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arner inspiration   and   discover   tricks   of   the   trade   to   motivate   you  for  a  successful  gardening   season   at   the   Spring   Time   at   the   Garden   Festival   at   Riverbanks   Botanical   Garden,   held   on  Saturday,  March  27. Opportunities   abound   for   both   the   novice   gardener   and   veteran   green   thumbs.   How-to   sessions   and   interactive   demonstrations   provide   insight  on  all  things  botanical.  From  the  tools  to  get   you  started  to  container  gardening  to  growing  and   cooking  with  herbs,  Spring  Time  at  the  Garden  has   something  for  everyone.   With   more   than   30   vendors   on   site,   you   can   take   home   everything   you   need   to   make   your   yard   the   envy   of   the   neighborhood.   Retailers   will  offer  plants,  tools,  garden  art  and  even  some   culinary  delights.   “The   Botanical   Garden   is   not   only   a   magnificent   attraction,   but   also   a   resource   for   those   interested   in   gardening   in   the   Southeast,”   said   Melodie   Scott-Leach,   director   of   habitat   horti-

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Springtime in Columbia’s Historic District

Photos provided  by   Historic  Columbia  Foundation.


njoying springtime  in  Columbia’s   downtown   historic   district  can  provide  the  perfect   daytime   or   evening   get-away   for  families,  couples,  tourists,   or  anyone  looking  forward  to   getting   out   to   shake   off   the  

winter blues. Whether   you   are   looking   for   something   for  children  to  do  on  spring  break,  seeking   information   on   southern   gardens,   looking   for  interesting  tours  of  the  city,  or  wanting   to   simply   spend   more   time   with   friends,   Historic   Columbia   Foundation   offers   a   variety  of  spring  activities. A  Natural  Pastime,  Gardening  in  South   Carolina,   held   March   5-6   at   Historic   Columbia   Foundation   features   a   gardening   symposium   that   provides   participants   with   insight   on   southern   gardening   in   an   historic   setting.   Featured   special   guests   include   naturalist   Dr.   Rudy   Mancke   and   keynote   speaker   Amanda   McNulty   of   SCETV’s   Making  it  Grow. A  lecture  series,  Home  to  Many  People:   Discovering   the   People,   Places,   and   Progress  of  the  Hampton-Preston  Mansion   on   one   of   the   capital   city’s   most   important   landscapes   and   held   on   Tuesdays,   March   23-April  13,  gives  guests  an  opportunity  to   go  behind  the  scenes  for  in-depth  accounts   on  the  lives,  work  and  culture  of  those  who   lived  at  the  Hampton-Preston  Mansion. Historic   Columbia   Foundation   hosts   the   Spring   Break   Camp   for   children   ages   8-12   from   April   7-9.   Camp   goers   learn   what   19th-century   children   did   for   entertainment  at  their  homes:  activities  from  the   past   including   Hoop   &   Stick,   chamber   pot   relays,   and   butter   churning.   Games,   tours,   and  crafts  are  provided  in  an  historic  setting.   For   those   interested   in   socializing   with   friends  while  learning  about  the  history  and   architecture   of   the   downtown   Vista   district,  

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Happy Hour   History   Tours   is   held   each   Friday   from   April   9-May   21,   5:30   p.m.   –   7:00  p.m.  Participants  enjoy  guided  tours  of   the   historic   Vista   and   stop   for   happy   hour   specials  along  the  way.   Evening   Adventures   caters   to   those   who   want   a   bit   of   a   “spooky”   experience   while   OHDUQLQJ DERXW KLVWRULFDO VLWHV DQG ßJXUHV These   adventures   include   cemetery   tours   and   lantern   tours,   and   are   held   from   April   to   September.   Visitors   can   take   guided   moonlight  tours  through  one  of  Columbia’s   oldest   cemeteries   or   lantern   tours   in   the   historic   Seibels   House   and   Robert   Mills   House.   Cemetery   Tours   are   the   second   Tuesday  of  each  month  and  Lantern  Tours   are  the  fourth  Tuesday  of  each  month. Historic   Columbia   Foundation   also   offers  monthly  programs  for  toddlers,  daily   house   tours,   specialty   tours,   and   historic   gardens   available   for   picnics.   For   more   information  on  these  programs  and  others,   visit   or   call   H&G             803.252.1770.    


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Central Carolina Food and Wine Festival


he  Community   Foundation’s   16th   Annual   Central   Carolina   Food   and   Wine   Festival   runs   from   March   1  through  April  30,  2010.    Attendees  have  the  opportunity   to   attend   intimate   wine   dinners,   private   wine   tastings,   and   a   gala   event   with   over   300   wines   from   around  the  world,  delicious  treats  from  the  Midlands   top  chefs,  and  live  music.    Known  as  the  premier  wine   festival  in  the  Midlands,  these  events  are  sure  to  have  something  to  please   every  taste  and  budget.     At   each   Private   Food   &   Wine   Dinner,   guests   will   enjoy   a   delicious   dinner  prepared  by  the  restaurant’s  chef  paired  with  a  complimentary  wine   with  each  course.    A  guest  speaker  will  educate  guests  about  the  wines.     Each   dinner   is   $100   per   person   and   begins   at   6:30   p.m.     Participating   restaurants  are  Mo  Mo’s  Bistro,  Rosso  Trattoria  Italia,  Solstice  Kitchen  &   Wine  Bar,  and  Four  Moons. At   the   Private   Wine   Reception,   Hannah   and   Ron   Rogers   open   their   KRPHDQGJDUGHQIRUDVSHFWDFXODUHYHQLQJRIGHOLFLRXVIRRGDQGĂ&#x;QHZLQHV Tickets  are  $50  per  person  and  the  event  begins  at  6:30  p.m. At  the  VIP  Wine  Tasting,  attendees  will  enjoy  a  high-end  formal  tasting   while  taking  in  the  Columbia  skyline  at  the  top  of  the  Meridian  on  Main   Street,  courtesy  of  Nelson  Mullins  Riley  &  Scarborough.    Tickets  are  $150   per  person  and  the  event  begins  at  6:30  p.m.    Or  you  can  select  the  VIP   Package  for  $175  which  includes  one  ticket  to  the  VIP  Tasting  and  one   ticket  to  the  gala  event. The  gala  event  is  held  at  The  Medallion  Center  and  offers  something   for  everyone.    Attendees  can  select  from  over  300  wines  from  around  the   world  and  indulge  their  taste  buds  by  sampling  the  local  cuisine  from  more   than  20  Midlands  restaurants  and  caterers  while  enjoying  live  music  from   local  musicians.    Tickets  are  $75  if  purchased  by  April  9,  2010,  and  $100   after  that  date. Since   its   inception,   the   Central   Carolina   Food   and   Wine   Festival   has   raised   almost   $650,000   for   the   Community   Foundation.     The   Foundation’s   mission   is   to   promote,   facilitate,   and   increase   philanthropy   to   create   a   sustainable   impact   on   our   community   through   responsible   giving.    Central  Carolina  Community  Foundation  serves  11  counties  in   the   Midlands   by   distributing   grants   and   scholarships   and   linking   the   UHVRXUFHVRIGRQRUVQRQSURĂ&#x;WVDQGFRPPXQLW\OHDGHUVWRDUHDVRIQHHG For   information   about   the   schedule   or   to   purchase   tickets   for   any   of   the   events,  visit   Photos  provided  by  the  Central  Carolina  Community  Foundation.  H&G

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Earlewood’s Centennial Celebration


istoric  Earlewood,   one   of   Columbia’s   largest   and   oldest   neighborhoods,   celebrates   its   centennial   on   May   8   with   the   “Earlewood   Reunionâ€?   11   a.m.   to   6   p.m.   in   Earlewood   Park.   The   event   includes   “Dancing  through  the  Decadesâ€?  in  the  amphitheater,   traditional   relay   games,   an   historical   Scavanger   Hunt,  a  Maypole  Dance,  and  lots  of  family  fun.  “This  event  will  include  the  openings  of  two  new  features  at  Earlewood   Park,â€?  said  Fred  Monk,  president  of  the  Earlewood  Community  Citizens   Organization,   “the   mile-long   walking   path   and   the   NOMA   Dog   Park.â€?     The  path,  constructed  with  environmentally  friendly  slag  to  allow  for  water   absorption,  is  designed  for  walkers  and  runners.    “We’ll  also  be  collecting   history,  so  we  urge  those  who  have  lived  in  Earlewood  to  share  their  stories   via  our  website  or  in  person  at  the  Reunion.    We  invite  the  general  public  to   come  and  experience  Earlewood,  just  minutes  from  downtown  Columbia.â€?  Earlewood   Park,   between   River   Drive   and   North   Main   Street,   is   an   urban  forest  that  covers  66  acres  and  is  one  of  the  largest  and  most  natural   SDUNV LQ &ROXPELD 7KH SDUN LQFOXGHV DQ DPSKLWKHDWUH EDVHEDOO Ă&#x;HOGV tennis  courts,  and  one  of  the  Southeast’s  best  disc  golf  courses.  The  Earlewood  neighborhood,  established  in  1910,  includes  more  than   KRPHVWKDWUHĂ HFWWKHDUFKLWHFWXUDOVW\OHVRIWKHSDVW\HDUVĂ“IDUP houses,  two-story  Victorians,  craftsman  bungalows,  brick  Shandon-style   DQGQHZKRPHV7KHĂ&#x;UVWORJFDELQLQFHQWUDO6RXWK&DUROLQDZDVEXLOWLQ Earlewood  and  now  is  at  SesquiCentennial  Park.  For   more   information   on   Earlewood   Centennial   Events,   visit   www.              H&G                                

