Working in coordination


May 09, 2004|By Lori Sears and Sarah Kickler Kelber | Lori Sears and Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Staff

Say goodbye to the mish-mash of castoff desk, metal filing cabinets and thrown-together shelving in the home office. The Christopher Lowell Collection from Office Depot offers furniture and accessories ranging from desks and chairs to credenzas and lamps coordinated by theme.

Town, a cross of traditional and modern design, features frosted glass, Bordeaux wood and steel hardware. Country mixes wood tones, crown molding and leather insets for a more traditional feel. Art Deco and modern Hollywood meet in the City theme, which offers blond wood veneers and hand-detailed fixtures. Shore's whitewashed pieces, along with its design to hide computers and associated technology, give a homey feel.

Prices range from about $180-$600 for furniture and $20-$50 for accessories. The collection is available at / christopherlowell and some Office Depots.

Double-click and dig

Warm up your green thumb on the computer this year. Visit any number of gardening Web sites, and you'll find an array of products for purchase, as well as many tips for gardeners. A few handy sites include:

* Find indoor / outdoor gardening products, articles on hydroponic and organic gardening, pest control, lighting, soil-building and drip irrigation.

* Read hundreds of articles on container-gardening, get expert advice from plant prophet Floracle, and purchase seeds, plants and window boxes of all sizes.

* New to the site this spring are links to regional garden resources and advice from experts for specific areas of the country. The site also offers a "Yard Personality" quiz to help you care for your lawn.

Help for your first garden

You're a beginner. A novice gardener. You need tools, but aren't sure which to choose and where to use. Ace Hardware's "Helpful Hardware Man" Lou Manfredini suggests:

* A shovel and a trowel -- Get a round-point shovel for digging big, deep holes, and a trowel for digging and filling small holes for flowers or shrubs.

* A rake and cultivator -- Get a rake with metal tines for durability. Get a cultivator to loosen dirt before planting seeds or pulling weeds.

* A garden hose and garden cart -- Find a strong, kink-free hose and a heavy-duty plastic cart to transport bags of soil and plants.

For more advice, visit


* Treat Mom to a Mother's Day brunch at the cafe at Ladew Gardens (below), 3535 Jarretts-ville Pike, Monkton, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. today, then browse the unique plants at the annual plant sale, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $2-$13; brunch extra. Call 410-561-2433 for brunch reservations or 410-557-9466 for information.

* Never been behind the wheel of a John Deere tractor? Then head to the " 'Put the Best to the Test' Lawn Tractor Obstacle Course" at area John Deere dealerships, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Try out the new 100 series tractor on a lawn obstacle course at Ridgeway Mower, 2302 Frederick Road, Catonsville (410-788-8383); Suburban Sales, 10757 York Road, Cockeysville (410-785-2277); and Zimmerman's Home Center, 3801 Sandy Spring Road, Burtonsville (301-421-1900). Free.

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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