July 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK — Claude Monet's beloved flower and water gardens in the north of France are world-famous. But for those unable to visit the artist's home, a trip to the Bronx over the next several months will offer a taste of Monet's indisputably radiant living masterpiece — a riotous display of color, plant variety, and landscape design. "Monet's Garden" at the New York Botanical Garden evokes Monet's lush garden at Giverny, the impressionist's home from 1883 until his death in 1926.
August 10, 1995 |
The great flowering of the Bucks County courthouse grew from an idea planted after the building became smoke-free in 1993. Scores of employees were chased outside to catch a cigarette. Puffing away, they stared at the unsightly mounds of dirt in the flower beds. "We joked about using the space to plant something," said Leslie Fitzpatrick, a county employee who works for Information Systems. "Someone joked about planting tomatoes and lettuce and growing our own sandwiches. " The idea took root during the great adoption battle of 1994.
July 18, 1998 |
In a fit of rage, the president of a Philadelphia security firm slit the throats of his wife's dolls, gouged out their eyes and buried the dolls in a flower garden with their heads poking out, his wife's lawyer said yesterday. The husband, identified by police as Garnett Littlepage, owner of Scotlandyard Security in Philadelphia, was arrested early Thursday after he held police at bay for more than six hours while holed up in his lavish home on Yarrow Court in Williamstown, N.J. During the standoff, Littlepage splashed gasoline on the house and threatened to torch it, police said.
July 13, 1995 |
As a warm summer rain drenched the lush acres at Longwood Gardens on a recent morning, 16-year-old Mary Spada stood in a greenhouse and tended tanks brimming with water lilies and lotuses. "This flower smells like baby lotion with coconut," she said as she pruned a spiky pink bloom and skimmed algae from the surface of the water with a net. Like many teens who have summer jobs, Spada and nine other students from vocational high schools in Philadelphia are getting their hands dirty.
May 14, 1995 |
My children have absolutely no idea that gardening in the city is not the norm. They haven't a clue that in other places soil can be a foot deep, that trees grow without someone's planting them, and that most people don't share their garden space with 50 other people. Teaching children to garden in the city is rewarding and fun, but it would be a lot easier if gardening books assumed conditions that were a little closer to our reality. Well, maybe the manuals haven't caught up with us, but several children's storybooks have.
May 10, 2014 |
Plant Easter gifts. If you're like my sister, who received Easter plants from her kids and grandkids, you may be wondering what to do now that blooms have faded. Whether flowering shrubs, bulbs, or lilies, figure out their basic growing requirements - sun or shade, moist or dry soil. What, no gardening books? You have a great many sources - the Internet, as well as Q&A services through the Greater Philadelphia Gardens member organizations: http://www.greaterphiladelphiagardens.org/gardens.asp - to help you pick the best spot to plant.
April 3, 1988 |
There is no time for gardeners to sit around this month. We'll all be hoping for fine weekends, followed by rain during the week. April is one of the best months for planting many things - trees, shrubs, perennials, roses, some vegetable seeds and seedlings. If you're planning to move plants around, do it as early as possible this month. With shrubs and trees, the key is not to do it too late, when new leaves already are expanding on deciduous plants and new growth is obvious on evergreens.
April 29, 1998 |
David Weeks Jr., 62, of North Philadelphia, founder and pastor of Shalom Baptist Church in Logan and president of the Philadelphia Baptist Ministers Conference, died of heart failure Monday at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Born in Columbia, S.C., Mr. Weeks moved to Philadelphia with his family in 1942. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1954 and studied theology at Philadelphia College of Bible. Ordained in 1955, he formed Shalom Baptist Church shortly afterward and guided its growth, from 30 members to more than 700. "He was a fiery preacher and well-read," his friend and fellow pastor, the Rev. William L. Banks, said yesterday.
September 10, 1986 |
Five hundred or so gardeners, most of them prize winners, attended last nights' City Gardens Contest awards ceremony at the Port of History Museum. Amidst cheers and tears of joy winning gardeners received gift certificates from Burpee and Twilley Seed Companies and from Primnex Garden Centers in an absolute cornucopia of contest categories. DEMONSTRATION GARDEN CONTEST Senator Vincent Fumo (D. Phila.) presented the prizes in the Penn State Urban Gardening Program, Demonstration Garden Contest, now in its ninth year.
February 22, 2013 |
I N THE SPRING and summer, Marie Zienkewicz, 89, could often be seen on the patio of her apartment in a sprawling, lush Bucks County complex watering her prim flower garden. But Tuesday night, authorities say, the senior citizen's peaceful existence came to a violent end. A bullet from a gunbattle between police and an apparently unhinged resident there found its way into the woman's apartment and killed her. "He didn't solve anything. His life's over," resident Barbara Sussman, 65, said of Andrew G. Cairns, 49, the man accused of barricading himself in the apartment above Zienkewicz's at Jefferson on the Creek apartments, on Street Road near Davisville in Warminster.