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12293542H5083149[1] First lady Michelle Obama poses with her mother, Marian Robinson, on the May issue of Essence magazine. But no J. Crew outfit here.

The dress she wears is from -- Talbots! -- and she tops it with a bright green sweater and adds a belt.  The lagoon blue/pear green rose-print silk dress is posted on Talbots Web site,, and is in Talbots "All in Bloom" spring catalog. The cost in the catalog: $169.


National attention

Another Garden Walk Buffalo garden -- that of Mike Banks of 16 Rabin Terrace -- has landed in a national publication.

His wedge-shaped garden is featured in an eight-page article called "In-Town Seclusion" in the Spring 2009 issue of "Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living." The Better Homes & Gardens special interest publication is on newsstands now.

And remember: This year's Garden Walk is July 25-26.