July 13, 2024


How to choose antique garden furniture, from Roman to wrought-iron

On weekends from now until September, you’ll often find me wandering around a National Garden Scheme open garden, wondering why everyone else seems to be better at weeding, and desperately trying to identify plants I want. But also wishing that I had the budget for the antiques that some of the best gardens feature: because nothing seems to ground a garden quite like a wrought-iron gate or a painted bench, perfectly parked at the end of an avenue of trees. 

The world of antiques — particularly for the garden — can sometimes appear hard to navigate. Where do people begin? That depends on the style of your house and garden, explains Travers Nettleton, who runs Garden Art Plus, a two-acre site in Hungerford, Berkshire, full of garden antiques from early Roman pieces to tiered fountains and Victorian benches. “I’d start with something to sit on and something to eat at. We have clients coming to us and saying, ‘We’ve just bought a beautiful Georgian house — what would be in keeping?’”

“I’d start with some beautiful Georgian strapwork metal benches, produced by high-quality blacksmiths. And then, if you are a purist, 18th-century statues and urns and planters.”

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A mid 19th-century Margam vase made by James Pulham & Son in buff terracotta, from Garden Art Plus

Such items not only look beautiful, they also help to create a sense of history or tell a story about our homes. “Sculpture and architectural antiques have always been used through the centuries to draw your eye to a different part of the garden,” says Nettleton. And clever placement of the items can make a big difference: “It can introduce harmony and peace as well as help the gardener draw the person around the garden.”

Gates, for example, can frame a view — Nettleton recently took a huge, 3-metre-high pair of blacksmith-worked gates to display at Chelsea Flower Show. “People like putting gates up even if they don’t own the land beyond it,” he says.

It will come as no surprise to hear that the garden antiques scene is not really a place where trends apply. However, there are certain items that are ever popular and collectable. One notable example is the Coalbrookdale bench, made from cast iron at the Coalbrookdale foundry in Shropshire, and enjoying its heyday in the Victorian era.

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Balustrade sundial made of Portland stone, with bronze armillary sphere, mid 19th century, Garden Art Plus

Michael Thompson, who runs Thompson’s Garden Emporium, is a Coalbrookdale bench specialist (a dealer, restorer and passionate collector). Their desirability, he explains, is down to the quality, both in terms of the manufacturing process but also the designs — the most famous of which is the Convolvulus pattern of twisting vines, first registered in 1842. Other examples include Fern and Blackberry and Nasturtium, highly detailed floral patterns, recognisably Victorian in style. 

The designs were first produced in wood, pressed into sand to make a mould, before molten iron was poured in. If you look closely at the back of an original Coalbrookdale bench, you’ll see that it is actually quite thin and beautifully crafted, says Thompson. So antique hunters beware: “The modern reproductions are a lot heavier than the original Coalbrookdales so it’s a bit of a myth when people say ‘that’s heavy, it must be a Victorian one’, because it’s actually the other way around.”

Thompson says that Queen Victoria purchased Coalbrookdale benches for Osborne, her home on the Isle of Wight. They were, and still are, expensive. To buy an original, says Thompson, will cost from £3,000 and could escalate to £12,000 depending on desirability, so it’s an investment piece. But they have stood the test of time and should continue to do so if looked after and restored when needed.

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Thompson’s Garden Emporium specialises in Victorian cast-iron Coalbrookdale benches; this one has a Fern and Blackberry pattern

Of course, if your house and garden predates the Victorian era, an 18th-century bench might be more in keeping. Unlike the Coalbrookdale benches that were produced in a large foundry, these were made as one-offs, often by estate blacksmiths. They tend to be simpler in design than the later Victorian models, with little turned-out feet to stop them sinking into the earth. To find examples, try auctions or specialist antique garden furniture dealers such as Lichen Garden Antiques or Garden Art Plus.

French antique garden furniture is also highly sought after. Caryl Tincknell runs Violet Grey, which sources furniture from Europe from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including Arras pieces, hand-forged decorative furniture with distinctive claw or hoof feet. Much of it is found at déballages — huge antique fairs in the south of France. The company also specialises in unusual planters — it currently has an enormous, metre-wide copper pot for sale, used to make marmalade in the south of France circa 1900. It’s a striking piece with huge rivets — ideal for flowers or even for conversion into a water feature.  

It is garden table sets, however, that have proven to be hugely successful for Violet Grey. Its approach is to find pieces — usually iron tables with marble tops, and then match them with sets of chairs from similar eras. Most pieces are grit blasted and powder coated (often in green) before being sold on to clients. It’s a less traditional process but Tincknell says it protects the pieces from the weather. Demand has been huge. “As soon as they [the table sets] go online they’ve been selling out. We can’t keep up with it.”  

