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March 09, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Garden club listing

Garden clubs add a sociable element to what can be a solitary pastime, but it's not always easy for people to hook up with the one that's right for them. We'd like to include your club in our listing of local garden clubs, to be published this April in At Home.

We'll need this information: name of club, location of meeting or area, meeting date (such as third Wednesday of every month), special interests if any, membership requirements if any, contact name and phone number, including area code.

Please send to:

Garden Clubs

c/o Helen Jones

The Baltimore Sun

501 N. Calvert St.

Baltimore, Md. 21278

Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

Marianne Lurie's eggs are works of art, taking some 15 hours to complete and selling for as much as $50 apiece. She's a "pysanky" artist, an expert in the Eastern European wax resist method of dying eggs.

Lurie will be demonstrating her craft at the Christmas Company, 8289 Main St., in Ellicott City, today and March 22-23 from noon to 5 p.m. Call Ed Lilley at (410) 461-2470 for more information about the demonstrations and how-to classes.

Last year's grand prize winner used an antique metal wire basket and filled it with nontraditional window-box plants (perennials). As simple an idea as that could win you a trip to Provence in this year's Sunshine Creative Windowbox Contest, sponsored by Sun Gro Horticulture Inc. (A total of more than $10,000 in other prizes will also be awarded.)

For 1997, the contest categories are:

Best use of trailing plants in a window box

Best use of color in a window box

Best "before" and "after" window with a window box

Other window boxes

Other containers

For a free 16-page booklet, "Creative Ideas for Window Boxes," and an official entry blank, call (800) 665-4592. Entries aren't due until Aug. 1, but you have a lot of growing to do before then.

Tulip motifs will have mass-market appeal in '97, according to trend forecasters, but nothing compared with the "tulipmania" that coincided with the settlement of New Amsterdam in the 17th century. What's old is very definitely new again.

As a tribute to New York's Dutch ancestry, Brunschwig & Fils has created Nieuw Amsterdam Tulp, a lovely tulip print in cotton, for the Conservancy for Historic Battery Park. It's one of several prints in the spring 1997 collection inspired by botanical designs. A full collection of wallpaper patterns and borders coordinate with them.

Brunschwig & Fils fabrics are available through interior designers.

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