What’s Changed-and Stayed the Same

Every time a new U.S. president assumes office and moves into the White House, it’s tradition that he puts his own mark on the decor—particularly in the Oval Office.

In fact, the Oval Office may have undergone more makeovers than just about any other work-from-home space in history. As proof, home maintenance company American Home Shield studied how the design and furnishings here have changed over the past century, and rendered this evolution in nifty 3D diagrams shedding light on each president’s personal tastes.

For a fascinating peek at how Oval Office decor has evolved, check out this timeline, which highlights the biggest, boldest presidential home office design moves from 1909, under William Taft (who’s responsible for this room’s curvy shape), to John F. Kennedy (who hauled in the 1,000-plus-pound Resolute desk) to Joe Biden today.

William Howard Taft, 1909–13


William Howard Taft was the first president to use the
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Pennsylvania garden and home shows: What’s happening in 2021 and what’s not? | Food + Living

While gardens throughout Pennsylvania sit dormant in the winter, garden shows usually bloom.

This year, COVID-19 has changed each one of the shows in the Lancaster County region.

Here’s more about which shows are canceled, which ones are postponed and which ones are now virtual.


For the Love of Orchids: canceled

This annual orchid show hosted by Susquehanna Orchid Society has brought more than 1,000 orchids to Hershey Gardens. The 2021 show has been canceled. Organizers are planning for the 2022 show, says Lorna Deibert.

Here’s a tour of Little Brook Orchids, a Lancaster greenhouse that focuses on orchids.


Philadelphia Flower Show: postponed and now outdoors

The biggest indoor flower show in the world (and the longest-running) has been postponed and will move outdoors for the first time in its nearly 200-year history. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will bring the flower show to FDR Park in South Philadelphia June 5-13

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