Most antique garden furniture does show its age through patina and imperfections, but if you would rather ensure that the end aesthetic is less shabby chic and more contemporary chic, architecture and interior design practice De Rosee Sa has just launched a new collection of restored garden pieces, with a sleek and modern finish.

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Enormous copper pot, used to make marmalade in the south of France circa 1900, from Violet Grey

The collection includes 1960s French wrought-iron foldable chairs, painted, restored and kitted out with square striped-linen seat pads, and a 1950s French garden set that the founder and director, Claire Sá, says has been “reimagined as a homage to the coastal furniture found in Positano patios”. It has a new paint job, a new marble top and vibrant orange linen seat cushions.

Sá says that there is “an appetite for a romantic and whimsical garden” and says that the new collection “aims to tap into a more environmentally conscious consumer who understands the importance of ‘buy once, buy well’.” Its careful paint choices and new upholstery, including stripes in different thicknesses, show just what can be done to make these older pieces appeal to a new generation of collectors.

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‘This Previous House’ host Kevin O’Connor presents dwelling advancement ideas at Money Rework + Backyard garden Present

You can meet Kevin O'Connor, host of PBS' "This Aged Household," at the Dulles Expo Heart in Chantilly on Saturday.

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Kevin O'Connor, host of "This Aged Residence." (Courtesy PBS)

The Capital Rework + Backyard garden Clearly show returns to Chantilly, Virginia, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

You can meet up with Kevin O’Connor, host of PBS’ “This Outdated House,” at the Dulles Expo Centre on Saturday at 1 p.m.

“I’m on the lookout ahead to coming back,” O’Connor informed WTOP. “I’m speaking about two assignments, one now airing on PBS, a 1960s mid-century-modern day dwelling [in Massachusetts] that we renovated for a relatives with accessibility since they have a youthful son with muscular dystrophy. … I’ll also be chatting about our subsequent challenge in New Jersey — an 1887 Victorian that we are renovating for a household so they can have two generations residing in the exact same household.”

Raised in Maplewood, New Jersey, O’Connor grew up viewing “This Old House” with his father, a civil engineer. The well known property enhancement present released in 1979, this means it’s now celebrating its 45th year in 2024.

“Bob Vila was the initial host,” O’Connor claimed. “You never fail to remember the very first male who climbs Mount Everest. Again in 1979, this kind of display never ever existed … so he gets credit history for getting at the helm of this unbelievable strategy that very speedily took off, grew to become a national phenomenon and still takes place to be the most-watched, longest-working property enhancement present on Television set to this day. … He was also spectacularly gifted … these were being very long continual takes.”

From the start, Vila would job interview master carpenter Norm Abram, who also grew to become a house identify.

“He was up on scaffolding talking to Bob [and] the founder of the clearly show Russ Morash quietly claimed, ‘Somebody pin a microphone on Norm,'” O’Connor mentioned. “He was in no way hired to be on television, he was only hired to be a master craftsman, but his wisdom, patience and extraordinary ability graced our show for 40 years. He also did ‘New Yankee Workshop’ for more than 20 yrs. … He is the godfather of this type. … He cemented this clearly show in people’s minds.”

Abram remained a fixture even immediately after Vila was changed by Steve Thomas, who hosted from 1989 to 2003.

“Steve stepped into the sneakers of a big and he carried it nicely,” O’Connor claimed. “He replaced Bob Vila and experienced a 14-yr run, for a longer time than Bob’s, I consider he charmed the viewers, he was equipped to retain a juggernaut heading at that superior level, not an quick point to do. Failure often comes to the second string, if you will, the sophomore slump.”

O’Connor first appeared on the clearly show as a highlighted house owner, but he wowed the producers.

“When I acquired my very first dwelling with my wife when we were being a great deal youthful, we purchased a fixer-upper,” O’Connor explained. “They came and filmed a segment of the exhibit there 22 years in the past that turned into a request to be the host, so it was a fortuitous selection to get that aged property. … At the time, Steve Thomas had already announced to the team that he was leaving, so they had their eye out searching for a feasible replacement and I guess I caught their eye.”

He thinks his lack of expertise was in fact an asset, asking thoughtful inquiries to a workforce of industry experts, including typical contractor Tom Silva, grasp plumber and HVAC technician Richard Trethewey, landscaping and gardening experts Roger Cook and Jenn Nawada, and of study course master carpenter Abram, who retired in 2022.

“I think it was the reverse of recognizing what I was chatting about,” O’Connor claimed. “The host is form of the proxy for the viewer, the host has never ever been a experienced contractor but always performs beside expert contractors. In the quite beginning, Bob Vila would be asking Norm, ‘What do you strategy to do about this rotten soffit? How are we gonna hang these cabinets?’ … I think the producers … saw me as a superior proxy for the viewers.”

