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Father’s Day Kite Fest

Admission to Botanica will be free for everyone on Father’s Day, June 15, during the first Father’s Day Kite Festival. The festival, from 1 to 5 p.m., will feature an 80-foot-long megakite, professional kite fliers, hot-air balloons, arts and crafts, face painters, a balloon artist, food trucks and music. You can bring your kite, and kites also will be for sale.

Designer Q&A

Q: I have outside-facing bricks that look a bit dull with age. Can you freshen and paint outside brick and, if so, with which paint product? What is the easiest way to paint brick and get the best coverage?

A: Sharon Grech, color design expert for Benjamin Moore, answers: Paint can indeed be applied to brick. A few things to keep in mind: Once you paint it, there is no going back. You want to ensure there are no underlying moisture problems before you commit. If the brick is in great shape, then be sure it is dry (no rain for a few days). To avoid primer, I use either Benjamin Moore’s Aura Exterior or Regal Select Exterior paint. If you can spray it, that’s the easiest. Otherwise, use a high-pile roller to get it in the mortar.

Washington Post

In bloom at Botanica

Indian pink, Spigelia marilandica, in the Cissy Wise Wildflower Meadow and the Perennial Border.

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