Sunday, January 22, 2017 83
Sunday, January 22, 2017 Today's Schedule Listen Now!
Login to comment or to shop for deal of the day or books.
Login to your member account to read premium articles.
Photographer: Heather Coit
Kaizad Irani, right, keeps his crew busy on West Park Avenue. Helping from left are Aaron VonQualen, Mark Sikora and Hsuing Marler.
Photographer: Robin Scholz
Kaizad Irani explains about stepping down with edging.
Zack Alumbaugh quenches his thirst before returning to garden work at West Park Avenue.
Bruno Ferreira, whose reflection is seen in Quinten Bradley's pickup truck, throws another pile of dirt onto the bed before it is hauled away for recycling.
Photographer: robin Scholz
Jennifer and Doug Tepovich, workers at the Sikora's house in Urbana, check out the progress at the Craft-Wackler home in Champaign.
Excess dirt is put back on West Park Avenue garden.
Ben Wackler's mom, Julie Trinkle, of Rantoul, right, gets a tour from Nicole Sikora.
Isabel Sikora, left, 3, helps her mother, Nicola Sikora spray a planter as friend, Maeve Reilly, does the same at right.
Ben Wackler, Stacy Craft and their dog Abby sit on the sidewalk that splits their completed garden on Park Street in Champaign.
From left, Bruno Ferreira, Daniel Shook, Seamus Reilly and Hsiung Marler work assembly-line style on West Park Avenue.
Mark and Nicole Sikora and their daughter, Isabel, in front of their completed garden.
Kaizad Irani walks Ben, and Julie Trinkle walks Stacy up the street to revealing of their new garden.
Ben Wackler and Stacy Craft get the first look of their new garden.
Ben Wackler gives a hug to Kaizad Irani after seeing the design of his new garden.
Isabel and Nicole Sikora, Stacy Craft and Mark Sikora stand together at the unveiling of Craft's new garden.
Stacy Craft hugs Kaizad Irani after seeing her new garden.
The completed project at the home of Stacy Craft and Ben Wackler on West Park Street.
The completed garden on Park Street in Champaign.
Ben Wackler carries Mark Sikora and Mary Anne Metz leads Nicole Sikora up the street to see their new gardens.
Nicole and Mark Sikora react to their new front yard.
Nicole Sikora hugs Stacy Craft while Ben Wackler looks on after the Sikoras saw their new garden.
Nicole Sikora hugs designer Mary Ann Metz while Mark Sikora looks at the result of her work.
Mark Sikora gives a hug to designer Mary Ann Metz.
Kaizad Irani, right, helps Nicole Sikora get started on installing a fountain for the front yard at West ParK Avenue
Kaizad Irani leads the way as his crew continues to landscape on West Park Avenue in Champaign.
Charlie Sikora, left, and Hsiung Marlar, back, listen to Quinten Bradley explain how to lay edging blocks using sand for leveling.
Kaizad Irani, left, goes over his landscaping ideas with Quinten Bradley.
Patrick Nabeya gets a tube of liquid nails started.
Nicole Sikora listens to Kaizad Irani's instructions on how to install a fountain on West Park Avenue.
Workers dig in to a lunch of pizza and burgers in the backyard of the Craft-Wackler house.
A Bloodgood Japanese Maple frames workers on Park Street.
Nicole Sikora moves the next group of plants to the front.
Workers pass long stones for the garden's edge.
Hsuing Marler, center, helps Mark Sikora, left, and other plant bushes.
Eddie Sayon, left, and Daniel Shook construct a base for the planters.
Plants wait for a permanent home on West Park Avenue
Kaizad Irani, far right, gives planting tips to Mark Sikora.
Charlie Sikora pots plants.
Kaizad Irani picks out fountain rocks with Nicole Sikora in the backyard to be used in the front of West Park Avenue.
Mark Sikora, right, unloads rolls of sod with Quinten Bradley.
Workers set plants in the garden on Park Street.
Mark Sikora finds shade for a break and a drink.
A view of the side of the driveway of the Craft-Wackler house.
Kaizad Irani places stepping stones.
Mark and Nicole Sikora take a break on the front steps after everything is done.
Kaizad Irani stands on a pickup truck to get a picture of the garden on Park Street.
Workers unload mulch into a wheelbarrow.
Workers wait for rock to be delivered.
Zack Alumbaugh digs a hole for a plant.
Photographer: Darrell Hoemann
The team headed by Stacy Craft and Ben Wacker starts work with friends and family on the front yard of Nicole Seidman Sikora and Mark Sikora on Webber Street in Urbana.
Ben Wacker and Charlotte Craft look over the plans.
Mark Sikora helps his daughter, Isabel, 3, put her garden gloves on as they tackle the front yard.
Ben Wacker unloads stones from Mary Anne Metz's car.
Designer Mary Anne Metz unloads plants from her car as the they get ready to start.
Doug Tepovich unloads stones.
Garett Craft tills the incline in the Webber Street front yard.
Caruso Craft watches while father Garett Craft tills the front yard.
Ben Wacker tills the median strip.
Stacy Craft examine the plan while mother Charlotte Craft and Jennifer Tepovich look on.
Howard Craft, Doug Tepovich, Charlotte Craft and Stacy Craft get to work in clearing the yard.
Doug Tepovich and Howard Craft remove plants as the first stage progesses.
Mary Anne Metz splits an Ajuca plant into three for planting.
