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Editor’s Note Calendar Decorating: Dispatch from Milan Project: Mid-Century Bungalow Remodel Deal Hunter: What’s on Sale Editor’s Picks: Red, White & Blue Items Gardening: Arid Plants Pet of the Month: Joey



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ummertime is here (well, officially June 20), which goes hand-in-hand with family vacations. We’ve mapped out a fun roundup of ideas for your itineraries in our “Summer Escapes” special section, with options ranging from day trips to quaint, nearby towns to weekend stays in the Hill Country to extended getaways in Big Bend National Park — and everything in between. Get packing! We take you to Milan, too, for the annual Salone del Mobile, a feast in the latest of home furnishings and accessories designs. Check out the fabulously creative outdoor furniture and lighting innovations, many of which are available right here in Houston. Back in Texas, “Gardening” shows how you can create a Hill Countryinspired desert oasis right at home. Just follow The Arbor Gate’s basic tips of soil amendments as outlined by our gardening guru, Linda B. Gay. Speaking of the country, we also visit an elegant ranch home just outside of town, a retreat for three generations of family members all wanting a year-round getaway. And in town, a New Orleans-style manor by Whitestone Builders brings Southern charm to Garden Oaks. It’s a beauty! You’ll find another beauty of the mid-century kind right in Glenbrook Valley, saved and restored by a hardworking young couple, with the help of 2-year-old son Theodore, deterHOUSTON

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mined to keep the house as true to the original 1956 “Parade of Home” showcase. You’ll be amazed at the results. Summer also equates to several holidays and special occasions, which in turn equates to sales (my train of thought). “Deal Hunter” finds discounts after Memorial Day and before the Fourth of July, as well as suggestions for great gifts for those deserving recipients: Dad, Grad and the Bride. And for Independence Day inspiration, “Editor’s Picks” is everything red, white and blue. Joey is our “Pet of the Month,” a loving guy who adores grown-ups. He’ll make someone’s life so much richer, just as my rescue buddy and pal, Rufus, does for me. I have to share, so pictured above is Ru-Ru or Lil’ Ru or the multiple other affectionate names I daily bestow upon him. Just looking at him makes me happy! Cheers, Barbara Blue Thumb Inc., dba Houston House & Home ("HH&H"), is a news magazine with emphasis on interior design and remodeling. HH&H does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertising or editorial content, nor does HH&H or its staff assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial content appear in any publication. HH&H has not independently tested any services or products advertised herein and has not verified claims made by its advertisers regarding those services or products. HH&H makes no warranties or representations and assumes no liability for any claims regarding those services or products or claims made by advertisers. Readers are advised to consult with the advertiser and/or other home repair and renovation professionals regarding the suitability of an advertiser’s products. No reproduction is permitted without the written consent of the Publisher. Copyright 2016, all rights reserved. HH&H is distributed at most Houston area Randalls and HEB stores.

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Make it a day on the beach to cheer on teams as members meticulously sculpt their piles of sand into works of art during the AIA Sandcastle Competition June 3 in Galveston. Photo courtesy of

DESIGN/INTERIORS JUNE 3: EMPTY BOWLS HOUSTON, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Purchase one-of-a-kind creations from 2,000-plus handcrafted bowls donated by Houston-area ceramists and craft artists as a fight-hunger campaign and fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and the world. Live, music, soup ingredients donated by presenter Whole Foods Market and prepared by staff at the food bank’s kitchen and artist demonstrations are also part of the event. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St., JUNE 10-11: POP SHOP HOUSTON SUMMER FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Shop for vintage, home-

made wares, antiques and one-of-a-kind items while enjoying live music and cocktails. You’ll find a great inventory offered by artists on hand at this artfully curated event. Admission is $8 all weekend, with children ages 12 and younger admitted for free. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., JUNE 24: “ORCHIDS AND OTHER MOUNTED PLANTS,” 10 a.m. Learn how to care for these tropical beauties and more at this free class led by horticulturist Linda B. Gay. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281-351-8851,

EVENTS JUNE 3: 2017 EXTREME WEATHER READY EXPO, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The annual Houston/ Galveston Hurricane Workshop aims to prepare res-

idents for hurricane season. Expo-goers find fun, games, prizes and great information on how to ready for emergencies at this free event. Presented by the expo group, Ready Houston and the city’s Office of Emergency Management. George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A, JUNE 3-4: THE WOODLANDS 14TH ANNUAL HOME & GARDEN SHOW, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday More than 200 local home improvement professionals are on hand to show their wares, from kitchen cabinets to new countertop designs to barn doors — and to answer your questions. Special guests include J Schwanke, TV personality and author, with tips on making your own floral arrangements; and Randy Lemmon, popular “GardenLine” host. Don’t miss the sizzling backyard

JUNE 24-25: TEXAS HOME & GARDEN SHOW, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday The Texas Home & Garden Show once again connects home and garden professionals and consumers. Participate in hands-on experiences at workshops, comparison shop under one roof and meet face-to-face with home and garden experts for advice and ideas on remodeling, landscaping and money-saving tips. General admission is $10 per person; children ages 14 and younger, no charge. NRG Center,

ANTIQUES/VINTAGE THROUGH JULY 30: “DECORATIVE ARTS IN THE AGE OF VICTORIA” “Decorative Arts” showcases objects from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Rienzi collections and includes porcelain, glass, jewelry, miniatures, wallpaper and furniture. This exhibition is one of two special shows presented at Rienzi this year. Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive,

OUT OF TOWN JUNE 3: AIA SANDCASTLE COMPETITION, beginning at 9 a.m. More than 60 teams have their shovels ready to take home the winning Golden Bucket Award in this beachfront event. Watch as contestants work nonstop for five hours and meticulously sculpt their piles of sand into works

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FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS JUNE 30-JULY 4: KINGSLAND 48TH AQUA BOOM Get your Fourth off to an early start in Kingsland and on Lake LBJ. The five-day extravaganza includes land and boat parades, live music, sporting competitions, food and drink booths, arts and crafts vendors, beauty pageant — all topped off by a grand fireworks display at dark on the Fourth.

