THE SALINA JOURNAL HOME GARDEN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1996 A7 .S T ORNAMENTS Carved in stone Popular among homeowners, 'scary' gargoyles ward off evil spirits By REBECCA TAYLOR nnmnuter malfunction ^— _ m _ mllml By REBECCA TAYLOR Scripts Houxtrd News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Take the cherubs off the mantle. The winged butterballs' days as the hot home accessory are ending, having been replaced by another fantasy figure: the gargoyle. It's not a matter of evil triumph- Ing over good. Think of it as fight- Ing fire with fire. "People come in and think they (gargoyles) are scary, but /they're not. They're protectors," says. Babbie Seibels, owner of At Home, a Birmingham, Ala., furnishings and accessories store. But gargoyles are intended to be just'a little bit scary. Supersti- tion'has long held that the grotesque stone figures frightened away evil spirits. Cherubs never frightened anybody. Gargoyles also hold more architectural interest. "The real history of gargoyles is they were used' as downspouts," says' Diane White, spokeswoman for Dedo, an Auburn Hills, Mich., company"* that manufactures gargoyles. "They channeled the rain- watiir away from the walls of buiiaings." Warding off evil was secondary to'preventing water damage. But White, says gargoyles also were placed on buildings — especially churches — to protect the structure and the people inside. ''So, actually, each artist could d6!;his own interpretation as far as what he wanted the gargoyle to look like," she says. r f)!edo's five artists have de- sigrjed more than two dozen gargoyles, but White stresses, "Ours are fun and whimsical." •'Dado's gargoyles each come vwth its own "legend", such as that of the Gnome Ptooey, which is.'.used in Scandinavia to prevent •UH *T HORTICULTURE computer malfunction. A far older legend concerns the Dedo, the cross-toed gargoyle for which the company is named. When Notre Dame was being erected, a nun named Marie Therese disliked the evil-looking gargoyles that were being placed in the cathedral. Dressed, as a man, she entered the cathedral and carved her own weirdly cute guardian into a small stone block and hid it on a high roof visible only to God above. Le petit gargouille was not discovered until centuries later, when a boy lost in the cathedral rolled down a roof and was saved from falling by the statue. Dedo, a division of American Eagle Co., has been in business for about three years. White says the company has enjoyed brisk business thanks to the current popularity of gargoyles. "Gargoyles aren't new, but they certainly are news right now," she says. "People are using them in their homes and gardens. You see them in catalogues. They're even in cartoons." Yes, at least some credit for the gargoyle craze must be given to Victor, Hugo and Laverne, the three gargoyles in Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Seibels has been offering whimsical.— and scarier — gargoyles for two years, and customer interest is "fantastic," she says. Cherubs out, gargoyles in She hesitates to say gargoyles have replaced cherubs, but cherubs are, for the time being, out, she proclaims solemnly. The news is better for heavenly messengers that have reached adulthood. "Angels are really, really hot again this year." Is it possible for gargoyles and Ladybug's gargoyle frightens off evil spirits from your home and serves double as a spare key keeper. Photos by Scripps Howard News Service A traditional winged gargoyle by House Parts starts at about $40. Gargoyles can be used in many ways, from key keeper to bookends to wind chimes. angels to coexist peacefully in the same room? Seibels thinks so. "But I think anything goes," she says. "I think more than a certain type of decor, it takes a certain type of person" to own gargoyles. Generally, she says, people who buy gargoyles collect them. "I definitely think men are more drawn to gargoyles than women are." While gargoyles are available as figurines, bookends and even wind chimes, don't expect to see gargoyle tree toppers in stores for -Christmas. "Gargoyles aren't new, but they certainly are news right now. People are using them in their homes and gardens." Diane White spokeswoman for company that manufactures gargoyles Educational attraction sprouts at KSU University programs to be showcased in 12-acre campus garden The Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreational Resources at Kansas State University provides an Ornamental Horticulture program 4, ranked second in the nation, and ranks 10th 1 in the nation for Horticulture programs overall. ';Th0 department is.,fno,w embarked upo'ji: an impor- taht'^and historic undertaking that will, showcase these? outstanding programs; provide an educational resource base for students, 'industry, and visiting public; as well as beautify the K- State; campus — The Kansas State University Gardens. The Kansas State University Gardens is the vision of Depart- men/Head, Dr. Tom Warner. Dr. Warmer will be in Salina next Tuesday at the invitation of the Saline County Horticulture Club, to speak to the public about the CHIP MILLER KSU-Saline County Extension Horticulture Agent KSU Gardens. The date is October 8, at 7 p.m., at Peters Science Hall, Kansas Wesleyan University. 