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March 30, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Bargains for gardens

You'd go to Target for laundry detergent, but how about for good-looking garden accessories?

Before you answer "Never," check out the discount retailer's GardenPlace. This is Target's seasonal shop for garden-related accessories and furniture. Prices are great; and while you might have to hunt, there are some real finds here, including a cedar swing, terra-cotta planters, a wooden potter's bench, tools, table accessories in outdoor colors and botanical patterns, and a wrought-iron arbor -- plus the handsome patio accessories pictured. Made of galvanized steel and wire, they range in price from $9.99 to $29.99.

Garden shows usually feature beautiful flowers in arrangements that are works of art, but surely "Art Blooms at the Walters" is the only one that interprets works of art with arrangements.

Each of the 30 or so garden clubs and horticultural societies participating was given a museum masterpiece from the Walters Art Gallery's permanent collection to use as inspiration for a floral design. The arrangements will be displayed next to the art.

"Art Blooms at the Walters" will be held April 2 to 5, with lectures and demonstrations, a gift boutique, lunches, silent auctions and book signings. For information on times and tickets, call 410-547-9000, Ext. 305.

Perennial favorite

Move over, hostas. One of the trendiest perennials right now is Helleborus, otherwise known as Christmas rose (H. niger) or Lenten rose (H. orientalis). Its popularity is well deserved: Helleborus blooms in late winter or early spring, usually with handsome white or purple flowers, just when most of us need cheering up. The rest of the year, it provides good ground cover with evergreen leaves. Plant Helleborus in the next few weeks in a cool, damp shady spot. Note that it will need plenty of water to get through Baltimore summers.

Celebrate Passover with handcrafted Seder plates, matzo trays and more from the Rosenthal Collection at ZYZYX! in the Festival at Woodholme. Made of colorful fused glass, sculpted copper, brass and steel, these works of art by Maryland artist Gary Rosenthal are on exhibit April 3 to 30. Rosenthal will be at the crafts store on April 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to personalize his work. Prices for these limited-edition and one-of-a-kind items range from $120 to $200.

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