He urges viewers to check out their possess initiatives at household, insisting you really do not will need to be “handy” to attempt.

“It’s mainly getting inclined to try out,” O’Connor explained. “It’s unlikely that a wall is going to slide down or a roof is going to collapse. Usually, we tell people today to keep out of the electrical support panel, go away the plumbing to a experienced, but when it arrives to the carpentry, scraping, portray, [doing] drywall, hanging windows or residing, persons can take that stuff on if they have the fortitude. … There’s really a bit of honor and pleasure in functioning with your palms.”

Just don’t forget about to grunt like Tim Allen’s “Tool Time” on the smash ABC sitcom “Home Enhancement.”

“Imitation is the best kind of flattery,” O’Connor said. “They built no bones attempting to hide the simple fact that they had been absolutely imitating Bob and Norm. Those people ended up the two figures correct down to the purple-flannel pro chatting to the not-so-understanding host and getting excellent pleasurable with it. There’s an legendary photo that I have in my file someplace of Bob Vila standing upcoming to Tim Allen and Richard Karn. That was a parody of ‘This Old Dwelling.'”

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BC Home + Garden Show 2024: Come for the tips, stay for the food

Advice about home organization, sustainable gardening and real estate investing on offer at BC Place

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If you need another reason to check out this year’s BC Home + Garden Show—besides home-improvement tips, HGTV stars and cooking demos—here it is: pizza.

“Something new and cool that we’re doing this year is a pizza pop-up shop on the concourse level,” show manager Amber Beaton said.

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“Basically, we’re going to be [bringing] out a bunch of pizza ovens and Canada’s top pizza chef, Giuseppe Cortinovis, will be preparing samples for everybody.”

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Last year’s show welcomed just under 30,000 attendees, and this year organizers expect something in the range of 35,000. More than 300 exhibitors have been booked.

“Compared to my first year, I feel like we’ve just found our legs and we’re really getting a grip on some cool features for the show,” said Beaton, now in her second year as manager. “When I first came back, it was right after COVID, so a lot was up in the air. It’s all coming into place now.”

HGTV star Scott McGillivray, a first-time guest of the home and garden show, will be talking about investing in real estate.
HGTV star Scott McGillivray, a first-time guest of the home and garden show, will be talking about investing in real estate. Photo by Supplied by Marketplace Events

First-time guests include Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV Canada’s Income Property, Renovation Resort, and Scott’s Vacation House Rules, among others.

“We’ve been hearing from our attendees that he is somebody that they’d like to see, and we’ve finally been able to make it happen,” Beaton said.

McGillivray said he’ll talk about investing in real estate “and what specifically people in the area can do to take advantage of the opportunities that are here.”

“Vancouver has been a hotbed of rules and regulations and a lot of pressure on that market,” he said. “We’ve seen crazy amounts of appreciation and we’ve seen a lot of government interference with that market. It’s been one of the more profitable, but one of the more difficult markets to navigate and it’s become more and more challenging for new investors to penetrate.”

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He’ll share his tips on the Sleep Country Main Stage, presented by HGTV Canada and The Vancouver Sun. Other mainstage guests include Megan Golightly, Adam Weir and Bruno Feldeisen.

A home clutter and organizing expert, Golightly will encourage divesting, not investing.

Megan Golightly will discuss home organization on the BC Home + Garden Show Mainstage.
Megan Golightly will discuss home organization on the BC Home + Garden Show Mainstage. Photo by Supplied by Marketplace Events

“People think it’s all about organizing,” said the Calgary-based influencer. “But for me to stand up there and talk about the perfect containers and matching baskets would be to do you a disservice. You’d buy all these things, then you wouldn’t know what to do with them because you hadn’t dealt with the main issue, which is the stuff—things like a wedding dress or pictures or the cabinet you don’t like but that you inherited from your aunt.”

Weir, another HGTV veteran, will deliver a presentation called Behind the Scenes of Your Renovations.

“He’s an entertainer for sure, and a big draw as well,” Beaton said. “People hear him from afar and they’re drawn to see what he’s doing on stage. Last year, he did some magic tricks. I’m sure we can expect to see some of those again. He quite often goes off the cuff and gets a lot of audience involvement with his presentations.”

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Expect to see plenty of indoor and outdoor plantings at the four-day home and garden show at BC Place.
Expect to see plenty of indoor and outdoor plantings at the four-day home and garden show at BC Place. Photo by Supplied by Marketplace Events

On the builder side, guests include Graeme Huguet of Vancouver-based My House Design/Build Team, the recipient of multiple HAVAN Awards.

“He has been involved in in our shows for many years,” Beaton said. “He’s always able to draw a lot of people over to his presentation. He keeps them new and fresh and clean and really personable. And he answers a lot of audience questions, which I think our visitors really appreciate.”

