Home and Garden Briefing August 31, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal and wire reports

Learning Series focuses on herb fundamentals
The Master Gardener Learning Series will continue at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 with a class designed for the beginner herb enthusiast.
Master Gardener Brenda Crothers will help participants learn herb history and facts, the fundamentals of growing herbs, harvesting techniques and the five different reasons for growing herbs.
Participants will be able to view homemade herbal craft items as well as medicinal and aromatherapy examples. A culinary table will be set up for refreshments.
The class will be held at the Lee County Extension Office at 5338 Cliff Gookin Blvd. in Tupelo. Class space is limited to 25 participants, so register early by calling the Lee County Extension Office at (662) 841-9000.

Workshop can help freshen your landscape
Does your landscape look drab and colorless during the fall when all the blooms are gone?
If so, join Extension Specialist Jeff Wilson for a free workshop at noon Sept. 13 at the ICC Belden Conference Center.
You will learn how to use plants and landscaping techniques to liven up the landscape during a time of year when it can look tired and sad. You’ll see how utilizing plants with colorful bark, berries, fruit or foliage can really make a difference.
For more information call (662) 841-9000.

Paint creates look of hammered metal
Benjamin Moore’s new Molten Metallics paints let you give surfaces the look of hammered metal.
Molten Metallics are high-gloss alkyd paints that produce the texture and appearance of metal. They’re suitable for use indoors or out and inhibit rust on exterior surfaces.
The paints are part of Benjamin Moore’s Studio Finishes line. They come in six ready-mixed colors: gold, copper, bronze, gun smoke, silver and charcoal.
Suggested retail prices are $15.95 for a pint and $22.95 for a quart.
The product is available at some Benjamin Moore retailers. You can find nearby stores at www.benjaminmoore.com, but call first to make sure they carry Molten Metallics.
The paint can also be ordered online at http://store.benjaminmoore.com/storefront. Look in the “Primers & Specialty” section.