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hen  the  sun  starts  setting   on   May   6,   Main   Street   will   start   setting   up.     City   Center   Partnership   is  once  again  sponsoring   an   evening   of   entertainment,   food,   and   drink   for   the   whole   family.     Anyone   who   works  downtown  can  walk  right  out  of  the   RIĂ&#x;FHDQGLQWRWKHIHVWLYLWLHVZKLFKVWDUWDW DQGRIĂ&#x;FLDOO\HQGDW The  Urban  Tour  is  a  chance  for  visitors   to   explore   and   enjoy   a   self-guided   tour   of   Columbia’s   Main   Street   and   hear   the   stories   and   background   of   some   of   the   historic   buildings.     The   tour   offers   specials   and   giveaways   from   retailers   and   restaurants,   live   street   entertainment,   a   glimpse   into   downtown   living,   free   carriage   rides,   as  well  as  food  and  drinks.  The  tour  runs   between   Gervais   and   Laurel   Streets   and   can  be  started  anywhere  on  Main  Street. Last   year’s   Urban   Tour   featured   great   musical   acts,   an   alternative   circus,   great   food,  and  lots  of  fun.    The  event  drew  nearly   3,000  visitors  to  the  downtown  area  and  was   honored  with  the  Award  of  Distinction  from   the  International  Downtown  Association. The   event   takes   place   rain   or   shine   with   the   entertainment   adaptable   to   street   performances   or   inside   designated   buildings   throughout   the   tour.     For   more   information,   please   visit  or  call  803.779.4005.          H&G A  CROWD  GATHERS  ON  MAIN   STREET  TO  ENJOY  A  BAND   PERFORMING.

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very  Friday   in   May   and   June,   something   really   special   happens   to   downtown   Columbia.     The   Columbia   Museum  of  Art’s  Boyd  Plaza,   located   at   the   corner   of   Main    +DPSWRQ 6WUHHWV Ă&#x;OOV ZLWK artisans  and  craftsmen  from  around  the  state.   The   smell   of   freshly   baked   cakes   and   local   SURGXFH Ă&#x;OOV WKH DLU DQG HYHU\RQH VHHPV WR be   leisurely   enjoying   their   day.     This   is   City   Center   Partnership’s   Main   Street   Marketplace. &LW\ &HQWHU 3DUWQHUVKLS WKH QRQSURĂ&#x;W organization   that   manages   South   Carolina’s   only  managed  Business  Improvement  District   (BID)   bounded   by   Gervais,   Elmwood,   Assembly,   and   Marion   Streets,   produces   the   Main  Street  Marketplace  in  an  effort  to  bring   more  people  to  the  downtown  area  for  them  to   experience   the   shopping,   dining,   and   culture   that  downtown  has  to  offer.     The   marketplace   is   open   to   people   of   all   ages  and  is  a  free  event.    It  occurs  every  Friday   in  May  and  June,  in  the  fall  during  September   DQG2FWREHUDQGDKROLGD\PDUNHWRQWKHĂ&#x;UVW Friday  in  December.    Hours  are  from  10  a.m.   until  2  p.m.                       H&G

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oyal Renaissance   tapestries   from   one   of   the   SUHPLHUPXVHXPVRIßQH and   decorative   arts   in   the  world,  the  Kunsthistorisches   Museum   of   Vienna,  will  be  on  view   at  the  Columbia  Museum  of  Art.  Imperial   Splendor:   Renaissance   Tapestries   from   Vienna  opens  on  May  21  and  runs  through   September   19,   2010.   The   exhibition   marks   WKHßUVWWLPHWKHVHFHQWXULHVROGWDSHVWULHV have  travelled  to  the  United  States.  Each  of   these   eight   exquisite   tapestries,   intricately   crafted,  measures  from  11-  to  12-feet  high   and   from   12-   to   18-feet   long.   The   tapestries  came  to  the  Kunshistorisches  Museum   from  the  collections  of  King  Matthias  (Holy   18 | Columbia  Home  &  Garden

Roman Emperor   1612-1619)   and   King   Francis  I  (1708-1765). The   16th-century   Flemish   tapestry   collection   of   the   Kunsthistorisches   Museum   is   widely   known   as   one   of   the   greatest   in   existence.   Richly   woven   with   silk,   wool,   and   gold   and   silver   thread,   these   eight   newly   restored   wall   hangings   were   made   for   the   Hapsburg   emperors   at   the   famous   Brussels   atelier,   of   Frans   Geubels.   They   depict   one   of   the   most   beloved  secular  themes  in  the  16th-century   repertoire  of  Flemish  tapestry  making:  the   legendary   founding   of   ancient   Rome   by   Romulus   and   Remus.   The   series   begins   with   the   birth   of   the   two   brothers,   when   WKH\ZHUHSODFHGLQDEDVNHWDQGVHWDàRDW on   the   Tiber   River,   and   ends   with   the  

legendary rape  of  the  Sabine  women.   In   the   late   Middle   Ages,   Renaissance   and   Baroque,   tapestry   was   the   art   form   –  far  more  costly  and  elite  than  art  in  any   other   medium   (sculpture   and   painting   included).  Renaissance  tapestries  served  a   number  of  different  purposes.  They  were   symbols   of   rank,   wealth,   and   power   and   effective   sources   of   propaganda,   made   to   order   for   the   religious   and   political   elite.   They  could  cost  as  much  as  a  warship  and   be  more  expensive  than  great  paintings  by   acknowledged  masters.  Michelangelo  was   paid   less   money   for   painting   the   ceiling   of   the  Sistine  Chapel  than  the  designers  of  a   series   of   tapestries   commissioned   by   Pope   Leo  X  (Acts  of  the  Apostles)  were.  Tapestries  were  taken  along  on  campaigns  and   hung   outdoors   during   festivals   as   a   way   of  uniting  townspeople  around  their  lord.   Tapestries   were   not   only   beautiful   works   of   art,   and   sometimes   objects   of   propaganda  (The  Holy  Roman  Emperor  Charles   V  was  even  accompanied  into  battle  by  his   court   painter   who   made   sketches   at   the   site   for   later   weaving),   but   they   served   a   useful   purpose   as   well,   being   transported   from  castle  to  castle,  palace  to  palace,  and   placed   on   cold   masonry   walls   for   warmth   as   a   form   of   insulation.   They   were   colorful   and   lively   backdrops   in   dark,   dank,   cold   and  windowless  interiors.  The  most  famous   weavers   were   in   France   and   Brussels   –   where  these  tapestries  were  woven. Imperial   Splendor   shows   the   role   tapestries   played   as   a   valuable   and   important   tool   of   artistic   production  

Tapestries during the   Renaissance.   This   international   touring   exhibition   is   organized   by   the   Kunsthistorisches   Museum,   which   opened  in  1891  and  was  built  at  the  behest   of  Emperor  Franz  Joseph  I  as  part  of  his   expansion   of   Vienna.   The   Museum   was   established   to   unite   and   appropriately   represent   the   artistic   treasures   collected   by  the  Habsburgs  over  the  centuries.  The   Kunsthistorisches   ranks   as   one   of   the   great  Museums  of  Europe  and  among  the   SUHPLHU ßQH DUWV 0XVHXPV LQ WKH ZRUOG It   is   a   rare   and   special   opportunity   that   the   Kunsthistorisches   Museum   in   Vienna   LV OHQGLQJ WKHVH PDJQLßFHQW ZRUNV IRU D U.S.   tour.   This   exhibition   travels   to   only   three   cities,   including   Columbia,   South   Carolina. This   exhibition   was   developed   by   the   Kunsthistorisches  Museum,  Vienna,  and  the   tour  was  organized  by  International  Arts  &   Artists,  Washington,  D.C.  Photos  provided   by  Columbia  Museum  of  Art.       H&G


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French nuns,  Central  American  hand-made   clothing,  and  modern  interior  designers   have  in  common?    

