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Among gardens to be pictured in the Villagers’ garden book is this one in the Grove, which uses hot tropical colors in both the hardscape and landscape.

    Miami’s gardens of distinction

    A Coral Gables group is collecting photos of unique and photogenic landscaping for a book on Miami-Dade gardens.

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Seminole pumpkin grows vigorously; provide strong support.

    Fairchild’s tropical garden column

    Going exotic in summer vegetable garden

    Just because the tomatoes stopped producing and the cilantro went to seed long ago doesn’t mean we can’t grow edibles in the summer in South Florida. In fact, there’s lots we can grow in the dead of summer. The key is looking to parts of the world with similar climates — very hot, humid and rainy summers. Surely some edible plants have evolved to live in such conditions.

  • Washington Report

    A tracker for housing-price trends

    New tool aims to be a weather forecaster for local property values.

  • Condo Line

    Can a developer take back my condo?

    Q: In 2006 we purchased a condominium conversion. Our unit was only 25 of the remaining 250 units that were not sold. The bottom fell out of the real estate market shortly after our closing. The remaining 250 units were taken off the market and have been rented out by the owner-developer.

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The color turquoise is the perfect pick to give your home — and life — some verve.

    Style

    Turquoise: The color that makes things happen

    Life is more fun when you are treated to happy surprises, like an unexpected bouquet of flowers, a call from a long-lost friend or an afternoon off on a beautiful day. Our homes need joyful surprises too, little touches here and there that make us pause and smile.

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This “red cut to clear” glass bowl appeals to many collectors.

    Treasures

    ‘Red cut to clear’ glass appeals to many collectors

    Q: I have a beautiful glass bowl that measures 93/8 by 6 inches across and 33/4 inches deep. There are no seams or trademarks. Can you tell me how old it is and the approximate value? I know it came from Germany and is at least 70 years old.

  • Living smart

    When a tree needs an arborist’s care

    Trees add beauty, shade and value to your property, but they don’t live forever. Sources of damage or death include age, storm damage, drought or other extreme weather, and environmental issues.

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