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Elegant outdoor spaces featured on Secret Garden tour

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Marlene and Dr. Bernard Jaffe found the urban lifestyle they were looking for in the Vieux Carre.

When surgeon Bernard Jaffe accepted a job at Tulane University 23 years ago, Marlene Jaffe sprang into action house hunting. But nothing she found had the urban feel she was looking for. “I went to see Bernie at work and told him we would have to pitch a tent on Canal Street if we didn’t… Continue reading →

Stock up on butterfly attractors at plant sale

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Bat face cuphea

If you want to attract butterflies to your garden, it can be as sim- ple as installing some of the flowering plants shown above. Why? Known as “nectar plants,” they serve as food sources for mature butterflies. All of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Party paths

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Kenner Wine and Food event. Michelle and Mike Yenni.

Three recent rounds found hundreds of people flocking to the Kenner Wine & Food Event at the Chateau Golf and Country Club with offerings from generous purveyors to raise money for the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation; to Faulkner’s Birthday Party, a fundraiser salute to the famous writer by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and held at the… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers,Sept. 24-30, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Hewitt L. and Alana L. Weaver sold this home at 825 Wagner St. in New Orleans to Jamar D. and Erica H. Riley for $139,900.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Sept. 24 TO Sept. 30 CONSTANCE ST. 1235: $72,500, Roger Harper and Doris W. Harper to Full Sail Investments LLC. JULIA ST. 333, UNIT 506: $212,000, Robert C. Mendoza to Stacy A. Cazeault Gilmore. O’KEEFE ST. 740: $10 and other valuable consideration, South Market… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- James W. Hoppe sold this home at 407 Fifth Ave. in Harvey to Ashley L. Knopp for $128,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 AVONDALE SUBDIVISION, LOT 42, SQUARE 30: $43,159, HSI Asset Securitization Corp. Trust 2007-HE2 to James N. Nguyen and Lisa O. Nguyen. DOROTHY DRIVE 100: $71,000, Charles L. Wyatt Jr. and Deborah A. Wyatt to Marlin D. May. South Avondale… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish property transfers, Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Barney J. Ross and Jessica Irick Ross sold this home at 541 Good Hope Street in Norco to Richard Lawrence Ball II and April Hawkins Ball for $158,000.

ST. CHARLES Transfers for Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 BADEAUX LANE 230: $172,000, Willie Joseph Badeaux, Adam Badeaux Jr., Lester Charles Badeaux, Wayne Paul Badeaux, Rickey John Badeaux, Larry Lee Landry Jr., Robert Louis Landry, Rose Landry Orgeron, Timmy Paul Badeaux Jr., Lana Landry Shields, Chanda Badeaux… Continue reading →

Jeff garden luncheon is Oct. 16

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Roses brighten a landscape.

Jeff garden luncheon planned Oct. 16 Advocate news services Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful will hold its Planters Luncheon at noon on Oct. 16 in the Foundation Center at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. Guest speakers are Kenny Rabalais from The Plant Gallery, whose topic is “Creating Living… Continue reading →

Art made to complement the gardenscape

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Jane Brewster with one of her pieces at the City Park Botanical Garden. The City Park Fall Garden show will feature the art of Brewster, Hernan Caro, and Peggy Bishop.

When the New Orleans Botanical Garden hosts its Fall Garden Festival today and tomorrow, the program will feature a wide array of intriguing attractions. Displays by vendors, educational sessions and the botanical garden itself will provide ample interest for both beginner and experienced gardeners. But the Southern Shade Garden will feature something brand new to… Continue reading →

Tour shows how death, burial and mourning were handled in N.O.

Photo by Kerri McCaffety -- Hermann-Grima House marks the season with mourning decor.

When early Creole families entered mourning after the death of a loved one, they changed their behavior, their dress and even their homes. Whereas before, mirrors may have glittered over mantels, for example, they became shrouded in black fabric and a black wreath was hung on the front door. The idea was… Continue reading →

Home and garden events in New Orleans, Oct. 11, 2014 and onward

CEMETERY & HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM TOUR: 12:30 p.m., departs from Basin Street Station, 501 Basin St. The Hermann-Grima House and Save Our Cemeteries team up to present a tour of St. Louis No. 1 cemetery plus the Hermann-Grima House, which features it annual 19th century funerary… Continue reading →

Jeff garden luncheon is Oct. 16

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Roses brighten a landscape.

Jeff garden luncheon planned Oct. 16 Advocate news services Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful will hold its Planters Luncheon at noon on Oct. 16 in the Foundation Center at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. Guest speakers are Kenny Rabalais from The Plant Gallery, whose topic is “Creating Living… Continue reading →

New Orleans designer ready to launch his own line

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Designer Chet Pourciau's home in Uptown/Carrollton, New Orleans on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Living room.

