Saturday, May 28, 2011

Peace-garden tour starts at 10 a.m. Use map below to select a starting garden and get an idea of how to find them all

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Please click on link to photos from 2010 peace-garden tour.
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Peace Gardens Tour details

6th Annual Peace-Garden Tour 2011

On May 28th, from 10am – 3pm the Omni Peace Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology invites everyone in NW Arkansas to attend the 6th annual Peace Gardens Tour. This year’s tour features 8 beautiful and dynamic gardens in Fayetteville. Attendees will receive a special treat when they visit Marie Riley’s garden, featuring new garden sculptures by Hank Kaminsky, known as, ”The Sacred Ground Project.” The cost for the tour is $10. For ticket information and garden descriptions, please visit or call 935-4422.
The Omni Peace Gardens Network was established six years ago to celebrate the relationship between nature and inner and world peace. The motivation was to offer an opportunity for the public to connect with nature as expressed in beautiful gardens. A garden environment lends itself to self-discovery and helps us define the kind of society we wish to inhabit; one that deepens our reflection about peace and justice and environmental stewardship (hence the name “Peace Garden”). These gardens serve essential human needs while at the same time provide habitat for native species.
In 2006, the first year of the Peace Gardens Tour, five Fayetteville gardeners volunteered to open their gardens to the public where a half hour video of the event was recorded and cablecast on Community Access Television. In 2007, gardeners from east Fayetteville to Prairie Grove participated and last year more gardeners were added to the roster. Also in 2007, Omni agreed to join with the Local Food Movement to combine beauty along with nutrition.
This year’s self-guided Peace Gardens Tour showcases the following gardens:
 * ‘Julia Ward Howe Peace Gardens’ (est. )
Peace Gardener Marie Riley

Location: 525 N. Olive, one block north off Maple St.
Description: Dedicated in memory of Julia Ward Howe, who
in 1872 began proclaiming that June 2 every year would be
a Mother’s Day for Peace. Marie has carved out each part of
her garden year after year starting with a corner garden in the
sun featuring knock-out roses, shasta daisies, poppies, grasses,
and salvia. The backyard garden has expanded with the use
of native stone, terracing, and a wide array of shade perennials
and herbs. A new outdoor plaza, and sun garden was added in
2005.  Recent additions include a new terraced rock garden, concrete leaves, and mosaics. In addition, Hank Kaminsky’s new sculpture series ‘You Are Standing on Sacred Ground’ will debut in Marie’s garden.
Emily's No-Plant-Left-Behind Peace Garden" (est. 1998)
Peace Gardener: Emily Kaitz Location:  5 E. Davidson, 72701
Description:  “The garden is a terraced rock garden in front of my house in a triangular space between 2 driveways.  I started it in 1998 when I moved to Fayetteville.  It is somewhat chaotic, with a variety of plants including daffodils, grape hyacinth, iris, day lilies, several other varieties of lilies, including the spectacular Leslie Woodruff  (from Arthur Evans, Gravette), cornflower, daisies, myrtle, larkspur, coreopsis, peonies, roses, flox, and probably something I'm forgetting.  It blooms continuously from March through July. Working in my garden and the natural beauty of the blooming flowers always gives me a feeling of peace and contentment."  Every foot of Emily’s yard is enhanced with flowers, terraces, rocks.Starting at noon Emily will host a white wine tasting featuring 5 of her favorite white wines - free to anyone who comes to the garden as part of the tour.
“Blue Birds of Peace Garden” (est. 2004)    Location: 951 Missouri Way, Fayetteville, 72701 Peace Gardeners : Nancy Maier and Marshall Carter
Description:  “The focal point of my peace garden is an Ozark flagstone tree-shaped patio designed by Quinn Landrum and built by Quinn and his father, the artist M.M. Kent. The center of the patio is a single orange stone sun with rays extending outwards. The patio is a sunny stop for relaxing, doing yoga, painting the garden, or meditating. Next to the patio is a terraced planting area for sunflowers, lavender, and butterfly bush. The area is surrounded on three sides by a fence and several birdhouses. Before the garden was even completed, a pair of bluebirds had built a nest and raised a family.”  It Includes a Peace Pole.  Additional flowers: daisies, Solomon Seal, zinnias, spearmint, geraniums, lilies, sedum.  There’re also vegetables: squash, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes.  And a Zen white sand garden which adds to the general beauty and cheer.
‘Peace Trees Garden’ ( est 2006)
Location:   2008 W. Cleveland St., Fayetteville, 72701 Peace Gardener Cathy Boyd
Description:  Peace Trees Garden is located one house away from the intersection of Cleveland and Sang.  On the east side of my house is a lot belonging to me which is excellent for parking and the gate beside the carport leads directly into the back yard.  I have owned and lived in this space since 1975.  At the time of closing, the house had been vacant for a year and the yard required a brush hog before anyone could step off the back porch.  All of the huge oaks and pine trees were here; everything else has been added through the years.
Although only 5 blocks from the university, the garden comprises almost 2 acres and no neighbors are plainly visible. It is a haven of tranquility in a bustling neighborhood and the back porch is a perfect spot for me and my two dogs and three cats to relax.  All the cats are keen students of ornithology and the porch is a perfect observation post. The dogs and many people enjoy cooling off in the swimming pool in summer.
“The Garden of Peace and Tranquility” (2009)
Location: 517 E. Prospect Street, Fayetteville (approx. 1 block west of Mission, small red house) Peace Gardeners: Frank and Marty Burggraf /
Description: Despite health issues and the ravages of ice storms, this retired lifelong professor of landscape architecture has transformed this yard containing very little original landscaping into a green oasis in just a couple years time. The Garden of Peace and Tranquility is ever expanding and maturing, and features noteworthy hosta and iris collections, a new vegetable garden, Japanese maples, many perennials and a water feature. A delight.
* Anne Reichardt's Peace & Serenity Stroll Garden
Peace Gardener: Ann Reichardt
LOCATION: 17095 Lake Sequoyah Drive
DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of E. Huntsville Rd. and Crossover Rd. drive east 3 miles to Lake Sequoyah Drive. OR from S. School Ave take Martin L King Blvd. east toward Elkins for 5.4 miles (@ 1.5 mi it becomes Huntsville Rd or Hwy 16 east). Turn left onto Lake Sequoyah Dr. for 2.1 miles; ok to park in Fire Dept. lot on right, house and studio are on left, 2 acre stroll garden is "up back".
DESCRIPTION: Come celebrate our heritage in the garden that was begun 5 years ago to honor the natural character of the rural Arkansas landscape while incorporating Soto Zen accents. Along the strolling boulevards there is a labyrinth consisting of 28 wave-form berms for walking, a carved 9 ft. natural-rock egg-carin with chamber, a 45 ft. "copperhead" arising from an original hand-dug well on the site of the old homestead, a goat-barn and meditation loft, a "mini-Stonehenge" and other elements among painstakingly cleared (from invasives and green briars) native plants which are flourishing. Er-Gene Kahng, violinist for the U of A faculty chamber Orchestra, will play---perhaps with friends--- in the garden's central gazebo mid-afternoon.
* Peace Gardener Unity Center For Conscious Living
4880 W. Wedington Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72704
Contact: Kate Guendling
Unity is located 1.6 miles west of Hwy. 540 on the right/north side of Wedington Road, look for the sign.
It is the position of Unity Worldwide Ministries to urge all Nations, their leaders, and their people to turn to God (by whatever the name) for guidance during these challenging times and to pursue peace, not war, for this is what honors the god of all our faith traditions. Unity stands for peace in our lifetime.
Unity Center for Conscious Living in Fayetteville, Arkansas has named its outdoor labyrinth “Peace in Our Lifetime Garden”. You are invited to step into the labyrinth, walk the sandy path to the center and experience the peace that passes all understanding. In the center of the labyrinth you will find our peace pole presented to us by Omni Center. You are also welcome to visit our community garden, “Unity Organic Garden”.
* World Wetland Peace Prairie
1121 S. Duncan Avenue
A public owned and volunteer maintained public park featuring native wetland prairie which is open free year round during city park hours.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Carpenter ants protect aphids in exchange for access to honeydew: For more on this phenomen see page 229 of Doug Tallamy's 'Bringing Nature Home'

