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March 29, 2002
Milton Berle earned his nickname - "The Thief of Bad Gags" - through such one-liners as these, from his book, Milton Berle's Private Joke File. "I'm so henpecked I cackle in my sleep! Marriage is one of the few institutions that allow a man to do as his wife pleases. Last month I put in a rock garden. Two of them were dead in the morning!"
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2010
Dozens of visitors descended on Aigburth Vale Senior Living Center in Towson on Saturday with wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes and other garden tools, truckloads of flowers and shrubs, and 18 tons of decorative stone. By day's end, they had planted a garden, built a pathway, installed benches and cleaned much of the exterior of a century-old building. Then they gathered with the seniors for a communal barbecue. The refurbishing project, one of about 50 in Baltimore County and across the state, was part of Servefest, a faith-based initiative that urges congregations to step outside the walls of their churches and serve their communities.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | July 7, 1998
Columbia resident James M. Stuart has avoided a possible jail stay in a legal battle over his housekeeping, settling his dispute with Columbia Association authorities before it got to a judge.Stuart faced a contempt of court charge after being sued by the association for allegedly violating strict aesthetic rules, known as covenants. At issue were algae on the side of his house in Owen Brown, a trampoline-turned-planter in his back yard and a 1974 Corvette that CA officials thought was out of commission that he kept in the driveway.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Susan Reimer | June 25, 2009
Mother Nature has been doing a first-rate job of watering this spring, so all that talk about the value of planting drought-tolerant natives in Maryland gardens seems almost out of place. Unless, of course, you have a memory that can reach back to August of last year - August of any year, as a matter of fact - and then you know what a battle it is to keep the garden going in late summer. With that in mind - preventive planting, I mean - I turned my attention to succulents, and asked Carrie Engel at Valley View Farms to help me create a container garden that can withstand the blowtorch heat of my deck.
NEWS
By Danny C. Flanders and Danny C. Flanders,Cox News Service | October 28, 2001
Some little bulbs just want the chance to shine on the gardening stage. But when the fall gardening catalogs hit mailboxes, it's the big, blazing red tulips and lemon-yellow daffodils that grab the spotlight. That makes it tough for minor bulbs, mostly small ones, to compete. To help, marketing gurus have come up with a name for them: "special." These spring bulbs, all planted in fall, offer advantages many of their showy cousins do not: * Special bulbs make great accents in a rock garden.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Susan Reimer | June 25, 2009
Mother Nature has been doing a first-rate job of watering this spring, so all that talk about the value of planting drought-tolerant natives in Maryland gardens seems almost out of place. Unless, of course, you have a memory that can reach back to August of last year - August of any year, as a matter of fact - and then you know what a battle it is to keep the garden going in late summer. With that in mind - preventive planting, I mean - I turned my attention to succulents, and asked Carrie Engel at Valley View Farms to help me create a container garden that can withstand the blowtorch heat of my deck.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2010
Dozens of visitors descended on Aigburth Vale Senior Living Center in Towson on Saturday with wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes and other garden tools, truckloads of flowers and shrubs, and 18 tons of decorative stone. By day's end, they had planted a garden, built a pathway, installed benches and cleaned much of the exterior of a century-old building. Then they gathered with the seniors for a communal barbecue. The refurbishing project, one of about 50 in Baltimore County and across the state, was part of Servefest, a faith-based initiative that urges congregations to step outside the walls of their churches and serve their communities.
NEWS
By Mike Klingaman | March 16, 1997
Every yard has its quirks, those little peaks and valleys in the landscape that define the terrain and give the place its charm. A gentle slope here, a soft depression there, an interesting rock -- all can provide the lot with a personality all its own.Homeowners appreciate such features. Unless the front yard plummets like a slalom run. Or the back yard puddles up like the Chesapeake Bay. Or that "rock" is the size of Gibraltar.Landscaping nightmares? Not necessarily. Many obstacles in the yard can be overcome, and some can be even be turned to advantage.
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By JAMES J. KILPATRICK | April 17, 1992
Scrabble, Virginia. -- In the rock garden of my wife, the rue anemones are flowering, bright as toy soldiers on their parapets of stone. The dogwoods float in casual clouds among the hills. Spring nestles in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and our land is wrapped in Easter all around us.This is the Resurrection time. Long before there was a Christian faith, as such, the humblest peasants recognized divinity in April. That which was dead, or so it must have seemed, had come to life again -- the stiff branch, supple; the brown earth, green.
FEATURES
By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1997
Like many people who have never done serious yardwork, I wanted a big yard. So 14 months ago, when my husband and I moved into a house that came with lawn, rock garden, wooded area and gurgling stream, I was ecstatic. I threw myself into the mowing, weeding, pruning, planting, cultivating as only a beginner can.Our rock garden is my favorite spot. Partially shaded, it overlooks the stream, and the combination of sun, shade and water seems conducive to luxurious growth. Nestled in the crevices of the large gray rocks are ferns, ivy, enormous hostas, wild geraniums and bleeding heart.
