Mountain Home And Land Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:38:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mountain Home And Land 32 32 Planning Shock: Where the Heck Are the Pollies? Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:01:59 +0000
The ACT Legislative Assembly… Once again, politicians are absent from planning matters and the future of the city. Photo: Paul Costigan

“Geoff Pryor’s presentation was devastating to anyone who still believed the ACT Greens and Labor politicians when they said planning reforms would bring positive results for the city,” writes the Canberra Matters columnist. PAUL COSTIGAN.

PEOPLE were shocked to hear the realities of the ACT government’s behavior as clearly spelled out by two speakers at the June Tuggeranong Municipal Council meeting.

Paul Costigan.

The focus of the two speakers, Geoff Pryor and Richard Johnston, was their perspective on the draft of a new planning law, which was due for consultation from March to mid-June.

It has been touted as an easy-to-use and accessible planning system that can facilitate this growth without sacrificing the city’s characteristics.

To quote: “Through the ACT Planning System Review and Reform Project, we are holistically reviewing and reforming our planning system for better outcomes for communities, the environment and people across Canberra.”

Having read much of the documentation, heard learned people comment on the draft papers, and read online submissions, there’s no doubt that despite the rhetoric about what it should deliver, it won’t deliver any of that.

If these reforms are not abandoned or seriously changed, the ACT’s planning system will be less transparent, less likely to preserve the city’s character, biodiversity will become more threatened, good landscaping and architecture will decrease even more, green infrastructure will be weakened and access to influence will be weakened decisions will be very difficult – if not impossible.

More power to make more bad decisions will rest in the hands of one person – the chief planner. This is the same person designing these changes. Politicians are being marginalized even more. Residents should be excluded from the planning process more often than before and have fewer opportunities to influence development decisions.

Geoff Pryor’s presentation was devastating for those who still believed the ACT Green Party and Labor politicians when they said the planning reforms would bring positive results for the city.

The sad reality is that these politicians either had no idea what they were talking about, or were completely duped by the chief planner, or are incompetent, or worse, condoned this shameful and absurd process.

My summary of what Pryor presented was that the Planning Directorate has no experience in conducting such an important review and has no idea how to deal with Canberra’s multitude of community sectors.

Reading laws is no easy task – reading planning laws is well beyond most people’s day-to-day experience. For the majority of residents who lead their own busy lives and have to deal with the cost of living, housing issues, employment, a pandemic, school matters, gas prices, health issues, let alone probably had no real awareness of the impact, there was none in the process Consideration of these planning reforms.

There was a short window (several months) for people to get their heads around 800 pages of very complicated stuff about planning legislation.

The planning chief gave no simple guidance on the key points and what was wrong with the previous planning legislation. The Planning Directorate instituted an appalling minimalist attempt by a consultant who delivered minimal engagements, a minimal community awareness program with very few events that people could easily attend. Given Canberra’s adult population, the number of residents participating in this almost invisible consultation process was shockingly small. This was a breakdown of good governance.

What was noted by several commentators was that there was no engagement on the part of the politicians. They made no effort to be available and make contact and discuss issues raised. It was like they were too busy having tea and coffee with important people. They don’t hold back when it comes to planning and the future of the city either.

Clearly, these amateurish, low-level attempts to implement meaningful planning reforms, as made possible by the ACT Greens and their Labor partners and delivered by the ACT’s planning chief, have achieved one thing. Through their combined lack of action, lack of transparency and inability to get involved, residents who have attempted to engage in this process have learned to trust politicians and bureaucracy even less. The ACT Greens and Labor are definitely building a better farce! How proud are you of this achievement?

Paul Costigan is a commentator on cultural and civic affairs.

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Cash Logistics Market: APAC to Claim 35% Market Share|Driven by growing preference for outsourcing of cash management services by financial institutions Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:10:59 +0000

NEW YORK, June 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The cash logistics market will continue to grow $15.84 billion from 2020 to 2025, progressive at a CAGR of 10% according to Technavio’s market forecast report. 35% of market growth will come from APAC during the forecast period. China and India are the key cash logistics markets in APAC. Market growth in this region will be slower than market growth in other regions. Expansion of banking facilities in remote locations and increase in cash circulation due to high cash demand in this region will facilitate the growth of APAC cash logistics market during the forecast period.

