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Healthy Food Resolutions

Eat healthfully in 2013.

As we enter the New Year, why not resolve to eat more healthfully in 2013? Here are Six Healthy Garden and Food Resolutions from the good folks at Seasonal Wisdom: 1. Eat local 2. Grow your own foods 3. Experiment with heirloom foods 4. Eat flowers 5. Share the harvest 6. Help kids garden To learn more, visit

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Strawberry Bloom Boom

Strawberry plants that look as good as they taste! Photo By Diana Reavis

The Green Light Who says you can’t learn something new? Horticulturally, you can! Strawberries haven’t been much more than a tasty fruit we love to eat, but that is changing now with an impressive new breeding program from ABZ Seed in the Netherlands. Then And Now Strawberry plants have been around for so long because they are easy to grow over a broad range of climates and conditions. Professional fruit growers generally plant the June-bearing forms and generate a giant … Continue reading

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Greening Up The Grass

Cut back on your lawn by planting wildflowers and other native plants. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / barsik

Today, driven in part by the loss of environmental quality and diminishing resources, there is a shift toward sustainable practices and a natural (organic) approach to gardening and lawn care in the United States, with implications for the commercial-landscape sector. This transformation is taking place through a government and public that is increasingly focused on carbon emissions and global climate-change concerns. As a result, sustainable practices in the American lawn-dominated landscape are increasingly becoming more mainstream. Working to find alternatives … Continue reading

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Blending In

A California vineyard gets an outdoor-living upgrade. Courtesy Of Fredell Enterprises

Project Portfolio  The Specs: Location: A residential vineyard in Santa Ynez, Calif. Landscape Architects: William Joyce Design, San Diego, Calif. Landscape Contractor: Down To Earth Landscape, Inc., Santa Barbara, Calif. General Contractor: Chavez Construction Inc., Santa Barbara, Calif. Mason: Sean Wooley, San Francisco, Calif. Amenities: The design and construction of this project took six months and includes a new gravel driveway with stone path entry, an olive orchard with winding pathway leading guests to a reservoir, an outdoor wood BBQ … Continue reading

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Cre8Play Designs Healing Garden

Cre8Play Designs Healing Garden

Cre8Play recently designed and built a healing garden and playground for Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. The rooftop garden, just outside the intensive care unit, covers 6,000 square feet and provides a space where patients and their families can get outside for some fresh air, a break in the hospital routine, and a chance to just play. Healing gardens that provide a connection with nature and the out-of-doors have been shown to calm patients and their stressed families and … Continue reading

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