Fireworks light up downtown Houston during the CITGO Freedom Over Texas celebration. Photo by © Richard J. Carson

of art. The AIA Sandcastle Competition is a fundraiser for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation, as well as one of the top five revenue-generating events for the city of Galveston. East Beach, 1923 Boddeker, Galveston,

“Blowing In the Wind” by Blanche Cavarretta is a pyrographically etched and then carved “Kettle Gourd.” Watercolors and stains are used as accents and the gourd is finished with several coats of acrylic inside and out. This work is priced at $165.

THROUGH JUNE 25: SOUTHWEST GOURD FINE ART SHOW “Inspired by Nature, Refined by Imagination,” this annual show features more than 100 carved, painted, inlaid and creatively enhanced gourds by artists from across the nation. Most of the gourd art is for sale, and visitors will find something for every kind of home and office decor. Admission is free. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228

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UPCOMING JULY 15-16: HOUSTON HOME + DESIGN SHOW, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. You won’t leave empty handed at this extravaganza with home improvement seminars, on-the-spot home loan and home equity line of credit approvals, opportunities to participate in hands-on experiences through workshops and seminars — and regular door prize giveaways both days. Free admission and free parking. Presented by Michael Kelley Properties. Sam Houston Race Park indoor pavilion, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West, JULY 28-30: GREAT TEXAS BALLOON RACE IN LONGVIEW In its 40th year, the event draws professional pilots from across the United States in this colorful race, following a 2017 theme of “Lifting Up Longview.” Catch the “Balloon Glow” on Saturday night and, throughout the weekend, Kids Land, arts and crafts booths, food and drink vendors and musical entertainment.

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JULY 1: ANGLETON, FREEDOM FIREWORKS, 9:20 p.m. Catch some fireworks before the Fourth! The city of Angleton hosts this 20-minute show at The Brazoria County Fairgrounds, where you’ll find great viewing from the parking lot. JULY 4: FOURTH OF JULY IN GALVESTON Celebrate America’s birthday at this patriotic party, complete with an all-American parade down Seawall Boulevard and an explosive fireworks display over the Gulf to conclude the evening. JULY 4: HOUSTON: CITGO FREEDOM OVER TEXAS, 4-10 p.m. Houston’s official Fourth of July celebration, CITGO Freedom Over Texas once again offers something for everyone. Band and musicians take to the stage for live entertainment, including Country Music Awards-winning Hunter Hayes. Children of all ages enjoy the Walmart All-America Kids Zone with fun and interactive educational activities. Head to the Bud Light Bayou Beer Garden and the Dr Pepper Zone, and don’t miss the chance to win round-trip tickets at the Southwest Airlines Porch. The day culminates with a spectacular display of fireworks set against the downtown skyline. JULY 4: MANSFIELD ROCKIN’ FOURTH OF JULY Mansfield’s annual Independence Day party focuses on recreation, rockets and rock ‘n’ roll. Held at Big League Dreams Mansfield Sports Park, the free event features family activities, live music, food and fireworks. Free shuttles are provided from Mansfield ISD’s Newsom Stadium. JULY 4: ROUND TOP FOURTH OF JULY PARADE, noon Look no further than Round Top for a small-town, flagwaving parade, billed as the “longest running Fourth of July parade west of the Mississippi River.” Parade floats and entrants begin at the Round Top Rifle Hall and make their way through town. Enjoy live music and great food, too. Round Top Rifle Association,


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feast for the designer at heart, a party for 340,000 visitors from all over the word gathered recently at Salone del Mobile 2017 to study the latest creations in furniture, materials and lighting. Among them we had a great group of architects, designers and showroom owners that made the trip from Houston to Milan, walked the fairgrounds and the whole town, picking the best parties from hundreds of events.

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Arriving Monday, May 3, a day before the Salone opened, I went straight from the Malpensa Airport to la Rinascente department store located just across from the white marble Duomo di Milano for a first cappuccino. I saw that the terrace was ready for a show called “il gusto con vista.” Then I went to Via Orobia, where the golden Prada Foundation is, to discover in an old factory the new outdoor collection by Paola Lenti: Soft shapes, ultimate comfort

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and vibrant colors were a true pleasure. Next day, I was glad to immerse myself again in the Maximiliano Fuksas fairgrounds architecture. I tried to focus on outdoor furniture and visited the always-striking Vondom booth, and then I found a marvelous light/table at the Vibia booth. Still a prototype, it should be available next year here. On Wednesday, I visited the Kartell Museum and had a funny encounter with the Philippe Starck gnomes in its garden. Thursday was all about architecture and the latest in the new Milan CityLife area with buildings by Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhass, Herzog and de Meuron and Daniel Libeskind. Design talks were given at the Feltrinelli Foundation, among many other places, by Mario Bellini, Antonio Citterio, Piero Lissoni, Alberto Alessi, Ingo Maurer, Marcel Wanders and so many other extraordinary people that I just could not believe to be so close to them. What a feast! More striking outdoor furniture at the always-impressive Vondom booth 20 house& home | June 2017 |



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Much of the furniture in the Hartleys’ home is vintage, but even the new pieces — like their sectional in the open living room — have a retro feel.