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Driver: That increasing preference for outsourcing of cash management services by financial institutions is one of the major factors contributing to the growth of cash logistics market. The increase in the number of ATMs has led to the outsourcing of cash management and security. With the growing world population, the demand for cash is increasing. This has fueled the growth of cash logistics services being outsourced by banks and financial institutions. The outsourcing of security and cash management services has shortened the time it takes cash to travel. Once the cash has been handed over to the external cash logistics company, any mishap including loss, misplacement, theft and others will result in paying high compensation to the customer. Such factors will support the market growth in the coming years.

tendencies: That increasing demand for ATMs is a major Cash Logistics market trend that will support market growth. The frequent withdrawal of cash by retail customers creates the demand for periodic cash replenishment. Such activities result in high costs for the banks in terms of labor costs, hiring cashiers, and the opportunity cost of storing large amounts of cash in ATMs and a superior cash management system. Cash recycling at modern ATMs with a cash recycler thus helps financial institutions streamline their operations at a lower cost by eliminating the cost of resources such as a counter and vault to manage cash inventory.

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According to experts, the 5 best terrarium kits in 2022 Mon, 27 Jun 2022 17:03:27 +0000

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  • Terrariums are essentially small, enclosed gardens that you can curate yourself.
  • Terrarium kits are a great way to start with the best plants for your home.
  • We spoke to 3 experts about the best terrarium kits, from a “Harry Potter” one to a high-tech device.

Would you like to add more greenery to your room, office or home without simply buying another houseplant? Consider building your own terrarium.

“A terrarium is a closed glass or plastic container in which plants are grown,” says Lisa Steinkopf, who runs the blog The houseplant guru.

Typically, moisture-loving plants like ferns, begonias, gesneriads, and more need the extra humidity that the closed container provides, she adds. But terrariums occasionally come in open containers, and the size and amount of plants contained can vary, according to Justin Hancock, a gardener at Costa Farms.

If you’re intrigued by gardening but feel overwhelmed, making your own terrarium can be a fun and easy way to start growing plants. Or if you have experience gardening or collecting houseplants, a terrarium can be a new, more creative medium to try. “Terrariums add another dimension to your indoor gardening,” says Steinkopf, who loves building terrariums. “They have an intriguing mystery and contain a ‘small world’ that fascinates people of all ages,” she says.

Because terrariums are usually small, you don’t have to worry about taking up a lot of space like in a traditional garden. “They help those who may not have their own outdoor spaces to enjoy and learn from their own mini garden without setting foot outside,” says Elizabeth Waddington, garden designer and sustainability consultant for Magazine horticulture.

Creating your own terrarium offers the opportunity to get creative and play with shapes, plants and colours. “Building a terrarium is the ultimate opportunity to express your creativity with plants!” says Hancock. Waddington adds that designing your own terrarium allows you to hone your design skills on a smaller, more manageable scale than a large outdoor garden.

Why buy a terrarium set?

“Many kits come with all the materials you need to build a terrarium, taking the guesswork out of it,” says Hancock. Some kits also include the plants themselves, making the process even easier.

Also, the kits come with exactly the materials you need, which is handy so you don’t have to shop for each item or worry about leftover soil if you’re unsure about making additional terrariums.

Here are the 5 best terrarium kits recommended by experts:

Newport Beach City Managers Update: July 4th plans for Newport Beach Sun, 26 Jun 2022 17:18:44 +0000
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By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

For the past few weeks, city officials have been involved in planning to ensure a safe, fun, and family-friendly Fourth of July vacation in Newport Beach.

This year promises to be another fun-filled weekend, with events such as the 11th Annual 4th of July is for Families Newport Peninsula Bike Parade and Festival from 9am to 11:30am, 49th Annual Mariners Park Independence Day Parade and Celebration from 10:00am 30:00-13:30, The American Legion Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport Harbor 13:00-15:30, The Condor Squadron WWII North American AT-6 Coastal Flyover at 17:35 (approximately) and the Fireworks Extravaganza at Newport Dunes at 9pm

As in previous years, the West Newport/Balboa Peninsula security zone ( applies to the Pacific Ocean bordered area in the south, 32nd Street and Newport Boulevard to the east, W. Coast Highway to the north, and 54th Street to the west. The security extension zone designation is effective from July 4 at 00:01 until July 5 at 3 a.m. Fines in this area are three times the normal amount and can be as high as $3,000.

