Monthly Archives: October 2012

When Plants are Wicked

Wicked Plants, especially the ones used in muuuuurders (cue scary music) are getting lots of attention these days, thanks to writer Amy Stewart, whose book on the subject is a bestseller.  (She followed …

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Waterfalls are Calming

Yesterday while we were all waiting for Hurricane Sandy to arrive (and fearing the worst) I remembered this.  It’s the new waterfall at the entrance to our Davidsonville location and it makes me want the …

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Finally, a garden-lover’s porch

Here in the Mid-Atlantic one of the fastest-growing trends in garden design isn’t about plants at all – it’s the popularity of screened-in garden-viewing structures, especially porches.   That’s primarily due to the increased mosquito and …

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Great Halloween Ideas

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
I spent many years asking what was the big idea about Halloween? Now as decorations, events, costuming, food seem to go completely bonkers, I realize …

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Fading Hostas are Bargains

Sure, any shopper will want to buy hostas when they look anything like THIS in the garden center – gorgeous!  But the wise, budget-conscious shopper picks them up NOW, as they’re fading and frankly pretty …

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More Starters for the Day-Come & Taste!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
What do I mean by, “Come & Taste?” I will be cooking away this Saturday at NOON in Severna Park Homestead Gardens. Learn all about the world …

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Your October Lawn Care Checklist

Great Time to Feed the Lawn
Fall is the BEST TIME to feed lawns – not spring when the TV pitchmen tell us to do it- and it can be done right up until …

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Halloween Gear You Don’t See Everywhere.

Are you ready for Halloween?  If you are, or if you’re getting bored with the tired old decorations you’ve been using for years, the same ones all your neighbors have, check out the fun stuff …

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Starters for the Day

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Did you know that simply eating breakfast raises your metabolism by 10%? It wakes up the systems after a full night’s sleep and provides your body with …

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Two More Weekends of Fall Festival

If you haven’t attended our legendary Fall Festival yet, you have two more weekends!  At Davidsonville both Saturdays and Sundays and in Severna Park on Saturdays.  11 to 4.  Soooo much fun going on, as …

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Fall-Blooming Asters and Agastaches are Pollinator Magnets

Next time you’re here to shop or to attend the Fall Festival, stop by our Perennials Department and just listen to the buzz of bumblebees.  And no worries about getting stung – they’re know as …

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Fall Farm Adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Our mountains, predominantly the Blue Ridge, beckon this time of year with glorious sunshine, harvested apples, wine harvests and farm festivals. Let me show you a few …

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New Wetland Restoration Project!

Big changes at our Davidsonville site!  The hilly part of our site next to the retail garden center is now a Wetland Restoration Project – a model one, at that!  It’s the work of the …

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