Brought to you by Central Nurseries & the RI Federation of Garden Clubs
*last updated: 02/01/19
Central Nurseries worked alongside Domina’s Agway, a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor who specializes in the design, installation, and maintenance of water features of all shapes and sizes. Imagine your own backyard paradise where you can enjoy the relaxing sounds of the running water and cascading waterfalls. There are many ways you can incorporate a water feature into your property. Domina’s Agway is located in Portsmouth, RI.
There are many ways to incorporate plants into your landscape, green roofs and living walls are two interesting examples. Not only are green roofs aesthetically pleasing they also have other great benefits such as stormwater
management, improved air quality, energy efficiency and noise reduction just to name a few. Living walls and vertical gardens are a great way to still enjoy the benefits of plants but they can work in a limited space.
No backyard? No problem! Enjoy all the outdoors without ever leaving the city. The key to landscaping on a roof top space is proper plant selection because of the exposure to the elements. Not everything that works at ground level will work on a roof. Special consideration should also be given to the type of soil used as well as the type of furniture, pottery and irrigation.
Expand your entertaining space to include the backyard. Privacy is key, your guests don’t want to feel like they’re being watched. Fences, walls and evergreen plants all help to provide the right amount of seclusion for your space. A pergola helps to define the dining space as well as provide some shade.
Plant selection is an important factor when landscaping near the beach or coast because of the wind, sand and salt from the ocean. You also don’t want anything to block your view of the water. Landscaping near the coast should blend in with the native landscaping and look less formal, just as the pace of life is slower and more relaxed near the beach.
It is very on trend to grow your own food. Some people have space for a garden in their yard while other people in more urban areas take part in community gardens. Whatever and wherever your garden is there are some things to consider. Proper placement is important, most food plants require full sun to thrive. Another thing to consider is protection from pests both big and small. Deer, rabbits, neighborhood children and dogs all pose a threat to your garden. Recycled or repurposed materials are great to use in your garden space.
Xeriscaping refers to low maintenance and drought resistant landscaping. Depending on where you are xeriscaping will look different, not all xeriscapes have cactus and look like a desert. You want to use native plants which are naturally adapted to survive in this area as well as other plants that do well in our USDA zone and do not require much water once they become established. In the long-run xeriscaping will save you both time and money while still adding beauty to your yard.
A good landscape design can add up to 20% of value to your home. Proper landscaping can also reduce energy bills, noise and help with storm-water runoff. Foundation plantings are the plants that are closest to the foundation of your home. Your landscaping should complement the style, size and age of your home. Landscaping for a historic Victorian in the city should look different than landscaping for a modern one story ranch house in the suburbs or a cabin in the country. You also want to include a variety of plants for year round interest. While flowering shrubs looks great in the spring and summer they don’t look like much in the fall and winter. Proper plant placement will frame your house and help guide visitors to your front door.
Fountains, statues and pottery all can help transform your property. There are many sizes, shapes, styles and colors to choose from, whether you’re looking for a large focal-point or just a smaller accent element.
*last updated: 02/01/19
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Special thanks to the Future Farmers of America
The students from the Future Farmers of America deserve a special thanks for their participation in this year’s Garden exhibits. Working with their teachers and the talented folks from the RI Garden Federation, these FFA students make a lot of what you see possible!
Special thanks to Sodco
Sodco works in close collaboration with the FFA in Rhode Island and continues to support workforce development and education of students. Their continued support and donation of the Sod used in the Gardens is greatly appreciated.