MID-CENTURY MODEST Couple Embraces Time-Capsule Living in Historic Glenbrook Valley


enora Hartley was just 10 years old when she acquired her first piece of vintage furniture, an enamel-topped kitchen table that belonged to her great-grandmother. This sparked a lifelong hobby: Throughout college in Oklahoma, during a stint in New York City and in the five years that she has lived in Houston, she has scoured antique stores, estate sales and family members’ garages for furniture, dishes and decor to add to her collection of home wares from a bygone era. Today, all of these pieces have found a fitting home in the three-bedroom Glenbrook Valley mid-century modest that she 24 house& home | June 2017 |

and her husband, Andy, share with their 2-year-old son, Theodore, and a 12-year-old cat. Even before Lenora and Andy set eyes on the property, they resolved to keep the house as true to the original as possible. “The couple was looking for a wellpriced home with mid-century character that had not been ‘remuddled’ by flippers who strip the original features,” says realtor Robert Searcy, who worked with the Hartleys during their search. “Like many young buyers, they wanted a short commute with the character of an older home and established neighborhood.”

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Lenora and Andy found both in Glenbrook Valley, which they discovered by chance on a drive from William P. Hobby Airport to their apartment in The Galleria area. Glenbrook Valley, situated only eight miles southeast of downtown Houston, is the city’s closest-in post-World War II neighborhood and the nation’s largest designated postwar historic district. Built between 1953 and 1962, the planned community was designed by landscape architects Hare and Hare for developer Fred McManus with the intent to showcase state-ofthe-art architecture and home innovation. “Quality rather than quantity has been stressed in every aspect of this compact, well-designed home,” touts a listing in the Greater Houston Builder’s Association “Parade of Homes” brochure. (The property, designed by E. Kelly Gaffney and built by D.D. Hutchison, was featured on the prominent tour in 1956.) When the Hartleys purchased the home from its original owners in September 2015, the home still had good bones, but it had suffered several decades of well-intentioned upgrades and a few years of neglect. The couple returned the property to its original charm in just a year — with help from family and a few friends, a small budget


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and an infant underfoot. Nights, weekends and naptimes were spent ripping up carpet and linoleum flooring, refinishing hardwoods, laying new kitchen tile, stripping cabinets and painting inside and out.


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The result is a living time capsule. Everything from the pink bathroom tiles to the green linen Formica kitchen countertops to the original retractable brass light fixture above the dining table looks much as they did when the home was built in the ’50s. The couple even repainted the exterior the original seafoam green, which Lenora uncovered by chipping through layers of paint on the doorframes. When the Hartleys couldn’t directly replace a finish or fixture, they found contemporary designs that echoed the styles of the time. A bathroom vanity light purchased from Amazon looks almost just like the original. After an Internet search for similar dining area wallpaper was unsuccessful, they settled on a retro textured wallpaper that they painted “Optimistic Orange.” Nostalgic touches throughout nod to the home’s past as well as the history of the young family that now inhabits it. A vintage


Theodore’s cheerful nursery is decorated with family heirlooms.

dumbbell found in the yard adds a touch of humor to the builtin brick planter that wraps around the front porch. Lenora and Andy’s bedroom set was built by her great-grandfather. Back issues of “Muscle Power” magazine and old Pam Am brochures, left behind by the original owner, hang in the home office and entry hall. Above the enamel-topped table that kickstarted Lenora’s collection is a framed photo of her mother and uncle dining at the very same table.

OUTSIDE When it came to the remodel, the biggest and least-expected challenge cropped up outside: The Hartleys discovered an unsalvageable concrete patio in their backyard, hidden under years of weeds. In the end, Andy busted up almost 14 tons of concrete, then tilled and leveled the yard, brought in topsoil and sod and finally built a wooden deck where the original patio stood. Today it’s the picture-perfect place to spend an afternoon while enjoying a Bomb Pop and watching the planes take off and land. With a lovingly restored home and warm, welcoming neighbors, it’s easy to pretend you have stepped back into a more modest time. Lenora and her son, Theodore, install the backyard deck. 30 house& home | June 2017 |


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ack your bags now for summer travel itineraries filled with adventures for the entire family. Whether it’s a day trip, weekend stay or an extended getaway, we have some exciting, relaxing and just plain fun options for you to consider.

BASTROP Discover the charms of this “Lost Pines” town near Austin, including a wonderful mix of shopping, restaurants, galleries and the 1889 Bastrop Opera House in the Main Street Historic District. In addition to numerous hotels about town, cabins and RV sites are available in peaceful Bastrop State Park with hiking trails and wildlife. You’ll also see the healthy new growth of trees and vegetation after the fires of 2011. Book now for later, as the rustic rental cabins go fast! BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK This 800,000-plus-acre park sits along the Chisos Mountains surrounded by the Chihuahuan Desert and is home to hundreds of bird species, as well as more than 1,200 species of plants and bountiful wildlife. The Rio Grande carves temple-like canyons in the ancient limestone along the U.S.-Mexico border. Big Bend is a haven for hikers, bird-watchers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages — and is a true Texas gem.

