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Home and Garden

  • Fall Flavors

    Heirloom pumpkins, mums, autumn wreaths, flags and pillows add special touches that greet the season at the home of Frank and Corinne Brackett, located at 714 Plantation Road.  

    These special touches and the natural beauty of the landscaping prompted the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs to choose the Bracketts for the October Yard of the Month. Selected by Betsy Folks and Sheila Roberts of The Lancaster Garden Club, the Brackett yard is loaded with perfect fall flavors.

  • August Yard of the Month

    Ten years ago, Mike and Jennifer Jewett moved to Lancaster from Missouri.   

    As Jennifer home-shopped, she kept in mind the type of yard that must accompany it. 

    When she saw the home at 805 Crescent Drive, she was sold.

    “I actually picked this house out because I thought it had the kind of yard that Mike would like,” Jennifer said. “In one word, it had trees.”   

  • St. Paul Classics get their due and their day

    The heartbeat of any neighborhood can be measured at its houses of worship.

    But without people who nurture, teach and reach out to others in Christian love, it’s nothing more than bricks, mortar, paint and lumber.

    That never escapes the St. Paul AME Church family, which will honor 15 of its spiritual mothers and fathers, collectively know as the Classics, for their contributions to the local community this weekend.

    Billed as an extravaganza showcase, the special recognition is 5 p.m. Saturday, at the church, 133 Pleasant St.

  • St. Paul Classics get their due and their day

    The heartbeat of any neighborhood can be measured at its houses of worship.

    But without people who nurture, teach and reach out to others in Christian love, it’s nothing more than bricks, mortar, paint and lumber.

    That never escapes the St. Paul AME Church family, which will honor 15 of its spiritual mothers and fathers, collectively know as the Classics, for their contributions to the local community this weekend.

    Billed as an extravaganza showcase, the special recognition is 5 p.m. Saturday, at the church, 133 Pleasant St.

  • Balancing act

    “How often should I water?” is perhaps the most frequently asked question by those who enjoy indoor potted plants.
    But there is no pat answer to the question. “Water it as much as it needs to grow” isn’t the right reply.
    Variables such as plant type, plant age, growth stage, season, location, type and size of pot, soil mix characteristics, weather and placement have to be considered.
    According to the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, the main cause of death of potted plants is over-watering.

  • July Garden of the Month

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    For 10 months out of the year, the Lancaster County of Garden Clubs selects a Yard of the Month. In July each year, that focus shifts to vegetable gardens in Lancaster County.

    Peggy Little of The Lancaster Garden Club awarded the July Garden of the Month designation to John Troutman at 1904 Tara Trail, Lancaster. 

  • What families do

        The teacher who had a special love for reading now has a special place in her honor at the school she loved.

    In May, members of the late Kathy Emory’s family, colleagues and friends dedicated the Miss Kathy Emory Outdoor Reading Classroom at McDonald Green Elementary School.

    Emory died Dec. 24, 2010, after battling colon cancer for more than two years. She was 52. 

    Emory served on the McDonald Green staff for more than 30 years as a fourth grade teacher and media specialist. 

  • "Skeeter" season

    Mosquitoes have been around for thousands, maybe millions, of years.

    And these winged blood suckers have no intention of taking off this summer.

    With the pop-up thunderstorm season now in full swing, it doesn’t take much to create a mosquito nuisance, said Sue Ferguson, an environmental health manager for S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    That’s where a little routine yard sprucing-up comes in.

  • Backyard Getaway

    Nine years ago, when Ronnie and Crystal Carnes bought their home at 1228 Kent Drive, the contractor made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. The price of the new home was reduced if they agreed to do all the landscaping themselves.  

    Having a special knack for landscaping, Ronnie welcomed and accepted the deal.   

    Now, by reading do-it-yourself magazines, driving through neighborhoods and picking up a few tips from previous Yard of the Month recipients, he has created quite a showplace at their home. 

  • Backwoods farming

    In the late 1700s, there were no neighborhood grocery stores for food or seasonings or pharmacies for medicines in the Waxhaws.

    Self-sufficiency was a critical element of survival for the Scots-Irish settlers who were carving a way of life out of the wilderness.

    That meant most families had a kitchen garden close to the house, where vegetables, fruit and herbs were grown.