Author: Pamela Marquis

Join the Club

You might think garden clubs consist only of genteel ladies sipping mint tea while discussing wisteria and roses. But throughout their history, garden clubs have made a major impact on the environment. They’ve addressed such issues as groundwater runoff, billboard…

Illuminating Tradition

For decades, the enchanting flicker of French Quarter lanterns has illuminated our courtyards, homes and boulevards. With equal parts romance, history and utility these iconic fixtures provide a timeless elegance to our lives. Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights is a…

Home Grown: The Real Dill

1. Through the ages Ancient Romans considered dill weed a good luck symbol and ancient Egyptians used it to ward off witches. Many cultures cultivated it for its medicinal qualities, particularly its ability to calm a queasy stomach.   2.…

For the Garden: Serenity Now

After more than 1,300 years, Japanese gardens continue to provide peace and tranquility. They are studies in balance and harmony, gracefully combining natural beauty with serenity. They can be spacious with large waterfalls, huge boulders, elegant red bridges and stone…

Masters of Their Craft: Joyful Light

“I was always fascinated by the beauty of stained glass,” says Cynthia Courage, owner of Attenhofer’s Stained Glass, a full-service art glass studio. Years ago, she needed stained glass for her home. Ken Attenhofer, the studio owner, suggested that she…

Masters of Their Craft: Miles of Tiles

Years ago, a young couple of urban potters began quietly building a joyous life and a thriving business on Magazine Street. This year, Mark and Ann-Marie Derby will be celebrating 20 years of business as the owners of Derby Pottery…

Home Grown: Ultra Violets

1 Window dressing Travers C. Koerner, Priest Associate with Christ Church Cathedral and violet enthusiast, says, “I’ve been very successful with them in a windowsill where they get a couple of hours of full early morning sun.”  2 Humidity rules…

For the Garden: Cooking Out

“Everyone’s life is so hectic, and there are so few places you can relax,” says Paul Soniat, Director of the New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens. “Our new Kitchen the Garden is a great place to come and just chill…

Masters of the Craft: City Restored

Since 1968 Darryl Reeves, owner of Andrew’s Welding and Blacksmith, has lovingly spent his days heating wrought iron or steel and shaping the metals into incredible works of art. He’s a founding member of the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild…

For the Garden: Louisiana Natives

A hungry toad eats a plump slug, a sparrow devours a wiggly worm and ladybugs munch on aphids as a black snake slithers through an Uptown garden. From her porch, Ann Barnes watches all of the action with sheer delight.…

For the Garden | Sprouted

The seeds of the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ program were planted after Hurricane Katrina when renowned…

Masters of Their Craft | Handy Work

Bernadette Korver’s life is full of grommets, buttons, buckles and luxurious fabrics. She has four sewing machines: two industrial machines — one dated 1947 that she completely rebuilt — and two domestic ones. She’s a seasoned seamstress and expert upholsterer…

Home Grown | Vigorous Vine

1. Details, Details Mirlitons have graced backyard chain-link fences all around South Louisiana for generations. However, after way too many hurricanes from 2005 to 2009, this cherished vegetable almost disappeared from our culinary repertoire. The good news is that these…

For the Garden | City Greens

  Much like an empty canvas, a vacant lot is full of wondrous possibilities. Almost fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ninth Ward is still woefully full of vacant lots. However, some enterprising urban farmers continue to create environments full…

Masters of Their Craft | Plaster Master

  With the aid of a cane, Jeff Poree walks spritely to the entrance of his Mid-City workshop. He ruefully admits his 69-year old body is full of aches and pains and that his work as master plasterer has certainly…

Home Grown | Midnight Rapture

  1. Details The Night-blooming Cereus’ bloom is breathtaking. It’s almost 7 inches across and produces a rapturous scent. Look for blooms around 9 p.m. It will be fully open by midnight. The first rays of sun will see the…

For the Garden: Get Your Hands Dirty

Some girls yearn for emeralds and pearls, and some desire Jimmy Choo shoes. For me, my heart soars when the mail carrier delivers pretty little envelopes of seeds, glorious seeds. Avid gardeners know they get more variety options, healthier crops…

Get Organized: Fa la la voilà

For many, the day after Christmas is the time to take advantage of all the deals on festive decorations, holiday décor and all things that make this season so special. However, as your collection grows you’ll need some Christmas storage solutions…

For the Garden: Urban Oasis

Amidst the whoop of sirens, the growl of motorcycles and the constant throb of traffic on the Pontchartrain Expressway, one finds peace and calm in a verdant oasis on South Rampart Street. In the heart of Central City, Paradigm Gardens…

Home Grown: Orchids

1 DIVA DEBUNK Orchids are not the primadonna of plants. With the proper information anyone can successfully grow beautiful orchids. 2 BREATHING ROOM Never pot an orchid in potting soil; the roots will suffocate in the dense soil. Use a growing medium such…

Masters of Their Craft: Ice, Ice Baby

Exquisite glassware and house-made bitters are just some of the things that make up the perfect craft cocktail. These trendy concoctions focus on high quality ingredients and ask only that as you imbibe you take your time to savor the…

Sweet Life

  As you approach a small building between Pine and broadway, there’s an intoxicating smell of butter, cinnamon and vanilla. It’s Gracious To Go, which is attached to Gracious Bakery’s 5,000 square-foot commissary kitchen. This local bread and pastry shop…

Making It

  What do you get when you combine a love of horticulture, innovative engineering, warm sunlight and feminine creativity? The answer is Axil Rose, NOLA’s first mobile solarium and design studio. This 23-foot van, made in part with reclaimed cypress,…

Clean Sweep

  Do you keep your car in your garage? Organizing professionals estimate that only 30 percent of us do. Why? The answer is simple — it’s because there is just way too much clutter and chaos. Here are a few…

Perennial Sunflowers

  1 Reigning Queen Perennial sunflowers such as the Lemon Queen impart gardens with their gentle splendor. Where other sunflowers shout their beauty, this gem purrs. 2 What to Expect They bloom in late summer and autumn, and their beauty…

Child’s Play

Corralling the kid’s stuff with creative solutions, style and whimsy

Firmly planted

Horticulturist Margie Yates Jenkins named to Louisiana Department of Agricluture’s 2018 Hall of Distinction

Life Goes On

Woodworker Paul Troyano gives felled and old trees and wood a second act

Get Organized: Kitchen Ninja

From a Michelin-starred meal to campfire grub one thing is constant: an organized kitchen is an efficient kitchen. Today’s home cook — who juggles work, kids and housekeeping — wants to get delicious and nutritious food on the table fast,…

Gold Diggers

The only time I every got in trouble at school was in the 1st grade, when I chased a horrified James Musso around the playground with a handful of wiggly worms. I loved worms then and I still love them…