We recently learned from a reader that the Chron's Home & Garden section is understaffed, which accounts for the consistently paltry coverage of the Bay Area design scene. Seems volunteers are happy to contribute stories about their gardens. Why doesn't the Chron solict volunteers' stories on design as well? (Lynette, are you reading this?) This week's highlights are almost all garden-related. If you have one -- or want one -- read on. • At home with Wendy Tokuda: A former news anchor with a serious commitment to composting.
• Thank heaven for the nearby supermarket: Editor Lynette Evans details her garden's ups and downs.
• AROUND THE HOUSE: The Chron helps you part with some cash with this roundup of holiday spending ideas: Dyson's new dustbuster, the Root 6, a beginning art collecting handbook "The Intrepid Art Collector," Heath Ceramics' upcoming open house and sale, and the products of old school sustainable furniture manufacturer Harden.
• SOLUTIONS: Carolyn Said writes about carving a garden out of her solid cement front yard -- and doing it on a very tight budget.