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Christmas Lights: LED vs. Incandescent

Most Christmas lights on the market today fall into one of two categories: strings of incandescent "standard" bulbs, or LED lights. While neither style is a perfect solution for would-be decorators, knowing the difference can help consumers make an informed decision.

The History of Christmas Plants

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, approximately 25-30 million Christmas trees are sold each year in the United States, but where did this tradition come from? Here we will explore the origin of the Christmas tree and other holiday plants.

Real Or Synthetic: A Christmas Tree Debate

So the burning question this holiday season is, at least for the Green and landscape industry: Which is more eco-friendly, a real Christmas tree or an artificial one?

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Luke 2:8-12
''And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them . . . and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.''

In Remembrance
Memorial to the Landscape Architects Lost to the Profession in 2012
Each year we reluctantly bid adieu to landscape architects who passed on this year. We recall them and their contributions to the profession, and remind ourselves of the fleeting nature of life.

The Best of 2012 Project Features

When Scott Cohen of Scott Cohen Designs first encountered this California project, he came face to face with a backyard that had a lap pool with no spa, and concrete that had heaved one inch above the pool. The lot's grading was poor, with steps and trees blocking the flow of traffic through the yard. The homeowners challenged Cohen to create a completely new yard suitable for entertaining and for "backyard vacationing" in style and luxury.

A Book for the Landscape Architect on Your Christmas List
When it comes to gift giving for the landscape architect on your Christmas list, a coffee table book pertinent to his or her profession is always a good choice. A quick sort on for the top 10 best sellers with the key phrase "landscape architect" gives you a good starting point. Here is the top 10 list ...

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Building Industry Insiders Looking for Recovery in 2013

Building Industry Association/Southern California Chapter held a silent auction on Nov. 15 at the Purcell Murray Showroom in Huntington Beach, Calif. to benefit Building Industry Technology Academy. Building industry associates had a chance to network and discuss the current state of the industry.

Builder Confidence Improves, But Remains Pessimistic
Two out of the Housing Market Index's three components registered gains in November. The current sales conditions metric increased eight points to 49 - its highest mark in more than six years. The component measuring sales expectations for the next six months held above 50 for a third consecutive month, with a two-point gain to 53, and the component measuring prospective buyer traffic was unchanged at 35, following a five-point gain in October.

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Potomac ASLA Chapter Report
Once again the ASLA's Potomac Chapter had a busy and exciting year. Our 2011-2012 executive committee was put to the test almost immediately when the Commonwealth of Virginia threatened to deregulate landscape architecture in Virginia, just a few days before Thanksgiving. Through the hard work of the Potomac and ...

Pennsylvania/Delaware ASLA Chapter Report

ASLA's Pennsylvania/Delaware chapter presented two professional projects with General Design Honor Awards in 2012: Pittsburgh's Rivers Casino Riverfront Park, and the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Bucks County, Pa. ...

Oregon ASLA Chapter Report
The 2012 ASLA Oregon Chapter Design Awards event was held Oct. 13 in the Tiffany Center's Emerald Ballroom in downtown Portland. The event was truly suspenseful, as the jury picks had not been announced ahead of the presentations. The jury was also on stage to allow its members to offer remarks about the award winning designs. The Mayer/Reed firm of Portland won the ...

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A Children's Garden Planted with Love and Friendship

Dozens of young people from Cassandra's school and temple were eager to join the effort. With so many volunteers, most of the planting and other manual labor was completed in just one weekend, including sod laid out by teenagers.

Centennial Center Park

Centennial Center Park debuted in April 2012 as the first municipal park in Centennial, Colo., a new city just southeast of Denver that was incorporated in February 2001. The play structure and play pieces (left) are from Kompan; the towering "fort" structure with slides is from Landscape Structures.

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The Digital Issues are Available
The December issue of LASN is available online!
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UCLA Extension - Landscape Architecture
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WW Manufacturing Company Inc

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King Luminaire Company
Landscape Lighting World div of Volt Corp
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PermaLoc Corporation
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Delta Bluegrass Company
Ernst Conservation Seeds
McCorkle Nurseries, Inc.
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Alliance Designer Products, Inc.
Chameleon Ways
Coverall Stone
Davis Colors
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DuPont Professional Products
Eden Stone Company
Endicott Clay
Featherock, Inc.
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Innotech Decorative Concrete Products
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Mainbrick USA LLC
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Meshoppen Stone Inc
Midwest Elastomers
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Pavestone Company
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Stepstone, Inc.
Stone Paving USA
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Duraplay, Inc.
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Excel Bridge Mfg.
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Foresight Products - Manta Ray
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Nedia Enterprises, Inc.
SF Concrete
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Otterbine Barebo, Inc.
Precision Fountains
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