Explore the gardens of Paris from the comfort of Vermont

Explore the gardens of Paris from the comfort of Vermont

Shelburne resident Charlotte Albers will take the Burlington Garden Club on a visual journey of the “Gardens of Paris” on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1:15pm at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. After a brief meeting, Albers will take attendees on a pictorial tour of Luxembourg Gardens, Place Royale, and the Tuileries, among other […]

Master Gardener course scholarship available

The University of Vermont’s (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Program provides the information and tools necessary to “promote successful, safe, and environmentally prudent home horticulture practices through education and community activities,” according the program’s website. Applications for scholarships to attend the next UVM Extension Master Gardener class in 2015 are being accepted now through Dec. 1. […]

Think yellow for spring cheer

Think yellow for spring cheer

By Charlotte Albers As frost approaches many of us are busy readying our gardens for winter: pulling out annual flowers and vegetables, cutting back perennials, or dividing them and replanting while the soil is still workable. While the growing season is coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to think about adding bulbs for […]

How to make your yard more environmentally friendly

How to make your yard more environmentally friendly

It’s easy to make your home more eco-friendly, and your yard is a great place to start. This season, take steps to limit your home’s impact on the local environment by giving your outdoor spaces an earth-friendly makeover. Limit Yard Waste When the leaves fall from the trees, you may be dealing with extra bundles […]

Preserve the harvest for winter meals, holiday gifts

Preserve the harvest for winter meals, holiday gifts

by Melinda Myers The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you’ve run out of cabbage recipes, and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at the farmer’s market. So what is a gardener or shopper to […]

Local landscaper discusses winter gardening on Oct. 1

Local landscaper discusses winter gardening on Oct. 1

Landscape designer and writer Judith Irven of North Country Reflections in Goshen, Vt., will lead a presentation at the UVM Horticulture Farm in South Burlington Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 6-8pm. Her talk, “White Magic in Your Garden,” will focus on how to look at the building blocks of a winter garden using plants to showcase […]

Inspect home fencing to ensure your home’s safety and security

Weather extremes are brutal on exterior landscaping. Rain, snow, wind and temperature variances all take a toll, especially on residential fencing. Rain accelerates rust and wood-rot, and ground freezing and thawing or high winds can affect gate alignment. Gate misalignment – as well as rusty, metal hinges and latches – can lead to gates that […]

Organize entryways with decorative storage

Organize entryways with decorative storage

An entryway is the first impression guests have of your home, yet it can quickly become a chaotic mess. Most entryways serve multiple functions as the receptacle for all things you and your family members shed as they walk through the door, from coats and backpacks to keys and mail. With these simple tips, you […]

Tips for a bountiful backyard garden

(Family Features) The benefits of having your own backyard vegetable garden are plentiful, and can include significant lifestyle impacts, such as healthier eating habits, money saving perks, and more. A Relaxing, Healthful Hobby Looking for a hobby that allows you to contribute to the health of your family? Take up gardening. Beyond producing nutritious foods, […]

What to know when redoing your home’s flooring

(StatePoint) Whether you’re purchasing a home or remodeling your current one, floors are perhaps the biggest piece of your home investment puzzle. They’re also the literal base from which all other design choices are made. You may think you know exactly what you’re looking for, but innovations in home flooring have expanded and improved options. […]