We’re celebrating all things spring in this issue. For starters, that means getting outside before the temps go Texas-style high.
Barbara Canetti presents “Open Days” to visit four beautiful private gardens in this program established by The Garden Conservancy. Check out a multi-family landscape in Independence Heights, a three-acre habitat in Spring Branch, a pollinating and shade garden in the Heights and a naturalized cottage garden in West University. All are gorgeous!
“Gardening” from horticulturist Linda B. Gay at The Arbor Gate reminds us to allow crape myrtles to grow as Mother Nature would have it, and that’s without pruning these naturally sculptured plants. Gay provides tips on how to treat crape myrtles with proper care…and asks that you spread the word.
Go alfresco with your next dining experience. Robin Barr Sussman in “Recipe” offers great patio options, as well as the secret ingredients from La Table Houston for its refreshing “La Provence” cocktail.
Take in spring home tours presented by the Houston Heights Association and the Garden Oaks Civic Club. Canetti maps out the locations, as well as walks you through “A Smart Redo” by Morning Star Builders. The results of the 10-month renovation are exactly what the owners wanted.
Spring brings buzzing bees in the air. Mary Chavoustie talks to the proprietors of both Rohan Meadery, Texas’ oldest meadery; and Lazy Bee Honey Co., where “each bee is born, raised and works in Texas,” just like the owners.
“The Art of an Estate Sale” by Marsha Canright guides you through the tsunami of spring-cleaning. She offers DIY tips, suggestions from professional agents and even auction advice. Bonus: Lindsay Canright points out shopping do’s and don’ts for estate sale-goers.
And get ready: Summer is upon us. Paris Permenter and John Bigley take everyone on a whirlwind trip of fun Memorial Day getaway ideas for May, from beachcombing to tubing to exploring historic destinations. Take a break of another kind during the long weekend to pay your respects to our fallen heroes, as outlined by Shirley Barr in “Patriotic Tributes.” After all, that’s what this holiday is truly about.
Also during May, don’t forget about Mom. Indulge her with some of our ideas in “Editor’s Picks” to make her day extra-special.
As with the change in seasons, so are changes in our lives — including mine. I write this last “Editor’s Note” to go forth with moving to another city, taking care of an elderly parent and spending LOTS of time with my darling grandson. It’s been my pleasure working with the family/staff at HH&H, as well as the gifted and talented writers and photographers. I extend my sincere thanks and wish everyone the very best.