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Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Historic Garden Week 2015 showcased homes and gardens across the commonwealth of Virginia. The tour features Peninsula properties in Williamsburg, Newport News, and in Gloucester and Mathews counties.

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  • Turtles make a Newport News garden come to life

    Turtles make a Newport News garden come to life

    You know it's spring in Wendy Croswell's garden when more than flowers begin to bloom. It's truly gardening season when, and only when, six eastern box turtles — three males called Murtle, Flash and Fred and three females known as Ms. T, Tutu and Louie — wake from their winter sleep in her Newport...

      • Majestic moths help pollinate elegant evening primroses; and an iris to avoid

        Today, you meet several nice native plants, all in the evening primrose family, as well as the not-so-nice invasive yellow flag iris. You also meet the beneficial insects known as the charming sphinx moths that many gardeners mistake for hummingbirds. Information on these species comes courtesy...

          • Garden experts offer tips on growing great veggies, especially tomatoes

            While April showers bring May flowers, the month of May is the official start of the season for warm-weather crops like tomatoes and peppers. Why May? By the time Memorial Day rolls around, May's soil is toasty warm, a condition that tomatoes and peppers need in order to establish good root growth...

              • Native plant profile: White goldenrod

                Native plant profile: White goldenrod

                White goldenrod, or Solidago bicolor, is a goldenrod, but as both the ray, disc flowers and the bracts are white, not yellow, it is often called Silverrod, according to Helen Hamilton, past president, John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society.  The heads have a slight yellow color from...

                  Home & Garden Tips



                  • Hang embossed wallcovering

                    Hang embossed wallcovering

                    To create the traditional look and feel of Old World walls, consider using embossed wallcovering panels. They add textural interest to the walls and lasting character to the room. To create a rich and distinct look, you don't need to cover the entire walls. In fact, the panels are most commonly...

                      • Replace a door threshold

                        Replace a door threshold

                        Install a new door threshold, an aluminum strip with a vinyl insert in its center, to plug up air leaks that let cold infiltrate into the house and cost you energy dollars. The insert acts as a gasket to seal the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor, but over time it wears away. The...

                          • Install a bathtub surround

                            Install a bathtub surround

                            Moisture and water are the culprits that damage a well-used family bathtub, and they eat away the surrounding walls. You'll recognize water damage if there's mildew and the walls feel spongy to the touch, not solid. Ripping out the walls and replacing them with a tub surround kit, sold in three...

                              • Install an ironing center

                                Install an ironing center

                                Even if you don't like to iron, it's convenient to have an ironing center near your clothes washer and dryer. And since the unit is a built-in and easy to use, you might just iron a shirt that needs special care or cloth napkins for a special occasion. An ironing center consists of a narrow cabinet...

                                  More Garden Tips

                                  • Tips: Finding the Right Tree for the Right Place

                                    Tips: Finding the Right Tree for the Right Place

                                    Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees. The best way to keep trees healthy is by planting the right trees in the right places where they naturally grow best. Homeowners see many benefits to planting trees on their property. Trees provide shade, fruit production, spring and fall color, wildlife...

                                      • Tips: Fruits, vegetables for fall planting, growing and harvesting

                                        Tips: Fruits, vegetables for fall planting, growing and harvesting

                                        Growing your own food is a joy—especially when it's harvest time. Fall is known primarily as the harvest season. But it is also a great time to plant fruit trees and late-season vegetable crops. Trees and bushes planted in the autumn have a chance to set roots before cold winter weather arrives....

                                          • Tips: How to preserve and dry herbs

                                            Tips: How to preserve and dry herbs

                                            For thousands of years, drying was the only way to keep herbs from spoiling. Try it yourself—it's easy, inexpensive and, when you do it at home, requires no chemical additives. Getting Started It's important to harvest herbs at the right time. They should be picked before the flowers develop. Harvest...

                                              • Tips: Take September to learn about natural disasters, hazards

                                                Tips: Take September to learn about natural disasters, hazards

                                                Over the last 30 years, U.S. floods have caused on average $8.2 billion in damages annually. Wildfire suppression costs in the United States have averaged $1.54 billion annually for the last 10 years. Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $65 billion in damage and economic loss, making it the second...