On March 9, 1960, Mari de Villa welcomed its first guest. But the night before the grand opening, a snowstorm blanketed the drive leading to the senior living community’s front door. In what has become a Mari de Villa tradition—putting guests first—founder Joe Linneman walked out to Clayton Road, and carried the inaugural guest through the snow and into his new home.
The quiet winter garden offers little in the way of floral color until the bashful wee hellebores sneak out their silken buds. With little fanfare, the leaves emerge in autumn as everything else fades away.
‘Sunshine Selections’ hellebores
The Contemporary Art Museum will look a lot greener this summer, thanks to a 'living' installation that will transform the courtyard into an immersive green space. New York-based landscape architecture firm Nomad Studio is helming the project.
This 6-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2.395 million.
The Veiled Prophet Organization’s philanthropic arm, the Veiled Prophet Foundation, helps 11 area nonprofits: American Red Cross, Beyond Housing, Brightside St. Louis, Food Outreach, Girls, Inc., Marian Middle School, North Side Community School, Rainbow Village, St. Patrick Center, U.S. Vets and the YWCA.
From preparing meals to planting flowers and painting houses, the Veiled Prophet Organization’s (VP) Maids of Honor Project is making a positive impact on the community. Funded by the VP Foundation, the program annually has averaged almost 400 volunteer dads and daughters, and about 2,500 hours of community service in recent years. LN spoke with five of these outstanding young women, who debuted in this year’s ball, about their volunteer work.
If you've ever stood on the steps under the Arch, admired the flowers at City Hall, or driven by the remodeled homes in North County neighborhoods, you have witnessed the work of the Veiled Prophet Foundation.
The subject of destination weddings sometimes brings a mixed response: Some love the opportunity for breathtaking photos and a memorable week or weekend away, while others think it might impose on guests. What if that destination feel was available right outside the city?
We all like to imagine that we have 'good' taste. For many, it's a true statement; and for some, not so much. There are, however, people who have passed through this world and are the definition of arbiter of good taste: Rachel Lambert Mellon, known as 'Bunny,' was one of those people.
When December becomes icy and dark, the garden may go to sleep for the winter, but my kitchen window showcases the flurry of activity around our row of bird feeders.
Remarkably, if you were to come across a wish list from 2013, many of the items would not be found on this year’s list. In one year, the technology/gadget landscape changed.
Sometimes, dreams do come true. And sometimes, it's not wildly difficult to make that happen. Gardeners, once they learn of it, dream about the Chelsea Flower Show. So do some of us who just love the beauty of botany. This year, I was able to go.
One of the easiest ways for me to figure out what to give to another gardener during the holiday season is to know what I would like myself. Some of my favorite tools and gadgets, plus projects from my own wish list, are combined with Julie’s professional additions. Whether you are looking for a small gift for a neighbor or a major wow item for your sweetie, Julie and I would like to offer some ideas.
This 4-bedroom, 5 full- and 1 half-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2 million.
The 2014 Ladue News Show House sits on a sweeping 1-acre lot that was sorely in need of landscape design. Beyond routine maintenance, precious little had been done to the grounds by way of gardening or landscaping for some time.
I awaken from an unexpected nap on the Sun Deck of the S.S. Catherine cruise ship. We are docked in southern France, on the Rhône River, just outside the Medieval walls of Avignon. A tarp over my lounge chair shades the sun and a gentle breeze from the dormant mistral, the famous wind of Provence, whisks away the heat. I had been replaying the morning sightseeing through groves of sunflowers and perfect picturesque villages graced with startlingly blue sky and lavender-scented air. Perhaps the dreamy glory of the moment and memory lulled me to sleep—-or maybe it was the rosé served at lunch.
Thanks to busy plant breeders, black has arrived as the new 'in' color for landscape design. The range of horticultural offerings has grown so significantly in recent years that it now needs to be added to our garden wish lists.
Now in its ninth year, the St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award honors local women who not only embody a healthy lifestyle, but also inspire others in the community to follow their lead. This year’s four honorees, who were feted at the recent St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit Girls’ Night Out, include: Mary Pat Henehan of Olivette, Jan Paul of Webster Groves, Susan Richmond of Eureka, and Jennifer Riegel of O’Fallon, Missouri.
This 5-bedroom, 5 full- and 1 half-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $1.435 million.
A couple months ago, my editor approached me about one of those new painting-while-drinking-wine classes that have recently dominated everyone’s social media newsfeeds. My mission was to visit the new Pinot’s Palette in Webster Groves. The thought of doing something artistic while drinking wine, and then writing about it sounded like something just this side of nirvana, so, of course, I signed on.
If you think you’ve been noticing more new-home construction in the St. Louis area lately, you are right. Home builder Payne Family Homes alone is opening four new communities in the next 60 days. “St. Louis County is lot-scarce right now,” says Ken Kruse, Payne Family Homes president. “We’re very excited to bring more new homes onto the St. Louis County market.”
The simplest fountains include only a waterproof container and pump. Add water and power for instant effect. Go one step farther by adding a float valve, a device that tops up the water automatically by operating a valve on a garden hose. Last month’s column provided simple instructions for a small self-contained water feature.
Story: An article buried in the back pages of the New York Times on July 3, 1981 tells about an unknown disease that has taken the lives of several men in the New York City area who share the common trait of homosexuality. A physician named Dr. Emma Brookner has treated a number of them and believes that they may represent the tip of the iceberg of a horrible epidemic.