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  • Orchids: Evaluating an orchid

    Q: I have an orchid that was raised from seed and looks spectacular. What is involved in getting American Orchid Society judges to evaluate it? — Tom S.

  • Ask Martha: Chocolate ganache

    Think of it as the gift that keeps on giving. Start with one easy and irresistible chocolate recipe and adapt it for all kinds of uses.

  • Mistletoe's lengthy history

    Mistletoe is a weird little plant that has inspired mythology for centuries.

  • What's it worth – Vintage silk lamp shades

    Q: I inherited a glass table lamp with a large, ornate cloth shade. There is a label on the lamp that reads "Imported Lead Crystal" and another that says it was "Made in West Germany." The lamp and shade were bought in Chicago in the 1940s.

  • Buttoned Up: Some steps to a more organized holiday

    Deep breath. It's December. You know what that means: stress city. Unless, of course, you follow these steps. Do that, and you should get to the end of the month without sprouting any new gray hairs — and, even better, relishing the fact that you actually enjoyed yourself this holiday season!

  • Buttoned Up: Real holiday cards are better than e-cards

    Right after Halloween, many people start to think about getting their holiday cards organized. But then life gets hectic, right?

  • What's it worth?

    Q: My husband inherited a pair of vases from his grandmother. I showed them to a friend 30 years ago who said they were not valuable, but granny apparently thought differently since she specifically mentioned them.

  • Flyways and Byways for Dec. 11

    In the video game "Angry Birds," players help cartoon birds retake eggs that have been captured by hungry green pigs. It's a simple-sounding but addicting game that quickly becomes a highly entertaining and complex adventure.

  • Home and Garden event calendar

    Orchid Sale and Auction: Virginia Orchid Society sponsors a sale (noon-1 p.m.) and auction (1-3 p.m.) of orchids in bud and bloom today ...

  • Bulletin Board: Home and garden events

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  • Gardening: Botanical holiday houses can be detailed, dazzling

    When is a nandina berry a doorknob, a translucent seed pod a window pane and a cluster of tree fungi shingles? When a designer uses them to decorate small-scale holiday houses.

  • Ask Martha: Making popovers pop, storing glassware

    Q: Why won't my popovers pop over?

  • What's It Worth: Patou perfumes and Boilly tapestry

    Q: I have a set of three unopened perfumes by Jean Patou in the original box. I do not know the exact age, but they predate 1955. The cardboard box [has marks and wear] and is marked: "Parfum/Coffret 3 Boules/Amour-Amour, Moment Supreme, Colony/Jean Patou, Parfumer/Made in France." — D.T.

  • Orchids: Miniatures are in high demand

    Q: I just bought an oncidium Twinkle that is the cutest thing I've ever seen. The whole plant fits in a tea cup! Do they come in other colors besides white? - Kristi G.

  • Correction

    The Amelia County Garden Club's annual Christmas House Tour will be held Dec. 10 only. An additional date was listed in Sunday's Flair section on Page G7.

  • What's It Worth?

    Q: I have an autograph of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and would like to know its value. My father got the autograph in the 1960s when he was a chef at The Jefferson Hotel. It reads "Best Wishes, Martin Luther King" in blue ink on plain white paper. — D.T.

  • Home and Garden event calendar

    Master Naturalist Training Deadline: Virginia Master Naturalists, Riverine Chapter, based in Ashland, is accepting applications for the 12-week training program through Wednesday. ...

  • Time for the decked-out décor tour

    You have just finished the final, painstaking touches of decorating your home for the holidays.

  • Ask Martha: Keeping track of fine china

    Q: I have an extensive china collection. What's the best way to keep track of it?

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