Call it a gardener's paradise. The Maryland Home and Garden Show, which runs Friday through March 2 and March 7-9 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, boasts more than 600 exhibitors offering gardening and home products, ideas and tips.
A "Feature Garden" will be set up across 2,500 square feet, designed by last year's "Best of Show" landscaper, Kingsdene Nurseries, with Colonial Maryland themes and native Maryland plants. Experts from the world of gardening, including renowned landscape architect Wolfgang Oehme and horticultural pro Kurt Bluemel, will present talks, and there'll be competitions by the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland and the Maryland Orchid Society. Work by New Edge Design (left) will also be on view.
Visitors can see exhibits on home improvement and remodeling, and also browse through items at the Maryland Craft Show, which runs concurrently in an adjacent building.
Maryland Home and Garden Show tickets are $2.50-$9; free for ages under 6, and include admission to the craft show. For hours or more information, call 410-863-1180 or visit www.mdhomeandgarden.com.
Dreams of guitars and dolphins
John Lennon and Paul McCartney may have sung about "A Day in the Life." But Garnet Hill is more interested in "A Day in the Lifestyle."
Garnet Hill, the catalog company that specializes in natural-fiber textiles, presents its 2003 collection, themed "A Day in the Lifestyle," featuring an array of new bedding, towels, rugs and more, for everyday, practical use.
New bedding designs are imaginative and whimsical, such as Guitar Shop, with an acoustic-guitar-collage print (sheets $28-$55, comforters $75-$95). New children's bedding is just as inventive. Dolphins swim, dive and mingle on the Dolphins print (sheets $30-$44, comforters $78-$98).
Garnet Hill products are available by mail order or online at www.garnethill.com. For more information, call 800-870-3513.
Maytag lets you cut the iron cord
Forget that herky-jerky maneuver you do with your iron and its cumbersome cord. That dance is over. Maytag has created a Cordless Iron.
As well as being cord-free, the Maytag Cordless Iron ($129-$149), has an ergonomically-designed handle for right-handed or left-handed use, has a scratch-resistant surface and most important, is one "smart" appliance. The iron automatically shuts itself off after sitting unused for 10 minutes. In a hurry? The iron can be put away hot, as it's stored in a heat-resistant Therma-Dome carrying case.
An iron cradle is all that's ever plugged into an electrical outlet. The iron also has electronic temperature controls, a cuff-press feature, a removable water reservoir and various steam options.
Two models are available at Maytag Stores or online at www.maytag.com.
* If you've got problems with trees, shrubs, your lawn or even your houseplants, bring your concerns to the Homestead Gardens staff at their "Ask the Expert" session at 11 a.m. Saturday at 743 W. Central Ave. in Davidsonville. Bring photos or samples, if possible. Program is $5; preregistration required. Call 410-798-5000.
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