Home & Garden

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 recently purchased by the Shenandoah County Historical Society and Virginia Quilt Museum and will soon be on display. 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.

Springtime yard equipment tips

Trey Moomaw shows off one of the latest weed trimmers at Route 11 Equipment Sales, which is located at 9800 S. Congress St. in New Market. Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

March 28th, 2015

NEW MARKET — As spring comes to the Shenandoah Valley, area residents will be breaking out their lawn mowers, weed eaters and hedge trimmers to groom and maintain their lawns until the leaves begin to brown.

Horton’s draws winter-weary customers

Becky Stotler, a manager at Horton's Nursery in Winchester, waters a group of geraniums inside their greenhouse south of Winchester recently. These plants will be blooming in a couple weeks, giving homeowners a hearty dose of color in their yards.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 28th, 2015

As the Winchester area suffered through record low temperatures and some late heavy snows this winter, customers went to Horton’s Nursery to get a humid reminder of what spring will bring.