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New annuals you won’t want to miss

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By Kerry Ann Mendez Annuals provide full throttle color in gardens spring through fall. Get them out of their containers in May, park them in the correct light with some time-released fertilizer such as Plant-Tone, and get out of their way as they accelerate to non-stop color. They are especially prized in shade gardens where […] [Read More]
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Families turn backyards into vacation getaways

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By Alice Kenny Julie Marcus sips tea in her new “mom cave,” an outdoor room nestled in the hillside and bordered with fieldstone, hostas and fern beds. Her hidden get-away is just a small detail in what at first glance looks like an outdoor resort complete with movie theater, pool, kitchen and living areas. Actually, […] [Read More]

Artist sees the light through his work

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By Abby Luby Michael Skrtic gingerly holds a thin indigo strand of glass over a small torch. The flame reflects off the sunglasses shielding his hazel-colored eyes. Immersed in the heat, the fiery glass twists and turns as in a dance, arching into organic molten globules. When he sees a shape he likes, Skrtic gently […] [Read More]

How Sweet It Is

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Marina Marchese is queen bee of her artisan honey company By Wendy Carlson Life for Marina Marchese is sweet in more ways than one. Eleven years ago, an unexpected visit to a neighbor’s apiary inspired her to try beekeeping as a hobby. Today, the artist-turned-apiarist is queen bee of her own artisan honey company, Red […] [Read More]

Hit the ‘easy’ button with these gardening tips

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Expert shares info on how to get blooms all season long By Larissa Lytwyn Kerry Ann Mendez is a self-described “passionate perennialist,” and she was happy to spread that passion at Life@home’s May 1 seminar at The Gardener’s Center and Florist of Darien. Mendez is an acclaimed garden consultant, designer, writer and teacher. The root […] [Read More]

Life@home holds first gardening seminar

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What a great day it was for Life@home magazine’s first free garden seminar on Sunday, May 1. The sun was shining and temps hovered around 70 at The Gardener’s Center, sponsor of the event, on the Post Road in Darien. More than 100 people turned out to hear Kerry Ann Mendez, the magazine’s garden writer, […] [Read More]

Patio Heaven

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New designs to keep you outdoors all season By Deborah DiSesa Hirsch Thinking of redoing your patio? The sky’s the limit, say area landscape designers, as homeowners are using all types of stone and concrete pavers in a variety of colors and bringing living spaces outdside. The hottest patios this summer will have outdoor kitchens, […] [Read More]
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Blood Orange and Apple Crisp

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Recipe Courtesy of Debra Ponzek and Greg Addonizio (serves 8-10) ingredients 8 Honeycrisp or Rome apples 8 small blood oranges 1/3 cup flour 3/4 cup sugar [Read More]