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Juliana King   has   had   a   long-standing  appreciation  for  quality  wrought  by   painstaking   attention   to   detail.   While   attending   high   school   in   Columbia   at   Hammond,  she  had  the  opportunity  to   travel   to   Central   America   where   she   ßUVW HQFRXQWHUHG DUWLVDQV RI WKH FRORUful,   labor-intensive   handmade   clothing   prevalent   there.   She   developed   an   enthusiasm  for  the  culture  that  produced   such  work,  and  it  ultimately  led  her  to   major   in   Spanish   at   Washington   and   Lee   University.   While   at   W&L,   she  

spent a  term  at  the  University  of  Salamanca   in   Spain;   and   the   opportunity   for   her   to   immerse   herself   in   yet   another   culture   blossomed   into   a   love   of   historical  European  arts.   Fast-forward   a   few   years   to   last   January.   Juliana’s   love   of   European   art   and   lifestyle   had   been   fueled   by   a   few   more   years   of   extensive   travel,   especially  in  Europe.  She  had  also  developed   a   passion   for   interior   design   along   the   way,   fueled   by   a   constant   consumption   of   books   and   magazines   in   search   of   striking   new   ideas.   One   of   the   things   she   noticed   was   that   items   such   as   pillows   and   lamps   tend   to   lend   ornamentation   and   decoration   to  a  room,  as  opposed  to  simple  utility.   Thus   was   born   Juliana’s   new   venture,   a   convergence   of   European   history   and   interior   design   that   she   dubbed   Antique  Textile  Pillows. The   French   Connection.   During   one   of   her   trips   to   France,   Juliana | 21

made  contacts   with   a   few   women   who   UHJXODUO\VFRXU3DULVLDQEURFDQWHV Ă HD markets)   and   other   outlets   in   search   of   antique  textiles.  Most  of  these  artifacts,   some  dating  to  Medieval  times,  are  from   European  churches,  which  occasionally   liquidate   old   garments   and   other   fabric   items   from   storage   to   raise   money.   Generations   of   artisans,   mostly   nuns,   worked   diligently   and   by   hand,   producing   tapestries   for   church   dĂŠcor,   as   well   as  for  robes  and  other  garments  for  the   clergy.   Given   their   divine   purpose,   the   needlework  on  these  pieces  is  top  quality,  the  designs  exquisite,  and  the  materials  of  the  highest  caliber.  Genuine  gold   and  silver  threads  abound,  as  well  as  appliquĂŠs  using  cloth  of  gold  (fabric  woven   with   gold-wrapped   or   spun   weft),   and   galloons   (decorative   strips   of   shimmering   trim).   The   designs   include   some   of   the   most   popular   religious   iconography   of  the  time:  crosses,  sacred  hearts,  lambs,   and   the   pelican   feeding   her   young   (a   symbol  of  the  Eucharist).   Juliana   has   also   acquired   pieces   IURPDFHQWXULHVROG6SDQLVKEXOOĂ&#x;JKWer’s  traje  de  luces        (suit  of  lights)  and   antique   Turkish   remnants   with   arabesque  designs.   These  varied  pieces  have  found  their   way   across   time   and   space   to   Juliana’s   design   studio   where   she   painstakingly   harvests   the   decorative   pieces   by   trimming   cloth   around   stump   work,   or   undoing  the  stitching  to  detach  an  embroidered  appliquĂŠ.  She  then  determines  the   appropriate  size  and  shape  of  each  down   pillow  for  the  particular  “pillow  jewelry,â€?   as   she   calls   the   pieces   that   have   been   separated   from   the   original   aging   cloth.   Most   intriguing   to   her   is   the   process   22 | Columbia  Home  &  Garden

of  matching   the   patina   of   the   oxidized   metallic   threads   in   the   “jewelryâ€?   with   a   galloon   or   other   trim   of   complimentary   color  and  sheen  to  create  a  framework  on   the  pillow.  She  then  selects  an  Italian  velYHWFRYHULQJDQGĂ&#x;QLVKHVHDFKSLHFHZLWK hand-applied  vintage  French  cording.   Each   pillow   is   unique   and   given   a   name   based   upon   the   origin   of   the   components   --   French   for   the   ones   with   French  materials,  Spanish  for  the  Spanish  ones,  and  so  forth  --  and  Juliana  prepares  a  card  telling  the  buyer  about  the   piece.  Retailers  and  designers  across  the   FRXQWU\ KDYH KHOSHG KHU Ă&#x;QG D PDUNHW for   her   one-of-a-kind   creations,   which   normally  sell  for  $300  to  $500  each  depending   upon   the   rarity   and   quality   of   the   materials.   Some   of   her   pieces,   because   of   the   intricacy   and   density   of   the   embroideries,   feature   museum-quality   textile   artifacts.   McHugh   Antiques   in   $VSHQ &RORUDGR KDV KHU Ă&#x;QHVW SLOORZ for  sale.  Some  of  her  pieces  are  featured   locally   at   Verve   Interiors.   She   has   also   collaborated   with   clients   and   designers   WR FUHDWH SLHFHV VSHFLĂ&#x;F WR FHUWDLQ KXHV and   motifs.   A   complete   gallery   of   her   work   (as   well   as   purchasing   options)   can  be  found  on  her  website,   Antique  textile  artisans  have  not  enjoyed  as  wide  a  popularity  in  the  U.S.  as   they  have  in  Europe,  but  Juliana  hopes   that  her  creations  will  help  change  that.   Her  knowledge  and  passion  are  evident   as   she   speaks   about   the   history   of   the   pieces   she   has   acquired.   Imagine   the   matador,   moving   like   a   blur,   with   these   pompons   shimmering   in   the   path   of   el   toro   peligroso,   or   the   pomp   of   a   priest’s   procession   in   a   gothic   cathedral,   his  


Planting Points

Springtime By  William  Thrift


Some cool plants that can spend Spring 2010 in containers, baskets, or landscapes:

Keep Your Eyes on the Ground

For  $6.00,   Clemson   University’s   Cooperative   Extension   will   perform   a   standard  soil  test  on  samples  from  your   yard.    The  test  will  evaluate  pH  value,   levels  of  certain  minerals,  and  make  fertilizer   and   lime   recommendations   for   Seedums   remain   popular   because   of   plants   you   are   growing.     Visit   www. their   ability   to   survive   Columbia’s  for  more  details. quent  water  restrictions.

Early  Spring  is  the  time  to  amend  your   soil   with   elements   that   will   help   your   plants  thrive.    Clay-based  soil  holds  water,  so  Wingard’s  Nursery  recommends   adding  their  Lake  Murray  Soil  Conditioner   to   absorb   some   of   the   moisture.     For   sandy   soil,   which   needs   help   retaining  water,  they  recommend  adding   Lake   Murray   Premium   Potting   Mix,   Dragon   Wing   Begonias   sizzle   in   pink   In   addition   to   sounding   exotic,   Cocoa   which  is  peat  moss-based. and   red,   and   take   sun   or   shade,   heat   Peat  maintains  the  soil’s  moisture  level   and  can  be  added  when  turning  the  soil   and  drought. just  prior  to  planting. Traditional  plants  like  Canna  Lilies  and   Crinum  Lilies  are  gaining  popularity  in   landscapes.    They  tend  to  spread  after  a   few  years,  so  be  prepared  to  dig  some  of   them  up  and  transplant  or  discard  them   to  pare  down  the  planting  area. Snow   Princess   Lobularia   from   the   alyssum   family.     In   addition   to   giving   a   JRRG DURPD IURP LWV àRZHULQJ OLWWOH EDOOVRIZKLWHFOXVWHUàRZHUVLWÖVKHDUW\ and  can  take  Columbia’s  sun  and  heat.

Tropicals  look  good,  especially  in  con- Just   about   any   plant   will   do   well   in   the   right-sized   container.     In   tainers,  but  be  prepared  to  move  them   style  this  Spring:  cluster  your  containers  to  bring  aromas  and   inside  or  say  goodbye  to  them  when  the   color  to  sitting  areas  on  patios  and  porches. cold  weather  comes. Start  a  garden  and  grow  your  favorite  vegetables.    It’s  economical,   and   a   great   way   to   spend   time   with   your   family.     Make  it  fun!    Kids  will  love  creating  a  scarecrow.     Always  consider  the  amount  of  sun  and   shade  an  area  will  receive  throughout   If  you  don’t  have  room  for  a  garden  in  the  yard,  try  growthe  growing  season  and  use  the  types   ing   vegetables   and   herbs   in   containers.     Cucumbers   do   of  plants  that  are  appropriate  for  those   well   in   containers   and   are   a   refreshing   snack   on   a   hot   summer  afternoon. conditions.