The city has strict policies in place to disperse unruly parties and crack down on rowdy behavior to ensure a more enjoyable vacation for all. Please visit the West Newport/Balboa Peninsula vacation information page at -Holiday Information to learn about public safety procedures in the area, as well as road closures to cope with increased traffic and parade activities.

As a reminder:

  • All fireworks are prohibited. It is illegal to possess or use fireworks in Newport Beach. This includes “safe and healthy” fireworks such as fountains and sparklers, which can be purchased in nearby towns. Please do not call 911 to report seeing or hearing fireworks. If you know the exact location of the source of the fireworks, call the police department’s non-emergency number, 949-644-3717, to file a report.
  • The ordinance on noisy and unruly gatherings will be enforced. Property owners and/or party organizers are responsible for the behavior of their guests. Loud and noisy parties that require a police response may result in a subpoena or arrest of those present and/or fines for owners and renters.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in public areas. Possession of open containers or drinking of alcoholic beverages on streets, sidewalks or other public areas is prohibited. Violators will be subpoenaed or arrested.
  • It is illegal to throw water balloons or spray guns or garden hoses on pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles. Violators will be subpoenaed or arrested.

For more information, visit the city’s website at If you have any questions or concerns about July 4th safety procedures and precautions, please call the Newport Beach Police Department non-emergency number at (949) 644-3717 or contact Sgt. Adam Dudash, Police Department Planning Coordinator for July 4th, at [email protected] or (949) 644-3730.

Updated Draft General Plan Enclosure Element now available

City officials and their advisory team have worked over the past two and a half years with the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, City Council and Municipality to prepare the updated general plan for the Housing Element. As a reminder, this effort is being requested by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in response to the allocation of 4,845 new housing units for Newport Beach under the 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment.

The city has prepared two design versions and one accepted version of the dwelling and submitted it for HCD review. Most recently, the city received a letter from the HCD on April 11, 2022 with three outstanding comments on the adopted version.

An updated version was produced in response to the comments and is available online. Please click here to download and view: -element -Screencheck-Draft-March-10-2020.

If you have any questions or would like to make comments, please email City staff [email protected]

The City greatly appreciates the continued participation and engagement of the community in this challenging and unprecedented update process.

The Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program is now underway

This year’s Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program began June 21st. Members of the Police Department’s Transportation Department and Police Volunteers worked with local businesses on Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula to ensure the Junior Guards got to their destinations safely. Throughout the seven-week program, we will continue to ensure the safety of all travelers in the region. Please remind your children to obey all traffic rules when riding a bicycle or e-bike.

Crystal Cove and Corona del Mar receive A+ on the Ocean Water Quality Report Card

Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card, which reports on water quality on ocean beaches, was released earlier this week ( 2022 .pdf) and Crystal Cove and Corona del Mar made the roll of honor.

To earn a place on the roll of honor, a beach must be patrolled weekly throughout the year and receive an A+ rating for all seasons and weather conditions.

Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update

Be Well’s Mobile Crisis Response Team is on call 12 hours a day, 7 days a week in Newport Beach to respond to mental and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed by mental health specialists and emergency responders, and works closely with the city’s police and fire departments.

This week the Be Well Team:

  • One person was transported to a crisis stabilization unit for care.
  • Transported two people to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter for admission.
  • Transported two people to the sobering-up station on Be Well’s campus.
  • Transported eight people to services, taking emergency shelters and appointments.
  • Conducted 17 outreach interactions with residents and people affected by homelessness.

homelessness update

The City of Newport Beach is providing a comprehensive response to address homelessness through a coordinated effort of city employees, contractors, partner agencies and nonprofit groups.

This week, the city’s homeless awareness and relief teams:

  • Continued to house people. Eighteen people made homeless in Newport Beach are being housed at the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Registered a person for services, completed a home appraisal and received their new photo ID and social security card.
  • Completed housing documents for a customer who is assigned to a housing voucher.
  • Continued to house an elderly adult at a motel while awaiting placement with a shelter voucher.

To donate to the homeless in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving Program website at

Blatchley as Outstanding Student at RCC | excellent news Sun, 26 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000

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WENTWORTH – During May’s graduation ceremony, Dayahna Blatchley received the Outstanding Student Award – the RCC’s highest recognition each year.

