If David Austin old English roses -- large, fragrant, romantic roses imported from Sonoma Valley -- sound simply beautiful to you, you'll be glad to know that Simply Beautiful Flowers has just opened behind Penny Green in the Alley Shops in Pikesville. Here you'll find a wide range of gorgeous garden flowers, vases, unusual gifts and arrangements that are very natural-looking -- owner Rennie Friedlander will even use customers' own containers.
The hours for the new shop are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday bTC through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Call (410) 484-7743 for more information.
Back to school
Let the kids whine. For adults, back-to-school time can be pure pleasure. Here are two courses being offered by the Maryland Institute, College of Art, that will appeal to the amateur and professional designer alike.
Interested in a noncredit, hands-on course in decorative painting? "Painted Furniture Workshop" ($160) meets for seven Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 5. Learn how to transform and enhance old pieces of furniture. Everything you ever wanted to know about fabrics will be covered in "Fabric Applications in Interior Design" ($420), which meets on Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., for 14 sessions beginning Sept. 12. The class includes lectures, slides, field trips and hands-on work with samples. Call (410) 225-2234 for more information.
Rx for moles
Love your lawn, hate those moles. But they are cute little fellas, so it's nice to know of a humane way to deal with mole damage. Mole-Med is a castor-oil repellent. A 16-ounce bottle provides enough spray for a 5,000-square-foot lawn and keeps moles away for two months or more.
To get Mole-Med or the Gardens Alive! catalog of other organic products, call (812) 537-8650.
For the first time the Towson antique store Portebello Square is carrying French and Continental furniture. You'll find pieces from the 1700s and 1800s such as a French Provincial settee, a Napoleon III night stand and a Louis XV console. Portebello Square is located at 28A W. Allegheny. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.