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Gardening Etcetera: Lhude Sing Cuccu

A song favored by many gardeners and lovers of the English language is “Sing Cuckoo,” a poem from the 13th century. I’ve attached a modernized…

June 27, 2015 3:15 am(0)

Honey, I shrunk the garden: Exploring the magic of fairy gardens

Honey, I shrunk the garden: Exploring the magic of fairy gardens

Some people are downsizing their gardens big time. They’re moving from whopping perennial borders to terrariums, tiny Zen gardens and fairy-ga…

June 24, 2015 5:51 pm(0)

Gardening Etcetera: RAP gardens revealed

One of the best deals in Flagstaff hides in plain sight among the whispering pines and warbling meadowlarks. Buffalo Park, you ask? Nope. The …

June 20, 2015 3:15 am(0)

Trickle-down theory: Water-saving tips that can help any household

Trickle-down theory: Water-saving tips that can help any household

Ripping up the lawn is the single best way to save water in drought-stricken California, but doing that can takes weeks, if not months, of con…

June 17, 2015 5:35 pm(0)

Rooftop farms are sprouting nationwide, cultivating economic, environmental benefits

Rooftop farms are sprouting nationwide, cultivating economic, environmental benefits

For more than a decade, Chicago has been at the forefront of the green-roof movement. Now the city is poised to take an active role in the nex…

June 16, 2015 5:38 pm(0)

HouseWorks: This will be The Year of the Mud

HouseWorks: This will be The Year of the Mud

This year's gardening season surely will go down as the Year of the Mud.

June 13, 2015 10:15 pm(0)

Gardening Etcetera: Roses and atoms

“The word limit is 600 [and] there has to be some relationship to a garden” — those were the only constraints imposed by Dana Prom Smith when …

June 13, 2015 4:00 am(0)

California's drought spurring water recycling at home

The increasingly dry state encourages the reuse of so-called gray water, which typically includes the gently-used runoff from bathroom sinks, …

June 09, 2015 12:00 am(0)

Helping pollinators, one city flowerpot at a time

Helping pollinators, one city flowerpot at a time

Even a little effort — a potted plant, say, on an apartment balcony — can mean a lot when trying to help restore declining pollinator populati…

June 09, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Ask a Designer: Coming up with a furniture plan that works

Ask a Designer: Coming up with a furniture plan that works

Sometimes the way to improve a room isn't to buy new furniture: It's to rearrange pieces you already own.

June 09, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Father Hugo: This sunny, early rose has a tough disposition

Father Hugo: This sunny, early rose has a tough disposition

Father Hugo is among the earliest roses to bloom, a floral hors d'oeuvre to the full-blown show that follows from hybrid tea, rambling and cli…

June 09, 2015 12:00 am(0)

Nature Notes: Of pines, pollen and plums

Nature Notes: Of pines, pollen and plums

What a spring!

June 06, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Gardening Etcetera: Gardening without mercy

Springtime is weed time. First, the dandelions appear with their bright, cheerful yellow flowers. Some gardeners welcome them, finding them me…

June 06, 2015 3:00 am(0)

Renters appear more satisfied in many pricey US cities

Renters appear more satisfied in many pricey US cities

Tenants in the most expensive cities expressed more confidence in the local economy, felt safer from crime and enjoyed the parks, recreation a…

June 05, 2015 10:00 pm(0)

Goodbye keys: 'Smart locks' let you in without them

Goodbye keys: 'Smart locks' let you in without them

High-tech door locks — typically controlled by keypads, phone apps or even the swipe of a finger — could be pushing house keys into oblivion a…

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Whites moving to Detroit, city that epitomized white flight

Whites moving to Detroit, city that epitomized white flight

Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city…

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Down payments: Programs that can make buying easier

Surveys show that young adults – traditionally a big home buying group – would like to purchase homes but face far more hurdles to doing so th…

June 05, 2015 10:00 pm(0)

Backyard sheds reimagined as pubs, studios, getaways

Backyard sheds reimagined as pubs, studios, getaways

People looking to get more use out of their backyards are building or converting sheds for a variety of purposes. 

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Marni Jameson: Want to sell your home? Take off the blinders

Regardless of whether a home is yours or someone else’s, the steps to getting a property market ready are the same.

June 05, 2015 10:00 pm(0)

How to garden with pets in mind

How to garden with pets in mind

Veterinarians are beginning to preach the gospel of gardening — primarily how organic fruits and vegetables can be used to improve the health …

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Crabapples come in many varieties — some aren't even crabby

Crabapples come in many varieties — some aren't even crabby

There are about 900 varieties on the market, and planting a crabapple is a decision that lasts for decades.

