The common name African daisy has been applied to almost every plant in the aster family that has come to horticulture from South Africa. The name has been used for Gerbera, Osteospermum, Arctotis and Dimorphotheca interchangeably, so we should think of it more as descriptive of a large group of plants, not one single genus. With this broad linguistic sweep, we gain hundreds of lively and colorful groundcovers and tender shrubs wonderfully adapted to our Missouri summer gardens. Visit any nursery or garden center today, and you will meet many of these excellent South African selections.
After this brutally frigid winter, with sub-zero temperatures for days on end and weeks filled with ice and snow, our treasured, tender gardens have taken a really hard beating.
Gina Bernstein says she dreamt of Clayton life while living in the Washington University dorms. Now, her family is living the dream—Gina, an investment banker with Stern Brothers & Co., and husband Michael, a Saint Louis University Hospital plastic and reconstructive surgeon, live in Clayton with their three children: Ethan and Sam, who attend Wydown Middle School; and Sage, who currently is at Glenridge Elementary. We spoke with Gina to find out more about why her family loves Clayton.
In March, there will be a new Schnuck at the helm of the venerable local grocery store chain. Todd Schnuck will become the company’s president/CEO. After almost eight years, older brother Scott is stepping down but will remain chairman.
It was a bit like coming home again to find a beloved wisteria in full bloom and a soft, favorite bathrobe waiting in the closet—this return to Palm Beach after an almost 20-year absence. Best of all, the 16-mile barrier island was pretty much as we remembered it: newly minted, pristine and still boasting its extraordinary beauty and small-town character.
More than 18 miles of coastline frame the amazing dunes of Pismo Beach, the most extensive in the state of California. Countless wildlife, including coyotes, rattlesnakes, egrets and owls, lives happily amongst wild plants.
Clayton has always been a dining destination; and now, even visitors to Shaw Park can have a first-class culinary experience in the heart of the city.
In need of some summertime decorating inspiration? Look no further than your neighborhood Barnes & Noble (or Amazon online), where you’ll fi nd interior designer Barclay Butera’s newest book, Living on the Coast, which illustrates his talent for creating interiors that balance the indoor/outdoor lifestyle and showcases the beauty of coastal living. Having launched his design firm some 15 years ago in Southern California, Butera has a special affinity for homes near the water and a talent for making each one he designs unique. With his signature use of pattern, color and well-chosen accessories, Butera fashions living spaces that never compromise on style or comfort. His new book showcases a diverse collection of inspiring coastal homes, each capturing the essence of waterside living in a special way. Five distinct styles are featured, including Cottage Beach, Classic Beach, Clean Beach, Modern Beach and Elegant Beach. Location aside, the tips and design advice Butera puts forth in his book can be used to give any home a beach-worthy look.
Many St. Louisans are elsewhere this time of year, enjoying the beauty and laid-back style of coastal living. Even if you’re landlocked this summer, you can create the aura of a waterside abode.
Stanley Furniture Coastal Living Resort collection. Available through Shubert Design Furniture.
Whether it was location, price or the story behind the sale, we were thoroughly impressed by these local agents and their most noteworthy deals of the past 12 months.
When you drive up to Ann and Russ Perry’s Colonial Revival home, you pull up to St. Louis history. This 1927 residence was originally built for Robert Brookings Wallace and his wife Kathleen (nee Tirrell). He was the longtime board chairman of Washington University and the founder of Brookings Institution in Washington, D. C. The architect was St. Louis’ very own James P. Jamieson, who often designed homes for the St. Louis carriage trade. The Brookings family had been patrons of Jamieson for many years.
• Ruth’s Chris Steak House is on the verge of a corporate announcement that it will open a second St. Louis restaurant this spring downtown in the new Hyatt, where Faust’s was in the Adam’s Mark. The other big news is the new executive chef at the Clayton location, JAY WITTE. While he learned his way around a kitchen during 15 years at Annie Gunn’s, Witte still was sent to California for Ruth’s Chris ‘steak college.’ He is going to be sharing his grilling expertise on the patio from 5 to 7 p.m. the week before Labor Day. He and GM GEOFF DILL are doing impromptu, free classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting. These guys really just want to ‘talk steak’ and share tips. They even said you can bring your video camera!
nlike many St. Louisans who forsake St. Louis for coastal climes once they graduate college, Josh Goldman decided to make a difference in his hometown community. After receiving his master’s in education from Peabody College in Nashville and working in elementary school classrooms for several years, he created a literacy program here in St. Louis that has become a positive influence in the lives of disadvantaged children.