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CANYON LAKE If your dream escape translates to boating, skiing and fishing, look no further than Canyon Lake, nicknamed “The Water Recreation Capital of Texas” — and for good reason. Canyon Lake spans 8,230 acres and offers 80 miles of shoreline, camping and day parks, hiking trails and more. Enjoy Canyon Lake-area establishments and more shopping, dining and sightseeing in heritage-rich Hill Country towns easy drives nearby. GEORGETOWN Proudly boasting the title of “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” Georgetown’s allure begins at the majestic Williamson County Courthouse built more than 100 years ago. This architecturally stunning structure is flanked on all four sides by historic and meticulously maintained buildings filled with restaurants, shops and galleries waiting to be explored. Every first Friday of the month, merchants stay open late for evening shopping — with live music, to boot! Mark your calendar now for the city’s 2018 Red Poppy Festival, Georgetown’s annual signature event held each April. GONZALES The city of Gonzales welcomes visitors with the offer, “It’s Yours to Take, So Explore It,” a greeting inspired by the famous “Come and Take it” cannon that was shot during the first battle of






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the Texas Revolution in 1835. History buffs can take in the Gonzales Memorial Museum to witness that cannon, as well as see artifacts and objects commemorating the “Immortal 32” who died at the Alamo. The 1885 J.B. Wells House Museum showcases original furnishings gracing its 15 rooms. Just eight miles out of town are the plantation-style Braches House and the “Sam Houston Oak,” a magnificent tree where Gen. Sam Houston and his troops are said to have rested. JEFFERSON Nestled in the heart of the Piney Woods, Jefferson is steeped in history, harking back to the mid-1840s when steamboats full of people and goods made their way inland to the state’s most significant river port at that time, crowning Jefferson the “Queen of the Bayou.” With prosperity and wealth came the fashions, customs and architecture found in New Orleans. In fact, the many bed-and-breakfast inns located throughout Jefferson today are the same beautifully restored and maintained houses. Antique shops line the original brick streets and horse-drawn carriage tours are available. LONGVIEW Longview is loaded with festivals throughout the year, including the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival held each year in June honoring this native son and celebrating the music genre. July marks 40 years of the Great Texas Balloon Race, a world-class event attracting competitive pilots from across the United States and the world. Shoppers delight in specialty stores to national retailers in this retail hub of East Texas, and wine- and beer-lovers alike find numerous wineries, vineyards and breweries in the area. 40 house& home | June 2017 |

MARFA Located in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park, Marfa is known worldwide as an arts hub. The Chinati Foundation, established by artist Donald Judd, displays huge indoor and outdoor installations on an old army base. The Ballroom Marfa arts center hosts exhibitions, concerts and the Marfa Myths cultural festival. The Marfa Lights Viewing Area is located nine miles east of town on Highway 90 towards Alpine. And for fun, take your photo in front of the “pop architectural land art” Prada storefront designed by artists Elmgreen and Dragset in nearby Valentine. NEW BRAUNFELS Founded in 1845 by German settlers, New Braunfels invites all with its Old World-heritage combined with small-town charm, from beautiful historic buildings, great shops, museums, restaurants and entertainment venues. Visit Naegelin’s, the oldest Texas bakery; Henne, the state’s oldest hardware store; and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, showcasing a collection of more than 70 pieces of antique Biedermeier furniture. The Comal River continues to be a main attraction for tourists to New Braunfels, passing through scenic Landa Park, downtown New Braunfels and into Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort. Nearby, Natural Bridge Caverns is filled with stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations 180 feet below ground. The Gruene Historic District is lively with antique shops and one of Texas’ most famous dance halls, Gruene Hall. NATCHITOCHES, LA. Established in 1714, Louisiana’s oldest town is known as the “Bed and Breakfast Capitol” of Louisiana, and the 33-block National Historic Landmark District is evidence to that classic


SPOTLIGHT ON KERRVILLE Pack a pair of cowboy boots if you’re thinking about a getaway to Kerrville. And if you’re joining the many Houstonians who have second homes or are retiring in this Hill Country town surrounded by natural scenic beauty and the sparkling, spring-fed waters of the Guadalupe River, pack a second pair, too. It’s a Western-style destination with a history of cowboys and cattle drives. The Museum of Western Art holds works by the nation’s top artists of that genre, and the Hill Country Arts Foundation’s Point Theater stages indoor and outdoor producA bronze cowboy sculpture at The Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. tions. The famous Y.O. Photo by Diann Bayes/Flickr Ranch Hotel & Convention Center takes you back to the early days of ranching in Texas, and the annual Kerrville Folk Music Festival, this year set through June 11, attracts fans of bluegrass, country music and Americana to the grounds of Quiet Valley Ranch. Kerrville is also the home to the company headquarters and first retail showroom for James Avery Jewelry. Oh, and add a pair of hiking shoes to your bag: Lost Maples State Park, the only maple forest in Texas, is just 1½ hours southwest of town.

