The Grapevine (April 13)

04/13/2013 7:34 AM

04/13/2013 7:39 AM

It’s tulip time!

Get your tulip fix at Botanica and in Belle Plaine this weekend. Botanica’s tulips should be at their peak, and the gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Tulips, Fairies & Friends event will be going on, with performances by Wendy the Singing Scientist and Flumpa the Tree Frog at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; the winner of the fairy-house contest announced at 3 p.m.; making musical percussion instruments using recycled materials; Paint the Towne art crafts; and a tulip scavenger hunt.

In Belle Plaine, the community will be celebrating Tulip Time, and Bartlett Arboretum will be having its Art at the Arb weekend featuring artists and musicians – and thousands of tulips in bloom. Hours for Art at the Arb are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, and admission is $5.

Don’t microwave the melamine

Q: Can you microwave old melamine dishes?

A: You should not, the Food and Drug Administration says. Melamine dishes are made from melamine resin, a hard plastic made from the chemical compounds melamine and formaldehyde. Heating the dishes to 160 degrees or higher can cause an unacceptable amount of the chemical melamine to migrate into highly acidic foods, the FDA says. But it is safe to serve hot food on melamine dishes, the agency says.

Seeking DIY landscaping projects

Do you or a family member have an outdoor or landscaping do-it-yourself project that you are willing to talk about? The Eagle is looking for projects to feature in a coming special section, Perfect Summer. We’re looking for a variety of projects from easy to elaborate and from functional to quirky. To show off your work, go to Kansas.com/publicinsight or contact Jean Hays at 316-268-6557 or jhays@wichitaeagle.com.

Learn about hosta growing

Rob Mortko, “the hosta guy” from Olathe, will be in Wichita on Tuesday evening at Botanica to talk about how to grow hostas, what the most popular ones are and what’s new in hostas. He’ll also talk about “Who’s Who in the Hosta World,” putting faces with names of key people in the hosta world, and he’ll have hostas for sale. His presentation will be at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Wichita Hosta Society. His website: www.hostaguy.com.

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