Let there be light. In the garden, that is. Kichler Lighting has added fanciful new items to its line of decorative garden lights. Give your garden a little personality with Frog and Umbrella (pictured, $133), which stands 22 inches high and features a copper stem and umbrella and a composite resin frog. Or add some Decorative Ivy (pictured, $107) to your landscape. The light fixture is 21 inches high, has a solid brass shade and ivy-accented stem and is available in green or brick red. Other items include a miniature lighthouse, illuminated rocks, a sundial and a lighted bird bath. All materials - bulbs, in-ground stakes and wiring - are included. Transformers are needed for some items.
Visit www.kichler.com to see all the items, to learn where items are sold and to get tips on landscape lighting. Or call 800-659-9000.
Decorating the outdoors
Not just for the indoors, candles make for a delightful decorative addition outdoors, as well. PartyLite has just launched a new line of summer candles specifically for outdoor entertaining, lounging or dining. The Summer Fest Fruits Tealight Set (pictured) comes with three candle-holders and sells for $24.95. Candles are sold separately $6.95 for a box of 12 and come scented or unscented. Also available are an array of sea-shell-themed items, including an adorable seahorse candle holder, a garden candle lantern and a seashell ball candle, ranging in price from $19.95 to $39.95.
For more information or to purchase, call customer service at 508-830-3100 or visit www.partylite.com. You will be referred to a local seller.
Stay safe all summer
Sure, you've got locks, an alarm system and other gadgets to protect your home from intruders. But what about protecting yourself and your family from home hazards and injuries? The American Furniture Manufacturers Association has some suggestions to help keep families safe in and around the house throughout the summer. Here are a few home safety tips:
Repair or replace rusted or splintered surfaces, or bent or broken mechanisms on outdoor furniture.
Review a fire safety plan with your family.
Remember not to leave matches, candles or grill lighters within a child's reach.
Be sure new furniture has the Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC) hangtag, which means it meets fire safety standards.
For more summer home safety tips, visit www.afmanews.com.
Learn how to turn your yard into a wildlife habitat at a lecture, noon-1 p.m. Friday at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington. A representative from the National Wildlife Federation will discuss how to provide food, water and cover for the animals. After the lecture, visitors can tour the conservatory's own Backyard Wildlife Habitat garden (pictured). Free. Call 202-225-8333 to register.