Home & Garden

Herb festival to feature a dozen new brews

June 9th, 2016

At the eighth annual Virginia Herb Festival at Sunflower Cottage Herb Garden and Backroom Brewery in Middletown this weekend, attendees can get a taste of Virginia herbs by sampling an array of experimental beer flavors.

Garden Fest adds more vendors, herding demonstrations

Attendees browse plants for sale at Belle Grove Plantation's  Garden Fest in 2010. This year's festival will be held on Saturday. Courtesy photo by Belle Grove Plantation.

June 2nd, 2016

Green-thumbed guests at Belle Grove Plantation this weekend will be browsing a variety of plants at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association’s 13th annual Garden Fest event.

Arboretum continues nature education

May 5th, 2016

The Garden Fair at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce will celebrate Mother’s Day and usher in a host of programs at Blandy on its 30th year as the State Arboretum of Virginia.

Quilt finds its way home

The Elizabeth Neff quilt, made in 1843, was   purchased by the Shenandoah County Historical Society and Virginia Quilt Museum. The inscription reads "Elizabeth Neffs Property Shenandoah County VA 1843. Courtesy photo

April 18th, 2016

A quilt, made in 1843, has been purchased by the Shenandoah County Historical Society and the Virginia Quilt Museum and will be on display in early summer.

Strasburg holiday tour uncovers historic homes

Four Mile House will be featured along the Strasburg Holiday Heritage Homes Tour on Saturday. The house was restored by Diane Laferriere and Bert Cole. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 9th, 2015

STRASBURG – Serving as first-time hosts for the Strasburg Holiday Heritage Homes Tour on Saturday will give Bert Cole and Diane Laferriere the chance to showcase the restorations they’ve made to the historic Four Mile House since purchasing it in 2011.

Extension opens Master Gardener class

December 9th, 2015

Looking for new volunteers who want to share some horticultural expertise with the community, the Virginia Cooperative Extension is reviewing applications for its 2016 Master Gardener Class.

Shenandoah beekeepers help hives survive winter

Lynne Phillips, manager at Natural Art Garden Center, checks on her honey bees near the  garden center in Toms Brook.   Rich Cooley/Daily

October 11th, 2015

As the weather starts to grow colder, area beekeepers try to ensure their hives survive the winter by encouraging eggs and keeping an eye out for pests that play a large role in the dreaded colony collapse disorder.

Kitchen Kapers provides remodeling inspiration

Pat Snapp drew inspiration for her kitchen's deep color scheme from inclusions in her granite countertop. Her Winchester home will be featured in Saturday's Kitchen Kapers tour. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

September 17th, 2015

Coming from plenty of experience with remodeling, Pat Snapp will give visitors to her home at 170 Hawthorne Drive a few expert tips on extreme home makeovers, complete with before and after photos.

Keeping it local

Flats of new spring flowers are displayed at Fort Valley Nursery in Woodstock. Owner Terry Fogle said the nursery carries a "fairly large amount" of plants localized for this area.   Courtesy photo

March 30th, 2015

April is invasive plants, pets and wildlife diseases education month for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tomato season adds variety to area salads

The tomato is a popular plant in a home garden. Photo courtesy of Janet Heishman

March 28th, 2015

Vegetable gardening doesn’t get much easier than growing tomatoes. Scientifically a fruit, it’s America’s favorite vegetable. But, without the right conditions, tomatoes are also easy to kill.