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North Lawrence home boasts eclectic art decor

The unassuming ranch-style home doesn’t provide a clue to what visitors will find once they walk through the front door. Guests enter into a brightly lit space in Steve Fendt and Marty Olson’s North Lawrence home at 822 Maple St., where at every turn objects and pops of color meet the ...

157-year-old Pinckney home is a good fit for Busker Fest organizer

Richard Renner thinks he and his home at 408 Indiana St. are an ideal match for each other — and for Lawrence's Pinckney neighborhood. Renner owns the Vodvill Entertainment Company, a talent agency for variety acts, and organizes the quirky Busker Fest in downtown Lawrence every year. His ...

A Lawrence house and its current owners weave their histories together

Two years ago when Rodney and Judith Taylor decided to move to Lawrence to be closer to family, they found the perfect home just three hours after walking through its front door. Rodney didn’t hesitate. He thought the blue house with the wrap-around front porch at 2135 Massachusetts St. was ...

Garden Variety: Keep your houseplants from stressing out this winter

Winter is a tough time for houseplants, even when they are kept in the temperature-controlled environment of a home or office. Short days, reduced light intensity, dry air, exposure to drafts and other seasonal factors reduce the rate at which plants photosynthesize and create a less favorable ...

Almost beyond repair: Lawrence couple gives midcentury house a second chance

For several years overgrown trees hid most of the house at 1051 Wellington Drive. Built back in 1960 by Dwight Burnham, a University of Kansas art instructor, the house fell into disrepair before Burnham died in 2013. When the property came up for auction in 2015, Gordie Sailors and Paula ...

Garden Variety: Now’s the time to order tree and shrub seedlings

Trees and shrubs release oxygen into the atmosphere, provide habitat and food for beneficial insects and wildlife and increase property values, among other things. Early spring is a great time to plant, and late fall is the best time to be thinking about what spaces in your yard could use more ...

Garden Variety: Kansas’ only native evergreen can cause problems

Eastern red cedar is a common tree in landscape plantings and in the wild with its evergreen nature making it most noticeable in the winter months. The tree is the only evergreen native to Kansas, but it is problematic in unmanaged grasslands where it can displace native plants and affect the ...

Garden Variety: Bald cypress trees changing colors, shedding needles

Bald cypress trees usually draw extra attention during this time of year because their needles are changing colors and dropping to the ground like the leaves of many broadleaf trees. Since most needled trees keep their green needles year-round, this behavior seems unusual, but it’s completely ...

Garden Variety: Emerald ash borer infestation expands in Kansas

Last week, the Kansas Department of Agriculture announced that they had confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer in Spring Hill. The finding of this invasive exotic pest will lead to expansion of a federal quarantine and is a reminder to area residents with ash trees on their property to ...

Garden Variety: How to winterize your garden tools and equipment

The arrival of freezing temperatures is a good time to give attention to garden tools and equipment. Garden hoses should be drained, tools such as shovels should be cleaned to prevent the onset of rust, and mowers and other pieces of power equipment need to have fuel drained or treated. The ...

Homes: Couple find cozy bungalow, community in East Lawrence

After moving from a west Lawrence apartment to an East Lawrence bungalow, Kristen Allen and Jake Bellucci felt they had relocated to a different state. There was that much of a difference going from a contemporary apartment complex to a tree-lined, neighborhood just a block from Lawrence’s ...

Garden Variety: How to transition your plants indoors for winter

This week’s frosty overnight temperatures have had gardeners and plant enthusiasts scrambling to move tropical plants and tender annuals indoors for the winter. Protection from the cold may seem like the most important thing for keeping sensitive plants alive for the winter, but you should ...

Garden Variety: Arranging the perfect floral display for the cold season

Flowerpots and other containers are a great way to add vertical interest and color to an entryway, porch, patio or other outdoor area. Gardeners often use annual flowers in containers to get the most blooms throughout the summer, but these plantings fade quickly with the arrival of cool fall ...

Garden Variety: Get ready for the annual Kaw Valley Farm Tour

The 15th annual Kaw Valley Farm Tour is next weekend, Oct. 5 and 6. The farm tour is a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the diversity of agriculture in the region, meet area farmers, and learn about the practices of raising various crops and animals. This year, the tour ...

Lawrence homes: Sharing a roof works for this mother and adult daughter

There was one question Vicki Weseman and her daughter Leah Wisdom needed to answer before they bought a house together in Lawrence. “We had to decide: Could we live together?” Weseman said. After giving the idea some thought, they agreed that if they found the right house they could do ...

Garden Variety: Choose the right mulch to benefit your soil and plants

Mulch is commonly used in landscapes and gardens because of the many benefits it provides to plants and soil. Fall is an especially good time to apply it. Gardeners often ask what materials are best for mulching and how much to use. The answers depend on how and where the mulch will be used, ...

Garden Variety: Take steps to protect plants from root rot

Root rot diseases are common among all kinds of plants, and this year’s excessive rainfall is making it easier for many of the causal organisms of these diseases to proliferate. Because root rot diseases often kill the plants they infect and control after infection is difficult, prevention ...

Garden Variety: Blister beetles quickly devour vegetable gardens

When the leaves of tomato plants and other vegetables are stripped very quickly in late summer, the most likely culprit is an infestation of blister beetles. Blister beetles are about one-half inch long with narrow, cylindrical bodies. They may be gray, black or striped depending on the ...

Neglected eyesore transformed into a functional home

For years, nobody seemed interested in the house at 646 Rhode Island St., except the pigeons who roosted inside. The house — with its wraparound front porch, just a block from downtown — sat empty and on the market for years. Pipes had burst in a second-floor bathroom and soaked the ...

North Lawrence home is a family heirloom

Marvin and Kathy Pine have become curators of what appears to be a living history museum. It's also their home. In a time when more people are moving toward a minimalist lifestyle, the home at 1741 East 1500 Road on the edge of North Lawrence tells the story of the Pine family through a ...