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THE PALM BEACH POST , RESIDENCES ADVERTISING, SECTION 37. SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 Expert gardeners help you learn to master the mulch I The master gardeners' main purpose is to help those who are, well, green in the growing area. They speak to community groups. They staff information booths at fairs. They oversee long-term planting projects for community groups. , , nil' OLD PORT COVE is a self-contained community with its own Marinas, Yacht Club Shopping Plaza and miles of walkingjogging trails located on 60 acres of land with 8,400 feet of shoreline. There are six towers and one low-nse condominium Associations at OLD PORT COVE with magnificent marine views of Uke Worth, the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal waterway. BOAT SLIP INCLUDED PRICED TO SELL! Elsa Dean Donnelly One must see this nicely kept two bedroom, two bath apartment with open floor plan. Amenities include Lake Worth view, private northeast exposure Waterfront three bedroom, three bath home has boat slip at your front door. Family room and balconies complete this well maintained 2,800 square foot home on the top floor of a three story low rise building, minutes from Palm Beach inlet Asking $239,000 and garage parxingi j3,sw RARE FIND! LOCATION. LOCATION! This lovely one bedroom, one and one half bath apartment has beautiful water views. Amenities include bone berber carpet, cross ventilation. Furnishings are negotiable. Motivated seller. Best ground floor three bedroom, three hath aoartment on market. Location could not be better with beautiful view $89,000 untumisnea of the Intracoastal Waterway and pn-vate terraces. This apartment is in BARGAIN VIEWS! excellent condition and includes a One must see the view from this two Joan Roffler forty-one foot boat slip. Owner is motivated. $305,000 unfurnished. bedroom, two bath with open kitchen and breakfast bar. Amenities include East view of Lake Worth, garage park By JAMIE SMITH The Baltimore Sun Mary Pinciotti knows what kind of clay is good for your garden, despite popular opinion. She can tell which bugs are the plant-killers and which are harmless. And if you're having problems with your petunias, she knows just what to do. "Aphids are the most common problem on ornamental flowers, and a spray of water is the best 'pesticide' you can use," said the Cockeysville, Md., resident Pinciotti gives advice with confidence because she's one of 64 master gardeners in greater Baltimore. She can help just about anyone grow a green thumb. Being a master gardener isn't just knowing the tricks of the trade. One must earn the title at least the one bestowed by the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Maryland, which, among other things, offers horticultural help. The agency hasn't made it easy to qualify, either: 40 hours of class and hands-on instruction on such subjects as botany and pests; 40 hours of gallivanting around the community as an unpaid plant doctor, and to keep the title, another 20 hours of volunteering and 10 hours of advanced training every year. "When somebody says they're a master gardener, that means they're a volunteer" said Mandy Self, who runs the Baltimore program. "They like gardens, they love the outdoors and they like the thought of sharing that with others." When they're not volunteering, the experts put their efforts into their own gardens which can be big and sprawling or tiny and compact. There's Sheila Abrams-Jones, a Social Security Administration public affairs specialist who has more than 2 acres in Woodstock. Md. She has 50 white pines several Japanese maples, a rainbow of ornamental grasses and lots of flower beds. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Pinciotti, an apartment dweller: She has only her patio and the bit of lawn in front ot it However, she's turned the area into an oasis of color amid the plain red-bra buildings. Yellow, purple, rose and lilac pansics spill from a huge wooden barrel. Almost hidden underneath tall leaves is baby s breath small, with deep pink flowers. Tiny alpine strawberries are nestled in a corner. And an English wallflower sits near the sidewalk, serenely green. That's just outside. Indoors are plants in pots, plants in pictures, plants in print on the sofa and even plants on I"inciotti s denim shirt While Pindotti's paradise is carefully planned. Baltimore resident Elizabeth McDowell gres for the quick and