Flowers and moreFoxglove, which has opened in Mount Vernon...

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July 21, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Flowers and more

Foxglove, which has opened in Mount Vernon where Morton's gourmet shop used to be, is much more than a florist's. Owner Kelly Jenkins (above) combines cut flowers, dried arrangements and topiaries with an array of gifts and home furnishings. You'll find an exclusive line of primitive painted Mexican furniture, pottery, hand-dipped candles and the work of local artists like Alan Harris, who makes stunning lamps out of parchment paper, silk cording and copper wire.

Foxglove (10 W. Eager St., [410] 244-1369) is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can't really appreciate the magic interior designers work with difficult rooms unless you see the "before" as well as the "after." That's why dedicated house-tour goers will enjoy Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s preview of its 12th Decorator Show House.

The house is Mount Hebron, and the tour is today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For $2 you'll see the rooms in their predecorated state, with the designers' proposal boards displaying fabrics, paint colors, furniture and window treatments. The designers themselves will be present in most of the rooms to discuss their plans. Then, mark Sept. 21 through Oct. 20 on your calendar, the dates the completed house will be open.

Mount Hebron is located at 2230 Mount Hebron Drive in Ellicott City. For directions, call (410) 461-6908.

Who needs a marble cherub or a classical urn when you can have this wonderfully realistic Nile crocodile lurking in your garden or pond? It's 26 inches long, costs $32, and can be ordered from Langenbach, a catalog company known for its gardening tools. The toll-free number is (800) 362-1991, and the item number is 1584A.

The problem with most books on homes and gardens is that they make you feel as if you ought to be doing something -- tiling your bathroom, planting perennials. But you can lie in your hammock and read "Thoughts of Home," edited by Elaine Greene (Hearst Books, $25), with no feelings of guilt at all.

This is a collection of essays from House Beautiful -- some thought-provoking, some charming, some nostalgic. They help you appreciate your own home and family, and, best of all, you don't have to exert yourself to get the most out of the book.

On the Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, On the Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

Pub Date: 7/21/96

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