Potted plants soften the edges of hardscape, mute street noise, and create a lush, colorful backdrop. One of the beauties of container gardening is that plants may be moved around to find the ‘best’ spot for their culture.
We live in a time when a sweet sentiment easily can be shared through an email, text or even as a post or a tweet—without a pen, without a stamp, and without, you know, one of those things that folds in half: a greeting card.
St. Louis Cardinals Jon Jay and Allen Craig, along with their wives, recently laced up their bowling shoes for the first Jay-Craig Celebrity Bowl at Flamingo Bowl. The event featured bowling with the players and many of their teammates, as well as a silent auction, music, hors d’oeurves and drinks. The party raised more than $20,000 for Great Circle, which provides behavior health services to children and families. Pictured: Jon and Nikki Jay, and Marie and Allen Craig
Strolling through the Missouri Botanical Garden, the question is bound to come up eventually: What does the Garden president’s own backyard escape look like? LN got an exclusive tour of Peter Wyse Jackson’s personal garden.
The wedding ceremony and celebration of Anne Sandweg and Philippe Royall were fit for a king and queen.
Part of the joy of gardening is the daily surprise. Sometimes, conditions conspire to make a garden look tired and worn, such as extreme summer heat compounded by drought. Those days, while disappointing, must be endured. However, on other occasions, gardeners may draw a lucky had when strange combinations of conditions bring about splendid moments. This year, for example, the long, cold soil temperatures slowed down the early varieties of spring bulbs; then good moisture and warm sun brought out the late-season kinds right on schedule. After the winter of death, we needed a break.
When working with brides- and grooms-to-be, Kate Turner, founder of Kate & Company, says her first priority is to give each couple a wedding that reflects their taste and personality. “The places that we work out of are often quintessential hotels, but we don’t want the guests to walk in and say, This is really pretty…but it’s just like the last time I was here,” she says. “We want it to be reflective of who they are.”
The DeMun neighborhood in Clayton is one of our favorite areas to meander around on a gorgeous spring evening. Plenty of trees and flowers in bloom and a plethora of places to drop in for a drink and a bite. The newest spot to open up in the area is Seedz Café, a quality vegetarian/vegan eatery for those who want something light and delicious and plant-based.
On a recent sunny spring afternoon at Parc Provence, a resident was helping arrange flowers from the greenhouse when she had an idea: She would make a beautiful bouquet for her daughter’s visit. This is the type of special experience Parc Provence aims to enjoy with residents every day. “We try to create moments of happiness,” says administrator Tracy Cecil. “We celebrate the residents; we celebrate their life successes; and we celebrate who they are.”
Spring is in the air. While for most of us, that means worrying about covering your bulbs at night or purging a closet, the past few weeks of my life have been consumed by—well, consumed is a strong word—preoccupied by one thing: prom.
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.
St. Louis interior designer Jay Eiler’s sleek navy study makes us want to clean up our act. All of this perfection begs the question: Does good design really encourage us to live and work more beautifully? We went to Eiler for answers.
Everyone loves a spring party! And what better theme to plan around in early May than the Kentucky Derby? You don’t have to be in Louisville to get into the Derby spirit.
Spring has sprung, bringing with it a lovely array of dazzling hues! Whether you’re in the mood for romance, whimsy or a hint of playfulness, these colors will have you covered!
Armed with a degree in horticulture from Southeast Missouri State University, Jim Graeler started out as “a guy with a pickup truck and a shovel,” taking lawn-care odd jobs throughout the city. Today, he and his family are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their thriving full-service landscaping company: Chesterfield Valley Nursery.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
The spring thaw seems to be working its way to St. Louis, and this is the perfect time to start thinking about your new outdoor projects. In case you have something more elaborate than a few new flowers in mind for your backyard, we found two fantastic projects to get your creative juices flowing.
For many, it’s just not spring without a fresh bouquet of fragrant bulbs or a vivid arrangement of bright flora. To celebrate the season, local florists show us their take on spring floral designs.
Just like blooms peeking through the soil and baby bunnies taking their first hops, parties and gatherings are a sure sign of spring. From simple baby and bridal showers to large weddings and bar mitzvahs, these tips and ideas from local party planners will make your spring soiree breezy and refreshing.
Caroline Kelsey Designs