Abode & Abloom

Purebred? Mixed-breed? Mutt?

There are some people who only believe in obtaining a rescue dog. Others will only own a registered purebred dog. Is there a right or wrong answer? No. There are different reasons for owning different types of dogs.

Catherine’s Quilting offers modern finish for age-old art form

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Catherine Peterson grins at her family's new Selbyville quilt shop, where she helps finish new quilts and restore old ones.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Catherine Peterson grins at her family's new Selbyville quilt shop, where she helps finish new quilts and restore old ones.Quilting may be an old art, but Catherine’s Quilting uses technology to transform the basic craft into a finished heirloom piece. Catherine and Tim Peterson just recently opened their quilt shop on Church Street in downtown Selbyville.

Quilting can be a very personal craft, whether it’s a long-term labor of love by a group of friends, or maybe one woman, perhaps given for a wedding or baby gift. Whether hand-stitched in centuries past, or by a machine today, each scrap is carefully pieced together for a grander masterpiece.

Catherine’s Quilting helps with the final steps, attaching the thick batting, which transforms a decorative sheet into a cozy blanket for the home.

Birding weekend for all nature lovers

Monthly birding events highlight area wildlife

For the people who love hearing a great horned owl hoot eerily at dusk, or watching a great blue heron chow down on an unlucky fish: Humans and birds are flying toward the Delmarva Peninsula for the same reason — the winter migration.

Winter is a busy season for birdfeeding aficionados

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: A cardinal sits at a bird feeder in Camden-Wyoming.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: A cardinal sits at a bird feeder in Camden-Wyoming.The other day, my 3-year-old grandson, Samuel, and I were filling our birdfeeders when my son-in-law asked if we really expected birds to come use them at this time of the year. At first I thought, why ask such a silly question? But after I thought a little bit about it, I realized that it wasn’t such a silly question.

Many people remember being taught that birds fly south for the winter. Also, if you don’t have birdfeeders up, you will see fewer birds during the winter months. However, if you have birdfeeders up and keep them cleaned and filled, you will have lots of birds visiting your yard.

Many birds eat bugs and, at this time of year, many bugs go into dormant states. Other birds eat seeds, and plants also go into dormant states at this time of year, resulting in less seeds for the birds to eat.

Bearhole Farms gives a whole new look to farming

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Cindy Stevens and C.J. Mears display some of the produce they have grown through aquaponic farming.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Cindy Stevens and C.J. Mears display some of the produce they have grown through aquaponic farming.At the entrance to a greenhouse at Bearhole Farms near Roxana sits a blue tank about the size of a small hot tub. Orange-finned flashes flit around the bottom and a pump emits a constant thrum.

“That’s the engine,” says Bear Hole proprietor Cindy Stevens. The heart of the engine, which produces a perpetual harvest of 3,000 lettuce plants inside the 1,700-square-foot greenhouse, is fish. About 350 koi, common goldfish and channel catfish, to be precise.

In addition to swimming around the tank, the fish eat... and then when that food turns to fish waste, it is released into a system of channels that run under the lettuce plants, watering and feeding the plants. It’s the perfect symbiotic relationship.

Organizers break ground on groundbreaking garden

Coastal Point Photos • Laura Walter: It’s not really a ground-breaking event without dignitaries, officials and volunteers chipping in to get things started, and things got started in a major fashion at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.Coastal Point Photos • Laura Walter: It’s not really a ground-breaking event without dignitaries, officials and volunteers chipping in to get things started, and things got started in a major fashion at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.It all started in 2011 with a small cocktail party and a meeting at the library. Now, the governor and Delaware’s First Lady are attending groundbreakings and the endowment is growing for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.

On the cool, sunny morning of Dec. 1, most of the leaves had fallen in Dagsboro, obscuring the ground where flowers will reappear next spring, and where miles of green briar have already been heaved out.

“The Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek will be a world-class, inspirational, educational and sustainable public botanic garden in southern Delaware, created for the benefit and enjoyment of all,” their mission promises.