The faculty nominates students for the award who have a GPA of at least 3.25. The nominees are then interviewed by a faculty committee.

Blatchley has come a long way in just a few short years. She moved to North Carolina during middle school and eventually settled in Reidsville. After graduating from high school, she took a year off, unsure of what to do next.

“I tried so hard to figure out what I wanted to do. I left with a hobby, gardening,” she said. She wasn’t sure if that was a sustainable career path, but she enrolled in the Agribusiness Technology program at Rockingham Community College in Fall 2020.

“Then I realized it was more career-oriented and I could do something with it,” she said. “I thought it might be really fun to learn economics and grow plants – the best of both worlds.”

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After starting school, she applied for a job as a student ambassador. She had just quit her job as a hostess at a pizzeria, so she was excited about the prospect of making some money again. On the day of her interview, before leaving Whitcomb Student Center, she was asked to join the Student Government Association.

“I said yes before I even knew what the SGA was,” Blatchley said with a chuckle. An hour later, she was hired as a student ambassador. It was a big day for her.

It wasn’t long before Blatchley was elected SGA Vice President, at which point she resigned from her post as Ambassador due to time constraints. A few months later, the SGA President resigned, bringing Blatchley to that position — which included serving as the sole student representative on the RCC Board of Trustees.

“It was great. It feels so good to do things and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It keeps me busy and I like the things I do.”

Blatchley continued to excel in her class work. The first summer in the Ag program involves work-based learning, so she spent those months at Big Apple Farm Supply in Reidsville.

“Technically, I was called a cashier, but I had to walk around. I was introduced to different feeds, chemicals and different ways of dealing with situations. I chilled in the background and watched professionals answer questions – like why tomatoes don’t grow. It was a wonderful experience.”

When she started classes that fall, the Ag program director asked several questions about her summer job, and she was surprised she knew the answers.

“I’m a hands-on learner, so it was cool to get out in the field and learn,” she said.

As she progressed in the Ag program, she considered moving to NC A&T and into landscape design through an articulation agreement the university has with RCC.

But then she got a two-year scholarship from the State Employees Credit Union. She chose to remain at the RCC after receiving her Associate in Applied Science degree in Agricultural Technology in May 2022. She was the very first graduate of this program.

She started looking for other avenues to pursue at RCC as she didn’t want to waste the rest of the scholarship.

“Medical work was another passion when I was younger,” Blatchley said. Her friend recommended nursing, but she chose Medical Office Administration.

“I already work on the computer all day and I could easily do that. I’ve looked into careers, and you pretty much get your associate’s degree, your degree, and you get a job in that field,” she said. “That’s my goal now. I’m so excited to do it. It’s a big load off my chest to find something to make a career out of. As soon as I have the money and availability, I can get back to landscaping.”

Blatchley said her first two years at RCC have been fantastic.

She couldn’t decide which class was her favorite: “That’s a tough question. The program is so well planned with such a variety of good classes. I remember Animal Science was extremely interesting. Ethics makes you think. Biology was great. I’m more of a hands-on person, so I really enjoyed the labs.”

“It’s so weird and surreal because so many opportunities have knocked on my door. It’s not something high school prepares you for. The faculty understand that you have a life off campus,” Blatchley said. “Everyone at is so personable. The professors, the staff… you can sit down and have a real conversation. I got so much help from people I never thought I would have a connection with.”

These relationships will continue to grow and experiences will continue to surface as she moves through the Medical Office Administration program.

Blatchley has been studying this program for about a semester since taking it for Agribusiness.

Still, she jumps in right away and is taking some new classes this summer. And she returned to her job as a student ambassador for the time being, helping RCC’s admissions team with orientation for new students and campus tours. It’s nice to see Blatchley all over campus this summer, and the RCC community is excited to have her with us for a few more semesters.

School record 11 rowers were again named CRCA Scholar athletes in 2022 Sat, 25 Jun 2022 18:06:24 +0000

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (June 24, 2022) – For the second straight year, 11 members of the West Virginia University rowing team, a school record, were honored as 2022 CRCA Scholar-Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

The 11 Mountaineer student-athletes named to the 2022 team were seniors Ashley Dibling (Mechanical engineering), Nicole Dibling (Mechanical engineering), Kileigh Ark (landscape architecture), Megan present (finance) and Emma toy (Criminology), Juniors Kaira Lay (landscape architecture), Lydia Nicolai (environmental geosciences) and Sydney VanAuken (Management Information Systems) and sophomore Emily DeGlopper (exercise physiology), Anna Gall (exercise physiology) and Ryleigh Williams (Accounting).