Southern hospitality. The downtown area also serves as a shopping and dining paradise, from Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile, the oldest general store in Louisiana; to Lasyone’s Meat Pie Kitchen, famous for its authentic “Soulful Louisiana Creole Flavors.” Horse-drawn carriage tours provide an excellent way to see downtown, while boat tours down the Cane River offer backyard views of the grand Oaklawn and Magnolia plantations — the latter a filming site for the movie, “Steel Magnolias.” Take the history-rich Cane River National Heritage Trail to see the plantations, missions, Civil War and historic fort sites and churches dating back 200-300 years — many of them with National Register of Historic Places designations. The Cajun spirit continues with annual festivals from jazz, R&B and Zydeco concerts to arts and crafts fairs to barbecue and meat pie competitions. MCKINNEY Just 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, McKinney is a picturesque city with a small-town feel that is quite different from the 42 house& home | June 2017 |

Metroplex's urban sprawl, complete with a Main Street America square. Just two blocks south of the historic downtown, step back in time with a visit to Chestnut Square Historic Village sitting on 2.5 shaded acres. With 10 structures dating from 1854 to 1930, the village offers docent-led tours, facility rentals, a wedding venue, living history demonstrations and community events like the No. 1 Farmers Market in Texas and the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off. ROCKPORT Fish the docks or navigate the channels to the ocean for worldclass fishing, visit the Texas Maritime Museum and the Rockport Center for the Arts and enjoy Rockport Beach Park for swimming, sunning and family activities. Whooping cranes winter here from mid-October thru mid-April, and many outfitters offer tours yearround for dolphin and whale watching and romantic rides into the sunset. In neighboring Fulton, the Fulton Mansion showcases Second Empire architecture and is on the National Register of Historic Places. SAN MARCOS It truly is shop ’til you drop in San Marcos, home to the largest outlet shopping center in the United States. Imagine: Two hundred and sixty stores in 1.2 million square feet of shopping heaven with huge discounts at San Marcos Premium and Tanger outlets. The city’s downtown square is the place to go for locally owned restaurants, bistros and nightspots. Check out The Meadows Center Glass-Bottom Boat Tours, formerly Aquarena Springs, for interpretive and self-guided tours, glass-bottom boat rides, wildlife viewing and wetlands boardwalk. The San Marcos River bubbles to life from hundreds of springs right in the center of town. Always a refreshing 72 degrees, the river is enjoyed year-round by tubers, kayakers, snorkelers and picnickers. WIMBERLY If you like scenic drives, head to Wimberley, located 16 miles from San Marcos and situated about 1,000 feet above sea level on the Edwards Plateau. Take the Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive for incredible views of the Hill Country. As one recent visitor writes, “Keep the speed reasonable, keep the soft top between the white lines and enjoy the view.” If more physical exhilaration is your game, the Wimberley Zipline Adventures offers an exciting ride. For relaxation, Jacob’s Well Natural Area is a popular swimming spot with an artesian spring and underwater caves. The 126-acre Blue Hole Regional Park presents 3.5 miles of trails, picnic areas, a community pavilion, playscape, basketball court, sand volleyball court and amphitheater.


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Wrought iron light fixtures from Lighting Unlimited feel elegant, yet Western at the same time. Knotty alder brings warmth and rustic character to the ceiling, trusses and trim work.

COUNTRY OASIS An Elegant Ranch Home Serves as a Family Retreat on the Range By Sandra Cook • Photography by Miro Dvorscak


oustonians relish their world-class culture, dynamic business environment and social scene within the big city, but, being Texans, wide-open spaces beckon. It may start with weekend jaunts to the Hill Country, but for some, a home in the country provides the ultimate escape. With 25 years’ experience, Houston designer Januari Works, RID, ASID, has worked with a broad spectrum of clients on projects large and small and has recently completed design projects for

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country homes for several clients. For one of those homes, set on a secluded property on rolling terrain about an hour northwest of Houston, Works was referred through a previous client and builder Carl Cunningham, with whom she has collaborated on multiple custom homes. “The client had toured a previous project with the builder and eventually signed on with the builder and my company, Design Works as well,” says Works. “The builder and I worked out the look

A soft sage green on the island cabinetry provides an earthy hue, while a custom copper hood by Lonestar Range Hood Co. and Typhoon Bordeaux granite countertops make major style statements and provide functionality. 47

Two very manly custom leather sofas are complemented by a dainty, yet comfy pair of French Fauteuil wood-carved arm chairs covered in Vento Moss fabric. Dale Dickenson crafted the custom mantle from a tree that once stood on the property.

of the trusses, the stonework and the transitions from space to space and just how to trim it out and keep the integrity of the home’s design.” Works was charged with creating the interior design and finishing touches for a ranch house to be used as a getaway for a large family, including three generations, each with their own ideas and opinions.