Public welcome to rare look at botanic garden

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: From left, Peggie Ravida, Karen Dudley, Selma Tepper, Greg Tepper, Janet Point and Carol McCloud volunteered last week to get some work done at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: From left, Peggie Ravida, Karen Dudley, Selma Tepper, Greg Tepper, Janet Point and Carol McCloud volunteered last week to get some work done at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.Beside a quiet country road, sunny fields stretch toward a leafy forest that hides beauties within. A 37-acre public garden is coming to Dagsboro, and the public is being invited to the groundbreaking of Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Public tours will begin at 10 a.m., focusing on the Woodlands pathways down to Pepper Creek. The ceremony will begin sometime between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

It’s been several years since the volunteer group formed to create a “world-class, inspirational, educational” public garden on Piney Neck Road, just outside of Dagsboro.

“It’s a seminal event,” said Ray Sander, board treasurer. It’s perhaps the first public opportunity to witness what’s happening behind the scenes. “They can take a tour there and see what we’ve done. … We’re moving ahead.”

Garden club to unveil Blue Star memorial in Fenwick

In the U.S., blue stars have long honored military service members. Now, Fenwick Island is getting its own Blue Star Byway marker, a plaque being installed at Fenwick Island Town Park.

After years of pursuing the memorial, the Barefoot Gardeners Club will host a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m.

Delaware Botanic Gardens lecture series announced

The Delaware Botanic Gardens has selected four expert speakers for its upcoming lecture series, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. Admission to all lectures is free.

• Sept. 24 — Donald Pell, “Embracing the Regional Landscape,” 10 a.m. to noon, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach.

Delaware Botanic Gardens lecture series announced

The Delaware Botanic Gardens has selected four expert speakers for its upcoming lecture series, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. Admission to all lectures is free.

• Sept. 24 — Donald Pell, “Embracing the Regional Landscape,” 10 a.m. to noon, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach.

Beauty contest: Community decorates South Bethany canals

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The top three groups in this year’s contest pose for a photo in front of a South Bethany canal end.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The top three groups in this year’s contest pose for a photo in front of a South Bethany canal end.Inviting residents to decorate public space has given South Bethany a series of miniature parks. With five miles of canals, the town has plenty of canal ends that people have decorated and planted for the 6th Annual Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Beauty Contest.

The Adopt-A-Canal program lets residents take ownership and beautify their community.

“It just truly makes a difference. We’re seeing — as the years pass — the growth of the canal ends,” said organizer Councilwoman Sue Callaway. “And it still gets the community involved in doing something for the town, and it [gets] people together to work on many of them.”

In a municipality where the primary Town revenue is realty-related taxes, South Bethany’s success depends partly on residents who maintain a pleasant living space.

Recommendations to keep your plants healthy in the summer

In these lazy hazy days of the hot summer you may ask yourself, “What should I do to keep my plants looking good and happy through the summer?”

Here are a few simple tips:

Lewes farmers’ market adding Wednesday market

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market this week announced that it plans to open a second producer-only farmers’ market on Wednesdays at Kings Highway, across from Crooked Hammock Brewery, starting Wednesday, July 13.

Room for 19 in this downtown Bethany home

Coastal Point • Submitted: This cozy hexagonal reading room provides rainy-day comfort for the owners of this home in downtown Bethany Beach, which is one of the homes being featured in the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted: This cozy hexagonal reading room provides rainy-day comfort for the owners of this home in downtown Bethany Beach, which is one of the homes being featured in the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.(Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home have called Bethany Beach their part-time home for 35 years. When the family of six grew to a family of 19, including nine grandchildren, the owners realized that they had outgrown their cozy townhome on Parkwood Street. Soon thereafter, they discovered that a lot was for sale in downtown Bethany, within a stone’s throw of their old house. They bought it in one day.

Bruce Mears guided them in the design and 2014 construction of a 3,700-square-foot home that was open, informal and big enough, with six bedrooms and 3.5 baths, to fit the huge clan. The trapezoid lot provided an opportunity for some unique architectural features, including a cozy hexagonal reading room.

