Author: Pamela Marquis

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Firmly planted

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