Other highlights include a recreational living presentation with Hewing Haus and Pura Vida. The former will exhibit one of its 700-square-foot units, a two-bedroom, one-bathroom prefab that visitors can explore. Pura Vida Vans will demonstrate the Custom Clips system it uses to customize vans into campers.

Cooking demos are always a big hit with visitors to the show at BC Place, which is expected to attract something in the range of 35,000 people this year.
Cooking demos are always a big hit with visitors to the show at BC Place, which is expected to attract something in the range of 35,000 people this year. Photo by Supplied by Marketplace Events

For the gardeners in the house, Vancouver Sun Gardeners’ School will host several of the Lower Mainland’s greenest thumbs, including bestselling author Brian Minter, Vancouver Master Gardeners, Erin Berkyto of The Knotty Garden, and representatives from Art’s Nursery in Surrey.

“There are going to be some interactive presentations and some sustainable gardening tips,” Beaton said. “We have some indoor planting happening as well with West Coast Gardens who are going to show how to grow some tropical plants.”

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Representatives from Art's Nursery will be on hand to talk all things gardening with visitors to the show.
Representatives from Art’s Nursery will be on hand to talk all things gardening with visitors to the show. Photo by Supplied by Marketplace Events

In addition, expect “lots of new outdoor spaces designed by local landscapers. So right up the centre of the show, there’s going to be a ton of features for showgoers to walk through.”

And Great Canadian Baking judge Bruno Feldeisen will return to the Food Network Stage.

“Everybody loves to see him,” Beaton said. “He always inspires a lot of audience involvement.”

Taking a break from the ovens on the concourse level, pizza maestro Cortinovis will also give a cooking demonstration on the stage.

BC Home + Garden Show 2024

When: Feb. 8 to 11

Where: BC Place Stadium

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The mornings are getting a little colder, Halloween costumes are starting to appear in the shops and people are even starting to utter the word 'Christmas'.

It's time to start thinking about packing away the garden furniture.

It's easy to conveniently forget about your outdoor furniture in the winter, only to find it rusted and pooling with water come spring. But, of course, decent garden items don't come cheap so it's worth looking after them.

Future you will thank you for spending a bit of time covering up your garden furniture sets to ensure they look brand new, year after year.

And, as for all the kids' toys and garden accessories, a simple outdoor storage box will do the trick and keep them looking good as new come next year.

Thankfully there are plenty of covers and storage boxes to choose from. We've picked eight of the very best in a bid to protect your garden from the elements this winter.

Best garden furniture covers

Dokon Garden Furniture Cover with Air Vent | £18.99 from Amazon

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Made from PVC-lined fabric, this heavy-duty Dokon Garden Furniture Cover is waterproof, UV-resistant, tear-resistant and fade-resistant. Worried it won't fit your furniture? It's available in 15 different sizes and has over 6,000 four and five-star reviews.

Customers say it's "durable" and the best "water-resistant" cover they have ever bought.

Fageny Outdoor Garden Furniture Cover | £12.99 (Was £15.99) from Amazon

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This waterproof, tear-resistant Fageny Outdoor Garden Furniture Cover comes in 11 sizes and is made that extra bit special by the environmental waterproof tape that's specially added on the back of the stitches to prevent rainwater from infiltrating.

Egg Patio Hanging Egg Chair Cover | £23.98 (Was £29.98) from Amazon

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It might not be something you think about when buying a popular egg chair, but they're quite a difficult shape to cover in the winter. Thankfully, egg chair covers are easier to come by nowadays and the Egg Patio Hanging Egg Chair Cover is a very good option. It's waterproof and windproof and comes in two colours to match your chair.

Brabantia Premium Protective Cover for Rotary Dryer Washing Lines | £18.99 (Was £19.95) from Amazon

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Yes, even your washing lines have to be protected, too. Washing lines are really prone to rusting, so it's worth buying a decent option to keep them in good condition. The Brabantia Premium Protective Cover is made of hard-wearing, weather-proof fabric and comes with a two-year guarantee.

With over 6,000 five-star reviews, it's a popular product. One reviewer said: "Sturdy fabric, strong zip, water resistant/proof and as stylish as a washing line cover could possibly be." We can't say fairer than that.

Best garden storage

Lifetime 60186 Heavy-Duty Outdoor Storage Deck Box | £99.99 (Was £210) from Amazon

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Available in 12 sizes, this storage box includes a water-resistant enclosure that helps keep your cushions, toys and other garden accessories protected from rain, snow and the elements. The Lifetime 60186 Heavy-Duty Outdoor Storage Deck Box has a lockable lid and although it does not claim to be fully waterproof, customers say it has managed to protect all their things throughout the winter.