Ashly and Nicole DiblingPresent and Toy have earned a place on the Scholars and Athletes team for the third year in a row, and Lay, Nicolai and VanAuken have been named to the team for the second year in a row.

“Congratulations to our exemplary student-athletes on this award”, rowing coach of the WVU Jimmy King said. “Each year, this is a high honor due to the combination of high academic and sporting standards that must be met. Considering that the academic standard is based on cumulative GPA and reflecting on the Covid-related challenges that have been met and overcome, I admire and commend these climbers!”

A school record 11 CRCA Scholar athletes were named in 2021. The previous all-time high for the number of WVU Scholar athletes on the CRCA team was eight (2020, 2017, and 2013 teams).

To receive CRCA Scholar-Athlete honors, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and have competed in at least 75 percent of the team’s spring races in NCAA team boats First Eight, Second Eight, and First Four of its conference championship. Eligibility is also limited to student-athletes in their sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.

10 independent Leicestershire garden centers with cafes to visit this weekend Sat, 25 Jun 2022 06:10:00 +0000

The lovely warm, sunny weather is perfect for getting out in the garden – whether it’s planting colorful additions to the flower beds or enjoying a BBQ with friends. Maybe you need to visit a garden center, add plants, or treat yourself to a new set of BBQ or patio furniture.

There is an excellent range of attractions here in Leicestershire – and many of them have great cafes too. And we think a trip to the garden center is even better when you stop by the cafe for a treat and a cup of coffee!

We’ve put together a selection of local independent garden centers with cafes, so why not take a look and see where you’d like to go this weekend….

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Peach House Restaurant, Staunton Harold Nurseries and Garden Centre, near Ashby

Beautifully situated on Staunton Harold’s estate, this garden center offers a huge selection of plants, new patio furniture, their own products, gifts and much more.

Also here is the Peach House Restaurant – so named because it is in the Victorian Peach House built circa 1895 to grow peaches and other fruit for Earl Ferrers, who was living in Staunton Harold Hall at the time. Freshly prepared meals and snacks served daily in the restaurant.

The garden center is open Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (hot food until 3.15 p.m.), Sunday 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. (hot food until 3 p.m.) and Sunday 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (hot food until 3.15 p.m.).

Gardener’s Rest at Thurlaston Garden Centre, Thurlaston

This is a lovely garden center on Croft Road on the outskirts of the village of Thurlaston. It offers a range of plants and garden products, as well as homeware and gift items. There is also the Gardener’s Rest cafe and restaurant, which serves a range of food and beverages from cooked breakfasts and sandwiches to cakes and pastries.

The garden center is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

The café and restaurant is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cafe at Palmers Garden Centre, Enderby and Ullesthorpe

Family owned since 1911, Palmers offers everything you need for your garden, as well as gifts and items for the home. The cafes serve home-cooked food daily with breakfast, lunch and snacks.

The café in Enderby is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4.30pm and Sunday from 9.30am to 3.30pm. The café in Ullesthorpe is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Both garden centers are open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cafe in the Garden Center Sapcote, Sapcote

Garden Center Sapcote, Hinckley Road

Sapcote Garden Center sells a wide range of plants, patio furniture, garden supplies and gifts. There is also a café serving a variety of cakes, snacks and main courses.

Opening hours are Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm (cafe open 9.30am – 4pm, last order 15 minutes before closing) and Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm (cafe open 10am – 3.30pm, last order 15 minutes before closing).

Sunnyside Restaurant, Sunnyside Garden Center, Ibstock

Plants, gardening products and gifts are sold at this Ibstock garden centre, which is also home to the recently opened Sunnyside Adventure indoor play area.

You will also find the large Sunnyside Restaurant serving drinks and food ranging from light snacks and cakes to a full English breakfast or cake of the day.

The opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Global Pantry at Church View Nursery, Barkby

A traditional breakfast at the Global Pantry
A traditional breakfast at the Global Pantry

From bedding plants to vegetable plants, there is a good selection at Global Pantry. There are also antique/vintage items in the shop.

In the pretty gardens you will find Global Pantry’s food truck, where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch or homemade cakes.

