Category Archives: Meet the Staff

Staff Tips on Surviving a Heat Wave

Don’t we all wonder how people who work outdoors can STAND it when the weather’s as brutally hot and humid as it was last week?  I sure do, so I stopped to ask a few …

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The Kitchen Garden and Those Down and Dirty Questions

Season Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook –Leave a comment

Well now, we made it through a winter of mild temperatures and it feels grand to be heading into March with the LOCAL …

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How Homestead’s Trains Run On Time

Homestead’s all decked out for the holidays and the trains are running!  And if you were one of the hoards of visitors who joined us for the Holiday Preview last Friday night, you already know …

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Homestead Landscaping – Who Knew?

It’s amazing how many people, regular customers of Homestead’s, don’t know we have a whole part of the company that designs and installs landscapes, does regular maintenance, installs holiday lights, and so on.  So here’s …

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Harry says “Feed your Lawn!”

 

You’ll find Harry Privette at the Help Center or in the garden products section at Homestead’s Davidsonville location, and this time of year he’s probably helping customers improve their lawns.  He has regular customers …

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What Does the Event Coordinator at Homestead Gardens Grow?

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Meet Bonnie Finlay-event planner @ Homestead Gardens and

creative edible garden entrepreneur who hopes her seeds grow as fast as the little time lapse video:

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Thanksgiving Greetings from Homestead

Hoping you all have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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Meet Charles Kemberling and his Top Potted Plant for the Holidays

by Susan Harris

Charles Kemberling has a history of selling books, and reading them – lots of them.  Enough that he uses one of those e-readers, one I’d never heard of …

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Meet Leslie and Laurie in Houseplants

by Susan Harris
Leslie Clark has worked in Homestead’s Houseplants Department for two years now, and says her favorite part of the job is helping people succeed.   So she starts …

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Meet Water Gardener Dave Kemon


by Susan Harris
Dave Kemon got into the gardening biz as a way to get off school early.  Really early – 10:30 in the morning – thanks …

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Oliver Storm, the Alpine Horticulturalist and Surfer Dude

by Susan Harris
This is the Oliver Storm you’ll meet if you visit Homestead Growers , just down the road from our Davidsonville store.  It’s exactly where you’d expect to find someone …

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Gladys Rodriguez and the Injured Marine Cookbook

Since leaving Cuba for the U.S. 40 years ago, Gladys Rodriguez (Homestead’s human relations director) has become as American as they come – and maybe more so than some of us born here …

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Floral designers’ tips for Valentine’s Day

by Susan Harris

One day in mid-January I stopped by Homestead’s Floral Department to chat with award-winning designers Justine Marshall and Nancy Huffman.  Of course the BIG topic for all floral designers this time of …

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About Gene Sumi

Gene Sumi is Homestead’s Educational Coordinator and Certified Professional Horticulturist and in that role he provides customers with gardening advice on everything from what to do for your plants if it rains too much to controlling …

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