Baskets, roses, dried flowers -- and Amish jamsWhat do you...

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March 06, 1994|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff Writer

Baskets, roses, dried flowers -- and Amish jams

What do you do when you've moved to another country from your native Iran, received a paralegal degree at Georgetown University, gotten married and are expecting your first child? Open your own floral business, of course.

Nothing seems to daunt Shirin Bozorg, who, with the opening of Baskets & Roses last Thursday, turned a lifelong love of flowers into her first business venture.

At first her shop will have the usual fresh flowers and plants; but if she does well, she plans to add exotic varieties to her offerings. Baskets & Roses also sells baskets (no surprise there) and dried flowers.

This is a shop that already has its own quirky personality: Baskets & Roses may be the only florist in town that carries a line of jams, jellies and candles from the Amish country. And Ms. Bozorg wants to add more Amish products soon because they contain all natural ingredients and no pesticides.

Baskets & Roses is located on the first level of Towson Commons. The phone number is (410) 321-9166.

A friend browsed through the new Clarkson Potter book "Madderlake's Trade Secrets" at Borders and decided she couldn't spend $27.50 on a paperback, no matter how gorgeous. Then she thought about the book incessantly for two days and finally went back and bought it.

This is in the nature of a warning label: Stay away from this book if you can't afford it, because if you love flowers you'll end up buying it. Partly it's the glorious photographs, which look like Renaissance paintings. If you didn't read a word of the text but just got ideas from the photos, your flower arrangements would look 100 percent better. But mostly it's Tom Pritchard's prose, both lyrical and practical: Why flowers are important in our lives. How to speak directly to a florist in another city to get what you want. How flowers help us remember the ebb and flow of life. Conditioning techniques for floral arrangements. How flowers reconnect us to the natural world. Flowers to steer clear of.

Tom Pritchard is a partner in New York's Pure Madderlake, one of the world's most innovative flower shops. Although his clients range from Calvin Klein to a Saudi Arabian prince, his philosophy is simple. The subtitle of his book, "Finding and Arranging Flowers Naturally," says it all.

Nothing banishes the end-of-winter blahs like flowers, and flowers are what you'll get next weekend at St. John's College third annual garden show in Annapolis. After last year's one-day event was snowed out, the organizers decided to expand this year's show to two days, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The floral extravaganza will include flower carts, cut flowers, dried flowers, herbs, edible flowers and bulbs. Other exhibits will feature ponds and garden displays, topiaries, artwork, handicrafts and jewelry. Landscape designers and horticulturists will speak and demonstrate throughout the weekend.

Flower arrangements will reflect the St. John's College great books tradition in an exhibit called "Novel Inspirations," put together by local gardeners. Novels like Gone with the Wind and The Good Earth will suggest floral motifs.

General admission at the door is $5. Proceeds are earmarked for St. John's student financial emergencies. For more information and directions, call (410) 757-4086.

Last week in this space we wrung our hands over the damage the harsh winter has caused to our lawns and gardens. This week things are looking up: Here's a spring garden checklist, courtesy of Hechinger. You can almost see the bulbs blooming and hear the birds chirping.

* Check soil pH of lawn and vegetable garden beds and apply lime as necessary.

* Prepare lawn for seeding and over-seeding by removing any debris.

* Dethatch and aerate as needed.

* Spray landscaping plants, shrubs and tree trunks with dormant oil spray.

* Apply grass seed.

* Prepare lawn mowers with fresh gas, oil, blades and spark plugs.

* Apply crab-grass preventer to sunny lawns.

* Prepare flower and vegetable beds. Use a tiller to help loosen and aerate the soil, add organic materials to improve the quality of the soil, and finally plant seeds.

* Apply mulch to keep weeds from growing in landscape beds.

* Plant or prune flowering and shade trees.

* Trim shrubs and hedges as their rate of growth increases.

* Start a compost bin for grass clippings.

For specifics, call your garden center or the Home and Garden Information Center, (800) 342-2507.

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