In the full bloom of good health


March 26, 2000|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Half a dozen landscapers and more than three dozen vendors will guarantee a blooming good time at "2000 Blooms," this year's 14th annual Rites of Spring garden show, sponsored by the Union Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The show also features demonstrations on such topics as creating indoor topiary gardens and arranging silk flowers, plus educational exhibits, activities for children, a book corner and a perennial plant fashion show by Bluemount Nurseries. Light fare will be available from a bistro by Linwood's/Due. The event, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, opens with a gala preview party ($95 per person) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Public hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 ($6 for seniors). Proceeds benefit a new critical care floor at Union Memorial Hospital. For more information call 410-554-2662.

Distressed by robots

It happens all the time: A customer picks out a lovely piece of distressed, antique-looking furniture. When the piece is delivered, however, it doesn't look at all like the showroom model -- it looks battered, gouged. The circumstance is what Century Furniture, Hickory, N.C., calls "distressed distress," and the company's invented a process to bring consistency to the finishes of its distressed and antique-reproduction furniture. Borrowing from the auto industry, Century has developed robots that not only ensure finishes won't vary, they also cut manufacturing costs and open the door for other finish-design ideas. The pieces include the Town & Country Hunt Board ($1,750, above), and the Town & Country apothecary chest ($2,000). Call 800-852-5552 for the dealer nearest you.

Contest for user-friendly lawns

Despite some topsy-turvy weather patterns, summer will arrive someday. And if hot weather comes, can mowing the grass be far behind? If you love your lawn, you might want to think about entering the All-American Lawn Contest sponsored by Lowe's and garden equipment manufacturer Briggs & Stratton.

The nation's most impressive lawn will win its owner $5,000. Pristine appearance isn't a requirement; a space that's perfect for friends and family fun has just as good a chance as one that indicates ten green thumbs.

Entrants should submit either photos or a video, plus a one-page description of the lawn and a 3-by-5 index card with the owner's name, address, and daytime phone number to All-American Lawn Contest, P.O. Box 1835, Elgin, Ill. 60121-1835. Official rules and entry forms are available at all Lowe's stores, or visit the Web site at


* Take a short trip to Wonderland during the Mad Potter's Tea Party at the Potters Guild Gallery in Meadow Mill, Suite 101. Guild artists will be offering a wide array of tea service items, including teapots, trays, butter keepers, sugar sets, and cups and saucers. The show opens Saturday with a reception and tea from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will run through April 22. For more information, call 410-235-4884.

* Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallen Dr., Wheaton, Md., and the Potomac Rose Society are presenting a day of rose lore from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with free classes, exhibits, demonstrations on planting and pruning, plus flower arrangements, artwork and gifts. For information, call 301-949-8230.

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. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

Pub Date: 03/26/00

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