Barefoot Gardeners flower show to bloom Saturday

The Barefoot Gardeners are all about sharing their passion with others, and this weekend is no exception. The group is putting its best leaves forward in its second annual Small Standard Flower Show to be held Saturday, June 25, at the Brandywine Senior Living complex west of Fenwick Island.

A love affair with Bethany Beach continues in this new home

Coastal Point • Submitted : Family and guests can enjoy gathering in this new Bethany retreat, which is part of the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour for 2016.Coastal Point • Submitted : Family and guests can enjoy gathering in this new Bethany retreat, which is part of the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour for 2016.(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home had been enjoying vacations at her parents’ Bethany Beach cottage for the past 34 years when the house across the street became available. With a double lot that includes park views, there was room for a spacious new five-bedroom, five-bath retreat that would be big enough for them and their extended families to enjoy for generations to come.

From the marine blue shutters to the aquamarine backyard pool, the home reflects the owners’ vision to create a “beachy, blue and beautiful” retreat. Inside, the 5,500-square-foot home is saturated in myriad shades of sea-glass blue, evoking the nuances of the ocean, which is just blocks away.

Pet preparations to take during tropical storm season

Tropical storm season is upon us again. It runs from June 1 through Nov. 31, but after that, it is time for the winter storms. So, basically, if you live around here, it is best to just always be prepared for possible flooding, power outages and evacuations. And, if you own a pet, you should make preparations for them, too.

More fun than a barrel of monkeys, and views, too

Coastal Point • Submitted: Views of Bethany and the ocean may be enjoyed from the many decks of this house, which is part of the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted: Views of Bethany and the ocean may be enjoyed from the many decks of this house, which is part of the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.(Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The history of the owner of this house with Bethany Beach runs deep. She’s spent every summer since the 1950s there — first as a child in her family’s beach house, then while serving as the first female ocean lifeguard in Delaware.

As an adult, she’s owned several homes in the area and is also the proprietor of the town’s only miniature golf course. Although she works full time in Washington, D.C., as an attorney, she still manages to spend the summer in Bethany in order to manage that business.

Expansive views of the Indian River Bay highlight this waterfront home

Coastal Point • Submitted: Diners sitting at this Indonesian mahogany table in this Cottage Tour home enjoy unobstructed views of the bay.Coastal Point • Submitted: Diners sitting at this Indonesian mahogany table in this Cottage Tour home enjoy unobstructed views of the bay.(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27-28, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

After vacationing in the Bethany Beach area for 18 years, the owners of this house and their two adult daughters began looking for more breathing room and found the perfect waterfront location in Irons Landing.

Completed in August of 2015, this 5,863-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has a commanding view of the Indian River, accessed by multiple decks, porches, an expansive lawn and a generous dock for launching the family’s three boats.

To counteract the northern exposure on the water side of the house, they’ve created an open and airy layout bathed in natural light from every direction. The owner has kept the décor simple and serene, preferring the continuity of using the same neutral wall color and hickory floors throughout the home, a look she says was inspired by the beach house in the movie “Something’s Got to Give.”

An archeologist’s finds touched by an artistic flair flourish in this Bay Forest home

Coastal Point • Submitted: A cast-off bathing suit, cap and Cottage Tour fan have become a fun decorative touch in this quirky home, which will be among those featured on the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.Coastal Point • Submitted: A cast-off bathing suit, cap and Cottage Tour fan have become a fun decorative touch in this quirky home, which will be among those featured on the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home were looking for a community to enjoy playing in, rather than just a weekend beach getaway. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home they found in Bay Forest was a perfect fit, offering an abundance of interesting people, fun activities, great happy hours, a fantastic pool and plenty of walking trails for their “poorly behaved Aussie.”

The owners first met as young archeologists and ever since have shared a love of digging in trash pits in search of history. She has continued the search for anything with a past, finding beauty in cast-offs and then recycling into collectible treasures them with her trademark artistic flair.

