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Metairie garden thrives in hottest part of year

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Gregg Porter's garden in Old Metairie Friday, July 17, 2015. ORG XMIT: BAT1507171224109870

Ever since Jeannie McKeogh bought her house on Vincent Avenue in Old Metairie in 1981, she struggled to bring her vision for its garden to fruition. But no matter which landscape designer she worked with and no matter how lovely the result, it never seemed to represent exactly what she could see in her mind’s… Continue reading →

Architects look at post-Katrina changes in city’s built environment

Photo courtesy of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple -- The BioInnovation Center on Canal Street, one of the buildings included in the AIA exhibit,  won an "AIA COTE Award - Committee On The Environment"  honor, given to top examples of sustainable and ecological design.'

What will New Orleans look like 10 years from now? The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects is posing the question even as it is rolls out a new exhibit that addresses how the city’s built environment has changed in the decade post Hurricane Katrina. Called “10 Years/10 Stories,” the exhibit opens Saturday, Aug.… Continue reading →

New Orleans home and garden calendar, July 25, 2015

ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne). The market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids tent. Free. (504) 523-1465, www.artsneworleans.org. NEW ORLEANS ANTIQUES FORUM: 8:30 a.m.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany property transfers, June 26 to July 1, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Keith J. Alphonso and Lisa L. Alphonso sold this home at 248 Rue Jonathan in Slidell to Shane L. Penton and Lisa Relan Penton for $359,000.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for June 26 to July 1 ABITA SPRINGS DUNDEE LOOP NORTH 2060: $135,000, Flora Morgan Stutzman to Kristin Marie Tortorich. FAIRWAY DRIVE 73504: $413,645, Rinaldi Builders LLC to Van Richard Hornsby and Jessica B. Hornsby. GULCH ST. 70278: $393,000, Adrian B. Hancock Sr. to Ryne Paul Sepcich and… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers, July 2 to July 9, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Patricia J. Cazaux sold this home at 705 Pecan Grove Lane in Jefferson to Stacey Cotton for $194,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for July 2 to July 9 ANN COURT 8209: donation, no value stated, Justin L. Berry to Sarah H. Berry. BAILEY ST. 412: $112,900, LSF9 Master Participating Trust to Kenneth Deutschmann and Alicia Deutschmann. DEALERS AVE. 1104: $437,000, Branton Enterprises LLC to NOSOC Inc. Gordon… Continue reading →

In Make it Right neighborhood, recovery is still a work in progress

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Contemporary construction on Tennessee Street in the Lower Ninth Ward.

Where I’m walking: On Tennessee Street in the Lower 9th Ward, in the area targeted by Make It Right. I am on a long, continuous block with house numbers in the 1900s and 2000s. On the north is North Galvez Street; on the south, North Prieur Street. I walk the even numbered (west) side of the street, where… Continue reading →

At orchid workshop, get expert advice in speed-dating style

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- One of the dozens of varieties of orchid on display during the Acadian Orchid Society's annual flower show at the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center on Sunday.

Carol Stauder knows orchids. So when a fabulous Phalaenopsis I received as a special gift went ailing, she was the first person I called. “Can you save it?” I pleaded. “I’ll give it a try,” she said. Then she added, “Why not bring it to our ‘Summer Workshop’ on Tuesday night? There’ll be plenty of… Continue reading →

New Orleans home and garden events, July 18-Aug. 8, 2015

LONGUE VUE ICE CREAM SOCIAL: 10 a.m. to noon, Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Bring a blanket the Longue Vue lawn and sample ice cream, play games, bounce in a bounce house, and meet adoptable furry friends from Animal Rescue New Orleans. $8. (504) 293-4726. www.longuevue.com… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers, June 25 to June 29, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- David M. Madero and Emily M. Madero sold this home at 808-10 Eighth St. in New Orleans' 4th District to Bruce E. Blanton, Natalie W. Blanton and Janet S. Blanton for $468,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for June 25 to June 29 BARONNE ST. 601, UNIT 3-A: $700,000, Robert W. Flannery and Melody P. Flannery to Stephen D. Bash and Ivy S. Bash. CLEVELAND AVE. 2621-23: $500,000, John Ray Bailey and Mattie Lee Crockett Bailey to Austin Venture Properties LLC. Felicity… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish property transfers, June 22-25, 2015

NO.TammTransfers.071815 Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Emmett A. Smith III and Natalie S. Smith sold this home at 356 Pencarrow Circle in Madisonville to Kirk J. Melerine Jr and Anna P. Melerine for $519,100.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for June 22 to June 25 ABITA OAKS LOOP 110: $270,000, Christopher K. Whipple and Perrine C. Whipple to Matthew T. Bourgeois and Kristen R. Krzemieniecki. GULCH ST. 70278: $393,000, Adrian B. Hancock Sr. to Rhyne P. Sepcich and Janalyn J. Chiasson Sepcich. Oak Knoll… Continue reading →

St. Charles parish property transfers, June 22-26, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- George Banks, Jr., sold this home at 114 Janet Drive in St. Rose to Kyle Amber Tabb and Debra B. Tabb for $155,000.

