French connection


May 12, 2002|By Sara Engram | By Sara Engram,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

If you're yearning to surround yourself with the bright colors of Provence or the quaint charm of old Paris, the Walters Art Museum can help. Accompanying its current impressionism exhibit is a shop featuring a collection of items ready to bring the spirit of France into your home.

There are yellow and blue French provincial canisters, quiche dishes, souffle dishes and teapots, shop signs from Paris, French-inspired flowerpots, containers and table linens and other items.

Prices for ceramics range from $19 to $90, signs range from $66 to $186, and linens are priced from $6 to $75.

The impressionism shop, which accompanies "The Age of Impressionism: European Masterpieces from Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen," will remain open through May 26, when the exhibition closes.

For more information, call 410-547-9000, Ext. 671, or visit

The soothing sound of falling water

Add some peace and quiet to a comfy spot in your garden, on your porch or even around the house.

Beckett has produced a bamboo fountain that allows you to use almost any container as a soothing water garden.

The Bamboo Clacker Flower Pot Fountain comes with its own pump and is available at Home Depot for $35.

New fridge will save on energy

Frigidaire has a suggestion for trimming your energy bills: buy a new refrigerator. Its encouragement has some merit. Because of new federal requirements, today's refrigerators consume half the energy of average American models produced in 1985. For more information, contact Frigidaire at (800) FRIGIDAIRE (800-374-4432) or log on at


* "Fire and Ice," a summer terrace exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, opens May 15, with eight container gardens combining heat-tolerant annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and tropicals. The exhibit runs through Oct. 13. 245 First St. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024. For directions and more information, call 202-225-8333 or check

* Tulip lovers are invited to unearth bulbs at Cylburn Arbore-tum's annual Tulip Dig from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. May 19. Bulbs are 10 cents each, and diggers should bring their own bags, boxes and shovels. The arboretum is at 4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore. For more information, call 410-367-2217.

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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