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A Glimpse of

GARDENS By  William  Thrift Photography  by  Lisa  Willson

Special  Thanks  to  Henry  Fulmer   and  Beth  Bilderback  of   USC’s  South  Caroliniana   Library

Most city dwellers today think of a garden as a little plot of land in their yard, maybe a few planters or rows of veggies where they can dig around and nurture something to grow. Years  ago,  gardens  of  our  city  were  a  much  more   grand  undertaking,  spanning  acres  or  city  blocks   and  requiring  a  lifetime  of  dedication  by  the  landowner   or   proprietor.     These   people   contributed   QRWRQO\WRWKHEHDXWLĂ&#x;FDWLRQRIWKHFLW\EXWDOVR to  its  economy  and  social  life.    They  introduced   new   plants   to   Columbia   and   helped   cultivate   hearty  strains  of  many  of  the  plants  that  we  take   for   granted.     Here   are   descriptions   of   how   just   three   people,   through   the   development   of   their   gardens,  helped  Columbia  thrive. 26 | Columbia  Home  &  Garden



Sarah Boylston Garden (research  provided  by  Jennie  Dreher  Evins)

 ,QWKHĂ&#x;UVWSDUWRIWKHĂ–V&ROXPbia  was  enjoying  a  full-swing  resurrection   from   the   devastation   of   the   Civil   War  and  humiliation  of  the  reconstruction  period.  To  the  businessmen,  socialites,   students,   lawmakers,   and   others   who   made   Columbia   their   home,   life   was   rolling   onward.   Some,   like   Sarah   Porter   Smith   Boylston,   celebrated   life   with  life. 0V%R\OVWRQFDPHIURPDQDIĂ XHQW Northern   family   who,   in   1889,   chose   Columbia   as   the   family’s   winter   home.   Eventually   Ms.   Boylston   married   and   settled  permanently  in  Columbia  in  what  

became  known   as   the   Boylston   House   at   the   corner   of   Richland   and   Lincoln   Streets.   Behind   the   house   were   four   tiers  of  land  with  native  deciduous  trees   for   summer   shade   and   evergreens   and   cedars   to   protect   lower   plants   in   winter.   The   original   builder   and   owner   of   the  house,  John  Caldwell,  had  planned   a  layout  of  a  garden  on  the  tiered  area   complete   with   walking   paths.   He   had   developed  some  of  the  upper  level.   Ms.   Boylston   built   upon   what   was   already  there  by  adding  azaleas,  camellias,  crepe  myrtle,  boxwoods,  fountains,   arbors,  and  garden  houses.  She  divided   the   garden   into   sections   using   cherry   laurel   and   boxwoods.   The   high   cherry  

laurel  hedges  were  bare-pruned  nearly  to   the  top,  giving  the  trunks  a  lattice-effect   and  enabling  the  sun  to  reach  the  lower   ER[ZRRGV 6KH VFDWWHUHG àRZHUEHGV throughout   the   garden   with   narcissi,   carnations,   larkspur,   daisy   chrysanthemums,  and  many  varieties  of  lilies. In   addition   to   a   mountain   garden   where  she  grew  lilacs  and  peonies,  Ms.   Boylston  cultivated  a  vast  collection  of   ZLOG àRZHUV DQG IHUQV LQGLJHQRXV WR South   Carolina   at   her   country   garden   near   Winnsboro.   She   often   transplanted   these   into   her   city   garden   where   she  was  proud  to  host  a  variety  of  parties  and  other  social  events  throughout   the  year.  Her  garden  was  considered  a | 27

preeminent  gathering   place,   and   visitors  included  national  and  international   statesmen  and  entertainers.   During  World  War  II,  Ms.  Boylston   donated  part  of  her  garden  to  the  state   to  be  used  as  a  memorial  to  South  Carolina   war   veterans.   This   portion   of   her   former  garden  remains  part  of  the  Governor’s  Mansion  grounds.

Mary Cantey Hampton Garden (research  provided  by  Lindsay  Crawford) Even   though   the   American   Colonists   revolted   against   English   rule,   eventually  winning  independence,  they   didn’t   lose   their   appreciation   for   English   social   expressions.   One   prevalent   idea   held   that   expanding   the   genteel   home   into   cultivated,   formal   gardens   could   boost   a   landowner’s   standing   in   society.  This  notion  was  not  lost  on  Columbia’s  Mary  Cantey  Hampton  when  

she  inherited  the  house  and  surrounding  grounds  in  1835. Located   on   a   four-acre   city   block,   the  garden  cultivated  by  Ms.  Hampton   was  one  of  the  largest  English-style  gardens   in   the   antebellum   South.   Guests   at  many  of  her  extravagant  events  were   secluded   behind   high   walls   along   three   sides.   However,   on   Blanding   (then   Walnut)   Street,   a   lower   wall   with   a   wrought   iron   fence   enabled   passersby   to   see   over   a   hedge   of   fragrant   tea   olives   and   glimpse   her   visitors   enjoying   the  maze  of  walkways  and  geometrical   plant  beds.   Ms.   Hampton   and   her   family   traveled   extensively;   and   everywhere   she   went,  she  learned  new  gardening  ideas   and   collected   samples   and   seeds   that   she   brought   back   to   her   garden.   She   also   imported   many   plants   from   overseas   and,   according   to   Edward   Shaffer   in   Carolina   Gardens,   was   responsible   for  introducing  the  enormous  Cedars  of   Lebanon  from  the  Holy  Land  into  Columbia’s  landscape.   W.R.  Bergholz,  in  Farmer  and  Plant-



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er,  provides  one  of  the  best  descriptions   of  the  Hampton  garden,  with  its  several   species   of   magnolia   and   ginkgo   trees,   paulownia,  fuchsias,  camellia  japonicas,   English   ivy,   geraniums,   and   more.   He   notes   at   least   two   greenhouses   in   the   garden,  one  with  exotic  plants  and  the   other  where  Ms.  Hampton  tried  growing  foreign  grapes.     Over   the   years,   development   encroached   upon   Ms.   Hampton’s   elaboUDWHJDUGHQĂ&#x;QDOO\HQJXOĂ&#x;QJLWLQ Today  the  Historic  Columbia  Foundation   runs   the   Hampton-Preston   house   and   grounds   immediately   surrounding  it  as  a  museum.  According  to  their   Director   of   Cultural   Resources,   John   Sherrer,   they   have   recently   concluded   an  archeological  excavation  of  some  of   the  original  garden.  The  purpose  of  the  

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dig was  to  map  part  of  the  garden  and   identify   and   preserve   subterranean   assets   such   as   remnants   of   buildings   or  other  structures.  The  next  step  will   be  to  restore  a  portion  of  the  garden   to   its   original   grandeur   so   that   future   generations  may  enjoy  it.  

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Robert E. Russell Garden (research  provided  by  Lindsay  Crawford)

Columbia,  like  most  other  cities,  has  a  history  of  public  disputes  over  land  use.   According   to   the   South   Carolina   Department   of   Archives   and   History,   in   the   1830’s,  citizens  of  Columbia  disagreed  on  the  use  of  the  town’s  common  land  adjacent  to  the  state  house.  Robert  E.  Russell  wanted  to  lease  from  the  town  a  parcel   located   on   the   southwest   corner   of   the   block   bounded   by   Senate,   Main   (then   Richardson),  Lady,  and  Sumter  Streets.  Although  a  tailor  by  trade,  he  wished  to   develop  a  commercial  and  recreational  botanical  garden  on  the  site. &ROXPELD RIĂ&#x;FLDOV EHOLHYHG WKDW WKH FLW\ ZRXOG EHQHĂ&#x;W E\ KDYLQJ D FHQWUDO public  garden,  so  Russell  prevailed  and  was  able  to  design  and  establish  an  elaboUDWHJDUGHQZLWKWUHHVKHGJHVĂ RZHUEHGVDQGDIRXQWDLQ$FFRUGLQJWRDGYHUWLVHPHQWVLQORFDOQHZVSDSHUV5XVVHOOVROGĂ RZHUVSODQWVDQGVHHGVLQDVKRSRQ the  site.  Like  most  nurseries  of  the  day,  Russell  stocked  according  to  the  season.   In  the  summer,  he  sold  such  plants  as  azaleas,  geraniums,  and  camellia  japonicas.   Winter  was  more  practical  with  spinach,  onions,  shallots,  and  leeks.  It  is  also  reported  by  John  Bryan  in  Carolina  State  House,  that  he  imported  some  plants  from   other  states  and  from  Holland.   Jeff   Wilkinson   reports   in   The   State   that   the   city   blocks   around   the   existing   state  house  were  to  be  consolidated  for  the  building  of  a  new  state  house  in  early   1854.  Russell  prepared  for  the  inevitability  by  advertising  a  “going  out  of  business   sale.â€?  His  garden  was  closed  and  absorbed  into  the  state  house  grounds,  and  he   passed  away  in  March  of  1854.  



