Goucher's fall courses offer a bit of everythingThis fall...

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August 22, 1993|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Staff Writer

Goucher's fall courses offer a bit of everything

This fall you can learn to design a room, bid at an auction, plan a spring garden or landscape your yard. The noncredit courses are offered by Goucher College's Center for Continuing Education.

In "Elements of Interior Design," interior designer Diane Micelo will teach practical methods used by professional designers. The four sessions will include basic floor plans; use of color; floors, walls and windows; and basic furniture placement (Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 7:30-9 p.m., $70).

"A Day at Sotheby's New York Auction House" offers a bus trip to New York to attend an auction and tour an exhibit of jewelry, folk art and silver. The cost covers transportation, breakfast and a brown-bag supper (Oct. 19, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., $75).

In "Fall Is for Planting," instructor Tim Zick will teach you how to design and plant for more color fall and spring (Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m., $70). In "Plants for Garden Landscapes," you'll learn how to select trees and shrubs for your garden, with a field trip to a local nursery (Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 13, 7-9 p.m., $90).

For more information call (410) 337-6200.

It's a nice contest. Every summer the nonprofit organization Beautiful Baltimore picks the city's loveliest gardens from those nominated by neighborhood groups and individuals. There are only two requirements: The garden must be in the city, and it must be easily visible from the street.

In past years, Beautiful Baltimore has honored hundreds of gardens with citations and, for particularly attractive entries, a small plaque. Anyone can nominate a garden by mailing the name of the gardener, the address and a brief description of the garden itself. Mail entries to Beautiful Baltimore, 303 Oakdale Road, Baltimore 21210.

Note that this year's deadline has been extended because of July's dry weather. Entries should be postmarked no later than ++ Aug. 31, 1993.

Judy Taylor-Orlinsky lived in Yokohama for four years in the '60s, and her two children were born there. "I was absolutely captivated by the culture," she says. Now, 30 years later, she and her stepdaughter, Judith Orlinsky, have opened a specialty store in Baltimore that celebrates Japanese design and influences.

For the home and garden, Japonaji has furniture, lacquerware, pottery, screens, new and used kimonos, table accessories, art, folk crafts, antiques and items like miniature bonsai water gardens. The store also specializes in women's clothing.

The atmosphere is relaxed, with complimentary green tea, incense and the sounds of trickling water, Japanese music and tinkling chimes.

Traditional Japanese cultural demonstrations such as Ikebana flower arranging, bonsai growing and tea and incense ceremonies will be scheduled regularly in the store's "tea house."

Japonaji is located at 6322 Falls Road in Bare Hills. A grand opening is planned to coincide with the Japanese Chrysanthemum Festival, Sept. 9-12.

Eco-decorating started as a trendy nature look -- ivy borders and animal prints. But some people are getting more serious about decorating in an ecologically correct way. If you're one of them, Ohio-based Sauder Woodworking Co., the nation's leading manufacturer of ready-to-assemble (RTA) furnishings, has some suggestions for you. (RTA furniture manufacturers consider themselves in the forefront of "green" companies because many of their products are made from engineered wood, in the form of particleboard or fiberboard.)

Here are their ideas to get you started:

* Cut down on non-essentials. Pared-down decors are now in vogue not only because of their soothing looks but also their resource-saving attributes.

* Recycle. Today, nearly everything is available in recycled materials, including carpeting, paintings, lampshades and wallpaper. When shopping, check the packaging and request more recycled products from stores.

* Avoid pollution-producing products. Buy things made of natural materials and when possible, use water-based enamel paints, which emit fewer smog-linked chemicals than other types.

* Revise and revamp. Conservative design schemes don't require constant redoing with every swing of the style pendulum.

* Remind yourself constantly of the Earth's value by surrounding yourself with nature-inspired decor.

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