Passover delights you shouldn't pass up

HOME FRONT

March 28, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Passover is just over a week away, and you'd love to find something new to add to the table. Well, look no farther than area shops, museum stores and galleries for an array of unique and functional items.

At Jacob's Ladder, you'll find everything from matzo plates and wash cups to books about enriching the Passover experience to Haggadas for Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Seders. The shop offers Seder plates ($65 and up), including ceramic plates by Caspi, fused-glass ones by Doris and artsy plates by Kelemen Kuatro. And at Jacob's Ladder you'll find Seder tambourines ($60). Jacob's Ladder is at 1500 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Call 410-602-2363.

At ZYZYX!, choose from more than 200 Seder plates -- glass, wood, bronze, ceramic and metal -- from the traditional to the ultra-modern. "This is sort of the Seder city here," says the gallery shop's manager, Michael Barrash. Seder plates range from $25 to $4,400. Pictured are a bronze Seder plate by Maryland artist Zachary Oxman (above right, $4,400) and a ceramic and wood plate by Irene Helitzer (right, $430). Also find Elijah's and Miriam's cups, matzo trays and more. ZYZYX! is at the Festival at Woodholme, 1809 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Call 410-486-9785.

At the Jewish Museum of Maryland's gift shop, you'll find several of Gary Rosenthal's Seder plates (above, $155) and his Elijah's cups in blue art glass (above left, $95). The museum, which also carries Miriam's cups, matzo trays and more, is at 15 Lloyd St. Call 410-732-6400.

Garden a jungle? Tame it at amazon.com

Amazon.com is a great resource for books, DVDs, CDs, even clothing and electronics. But home and gardening products? You bet. You may or may not have surfed its Home & Garden store. While it's been around since 2000, it's been constantly evolving and expanding. The site now offers an array of furniture, bed and bath items, kitchenware, gardening supplies, hardware, tools and more. More than 300,000 items are currently available on the Web site, with more than 100 stores offering their wares, including True Value, Sharper Image and Smith & Hawken. Brands include Black & Decker, DeWalt, Hoover, Kitchen Aid, Sealy, Waverly and Wamsutta.

Green season sets in

How best to prepare that garden for the season? National home-improvement expert Lou Manfredini of Ace Hardware offers these tips:

* Test your soil make-up for pH levels. That'll help tell you which types of plants will thrive in particular locations. Test kits are available at area home and garden stores.

* Use correct pesticides. Many are harmful to plants, pets and humans. Provide samples of your diseased plant to a garden shop to determine exactly what pests or diseases they have.

* Don't drown plants. Water at soil level, not over the entire bed from above. A moisture meter can help indicate need.

* Prune carefully. Know when it's best to trim -- some plants prefer spring, others summer or fall. As a general rule, plants that flower in the spring should be pruned after flowers have died.

Event

* See functional and sculptural cups by 51 artists at the exhibit The Loving Cup at Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., Saturday through May 1. An opening reception will be held 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-578-1919 for hours.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, 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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