A Chef’s Kitchen By  William  Thrift Photography  by  Lisa  Willson


sk  anyone  to  give  you  their  idea   of   a   chef’s   kitchen   and   they   will   probably   describe   something   they’ve  seen  on  television;  think:   Emril  “bamming�  out  a  dish  and   sliding   it   along   to   lucky   audience  members  while  a  band  cranks  out   jazz  in  the  corner.     The  basics  of  these  types  of  kitchens   are  the  same:  ample  sink,  nice  gas  range   (or  ranges),  utensils  and  cookware  hanging  from  handy  hooks  and  racks,  maybe   even  a  long  counter  where  the  chef  can   entertain  guests.    While  the  chef  makes   it   look   easy,   with   the   help   of   multiple   takes  and  careful  staging,  what  you  don’t   see   are   the   teams   of   prep   and   clean-up   people  who  support  them.    Thus,  the  collective  mindset  now  believes  that  kitchens  have  become  the  new  place  for  the   home-chef  to  dazzle  family  and  friends,   if  not  with  skill,  then  with  gadgets. But  aside  from  the  entertaining  kitchens   on   the   food   shows   designed   with   a   32 | Columbia  Home  &  Garden

performing  chef  in  mind,  what  is  a  kitchen’s  real  function?    The  answer  is  simple:   to  provide  for  the  sustenance  of  the  family  or  people  living  in  the  home.     Enter   Brian   Dukes,   one   of   Columbia’s   most   lauded   and   respected   chefs.     A  few  years  ago,  Brian,  a  James  Beard   House   chef,   moved   to   Columbia   and   took  the  Executive  Chef  position  at  his   uncle’s   restaurant,   The   Blue   Marlin.     :KLOH KLV Ă&#x;DQFŠ (OL]DEHWK Ă&#x;QLVKHG graduate  school  in  Virginia,  Brian  began   looking  for  a  house  to  buy  in  the  Colum-

bia  area.    He  recalled  boyhood  visits  to   his   grandmother   who   lived   in   downtown’s   Earlewood   neighborhood,   and   he   remembered   an   uncle   who   went   to   McCants   Elementary   School   there,   before  it  was  renovated  into  living  spaces.     Earlewood’s  hilly  streets,  tall  trees,  and   nearby  grassy  parks  brought  back  even   more  warm  memories.    When  he  saw  the   old   brick   house   on   a   corner   lot,   arches   on  its  wrap-around  porch,  high  ceilings,   and   the   large   backyard   for   his   garden   and   dog,   Brian   was   captivated.     It   was  


After making   the   house   their   home   for   a   few   years,   the   prospect   of   a   larger  family  became  a  reality  for  the  young  couple  bringing  them  to  a   proverbial  fork  in  the  road:  pack  up  and  move  into  a  newer  house  with   modern  amenities  or  renovate  the  home  they  had  already  made. The  choice  was  easy.    Brian  and  Elizabeth  had  grown  to  love  their   old  home  and  its  cozy  in-town  neighborhood.    So  they  decided  to  improve   upon   what   they   already   had.     They   asked   an   architect   to   develop  plans  to  completely  overhaul  the  common  areas  of  their  home:   the   living   room,   dining   room,   kitchen,   laundry/mud   room,   and   rear   entrance.    The  project  would  be  huge,  invasive,  and  lengthy  –  taking   up  to  six-months  to  complete. But   there   was   one   little   problem:   baby   Maya’s   imminent   arrival   (right  in  the  midst  of  the  planned  renovation).    Brian  and  Elizabeth   decided  that  they  could  make-do  with  what  they  had  rather  than  having  to  bring  a  new  baby  into  a  construction  zone.    However,  updating   the  kitchen  was  a  must  –  everything  except  the  stove  and  refrigerator   were   original   to   the   house.     The   old   porcelain   sink   was   set   into   DYHU\VKRUWFRXQWHU7KHRULJLQDOSLSHVFRQVWULFWHGZDWHUàRZWRD minimum.    The  cabinetry,  custom-made  in  1940,  was  shallow,  making   counter  space  a  premium.    The  pantry  was  basically  a  closet  with  a   Hobbit-sized  door  (Brian  stands  well  over  six  feet  tall).    Least  of  all   34 | Columbia  Home  &  Garden


was  the  green  and  yellow  paint  scheme   with   a   section   of   pegboard   for   storage;   it   reminded   the   chef   in   Brian   of   Julia   Childs’   kitchen   and   was   dated   to   that   same  era. Baby  Maya  may  have  had  something   to   do   with   initiating   their   nesting   instincts,   but   Brian   and   Elizabeth   weren’t   quite   ready   to   do   it   all   themselves.     So   they  fell  back  on  a  referral  from  an  aunt   who   recommended   that   they   visit   Stock   Building  Supply  for  help.    There  Brian   and   Elizabeth   found   Ginny   Lacoste,   who   came   to   the   home,   took   measurements  of  the  kitchen,  and  worked  up  a   computer   layout   for   modern   cabinets   and  work  stations  without  having  to  affect   any   other   part   of   the   house.     Best   of  all,  the  project  would  be  completed  in   plenty  of  time  for  Maya.     At   the   time,   Stock   Building   Supply   carried   cabinets;   and   once   again,   Brian   found  something  familiar:  cabinets  made   RIDOGHU%ULDQKDGĂ&#x;UVWHQFRXQWHUHGWKH wood   after   graduating   from   Johnson   and   Wales   University   and   working   in   the  Seattle  area.    The  restaurants  there   use  planks  made  from  the  indigenous  alder   wood   to   roast   their   salmon.     Alder   is  also  popular  with  musical  instrument   makers   because   of   its   soft,   resonant   qualities.     Brian   had   always   liked   the   pale,   sweeping   grains,   and   knots   that   gave  it  a  rustic,  Nordic  look. With   the   dimensions   in   hand,   the   couple  found  all  of  their  stainless  appliances  at  hhgregg,  and  arranged  for  them   to  be  shipped  when  needed. Once  it  began,  the  entire  project  took   only   about   a   week   to   complete.     Ms.   Lacoste   arranged   for   the   demolition   of   the   existing   kitchen   down   to   the   plaster   walls,   which   took   about   half   a   day,   and   for   the   cabinets   to   be   assembled,   and   new   counters   installed.     She   also   arranged  for  a  plumber  to  install  a  new   sink  and  the  new  dishwasher.     Once  the  spaces  for  the  range  and  re-

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frigerator were   created,   Brian   had   the   appliances  shipped  and  put  into  place.     He  also  arranged  for  a  new  gas  line  to   be  connected  to  the  range  and  for  an   artisan  to  create  travertine  tile  backsplashes  for  the  sink  and  range. The  couple  now  had  plenty  of  time   to   “learn”   their   new   kitchen   and   appliances   before   Maya’s   arrival.     So   in   that   regard,   the   pressure   was   off.     There   are   still   some   details   of   their   home  that  they  would  like  to  address   in   the   future.     They’d   still   like   to   reFRQßJXUHWKHUHDUGRRUWRRSHQRQWRD patio  area  in  the  backyard  and  make   better   use   of   the   laundry/mud   room.     Brian   would   also   eventually   like   to   claim  some  of  the  ample  attic  space  to   create  a  “man  cave.”    But  those  projects  can  wait  now  that  the  new  family   has  a  functional,  modernized  kitchen. So  what’s  a  chef’s  idea  of  a  “chef’s   kitchen?”    It  probably  depends  upon   the  chef.    Like  artists,  the  good  ones   infuse   their   personalities   into   almost   everything  that  they  do.    With  Brian,   it’s   all   about   what’s   necessary   and   comfortable  for  his  family,  and  seeing   to  their  needs  enables  him  to  continue   to  excel  at  his  profession.                  H&G

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a place  to Housing In and Around the University At the beginning of every university session, fall semester, spring semester, and summer school, students and parents evaluate where to get their housing. Is it better to live on campus or off? Is either option cheaper, safer, or more convenient? That, of course, depends on quite a few variables. But one thing’s for certain—the options are virtually limitless. | %\6DP0RUWRQÝ3KRWRJUDSK\E\/LVD:LOOVRQ “I  believe  our  pricing  is  a  pretty  good   deal,”  said  University  of  South  Carolina  Housing  Director  Kirsten  Kennedy.   “I’m  not  certain  how  we  stack  up  on  a   dollar-for-dollar   comparison,   but   our   housing  comes  with  resident  mentors,  a   support  system,  and  peace  of  mind  for   parents.”

Kennedy said  the  university  encourages  freshmen  or  those  who  are  experiHQFLQJWKHLUßUVW\HDUDW86&WRUHVLGH on   campus.   “It   really   helps   them   get   LQWHJUDWHG DQG ßW LQ :H ßQG LW KHOSV them   develop   friends   a   lot   faster.   And   freshman   occupancy   really   drives   how   much  space  we  can  offer  to  others,”  she  

said. In  the  fall  2009  semester,  University   Housing   accommodated   6,610   undergraduate   residents.   Between   3,000   and   4,000   of   them   are   freshmen.   The   university   also   offers   200   apartments   for  married  or  graduate  students. Its   list   of   options   is   impressive,   including   everything   from   double   rooms   (the  vast  majority  of  which  go  to  freshmen)  to  two-bedroom  suites  that  share   a   bath.   University   Housing   also   offers   DQ DSDUWPHQW FRQßJXUDWLRQ ZLWK IRXU bedrooms,  two  baths,  a  kitchenette,  and   living   area.   If   you   want   to   live   among   a  group  with  similar  interests,  you’re  in   luck  here,  too.  “We  have  learning  residences   where   all   honors   students   can   live   together,   or   journalism,   or   music,   and  so  on,”  Kennedy  said. USC  has  made  headlines  recently  for | 37


