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For Bryan Windham, ‘the bromeliad was a totally new experience’

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Bryan Windham, president of the River Ridge Bromeliad Society, holds a neophytum plant at his Kenner home. Some of Windham's collection of 4,000 to 5,000 specimens are behind him.

If you want to understand what Bryan Windham says about his bromeliad collection, it helps to have an ear for Latin. Hechtia, dyckia, neoregelia, tillandsia … the names roll off Windham’s tongue as he introduces the wonderland of exotic tropicals in the rear yard of his home in Kenner’s Chateau Estates Lakefront. Bromeliads are Windham’s… Continue reading →

Bromeliads of every stripe in collector’s garden

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   A cryptanthus plant is shown at the home of Bryan Windham, president of the River Ridge Bromeliad Society in Kenner, Louisiana on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

There are so many bromeliad varieties that it’s hard to make sense of them all until collector Bryan Windham breaks it down into two primary types: Terrestrials that require soil to thrive, and epiphytes, which draw nutrients from the air and do not require soil. Also called “air plants,” epiphytes grow attached to other plants, with roots that… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers, April 27 to April 30, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Jonathan D. Irpino sold this home at 2425-27 Governor Nicholls St. in New Orleans' 2nd District to Gary S. Vitrano and Judy R. Vitrano for $271,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for April 27 to April 30 CLEVELAND AVE. 3727-29: $54,000, Marie Olagues to Cody Diblin. D’HEMECOURT ST. 4016-18: $190,000, Omega Enterprises LLC to Homestead Park LLC. EARHART BLVD. 2220: $20,000, Delores William Shelden and James Eugene Williams to CL Ten LLC. Julia St.… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers, May 1 to May 6, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Norma T. Gregoire sold this home at 413 Lake Ave. in Metairie to Walter L. Pfaff for $164,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for May 1 to May 6 COMMERCE POINT 405, 409: $785,000, Parson Family Properties LLC to Cad Investments II LLC. GORDON AVE. 501: $178,365, Wells Fargo Bank NA to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. HICKORY AVE. 1204: $134,900, Marrone Investments LLC to… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers, May 1 to May 6, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- William E. Naquin sold this home at 636 Dolhonde St.in Gretna to Cynthia A. Williams for $226,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for May 1 to May 6 DIALITA DRIVE 109: $39,299, Decision One Non Litigation to Alexander Morales and Julia C. Morales. PHYLLIS DRIVE 653: $10 and other good and valuable considerations, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Richard Preston and Monique Preston.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish transfers, April 27-April 30, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Guastella Properties Inc. sold this home at 817 S. Corniche Du Lac in Covington to Scott E. Delacroix and Erin B. Delacroix for $442,000.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for April 27 to April 30 BELETO SUBDIVISION, LOT 3, SQUARE A: $1,000, Patricia T. Legros to Richard Gould III and Jacqueline A. Gould. CHOCTAW DRIVE 425: $239,000, John C. Bordes Jr. and Shannon W. Bordes to David S. Ernest. Crestwood Estates, phase 2-C, lot… Continue reading →

Tour spotlights early-1800s home with room to work, garden and make costumes

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Inside the home's costume shed, exotic fabrics surround a fanciful lighting fixture.

When Bryan Block and his partner, Jeff Keller, were ready to leave the bed-and-breakfast business after 11 years, they wanted to downsize but still live in style. “We had restored a house designed by Thomas Sully on Carrollton Avenue, then sold it and bought the house that would become our B&B on Canal Street,” said Block, an… Continue reading →

Gardenia varieties fill the air with spring perfume

Photo provided by LSU AgCenter -- The LSU AgCenter's SuperPlant, Frostproof gardenia, produces fragrant flowers in May and then sporadically through the summer.

If onions, bell pepper and celery are the “holy trinity” of New Orleans cuisine, then jasmine, magnolias and gardenias are their rivals when it comes to spring gardens in the Crescent City. The air in April and May is filled with their fragrance. Gardenias (Gardenia jasminoides) are scenting our city gardens and neighborhoods right now, at a… Continue reading →

New Orleans area home and garden calendar, May 16-June 27, 2015

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Bryan Block's Marigny home, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Kitchen view.

