale, then transfer it backwards and forwards to make a spot to your seed or seedling. Ensure you put vegetation as deep as they would be of their nursery pot and seeds could be planted as regular (following the packet’s directions). It is best to put taller plants in the direction of the back of your backyard to stop them shading smaller ones in the future. Create – As soon as you’ve got chosen the kitchen you want, certainly one of our expert kitchen planners will go to you … Read More
The Wife, The Flu, and the Ecstacy of Entering a Gardening Dream State

The Wife, The Flu, and the Ecstacy of Entering a Gardening Dream State

Cincinnati, Ohio January 23, 2020 Dear Marianne, What a treat it was to receive your letter dated January 22nd. And so publicly too! What fun. Despite myself, I somehow got caught up in flights of fantasy borne from your descriptions of your bucolic existence in the benevolent hills far enough west of D.C. to be out of the gridlock and yet still safely within the outer rings of its wealth. You have a good life there by the fireside with your Jack Russell, your garden (which I imagine to be picture perfect), and your former marine (whom I imagine is likewise). Here’s our dog. He’s a spastic, old, not so smart and mostly blind mutt at the end of a long line of people handing him off to other people. He’s a total pain in the butt, but he has a heart of gold. In the end, however, … Read More
IKEA Hack: DIY Over the Fridge Cabinet Organizer for Cookie Sheets and Cutting Boards

IKEA Hack: DIY Over the Fridge Cabinet Organizer for Cookie Sheets and Cutting Boards

Organize the cabinet above the fridge to fit cookie sheets and cutting boards with this easy IKEA kitchen cabinet hack. These DIY over the fridge cabinet organizer dividers are removable, adjustable, and easy to customize to fit any type of cabinet. When it comes to kitchen organization, clever storage ideas abound. For our kitchen, that means we have a baking drawer instead of a pantry of supplies and our beloved IKEA cabinets are home to rollouts that we organized with our favorite pantry containers. In this video, we’re showing you a recent IKEA kitchen cabinet hack: how to install a DIY over the fridge cabinet organizer. DIY Over the Fridge Cabinet Organizer Click here to subscribe to our channel for more IKEA hacks and home organizing projects.  How to Make Your Own Above-Fridge Organizer The space above the refrigerator is one of the trickiest kitchen cabinets to organize. Some opt … Read More
Mad for Madison – GardenRant

Mad for Madison – GardenRant

Madison private garden We’re not exactly known as “fly-over” states, but some of us in the Great Lakes area have to try harder to convince out-of-towners we’re cool. It shouldn’t be necessary. Thanks to, in part, glacial activity, we’re blessed with spectacular scenery. Thanks to the inland seas we surround, we have abundant access to fresh water. Thanks also to those inland seas, as well as other factors, we have rich farmland and warm summers—in addition to lake effect snow in winter.  Grounds of Epic Systems If you live in Buffalo, as I do, you’re all too familiar with this narrative. Buffalonians have managed to overcome it, to some degree, by defiantly redefining ourselves as a garden destination. Partly because of that struggle, we’re sympathetic to the other underdogs throughout the Great Lakes region. Cleveland is a great city, for example. Not only does … Read More
Howard Elliott names new sales director

Howard Elliott names new sales director

Addison, Ill.,-based Howard Elliott Collection has hired a new director of sales. Stephen Becker, a 22-year veteran of the home furnishings industry, will serve as director of sales for the designer, manufacturer and importer of decorative mirrors, accessories, accent furniture, artwork and pillows. He comes to Howard Elliott from Majestic Mirrors. “I am looking forward to working with the Howard Elliott team and continuing to work with my friends and customers in the industry,” Becker said. “I’m excited to have access to such a broad selection of home accent products and working with a company that has such a strong reputation for partnerships.” Howard Elliott President Brian Berk said Becker’s tenure in the industry would be beneficial. “As we continue to grow the company and develop new programs for our customers, Stephen’s experience and relationships in the industry will be a tremendous asset,” he said. “Colleen Daly (vice president) and... Read More