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Home and Garden

  • Enhance your holiday landscape

    Add a little holiday sparkle to your landscape for you and your guests to enjoy. No matter the weather outside, a few decorative touches can greatly increase the beauty and enjoyment of your winter landscape.

    Try one, two or all eight of these tips to improve your landscape’s winter appeal.

  • Rallings' revamp catches eyes

    About five years ago, Mark and Sharon Rallings decided to overhaul the landscaping in their 30-year-old yard at 2124 Robert H Kirk Road. 

    They added a front porch large enough to accommodate rocking chairs and a bench, re-established their flower beds, reshaped their sidewalk and revamped their patio where a gold fish pond once existed. 

  • Yard with a 'touch of class'

     Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    wning a house on a corner lot sometimes creates a landscaping challenge for a homeowner.  Lewie and Robin Pitts of 1329 Somerset Drive stepped up to that challenge, creating a beautiful view from all three easily-visible sides of their yard.

    Janesta Williams of Green Gardeners Garden Club and Cecile Flanders of the Lancaster Garden Club enjoyed the view so much they selected the Pitts as the winners of the September Yard of the Month. 

  • August Yard of the Month: Well kept and full of color

    An inviting front porch and yard filled with an assortment of blooms and foliage at the home of Tony and Nancy Snipes caught the attention of Sara Phillips, Leaf & Petal Garden Club member. She selected their home, at 1970 Robert H. Kirk Road, as the August Yard of the Month.

    “From the white crepe myrtles that frame the driveway to the front plantings highlighting the front porch, this yard is well kept and full of color,” Phillips said.

  • Grasping at straw

     Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    For almost four years, Sally Deese had an unused gift from her neighbor in the backyard of her Four Oaks farm in the Buford community.

    At one time it was a bale of hay just sitting there.

    But now, the bale of hay in wrapped in vines producing round, ripe and great-tasting watermelons.

  • Magnolia trees are icons of the American South

    Psychologists have long delved into people’s memories trying to identify early events that influenced later behavior or choices.

    I clearly remember attending a birthday party when I was four years old.

    Several games were played and when I won one, the prize was a very small pocket-sized book about trees. All of the pictures were in full color and I spent hours turning the pages, amazed to see flowering trees.

    My favorite was one with big white flowers that I now realize was a Southern Magnolia.

  • Catawba woman celebrates 100th birthday

    Bertha Harris of Catawba will turn 100 years old on Saturday, June 29. On her birthday, devoted family members and loving friends and neighbors from her church community will gather for a day of celebration in her honor from 10 a.m. to noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1989 Reservation Road, Rock Hill. The public is invited to attend the gathering.

  • Starnes raised garden has risen eyebrows
  • From West Coast to East Coast: Fulfilling The Great Commission

    Barbara Westbrook
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

    This familiar scripture – known as the “great commission” – was given by Jesus to his disciples. He wanted them to devote their lives to teaching His Gospel to those who would accept and follow Him.

  • Smells of blossoms bring back memories

    Returning from a mid-May trip to Virginia, I was very happy to be bringing back a bouquet of lilacs cut from my sister’s yard.
    Growing up, we both loved an old lilac that stood at our home’s back door and would often take flowering branches, stems wrapped in damp paper towels, to our teachers. The scent of lilacs still transports me back to those schoolgirl days.