Just as AT finishes up gardening month the Chron focuses in on houseplants, with an interesting story on why you should never substitute silk for cellulose. Then there's that piece on Henry Urbach, which we find befuddling. Why did a story on a new curator at SF MOMA wind up in the Home & Garden section? • Houseplants can be just like a breath of fresh air: Houseplants are like "room lungs," purifying the air you breathe of the many toxins that accumulate indoors. Ann Coombs details which ones are best and why. You may notice that we've shortened our highlights. Thumbs up or down?
• Harsh reality of city's ruin mingles with sense of hope: Reporter Laura Thomas continues the tear-down in New Orleans, gutting a house in a poor neighborhood and uncovering there "things that hint at a life as full and rich as any in a large house with granite counters and several bathrooms."
• Commercial eye on SFMOMA: Henry Urbach's appointment to a curatorship at SF MOMA promises to infuse the art museum with a fresh perspective.
• Close some gaps to open up 1920s bungalow: Linda Spence, the Chron's most articulate interior design dilemma writer (as far as we're concerned), daringly advocates for the addition of wall space to create a spot for a large flat panel TV.
• Scented geraniums expand a garden's cooking offerings: Looking for a hardy, Bay Area friendly plant with a sweet smell? Sophia Markoulakis runs through the many varieties of scented geraniums.