1 encourage all gardeners and KSU supporters to attend. The Kansas State University Gardens will be the largest, free public education garden in Kansas. They will provide an opportunity to display the results of work done in Manhattan, Wichita, and Kansas City by KSU horticulture researchers. The Gardens are planned to cover 12 acres on the KSU campus. They will be bordered on the south by the greenhouse range of the Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center. It will envelope much of the KSU Veterinary Science complex to the north. The Visitor Center Garden will incorporate the main entrance to the historic old Dairy Barn, known as the Stone Cottage, and include the Conservatory as its centerpiece. The Campus Creek Garden will consist of three zones south and east of the Veterinary Science buildings. Amphitheater in Zone 1 Zone 1 will be home to the Water Garden, Sensory Garden, Woodland Garden, Pocket Garden, and Amphitheater. Zone 2 will include an Exhibition Gar- Speaker in Salina Tom Warner, head of Kansas State University's horticulture, forestry and recreational resources department, is to speak about the university's gardens at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at Peters Science Hall, Kansas Wesleyan University. den, a Sculpture Garden and Wetland Garden. Campus Creek Garden Zone 3 will have an open Commons area, a Courtyard Garden, Native Stone Outcrop Garden and Poison Plant Garden. The Kansas State University Gardens project is being funded through donations .and in-kind contributions, not tuition fees or tax monies. All plants are being donated. Phase 1 of this development will run three years and include the south garden area by the visitor center and conservatory. It will cost an estimated $580,700. Renovation work is underway on the gardens' visitor center ($100,000) and site work at the gardens maintenance center ($30,000). Ground breaking commenced just two weeks ago on the south garden area. The total cost of the KSU Gardens will be $3,000,000 if donations and in-kind contributions are included, but it is hoped that the Gardens can be established with a cash outlay between $1.5 million and $2 million. An endowment fund of $10 million will cover the ongoing costs of maintenance. A future landmark I have seen similar projects on other college campuses which have become landmarks that identify the institution.. K-State has a beautiful campus, and these new gardens will further enhance its appeal to prospective students and faculty. They will be an enduring asset to the State of Kansas and Kansas State University. An endowment fund, Friends of the KSU Gardens, has been established at the Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources, 2021 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, KSU, 1700 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502-9908. Telephone 913532-6170. FAX 913-532-6949. Membership categories range from $25 for an annual individual membership to $2,000 for a life family membership. Any amount, larger or smaller, would be appreciated. NOTICE Schwan's Frozen Food Truck Will be in the parking lot at Kmart 400 S. Broadway TODAY, 3pm - 6pm Ask about our Home Dclircru 100% guaranteed We accept food stamps Wanted: new customers mornlno, afternoon & evening. Dawn Sunshine's Guardian Angel •"<""'*""' I). $oman, One. Be An Angel! This exclusive special event figurine is dedicated to the Sunshine Foundation*, a non-profit organization that grants wishes to critically ill children. Saturday, Oct 5 Dawn will be available only at this Be An Angel Open House. Don't miss this opportunity! LIMITED SUPPLY AVAILABLE Get your exclusive figurine and the entire Seraphim Classics"' Collection at Carroll's Hallmark Shop 200 South Santa Fe 827-2907 Ducks Unlimited Banquet Oct. 8th Holidome Social Hour 5:30 pm Dinner 7 pm *. CELEBRATE The People & Heritage of Dickinson County' Children's Activities Carousel Rides Living History Demonstrations Musical Entertainment Dramatic History Arts & Crafts Exhibitors Petting Zoo Antique Cars Antique Tractor Show & Pull Soul, German, American Foods Stage Coach Rides Can Can Girls & Gunfights Sat. 8:30 p.m. Cowboy Ball - Elks Club CHISHOLM TRAIL DAYS HERITAGE 412 S. Campbell (913) 263-2681 Saturday, Oct. 5th 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (CENTER Abilene, Kansas Sun., Oct. 6 2:00 p.m. Abilene Architectural Tour (Plaza Theatre) J TAtfTIQUE CLOCKS Clock's face tells its age Qfy The Associated Press Saturday only You may not judge a book by its cover but you can tell a lot about an antique clock by its face. A collector can date a grandfather-clock dial to within a decade or two by viewing the details of the spandrels (the areas at the corners of the dial), the broken arch (the semicircular area above square dials) and numeral style. •The most plentiful types of antique clock dials or faces are from English and American grandfather clocks. Wooden cases were of- CHQICS MWN WINTERIZBR 1 JIMATE FERTILIZER"' saxio AUU COOL SEASON IRASSESINSEPT, &NQV, Farmer'* Coop WpUr'» TV«» V«ilu» ten destroyed before the metal works gave out, leaving an orphaned dial and clockworks. Sometimes day-running clockworks were replaced with more practical "eight day" works. The original dial languished in a repair person's shop for years before being recycled. Saliva Appliance Showroom 740 N. Ninth, Salina f (913) 827-1420 REGISTER MACKLANBURG-DUNCAN 48" Brass-Bound Carpenter's Level Get ready for wlnterl SEE THE MO MAN Saturday Only at 460 S.Ohio Palntable Slliconlzed Acrylic Caulk Insulating Foam Sealant ...
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