Home & Garden

Wayside hosts gingerbread house competition

November 23rd, 2014

The Middletown Garden Club invites gingerbread house builders to submit their creations in an inaugural competition held at the Wayside Inn next month.

Not Pumpkin Spice

September 26th, 2014

WINCHESTER – Although pumpkin spices and scents seem to hog all the attention when autumn arrives, there is a world of other smells that deserve their share of the spotlight.

Ward off deer with homemade methods

August 27th, 2014

As the population of our white-tailed neighbors continues to rise, some homeowners may have noticed damage to their gardens and bite-sized chomps taken out of their flowers and tomatoes.

Lavender has many uses

June 26th, 2014

Cookie Burgess is used to seeing praying mantises prance about and nearly cover the side of her Maurertown house.

Cool down without cranking it up

June 23rd, 2014

According to the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, 44 percent of the average utility bill is spent on heating and cooling costs.

Fresh herbs impact seasonal gardens, dishes

April 22nd, 2014

Nothing else compares to the taste of fresh herbs from the garden. They dress up any dish and even the tiniest bit makes a difference, said Master Gardener Paula Brownlee, who admits her enthusiasm for the subject has grown with her since her childhood in England.

Front Royal franchise offers tips for air conditioning preparation

March 21st, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Spring is a time when homeowners air out, dust off and reinvigorate their homes. According to Ray Bramble, owner of the Front Royal franchise of Aire Serv Heating and Cooling, it’s also the perfect time to think about air quality at home.

Garden Club’s Daffodil Show to travel to Winchester

March 14th, 2014

For the first time in known history, the Garden Club of Virginia will hold its annual Daffodil Show in Winchester. It also could be the first time organizers feared for the inclusion of daffodils.