Church View Nursery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30am to 4:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Global Pantry hours are 9:30am to 3:00pm Wednesday to Saturday and 10:00am to 3:00pm on Sundays. Food is served until 2:30pm daily and breakfast is available all day on Sundays.

The Langton Greenhouse and Garden Centre, East Langton

This garden center sells a wide range of products including garden and house plants, clothing, homeware and delicatessen. There is also the Greenhouse Cafe where you can dine al fresco or indoors under Mediterranean grape vines.

You can stop by for a cake and a coffee or for breakfast or lunch. The café offers a selection of draft beers and ciders, as well as bottled beers and ciders.

The opening times are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Daisy’s Tea Room at Brooklea Nursery, Rothley

Why not treat yourself to a cake at Daisy's Tea Room?
Why not treat yourself to a cake at Daisy’s Tea Room?

At Brooklea Nursery you will find plants, trees and shrubs as well as gardening and landscaping items. It also houses Daisy’s Tea Room.

This retro beach hut themed tea room serves everything from breakfast and lunch to cake and coffee.

Brooklea Nursery is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Daisy’s Tea Room is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 4:00pm and Sunday from 9:30am to 3:00pm.

Garden Restaurant and Courtyard Coffee Shop, Gates Garden Centre, Cold Overton

Gates Garden Center is one of the largest garden centers in the country and has a huge range – including plants and garden products, grills and outdoor furniture, gifts and pet care. Keep that in mind for later in the year too as the Christmas exhibitions there are fantastic!

The garden center has a large garden restaurant where you can enjoy a meal, as well as a Courtyard Coffee Shop, which is an ideal place for a snack and a drink.

The garden center is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Garden Restaurant is open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 4.30pm (last meal orders at 4pm). The Courtyard Coffee Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last food orders at 4:00 pm) and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (last food orders at 4:00 pm).

Mountain Restaurant, The Grange Garden Centre, Asfordby Hill, Melton

Plants, trees, garden furniture and household goods are among the items sold at The Grange garden centre. It also houses the mountain restaurant inspired by French ski huts.

You can enjoy the restaurant’s speciality, tartiflette – layered jacket potatoes, white wine, garlic, onions, bacon and cream, hot bubbly in Reblechon cheese, served in a hot skillet with side salad and crusty bread – or one of the many other mealtime snacks on offer .

The garden center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The restaurant is also open from 9am to 5pm, serving hot food until 3.30pm and cakes from then until closing.

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Garden design school opened at Harewood House Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:16:26 +0000 A YORKSHIRE-based garden designer with a world-class portfolio is launching a new school dedicated to training northern landscape designers.

Alistair Baldwin, who founded Richmond-based landscape and architecture consultancy AWB Associates over 15 years ago, says it’s time for a school that teaches aspiring new designers of the future how to work in the beautiful northern countryside.

The Yorkshire School of Garden Design opens its doors in August with a range of short courses throughout the year – designed for garden design enthusiasts and those wanting to learn more about all aspects of the art, from landscaping to planting. The flagship professional diploma in garden design, awarded over an academic year, begins in September.

The school will be based at Harewood House near Leeds – one of Britain’s Treasury houses, which has 100 hectares of parkland designed by the eminent 18th century landscape architect an Italianate terrace.

“The Yorkshire School of Garden Design was born out of my passion for this great art, coupled with a deep belief that the north of England called for such a school,” said its founder, Alistair Baldwin.

“For too long, the North’s budding designers have had little local choice when looking for a learning experience to enhance their skills and introduce them to the profession.

“In most cases, students have had to make the journey to London to find the right course and I thought that had to change.

“Having lived and worked in North Yorkshire for over three decades, I have developed a keen understanding of just how diverse the terrain, geology, even climate and working methods are in this part of the UK.

“The process by which gardens are designed and built in this magnificent landscape is very different than in southern England – so I want to share everything I’ve learned over the last 35 years and inspire a new generation.”

London-born Alistair, who trained in garden design in Leeds and has never left the county since graduating, works and builds his award-winning landscape design practice in North Yorkshire, delivering quality public and private gardens across the UK and internationally.

Having taught landscape and garden design at Leeds Beckett University while running his practice for 12 years, Alistair has a wealth of experience nurturing the next generation of garden design talent.

“Building a garden design school that uses practicing designers and professionals to deliver their courses was an incredibly important part of the process for me,” Alistair said.