Bethany, Sea Colony farmers’ markets ready to start

The Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market and the Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony are set to reopen June 12 and 15, respectively, sharing many of the same growers in a producers-only showcase of local fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Botanic Gardens adds two new board members

The Delaware Botanic Gardens board of directors has elected two new members, Ruth Rogers Clausen and Janet Meenehan Point. The additions bring to 10 the number of board members who are working to open the garden along Pepper Creek in Dagsboro. An Advisory Council adds a dozen professionals to the project’s expertise.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 3: Home features antiques, art collection

Coastal Point • Submitted The breakfast nook and gourmet kitchen are a feature to note in this downtown Bethany Beach home, which will be part of the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.Coastal Point • Submitted The breakfast nook and gourmet kitchen are a feature to note in this downtown Bethany Beach home, which will be part of the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.(Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

After vacationing at the beaches of the Mid-Atlantic for many years, in the mid-1980s, the owners of this home gravitated to a small cottage in Bethany Beach. In 2014, they sold their house in Northern Virginia, tore down the cottage and built a new 3,300-square-foot three-story home, moving to Bethany permanently upon its completion in July 2015.

The design of the house represents the owners’ desire for a greater balance between outdoor and indoor living space. Thus, the house boasts two spacious stacked front porches, each fronted by a pair of walnut-stained French doors, to beckon family and friends to come outside. An additional covered porch spans the rear of the house.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 1

Coastal Point • Submitted : Architectural features abound in this new home in Bethany Beach, which will be featured on the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted : Architectural features abound in this new home in Bethany Beach, which will be featured on the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.

New home offers ocean views for long-time visitors

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27-28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this contemporary 4,500-square-foot home had enjoyed vacations in their Ocean City, Md., condo since 1995 but began to search for something quieter as their children grew into adulthood. While biking through Bethany in 2011, they discovered an ocean-view lot and began working with Summer Hill Builders to design a home for their growing family, with an eye toward eventual retirement. Completed in 2015, this home’s six bedrooms and 4.5 baths easily accommodate their four adult children and guests.

A distinctive three-story glass chandelier in the winding staircase serves as a centerpiece that unites all three floors and sets the stage for the artistic use of decorative glass throughout the home.

Training for beachnesting bird monitors scheduled for May 14

Volunteers who want to help protect Delaware’s endangered piping plovers and other beachnesting birds by joining DNREC’s monitoring team are being invited to a training session from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14, at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Biden Environmental Training Center, 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes.

Cape Farm & Garden Tour scheduled for June 11 along coast

Visitors can experience three unique Delmarva farms and gardens up close and personal as part of the 2016 Cape Farm & Garden Tour, to be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in coastal Sussex County.

Annual Native Plant sale set to bloom this weekend at James Farm

No matter how a garden grows, the “Gardening for the Bays” Native Plant Sale set for Saturday, April 30, has something to make it even more spectacular this year.

The annual sale, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, offers thousands of plants for sun, shade, wet gardens and sandy soils.

Ocean View council continues trash talk

Although William Olsen doesn’t yet have the votes needed for Town-managed trash collection, he’s moving forward in an attempt to simplify waste hauling in Ocean View.

At the Nov. 10 Town Council meeting, Olsen modeled his current proposal on the Town of Bridgeville’s process of the low bidder providing waste collection.

CIB to host cocktail party to celebrate 10 years of native plants

The Center for the Inland Bays will hold a cocktail party on Friday, May 2, prior to their 10th annual Native Plant Sale.

“We have been doing the plant sale for 10 years now, and we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate that, as well as start celebrating for our 20th anniversary this year,” said Jenn Jones, development coordinator for the center.

Ocean View council gets a new face on board

The Ocean View Town Council held its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday night, and swore in Geoff Christ and Bill Olsen as councilmen.

Christ will resume his council duties representing District 2 after running unopposed. He was also sworn in as the mayor pro tem of the town.

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