Traveling from Doylestown to Montgomeryville, PA, in Philadelphia’s northern suburbs, recently became a whole lot greener. A new section of Route 202 in Bucks and Montgomery counties, known as “the Parkway,” opened last December and promptly earned the title of Pennsylvania’s newest “scenic byway.”
“This designation will help us preserve the scenic views commuters, bicyclists, and pedestrians will enjoy when traveling on this new and beautifully landscaped parkway in southeastern Pennsylvania,” said Barry J. Schoch, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
PennDOT invited a community task force to provide input during the design phase. The result of the “context-sensitive” design approach is a tree-lined parkway that blends in with the natural environment of the area. A 12-foot-wide shared-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists, bordered by a rustic split-rail fence, runs along the entire stretch of road.
Planners carefully chose the Parkway’s location to minimize impacts to woodlands and other sensitive environmental areas. Clearing of vegetation during construction was kept to a minimum, and thousands of trees and native plants were added to roadside. The extensive landscaping includes 14,300 feet of earthen berms, landscaped median islands, and plantings along wetlands and waterways.
Hardscape elements complement the suburban and rural nature of the area. Stone-form surface treatments on all barriers, culverts, retaining walls, and bridges resemble the native stone of Montgomery and Bucks counties, and roadside guide rails were made using rustic, weathered steel.
In keeping with the old-world feel of the Parkway, the posted speed limit is a peaceful 40 miles per hour. –Jane Carroll
The July/August issue of Green Scene features some of the best in outdoor living, and the magazine itself has a new look to celebrate its fortieth anniversary. The editorial staff has given the publication a contemporary update while maintaining its focus on gardening, design, the Philadelphia International Flower Show, and more.
In the current issue, a fantasy garden in Malvern is profiled–a fairytale combination of art, ponds, plants, structures, and furniture. Seating is the focus of another article, with advice on how to choose the perfect bench, chair, or chaise for your outdoor spaces.
On other pages, Flower Show exhibitors share some landscape tips– including how to add lighting, a water feature, and well-designed containers to your garden, while another feature shows us how to use cuttings from trees and shrubs, bark, and stone along with traditional floral materials to create stunning arrangements.
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Interested in edible gardening? Check out this excerpt from The Kitchen Garden, a blog about gardens that feed the soul as well as the stomach.
By Jennifer Bartley
“I love to eat out. Who doesn’t? But really, what I can gather from my own garden is easier, better and cheaper. It’s probably faster, too.
So in some kind of weird self-imposed contest – Iron Chef meets my frugal grandmother living on the farm – I challenged myself to serve lunch with only the ingredients on hand. Impromptu – no running out to Kroger allowed. I had to use whatever I had in my sparse cupboards and garden, today, this minute. The garden would dictate this lunch where guests would be sitting at my table in less than two hours.
Based on a walk out to the garden, I decided to make Tabbouleh, green beans with lime and whole wheat pizza with basil, tomatoes, garlic and cheese. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any bulgur wheat on hand for the Tabbouleh, but I did have some pearled barley, which I substituted for the wheat. I cooked it up then chilled it along with fresh chopped onions, peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, flat leafed parsley and cutting celery leaves tossed with lime juice and olive oil….”
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The March/April edition of Green Scene—the gardening magazine for PHS members—is now available!
This issue includes a preview of the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, Hawaii: Islands of Aloha to get you ready for the Show. Also in this issue, learn to make a lei, fall in love with heirloom vegetables, and discover the pleasure and importance of saving your seeds.
Also, don’t miss your chance to live vicariously through Flower Show designer Sam Lemheney as you read his column on travels in Hawaii. He visited great gardens, parks, and even volcanoes—how fun!
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The latest issue of Green Scene features a profile on landscape designer David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group, whose unique and innovative garden designs positively light up the pages. Below, check out a slideshow of teaser photos from one of Groundswell’s recent projects, a stunning re-imagined greenhouse.
Photos by Top Kat Photo Inc.
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Huzzah! The November/December edition of Green Scene—the gardening magazine for PHS members—is now available!
This issue includes a feature on innovative garden designer David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group, as well as a profile of a man known as The Cactus King. You’ll learn how to make the most of your fall garden, how to begin composting (if you don’t already know), and how to prepare a herbed creme brulee.
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