its  “greenâ€?  housing  options.  It  offers  its   Green  Quad,  built  to  silver  LEED  cerWLĂ&#x;FDWLRQ VWDQGDUGV DQG PRVW UHFHQWO\ a  newly  opened  green  dorm,  which  was   built  to  Gold  LEED  standards.   “The   towers   that   were   there   before   were   not   meeting   students’   needs   and   we   had   several   recurring   maintenance   issues,â€?  Kennedy  said.  “Besides,  at  the   university,   we   have   a   commitment   to   going  green.â€? If  you’re  past  freshman  year  or  want   to   consider   off-campus   living,   the   options  there  are  just  as  plentiful.   “People  used  to  buy  houses  near  the   university   as   investment   property   and   rent  them  out,â€?  said  Jennifer  McBroom   of   Russell   &   Jeffcoat   Realtors.   “They   still  do,  but  as  the  economy  went  down,   that  kind  of  trickled  out.  The  hot  new   thing  is  the  Aspyre  apartments  on  Assembly   Street.   It   has   three   pools   and   parking  on  the  interior,  which  the  parents  like.â€? McBroom   said   the   Old   Olympia   Mill,  now  converted  to  oversize  apartments  with  high  ceilings  and  hardwood   Ă RRUVLVDSRSXODURSWLRQIRUVWXGHQWV 38 | Columbia  Home  &  Garden

because  the   management   allows   renters   to   rent   and   pay   “per   person�   rather   than  having  a  single  person’s  name  on   the  lease. Rental   houses   present   yet   another   choice.   “Rosewood,   Earlewood,   and   the   Five   Points   area   all   have   duplexes   for   rent,   but,�   she   warns,   “potential   renters  need  to  be  savvy.  These  are  all   older  neighborhoods,  so  you  should  be  





options  are  plentiful,  but  then  again,  so   are   the   price   ranges   which   tend   to   get   broken  down  by  how  close  you  want  to   live  to  campus. Pricier  units,  such  as  those  at  Adesso,  Wilshire  House,  Place  on  the  Green,   and  Senate  Plaza  are  also  those  closest   to  bustling  campus.  While  these  all  offer   the   opportunity   to   purchase   individual   housing,   some   of   the   units   are   also  available  to  rent.    A  local  property   manager  said  to  expect  to  pay  $525  per   month  to  upwards  of  $1,200  per  month   depending   on   the   size   and   location   of   any  rental  property  you  choose.  These   prices   usually   include   water,   sewer,   garbage  pick  up,  and  pest  control,  but   ordinarily   do   not   include   cable   television,  internet  hook  up,  or  electricity. Even   if   the   students   and   parents   agree  that  the  student  can  look  for  offFDPSXV KRXVLQJ RQH DUHD RI FRQàLFW virtually   always   arises:   students   tend   to   look   only   where   they   can   get   the   lowest   rent   for   decent   lodgings,   while   parents   look   more   toward   safety.   Certainly  there  is  decent  rental  housing  in   Shandon,  Olympia,  and  Rosewood,  but   students   come   and   go   at   odd   and   often  insanely  late  hours,  and  sometimes   they   are   not   always   as   aware   of   their   surroundings  as  they  should  be.  That’s   why  buildings  offer  a  nice  compromise.   Most  have  some  sort  of  security  personnel  or  cameras.                        H&G 40 | Columbia  Home  &  Garden

IF  OFF-CAMPUS  HOUSING  IS  YOUR  CHOICE,  make  sure  you   research  what’s  expected  of  you  before  you  go  in  search  of  your  living  quarters. Be  prepared  to  sign  a  12-month  lease  with  at  least  one,  if  not  two,  months’   security  deposit. Be   aware   that   most   apartment   managers   or   rental   agents   will   check   your   credit,  employment,  and  rental  histories. Be  ready  to  fork  over  more  money  each  month  or  an  additional  deposit  if   you  have  a  pet. If  you’re  renting  a  condo,  ask  if  you  are  responsible  for  the  monthly  Home   Owners’  Association  fees. Call  the  local  police  department  or  sheriff’s  department  to  check  an  area’s   crime  statistics. If  you  plan  to  have  roommates,  prepare  a  written  contract  about  divisions  of   payment,  security  deposits,  overnight  guests,  and  subletting.

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ottle caps,   lipstick   tubes,   cell   phones,   and   a   myriad   of   toys   –   mostly   from   children’s  fast  food   meals   –   are   assembled   together   along   with   other   discarded   everyday  objects  to   create   stunning   portraits   by   Columbia   artist   Kirkland   Smith.   Each   work   tells   the   story   of   our   consumerism   by   showing  what  we  throw  away  daily.  Viewed  at   close  range,  objects  appear  to  be  placed   chaotically.  But  step  back  and  there  is  no   mistaking  the  consideration  of  each  carefully   placed   object   to   create   a   realistic   representation   of   a   face,   landscape,   or   animal.    It  was  while  deciding  what  to   paint   for   an   environmental   landscape   competition   that   Kirkland,   a   classical   painter,   began   experimenting   with   using  “trash”  as  her  paint.Not  wanting  to   paint  a  picture  of  trash,  Kirkland  decided  to  use  trash  as  the  “paint”.  She  asked   42 | Columbia  Home  &  Garden

family and  friends  to  save  for  one  week   items   they   would   normally   throw   away   DQGIURPWKHLUGRQDWLRQVPDGHKHUßUVW assemblage.  She  chose  to  create  a  portrait   of   a   child,   an   image   both   haunting   and  hopeful,  to  give  the  message  of  the   importance   of   reducing,   reusing,   and   recycling  in  a  unique  way. In   all   her   work,   Kirkland   seeks   to   create   something   beautiful,   inspirational,   or   fun.   One   of   her   most   recent   assemblages   is   a   portrait   of   Marilyn   Monroe.   “It   was   a   lot   of   fun   to   create   EXW ßQGLQJ WKH ULJKW FRORUV IRU 0DULlyn’s  pale  skin  and  platinum  blonde  hair   was   a   challenge.”   Kirkland   prefers   to   use   objects   as   they   were   created   –   she   doesn’t   paint   them   or   change   them   although   she   may   take   them   apart   and   use   pieces   separately.   Family,   friends,   and   neighbors   continue   to   contribute   their   trash,   making   each   work   a   community   effort.   For   more   information   on   the   artist   and   her   work,   visit   her   website   at   or  




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Columbia Cooks

By  William  Thrift    |    Photography  by  John  Wrightenberry

Rosso Trattoria Italia

Wood-fired I talian Cuisine, Columbia-style


t  was  once  supposed  that  when  Prometheus  lit  his  torch  at  the  chariot  of  the   VXQDQGEURXJKWWKHĂ&#x;UHGRZQWR(DUWKDQGJDYHLWWRPDQPDQWKHQZDVDEOH WRXVHWKHĂ&#x;UHWRGRPLQDWHWKHDQLPDOVEXLOGWRROVDQGFUHDWHDUW,QRWKHU ZRUGVĂ&#x;UHHQDEOHGWKHFLYLOL]DWLRQRIPDQNLQG8VLQJĂ&#x;UHWRFRRNIRRGLVQRWKing  new  –  in  fact,  it’s  an  integral  part  of  the  human  experience.  Perhaps  that   notion  was  in  the  back  of  Kristian  Niemi’s  mind  when  he  conceived  the  rustic  but   UHĂ&#x;QHGUHFLSHVRQWKHPHQXRIKLVQHZHVWUHVWDXUDQW5RVVR7UDWWRULD,WDOLD Kristian  has  demonstrated  a  knack  for  correctly  gauging  the  pulse  of  Columbia’s  diners.  Whether  it’s  sensible  comfort  food  or  exotic  tapas  dishes,  his  restaurants  offer  reasonably  priced,  superior  cuisine.  His  patrons  are  assured  of  dining   in  alluring  ambiance  designed  to  complement  the  dishes. 44 | Columbia  Home  &  Garden

But  Kristian   didn’t   start   out   at   the   top   of   the   food   chain.   He   learned   to   cook  mainly  out  of  necessity.  After  doing   a   stint   as   a   Farsi   translator   in   the   U.S.   Army,   Kristian   enrolled   at   the   College   of   Charleston.   He   was   content   being   out   of   uniform,   but   the   relaxed   discipline  came  with  a  price:  he  no  longer  had  a  strict  mess  hall  schedule.  He   soon   discovered   that   he   would   have   to   fend  for  himself.  Hearkening  back  to  his   childhood  experience  of  growing  up  in  a   family  of  good  cooks,  he  bought  a  recipe   book  and  proceeded  to  make  every  dish   in   it,   teaching   himself   the   nuances   of   food  preparation  along  the  way.   Armed  with  his  new  culinary  knowledge,   Kristian   worked   in   various   restaurants  to  earn  a  living.  He  eventually   returned  to  his  home  state  and  attended   the   University   of   Minnesota,   obtaining   a   degree   in   Historic   Preservation   Architecture.   During   his   senior   year,   he  also  attended  the  St.  Paul  College’s   Culinary   School,   earning   his   second   degree  within  a  few  days  of  graduating.   &KRRVLQJKLVĂ&#x;UVWGHJUHHDVKLVFDUHHU path,  he  began  working  to  preserve  historic   buildings.   Although   he   loved   the   work,  he  became  disenchanted  with  the   bureaucracy   involved   in   dealing   with   municipalities.  It  frustrated  him  to  envision  a  solution,  only  to  have  it  delayed   and  altered  as  he  maneuvered  through   PDQ\OD\HUVRIRIĂ&#x;FHVDQGSHRSOH5Hmarkably,   it   was   the   steamy   kitchens,   hot  ovens,  and  servers  hustling  to  satisfy   their   patrons   that   beckoned   him   back  into  restaurant  work. Putting   the   harsh   Minnesota   winters   behind   him,   Kristian   moved   to   Columbia  and,  in  the  capacity  of  General  Manager,  helped  to  open  The  Blue   Marlin  in  the  hot  new  Vista  area.  In  the   wake  of  the  initial  (and  continued)  success   of   The   Blue   Marlin,   he   assessed  