With 74% five-star rating, there are thousands of rave reviews with shoppers saying it's "very sturdy", "showerproof" and "easy to assemble".

Keter Store It Out Midi Outdoor Garden Storage Shed | £125 from Homebase

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This weather-resistant Midi Outdoor Garden Storage Shed is made with a sturdy built-in floor panel to keep your items clean and dry. Most reviewers use it to keep their BBQ safe over the winter, whereas some people use it to keep two 120L wheelie bins looking tidy on their front driveway.

Ward 322L Plastic Outdoor Storage Box | £54.99 from Robert Dyas

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If you're looking for an ideal place to store your kids' outdoor toys in the winter, this Ward 322L Plastic Outdoor Storage Box is the one. It's well-priced for a weather and water resistant product and has great reviews to match the price.

"I bought this for all my garden essentials, feeds and pest control that were in my shed. It holds a lot, looks good and I am very pleased. It could be used as a garden seat," one person said.

Keter 247661 Marvel+ 270L Garden Storage Box | £32.68 (Was £44.99) from Amazon

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If you're looking for something equal parts stylish and practical, this Keter 247661 Marvel+ 270L Garden Storage Box is a good choice. The weather-proof box is made from a fade-free plastic, so it'll keep looking great no matter what the weather is like. Plus, the wood-effect look will suit even the most stylish of gardens.

With over 8,000 reviews, it's one of the most reviewed boxes we've come across with shoppers saying it's "sturdy", a "great size" and "super easy" to put together.

Bulletin Board: Home & Garden show this weekend

Soroptimist International of Fallon presents the 21st annual Home & Garden Show on April 23 and April 24.
The Home & Garden Show starts at 10 a.m. each day at the Fallon Convention Center. The show ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
There is a suggested donation of $1 per adult. Proceeds benefit scholarships and other local programs.
Learn local gardening tips and tricks and obtain helpful improvement ideas. There will also be face painting for the children, raffle prizes, food trucks and more.
Vendor spaces are available. For information, contact Marcia at 775-867-3503.
Vendors who have signed up so far include the following: Needle In a Haystack, Susan’s Handmade, Quality 1st Home Improvement, Coasters Quill Publishing, Lattin Farms, Berney Reality, Argenta Screens, Churchill County Museum, Workman Farms, Tin Can Crafts & Treasures, Banner Churchill Community Hospital, Keener Vintage, 911 Water Service, Pirates with Soles, Copper Point Studios, Blazin’ Barnes, Sparkles, Scentsy, Banner Hospital Auxiliary, Let Us Charm You, Banner Health Auxiliary, Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, The Fallon Post, Kim’s Kool Treats, Chuck Doucette, Ivy the Artist, Tops NV 0039 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Churchill Coalition, Fallon Animal Welfare Group, Western Nevada College and Oasis Academy.

Oats Park Arts Center
The award winning and highly acclaimed Le Vent Du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement.
They will perform in Fallon on April 23 at 8 p.m. at the Oats Park Arts Center.
Their vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing their hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences. Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.
They have performed more than 2,000 concerts over four continents and racking up several awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
There will be a free post-performance conversation with the artists. Their topic is Blending Music from the Celtic Diaspora with Global Influences.
The box office, Art Bar and galleries open at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning one hour later.
Tickets are $17 for members, $20 for nonmembers and $10 for youth & students (with valid student ID). Tickets are available at Jeff’s Digitex Printing or call the Churchill Arts Center at 775-423-1440.

Kindergarten night
Churchill County School District’s first kindergarten registration night will be held at Lahontan Elementary School on April 26 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Bring your child with you and register for kindergarten. This is a great opportunity to come explore Lahontan, meet the staff and kindergarten teachers, and get an introduction into Churchill County School District.
Once registration is complete, you and your child may take a tour of the school, meet the staff, and enjoy a meal in the cafeteria provided by Chartwells. Food will be served between 5:45-6:45 p.m. Information regarding pick up/drop off, lunch, the first day of school, etc., will be also provided.
For information, call Principal Kimi Melendy at 775-423-1999

Museum’s ‘War Comes Home’
War Comes Home: The Legacy is part of Cal Humanities' current “War Comes Home” initiative, a thematic program designed to promote greater understanding of veterans and explore how war shapes a community.
The Churchill County Museum exhibition is based on the work of the Center for American War Letters and is presented by Exhibit Envoy. Andrew Carroll, director of CAWL and an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, and John Benitz, associate professor in the Department of Theatre at Chapman University, co-curated the exhibition.
The exhibition explores the joys and hardships that returning soldiers and their families face during homecoming, as expressed through private letters and email correspondence. Spanning conflicts from the Civil War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and displayed on 13 interpretive panels, War Comes Home: The Legacy explores the shared themes of wartime separation, the adjustment to life back at home, and the costs of war.
This exhibition runs through May 29 and offers a space to write letters to currently deployed service members.
The Churchill County Museum is located at 1050 S. Maine St., in Fallon and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, and has a $5 suggested donation.

