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August 10, 2007 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sooner or later, there comes a gardening moment like this: It's hot. We're alone, watering, weeding. The chores are mundane, yet we're at peace, loving the warmth and repetition, the simplicity and silence. The garden, we come to realize, is a sacred place - not a religious experience necessarily, but a place that teaches us to truly see and authentically be. Here, too, among the lilies and tomatoes, we bear witness to ordinary events and stunning miracles - learning, from these plants and tasks, that often they are one and the same.
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June 23, 2012 | Choose one .
For gardeners and other plant-lovers, here's a sampling of regional events: Early Summer Native Plant Sale Green Streetscapes Tour How Our Gardens Change " Nursery Tour Send information about gardening and horticultural events to gardenscoop@phillynews.com. Include a contact phone number and send at least two weeks before the event.
FOOD
January 15, 1986 | By LIBBY GOLDSTEIN, Special to the Daily News
Every year about this time - and then again at tomato starting time - I think about really doing my no-work gardening ploy. "Just once," I think, "I'll just do it this year and have a neat green garden with hardly any work. " Maybe this will be the year. After all, this will be the tenth season we've all been gardening on the Southwark/Queen Village Park and Garden. Maybe the soil needs a rest. Maybe I need a rest. (The tenth season! Oh wow.) The no-work ploy is not all no work.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 1989 | By Fran Wood, New York Daily News
Let's be brave and assume the rain is over and we can count on a weekend in the garden. That said, the best starting point may be a book, since that's where the best garden and landscaping ideas can be found. As usual, there's something for everyone in the newest volumes. "The Small Garden Book" by John Brooks (Crown, $30) is a misleading title. Actually, it addresses small spaces, which is an appealing challenge no matter what the size of the garden or property. A valuable planning guide, it covers every aspect of planning and executing the small spaces, from courtyards and terraces to rooftops, balconies and alleys, on down to gardening in containers.
NEWS
June 2, 1991 | By Donald D. Groff, Special to The Inquirer
The Montreal Botanical Garden unveils a new attraction this month: a Chinese garden described as the largest outside Asia. Known as the Shanghai-Montreal Dream Lake Friendship Garden, the five-acre landscape has been in the planning stages for 11 years. Besides Canadian workers, the construction of the garden involved 48 craftspeople from Shanghai who spent six months living in trailers at the garden site. The garden duplicates a style popular with wealthy civil servants during the Ming Dynasty.
NEWS
August 11, 1996 | By Paula Deitz
Though I may be a city person, every summer, when the daylilies bloom along the roadsides, I yearn to have the feeling of being once more in my mother's garden near the Delaware River in Trenton. She has been gone almost two decades now, but I remember the day my first cousin telephoned, just before I sold the family house, to ask if she could come by to transplant the garden to her own home across the river. I agreed and was touched by this gesture but thought no more of it as I struggled to dismantle the possessions of my parents' lifetime.
NEWS
May 14, 2006 | Inquirer suburban staff
What we like: Crammed with garden decor, the West Conshohocken shop carries a variety of merchandise that runs from traditional pots and urns to antiques, imports and art pieces. The store is hidden among an enclave of industrial facilities on Union Hill Road. But the hilltop vista of the surrounding town and highways is exhilarating. The patient shopper will find many rewards. For starters, there are all shapes and sizes of pottery containers, some so large a hydraulic lift is needed to move them.
NEWS
June 26, 1987
If somebody can come up with a raison d'etre for slugs, a gardener friend would like to hear it. She complains that the slimy mollusks are everywhere these days, thanks to the unending spate of rain and high humidity. In fact, they may be the only creatures who've enjoyed the recent soaring thermometer and hygrometer readings. Were slugs just benign inhabitants of the world order, one could dismiss them merely as aesthetic insults. But, reports our acquaintance, the critters also happen to possess voracious appetites and at this very moment are finishing off the last of the dahlia leaves before starting in on the romaine.
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September 19, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
James Seward, the son of a South Carolina sharecropper, stayed connected to his roots through a vacant lot next to his West Philadelphia home where he cleared the brush and planted collards and cabbage, giving away what his family couldn't eat. But a few years ago, the lot was bought by a developer. A vinyl-sided home, the kind shooting up all over the neighborhood of West Powelton, grew in its place. Seward began volunteering at the community garden across the street. Now developers are eyeing that land, too. It's not the only garden facing potential closure in the rapidly developing area, which has been identified as one in need of community-garden preservation by a nonprofit devoted to the cause.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2016
Pray for rain. Philadelphia County, along with Chester and Delaware, has just been awarded drought-watch status due to "low stream flows, declining groundwater levels, and lack of precipitation. " That means it hasn't rained in a while, and when it did, it wasn't enough to replenish the reservoirs. Although no emergency has been declared, we have been asked to voluntarily reduce our water consumption by 5 percent. This is not the time to cut back on watering the garden, though. Conserve by flushing the toilet less often, or shower with a friend, preferably in the garden, where the same water can get used twice.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Water Department has proposed exempting community gardens from paying monthly stormwater charges, saving the gardens $46,490 next year and $48,374 in 2018. The rate change, which was mandated by a Philadelphia City Council ordinance that Mayor Kenney signed in June, would apply to 286 known community gardens as long as the property's principal use is for growing plants, a community group operates the garden for public benefit and stormwater is sustainably managed on at least 80 percent of the property.
REAL_ESTATE
September 12, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Although it has been out of service for most of the last 40 years, the old Spring Garden School on 12th Street between Ogden and Parrish Streets holds endless fascination for David Cleghorn. "It is an incredibly beautiful building," said Cleghorn, senior vice president of real estate development of Help USA, one of the nation's largest providers of affordable housing and social services. "There are still textbooks from the 1970s sitting on the desks," he said. The graffiti inside the building is "high-quality street art," Cleghorn said, and "we will certainly try to salvage as much as we can. " That last statement provides a clue to the future of Spring Garden School No. 1, designed by Irwin Thornton Catharine, who from 1920 to 1937 was chief architect of the Philadelphia public school system.
NEWS
August 11, 2016
By Walter Bowne It's time to escape. There's no need to shower. I'll be drenched soon enough, especially in the humidity. I slip into the dawn with stained, faded blue jeans and a long-sleeved shirt. Freebie Shoprite gloves, caked in dry mud, flap in my back pocket as I try to discover the location of some happy wren. Dirt from the previous day still stains my fingertips. That's something that eternally abides - the dirt. By the time I encroach on the fields at Barclay Farms, the dimmer switch of the sun slowly reveals the reds and the yellows and the oranges of the sunflowers that grow with an abundance in this garden oasis of Cherry Hill.
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