“I am pleased to announce that I will be joined by an outstanding team of world-class design consultants who will work with me to deliver the professional diploma course and a series of short courses for those interested in pursuing either a professional career in garden design, or enthusiasts who just want to learn a little more about the art.

“Having a team of practicing garden designers in the YSGD family, all experienced in designing rich and well-designed gardens, means students get important practical advice and insight straight from the horse’s mouth on how to design and communicate and deliver amazing gardens,” Alistair said.

Trevor Nicholson, Head Gardener at Harewood House, said: “We are delighted that the Yorkshire School of Garden Design will be based at Harewood House – which we think is a fitting and inspiring place for a school looking to educate design professionals Future.

“Harewood House has a long tradition of promoting classic landscapers and garden designers with its parklands and gardens and I am incredibly excited to welcome guests and inspire them with Harewood’s beautiful landscapes.”

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Garden artist Virginia Johnson’s path is quite simple and beautiful Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:13:12 +0000

I think everyone’s favorite place in summer is in a garden.

I like my garden to look lush and full, not perfect and always well tended. The climbing hydrangea on my pergola is beautiful right now; it starts blooming with white flowers and gets really thick. A lot of people might think it needs pruning, but I let it all overgrow a bit because I just love how it looks. I just love green, green, green everywhere. I love people in this environment, furniture in this environment.

I go out in the morning with my cup of coffee and look around, see how things are going, put water in the pots. What I love about gardening: You really look at what’s in front of you. You think of nothing else. “Oh, two new peonies came out today.” “These are looking emaciated so I’m going to cut off the tops of them.” “We got our first rose this morning!” And then tomorrow we have five.

In the summer I let things slide a bit and it’s nice to just enjoy it.

I’m a very easygoing gardener. I’ve spent the last few years planting perennials so I can have a garden that will develop on its own. I might have to weed two or three times in the summer, but I don’t go in there every day, or even every week, to weed with a to-do list. I don’t want it to become a burden like other things in my life.

I’m first at the Fiesta Gardens garden center on April 1st every year and during April and May I’m so eager to plant some new things and really get into it. My energy drops in the summer, I want shade, I don’t want to do a lot of gardening. I let things flow a bit, and it’s nice to just enjoy it. We might go away for a few weeks in August and I’ll come back and take care of it in September.

Virginia Johnson’s painting of her pergola from her book, Creating a Garden Retreat: An Artist’s Guide to Planting an Outdoor Sanctuary (Artisan)

It doesn’t have to be complicated. So I’m very picky about what I plant. My brain can’t handle taking care of a million tricky things, so I have a few different types of things and I grow them in bulk. I have two types of roses, climbing and annabelle hydrangeas, and two or three types of peonies. I love old fashioned flowers, things that remind me of gardens from 100 years ago. I have mainly one species of tree, a Frans Fontaine hornbeam by 12, plus four lilac trees, so I don’t have to think, “This one needs pruning right after flowering, but this one doesn’t.” I want things that prune can whenever they look like they need to be circumcised. I also gave up the lawn idea. Flowers are much easier to care for than a lawn.

I still consider myself very much an amateur. But I know so much more than when I started. Ten years ago I bought and planted a magnolia tree and it died about a year later. I couldn’t understand why. I never knew you had to water things, especially a tree. So I started asking more questions and getting acquainted with the question, is this an annual or a perennial? This is often not stated on plant labels. I think that you can achieve great success by simply asking, “Okay, how do I plant this?” at the gardening store, getting a few simple instructions, and following them. Suddenly my little 1.20 m tall hornbeams are 4.50 m high and so beautiful.

I still have areas in the garden that are pretty bare and that stimulates my imagination, it’s a project to work on. Will I plant some trees, will I plant vines? You’re constantly trying to create something beautiful, and that feels very satisfying.

Cultivating beauty is what guides me in designing this space. I narrowed down my favorite flowers, googled images of them and created a mood board.

Anemone, pear blossom and rose in Johnson’s beloved apricot palette. Painting: Virginia Johnson (Craftswoman)

Color and shape are what I’m looking for. Whenever I decide on a flower I buy three to five of them to plant together so there is some substance. I don’t want red, orange, yellow, purple, green and blue – I don’t want every single color. I love tone-on-tone, blush or apricot and white, but I’ve found that while I love pictures of white gardens, it’s far too reserved for me. I need more color than that. So I have medium pink and deep fuchsia peonies. And then hollyhocks in a deeper shade. At the moment I have planted a bouquet of light apricot roses but they look too white so I need to add some more color. I always build it up with color, just like painting.

