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Re: “How to Make Your Backyard an Avian Attraction

And lastly - keep your cats indoors. We lose nest after nest of baby birds every spring to house cats.

Posted by Nopenopenope on 06/25/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Slideshow: The Vermont Flower Show 2019

The VT Flower Show needs a new creative direction and an overhaul - it's the same boring setup every year. Despite changing "themes," there isn't a lot of daring or adventure from year to year. It's the same flowers, the same bulging crowds, the same exorbitant ticket price. They need to mix it up...it's become self-congratulatory and a snooze fest. Looking forward to 2021's "Adventure in Wonderland" or whatever drab tulip-themed exhibition they squeeze out of the tired old hat.

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Posted by Nopenopenope on 06/25/2019 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Underground Microorganisms Build Healthy Soil for a Cooler Planet

interesting article with good lawn tips but one . Professionals in person and on-line strongly believe that core aeration (which punches plugs from the lawn) is a much better option then spike aeration . In fact some believe spike aeration actually compacts the soil and is therefore counterproductive .

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Posted by Rich ard on 06/08/2019 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Landscape Architects Wagner Hodgson Sculpt the View

Nice job normalizing this foolish project. Keep tickling the mayor's taint, Seven Days. Your elitist hipster rag continues to show its true colors with each issue.

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Posted by Paul Bonelli on 12/31/2018 at 7:55 AM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

I have worked with Cynthia Knauf on a small but important project; a memorial garden for a beloved community member. Cynthia was highly professional and generous in our meetings with both her time and creative responses. Her designs were beautiful and she brought a particular magic and attention to qualities I didn't expect as we envisioned how to make this contemplative garden a special place for humans, pollinators, birds and sound. Anyone who gets to work with her is very lucky. C.D. .

Posted by Cami Davis on 04/08/2018 at 3:37 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

We cant say enough good things about Cynthias attention to detail and inspired solutions to landscape design in our challenging climate. Black River Design has had the pleasure of working with her on several commercial and residential projects and looks forward to the next collaboration.

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Posted by Black River Design Architects on 03/28/2018 at 1:12 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

I have known Cynthia for over a decade and have interacted with her professionally on several projects. She is gracious and kind and is an exceptionally creative landscape architect. Her design solutions are inspired; her sense of color, proportion, and flow create beautiful and exciting spaces. I recommend Cynthia without hesitation; it is such a pleasure to work with her.

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Posted by Penny Miller on 03/24/2018 at 9:24 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

Cynthia Knauf is a top-notch landscape architect with an impeccable reputation in the industry.

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Posted by Jerry Johnson on 03/20/2018 at 7:10 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

I am so lucky to know Cynthia Knauf! I'm an artist and have been cultivating my large Winooski lot over 27 years into a sculpture garden where art and plantings are interwoven. I thought I was doing a lovely creative job until I worked with Cynthia to formalize the design -- what a difference! Now entering the garden is like going into another world that is timeless -- which was always my dream for this space. Cynthia's work is proof that you can create a magic place even in rough-around-the-edges Winooski. Cynthia really listens, is a great communicator, and is simultaneously creative and practical. I could not recommend her highly enough.

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Posted by Leslie Fry on 03/20/2018 at 7:09 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

I have had the pleasure of working with Cynthia Knaufs firm on the master planning of a resort village center near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She was an invaluable team player working with the architect and civil engineer in designing a beautiful, functional, inspirational and fun outdoor environment. She is currently assisting us in developing imaginative landscape renovation guidelines for a newly acquired family-run ski resort here in Vermont. Her design insight and on time on budget approach have been invaluable. Her firm is professional and organized. I can highly recommend her.

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Posted by Ralph Deslauriers on 03/20/2018 at 5:00 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

To the comment posted by David McGee: Youre missing the forest for the trees. Cynthias work is wonderful: Ive known her and her work for fifteen years. You might have inquired in a compassionate way at that meeting of the family issue and made allowances for it. I sure would have. What I hear in your message is not useful information with regard to the quality of her work. Its just a personal rant of unfulfilled expectations from one meeting. Honorable character on your part would have kept this a private conversation between the two of you, not a public shaming.

