Warmer weather means more outdoor activities in and around Louisville

  • April 3, 2023

As blooming flowers and the return of migratory birds signal the arrival of spring, nature is literally calling for people to get out and explore. And many local organizations are opening their doors – and hiking trails – to celebrate.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens holds its opening celebration Saturday featuring a plant sale and guided tours of the grounds by Yew Dell’s horticulture team.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has April events that highlight some of the organisms growing there including a dell-in-person-workshop-2/” class=”Link”mushroom hike, behind-the-scenes workshops and gardening classes.

Over at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, Raptor Day returned, bringing visitors up close with several birds of prey found in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

People can visit the fossil bed to see april-30/” class=”Link”“A History of Life,” a free temporary exhibit exploring fossils from 2 billion years ago to 10,000 years ago and how they connect to the way life developed.

The exhibit will be on display through April 30, and park paleontologist Alan Goldstein will be presenting about it on April 9.

In between conservation work for golden eagles, Bernheim Arboretum has several events in the coming weeks geared towards getting people out into the research forest. Next Saturday, Bernheim will host its twice-a-month” class=”Link”ECO Kids Discovery Days, which features hands-on stations, a guided hike and story circle.

Bernheim staff will also walk guests through the forest’s wildflower populations including their growth process and importance to Kentucky’s ecosystem.

Several outdoor-focused venues are also prepping for events to celebrate Earth Day at the end of April.

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The 10 Best Headboards for Every Style of 2022

  • July 29, 2022

Who it’s for: People who want options when it comes to material, color, and even tufting style.

Who it isn’t for: People who want a splashy headboard.

It’s not often you get to pick the tufting style when you buy a headboard, but that’s exactly the chance you have here with West Elm’s Emmett Headboard. It’s available in five different tufting styles—vertical, horizontal, grid, border, and diamond—as well as a non-tufted version that’s just regular upholstery. What’s more, nearly every other aspect of the headboard is customizable, too. For instance, there are tons of different fabrics, from mauve velvet to frost gray chenille tweed. You can also choose between two heights for the headboard, either standard (46 inches) or tall (58 inches).

Unlike most headboards, this one doesn’t have two long legs. Instead, it extends nearly all the way to the ground, with just two small feet supporting the structure. It still, however, mounts to bed frames. Rather than unwieldy brackets, it has straightforward mounting holes, which are set at five fixed heights: 13.25 inches, 10.75 inches, 8.25 inches, 6.75 inches, and 5.75 inches. While those heights should cover most bed frames, you should still double-check to make sure you’ll be able to attach this headboard to the frame you own.

Product Details:

  • Material: Polyester, velvet, linen, chenille, twill, boucle
  • Assembly Required: Yes
  • Adjustable: Yes
  • Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king, California king

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Buffalo Botanical Gardens celebrating corpse flower

  • July 26, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A stench is flowing through the Buffalo Botanical Gardens courtesy of a flower that only blooms every six to 10 years.

Visitors will get the chance to see and smell the rare blossom of the corpse flower.

Morty Jr., as the flower is known, will be in full bloom any day now. Just follow the flies to house two and you will find the foul-smelling corpse flower along with his siblings Wednesday and Pugsley.

Indigenous to the rainforests of Indonesia, Morty Jr. is one of five corpse flowers the Buffalo Botanical Gardens has in-house. He started as a small leaf from another flower named Fester and surprisingly grew to 3 feet in just a year.

The plant smells the worst within 24-36 hours of blossoming into a beautiful but stinky purple-colored flower and officials say it draws the biggest crowds bringing in thousands of people.

“It is really exciting because people are excited about plants and that’s what we love to see here at the gardens,” said Erin Grajek, Botanical Gardens’ chief operating officer. “Our mission is to connect people to plants, so if we can do it through the stinkiest guy in our collection, we love it because then visitors come out and they see the rest of our collection and enjoy this guy on their way out.”

The last time the gardens had a corpse flower in bloom was in 2018, so again, a rare sight to see.

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GRO Outdoor Living owner provides tips for home renovations

  • July 21, 2022

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Home improvement projects became more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic as people spent more time at their homes.

Garret Hergert, the owner of home renovation company GRO Outdoor Living, said he observed people who wanted to remodel their bathrooms, add new entertainment rooms, and install fireplaces and firepits. 

“A lot of people are trying to figure out how to spend more time outside their homes, how to create an outdoor living approach with their properties,” Hergert said. “Especially with people coming out of the pandemic, a lot of folks were cooped up in their houses. They were limited with where they could go and what they could do, and a lot of people realized they didn’t really enjoy a lot of parts of their houses.”

Hergert said many people get overwhelmed with the complexity of larger projects, since heavy-duty remodels and makeovers can cost a lot of money. He advises people to focus on smaller projects that can be completed within a couple of months. 

“I would say focus on putting that larger patio door in, an outdoor covered patio to create an outdoor living space,” he said. “Those types of projects can be done where they’re not invading, say, their master bedroom area where they use it all the time. If people can hone in on more of those smaller two-to-three-month projects, creating those outdoor living spaces where they’re not doing a full remodel like a kitchen or master bedroom, that might be a way to make a smaller project that isn’t overwhelming.”

Hergert’s Vancouver-based company serves all of Clark County as well as the surrounding areas. His business is the title sponsor for the Parade of Homes in September. 