simple: When planting perennial wildflowcrs last year, she worked the soil until it was nice and soft, dug a hole and threw a bunch FABULOUS VIEWS! One must see this beautiful two bedroom, two bath apartment with split floor nlan. Amenities include spacious ing, tennis court and neatea poor Waterfront living at its reasonable best $99,900 unfurnished. PENTHOUSE! This large one bedroom, one and one half hath aoartment has excellent Lake master bath, large laundry room and fabulous water vistas ot ocean ana Lake Worth lagoon. Yacht Club and marinas are on site with golf, tennis Worth and ocean views. Amenities V 1 ' and boating nearby, can toaay $309,000 unfurnished. "It wasn't designed; it was sort of flung," said the master gardener-in-train-ing with a wry laugh. "But it does look quite nice." The master gardeners' main purpose is to help those who are, well, green in the growing area. They speak to community groups. They staff information booths at fairs. They oversee long-term planting projects for community groups. But even the titleholders acknowledge they don't know everything. "We like to think we're successful at everything." Pinciotti said, laughing, but it's "not necessarily true." And McDowell is happy to admit that while her vegetables do well, she can t grow every kind of flower. "If it works, fine," she said. "I've got various flower seeds, and loads didn't work." But McDowell's intermittent success with blooms hardly matters to the elementary pupils at the Northeast District Police Athletic League center on Goodnow Road, where she continues to volunteer. What does matter is that she's giving them their first experience with Swiss chard and mulch. Last year, Whitney Chase, 9, was ready to garden like a pro. She found a ladybug near her 4-by-10-foot plot and gently placed it on one of her tiny tomato plants. "It'll eat the bad bugs," she explained. "I learned it from the gardeners." That's one handy tip. If the problem is hard soil instead, she could try McDowell's trick of adding compost made ot decomposed leaves or kitchen scraps. Or if she has problems with weeds. Whitney might want to lay down newspapers heap mulch on them and wait for the situation to take care of itself. Abrams-Jones finds that works great But there's something more important master gardeners hope novices will learn about their beloved pastime. Enjoy it "It kind of amazes me that people would consider it work." said Pinciotti, who gardens to relax. "This is something that I love so much, and I want everyone to love it" include Northeast exposure, cross ventilation and aaraoe oarkinq. All of this ONE OF A KIND! can be yours for $102,900 furnished or John Podesta Beautiful two bedroom plus den, two and one half bath aoartment with many $99,900 unfumisnea MUST SEE THIS ONE! niialitv extras. Amenities include ceil- One bedroom, one and one half bath i mg moldings, mirrors, French ooorsv apartment is in super condition wtm marw unarades. Amenities include plus elegant stone floonng one must see the panoiamic view from wraparound balcony $310,000 unfurnished. views of lake, marina and ocean, large l. V balcony, eat-m kitchen ana garage parking Owner financing possible $109,500 unfur. THE TOPS! a. , r This lovely two bedroom, two bath lower floor has magnificent water views. Amenities include white marble Lynn Kritzer floors, recently replaced kitchen appliances, thirty-seven foot balcony, storm SUPER VALUE! Now is the time to view this spectacular three bedroom, three and one half bath home, featuring custom pleated shades, plantation shutters, ceiling fans and extensive use of marble, custom built-ms and ceramic tile Extras retude hurricane shutters and garage parking $389 000 unfurnished. MAGNIFICENT VIEWS! One can watch the boat traffic on Intracoastal and ocean from a 437 square foot balcony Apartment contains 2.796 square feet . two master bedrooms and two and one half baths, large kitchen with breakfast room, huge laundry room with lots of storage. $399,000 unfurnished and $419,000 furnished shutters and is in like-new condition Asking $158 900 unf PRIME LOCATION! See this lovely three bedroom, three bath located on pnvale manna today This apartment is beautifully decorated with tile, plantation sn utters. Deroer car-nets and uoaraded kitchen appliances Apartment has plenty of closet ana storage space and covered pacing Great value at $225,000 unfurnished Jack McWilliams If !-' ,tiAi Broker I j MLL frer.K , , . , , of seeds in.