Garden

Shaping Up

Add interest, whimsy and elegance to the garden with topiary

5 Styles to Consider for the Garden

Beyond the sliding glass doors of a rear bedroom, my backyard offers a quiet, unused space. A corner palm offers shade, and vines meander along the surface of the fence. Other than that, it’s a blank slate. There is little…

Placecard and Favor Ideas for Your Next Dinner Party

Summer is over and the children are in school, so it’s time to plan dinner parties with a few friends. Here are a few favor and placecard ideas to make each soirée fun and different! We chose inexpensive items…

The Benefits of Being Outside

Gardeners have known it for the longest time: Communing with nature is a beneficial and healthy endeavor. Now there’s research to back it up. According to a recent study at Virginia Tech University, “A view of trees may reduce the…

Garden Decor

Peek into any beautiful garden, and you will find lush greenery, colorful flowers or a pattern of hedges that delights the eye. You might find towering trees, thick vines that seem to dance across an arbor or a fountain that…

Growing Jobs in Their Backyards

Small vegetable patches have long flourished in the backyards of Village de l’Est, a predominantly Vietnamese neighborhood in far eastern New Orleans, where many residents grow greens and herbs for their traditional home cooking. More recently, however, these gardens and…

A Second Look

“The Greater Gatsby Affair” for the New Orleans Town Gardeners, Inc.

Making a Scented Garden in New Orleans

I was 30 years old before I truly experienced the enthralling scent of a rose. Now I’d experienced hundreds of roses before that time, but it was early one morning, standing in Ruby Browning’s rose garden, that I experienced the…

Look Stylish in the Garden

Go beyond boring terra cotta pots and ugly garden shoes to embrace a nice, clean look while getting your hands dirty.