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Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Hildene

Friday, August 15, 2014

Abraham Lincoln’s grand- daughter Jessie created a beautiful garden in 1907 at Hildene, her family’s summer home in Vermont. Designed to be seen from her mother’s second floor sitting room, the parterre garden was like stained glass in a cathedral. Low privet hedges enclosed beds filled with colorful perennials and annuals in separate hues. One bed would have blue flowers, … 0

Right at Home: Style tips for off-campus living and getting along

Friday, August 15, 2014

For college kids who move off-campus, learning to accommodate the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school. Take Erica Weidrick and Caitrin Curtis, upperclassmen at the University of North Carolina, who are moving into a new town house with a third friend. While they’d all been living together … 0

Your Place: Best laundry detergents among lowest cost, study says

Friday, August 15, 2014

Here’s something of a novelty: A recent study of laundry detergents by Consumer Reports found that some of the best stain fighters were also among the least expensive, including wallet-friendly warehouse-store brands Member’s Mark and Kirkland. In an article in its August issue, Consumer Reports said that while Tide Ultra Stain Release earned the highest score, Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean, a Sam’s Club … 0

Feeling the blues at the ‘granddaddy’ of all flower exhibits: Chelsea Flower Show

Friday, June 27, 2014

Chelsea Flower Show, the horticultural extravaganza held in London every May, is absolutely overwhelming. It was my dream for 30 years to attend this granddaddy of all flower shows and this year my dream came true. A group … 0

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl Wilson: Train your trees

Friday, June 27, 2014

Training apple trees for maximum fruiting doesn’t have to be high tech, Wes Autio, fruit specialist at University of Massachusetts Amherst says. Autio told members of the Gardeners Guild of the Renaissance Center last Saturday that he likes … 1

Mass. home sales down, median prices up

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts fell in May when compared with the same month a year ago, but median prices continue to soar, two organizations that track the housing market reported Tuesday. Sales dropped nearly 10 percent when compared with May 2013, but median prices jumped 7 … 0

Living Smart: Can this tree be saved?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Trees add beauty, shade and value to your property, but they don’t live forever. Sources of damage or death include age, storm damage, drought or other extreme weather, and environmental issues. Top-rated tree experts tell our team that trees, like other living creatures, need good nutrition, a healthy … 0

Open and shut case: choosing and hanging shutters

Friday, June 27, 2014

Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. “They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house,” says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, N.C. But to get … 0

Make your shower even more enjoyable

Friday, June 27, 2014

No matter how satisfying, relaxing and soothing a warm shower can be, why not make it better? More intense water pressure, better organization, even music can make a shower all the more enjoyable. ∎ Once you’ve showered under … 0

Hive mind Home gardeners can help save the bees — and our food supply

Friday, June 20, 2014

Albert Einstein, a man lauded as an icon for his superior intelligence, once said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” Many people who are … 0

Backyard ponds: like bringing the resort feel home

Friday, June 6, 2014

About this time of year, Lee Neiman walks outside to his backyard every morning and impatiently counts the days. It’s not until late March or early April that the backyard paradise at his Pittsburgh home usually returns to … 0

Right at home: a neoclassical moment in decor

Friday, June 6, 2014

If you’re a fan of traditional décor, you probably appreciate the elegant lines and rich history of neoclassical style. Interest in classical style really took off in the second half of the 18th century, when Scottish architect Robert … 0

Ask a Designer: No color’s too bold for decor

Friday, June 6, 2014

It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. No need to worry about colors clashing if most everything is white, beige and light brown. But what if you’re a … 0