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Stripe zone

Many women equate stripes with spring, and this season’s “lineup” will not disappoint. Stripes can be bold or narrow. They can be worked into a chevron pattern or even displayed in a mix of directions on the same garment. Or they can be used as just a detail – stripes at the hemline, for example.

Gap shows a floral jacket layered over a dress with stripes at the border. Macy’s and other retailers offer crisp stripes on handbags and wallets. And the new Peter Som for DesigNation limited-edition/limited-time collection at Kohl’s includes plenty of stripes used in various ways.

In print

Now in its 20th year, Garden Walk Buffalo has a new book out that will truly get you into the gardening spirit. At nearly 60 pages, it’s full of photographs of Buffalo gardens taken by Don Zinteck, editor-in-chief, art director Jim Charlier and others. In addition, articles by regional garden writers, including Buffalo News columnist Sally Cunningham, will inspire and inform. Topics include grassless front yards, readying your garden for visitors, smart tips for small gardens (“If you can’t go out, go up!”) and more.

The publication sells for $10 at Western New York Tops and Wegmans locations (near where The Buffalo News is sold), as well as select bookstores, garden centers and gift shops. You’ll find a list of retailers at GardenWalkBuffalo.com. It’s also available on the Garden Walk Buffalo online store.

The new book is a fundraiser for Garden Walk Buffalo, enabling it to fund Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants for block clubs and community groups.

And finally ...

“Most people wouldn’t think of Buffalo as an epicenter of American horticulture, but it looks like gardening may be their official pastime.”

– From Martha Stewart Living online, reprinted in the new Garden Walk Buffalo commemorative annual publication.