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BLAIRSTOWN — Genesis Farms is holding a “Sustainable Garden” weekend event from Friday, May 2 through Monday, May 5.The workshop will be conducted by International Landscape Designer David Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens: The Ecology and Design of Home Scale Food Forests. The workshop is ideal for people who are concerned about the rising food costs and who want to create a beautiful and mostly self-maintaining garden in their own backyard.

Jacke calls his workshop “Gardening Like the Forest” because healthy forests maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves naturally. This kind of gardening, often called “permaculture,” is built on an ethic of caring for Earth and interacting with the environment so that all life can thrive.

“Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts,” Jacke explains in his award-winning book.

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If you haven’t yet tried container gardening, get on board. Rather than fighting your horrible soil, try some of the new and exciting ways to grow plants in pots.

For some advice, I visited Brad Coleman, who has been the Red Butte Garden greenhouse coordinator for the past four years.

Coleman has been working for several months to create the beautiful containers that will adorn Red Butte during the summer as well as the planters that will be featured in Red Butte’s upcoming plant sale.

The process is relatively simple. Coleman describes his planting plan for placing plants as follows: “Put an upright plant in the middle, put the bunching plants around it, and put the cascading ones around the outside edge.”

Design the containers for their growing environment. First, check whether the container is to spend its time in sun or shade.

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From a compact townhouse courtyard to a formal estate, a country oasis, church meditation garden and varying in-between spaces, the 2008 Spring Garden Tour this weekend offers a wealth of landscaping inspiration within easy driving distance.

Event Chair Marty Clark organized this year’s benefit for the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens to cover more territory and a broader range of styles than in year’s past, according to Paul Angeloff, past DABG board president. He expects more than 3,000 people to tour the 11 gardens featured on this year’s tour.

Tickets are still only $10 with the price rising to $15 during the tour on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket holders may tour the gardens both days. There is no charge for children 12 and under.

From the country garden with 700 rose bushes to the Tara replica in Dothan’s garden district, Clark said each garden is a landscape to learn from.

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Q:The daylilies in front of my house are afflicted every summer with the leaf streak disease. I have had samples tested by my Extension agent, and he confirmed the diagnosis. I usually live with this affliction because they still bloom and actually seem to thrive. However, they look ghastly as the summer goes along. Can you suggest something?

Answer: Daylily leaf streak is generally caused by the fungus Aureobasidium microstictum. While there are cultivars that are somewhat resistant to this fungus, after you have it in your garden, sanitation becomes critical. You can start by removing any leaves that exhibit the streaks as soon as you see them. In the fall, it’s important to cut off all the old leaves and dispose of them. Leaving them on the plant or on the ground over winter will allow the fungus to stay in your garden.

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Wing Haven’s annual Gardeners’ Garden Tour next weekend will feature six private homes and an office, each showing a distinctive flair for landscaping.

The tour will also include Wing Haven, a garden and bird sanctuary, and the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden, both on Ridgewood Avenue in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood.

The 15th annual tour will, as always, feature the work of accomplished gardeners.

All will be on hand to answer questions about the scope and details of their personal landscapes and talk about their experiences in creating their gardens.

The gardens are in Plaza Midwood, Myers Park, Eastover, the SouthPark area and Dilworth.

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Sprucing up the flower beds in downtown Windsor has begun.

“Town employees are removing the vegetation from the pots on the corners at 5th and Main streets, and they’ll replant them in other corners of downtown,” said Melissa Chew, Windsor’s director of Parks and Recreation.

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Homeowners interested in lowering electricity bills and gardeners interested in growing organic fruit and vegetables will find the Chicago Botanic Garden filled with these and hundreds of other carbon-reducing ideas at the Garden’s “Knowledge and Action” marketplace, June 5th. The activities are all part of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) World Environment Day celebration, where visitors will find dozens of activities and displays underscoring the day-long event theme of “CO2, Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy.”

Over thirty non-profit, academic, cultural and environmental organizations will participate in the Knowledge and Action marketplace, held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Visitors will find helpful displays and knowledgeable representatives discussing products to help green homes, local carpools, volunteer and community conservation programs, classes on green gardening, the use of CFL light bulbs, vehicles that run on used vegetable oil and even appliances that pop popcorn using solar energy.

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My wish list of U.S. cities to visit in this lifetime includes Savannah, Ga., Boston and San Francisco, to name a few. Mobile, Ala. — not on the list.

But then my friend Stacy Wellborn relocated there from Austin to be closer to her family.

Faster than you can say triple-cheese grits, Stacy decorated most of the rooms and remodeled the kitchen in her 1900s-era Victorian home in Mobile’s Oakleigh Historic Garden District. I spent several of her subsequent Austin visits scouring home stores for furniture, which led to finds such as a houndstooth-patterned ottoman for her den, discovered at Mercury Design Studio on Second Street.

When the time came to focus on her home office and the upstairs guest suite, though, Stacy was stumped.

“On the office, I couldn’t figure out how to make the room multifunctional,” Stacy said.

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A beautifully designed garden needn’t cost the earth, argues Joe Swift. Stephen Lacey meets a born entrepreneur

Chelsea Flower Show 2008 homepageGardening picture galleries’I want to make buying a garden as simple as buying a kitchen,” Joe Swift tells me.

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