It is upon us – the holiday season with the multitude of events and celebrations, where we gather with friends and family over good food and drink and wind down to the New Year. Whether you put your culinary skills to the test for your party or have it catered, chances are there will be a significant increase in leftovers and trash from now until the ball drops on December 31st. Use that opportunity to launch your composting efforts and resolve yourself to a more eco-friendly holiday season and lifestyle.
Before Jack Frost comes a-nipping, and weather conditions get too cold or wet, take some time to build your compost pile so you can feel good about all the excess waste your holiday season produces.
It’s probably still burned into your retinas. The image of Clark Griswold’s house from 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; row upon row of glittering lights – blazing like a small sun that takes the power grid down in the neighboring three counties. A more recent commemoration of this holiday décor style was 2006’s “Deck the Halls”, where the ultimate goal was to see the holiday décor, from SPACE.
While this type of decorating can have a long-lasting effect on anyone who sees it, (like wearing glasses earlier than genetically necessary), we are firm believers that “less is more” when it comes to decorating your outdoor living spaces for the holidays and we have a few suggestions on how to create a truly memorable experience for your guests and passers-by.
Let your guests know that you’re a Thanksgiving pro and use a stunning centerpiece to set the stage. While extravagant floral arrangements will always impress, these eco-friendly nature inspired “harvest” centerpieces set a down-home and family, friendly feel.
Depending on the weather on Halloween night, some people like to greet trick-or-treaters from their porch or patio, where they can sit in comfort and watch the kids make their way up and down the street as they enjoy the evening.
Since most of the little ghouls are bound to come to the front door looking for their goodies, use your walkway to lead them around to your sitting area, where they can barter for their treats. It’s here that you have to make a decision about your décor. Do you lean more towards the “trick” side of Halloween, where you look to add a little horror-based fun for your trick-or-treaters or do you like the fun, friendly side of the holiday?
It is said that it’s the most wonderful time of the year-but, it can also be the most wasteful. Perhaps because it’s the most hectic, we can sometimes choose shortcuts that are not so eco-friendly.
While some people are earth-aware and have changed their life styles accordingly, everyone can make a difference with a few minor changes in their holiday preparation plans.
Did you ever wonder why we hang wreaths on our front doors?
Historians agree that it seems likely that wreaths were made popular almost 3000 years ago. It all started in Greece during the Olympic Games when small wreaths (made of laurel leaves) were used to crown the winning participants. Later, when the Games began to move to different cities, each host city would award head garlands made using branches from their local trees.
Halloween is almost here! A time of year where dressing up in scary or silly costumes is the norm, and it’s commonplace for children to put candy into a pillow case. We decorate the landscape, carve pumpkins, visit haunted houses and watch horror films. But did you ever wonder why?
We've all heard of Liberty Island, home to our nation’s most beloved and iconic symbol of freedom, The Statue of Liberty. But did you know that the island was originally named, Bedloe's Island?
Located in the Upper New York Bay and covering approximately 14 acres, Bedloe ’s Island was at one time a small pox quarantine station. Privately owned for many years, it was eventually sold to the Corporation of the City of New York.
While he was off by two days with his prediction, John Adams definitely had the right idea about how to celebrate Independence Day.
John Adams, in a letter to his wife, Abigail:
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.
Our current-day Memorial Day began after the Civil War as Decoration Day. Because the Civil War claimed so many lives, Americans began commemorating the veterans who died in the war by decorating their grave stones with wreaths or flowers.
One of the most famous American architects of all time, Frank Lloyd Wright, is best known for his Organic Architecture style. Thought to be his most famous design, Fallingwater was designed in 1935 for the Kaufman family and resides in Bear Run, PA.
At its roots, May 1, May Day, is an ancient Celtic and Germanic holiday. The townsfolk (who had survived the long harsh winter) celebrated spring’s arrival and the promise of warmer weather on the first of May.
The history of using paving dates back to ancient times when trade and travel necessitated passable roads free of rocks and trees. As cities expanded and populations grew, paving stones were used to create walkways for pedestrian traffic, and roadways were built to accommodate the increase in horse and carriage traffic.
As we begin 2014, it's time to make plans for what we'll create and how we can improve. What New Year's resolutions are you putting on your list? Go to the gym? Eat healthier? Why not add creating a sustainable landscape to the list? Sustainability isn't a trend; it's a way of life.