Academy day
Academy Information Day April 23 at the University of Nevada, Reno – Joe Crowley Student Union, Room 419: The Milt Glick Ballroom.
Academy Information Day is presented for students, parents, teachers, school counselors and community influencers to learn about service and higher education opportunities in the U.S. military through service academies and ROTC programs.
To apply for admission to a service academy, a congressional nomination is required. This program gives the applicants information on how to obtain a service academy nomination.
A presentation begins at noon, and representatives from the various academies and congressional offices will answer questions at their respective tables beginning at 1 p.m.

Vaccine, testing schedule for April
Churchill County continues to offer COVID to anyone aged five years and older. Vaccines are offered at both the Miner’s Road Public Health Site and the William N. Pennington Life Center; testing is only offered at Miner’s Road.
Please check for offerings on specific days in April as the schedule varies week to week. No services offered on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, but all three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) are available at all vaccine clinics.
For information go to the following link: https://www.churchillcountynv.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16388/Vax_test-schedule-042022.
Booster shots are available to anyone 16+ who is five months out from their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or two months out from the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Be sure to bring your vaccination card with you if seeking any dose beyond your first dose.
While county public health does not have rapid tests to offer, residents may buy their own and bring it to any testing clinic and county health staff will administer the test and certify the results. Those seeking a PCR COVID test and the quickest results back possible may pre-register for testing. PCR tests currently take about five days to get results back.

Second COVID booster doses
In keeping with Center for Disease Control guidance issued in late March 2022, Churchill County is now offering second COVID booster doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for individuals age 50 and up as well as a second booster of the Pfizer vaccine for those aged 12 and up or the Moderna vaccine for those 18 and up with moderate to severe immunocompromising health conditions.
To be eligible for the second booster, one must have completed the primary three-dose vaccine series.
Based on emerging data, the CDC indicates a second booster dose may increase protection levels for higher-risk individuals.
Those eligible to receive the recommended additional mRNA (both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines) booster dose include the following:
• Certain immunocompromised individuals, including individuals 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and are four months out from their first booster;
• Individuals age 50 and older who received an initial booster dose at least four months ago who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised;
• Adults (18-49 years old) who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago.
All three vaccines are available at all Churchill County vaccine clinics. Vaccines are offered at the Miner’s Road public health site on Monday mornings, Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings and at the William N. Pennington Life Center on Wednesdays. See the full schedule for April.

Military authors speak at museum
Four authors will speak on successive Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the Churchill County Museum. Copies of their books will also be on sale.
Kenneth Beaton presents his literary work on May 4. Beaton is a frequent contributor to the Nevada Appeal, and for many years he has been a voice for veterans by telling their stories during wartime, especially during World War II.
Beaton’s uncle Richard was killed in action in 1943 on Monte la Difensa, Italy. After Beaton’s parents passed away, he discovered the picture from Richard’s helmet with his mom’s writing on the back. After 16 years of research and two trips to climb Monte la Difensa, Beaton published “A Toddler’s Picture: In His Uncle’s Helmet”
The May 11 speaker is Michael G. Leonard, a retired U.S. Air Force officer and highly experienced global business executive. He was a USAF Command Pilot with a military career spanning 20 years, including two Vietnam tours in 1965–1966, and 1969–1970.
His “An American Combat Bird Dog Pilot” is a compelling look at the life and times of a member of the Silent Generation. Leonard’s story chronicles not only his breathtaking combat adventures, but the unforeseen perils that nearly sidetracked him during his time as an international sales executive.
Daniel Quinley, who speaks on May 18, learned much about his father as a child from rummaging through containers looking at medals and letters written during the war from his father to his beloved, Margaret. He said his father never wanted to talk about the war.
In his adult life, Dan Quinley took the letters and wrote a book that came out in 2014 — “Forever: A true story of love and war” — which revealed a love affair that began with a blind date in 1936, continued through World War II and into their later years to Fallon.
Steve Ranson, the coordinator of the project, “Legacies of the Silver State: Nevada Goes to War,” has had a longtime interest in World War II veterans. He will wrap up the lecture series on May 25.
Ranson retired as editor/general manager of the Lahontan Valley News in 2017.
Legacies contains more than 70 stories on World War II veterans who have some type of Nevada tie. Ranson, Beaton and former LVN owner David C. Henley have interviewed scores of World War II veterans and learned more about them and how they helped the war effort.