BOTANICAL GARDEN REFLECTIONS: 9:30 a.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Susan Capley, education director of the New Orleans Botanical Garden, presents a talk on the past and future of the garden, hosted by the Southeastern Louisiana Daylily Society. Free. (504) 889-8143, wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.… Continue reading →

Peek behind Vieux Carre gates on Sunday’s tour

Photo provided by Friends of the Cabildo -- Courtyards and balconies are part of the neighborhood charm of the Vieux Carre.

Few visitors to New Orleans ever get to peer behind her mask, especially in the French Quarter. But Sunday’s self-guided tour of Vieux Carre homes and courtyards offers precisely the sort of insights that reveal the city’s oldest neighborhood to be just that — a community of residents who cherish their homes, each other and their way of… Continue reading →

St. Charles property transfers, April 20-24, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Tommy R. DeMoss sold this home at 20 Ashland Drive in Destrehan to Jarad J. Charpentier and Brad Danos for $205,000.

St. Charles Transfers for April 20 to April 24 BERNARD AVENUE 219: Donation, Eric Petit to Theresa Gros Petit. MAGNOLIA MEADOWS SUBDIVISION PHASE II LOT 12-B: $88,000, Ron M. Touchard and Karina Schmid Touchard to Richard Michael Matherne Jr. and Melinda Morales Matherne.… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers, April 20-24, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Manuel Montoya sold this home at 416 S. Murat St. in New Orleans' 1st District to Peter Brabeck for $167,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for April 20 TO April 24 BANKS ST. 2926: $105,000, Kwan C. Ping, Carolyn J. Chin, Margaret J. Chin, Richard J. Chin and Andrew J. Chin to Pasadena Development Co. Inc. D’HEMECOURT ST. 4133-35: $100,000, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority to Wuilmur Manzanares. John Churchill… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers, April 23-30, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Glen A. Jordan, Ralph C. Jordan and Lynn M. J. Campos sold this home at 137 Jules Ave. in Jefferson to Megan E. Massett and William S. Rohn for $165,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for April 23 to April 30 BAROCCO DRIVE 8000: $350,000, Trina S. Stoskopf to Samir Ali and Fatmeh A. Ali. COLONIAL ESTATES, LOT 103-A: $175,000, Brian P. Guilbeau to Dustin Dantlin and Gina DeMarco. ELMWOOD BUSINESS PARK SUBDIVISION, LOT 6, SQUARE 9: $602,700, Threesome Investments… Continue reading →

ST. Tammany Parish property transfers, April 20-24, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Kenneth N. Kittel Jr. sold this home at 208 Tiara Drive in Slidell to Luke M. Calamari and Candice T. Calamari for $233,000.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for April 20 TO April 24 CROWN COUNTRY ESTATES, LOT 40: Donald J. Green to Michael F. Cardella and Peggy O. Cardella, $28,000. DUNDEE LOOP NORTH 2052: Blaine A. Anderson to Beverly H. Shea, $108,000. LOUISIANA HIGHWAY 59 70325: Perry Guy and Susan H. Guy… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers, April 23-30, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Timothy R. Hageney sold this home at 1908 Farmington Place in Terrytown to Kidane Ogbamicael for $111,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for April 23 to April 30 FELICIA DRIVE 133: donation, no value stated, Bradley Tassin to Kady E. Tassin. MILLIE DRIVE 121: $70,000, Paul C. Leleaux and Margaret H. Leleaux to Joseph L. Leleaux and Matilde G. Leleaux. MODERN FARMS SUBDIVISION, LOT 20-A2, UNIT 1: $108,000,… Continue reading →

St. Charles property transfers, April 13-17, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Elden D. Irving and Bonnie Dinvaut Irving sold this home at 216 E. Pin Oak Drive in St. Rose to Angus Ambrose Elliott Jr. and Dorinda Schnell Elliott for 260,000.

St. Charles Transfers for April 13 to April 17 CHENIERE BOIS CHACTAS LOT 100: $7,000, Leonard J. Dufrene and Charlotte Curtis to Elvin J. Dufrene Jr. and Richard P. Oubre. BRANDON HALL DRIVE 43B: $143,298, John A. Mancina and Vickie Bryant Mancina… Continue reading →

Music, diversity to liven up Treme home tour

Photo by Meg Lousteau -- This cottage on Barracks Street is one of six homes on the Faubourg Treme tour this weekend.

