Category Archives: Gardens

Lunch With Hope Taft, A Chelsea Flower Show Designer And Topiary Animals? Count Me In!

Who wins your award for congeniality? I would bestow the honor on two people. One is Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the jovial clergyman with the gift of the gab, a taste for hot dogs, baseball and Donohue’s Steakhouse, and an obvious … Continue reading

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Kale Caesar At Harvest Pizza, Do You Hail From Wheatland Farm?

It might afford a picture-perfect view of the Columbus skyline, but the poor little Hilltop is in need of some tender loving care.  The West Side neighborhood has had its share of challenges, but better things are starting to grow … Continue reading

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Pick Pinks And Blues, Shells And Peacocks For The Bertie Look

Do you have a special place to picnic? Beman Dawes and his family did. The Dawes family packed their picnic basket for excursions to a favorite wooded spot near Newark, Ohio. When they noticed lumbermen preparing to cut down some … Continue reading

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This Crow-Scarer Deserves A Double Take

Watching my dad plant seeds in our garden one spring day in 1973, I asked whether I could plant something too. He gave me some popcorn seeds. I put them in the ground by the air conditioner. The popcorn plants … Continue reading

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Does That Eraser Come In Shofuso Gray?

At the next-to-last stop on my tour of Philadelphia gardens, you could stock up on sushi-shaped erasers, ceramic fish, incense and other Japanese treats. Built in 1953 as a gift of friendship and post-war peace from Japan to the American … Continue reading

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Reach For The Remote At Chanticleer

Where would you rather be after 5:00 on a summer Friday? Week after week, I’d be picnicking at Chanticleer. Located in Wayne, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, Chanticleer was the summer home of the Rosengarten family, whose pharmaceutical business became … Continue reading

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Gardeners And Tervis Tumbler-Seekers, Find Your Paradise At Mount Cuba

Have you discovered the joys of Tervis, the insulated drinkware that reduces condensation and keeps beverages their original temperatures longer? My Tervis water bottle is such a fixture that it was high time to track down a Tervis tumbler.  I … Continue reading

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