Fine furniture outletWe're used to designer clothing...


Fine furniture outlet

We're used to designer clothing outlets, shoe warehouses, and scratch-and-dent major appliance sales. But a manufacturers' outlet for fine furniture? That's exactly what Dallas-based The Home Co. does, and has begun doing at a new 66,000-square-foot store at Prime Outlets in Hagerstown.

The store sells such brands as Henredon, Ralph Lauren, Baker, Hickory Chair, and Lexington. The company says furniture and home decor accessories are marked 40 percent to 65 percent off traditional retail prices. The store is at 495 Prime Outlets Blvd., which is just off I-70 about 25 miles west of Frederick. For more information about the store, call 301-790-0300. For information on Prime Outlets, call toll-free 877-GO-OUTLETS, or visit the Web site at

Setting a summery table The craft of gardens

Be prepared for warmer weather with fashionable and fun entertaining and leisure items from Kmart's new Summer Up! line. There are table coverings and table accessories, dinnerware and party ware, and (plastic, of course) glassware in cheerful hot-weather colors such as lilac, blue, lime green and aqua. Prices range from 69 cents for a solid-color old-fashioned glass to $19.99 for a 20-piece solid-color flatware set.

The line will be in all Kmart stores by May. To locate the Kmart nearest you, call 800-866-0086.

The craft of gardens

The best gardens are more than collections of plants; they are decorated spaces with a harmony and wit all their own. A patriotic folk art gate, a charming bench or table, a living willow arbor, a wire-and-glass spider web that sparkles in the sun -- these are all things at home in the garden. These items and many, many more are in "Garden Crafts: A Practical Guide to Creating Hand-crafted Features for Your Garden," by Geraldine Rudge (the Lyons Press, $35). Available at booksellers this month.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.


* The Maryland Orchid Show, with its dazzling collection of orchids in bloom, in gardens and in art (as well as for sale), begins Friday at Owings Mills Town Center mall, 10300 Mill Run Circle in Owings Mills. The event, which runs through Sunday, is free and open during mall hours. Guided tours will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

* Learn how to garden without harmful chemicals or synthetic fertilizers at two organic gardening workshops at Ehrhardt Organic Farm, 1032 Hoffmaster Road in Knoxville. (It's the very south-easternmost tip of Washington County, off Harpers Ferry Road.) The workshops will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., this coming Saturday and next Saturday, and include a tour of the farm's gardens.

Cost of the workshops is $40 per person. An organic lunch will be available before the workshop for $10 per person. For more information, call 301-834-7520.

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