When Jessica Knox and her new husband, Alonzo, were planning a move to New Orleans from Washington, D.C., in 2003, Knox started researching the city to decide exactly where she and her spouse wanted to live. “The more I looked into the Mardi Gras Indian culture and the more I learned about the historic architecture of the… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers, April 17 to April 22, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Brittany N. Bourg sold this home at 448 Bellanger St. in Harvey to James A. Haley Jr. and Ashlie H. Haley for $70,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for April 17 to April 22 BECKY DRIVE 112: $10 and other good and valuable considerations, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Ngoc Dinh. GLEN DELLA SUBDIVISION, LOT 63, SQUARE M: no value stated, Bank of America NA to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers, April 15 to April 17, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Frederick Buttell sold this home at 3018 Maurepas St. in New Orleans' 3rd District to Paul S. McDonald for $262,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers April 15 to April 17 GIROD ST. 722-24: $395,000, Lorraine M. Lecler, Shirley Lecler Randon, Odette B. Lecler, Julio C. Arana, Marie O. Arguello Gibbs, Marie O. Arguello Gibbs, Monique Emily Lecler Mendes, Cynthia Haven L. H. Llgenfritz, Julio C. Arana, Marie O.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany property transfers, April 13 to April 17, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Donna Laborde Bulgrin sold this home at 140 Richland Drive South in Mandeville to Ashton M. Guillory and Toby M. Guilloy Jr. for $218,000.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for April 13 to April 17 BOSSIER CITY SUBDIVISION, PORTION OF GROUND: donation, no value stated, Rhonda P. Scorsone to Caitlin Scorsone and Abigail Scorsone. CAMPHILL DRIVE 948: $95,000, Money Hill Plantation LLC to Camp Hill LLC. CROWN COUNTRY ESTATES, LOT 28: $28,000, William F.… Continue reading →

Among craft booths, lasting memories of fest

No one needs to leave a weekend at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell with just a sunburn and memories. There are thousands of alluring items to take away, especially from a visit to the Contemporary Crafts Village. Jewelry, photographs and clothes are all available, but so are one-of-a-kind home furnishings. Today, we… Continue reading →

R. Stephanie Bruno’s StreetSeen: Within earshot of the Fair Grounds, a colorful block in Faubourg St. John

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno --

Where I’m walking: The 2900 block of Lepage Street in the Faubourg St. John neighborhood, on the north or odd-numbered side of the block. On the east is North Dupre Street; on the west, Esplanade Avenue. I’m near Fortier Park and Terranova’s Market on Esplanade and within a few blocks of Bayou St. John and City… Continue reading →

New Orleans home and garden calendar, May 2 to 30, 2015

JUNIOR LEAGUE KITCHEN TOUR & HOUSE BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN OF THE YEAR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Junior League tour headquarters, 4319 Carondelet St. Take a self-guided tour of 11 stylish kitchens including the House Beautiful Magazine’s “Kitchen of the Year,” designed by Ken Fulk of San Francisco. $40 advance, $45 day of the… Continue reading →

St. John property transfers, April 13 -17, 2015

St. John Transfers for April 13 TO April 17 CONCORDIA DRIVE 2712: $70,000.00 sale, by Margie Chissell Johnson and Succession of John Johnson, Jr. ,to Kelly A. Gray. YORKTOWN DRIVE 1709: Donation by Aurabelle M. Barrios to Michael J. Tramonte.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany property transfers, April 6-10, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Philip T. Miller and Sophia Monique Perry Miller sold this home at 106 Cedarwood Drive in Slidell to Joshua P. Lynch and Jessic C. Lynch for $177,000.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for AprIL 6 to 10 CHOCTAW DRIVE 547: $176,000, Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Co. to EMR Enterprises LLC. COMANCHE DRIVE 839: $255,000, David A. Crowninshield and Sandra G. Crowninshield to Brent S. Dorsey and Kolbie M. Dorsey. COMANCHE DRIVE 883: $270,000, Lena Myrtle Locantro… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers, April 10-16, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Christine L. Ford sold this home at 1620 David Drive in Metairie to Plennie E. Fain, Jr., for $130,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for April 10 to April 16 COLONIAL CLUB DRIVE 336: $184,500, 336 Colonial Club Drive LLC to Doucet Investment Properties LLC. JEFFERSON HIGHWAY 8027: $160,000, Stephanie M. Guhman to James E. Nolan and Erika M. Lobenstein. JEFFERSON HIGHWAY 6430: $135,000, Stephen Dupree and Lori W.… Continue reading →