“We’ve seen people where they had a back patio behind their house and it

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The 10 Best Entryway Tables of 2022

  • July 8, 2022

Also available at Wayfair and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Who it’s for: People looking for a decorative console table that’s neutral enough to blend in with the rest of their home decor.

Who it isn’t for: People looking for a console table with drawers and closed storage.

The Henn & Hart Console Table is a great option for people who want a neutral console table that still offers an element of design. This console table comes in three colors, including black, gold, and satin nickel, and features a cool geometric bottom shelf that elevates the style of the piece. This console table can work with a variety of home decor types, including modern, minimalist, glam, boho, and more.  

In addition to its good looks, this console table is made of sturdy materials that will last a long time. This includes a painted steel frame and tempered glass top, which is a type of treated glass that is four times stronger than regular glass. The strong frame and surface enable you to display framed prints, decorative objects big and small, a lamp, and your favorite books with ease. Plus, it’s available in two sizes to fit most entryway spaces.

Product Details:

  • Material: Tempered glass and steel
  • Measurements: 42 x 14 x 30 inches or 55 x 14 x 30 inches
  • Weight: 32.19 pounds
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Are You Eager for That Home Remodel? Stephan Sardone Says You Need to Get in Line

  • June 21, 2022

That headline may sound rough, but it’s the reality. Stephan Sardone of Sardone | McLain broke it down for us recently and offered some sage advice for those of you contemplating a remodel this year.

What don’t people understand about the state of the remodeling industry right now?

Stephan Sardone: We did not just press pause when we went into lockdown. We stopped. The suppliers went home. The workers went home. Multiple businesses associated with just getting lumber to retail outlets like Home Depot faltered. That has resulted in things taking much longer than they used to and price increases across the board.

Homes have appreciated a lot since the start of the pandemic. Does that figure into the remodeling equation?

SS: Homes have appreciated, but it’s not realistic to do a remodel, regardless of equity, and expect to break even when the remodel is finished. You don’t remodel to sell because you won’t get your money back quickly. You remodel to enjoy your home.

Why are people so keen to remodel right now?

SS: All the usual reasons. There is very little real estate available, so people are staying put, and they want their homes to be more accommodating and have better floor plans. They like their neighborhoods, and they are locked into the schools. Even if they can find a house and move, they will still have to remodel, so they are staying put.

What are the biggest misconceptions about remodeling in 2022?

SS: The numbers are so much bigger than people think. They may have made a lot over the past two years, but now they have to spend a lot. However, I don’t advise waiting. It will only get more expensive. If you look at the market, this is a long-overdue correction. Pricing will

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Best of Columbus Weddings Winner: Franklin Park Conservatory

  • June 21, 2022
A newlywed couple at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is so popular with couples that it tops the list of ceremony venues—both indoor and out—for the third year running, as well as the best place to hold a garden or greenhouse reception. No wonder the conservatory hosts roughly 200 weddings a year—an average of almost four every week.

“We have options for so many people,” says senior sales manager Brandon Flory.

Indoor and outdoor spaces are paired together to provide a built-in backup plan in case of inclement weather. The Grand Atrium and rooftop Zen Terrace are one such duo, as are the Wells Barn and Celebration Lawn. Other spaces include the John F. Wolfe Palm House, the Worthington Industries Veridian and a plethora of outdoor gardens.

“Our main venue areas typically have weddings that range from 80 people up to 250 people,” Flory says. “We also offer intimate ceremony options for couples with 20 people or fewer.”

Tables and chairs are included in all wedding rentals, as are dressing suites for the happy couple and free parking for all guests. The natural floral landscapes and palm house greenery, which make for stunning photo backdrops, are other added bonuses.

“The beauty of the conservatory gardens and inside venues is that the clients have built-in décor,” Flory says. “Their added touches of wedding bouquets and centerpieces just accent what they already have at the conservatory.

“Plus they get amazing photos, precious memories and a beautiful venue to return to in the future.”

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Tips on finding your personal style, from designer Jonathan Adler

  • June 21, 2022
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Potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler’s career is full of creative highlights, including designing swanky hotels, being a judge on HGTV’s “Design Star: Next Gen” and creating a real-life Malibu Barbie Dream House. His furniture, pillows, rugs and vases are sold throughout the world, including at 11 Jonathan Adler stores, and he recently launched his first collection of tiles for Lunada Bay.

His latest gig is a 13-episode instructional series, “Decorate Like a Designer, with Jonathan Adler,” which premiered in May on Wondrium, a subscription streaming service for educational content. “I have spent my life thinking about how design works,” says Adler, 55. “I felt it was time to share what I know.”

The show’s topics are wide-ranging: lighting, accessorizing, salvaging old objects, color, the magic of repetition — and a compelling lesson on the history of design over the past 100 years. (He even shows viewers how he makes a pot.) It’s a well-organized introduction to the basic principles of design for anyone who wants to improve their skills and for young designers looking to learn from a seasoned pro.

Caution, though: Do not watch all 13 episodes in one day. (I speak from experience here.) It could leave you muttering the series’s mantra, “glamour equals swagger,” in your sleep.

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We caught up with Adler last week in a phone interview from the Shelter Island, N.Y., home that he shares with his husband, fashion guru Simon Doonan, who also appears in the Wondrium series. (The two also have a home in Palm Beach, Fla.) We asked Adler to share advice on finding your own style.

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Q: How do you explain to

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