&ROXPELDĂ–VGLQLQJVFHQHDQGLGHQWLĂ&#x;HG a  need   for   high   quality,   comfort-style   IRRG DW DIIRUGDEOH SULFHV ,Q KLV Ă&#x;UVW foray   as   a   co-owner,   Kristian   opened   Mr.  Friendly’s  in  Five  Points.   The   restaurant’s   popularity   gave   Kristian   the   initiative   for   his   next   move.  He  had  wanted  to  get  back  to  the   successful   Vista,   and   he   decided   that   a   tapas  bar  and  restaurant  would  do  well   there.  So  he  opened  Gervais  and  Vine   which   remains   one   of   the   Vista’s   best   VSRWVIRUĂ&#x;QHFDVXDOGLQLQJ+LVSDWWHUQ of  success  spread  to  the  Northeast  area   with  his  opening  of  Solstice,  featuring   distinctive   and   affordable   cuisine   utilizing  ingredients  available  locally. In   addition   to   his   support   of   local   vendors,   Kristian   uses   his   restaurants   to  help  charities.  At  Gervais  and  Vine,   a  women-only  wine  tasting  event  called   Wine   Goddess   donates   proceeds   to   charities  for  both  women  and  children.   +H UHFHQWO\ KHOG D EHQHĂ&#x;W GLQQHU WR raise   funds   for   Camp   Burnt   Gin   (literally   on   the   site   of   a   cotton   gin   that   VXFFXPEHGWRĂ&#x;UH ZKLFKFDWHUVWRVHverely  disabled  children. Knowing  of  Kristian’s  proclivity  for   creating  successful  eateries,  Lyle  Darnall   of   Edens   and   Avant   approached   him  about  establishing  a  locally  owned,   affordable   restaurant   in   Trenholm   Plaza.   Kristian   had   had   his   eye  on  Forest  Acres  for  some   time.     He   had   thought   that   an   Italian   or   French   restaurant   would   work   well   there,   but   conditions   were   never   quite   right  for  him  to  go  ahead  with   it.   However,   the   newly   renovated   space,   nestled   near   the   FRUQHUSRVWRIĂ&#x;FHZDVLGHDO To   begin   the   process   of   designing   a   restaurant,   Kristian   followed   his   tried   and   true   formula:   start   with   the   food,   and   work   from   there.   He  gravitated  toward  the  idea   of  rustic  Italian  cuisine,  so  he   ERXJKWDZRRGĂ&#x;UHGRYHQDQG grill.  He  then  created  appetizers   and   entrees   that   could   be   prepared  using  one  of  the  two   pieces  of  equipment.  The  wine   list   was   developed   around   the   dishes  on  the  menu,  and  both   are  priced  to  offer  diners  with   options   ranging   from   affordable  to  luxurious.

Next  came  the  interior.  Kristian  mirrored  the  menu  in  the  dĂŠcor:  a  modern   interpretation   with   rustic   aspects.   He   adorned   accent   walls   with   reclaimed,   distressed   cypress.   The   bar,   skirted   in   F\SUHVV UHĂ HFWV SLQSRLQWV RI OLJKW LQ its  dark  granite.  A  series  of  red  acrylic   and  crushed  glass  panels  add  sparkling   warmth  while  serving  as  a  visual  screen   between  the  bar  and  the  kitchen.  ModHUQOLJKWLQJĂ&#x;[WXUHVGULSOLJKWRYHUGLVtressed  wood  tables,  complementing  the   cypress.   Rich   red   walls   glow   like   the   Ă&#x;UHVLQWKHNLWFKHQ Kristian   is   as   meticulous   about   the   people  he  works  with  as  he  is  about  every  other  aspect  of  his  ventures.  When   the   time   came   to   select   a   chef   for   the   new   restaurant,   Kristian   already   had   VRPHRQHLQPLQG+HQU\*ULIĂ&#x;Q+HQry   had   been   working   in   restaurants   and  kitchens  around  Columbia  for  several  years,  eventually  apprenticing  for   a  few  years  with  Chef  Fulvio  Valsecchi   in   the   Vista’s   Ristorante   Divino.   He   began  working  for  Kristian  at  Gervais   and   Vine,   where   he   proved   his   value.   Kristian  then  transferred  Henry  to  his   new   Rosso   Trattoria   Italia,   and   promoted  him  to  Executive  Chef. Henry   burns   hickory   in   Rosso’s   ZRRGĂ&#x;UHGHTXLSPHQWDQGDSSUHFLDWHV the  idea  of  using  sustainable  fuel  to  pre-



RECIPES Iceberg Lettuce  Head  Salad   with  Oven  Dried  Tomatoes   and  Gorgonzola  Dressing Oven  Dried  Tomatoes     (prepare  well  ahead  of  serving)   Ingredients 2  Pints  of  cherry  tomatoes  sliced  in     half Salt  and  pepper  to  taste

pare food.  When  he’s  not  busy  at  Rosso,  he  may  be  found  smoking  bacon  for   Pawley’s   Front   Porch   in   Five   Points,   or   grilling   with   team   Pappa   Smoke   in   competitions  with  other  members  of  the   Kansas  City  Barbeque  Society. One   of   Henry’s   many   duties   at   Rosso  is  to  develop  nightly  specials  to   augment  the  menu.  Sometimes  he  has   only  hours  from  the  time  he  learns  of   what  fresh  ingredients  are  available  on   a  particular  day  until  he  has  to  prepare   the   dish.   With   an   idea   of   what   may   be   available   in   Columbia   this   Spring,   Henry   has   developed   some   specials   exclusively   for   Columbia  Home  &  Garden  readers  who  don  the  toque  in  their   homes.   He   suggests   serving   this   meal   with   your   favorite   side   items   such   as   roasted  potatoes  and  steamed  broccolini  (pictured). Buon  appetito!

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Directions Preheat oven  to  200  degrees.    On  a   small  sheet  tray,  place  seasoned  tomatoes  with  the  sliced  side  up  and  bake   in  oven  around  3  hours  or  until  the   tomatoes  look  like  sun-dried  tomatoes.

Gorgonzola Dressing   (can  be  refrigerated) Ingredients 1  Cup  mayonnaise 1/2  Cup  buttermilk 1/2  Cup  sour  cream 1/2  Teaspoon  onion  powder 1/2  Teaspoon  garlic  powder 3/4  Teaspoon  fresh  lemon  juice 1  Teaspoon  chopped  chives 7HDVSRRQFKRSSHGàDWOHDISDUVOH\ 1  Teaspoon  chopped  mint 1  1/2  Cups  of  high  quality  Gorgonzola     or  bleu  cheese Salt  and  pepper  to  taste Directions Mix  all  ingredients  with  a  whisk  in  a  

mixing bowl  until  dressing  is  slightly   chunky  and  creamy. Salad  Directions Three  heads  of  iceberg  lettuce,  cleaned   and  sliced  into  1  inch  wide  sections   (yields  about  5  or  6  sections  per  head).     Arrange  sliced  sections  of  lettuce  on  a   serving  platter.    Scatter  dried  tomatoes  over  the  lettuce.    Liberally  drizzle   Gorgonzola  dressing  over  the  lettuce.     Top  with  your  favorite  croutons  and   bits  of  crispy  bacon.

Clams Fra  Diavolo Ingredients 50  Littleneck  clams  (Henry  uses  clams   from  Mt.  Pleasant,  SC) 2  Tablespoons  grits Ice  water  (in  a  bowl  to  cover  the   clams) 4  Diced  Roma  tomatoes 1/4  Cup  minced  garlic 2  Bulbs  of  fennel  thinly  sliced

SHOP proud SHOP COLUMBIA 7HDVSRRQVUHGSHSSHUà DNHV 2  Cups  white  wine 2  Tablespoons  butter Salt  and  pepper  to  taste Directions Soak  clams  in  a  bowl  of  ice  water   and  sprinkle  grits  into  the  bowl.    Let   clams  sit  for  approximately  20  minutes,   so  the  clams  will  purge  sand.    Rinse   and  drain. Over  medium  heat,  sautÊ  fennel,   tomatoes,  and  garlic  for  3  minutes  or   until  the  fennel  is  soft.    Add  clams,  red   SHSSHUàDNHVDQGZKLWHZLQH&RYHU and  cook  on  high  heat  until  clams  are   open.    Add  butter  and  serve  in  a  platter   with  crusty  bread  and  lemon  wedges   on  the  side.    

