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.
We all like to imagine that we have 'good' taste. For many people, it's a true statement; and for some, not so much. There are people who have passed through this world and really are the definition of arbiter of good taste: Rachel Lambert Mellon, known as 'Bunny,' was one of those people.
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.
The St. Louis area is packed with historic dwellings and buildings. We recently spoke with Landmarks Association of St. Louis executive director Andrew Weil to find out more about some of the properties the organization protects.
Pull into the circle drive of 28 Twin Springs Lane and step into a two-story traditional-style mansion with soaring ceilings, an expansive terrace and a sparkling pool, all situated on 3 private acres in a coveted Ladue neighborhood. If this is your idea of a place to call home, it could be yours.
24 Oakleigh Lane
Bishop's Post heavily promotes itself as a purveyor of comfort fare, albeit elevated. Thankfully, while the marketing verbiage may be tired, the food at Bishop's Post most certainly isn't.
Over the summer, your yard served you well. With cold weather on the horizon, area experts have tips for preparing your yard for fall. After all, you’ll want it to look nice again next year.
Life-size sculptures. Historic paintings. Artwork in bloom. Get a taste of the eclectic array of exhibits hitting St. Louis’ art scene this fall.
A St. Louis first will be unveiled next month in the Grand Center Arts District: The Public Media Commons is being described as a 'playground for the mind and the senses.'
School is back in session, August is almost over and your neighbor swears she saw a brown leaf fall from the tree in her yard. But it’s not too late for one last shindig to commemorate the summer that was. Local party, catering and landscape experts spoke to LN about the best ways to throw an end-of-summer pool party, making memories that will last long after Labor Day.
Water Features in the Home Garden (Part 1 of 2)