In the Garden: Historic Drought of Fall

Beginning in mid-July 2016 and lasting until late December, Middle Tennessee experienced a historic drought. Many yards in the Nashville area did not receive a drop of rain for 4 months. It was so bad that, while doing excavation work in November, our staff dug to 36 inches before we found any moisture in the soil. None of the vegetation in our area is accustomed to surviving in these brutal conditions. Even if you had an irrigation system running, you may find drought damage on your property this spring. Irrigation is designed to supplement natural rainfall, but not completely take …

Tiny Houses

Tiny houses or— as Jeremy Weaver suggests they may be called—small houses, micro houses, nano houses have captured the attention of many as people dream of downsizing, shedding the clutter in their lives, or a foot-loose lifestyle that might be found with a portable home. Prices for tiny homes range from about $25,000 to over $100,000, depending on size and materials. Creative use of space is the name of the tiny house game, and owners of the companies that build these little gems pride themselves on their originality and their ability to custom build just about anything a customer desires. …

HBAMT Home Show Slated January 13-15

HBAMT Home Show Slated January 13-15 If you’re considering remodeling or redecorating your home, or would just like to see what’s new in home improvement, the HBAMT’s Home Show slated January 13-15 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds is a great place to start. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 per person and children aged 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

In the Garden: Trees for Tennessee

Trees for Tennessee: What you need to know Tennessee is a wonderful place for trees! Bloom colors of yellow, white, pinks, and purples begin in early spring followed by the lush green of tall canopy trees. Native evergreens provide shelter year around for much of our wildlife. Many cultivars, native and borrowed from other countries, grow well in the Nashville area.

2016 Home Show Slated January 29-31

2016 Home Show Slated January 29-31 The 2016 Home Show sponsored by the Home Builders of Middle Tennessee is scheduled January 29-31 at the Tennessee Stata Fairgrounds. Last year marked the show’s return to the state fairgrounds from the AgExpo Park in Williamson County and attendance, despite a weekend of bitter cold and ice drew remarkable crowds, according to Lori Fisk-Conners, past president of the HBAMT’s associates council and in charge of last year’s event.

Folk & Folly Part of Pop-up Barn Show Oct. 17-18

Folk & Folly Part of Pop-up Barn Show Oct. 17-18 Folk & Folly, sponsored by Social Marmalade, is a creative and collaborative design showcase presented by Dream Team events at the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show scheduled Oct. 17-18.    Slated at the Buddy Killen estate at 3090 Old Hillsboro Road in Franklin, the show features this year some Poe-inspired interior design, as well as vintage and antique shopping, jewelry, artisans, and more; live music and food trucks. Just past the rusting iron gates enveloped with nature’s growth lies a path that leads over a stone bridge to a mansion. It …

March/April Cover 2014

About the Cover Celebrate spring with home tours. The O’More Designer Show House is scheduled April 4-27 in Franklin. Shown is the porch created by Linda Tallent Brown and Louise C. Kitchell of Kitchell & Brown Interiors at last year’s O’More Designer Show House. The Master Custom Builders Charity Tour of Homes is also scheduled April 25-27 and May 2-4. For information about these show homes visit visit and

Sweet Potato Crisp


This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Michael Richardson of Franklin, TN (Jolene.) It is served annually at the Thanksgiving Night in the Hunger Fight annual fundraising supper at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church which has raised thousands of dollars to feed and educate children in Haiti. It’s been served to many groups and families, over the years that it’s become a holiday favorite.   Sweet Potato Crisp  Potatoes 3 cups sweet potatoes (peeled, cooked and mashed) 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs  1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Mash cooked sweet potatoes, add all other ingredients and put into a …