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Rack  of  Pork  Arista Ingredients One  six-bone  center-cut  rack  of  pork   (about  4  pounds),  bones  Frenched 1/2  Teaspoon  of  whole  cloves 1/2  Teaspoon  of  black  peppercorns 6  Garlic  cloves 1  Lemon Kosher  salt 1  Tablespoon  of  minced  rosemary 1  Tablespoon  of  minced  sage 3  Tablespoons  of  canola  oil Gray  salt  or  coarse  sea  salt Directions Make  the  rub  just  before  using  it  for   WKHPRVWLQWHQVHàDYRU Grind  the  cloves  and  peppercorns   with  a  mortar  and  pestle  until  pulverized.    Using  a  Microplane  or  box   grater,  grate  the  garlic  and  the  zest  of   the  lemon  directly  into  the  ground  peppercorns.    Add  a  big  pinch  of  kosher   salt  and  the  herbs  and  mash  to  a  paste.     Transfer  to  a  bowl.    Juice  the  lemon,   then  stir  the  juice  and  oil  into  the  paste. Score  the  fat  on  the  roast,  making   shallow  cuts  about  one  inch  apart  in   a  crosshatch  pattern;  be  careful  not  to   cut  into  the  meat.    Set  a  roasting  rack   in  a  roasting  pan,  put  the  roast  on  the   rack,  and  massage  the  rub  all  over  the   roast  and  into  the  scored  cuts.    Let  the   meat  stand  at  room  temperature  for  1   hour. Preheat  the  oven  to  350  degrees. 48 | Columbia  Home  &  Garden

Molten  Chocolate  Cake (recipe  by  Parisian  Pastry  Chef,   Bertrand  Gilli) Serves  8 Ingredients 4  Whole  eggs 4  Egg  yolks 3/4  Cup  sugar &XSàRXU 3/4  Cup  butter 6  oz  semi-sweet  chocolate

Roast  the  meat  for  about  1  hour   and  15  minutes,  until  the  temperature   in  the  center  of  the  roast  is  135-140   degrees.    Remove  from  the  oven,  cover   the  meat  with  a  foil  tent,  and  let  it  rest   on  the  stove  for  30  minutes.    Carve  and   sprinkle  with  gray  salt  or  coarse  sea  salt.   Henry  also  suggests  trying  this   recipe  on  your  outdoor  grill,  searing   the  outside  of  the  roast  for  a  few  minXWHVRYHUDKRWĂ&#x;UHDQGWKHQRIIVHWWLQJ the  heat  to  slowly  cook  the  meat  until   the  internal  temperature  is  135-140   degrees.    Use  hickory  logs  or  chips  for   WKHEHVWĂ DYRU

Directions Preheat  oven  to  400  degrees.    Whisk   together  eggs,  yolks,  and  sugar  until   ZHOOFRPELQHG$GGĂ RXUDQGPL[ until  well  incorporated. Melt  chocolate  and  butter  in  the  top   of  a  double  boiler.    Add  chocolate  to   Ă RXUPL[WXUHDQGZKLVNXQWLOFRPELQHG3RXUEDWWHULQWRJUHDVHGPXIĂ&#x;Q SDQĂ&#x;OOLQJHDFKFXS~IXOO/HWEDWWHU sit  in  refrigerator  for  about  30  minutes,   or  until  chilled.    Bake  for  14  minutes  or   until  center  is  just  set,  but  still  wobbly.    Remove  from  oven  and  let  cool  10   minutes.    Handle  delicately,  cakes  will   be  fragile. Top  with  vanilla  gelato  and  a  tiny   sprig  of  mint.    Henry  has  also  added  a   thin  cookie  garnish  made  from  honey,   EXWWHUĂ RXUDQGFRQIHFWLRQHUĂ–VVXJDU

Wine Corner Springtime Wines By  Kevin  Niemann

7HQ \HDUV DJR ZKHQ , Ă&#x;UVW FDPH WR Columbia,  it  seemed  that  everyone  measured  their  wine  against  “sweet  tea.â€?    I   am  glad  to  say  that  the  former  mold  is   starting   to   break   and   that   Midlanders   are   reaching   for   a   much   wider   variety   of  selections.  With  that  in  mind  I  have   chosen   three   wine   styles   to   discuss   in   this  column.   RosĂŠ  –  No,  not  White  Zinfandel,  but   a  true  RosĂŠ    that  is  dry  and  crisp.  RosĂŠs   are   great   wines   because   of   their   fruity   characteristics,   especially   when   served   with   entrees   like   barbequed   chicken   or   grilled   meats.   Many   RosĂŠ   wines   exSUHVVERWKĂ RUDOERXTXHWVDQGWKHFULVS Ă DYRUVRIFKHUU\DQGVWUDZEHUU\0RVW are   made   in   the   traditional   method   called   saignee,   which   is   the   bleeding   of   a  lightly  colored  juice  from  the  skins  of   a  red  grape  for  two  to  three  days  versus   letting  the  skins  stay  in  the  vat  (as  with   UHGZLQH WRSURGXFHDPRUHGHĂ&#x;QLWHUHG hue   to   the   wine.   The   saignee   method   produces  a  pink  coloration  and  prevents   the  wine  from  retaining  as  many  types  of   tannin  as  red  wine  from  the  skin.    This   KHOSVWRSURGXFHDFULVS\HWIUXLW\Ă&#x;QLVK One  of  my  favorites  of  this  style  of  wine   is  Crios  RosĂŠ  of  Malbec  from  Argentina.   This  wine  is  light,  yet  offers  a  strawberry   and   cherry   taste   that   is   refreshing   and   cleansing  for  the  palate.   Sauvignon   Blanc   –   The   varieties   from  New  Zealand  are  especially  good   springtime   wines.   These   wines   exhibit   pronounced  citrus  tones,  mainly  grapefruit   and   lemon   zest.   They   are   crisp,   clean,   and   leave   the   mouth   feeling   refreshed.   The   best   offering   I   have   had  

from  New   Zealand   is   Whitehaven.   I   Ă&#x;QGWKH:KLWHKDYHQWRKDYHWKHJUDSHfruit  and  peach  characteristics  common   in  the  New  Zealand  Sauvignon  Blancs,   but   I   think   the   outstanding   characterLVWLFRIWKLVZLQHLVLWVFULVSFOHDQĂ&#x;QLVK that  does  not  linger  on  your  tongue.   Merlot  –  Springtime  nights  will  still   be  cool,  and  a  bigger  red  like  a  Merlot  is   a  great  way  to  warm  the  evening.  One   major   misconception   about   Merlots   is   that  they  are  sweet  wine;  however,  for   the   most   part   this   is   not   true.   Merlots   actually   tend   be   drier   wines,   but   most   of   them   have   softer   tannins   than   the   Cabernet   Sauvignons   or   even   some   of   the  Malbecs  that  are  hitting  the  market   now.  Cherry,  plum,  and  blackberry  are   DIHZRIWKHĂ DYRUVWKDWJUDFH0HUORWV such  as  Wente  Sandstone  Merlot.  Their   VRIWĂ&#x;QLVKDQGORZDFLGLW\PDNHWKLVDQ ideal  wine  for  this  time  of  year.   The  best  way  to  try  new  wines  is  to   frequent   your   local   wine   shop   for   its   tastings.   Most   shops   have   at   least   one   tasting   a   week,   and   they   change   their   lineups   to   help   expose   customers   to   a   broader  diversity  in  wine  choices.  I  like   to  focus  on  trying  great  wines  at  an  inexpensive   price.   Not   every   wine   that   is   priced   under   $15   is   great,   but   I   enjoy   WKH FKDOOHQJH RI Ă&#x;QGLQJ DQG VKDULQJ those  that  are  with  other  people.  Support  your  local  shop  and  remember:   wine   is   to   be   opened,   tasted,   and   enjoyed  with  family  or  friends.  Cheers! Kevin   Niemann   is   the   owner   of   Corked,  a  wine  shop  located  in  the  Village  at  Sandhill.

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Heart-centric care is being dedicated solely to heart care. It’s found at a place where physicians and staff do everything possible to create better outcomes for all patients. Like having the best nurse to patient ratios, being the only freestanding heart hospital in the area and being ranked best in the nation for patient satisfaction. It’s having national recognition for low infection rates, the first stemi-alert system and the first accredited chest pain ER in the Midlands. Its about providing record-setting care with the fastest time from arrival to cath lab. And it’s establishing an environment where your physicians’ offices are connected to the hospital itself.


We wouldn’t have been voted best hospital ten straight years without people like Donna For ten consecutive years, readers of The State newspaper have voted us the area’s best hospital. But a hospital is only bricks and mortar; it’s the people working here who have earned us that honor, dedicated people such as Donna, office manager at Internal Medicine Associates. Thanks, Donna, and thanks to more than 5,000 of our Lexington Medical Center employees, each committed to serving the people in our community with the highest degree of excellence.

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Columbia Home & Garden - Spring 2010  

Spring has officially arrived, and so has our Spring 2010 Issue. Some things you may find within are, Columbia Cooks (Cover Story), Kitchen...

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