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Posted by Woodswalker on 03/19/2018 at 4:40 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

I've worked on a couple projects with Cynthia, and she's been a joy to work with. She has great ideas and creativity, and her knowledge base of plants and flora is the best I've seen. I've met a couple of her clients from projects she finished, and my sense is they thought the world of her too. Can't go wrong with Cynthia.

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Posted by Peter Larsen on 03/19/2018 at 3:21 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

I love Cynthia Knaufs Work. She helped me reorganize my tiny garden plot so it worked!
Her incredible design for a neighbor solved the steep bald slope and gave her a peaceful beautiful landscape.

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Posted by Carolyn Bates on 03/19/2018 at 9:44 AM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

Cynthia was an hour late to our first meeting (apparently having forgot about it) and continued with disinterest and sparse communication (she mentioned family issues), although sent us a bill for $500, until we (a small Burlington condo association) were pawned off onto another landscaping company who took over the project. Extremely disappointed if not disgusted with this business.

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Posted by David McGee on 03/16/2018 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Mike Bald's Mission to Eradicate Invasive Plants

There are massive amounts of wild parsnip in the NEK. It's along the sides of Rte 2 from the intersection of Rte 302 through to the bridge to Lancaster, NH. The sides of Rte 5 fare no better. I have seen the hogweed growibg along I-89 and I-91.

Posted by John N Kelly Sefcik on 08/10/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Mike Bald's Mission to Eradicate Invasive Plants

I think the biggest problems is that the local road crews are spreading it like Mickey did with the magic broom in the Sorcerers Apprentice. They mow it into a million little pieces and spread them up and down the road sides and let them wash into the rivers if it rains. Then the little pieces root and start new plants. Irene was the pest thing that ever happened to knotweed in Vermont.

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Posted by Brian Jewett on 08/08/2016 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Mike Bald's Mission to Eradicate Invasive Plants

Thanks for the question, Brian.

Knotweed is what I get asked about most often, together with wild chervil and wild parsnip.
In both instances, there is no substitute for collective action beyond singular properties.
So while I work to transition a site, I cannot guarantee against re-infestation from upstream or right next door.
With that clear need for more cooperation, I am doing several town workshops this fall to lay out possible actions next spring.
My goal is for towns / regional commissions to get creative with control work, building in artistic themes, community involvement, and real economic opportunities. Japanese knotweed has at least four economic uses, all of which should be pursued to generate income to direct back into treatment work. Hello?
So those workshops are lining up, and I'll propose to cap it all off with a prezi at the NOFA conference in February. I want to lay out my thoughts and observations, some of which may be a shade radical, but I also want real input from landowners who are suffering economic loss every year with these infestations. Not to mention the public safety issue with chervil and parsnip.
So that's ahead… February at UVM.

For now, best to leave the knotweed alone until Labor Day.
Once it flowers, all energy goes to the roots.
You can intercept that energy by flush-cutting the entire patch a couple times in September.
But ONLY cut the knotweed; allow all other plants to remain so they can build strength.
Clean out the old canes and cut material, and you'll have a weakened patch of knotweed ready for your unrelenting presence next May.
No trips to the dump – pile knotweed cuttings on pallets and let the sun bake them in place.
This is your new Weed Drying Station.
Exciting, no?

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Posted by Mike Bald on 08/08/2016 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Mike Bald's Mission to Eradicate Invasive Plants

I'd be very interested to know how he deals with knotweed. I've managed to foil some new invasions but haven't had much luck with established patches.

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Posted by Brian Jewett on 08/05/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “How to Boost Your Backyard's Flower Power

Drool.

Posted by K802 on 04/09/2016 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Seven Ways to Decorate the Outdoors

Really great tips in your article Molly, especially if you are selling your property. First impressions last, and before they've even stepped through the front door of your house, prospective buyers would either be dismayed or enthralled by your garden. As for the making the best of small balcony spaces, I totally agree with the idea of going for a smaller folding metal patio table. These even come in funky, bright neon colours these days - ideal if you're after a modern look. Kind regards - Rik Haynes, White Stores http://www.whitestores.co.uk

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Posted by Rik Haynes on 06/17/2015 at 11:55 AM

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