The Grapevine (May 17)

05/17/2014 7:18 AM

05/17/2014 7:19 AM

Hostapalooza next week

You can find out all about hostas and other shade plants and buy them and other garden items May 24 at Hostapalooza at the Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road.

The Wichita Hosta Society is putting on the third annual garden party, which will feature a talk on hardy ferns by Wichita grower Duane Petersen at 9 a.m., one by “Hosta Guy” Rob Mortko of Olathe at 10 a.m. and one by Lee Coates of Highlandville, Mo., on Japanese maples at 11 a.m.

Hypertufa pots on stands, garden bells, fairy gardens and outdoor furniture will be among the items for sale. Among the plants: caladiums, Japanese maples and dwarf conifers.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and admission is free.

DIY gift: sewing kit

Make a simple sewing kit in 10 minutes with a Mason jar for kids going off to college or a first job.

• Use a canning jar with the lid in two pieces. Make the pin cushion on the top of the lid by gluing on a larger ball of fiber fill than you think you’ll need.
• Cover the fiber fill with a piece of colorful fabric, pushing the padded insert into the lid band, and trim the excess fabric.
• Fill the canning jar with small scissors, thread, a few needles, buttons, safety pins and other quick fixes such as hem tape.

Orange County Register

In bloom at Botanica

Irises are in bloom, including the frosted buttercup (pictured), across from the Sally Stone Sensory Garden.

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