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From parties to relaxing, gazebos offer elegant shade, shelter in summer’s heat


What structure could better fit this traditional month of hot days and nights than the shaded confines of a gazebo? That venerable e ... »

From the Ground Up: Get ready to enjoy summer flowers this winter

As the gardening season changes, many of us mentally move from the tulip to iris to lily to mums. But now is the time to harvest beautiful summer ... »

At Home: Let there be light

For many cooks, a well-lit workstation can make a world of difference.

Whether designing a new kitchen or just thinking about upgrades, the p ... »

At Home: Grow small

Need to escape summer heat or stay dry in the rain? Miniature gardens and terrariums can keep green thumbs going indoors.

Miniature ... »

From the Ground Up: With wet weather gone, know your garden’s watering needs

Summer is in full swing and it’s getting a bit dry. We had wet weather this spring and early Summer, but now it’s time to water? And ... »

Growing peace, preserving herbs in Iowa City garden

IOWA CITY — Tucked away at the end of a residential cul-de-sac in Iowa City is a garden oasis.

Gaia's Peace Garden, at 2066 Bristol D ... »

From the Ground Up: Wanted — Passionate gardeners who want to be a Master Gardener

Besides questions on plants, lawns, insects and flowers, a lot of you ask “What is a Master Gardener?”

Master Gardeners are mem ... »

At Home: Carpet capers

Buying new carpet? Here are a few pointers on picking the right kind.


There are four types of carpet looks: t ... »

Plum Grove heritage gardens celebrate 20 years

IOWA CITY — Green Moldovan tomatoes, St. Valery carrots and Cimarron lettuce are just a few of the heirloom vegetables growing at Plum Grove ... »

From the Ground Up: True blues in the garden are a rare find

I  never realized just how difficult it is to find true blue blooms until I wanted to plant a red, white and blue Marine garden.

I tr ... »

Create a butterfly garden

Want to attract butterflies to your garden? All it takes is a little effort and the right plants. Coralville-based Forever Green Landscaping and Ga ... »

At Home: Granite, quartz countertops offer durability, beauty in the kitchen

Ready for a fresh look in your kitchen? New countertops are a good place to start.

Donna Hamm, owner of Hamm's Home Interiors in Iowa City, ... »

From the Ground Up: ‘Go native’ when it comes to landscaping your yard

Q: Everyone keeps talking about planting native plants. What are they and why should I plant them?

A: Goo ... »

At Home: Maintenance tips for your mid-summer garden

Summer is officially here, and gardens are in full bloom. Jennifer Shull, manager at Culver's Garden Center and Greenhouse, offers some advice to k ... »

From the Ground Up: When to bring summer blooming flowers indoors

Last month we shared tips for spring bouquets, this week is tips for long lasting summer blooms. Always cut flowers in early morning when they cont ... »