Library events
Stop by the Churchill County Library and take advantage of its activities for all ages.
“Storytime with Ms. Jes” offered Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Children’s Librarian Jeslyn MacDiarmid reads picture books to children and offers a craft to accompany most stories. Each session is recorded and posted to the library’s YouTube account for on-demand viewing at your convenience.
3D printing will also be featured during the STEAM session on April 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Knitting Club meets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 4 p.m. All are welcome from the beginner to advanced skilled folks.
Have a problem with your computer or smartphone? Head over the William N. Pennington Life Center on Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. and get answers from Technical Services Librarian Joe Salsman, an expert in all things technology!
Writer’s Group meets Tuesdays from at 5 p.m. Discover what area writers are inspired by and working on and bring your own manuscript for inspiration.
Check out the Hidden Cave Virtual Reality experience by making an appointment to don the headset and see Churchill County’s Hidden Cave from a whole new perspective. Bonus: no guano smell!
Drop-in for a VR session on Tuesdays from 3:15 to 5 p.m.
On April 30, the library joins forces with the Churchill Arts Council to bring poet Mindy Nettifee, Ph.D., to the Oats Park Art Center from 5 to 7 p.m. for a poetry reading.
Library hours of operation are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays and major holidays.
Call 775-423-7581 for information. The Churchill County Library is located at 553 S. Maine St., in Fallon.

tattoo artist illustrates backyard garden eden tapestry textile for freifrau home furnishings

right after ‘oasis’, freifrau has once once more teamed up with tattoo artist christian trzaska to build the new tapestry fabric ‘garden eden’, which usually takes on baroque floral imagery and quite much life up to its name…



excellent storytelling has long been a single of the key things of prosperous advertising procedures. the simple fact that freifrau is now invoking poetry to current a new textile collection is strange – but it matches incredibly with the new yard of eden fabric style and design, which is reminiscent of baroque flower paintings.

tattoo artist illustrates garden eden tapestry textile for freifrau furniture
say it with a poem: with ‘garden of eden’, sabine magnet reminds us to pause, come to feel and understand regular alter. it may possibly be understood as a information, for illustration to sitting on a chair by freifrau



like the poets of the period, freifrau draws on the traditional baroque motifs of memento mori, vanitas and carpe diem in the sort of four stanzas: ‘consider comfort in the certainty of transformation / inhale the new / welcome the at any time-altering seasons of character, of life / the ever-shifting you.

tattoo artist illustrates garden eden tapestry textile for freifrau furniture
these blossoms hardly ever have to wilt, but permanently adorn the backs of the ona chair selection by sebastian herkner



from tattoo to textile


the layout for the sample of the gobelin material will come from christian trzaska, who earlier created another material for freifrau. he came to the attention of the lemgo-based seating home furniture maker as a result of the twin brothers and sons of freifrau founder hansjörg helweg, marc and niklas helweg, who realized trzaska not only as a skateboarding mate but also as a tattoo artist – he had presently inked the tattoos adorning their arms. for the previously cloth structure gobelin oasis, christian trzaska initial designed an oil painting, which was then remodeled into an opulent cloth by the belgian textile firm meisterwerke.

tattoo artist illustrates garden eden tapestry textile for freifrau furniture

tattoo artist illustrates garden eden tapestry textile for freifrau furniture
leya lounge swingseat (major) by hoffmann kahleyss structure, with oasis tapestry outdoors and gentle upholstery inside of. ona curved armchair (previously mentioned) by sebastian herkner with backyard eden exterior and intelligent velour cloth in bourgogne inside of



just like his to start with design and style, the new fabric beckons the creativeness to enter a lush plant earth. in the previous motif, a peacock stuck out its head among dense bushes, and if you search carefully, you can also see a tarsier clawing at thin branches with a wide-eyed gaze. for gobelin eden, trzaska now focuses less on the mystique of wild and untouched mother nature, and has as an alternative designed a even now daily life – a bouquet of tulips, peonies, lilies of the valley and numerous other styles of bouquets arranged by human hand.

tattoo artist illustrates garden eden tapestry textile for freifrau furniture

tattoo artist illustrates garden eden tapestry textile for freifrau furniture

tattoo artist illustrates garden eden tapestry textile for freifrau furniture
tattoo artist christian trzaska has currently built a cloth for freifrau in 2019: tapestry oasis immerses the imagination in a lush plant planet. a peacock and its feathers adorn the motif



want for opulence


the beautiful matter: the bouquets depicted right here under no circumstances have to wilt, but can without end adorn, enchant and awaken longings. ‘the back garden of eden is the inspiration for the ‘at home’ mind-set to everyday living, for a heat and welcoming ambience and the motivation for opulence,‘ says freifrau, describing the new textile style. it can be used for the ona and ona curved armchair collections by sebastian herkner, for leya by hoffmann kahleyss style in various chair variations, as very well as for their amelie collection of seating home furnishings.