A FAMILY THAT COOKS While the family wanted the feel of a typical one-story ranch house, they sought degrees of separation that would allow privacy when the whole family stayed in the home, yet craved a central, communal hub for shared memories as a family. That central hub is, of course, a large kitchen/living/dining area that spans 60 feet

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across and features vaulted ceilings that reach more than 18 feet high. Off the back this central area, a well-equipped outdoor kitchen allows for all of the various cooks to each have their own cooking spaces. Arriving at a somewhat formal ranch aesthetic, the color palate throughout the home is comprised of soft neutrals and especially soft earth tones, such as sage green and natural woods. In the kitchen, a special glazing on the cabinets and a custom copper vent hood add visual warmth to the space. “The result is a good blend for city folks who also enjoy being out in the country,” says Works. Lighting was carefully considered and offers a variety of settings, including various levels of task lighting and special settings for day and evening to deliver decorative accents and create ambiance as desired. Wrought iron and glass chandeliers yield an elegant glow

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The wine cellar’s arched wood ceiling showcases the use of knotty alder, also used throughout the house. Contractors Wade Cunningham of Brenham and Millwork Cabinets of Canton collaborated to produce the wine shelving and woodwork throughout the wine cellar.

with Western flair. Craftsman Dale Dickenson of Burton used trees that were removed from the property during construction to shape exotic accent pieces, such as the mantle and door headers. Works designed custom leather sofas for comfy seating near the fireplace, and a pair of French chairs with ottomans provide pretty spots to stretch out.

The wood-paneled ceiling showcases the use of knotty alderwood. The cabinetry and millwork contractors collaborated to deliver the specialized shelving and wood trim throughout the wine cellar. “They all did a great job and were super to work with in achieving the final effect,” says Works.

A FAMILY AFFAIR A PLACE TO WIND DOWN According to Works, the grandfather had a very specific vision for his wine cellar, which was essentially a man cave that celebrates his love of wine. A staircase leads down to the underground cellar, which features walls in thin-cut brick from The Detering Company, which are also used in a herringbone pattern on the floor. Works tapped Wharton, Texas-based glass artist Ellen Abbot to create the custom grapevine etching on the glass door. Works made use of two small slabs of distinctive Breccia Vendome granite to top the token counter surfaces in the wine cellar. 50 house& home | June 2017 |

With three married couples and two sets of young children, Works was tasked to design three different bedroom suites for grown-ups, plus quarters for kiddos. “They were very democratic and everyone got to vote on the choices, so decisions didn’t happen quickly,” explains Works. “There were a lot of opinions, and in the end, beauty prevailed, and that’s the whole point.” The result is an elegant, yet comfy ranch house for the whole family to enjoy.


The master bath is the grandmother’s personal retreat and features a distinctive bathtub, a Michaelangelo model from Hydro Systems’ Maestro Collection. Mediterranean ivory travertine adds texture to the countertop and shower enclosure.

RESOURCES INTERIOR DESIGN Januari Works, RID, ASID Design Works 713-868-4877 BUILDER Carl Cunningham Hempstead 979-251-0488

CARPENTER FOR TRIM AND FINISHES Wade Cunningham Brenham 979-900-2960 CABINETS Millwood Cabinets LLC 1200 1st Monday Lane Canton 903-567-3333



BUILDING MATERIALS AND INTERIOR BRICK The Detering Company 6800 Helmers St. 713-869-3761

CUSTOM WOODWORKING FOR MANTEL Dale Dickenson Burton 979-203-662

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A photo from a magazine inspired the vanity, which was custom-crafted with a gesso finish on applied moldings for a bit of Santa Fe flair. Oval-shaped mirrors and lovely light fixtures bring even more style to the area.

GRANITE IGM Houston 713-690-1008 Olympus Marble Inc. 2141 Bingle Road 713-827-8700 LIGHTING Lighting Unlimited 4211 Richmond Ave. 713-626-4025 TILE Daltile Multiple dealers

VENTHOOD Lonestar Range Hood Co. 1226 Jackson Blvd. 713-520-8134 WINDOW TREATMENTS D&D Drapery Co. 5000 San Jacinto St. 713-522-1643 Samuel & Sons (trim) 212-704-8000

FAUCETS I WHIRLPOOLS I HARDWARE I SINKS I TOILETS I TUBS Westheimer Plumbing & Hardware is in the process of rebuilding our showroom after the driver of a car in the parking garage behind us lost control of his vehicle and went through the parking garage and crashed into the roof of our showroom. No one was seriously injured, but the damage to the showroom is significant. We have relocated our entire staff and a great many displays to our Warehouse Showroom. We hope you will come to our Warehouse Showroom as we rebuild our Kirby Drive showroom! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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SOUTHERN CHARM New Orleans-style Family Home Gracefully Blooms in Garden Oaks By Marsha Canright Photography by Ben Hill


hen Southern elegance meets contemporary Texas, the result is a handsome blend of wide porches, antique brick, ironwork and a modern light-filled

interior. Inspired by a New Orleans-style manor, but softer, this twostory family home has four bedrooms, three and a-half baths, more than 25 windows, 10-foot ceilings on both floors and white oak hardwood flooring throughout. It sits comfortably on curvy Gardenia Drive, a tree-lined lane in the Garden Oaks neighborhood, which borders the Heights. Built by David Gordon’s company, Whitestone Builders, the house is new but has the presence of a century-old abode. “Our vision is to build beautiful homes for our clients. That’s what we do,” says Gordon, owner of Whitestone Builders. Besides visual appeal outside and in, Gordon also emphasizes energy efficiency, sustainability and the use of high-quality materials throughout the home.

