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The Grapevine (May 10)

  • Published Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 7:32 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 7:34 a.m.


Quilts in the trees

One hundred quilts will be on display – some of them up in the trees – at Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine on Sunday. The quilt show will feature vintage and handmade quilts and will precede a concert on Mother’s Day afternoon. Gates will open at 2 p.m.; admission is $10 (children free).

Textile historian Noni England will give a presentation about quilts at 2:30 p.m. in the depot. The Cherokee Maidens (including arboretum steward Robin Macy) and Sycamore Swing will perform at 4 p.m. Picnics are welcome, and Luciano’s Italian cuisine and Lyon’s Den barbecue will be for sale. Freshly dug tulip bulbs will be free for mothers.

Designer Q&A

Q: Our main bathroom and powder room desperately need to be freshened up. But we have almost no money to do anything. What’s the absolute minimum we could do? Remove the wallpaper borders and paint? Anything else?

A: Cindy McClure, with the Washington firm Grossmueller’s Design, answers: You will be amazed at what a change those two things will make. Not knowing exactly what is in your bathroom, I recommend changing vanity hardware or adding a luxurious shower curtain (if applicable) and a new light fixture. The devil is in the small details, and usually those are the little changes that make a big impact.

Washington Post

In bloom at Botanica

Peonies, including the pictured Coral and Gold, in the Peony Border.

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