For centuries, statuary and fountains have anchored formal baroque parterres, intricate herb knots, potagers, topiary, and rose gardens throughout Europe, thanks in great part to work done by statuary makers in the London-area factory of Eleanor Coade, which operated from the early 18th century through the middle of the 1800s. Fortunately, today’s landscape architects and designers have myriad choices for garden art that looks aged, although it is new. One of the West Coast’s largest suppliers, Lucca Statuary, in Seattle, Washington, specializes in hand-cast concrete pieces that are custom-finished with muriatic-based penetrating stains originally designed for floors.  

 

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Fresh vegetables signal springtime from the produce aisles and the farmers’ markets, showcasing this season of renewal. Utilizing raw, grilled, roasted, and baked vegetables, along with a variety of fresh herbs, Laura Swayne shares with us just a sampling of her favorite vegetarian recipes
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While the contents of a home may be considered the core, nothing sets the tone like the exterior. In the case of this abode in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, managed to give his client a beauty that will stand the test of time. The president of Grand Rapids–based Visbeen Associates, who was responsible for the architecture, interior architecture, and landscape planning, shows that you don’t have to shout to get your point across.   

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You may not feel you have the time or energy to tend a large flower garden, but a backyard herb garden is a delightful addition no matter where you live. Herbs offer so many benefits for such a small investment of time, money, and water. If you love to cook, there’s untold pleasure in harvesting your own fresh herbs to add to salads, marinades, dressings, cocktails, and desserts. At the height of season, you’ll enjoy gathering large armfuls of herbs to add fragrance and texture to floral bouquets or to elegantly garnish platters of hors d’oeuvres for a late-summer party. The possibilities are endless. 
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Greater Vancouver housing market trends near long-term
averages as spring market approaches
VANCOUVER, B.C. – March 2, 2012 – Closer alignment between home buyer and seller activity helped bring
greater balance to the Greater Vancouver housing market in February.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver
reached 2,545 on the MLS® system in February 2012. This represents a 61.4 per cent increase compared to the 1,577
sales recorded in January 2012, a decline of 17.8 per cent compared to the 3,097 sales in February 2011 and a 2.9 per
cent increase from the 2,473 home sales in February 2010.
February sales in Greater Vancouver were the third lowest February total in the region since
Greater Vancouver housing market trends near long-term averages as spring market approaches. Closer alignment between home buyer and seller activity helped bring greater balance to the Greater Vancouver housing market in February.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,545 on the MLS® system in February 2012. This represents a 61.4 per cent increase compared to the 1,577sales recorded in January 2012, a decline of 17.8 per cent compared to the 3,097 sales in February 2011.
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