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Tuesday 09/01/2015
Posted: September 01, 2015
Lake Homes: The Petrines have created a home that's bold and beautiful

If you've been cruising on the Blackwater River arm of the lake in the past few years, you no doubt saw a home being constructed in South Harbour, the former campground in Scruggs just upriver from the Crazy Horse cove. The home itself took two and a half years to build, though counting the dock construction and time spent drawing up plans, the project took five years.

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Posted: September 01, 2015
Community embraces Charity Home Tour's 25-year legacy

Denise Tuttle, executive chair of the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, delves into the heart of the tour’s success and why it is thriving into its silver anniversary.

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Posted: September 01, 2015
Finding your way to Charity Home Tour spots

It’s that “perfect boating” time of year again. The heavy summer traffic is behind us. The sun is less intense. The haze that clouds our views of mountains in the distance is gone. There are hints of color in the early-turning trees.

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Posted: September 01, 2015
Couple's elaborate dock is a home away from home

Larry and Joyce Horne’s dock is home to a 30-foot Hunter sailboat, a 23-foot runabout and a Sea-Doo, but it feels more like a real home over the water. There is a sitting area around a propane-powered fire table, a kitchen with cherry cabinets, a microwave, convection oven, refrigerator, popcorn machine and a bar; five tables, each with seating for six to 10 people; and a cute and spacious gazebo.

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Posted: September 01, 2015
Dock Take Hour: Mind your manors

One of the classiest of classy events to take place at SML each year is the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour.

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Posted: July 01, 2015
It's time to grow up with vertical gardening

Think tall. The latest trend in gardening is going vertical, and it’s not a passing fad. Vertical gardening adds an important dimension to a design and is particularly effective in docks and patios, tight areas such as a small deck and expanses of blank walls or fences.

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Posted: July 01, 2015
Lake Homes: East meets West on Charity Home Tour

Although Jim and Barbara Grant bought their lot in The Boardwalk  in January 1995, it was only after he retired from Alstom Power Co. that they built their home, which was completed in February 2013.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
Posted: May 20, 2015
Master Gardener donates 325 seedlings to feed the hungry

Pete Kaufman, a member of the Franklin County Master Gardeners, donated more than 325 tomato and pepper seedlings, which were recently planted in the Giving Garden at the Booker T. Washington National Monument.

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Tuesday 05/19/2015
Posted: May 19, 2015
Garden club luncheon cooks with chef's demonstration

More than 70 participants, the largest ever, turned out for the Smith Mountain Lake Garden Club’s annual luncheon on May 12 at The Water’s Edge Country Club in Penhook.

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Posted: May 19, 2015
SML Home Tour founder speaks to Newcomers group

Jeanne Wagoner, founder of the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, talks with SML Newcomers members Nancy Cross and Coleen Enslow following her presentation at the group’s May 11 meeting at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

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Monday 05/11/2015
Posted: May 11, 2015
Aspiring green thumbs shop Moneta Garden Club's plant sale

Shoppers peruse the plants for sale at the Moneta Garden Club’s annual plant sale at Trinity Ecumenical Parish near Hales Ford Bridge on May 9. The club expects to raise $1,500 to provide scholarships for students to attend nature camp.

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Sunday 05/03/2015
Posted: May 03, 2015
Master gardeners get hands dirty with service projects

As part of Virginia Master Gardeners, members of the Franklin County chapter are working on several community service projects throughout the county.

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Posted: May 03, 2015
SML Garden Club hosts luncheon and cooking demonstration

The SML Garden Club’s annual Spring Luncheon is May 12 at 11:30 a.m. at The Waters Edge Country Club in Penhook.

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Friday 05/01/2015
Posted: May 01, 2015
SML Charity Home Tour broadens fundraising to individuals

After 25 years of supporting area charities, the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour is broadening its fundraising focus.

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Posted: May 01, 2015
2015 Lovely Laker Landscape Contest rules

Rules

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Posted: May 01, 2015
Lake Homes: Gathered from around the globe

More than 50 countries.

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Posted: May 01, 2015
Lake & Garden: Gardening to grow your soul and spirit

Nurture a garden and you nurture your body, soul and spirit. You also are participating in a creative activity that can affect your life deeply in unexpected ways. In her book, “Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening,” author Fran Sorin says, “Through gardening, we develop a spiritual relationship with nature. … Gardening can be one of the most profound ways to unearth the creative spirit buried within every one of us.”

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Monday 04/27/2015
Posted: April 27, 2015
Park celebrates Earth Day with tree planting

The Master Naturalists, Blue Ridge, Foothills and Lakes chapter, along with the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park joined together at the state park to support environmental programs on Earth Day. Planting an American chestnut tree are Dick LeRoy and Kathy Scott from the Master Naturalists with park interpreter Jet Lawler. Eight participants planted three chestnut trees, 10 dogwoods and three redbuds in areas throughout the park.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Posted: April 22, 2015
Three SML homes to be featured on garden tour

Chatham Garden Club’s 2015 Historic Garden Week tour will showcase three homes and gardens in The Water’s Edge at Smith Mountain Lake. The tour will take place April 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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