April 15, 2007
Carrie Engel has been seeing green for more than 30 years. No, she's not jealous or rich, but Engel is the envy of Baltimore's gardening cognoscenti. Known as Valley View Farms' "gardening guru," Engel, 51, started at the Cockeysville enterprise in 1972. Since then, she's appeared frequently on TV and often gives lectures at garden forums. Engel, who grew up in northern Baltimore County and lives in Phoenix, says gardening can be easy, but it takes time. "There's a learning curve," she says.
September 17, 2006
TODAY `GARDENFAIR' Delaware's Winterthur estate and Horticulture magazine present their third annual "GardenFair - A Total Gardening Weekend," featuring talks, lectures and demonstrations with garden experts, how-to workshops, a sale of plants, garden tools, art, crafts, furniture and more, today, at Winterthur, Route 52, Wilmington. Hear a talk by P. Allen Smith, host of his own syndicated gardening show, on "Five Things You Should Know About Color in Your Garden" at 2 p.m. today. Fair admission $13-$15.
December 4, 2005
STORE OPENING GREEN FIELDS 5424 Falls Road, Baltimore / / 410-323-3444 Good news for gardeners. Green Fields at Falls Road and Northern Parkway has almost finished a major renovation. It doubles the interior size of the nursery, adds a pavilion with more climate control, and creates a layout that's easier to navigate. When everything is done in mid-January, Green Fields will be more of a garden center, selling not only plants and fertilizer, but also garden tools, books, gift items and even cut flowers.
November 26, 2000
Keeping the garden tools in a corner of the garage is all very well, but most gardeners really want something more -- a handsome shed where the wheelbarrow, flower pots, garden gloves and the inevitable collections of old seed packets and plant labels have a place of their own. A resourceful gardener can manage quite a lot without the luxury of a shed, but when the gardener's ambitions and equipment begin to crowd the family car out of the garage, a...
May 14, 2000
Bathroom upscale Buyers of new homes have become obsessed with bathrooms -- the bigger and more extravagant, the better. When the National Association of Home Builders recently surveyed 440 buyers on their bathroom preferences, 58 percent wanted two baths. Then there's the interest in amenities: Fifty-seven percent wanted color toilets, sinks and tubs, not white. More than 80 percent demanded a separate shower enclosure instead of just a nozzle in the bathtub. Sixty-six percent wanted a dressup/makeup area.
April 30, 2000
Gardening, the passion to dig, plant and hope, is in full flower. As soon as the tulips bloom and the first spinach pokes up from the ground, a crop of gardening books arrives. As two brothers who like to get down in dirt -- one to grow something beautiful, the other to grow something to eat -- we teamed up on the current yield of gardening books. Every gardener's library should include a book outlining the basics -- everything from sensible garden planning and layout, topsoil preparation, through plant selection and garden maintenance.