The first step to successful gardening is to remember that gardening is about connecting to nature, and nature is unpredictable. That’s according to Rebecca Sears, the chief gardening guru for Green Garden Products and owner of Ferry-Morse Gardening. Many people begin gardening as the weather warms up in the spring, whether that means planting flowers or growing vegetables and herbs. But gardening can be intimidating to first timers or people who’ve had bad experiences in the past. When it comes to gardening best practices, there often is no “golden rule and every plant is unique,” Sears said. “Enjoy the

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LIKE A BOTANICAL King Midas, Alexander Hoyle turns lifeless pavement into cottage gardens worthy of bucolic Britain. You can barely tell that the fairy-tale patch in front of the garden designer’s own London apartment—a profusion that includes foxglove and iris—isn’t a patch at all but a group of plantings set atop a mostly flagstone surface (right). The transformative ingredient: containers. Mr. Hoyle fills flower pots with several species, he said, then sets the containers cheek by jowl “to embody the English country garden…romantic, abundant and very floriferous.”

Mr. Hoyle and other garden designers challenge the notion that vibrant, pollinator-friendly flower

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Think of her as a conflict-resolution specialist — except that at least one party in most every dispute that Marne A. Titchenell of The Ohio State University negotiates is a four-legged, fur-bearing individual stubbornly disinclined to negotiate.

“In the past week alone,” said Ms. Titchenell, whose official title is wildlife program specialist, “I have answered skunk, groundhog, bat, vole and mole questions. And, of course, ones about deer.”

Ms. Titchenell’s primary professional role is educating Ohioans about wildlife ecology, biology and habitat management. When she lectures to gardeners, farmers or the nursery industry, she asks for a show of hands

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As a teenager, Dan Gerlach worked at Wisconsin Garden and Pet Supply.

His father owned the store. And now he owns it with his brother Bob. 

But after 68 years in business, the shop plans to close this summer as the Gerlach brothers retire. 

Dan Gerlach said what he’ll miss most is easy: the customers.

“They take care of us, and we help them as best we can too,” Gerlach said.

Dan’s parents, Chuck and Eileen Gerlach, opened the business in 1954 at Lefeber and North avenues in Wauwatosa. At the time, the business was just a pet store.


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When the Susssex Village Board approved a three-story mixed-use development in September 2019, the goal was to fill it with businesses to help support the downtown.

The plan called for 18,000 square feet of retail space and 40 apartment units next to the Piggly Wiggly at Silver Spring Drive and Main Street.

The apartments have been filled. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the retail units remain vacant, said developer Arthur Sawall.

Sawall, president of Sussex-based Sawall Development, predicts that once the project’s Mexican restaurant and beer garden open, new businesses will follow.

Owner Chaz Hastings said he is considering 

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However, they wondered why the building needs to be so close to the street when there is plenty of empty space at the fairgrounds.​ They noted that private property owners, who pay taxes in the area, have to give up space due to zoning codes all the time.

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“We as the public jump through all these things, then the government shows up and does whatever they want and wastes everybody’s time, ” Visser said, noting that the granting of the variance request was a foregone conclusion.

Visser noted that he’s

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