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May 30, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

What better way to celebrate the season than to take a tour of local homes and gardens? There are a number of tours scheduled in Baltimore this coming weekend, and all offer glimpses of history and glorious gardens. Some are also offering food, chances to talk with experts on gardening and historic preservation; one includes an art show. Here's the roundup:

* Baltimore in Bloom features the houses and gardens of three historic properties and the gardens of Union Square, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Members of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club will be on hand at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St., with herbal foods to sample and lessons in herbal crafts. You can buy fresh and dried herbs and enjoy a concert in the rose garden. At Mount Clare Mansion in Carroll Park, archaeologists will be on hand to discuss excavation of the mansion's gardens. Inside, flower arrangers will talk about their craft. At Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St., there will be tours of the formal garden, and at Union Square, between Lombard, Stricker, Gilmor and Hollins streets, you can visit the "hidden" gardens of this rowhouse neighborhood.

Shuttle buses will take visitors from site to site. There is free parking at Mount Clare and Evergreen. Tickets are $12 ($10 for members of the museums or for children). For more information or to buy tickets in advance, call 410-837-1793.

* Secret Gardens Revisited is a self-guided tour of Reservoir Hill and Mount Royal gardens, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be garden gifts and "alley art" for sale, along with refreshments. Tickets are $8, and will be available the day of the event at the corner of Park Avenue and Reservoir Street. For more information, call 410-383-8535.

* The 1999 Historic Harbor House Tour features about a dozen houses in Fells Point, from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday. Among houses on the tour are a 1799 ship captain's house and a modern pier house. Proceeds benefit the Society for the Preservation of Fells Point and Federal Hill. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the tour. They are available at O'Conor, Piper & Flynn offices at 808 S. Broadway in Fells Point and 905 Light St. in Federal Hill. For more information, call 410-675-6750.

Coach does furniture

Coach, best known for classically styled leather handbags, has teamed up with the Baker Furniture Co. to produce a line of furniture. The collection includes sofas, chairs, tables and accessories, all with sleek lines, in leather and wood. The colors are Coach classics: black, mahogany, navy, red and tan. And there are throw pillows in luxury fabrics such as chenille tweed and velvet corduroy, and in haberdashery patterns such as pinstripe and herringbone. Furniture prices range from $998 for a field chair (above) to $6,300 for a Madison sofa (not shown). Look for the line this summer in Coach stores, department stores, specialty stores and Baker Knapp & Tubbs showrooms. To find the store nearest you, call 800-325-4773, or check out -- K. M.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.

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