St. Charles Transfers for June 22-26 PRIMROSE DRIVE 1108: $230,000, Timothy Kirk Nelson to Jeremy Lee Jallans and Kristy Hackney Jallans. DESTREHAN HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION SQUARE 1 LOT 30: Donation, Clarence A. Landeche and Fay Schillaci Landeche to David J. Landeche and Anne H. Landeche.… Continue reading →

Crape myrtles burst into midsummer bloom

Wondering why your crape myrtles aren't producing beautiful blooms like this? Bob Souvestre may have your answer in this week's question-and-answer column. (Advocate file photo)-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Cm1  Beautiful lavender crape myrtles grace the entrance to Pennington Biomedical Research Center creating a useful screen and backdrop for the landscape.

How dull our summer streetscapes would be without the luscious blossoms of crape myrtles. Be they white, purple, pink or almost red, the plump clusters of blooms set off visual fireworks from April into October. After the flowers have faded, interest continues, as many members of the Lagerstroemia genus have leaves that turn brilliant… Continue reading →

New Orleans area home and garden calendar, July 11-Aug. 8, 2015

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Some of the ground cover in Lois Henry's yard in a mutual garden she shares with Rachael DePauw in New Orleans, La., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. After bad street flooding due to too much cement, these neighbors have replaced their concrete yards with plantings.

AQUATIC AND BOG PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune, Mississippi. Learn about prairie landscapes from Marc Pastorek and about Louisiana irises from Eileen Hollander while shopping for aquatic plants. Free. (601) 799-2311, www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu. SOIL RENEWAL TALK & PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to noon, plant sale, 10… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers, June 12-24, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Raymel O. Poche Sr. and Teresa T. Poche sold this home at 1432 Cabrini Court in New Orleans' 3rd District to Erik Kelt and Devin F. Kelt for $264,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for JunE 12 to JunE 24 BAUDIN ST. 4321-23: donation, no value stated, NMX Ventures LLC 1 Trust to NMX Ventures LLC. CARONDELET ST. 334, UNIT 308: $287,000, Western Union Building LLC to Sam Gabriel Maranto and Christie Ann Deaton Maranto. Carondelet St.… Continue reading →

West Jefferson Parish property transfers, June 17-25, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Brian D. Freeman sold this home at 615 Perry St. in Gretna to Lasie L. Badeaux for $139,900.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for June 17 to June 25 GERRIE COURT 312: $85,000, Anna M. T. Gerhold, Stefanie R. Bonvillain, Terry L. T. Hirsche, Lisa J. T. Nemrow and Cindy J. T. Firmin to Christopher J. Frederick. JULIA DRIVE 149: $53,000, Federal National Mortgage Association to Yvette M. Lopez.… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers, June 17-25, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Jonte C. Warren and West W. Warren Sr. sold this home at 323 E. William David Parkway in Metairie to Sanjay K. Biswas and Connie Biswas for $355,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for June 17 to June 25 CAROLYN DRIVE 210: $127,840, Timothy Walters, Jamie Walters, Steven Walters, Daniel Walters and Shirley R. Walters to Norman F. Wilt Jr.. ELMWOOD INDUSTRIAL PARK SUBDIVISION, PHASE H, J, K, LOT 53: $1,185,000, Timothy D. Irons, Bonnie M. Adams Irons… Continue reading →

St. John the Baptist Parish property transfers, June 15-19, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Donna Baye Hurstell sold this home at 8 Summerlin Drive in LaPlace to Ariel Arika Hampton for $182,000.

St. John Parish Transfers for June 15 TO June 19 LEXINGTON DRIVE 2536: $120,000, Harvey’s E.A.R.K.J., Inc. to Derek J. Williams. GOLFVIEW DRIVE 2087: $138,000, Marcel Raymond McComack to Florencio Carcamo, Jr. SHADOW LANE 384: $120,000, Henry Joseph Vicknair and Elizabeth Marie Vicknair to Michele L. Adams. Summerlin Drive… Continue reading →

New Orleans home and garden calendar, July 4-Aug. 8, 2015

MASTER GARDENER APPLICATIONS: Through July 31. The LSU AgCenter of St. Tammany is accepting applications for its Master Gardener training program, which consists of 50 hours of instruction on plant diseases, insects, trees, vegetable gardening, lawn care and more. In return for their extensive training, Louisiana Master Gardeners provide 40 volunteer… Continue reading →

Plantation parlor moved lock, stock and rosewood sofa into NOMA

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Visitors look at some of the features of the Butler-Greenwood Plantation Home parlor at the New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, June 30, 2015. NOMA has acquired the furnished parlor of the Butler-Greenwood Plantation of St. Francisville, La., unchanged since the 1860s, and installed it in its entirety in the museum.

It takes a while to pull a room together until it’s right. Harriet Flower Mathews took nine years to complete her parlor at Butler Greenwood plantation in St. Francisville. She bought the 537⁄8 yards of carpet with its eternal bunches of red roses in 1852, the $200 golden drapery in 1859. Finally, on Jan. 25,… Continue reading →