June 04, 2015 10:00 pm(0)

Do your homework before ordering plants by mail

Do your homework before ordering plants by mail

Not all mail-order nurseries are equally reputable. And you can't just drive your sickly plant back to the store to show it and complain.

June 04, 2015 10:00 pm(0)

Q&A with Carolyn DeYoung: Trends in interior design

Carolyn DeYoung, an interior designer with St. John, Ind.-based DeYoung Interiors, has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Harrington College…

June 04, 2015 10:00 pm(0)

Lawn-care basics: How much to cut, irrigate, fertilize

Lawn-care basics: How much to cut, irrigate, fertilize

Well-managed turf care means more than simply firing up your lawn mower and buzzing around the yard.

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Ask a Designer: Chic plus comfortable equals relaxed style

Ask a Designer: Chic plus comfortable equals relaxed style

"A relaxed lifestyle is something people want more and more, and their homes are reflecting that," says New York City-based designer Young Huh.

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Ask a Designer: decorating with spring pastels

Ask a Designer: decorating with spring pastels

Decorating with these potentially too-sweet shades can be tricky, but worth it.

June 03, 2015 10:00 pm Photos

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Right at Home: Tricks, tools for organizing the kitchen

Right at Home: Tricks, tools for organizing the kitchen

Some of the latest ideas and products for whipping a kitchen into shape.

June 03, 2015 10:00 pm Photos

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'New wave' of GMOs: pink pineapples, purple tomatoes

'New wave' of GMOs: pink pineapples, purple tomatoes

The companies and scientists that have created these foods are hoping that customers will be attracted to the health benefits and convenience …

June 03, 2015 10:00 pm Photos

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Couple creates calm refuge from hustle and bustle of life with kids

Couple creates calm refuge from hustle and bustle of life with kids

Jeff Young is a commercial architect who finds beauty in utilitarian objects. Four antique levels, one used to build barns, are displayed in h…

June 03, 2015 4:11 pm(0)

Rest assured, we can demystify the hunt for a new mattress

Rest assured, we can demystify the hunt for a new mattress

Considering that a good night’s sleep is important for good health, the right mattress can make all the difference.

June 03, 2015 4:12 pm(0)

Hollywood set decorator shows a cinematic flair for gardening

Hollywood set decorator shows a cinematic flair for gardening

When Peggy Casey first saw the 1972 film “Silent Running,” a science-fiction tale in which all plant life on Earth is extinct, it left an impr…

June 03, 2015 4:07 pm Photos

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Gardening Etcetera: The Garden Optimist

Dear Garden Optimist:

May 30, 2015 4:15 am(0)

Gardening Etcetera: Urban landscape care

Urban landscapes are valuable to the overall sustainability of a community, and their benefits are well documented. Lack of long term stewards…

May 23, 2015 2:45 am(0)

Perfect gardens in May a torment to procrastinators

Perfect gardens in May a torment to procrastinators

To: The Management

May 20, 2015 5:31 pm(0)

Gardening Etcetera: Roses: Ladies of the garden

Floribunda. Grandiflora. Centifolia. Tales of the south of France, perhaps? Welcome to the enchanting world of roses. While some gardeners cut…

May 16, 2015 3:30 am(0)

8 new garden products for veterans and newbies alike

8 new garden products for veterans and newbies alike

Spring brings a plethora of new products for gardeners to get excited about. Here are just a few that span the practical to the playful, for v…

May 13, 2015 4:49 pm(0)

Getting back in bloom: The Arboretum opens for the season

Getting back in bloom: The Arboretum opens for the season

The Arboretum at Flagstaff welcomed vast groups of visitors on opening day May 1. The sprawling facility overlooking the San Francisco Peaks, …

May 10, 2015 5:00 am Photos

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Gardening Etcetera: A Nepal story

Chheten Tamang was raised and lived as a young adult in a village of five or six rock houses in the Langtang Valley at about 12,500 feet in th…

May 09, 2015 3:15 am(0)

Tiny house trend: 6 style lessons for small spaces

Tiny house trend: 6 style lessons for small spaces

Small is getting bigger for sure. The average American single-family house will drop to 2,152 square feet this year, 10 percent smaller than f…

May 06, 2015 6:12 pm(0)

Gardening Etcetera: Lush landscaping

Gardening Etcetera: Lush landscaping

G. K Chesterton, an English journalist and writer of the early 20th century and author of the Father Brown mysteries, wrote that art is what p…

May 02, 2015 3:30 am(0)

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