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Based on the survey numbers, no fortune telling involved, your next residential project, in a nutshell, will most likely involve one or more of these: gardens, low-maintenance landscapes (drought-tolerant plants), decorative water features, a terrace, patio or deck.
Photo: NUVIS landscape architecture and planning. Alamo Creek project in LASN, 2009 Residential issue.

On the Path to a Horticulture Career

According to Snap-on Inc., horticulture is a fast-growing industry and career opportunities exist for those skilled and educated in the proper use and safety of horticultural tools. The company recently announced that it is adding horticulture certification to its technical education program.

New Take on a Ribbon Driveway

Grasspave2 strips and Gravelpave2 strips are being cut and placed on the base course at Green Hills in Nashville, Tenn.

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Sidewalk Shading Ordinances

The main goal of a street tree ordinance is to shade pedestrians, but shading parked cars is a side benefit. However, these trees, variegated Pittosporum tenuifolium (witch hazel family), litter the sidewalk with seedpods (just cleaned by maintenance crew), so are not a good choice. Here on a street with businesses on either side, trees have been planted as close to the street as possible. One can only guess at the intent, but a basic tenet of traffic calming is placing trees close to the street. Trees, plus parked cars on both sides of the street, is a kind of double street-calming scenario, although some drivers still speed through.

ASLA New York Chapter's 2014 Design Award Winners
Chelsea Cove garnered Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., an honor award. It features a promenade, boardwalk, entry garden (designed in collaboration with Lynden Miller), skate park, a large lawn, a carousel of animals historically found in and along the Hudson River, an oak grove, a stone field and a bikeway.

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Topiarius Urban Garden and Floral Design has been designing and installing gardens and landscapes in the Chicagoland area since 2003.

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Ferro Cement Wall

While Wilson Environmental Contracting Inc., a full-service landscape design-build firm in Santa Barbara, Calif., was working on a residential hardscape walkway, the homeowner decided they wanted a cement wall as well.

Modest Billings Growth Turns Architectural Index Upward in January

The AIA's Architecture Billings Index moved back into positive territory in January after two consecutive months of decline. Firms with a residential specialty led the growth with increased billings, followed by a slight uptick in the commercial/industrial sector. Public and institutional firms reported a decline for the fifth consecutive month.

Wilson Falls at Technology Center

At Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, Wilson Falls was dedicated to a former director of facilities.

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New Playground Design for Fayerweather Street School, Cambridge, Mass.

"Joanne Hiromura, StudioMLA's landscape architect, truly listened to our community and collaborated with us to design a state-of-the-art playground that exceeded all our expectations," said Edward Kuh, who heads the Fayerweather Street School.

Construction Materials Prices Rise in January

The price index for construction materials and inputs increased by 0.6 percent in January, behind cost fluctuations in materials that ranged from a 7 percent jump in gypsum to a 2 percent drop in diesel prices.

It's a New Generation of Powerful and Durable Vibratory Tampers

BOMAG has introduced its new line of vibratory tampers, which optimize productivity in trench construction, backfill compaction, landscaping and other applications.

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IECA 2014 Webinar Series

The IECA, a non-profit member organization for erosion and sediment control professionals, has announced their 2014 webinar series.

NRPA's Legislative Forum for 2014

NRPA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts, invites professionals to attend the 2014 legislative forum.

TCIA Receives New Chair

The TCIA, a public and professional resource for trees and arboriculture, has announced the installation of a new chair for the board of directors.

January Existing Home Sales Tumble to 2012 Levels

Existing home sales dropped 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.62 million in January, down from 4.87 million in December and 5.1 percent below the 4.87 million-unit pace in January 2013. January's activity was the slowest since July 2012, when it stood at 4.59 million.

New Home Sales Up in January Despite Recent Market Slowdown

The sales rate of new homes surged by nearly ten percent in January, reaching a 468,000-unit pace that matched the highest level since July 2008. Economists are skeptical of the data, however, as monthly readings of new home sales are volatile, and other housing market metrics have declined since winter began.

BBG's Children's Garden Turns 100
BBG's Children's Garden now and then: The black and white is a 1928 photo of the garden by Louis Buhle; the color image is a 2010 photo of the Children's Garden by Antonio Rosario.

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Illinois Doubles Down on Stormwater Overhaul

The Illinois Clean Water Initiative, a pet project of Gov. Pat Quinn that allows local governments to access low-interest loans for wastewater and drinking water improvement projects, will receive increased funding this year. The initiative and other budgetary earmarks intend to expand and accelerate the replacement of aging sewers and update water treatment facilities.

More Green for the Big Apple

The Xero Flor Green Roof System, distributed by Xero Flor America, has been proven on tens of thousands of rooftops that cover hundreds of millions of square feet, according to its U.S. distributor, Xero Flor America. Over the past decade, the company has completed green roof projects in 38 states and has 85 green roof installations in New York City alone.

Sports Turf Manager Makes the Pages of SI

Michael Hopkins is a two-time winner of the Sports Turf Managers Association "Field of the Year" award. His second prize was presented for his work with the football and soccer field known as The Jungle at Louisa County High School in Mineral, Va.

Backyard America Adds Brown Jordan to their Team

The all-aluminum Serenity Solis pergola, manufactured by Brown Jordan and now available through Backyard America, comes in three sizes with a tensioned fabric shade canopy of five popular Suncloth(R) fabrics and a selection of powder coat finishes.

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The APSP, a national organization that represents pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, has announced a new strategic plan by the board of directors.

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