Warm and green all over


March 18, 2001|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

The idea of a garden tour -- walking through acres of green and blooming spaces cared for by people other than you -- is always appealing, and the annual Rites of Spring garden show is a grand place to find out what's new and what's beautiful in the garden world.

The show, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, is presented by the Union Memorial Hospital Foundation. Besides the wide variety of gardens by local landscape designers, this year's show, which runs from Friday through Sunday, offers plants and garden supplies and crafts, books and toys, furniture and decorative items. Events include a fashion show and a silent auction.

Refreshments will be provided by Linwoods / Due. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7; parking is free. There will also be a gala preview party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, featuring wine tastings, shopping and live and silent auctions. Tickets to the party are $100 a person. For tickets or for more information about the show or the preview, call 410-554-2662.

Folk art, antiques at Howard fairgrounds

More than 100 dealers from more than two dozen states will converge this coming weekend at the Howard County Fairgrounds to offer antiques, fine art and collectibles at the 29th Mid Atlantic Antiques Market.

The show is noted as a good source of folk art and Americana. Items are displayed in roomlike settings. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 a person and is good for both days.

Early birds who'd like to get first crack at the merchandise can pay $15 for early admission from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday. The Howard County Fairgrounds are on state Route 144. Take I-70 to Exit 80 and go south on Route 32 to 144. For more information, call Sims Rogers Antiques Show Management in Cambridge at 410-228-8858. --K.M.

Cover walls with ease

Many do-it-yourselfers are reluctant to have anything to do with wallpaper because, despite advances in the last few years, it's still somewhat difficult for an amateur to handle.

Graham & Brown, a British firm, has just introduced Simply Color, a new type of wall covering designed to eliminate some of the hassle of installation. It comes in six subtle tone-on-tone, lightly textured colors: sky, natural, mint green, sandstone, lavender and pewter. Each color has a coordinated border. Printed on a heavier-than-usual vinyl substrate, the covering resists tearing, and is engineered so that each roll perfectly matches every other roll -- no need to worry about dye-lot numbers. In addition, the edges match, so there's no waste cutting strips to fit a pattern.

Simply Color wall coverings are available at Home Depot for $15.96 for a roll of wallpaper and $9.96 for border. For the store nearest you, call 770-433-8211. --K.M.


If bird-watching is a family hobby, you won't want to miss what promises to be a cool slide lecture on "River Raptors of Vera Cruz" by avian experts Pat and Clay Sutton, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. The Suttons are authors of numerous books, including one on how to spot hawks and eagles. The fee for the lecture is $3. Proceeds will benefit the Cape May (N.J.) Bird Ob- servatory. For more information, call 410-887-1815.

If you can't visit a tropical isle, you can at least learn about plants of the lush jungles, with a lecture and conservatory tour at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallen Ave. in Wheaton. The speaker is Diane Lewis, of the Brookside staff, and the event lasts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The fee is $11 and registration is required. For information, call 301-949-8230. --K.M.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Liz Atwood, 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.

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