Home & Garden

History and the holidays come together in Amana’s Christmas houses

Conni Doser started accompanying her mother to antique auctions when she was in sixth grade. It was there, in the midst of used furniture and Old Worl ...

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Family creates a colorful, creative home in Robins borrowing colors from former home in Florida

When you drive by the home of Paul and Maria Sanchez-Masi in Robins, you might expect it to be much like the other homes on the block: a lovely two-st ...

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From The Ground Up: Time to overwinter bulb-based plants

Here in Eastern Iowa we've enjoyed a relatively frost-free October. But when temperatures drop, it's time to dig up and overwinter tropicals, dahlias, ...

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Oak Hill Jackson house showcases history, art

Kim Kacere didn't name his houses the Painted Ladies, but he acknowledges the nickname is appropriate. The homeowner and landlord's eight Oak Hill Jac ...

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Iowa’s fall color show both vivid and vapid

The ideal formula for a bright, vivid assortment of fall leaf colors is warm, sunny days followed by cool nights. Due to unseasonably hot temperature ...

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Mother Nature’s jewels: painted lady butterflies see population explosion

For a short time this autumn, Iowa was blanketed in painted ladies.These orange and black butterflies, often mistaken for monarchs, saw a huge growth ...

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Showcasing objects of desire: How to arrange your personal vignettes

WASHINGTON - Grouping objects in a pleasing arrangement is the goal of a vignette. Designers work hard on their tablescaping game, creating small comp ...

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Wilton house meets Passive House Institute standards in energy efficiency

WILTON - By all appearances, Dan and Michelle Marine's four-story stone house in rural Wilton has little in common with the single-story ranch Michell ...

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Hurricane Irma causes glitch in floral pipeline

Saying it with flowers may become more expensive as Eastern Iowa florists keep a wary eye on a supply chain disrupted by Hurricane Irma.#x201c;The pip ...

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Belmont Hill Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Cedar Rapids marks 20 years

Step into Belmont Hill and you're stepping into Cedar Rapids history.Ken and Shelley Sullens have run a bed-and-breakfast in this historic home tucked ...

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The Iowa Gardener: Prevention is key to avoid powdery mildew

In late summer, many of our favorite shrubs and flowers develop a funny, grayish-white powder-like coating on the top of their leaves. Lilacs, roses, ...

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How to get kids to look away from their screens and take pleasure in books

In the summer, there were lots of excuses: Camp, the pool, the beach, lazy days when it didn't seem so bad if your kids were still in their pajamas an ...

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Iowa Gardener: How to control purslane in your garden

By Veronica Lorson Fowler, guest columnistThis year seems to be a banner year for one of the most difficult garden weeds to control: Purslane. This he ...

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Gardener’s August to-do list - A tough month

August is a tough month on gardens. They start to get ratty looking, and fewer things are in flower. But even 15 or 20 minutes of weeding, cutting bac ...

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The Iowa gardener: How to harvest fruits and vegetables

Vegetable gardens will kick into high gear now through September, producing some of our favorite edibles. Here's how to pick most effectively for bett ...

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