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PLUS: Furniture Sharehouse Earns Needed Funds, Brushing up on Gardening Basics and Beyond, Master Gardener 2013 Calendar and Locust Grove Decorated Mansion Tours

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Brushing up on Gardening Basics and Beyond
As hard as it is to believe, 2013 is within sight. And that means another spring to look forward to and the gardening that goes with it. Before getting swept away with celebrating the holidays and the approaching new year, you may want to consider signing up for the soup-to-nuts Workshops in Basic Horticulture series sponsored by the Garden Education Center of Greenwich (130 Bible St., Cos Cob, Conn.). The series that runs for seven consecutive Thursdays from Jan. 10-Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14) in two-hour sessions (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) promises to cover everything you wanted to know about gardening but were afraid to ask. Using a practical hands-on approach, GEC horticulturist Lisa Beebe will review all facets of gardening and indoor plant care, including soils, fertilizing, insects, propagation, seeds, pruning and design. The course is limited to 12 participants who can count on leaving each session with an abundance of information and the fruits of their labor. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Lisa directly at (203) 869-9242, ext 303, or go to to register online at $225 per person ($200 course fee, plus $25 for materials).

Master Gardener 2013 Calendar Available for Gifting or Keeping
While you’re thinking of gardening and trying to imagine how you’re going to replace any lost trees and plantings that succumbed to the wrath of Superstorm Sandy, here’s a chance to mine a bounty of great ideas. The Master Gardener of the Cornell Cooperative Extension are issuing their fifth annual garden photo calendar that, in a stroke of serendipity, focuses on small flowering trees of Westchester. It can even do double-duty as a great stocking stuffer! In addition to inspiring you with beautiful options to consider for your landscape, the calendar also offers tips on planting and tree care, selecting the right tree for the right place, and helpful resources. The calendars can be ordered at $13 for one, $25 for two or $36 for three and picked up at the Cornell office (26 Legion Drive, Valhalla) or mailed for an additional fee of $2.50 per calendar (postage costs increase in January). For more information or to place an order, call Patris Beamon at (914) 285-3590 or visit

Locust Grove Decorated Mansion Tours
There’s still time to step into Locust Grove’s historic mansion (an Italianate villa designed by Alexander Jackson Davis as a summer home for artist and inventor Samuel F.B. Morse)—and back in time—on Saturday, Dec. 22, and the week of after Christmas (Dec. 26-Dec. 31). In the annual showcase at 2683 South Road in Poughkeepsie, Christmas trees in each room seasonally adorned by area florists, pay tribute to passages from the classic Christmas tale, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. The guided tours include highlights of the unique museum collections and decorations showcased at the villa. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, call (845) 454-4500 or visit

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