Home and Garden Briefing November 9, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

b>Learn more about MG program at ICC-Belden
Do you love to dig in the dirt? If so, the Master Gardener volunteer program is a great way to gain expertise, meet avid gardeners and share gardening experiences.
Learn more about becoming a Master Gardener at a workshop at Itawamba Community College-Belden on Tuesday at noon. Extension Associate Susan McGukin and Master Gardener Susan Tackett will briefly discuss the training course and fun hands-on projects, as well as the requirements to become a certified Master Gardener.
Call (662) 841-9000 to sign-up.

‘Christmas Plant Tips’ topic of noon class
Join the Lee County Extension Service at Itawamba Community College-Belden for a free program on “Christmas Plant Tips.”
On Thursday, Ricky Ferguson, the county director for Pontotoc County, will lead the noon class and identify different plants, their uses, and places they can be used in the home throughout the holiday season.
Call (662) 841-9000 to register.

Book touts accessible, beautiful homes for all
Architect Deborah Pierce doesn’t design homes for disabled people. She designs homes for people who like to entertain, who love the outdoors, who enjoy hobbies and pets and grandkids – and who have disabilities.
Pierce designs homes that accommodate the needs of everyone who lives there, including the need to live in surroundings that are homey and attractive. She shares her approach in “The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities” (Taunton Press, $27.95 in softcover).
The book covers the many considerations in creating a home for an occupant or visitor with a disability, from how wide to make the doorways to where to put the food processor. Pierce coaches her readers to address those details thoughtfully, so the resulting house looks like a home, not an institution.
The book features 25 homes that exemplify her principles, including some that were newly built and some that were renovated. All share Pierce’s belief that a home should be sunny, comfortable, intimate and yet generous enough to accommodate others – as she puts it, “a great place to live.”