Pleasant Grove in Duncanville

Duncanville has a tourist attraction? Yep. It’s called Hanging Gardens and it’s in Bill and Mozelle Stroud’s back yard. It all started as a hobby for Bill, who works for LTV by day and puts plants in hanging baskets by night. Over 500 baskets are housed in open redwood frames, and more in the two greenhouses on his 2’/2-acre property. The prices are reasonable (one $45 basket sells for $125 elsewhere in Dallas). The Strouds will board plants in winter, as well as lend them to good customers (the Apparel Mart for one). Even if you’re not a plant fanatic, it’s worth seeing. Hanging Gardens, 1443 South Main Street, Duncanville. Open Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Hospitality Suite

If you’ve got to go to the hospital, you might as well go in style. Four local hospitals have “suite service,” which makes for a more comfortable stay. An extra twenty to fifty dollars per day doubles your space, and at Presbyterian, the suite plan includes an upgraded menu that reads like the bill of fare at the Fairmont’s Pyr-amid Room. You get a carpeted sitting room at St. Paul, a conference/ sitting room at Medical City, and an L-shaped floor plan at Baylor. All have sofa beds and room dividers for sleepy secretaries, spouses or out-of-town visitors. Suites are booked months in advance, so plan ahead.

Sofa, So Good

Lou Hodges designed many of the fiberglass curves of the Corvette; now he’s turned his talents to furniture. Hodges’ architecturally clean fur-niture and accessories – each piece hand-made and signed – are expensive; sofas from $700 to $1500, chairs around $300. He’s decorated the homes of celebrities Jerry Lewis and Burt Bacharach and the interiors of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and Oklahoma’s Oral Roberts University. The Dallas branch of his California Design Center opened last month. California Design Center, The Corner Shopping Center, Walnut Hill and North Central Expressway.

Straight from the Hip

Cynthia Moon’s boutique is the place to get Fifties peg leg pants. At least it was the last time we checked – Moon designs and sews only one look at a time, pursuing it until her feel for it or her fabric has run out. Ahead of the fashion industry a lot of the time, Moon says she expects the crinkled silk she’s using these days to be big in fashion next. Peg legs in the silk are $39; in gold-shot crinkled cotton they’re $49. No standard sizes here and no fancy dressing rooms or racks. Be sure to read the witty signs on the store walls. Cynthia Moon, 3212 McKinney. Open 12-6 daily.

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