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Read Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cottontails selectively prune grass and wildflowers

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A few of the things in bloom at WPWP on May 24, 2011

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Amorpha fruticosa is also known as Indigo bush

Elderberry flowers

Dick Bennett video promoting OMNI's sixth-annual peace-garden tour

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cicada outgrows exoskeleton on May 22, 2011, at WPWP

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See today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for news story.
See Web site featuring Cicada information: Magicicada

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Karen Rollet-Crocker to present program on landscaping with native plants at 5:30 p.m. today at her home on Mount Sequoyah

Landscaping with Native Plants

Native plants in a landscape help preserve our Ozark identity, provide food for our birds and insects and are well suited to our soils and climate. Karen Rollet Crocker, recently retired UA professor of landscape architecture, invites us to see how she is using native plants in her home landscape and to hear what she has learned during her years of designing gardens for others, including the native landscape for Compton Gardens and the heritage gardens at Peel Mansion, both in Bentonville.

Crocker’s talk and demonstration on landscaping with native plants is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. at 951 N. Pembroke Road in Fayetteville . The rain date is Tuesday, May 17 at the same time.

Directions: from Mission Blvd (45) go up the hill on Rockwood Trail (.6 mi). At the top turn left on Pembroke and go to the first corner on the left side (west side).

Attendees who want starts of native plants are invited to bring a couple of small pots with soil in which to take them home.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Fayetteville Tree and Landscape Advisory Committee. For information, call 871-7023.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Landscaping with Native Plants
Community Events
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: 951 N. Pembroke Road, Fayetteville
Landscape Architecture Professor Karen Rollet Crocker

Contact: Fayetteville Tree and Landscape Advisory Committee
Phone: 479-871-7023

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Amorpha fruticosa or false wild indigo bush: a beautiful display up close

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These shots from 40 feet with zoom lens don't do justice to the beautiful, tiny flowers

May 7, 2011, photos from WPWP

Thursday, May 5, 2011