STEP INSIDE The interior of the house is open and airy with a ledge stone fireplace, a farm sink in the kitchen and shiplap throughout the house. The kitchen is about 19 feet wide with a double island, ample storage, multiple cabinets with inset cabinet doors and a backsplash of elongated white subway tile creating long, clean lines. It also features a stylish 48-inch range from Bertazzoni, an Italian appliance manufacturer. All bedrooms are on the second floor, along with the master suite. The master bathroom has floating vanity cabinets, marble countertops and a Randolf Morris double-ended freestyle tub with a contemporary double-post freestanding tub faucet. The master shower has a frameless glass surround, and the shower tile is Daltile’s new marble look-a-like tile called “Calacatta MA-87.” A utility room connects with the master closet.

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Windows by Jeld-Wen bring natural light into the large kitchen with its two islands, an upscale Italian range, inset cabinet doors and oak hardwood floors. 57

A double-ended freestyle tub is the centerpiece for the luxurious master bath, complemented by decorative wood moulding and marble counter tops.

TEAMWORK On this project and others, architects Brickmoon Design enhance Whitestone’s creative power, although Gordon remains the hands-on curator. They have worked together for more than eight years. “This particular team is part of our secret sauce. They help put together beautiful design options and then we decide what looks best to us,” Gordon says. 58 house& home | June 2017 |

“One of the things I love about the house is the oversized covered back porch,” Gordon continues. “It's perfect for entertaining. We had a Kentucky Derby party earlier this month, there were more than 60 people on that porch and there was still plenty of room to move around.” The house also has room for a pool and spa, and the 8,700square-foot lot offers plenty of space for more outdoor amenities and landscaping, he says.


The large, private master suite features shiplap walls and wide Jeld-Wen windows overlooking the treetops.

ENERGY CONSCIOUS Another goal of Whitestone is to build energy-efficient homes. “It’s the details that make the difference,” Gordon says. “For example, we put our plugs in the baseboards, not the walls, and there are no outlets in the backsplash, which we feel can hurt the look of the backsplash.” For heating and cooling, they install Lennox high-efficiency

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AC systems with wireless thermostats in their homes. Gordon selected the Garden Oaks site with the help of his realtor, Deanna Zugheri, an expert in this area. Whitestone has spent more than a decade building luxury homes in the Heights. “It’s an up-and-coming neighborhood with very large lots, easy access to downtown and a great elementary school,” he says.


At top, a ledge stone fireplace completes a cozy, contemporary living area. Above, the elegant dining area with floor-to-ceiling Jeld-Wen windows is perfect for family dinners or entertaining.

WHITESTONE BUILDERS Gordon primarily builds custom homes for his clients, but also builds a few speculative homes each year that attract buyers who are looking in the $1.2 million market and up.

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“Our philosophy at Whitestone is to find clients who appreciate the benefits afforded in our higher-end luxury homes because our pricing is at the higher end of the spectrum,” Gordon says. “Then we work diligently with those clients to exceed their wishes.”


The handsome home office with a shiplap wall and a decorative ceiling is a light and bright working space.

He adds: “We don’t necessarily want to build the same house over and over. We want to work with clients who are passionate about design and have an eye for the details that we put

RESOURCES BUILDER Whitestone Builders 2233 Yale St. 832-274-3848 ARCHITECTS Brickmoon Design 1438 Campbell Road Suite 202 281-501-2712 Beech Design Group www.beechdesigngroup

Collaborative Design Group 2501 Central Parkway Suite A1 713-263-8311 AIR CONDITIONING AND HEARTING Lennox Central Air & Heat Multiple dealers ANTIQUE BRICKS AND TRIM MATERIALS The Detering Company 6800 Helmers St. 713-869-3761

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into our luxury homes. That makes it more fun.” At the time of this writing, the house, located at 974 Gardenia Drive, was listed at $1.199 million by Zugheri of Keller Williams Realty.

DOORS, HARDWARE AND LOCKS Emtek Ferguson Supply 13511 Westheimer Road 281-556-6500 KITCHEN RANGE Bertazzoni Multiple dealers LIGHTING Circa Lighting 2427 Westheimer Road 713-526-4100

REALTOR Keller Williams Realty 5050 Westheimer Road Suite 200 281-658-4514 WINDOWS BY JELD-WEN Grogan Building Supply Co. 2419 Yale St. 713-862-6623


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SALES & SPECIALITIES Holiday Bargains and Gift-Giving Options Abound for Shoppers


ith every holiday and life celebration, you’ll find a sale. Right now, we’re in the midst of a bundle of bargain opportunities as merchants close out Memorial Day items and ready for the Fourth of July — and add to that the giftgiving season for dads, grads and brides. Retailers are clearing inventories and moving on to those next special occasions on the calendar. What’s on sale in June and onward to July? We found the deals, as well as great places to shop for everyone on your gift list.

