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Going Green, WHAT does it MEAN?

October 15, 2012 Blog No comments

Sustainable Landscape Designing is important for all types of design projects including both residential and commercial projects.  Some landscape design elements to consider when designing sustainably include; water flow & quality, air quality, plant/animal interaction (ecology), home energy usage and much more [More than what most think would matter when designing a landscape!].

I built my foundation for Sustainable Landscape Design and Construction in the Professional Gardener Program at Longwood Gardens under my professor, Danilo Maffei, owner of Maffei Landscape Design, LLC.   Read More

In Memory of: Ryan Edgell

October 4, 2012 Blog 5 comments

About a year ago, my younger cousin, Ryan Edgell passed away and went to be with the Lord.  The only thing that we really know is that Ryan hit his head really hard when he was in a car accident the night before.  He passed away several  hours later the next morning.  I wanted to write a little about Ryan, some of the times that we shared together, and what we decided to do in memory of him. Read More

Flo Rida!

July 18, 2012 Blog 5 comments

Not the rap artist, the state!  About a month ago, Jessica and I went with her family to Sarasota, Florida for a week long vacation.  While staying in Florida, we visited the beach (of course) and some interesting sites!  On Thursday of that week we traveled about 60 miles to Fort Myers to visit my Grandma on my mother’s side.  My grandma is a permanent resident there.  She took us on a swamp walk, to the Edison Ford Estate and to a few local gardens with some neat tropical and sub-tropical plants! Read More

Hummingbirds, Hydrangea & Helenium!

July 2, 2012 Blog 2 comments

Ruby-throated Baby Hummingbirds

With summer here, there are plenty of things to post about!  I picked three main topics for this month that I found interesting.  A hummingbird nest discovered on a recent trip to a plant nursery, hydrangea species, their colors and characteristics, and the plant of the month for July, Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’.

I don’t know the statistics, but I do know that not many people have the privilege of seeing a hummingbird nest up close!  At least, I have never seen one until this June, even when I grew up in the outdoors!  On a recent trip to Mountain Springs Nursery in Rheinholds, PA, it was brought to my attention that there was a hummingbird nest located in one of the Southern Magnolia trees in the pot-in-pot nursery location! Read More

Witmeyer Patio Project

April 15, 2012 Blog 2 comments

Patios are great additions for new and old homes and is one of the many creative ways that we can enhance the value and functionality of your home.  This past August, 2011, we began a project at our shop location, the residence of my parents, Gary and Rita Witmeyer.  The goal was to turn old, white stone, weed-infested area into a fun, beautiful patio ‘room’ for family and friends to enjoy throughout the season.  Follow us as we take you through a step-by-step process of how we did it! Read More

Black Walnut Toxicity

March 1, 2012 Blog No comments

I have recently planted a couple of Tsuga canadensis, hemlock trees on our property in order to screen the view of our barn and other heavy equipment.  Screening generally isn’t a hard thing to do, unless you have mature, Juglans nigra, black walnut tree growing in close proximity.  We learned the hard way when I was growing up and we planted Norway spruce and white pine trees in the same area.  Within 1-3 years, those plants died.  It wasn’t until I began my schooling for Horticulture in the Career and Technology Center that I learned that you can’t grow all kinds of plants under or near black walnut trees! Read More

It’s Winter. Lettuce Eat!

February 10, 2012 Tags: , , Blog No comments

Lettuce is one of my favorite leaf greens to grow in my garden.  It is also one of the easiest crops that I grow.  The hardest thing about growing loose leaf lettuce in our area is keeping them cut back on a regular basis before they get bitter, and keeping them from bolting in hot summer weather.  This year, I have added a small challenge to growing lettuce in my garden… Growing it in the winter!  I decided to design and construct a lettuce box to grow fresh salad for consistent use throughout the winter. Read More

Mount Gretna Patio Project

December 24, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , Blog No comments

This fall we completed a nice little patio project in the Cornwall/Mount Gretna area.  The designed space was intended to provide an area where the homeowners and guests could relax, mingle and enjoy drinks around a central fire pit adjacent to the woods.  The space connects one larger patio area to the other end of the house to allow easier access as well as seclusion from high traffic areas of the house. Read More

Road Trip! Destination: Lancaster County

October 29, 2011 Tags: , , , , Blog No comments

Many of you know that I  spent about four months in Washington State in a landscaping and gardening internship early this Spring.  In early July, I decided that it was time to head back home to start a new season and continue my experience in the landscaping field.  I thought I would share some pictures from our trip, starting with a few pictures of the Washington backdrop!

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