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The gardens grow at Jefferson’s Monticello

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden” — Thomas Jefferson 1811 Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and author of the Declaration of Independence, was an avid gardener. He chose the site of[…]

Plant lovers find each other at swaps, online or in person

Plant lovers have long gotten together to trade seeds and growing advice, and the latest generation is following suit with modern plant swaps. The swaps (sometimes called plant exchanges) for amateur horticulturalists are popping up in homes, parking lots, trendy gardening stores and online. They’re about exchanging advice and meeting[…]

Plant lovers find each other at swaps, online or in person

Plant lovers have long gotten together to trade seeds and growing advice, and the latest generation is following suit with modern plant swaps. The swaps (sometimes called plant exchanges) for amateur horticulturalists are popping up in homes, parking lots, trendy gardening stores and online. They’re about exchanging advice and meeting[…]

Handwritten note via snail mail is a treat

The arrival of my daily mail signifies one of those familiar rhythms I’ve come to expect in my day. Mostly it’s bills that I still pay by check because I don’t trust my tech skills. An occasional handwritten note, it’s a joyful treat. I have a friend who, when she’s[…]

For some people, backyards aren’t just backyards anymore

“We’re seeing everything from Zen retreats for al fresco yoga to whimsical children’s spaces that go way beyond the typical swing set,” says Jennifer Bringle, editor in chief of Casual Living magazine. More and more, she says, homeowners are putting the same kind of personal stamp on their outdoor areas[…]

Re-imagined 1950s home on Flagler highlights hard work

The house at 3630 Flagler Avenue that Dr. Taweh Beysolow has now owned for almost 11/2 years was built in the 1950s, as was much of the nearby New Town area. The main building is a single-story, three-bedroom, two-bathroom with an extra storage structure and a lovely, large free-form pool.[…]

Tips for saving money on groceries

I do not know of a single person who doesn’t like to save money. And the supermarket is one of the most important places to be shopping-savvy. The good news is there are so many easy and effective ways to slash your grocery budget. Here are some tips that will[…]

Outdoor kitchens continue to evolve

Since the basic backyard barbecue began evolving into the outdoor kitchen, the trend has only grown. Some of today’s outdoor cooking areas can seem almost like full kitchens, with more appliances and food prep space. Even walls, ceilings and TVs. “It’s not just where you prepare the food. It’s where[…]

Gardeners, let’s praise the hoe

Hopefully, I’ve caught you in time, before your weeds have grown lusty. I want you to consider the much maligned hoe. Wait! Don’t stop reading. I know hoeing is the activity that (perhaps because they had to do it when they were young) makes too many adults give up gardening[…]

A look back at typewriters and their rebirth

For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, or something seen only in movies. But at the few remaining typewriter repair shops in the country, business is booming as a younger generation discovers the[…]