Caruso Craft carries a shovel nearly as tall as he is into the yard.
Charlotte Craft, top, plants one of the window boxes as Jennifer Tepovich holds it.
From left, Stacy Craft, Jennifer Tepovich and Charlotte Craft prepare window boxes.
Jennifer Tepovich and Charlotte Craft work on the window boxes.
Doug Tepovich digs up a hosta.
Howard Craft removes plants that will be salvaged for other uses.
Jennifer Tepovich works to salvage some vines in the front yard.
Howard Craft drills holes to hang window boxes.
Howard Craft gets help from Jennifer Tepovich as they hang a windowbox.
Ben Wackler paints the steps of the Sidoras' house.
Caruso Craft, right, keeps his father Garett company as he lays blocks for a wall.
Garett Craft assembles a bench for the front yard.
Seven-year-old Caruso Craft shows off his bubble blowing talent.
Caruso Craft works with a shovel.
Howard Craft works on Webber Street while Caruso Craft supervises.
Designers Mary Anne Metz, left, and Kaizad Irani talk as work continues on the Sidoras' house.
Mary Anne Metz, left, Carol McCabe, and Tracy Ideus spread mulch on ivy that was planted on the easement between the houe and street.
Garett Craft lays stone for the new wall. The wall on the left was the original.
Doug and Jennifer Tepovich load mulch into a wheelbarrow.
Designer Mary Anne Metz finds time to clean up a little as others eat lunch.
Stacy Craft rakes the tilled ground prior to planting.
Garrett Craft makes room for the new retaining wall stones.
Retaining wall work is also part of the project. Here, Garett Craft and Howard Craft work on a problem corner.
The trellises are set up next to the house.
Charlotte Craft waters the window boxes.
Charlotte Craft waters the plantings.
Dustin Little pours mulch, while Stacy Craft waits to spread it.
The view through he porch window as as work continues on the Webber Street house.
Jennifer Tepovich pots the hibiscus tree.
Justin Little displays the 1919 penny he found in the dirt.
Ben Wackler hoses off the awnings as one of the finishing touches.
Pink firefly impatiens were planted for Isabel Sikora, who loves pink.
Charlotte Craft and grandson Caruso Craft remove plants from the yard.
Friends and volunteers wait on Webber Street for the arrival of Mark and Nicole Sikora at the revealing of their new garden.
Stacy Craft carries Isabel Sikora to the reveal at the Webber Street house.
Nichole Sikora chooses Purple Palace Coralbell plants at Schultz Nursery in Tilton.
Kaizad Irani selects a pot to support the fountain while shopping at Prairie Gardens.
Nicole and Mark sikora compare pots while shopping at Prairie Gardens in Champaign.
Mark Sikora carries a base for the fountain for the Park Street house during shopping at Prairie Gardens in Champaign.
Kaizad Irani chooses a fountain garden at Prairie Gardens while Mark and Nicole Sikora look on.
Kaizad Irani, foreground, is brushed by the tree as Schultz Nursery employee Frankie Stanis moves the Japanese Maple that Irani has chosen.
Kaizad Irani and Nicole Sikora take their purchases at Schultz Nursery.
Kaizad Irani sketches the front planters for the final design he will give to the homeowners.
Mark Sikora gets help unloading plants at the Park Street house from Karisa Brenner, front, and
Quinten Bradley, a neighbor, talks with designer Mary Anne Metz while Ben Wackler carries in a tree at the Park Street house.
Mark Sikora cuts through sod as work begins with the stripping of sod from areas to be planted. Behind him are Karisa Brenner, center, and Nicole Sikora.
Kaisad Irani marks where he wants sod removed as work begins at the Park Street house.
Nicole Sikora tries to cut through the sod with a flat shovel as designer Kaisad Irani looks on.
An assembly line removes brick edging. From left are Mark sikora, Bailey Brenner, Nicole Sikora and Karisa Brenner.
Karisa Brenner, left, and Bailey Brenner remove flagstones as work begins at the Park Street house on Friday evening, with the stripping of sod from areas to be planted.
Mark Sikora hauls away some of the bricks that were dug from the original garden's border.
Mary Ann Metz goes over her shopping list on the back of a pickup truck at Schultz Nursery.
The front yard of Nicole Seidman Sikora and Mark Sikora on Webber Street in Urbana as it looked before work began.
Mary Ann Metz gets help from Illini FS employees as they load the stone.
A selection of window box annuals for the Sikoras fills a shopping cart at Prairie Gardens.
Mary Ann Metz positions plants in the back of her truck while Ben Wackler waits with the hibiscus.
Ben Wackler gathers trellises for the Sikoras at Prairie Gardens.
Stacy Craft, Mary Ann Metz and Ben Wackler check out at Prairie Gardens. Ringing up the order is Shannon Lochner.
Ben Wackler pushes a cart full of plants to the checkout lane.
Designer Mary Ann Metz and Stacy Craft choose a hibiscus plant at Prairie Gardens.
A before look at the garden of Stacy Craft and Ben Wackler 1407 1/2 W. Park Street in Champaign.
Landscape designer Kaisad Irani meets with homeowners Stacy Kraft and Ben Wackler at their home in Champaign.
Stacy Craft and Ben Wackler's home at 1407 1/2 W. Park Street in Champaign before work began on the garden in the front.
Designer Kaisad talks with homeowners Stacy Craft and Ben Wackler to get an idea of what they'd like in their new garden.
Comments for this post are inactive.