tattoo artist illustrates garden eden tapestry textile for freifrau furniture
the tapestry fabrics are merged with seat cushions in a choice of robust to neutral shades



seating furnishings lined with gobelin eden will become a authentic eye-catcher in mixture with other upholstery materials in intense hues. but gray also goes properly with the floral motif and seems particularly distinguished when applied in blend. individuals who like it far more zestful and lively can choose for the leya wingback swingseat and enable their imagination choose flight: most likely participating in a video game of make-think, fancying oneself as a baroque-period countess or princely baron regally ensconced in the swing.



guest function by markus hieke / architonic

A person-Stop Inside Design and style Dream Store | Dwelling + Backyard garden

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Inside designer Sarah Walker remembers the days of driving back again and forth about the water from the Eastside to Seattle, browsing for the excellent cupboards, tiles, counters, flooring, hardware, and extra. From time to time clients manufactured individuals scavenger hunt-like treks, as well.

Throughout her 15 yrs in the style sector, she dreamed of a spot — if possible on the Eastside — where she and her shoppers could go to supply all the things essential, in one particular place.

That spot did not exist. So, she designed it. Nuance Interior Layout Showroom is a Bellevue-primarily based architectural inside showroom presenting custom made cabinetry and a lot additional.

“Our Eastside customers are not interested in battling Seattle traffic to get to the place the place most showrooms exist, and then going by 25 showrooms just to get what they need to have for their house,” explained Walker, the owner and principal designer at Nuance.

“Nuance Interior Design and style Showroom boasts the biggest collection of luxurious and sustainable design and style products in Washington,” she additional. “Here, discerning property owners can experience luxurious custom cabinetry and inside end products all in one particular area. Our consumers can know that I have vetted each individual vendor represented in the showroom for the pretty maximum expectations of top quality, originality, consumer company, and sustainability.”

The showroom opened in June 2021. Walker wished to give clientele with responsible and regular custom cabinetry selections, with the showroom’s offerings morphing from there.

“My design and style agency has generally specialized in kitchen and tub structure, and we have been incredibly minimal by the scarcity of higher-finish cabinet retailers,” she stated. “With the Nuance showroom, I’m equipped to deliver cabinetry whose configuration and finishes are definitely custom on a skilled timeline.”

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Nuance clients have entry to suppliers of lighting, plumbing, components, substantial-finish finish components, window coverings, and even superior-tech products.

“Our style and design crew then takes care of the painstaking procurement method completely. As component of the conclusion-to-conclude administration, style support is also obtainable, together with a personalized, detailed architectural interior specification e-book for new development, and huge remodels,” Walker claimed. “This immersive place has advantages considerably outside of lowered commute moments, permitting us to give clientele an elevated encounter with interior layout all through their overall method.”

At times men and women just are not confident about what they want until finally they see it or experience it. The Nuance showroom presents a sensory expertise the place they can open the cupboards experience the counters and look at tiles, wooden, and hardware displayed like jewellery on black felt. Persons don’t have to sacrifice style in lieu if sustainability, possibly both of those are important features advisable by the Nuance workforce.

“The Nuance showroom is made up of many kitchen area vignettes, each demonstrating various types, functions, and options, such as artisan finishes, wise technologies, and run doors,” Walker stated. “Appliances from the U.S., Italy, and Germany are seamlessly built-in into them. Complete samples are obtainable for designing fully custom made artisan elements this kind of as hoods, shelving, components, furnishings, and rugs, as very well.”

The area is welcoming, with big windows, loads of all-natural mild, and area to distribute out products facet-by-facet. Walker, who is a licensed and qualified designer and member of The Inside Structure Modern society, states she enjoys her occupation and the space she has developed.

“By supplying the premier selection of luxurious and sustainable design and style merchandise in Washington, we reduce the squander that will come from bad layout and subpar merchandise. Our design and style-construct studio is really full-service, building the consumer encounter paramount,” she noted.

Milwaukee area home and garden events calendar for spring 2022

Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties, with a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, local history and tours, and where to find more information:

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Education and Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens offer a variety of year-round classes for adults and children. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Garden Information: (414) 525-5601; Friends of Boerner general Information: (414) 525-5653; boernerbotanicalgardens.org

Brookfield Farmers Market

7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, opens May 7. Brookfield Central High School, front parking lot, 16900 Gebhardt Road, Brookfield. brookfieldfarmersmarket.com

Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion

Learn about the historic house museum dedicated to the preservation of the Pabst family legacy. Guided and self-guided tours are available. Onsite admissions are available, but advance online ticket purchase is recommended. 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. pabstmansion.com