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Artful pumpkins are a touch of glass

Fall is forever pumpkin season. But handcrafting, instead of planting, creates some of today’s hottest varietals, harvested from molten glass, plush velvet and sparkling Swarovski crystals. From the Corning Museum of Glass in New York to the Morton Arboretum in...

The Joy of Sedum

The succulents known as sedums are renowned for bringing joy to even the least practiced gardener. Available in about 500 varieties, they’re among the most fuss-free florae to grow and care for, easy-going about soil type and water required (as succulents, they carry...

Learn how you can can fall’s bounty

With Labor Day coming relatively early this year, thoughts have quickly moved from care-free summer fun to back-to-school nights, pumpkin spice lattes, and fall harvest festivals. For some, Labor Day may even signal the imminent closing of your local farmers’ market —...

Get to the root of the matter

Summer is a time of good intentions — but it’s also just too good a time to be either busy exploring or busy being lazy. If you are headed back from (finally) putting your kids on the bus and notice the sad, root-bound plants left in your mudroom, don’t worry — you...

Allergens: Blame it on the boys

Autumn will be strutting herself soon in breath-taking splendor. Along with those colors however, for many people, comes the sneezing, wheezing, coughing and spitting caused by allergies. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, up to 40...

Yard Sale Confidential: Cambridge edition

t’s 8 a.m., another sultry summer Saturday in Cambridge. But the blazing sun’s no problem for the yard sale faithful, eager to scavenge for “fresh stuff.” Most have been at it since 7 a.m. for first crack at the “best stuff.” On this particular morning I rejoined...

Tilghman Islanders have pick of crop

Enthusiasm does not begin to describe what Kathy Pearson exudes while talking about the community gardens she tends at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center on Tilghman Island. “This is the first time I’ve actually done box gardening,” she says. “And I am now looking...

Make that beach vibe last forever

At the end of the summer, chances are, there are sandy seashells stuck in your beach bag, cubbies of your car and other inconspicuous places little hands may drop them. Instead of setting your treasures aside, spend those last sweet days of summer making them into a...

Conservation goes to the dogs

Police and the military have long deployed dogs’ enhanced sense of smell to locate people, cadavers, drugs, weapons and explosives. Health care professionals, too, have brought canine olfactory capabilities into service while sniffing out diseases. Now, dog noses are...

Seeking shade from the sun

With the sweltering, record-setting heat of the summer, homeowners are seeking an effective and essential solution. According to James Curdts of Chesapeake Awnings in Easton “business is going through the roof.” Awnings are in fashion again. The most used material is...

Lavender as useful as its loveliness

Lavender is one of the most popular of all herbs for the fragrance of its dried flowers and the oil distilled from them. It is used most often in sachets, perfumes, and baking as its aroma is touted for its relaxing powers over the senses and the body. As summer...

Cambridge rain gardens rein in runoff

On summer Sunday evenings it may seem to take forever, traveling Route 50 West from Cambridge to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, but eventually you get there. The slow, steady drip of cars creeping towards the Bay may be a source of frustration to weekend beach commuters....

Looking beyond nature’s shapes

Creative people tend to see things differently. I can attest to that, since I consider myself one of them. Something that may look rather ordinary to most could be perceived as a thing of beauty by the artist — just waiting to be painted or photographed. Artists are...

Walbridge gardens through all of life’s seasons

On an unseasonably chilly May morning 100-year-old Ellen Walbridge had just returned to The Dixon House, a historic assisted living residence in Easton from her daily walk with her son. She recently suffered a broken hip and therefore wasn’t quite up to as long a walk...

Peter principle: Tiny houses is a big idea

In his 35 years building custom homes, Mike Peter of Centreville has had a lot of unique projects. Over the past winter, Peter said he added a tiny house to that list when the carpenter took on the project to challenge himself after seeing the small dwellings featured...