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Home & Gardens

04/20/2014 - 2:52pm
It's finally spring and beekeepers are at least as happy as you are about that. The weird weather has created a situation where, now that it is warm, that survivor bees in the wild are likely to build up quickly and swarm. If you see a swarm of... >>more
04/20/2014 - 12:00am
Makan (which means “the place” in Arabic) will have its grand opening on Thursday, Apr. 24, from 7-10:00pm, at 411 New York Ave. NE. Makan showcases custom lighting, furniture and textiles as well as antiques and art, and offers the... >>more
04/09/2014 - 12:36pm
In the Capitol Hill Historic District, there are over 8,000 homes, built from the 16th century to the early 1900s. While most people who live here treasure these bits of history that are in their care, a more comprehensive knowledge about a building... >>more
04/09/2014 - 11:31am
If memory serves, I believe the brilliant founders of the now international Capitol Hill landscaping firm of Oehme van Sweden are famous for “mass plantings.” Masses of grasses. They even said mass plantings could be achieved right here... >>more
04/09/2014 - 10:30am
Well, not exactly castles but castle-like appendages: slate turret roofs all over the Hill! Walk on the 1200 block of E St. NE or the 200 block of 8th St. SE and you will see more than 40 houses on these two blocks alone that have slate turret roofs... >>more
04/09/2014 - 9:27am
With winter finally in the rear view mirror, what better way to satisfy your pent up demand for spring than to visit some of our area’s most beautiful estates, gardens, and arboreta during their annual plant sales? Call it “plant tourism... >>more
03/04/2014 - 2:41pm
Noting all the salt as I shoveled snow from street, sidewalk and front walk – does rock salt harm plants? Yes. We humans make a trade-off between rendering roads passable quickly and cheaply (for emergency vehicles and human commerce) and real... >>more
03/04/2014 - 1:38pm
You may not have been aware of it, but on January 1, 2014, the US said goodbye to an old and trusted friend— the 60 Watt incandescent light bulb.  The 60 Watt bulb had been around since the late 1800’s, but in 2007, with an eye to... >>more
03/04/2014 - 1:12pm
With the current talk of allowing chicken breeding once again in the District, residents might be interested in the history of such ventures to see where we have been in earlier times. In the early days of the District citizens regularly complained... >>more
03/04/2014 - 12:32pm
The spring homes and gardens issue could not come at a better time. We are experiencing a collective exhale after two months of winter storms that brought 20-year low temperatures, sustained wind gusts, freezing rain and snow to the region. As... >>more
03/04/2014 - 12:12pm
It has been a long, cold, windy, snowy winter on the Hill and unfortunately Old Man Winter will not officially be leaving until late March.  While there is plenty to complain about during the winter, there are also an abundance of wonderful... >>more
03/04/2014 - 11:32am
The budding outdoors will soon beckon and you may wonder if this year you’ll finally do something with the yard. Here are some tips to help you understand your needs and identify the most appropriate professional services for you. Once you... >>more
03/04/2014 - 11:16am
After spending 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, a Washington couple returned to the U.S. with a dream of making their long rented house a home. Throughout their many moves, the couple took family furniture and heirlooms along, lending a sense... >>more
02/05/2014 - 1:46pm
We shop for plants and pots locally at Frager’s and Ginkgo Gardens, but when buyers from these and other garden centers think spring, they head to MANTS for inspiration. MANTS is the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show held each January in... >>more
02/05/2014 - 11:42am
There has been a surge in green roofs in Washington. These roofs are designed to absorb rainwater and provide insulation. While not technically green roofs, the roof top garden is becoming more popular as roofs are being rethought. Roof top decks... >>more