My favorite gardens are personal. Having a landscaper design a garden for you sure can be beautiful, and sometimes that’s the way to go when you have no idea how to start. But I think it’s nice when a garden is as personal as interiors. My grandparents had Annabelle hydrangeas and I remember my grandmother just loved the name Annabelle for a girl. Mine reminds me of her. Or a friend came by yesterday and brought me a fern cutting from her mother’s garden. It’s so special to share something that didn’t cost money, it’s just a growing thing. It’s such a lovely gesture.

I think small gardens are the most beautiful. I’d rather not have a big garden because you feel exposed. I want to feel like I’m in a little hidden secret garden. I have a friend whose front yard is tiny tiny tiny and she’s had everything overgrown and deleted lights and some nice vintage chairs and it’s just magical.

A dreamy dinner in the garden. Painting: Virginia Johnson (Craftswoman)

I love rusty old things, anything with history. As for the furniture, we have a modern Ikea arrangement, but everything else is old or gotten from a friend’s garden when they downsized. I have some lovely old rust colored planters that are really heavy. I took it from Kijiji from a guy whose father owned an antique shop. I also found a wrought iron patio table and eight chairs from a woman who was moving into a condo. They’re black, which I love because they kind of retreat into the garden. We placed three chairs on the front porch and the rest on the back, as well as an ornate Victorian white wrought iron chair that came from an auction site. So we always have a lot of chairs when friends come over – I feel like they’re little invitations to sit down.

I love staying at the boutique Palihouse hotel in Santa Monica – the gardens have small clusters of tables and strategically placed plants so you’re close to other people but you’re alone. It’s my favorite thing in the world, this feeling that you can go out and be by yourself for 20 minutes, read or have a coffee, but then my kids can go out with friends in the back corner and we can be in different areas. There is room for everyone.

My friends always love it when I invite them out to the garden for coffee. I’m not a big chef which always puts me off entertaining indoors because I feel like I can’t offer people what I should. Whereas you can actually only drink coffee outside or I bake banana bread. If the house is a disaster, it doesn’t matter. I find the entertainment bar is lower, and you don’t have to have everything perfect.

You just throw down a tablecloth and dust off the cushions. I like to make things pretty and colourful. So I have a couple of Indian block print tablecloths that I bought from various places and it makes everything stand out immediately. I don’t use plastic plates; We bring out china plates and it’s fine, nothing breaks. I place small pots of herbs from the garden on the table, or cut a few roses and scatter them around to create a very low key landscape. I pick some mint or rosemary to add to cocktails or lemonade.

There is no more beautiful place.

– as Rani Sheen was told

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Creating a Garden Retreat: An Artist’s Guide to Planting an Outdoor Conservation Area by Virginia Johnson (Artisan), $32, Indigo

I hope that if like me you don’t know where to start or are wondering if you should hire an expert, you will find that designing a garden offers endless flexibility and can be anything you want it to be .

Womanswork Rose Gloves, $69, Photo: Lee Valley

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These are great because when you’re dealing with roses, the thorns don’t scratch your arms. Lee Valley calls them “Rose Gloves,” which I love, while the brand calls them “Gauntlet Gloves.”

Felco Shears, $86, Photo: Felco

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I once hired a gardening crew to help me with the weeds and five young women showed up. I noticed they were all wearing holsters with Felco pruning shears. I envied them for just knowing what to do. I was convinced that the secateurs played a crucial role.

Volcom hat, $24, Photo: Sporty life

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All my clothes became garden clothes. Vintage army pants, t-shirts, straw hats.

Panacea Watering Can, $25, Canadian Tire. Photo: Canadian tire

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I like a watering can with a vintage look.

Virginia Johnson tunic, $295, Photo: Virginia Johnson

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I wear tunics of my own design in the garden as well as those I’ve bought on my travels. My husband will say, “Do you care if there’s dirt/paint/cracks in there? But not me. It gives life to the garment.

Lee Valley Set of 3 Gardening Tools, $109, Photo: Lee Valley

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How can we hope to get better if we don’t have the right tools?

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