When Chet Pourciau was growing up in New Iberia in the 1970s, he had little inkling what the future might hold for him professionally. He did not realize that he was destined to move to New Orleans and parlay his passion for fashion into a career in interior design. Nor did he guess… Continue reading →

New Orleans Home & Garden events through Oct. 26

REFRESH COMMUNITY FARM BUILD: 10 a.m., 300 N. Broad St. at Conti. Pitch in and help build the new farm for neighbors to grow their own vegetables and produce. (740) 504.1181, sproutnolafarm@gmail.com. CEMETERY & HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM TOUR: 12:30 p.m.,… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers for Sept. 10 to Sept. 17, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Harry P. May, IV, sold this home at 5301 Perlita St. in New Orleans to Karen G'Sell Mahaffey for $250,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Sept. 10 to Sept. 17 2014 1st DISTRICT BANKS ST. 4612-14: $40,000, Succession of Lee Ora D. Fleckinger to Gadois International LLC. BARONNE ST. 628-30: $500,000, Landcraft Development LLC to 628 Baronne LLC. CAMP ST. 1240: $1,500,000, Historic Acquisitions and Holdings LLC to Nola Ventures LLC. Clio St.… Continue reading →

Along levee in old Gretna, a neighborhood with room to breathe

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Craftsman-style bungalows line the 100 block of Ocean Avenue.

WHERE I’M WALKING: The 100 and 200 blocks of Ocean Avenue in Gretna, on the east or odd-numbered side of the street, between the Mississippi River levee and First Street. The block (they run together without a street separating them) is just on the edge of McDonoghville, one of two Gretna neighborhoods that fall under the… Continue reading →

Volunteers offering miniature vegetable gardens

Photo provided by Green Light New Orleans -- Ella Monroe with her vegetable patch, where she grew cucumbers and summer squash.

Green Light New Orleans has made a name for itself with its aggressive campaign to provide free energy-efficient lightbulbs to New Orleanians. But now, with more than 23,000 households served and more coming, it is focusing resources on a new frontier: Backyard vegetable gardens. Would-be gardeners can learn about planting fall crops at… Continue reading →

New Orleans area home and garden calendar, Sept. 27-Oct. 25, 2014

DAYLILY SOCIETY TALK: 9:30 a.m. to noon, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sarah Bertrand, of the LSU AgCenter, discusses “New Daylily Species,” sponsored by the South East Louisiana Daylily Society. Free. eehollan@bellsouth.net. YARD TO TABLE WORKSHOP: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ReFresh Community Room, 300 N. Broad St. Learn… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers for Sept. 4 to Sept. 9, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Charles F. Donatto sold this home at 1236 Fairway Drive in Kenner to Clarence Johnson, Janny M. Klum and Doris W. J. Lundy for $148,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Sept. 4 to Sept. 9 HARAHAN EAST AVE. 349: $188,000, Kyle R. Rednour and Lisa M. Rednour to Jeremy B. Patterson and Amy B. Patterson. ELMWOOD BUSINESS PARK SUBDIVISION, PHASE F, LOT 1A9-B3: $225,000, G&S Humphreys LLC to Equipment Leasing LLC. HICKORY AVE. 1324: $244,000, Raymond P.… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers for Sept. 4 to Sept. 9, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Jason G. Brugeyroux sold this home at 323 Amapola Circle in Terrytown to Monica Calvin for $122,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Sept. 4 to Sept. 9 AVONDALE DEVEREAUX COURT 3716: $92,667, Wells Fargo Bank NA to Federal National Mortgage Association. W. LOUISIANA HIGHWAY 90 2932: $1,689,445, Family Dollar Stores of Louisiana Inc. to ARCP FD 2014 SLB Portfolio III LLC. GRAND ISLE BIRCH LANE 229: $180,000,… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers for Sept. 3 to Sept. 9, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Paul Charlo and Susan E. Ryan sold this home at 419 Atlantic Ave. in New Orleans to Christopher Steinhilber for $195,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Sept. 3 TO Sept. 9 1st DISTRICT BAHAR TOWERS CONDOMINIUM, UNIT 1: $10 and other good and valuable considerations, JSW Plaza Tower LLC to Alexandra Land & Development LLC. BANKS ST. 4400-02: $475,000, New Orleans Land Holdings LLC to GRO BIZ LLC. BAUDIN ST. 3324-26: $193,000, Edward… Continue reading →