NEWS
By Marty Ross and Marty Ross,Universal Press Syndicate | June 12, 2005
Rock gardening usually starts small, in an area about the size of the bottom of an aquarium -- and just as gravelly -- and then takes on a life of its own. Like a weakness for paperweights or baseball cards, it becomes something of a passion. Rock gardens and all the diminutive but tough plants that thrive in them are evocative of hard, lonely landscapes in the mountains or the desert, and they can get a grip on your imagination in the middle of a lush temperate-zone garden. The plants that thrive in what would otherwise be considered difficult conditions -- lean soil and not much water -- are widely available.
TRAVEL
By Special to the Sun | August 17, 2003
A Memorable Place Beauty and history in an English garden By Sabrina S. Fu SPECIAL TO THE SUN Winterbourne. Just saying the name takes me to another place and time. Imagine a place that is a feast to the eye, stimulates the olfactory nerves and soothes the rest of your nerves while your children explore in a safe, carefree environment. Standing on the stone terrace of Winterbourne House in Birmingham, England, watching my children play on the lawn of Winterbourne Gardens, I am happy.
NEWS
By Lucie L. Snodgrass and Lucie L. Snodgrass,Special to the Sun | August 11, 2002
Maryland's unrelenting drought has gardeners questioning the wisdom of planting thirsty annuals and perennials. Autumn gardeners should be equally cautious and consider putting in drought-tolerant perennials, like rock garden plants, for next year. What exactly is a rock garden plant? It doesn't have to be an alpine plant, according to Baldassare Mineo, one of America's pre-eminent rock garden experts and the author of Rock Garden Plants: A Color Encyclopedia (Timber Press, 1999). Rather, he says, "A rock garden plant looks good growing among rocks."
NEWS
By Marty Ross and Marty Ross,Universal Press Syndicate | June 2, 2002
Rugged but artful dry streambeds can look as old as the hills, but they turn tricky drainage problems into handsome elements in any garden design. Dry streams are really just above-ground drainage channels lined with rocks and placed to look as though nature had done the work herself. When it rains, water that would otherwise cut a muddy swath through a yard splashes along the stones in a streambed designed to handle the flow. When it's not raining, the dry streambed is a striking decorative feature, a rock garden around which plants naturally thrive.
FEATURES
March 29, 2002
Milton Berle earned his nickname - "The Thief of Bad Gags" - through such one-liners as these, from his book, Milton Berle's Private Joke File. "I'm so henpecked I cackle in my sleep! Marriage is one of the few institutions that allow a man to do as his wife pleases. Last month I put in a rock garden. Two of them were dead in the morning!"
NEWS
By Danny C. Flanders and Danny C. Flanders,Cox News Service | October 28, 2001
Some little bulbs just want the chance to shine on the gardening stage. But when the fall gardening catalogs hit mailboxes, it's the big, blazing red tulips and lemon-yellow daffodils that grab the spotlight. That makes it tough for minor bulbs, mostly small ones, to compete. To help, marketing gurus have come up with a name for them: "special." These spring bulbs, all planted in fall, offer advantages many of their showy cousins do not: * Special bulbs make great accents in a rock garden.
NEWS
By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Sun Staff Writer | July 10, 1995
The friends of God hail visitors to Little Italy from an Exeter Street rock garden, a baker's dozen of Catholic saints in a sidewalk shrine built to bolster people's faith at the end of a troubled century."
TRAVEL
By Special to the Sun | August 17, 2003
A Memorable Place Beauty and history in an English garden By Sabrina S. Fu SPECIAL TO THE SUN Winterbourne. Just saying the name takes me to another place and time. Imagine a place that is a feast to the eye, stimulates the olfactory nerves and soothes the rest of your nerves while your children explore in a safe, carefree environment. Standing on the stone terrace of Winterbourne House in Birmingham, England, watching my children play on the lawn of Winterbourne Gardens, I am happy.
NEWS
By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | July 7, 1998
Columbia resident James M. Stuart has avoided a possible jail stay in a legal battle over his housekeeping, settling his dispute with Columbia Association authorities before it got to a judge.Stuart faced a contempt of court charge after being sued by the association for allegedly violating strict aesthetic rules, known as covenants. At issue were algae on the side of his house in Owen Brown, a trampoline-turned-planter in his back yard and a 1974 Corvette that CA officials thought was out of commission that he kept in the driveway.
FEATURES
By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1997
Like many people who have never done serious yardwork, I wanted a big yard. So 14 months ago, when my husband and I moved into a house that came with lawn, rock garden, wooded area and gurgling stream, I was ecstatic. I threw myself into the mowing, weeding, pruning, planting, cultivating as only a beginner can.Our rock garden is my favorite spot. Partially shaded, it overlooks the stream, and the combination of sun, shade and water seems conducive to luxurious growth. Nestled in the crevices of the large gray rocks are ferns, ivy, enormous hostas, wild geraniums and bleeding heart.
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