GYM EQUIPMENT Exercise enthusiasts are bringing their gyms home to have much-needed, air-conditioned options from their outdoor training during the hot summer days. BUSY BODY HOME FITNESS was recently offering discounts on many floor models. Busy Body Home Fitness,


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Audio-Technica’s LP3 fully automatic belt-drive turntable makes the perfect Father's Day or graduation gift. Photo courtesy of Audio-Technica

It’s an easy drive to Galveston, and if you’re on the hunt for presents, MILAGRO IMPORTS & DESIGN makes the trip well worth your time. Their one-of-a-kind, hand-blown vases are perfect accent pieces for the June bride, groom and even for Dad, anyone who appreciates unique and handcrafted art. Get a 20-percent discount from an assortment of vases regularly priced from $98 to $250 if you tell the friendly owners and staff that Houston House & Home sent you. Milagro Imports & Design, 2313 Strand St., Galveston, 409.762.6500 Vinyl is back and bigger than ever! The Audio-Technica LP3 fully automatic belt-drive turntable makes the perfect Father's Day or graduation gift since it comes with everything needed to play records. Available for $249 in classic black or a striking white finish, the turntable combines outstanding sound quality with advanced features. Best Buy, multiple locations,

MAJOR APPLIANCES Memorial Day sales tend to run past the holiday, especially when it comes to major kitchen appliances. As well, continuing manu66 house& home | June 2017 |

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Check out the specials on kitchen packages at Factory Builder Stores. Photo courtesy of Fisher & Paykel

Mention Houston House & Home sent you to Milagro Imports & Design for a 20-percent discount on an assortment of vases. Photo courtesy of Milagro Imports & Design

facturers’ rebates keep prime buying opportunities available almost any time of year. For example, we spotted several kitchen promotion packages on the FACTORY BUILDER STORES website, including any qualifying Fisher & Paykel range and any 36-inch Fisher & Paykel refrigerator with bonus gift options: A Double DishDrawer™ dishwasher or two single DishDrawers™ dishwashers or a $500 rebate. The special requires a single transaction before June 30. Factory Builder Stores, 4242 Richmond Ave., 713-572-4242; 8700 Fallbrook Drive, 281-477-6464,

GRILLS The discounts begin now and just in time for your big Fourth of July party, which traditionally for many people centers around grilling, outdoor entertaining and, of course, fireworks! Manufacturers put their most popular models on sale, as outdoor appliances fly off the shelves en masse for the biggest cookout holiday of the year. Save $75 now on C&D HARDWARE AND GIFTS’ best-selling Daniel Boone wood pellet grill. The Green Mountain model, complete with Wi-Fi control, meat probe, tray, thermal sensor and more bells and whistles, is marked down from $759 to $684. Check out C&D for similar savings on all Green Mountain grills. C&D Hardware and Gifts, 313 E. 11th St., 713-861-3551, Save $75 now on C&D Hardware and Gifts’ best-selling Daniel Boone wood pellet grill. Photo courtesy of C&D Hardware and Gifts

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et the celebrations begin now for our country’s birthday with patriotic, decorative and even wearable salutes to these bold, brave and beautiful colors. We found the following selections to perfectly fit the spirited occasion. Happy shopping…and Happy Fourth of July!


$65.99 Summer calls for ripe and juicy watermelon, so welcome guests with a bright slice in the form of a colorful, sturdy and all-natural coir doormat from Entryways. The mat is hand-stenciled with faderesistant dyes, has a nonslip backing and measures 28 inches long and 17 inches wide. Available through Walmart, multiple locations, and Wayfair, FIREWORKS DINNERWARE


Prices vary Proudly fly our nation’s flag on the Fourth and year-round. Now’s the perfect time to purchase a new Stars and Stripes if yours needs replacing, as you’ll find Old Glory on sale everywhere. From hand-held, parade-waving sizes to grand, show-stopping giants, American flags are readily available. Go, U.S.A!

$10-$25 Add star-spangled flair to barbecues, Fourth of July parties and more with this dinnerware collection bursting with fireworks. Made of lightweight and durable Melamine, the line of plates, serving platter, serving bowl and napkins is great for use inside and out. Melamine is top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Available through Sur La Table, several locations, BEACH TOWEL


$4.99 each Serve up that traditional holiday meal in this food-safe, galvanized iron basket with utilitarian chic. Add a festive — meaning red, white and blue — paper liner for sodafountain pizzazz and the party’s on. The antique finish requires hand-wash only. Available at Crate & Barrel, 4006 Westheimer Road, 713-490-6400, 70 house& home | June 2017 |

$80 Designed by textile artist John Robshaw, this red, white and blue cotton towel shows your Fourth spirit in an updated way with its block-print design. Pack it for the pool, lake, river or beach, as it’s machine washable and ready to go anywhere you are. Available through Neiman Marcus,, and Nordstrom, multiple locations, EMBROIDERED “AMERICA” ACCENT PILLOW

$228 From sea to shining sea, this accent pillow is entirely hand-embroidered on light tea-colored, 100-percent organic cotton canvas in about nine days by talented artisans. Imagine incorporating landmarks in 3.5 million-plus square miles of the continental United



States onto 432 square inches! Check out CatStudio’s other geographic pillows, too. Available though CatStudio,; 2 Lucy’s Antiques at Back Row Home, 8570 Katy Freeway, 713-304-0442,; and Pinto Ranch Houston, 1717 Post Oak Blvd., 713-333-7900, NAUTICAL PICNIC BASKET

$202 This classic willow basket has everything you need for a festive picnic: Four ceramic plates, four glasses, four sets of three-piece stainless steel flatware with wooden handles, ceramic salt and pepper shakers, one wine bottle opener and four crab claw openers. Oh! And no need for napkins. The basket comes complete with them, too. Available through Pottery Barn, 4011 Westheimer Road, 713-627-8901; and 12850 Memorial Drive, 713-461-4057;

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$4.99-$299.99 Kay Stephens at Cornelius Nursery on Voss Road assembled this festive tablescape just for Houston House & Home, and it cheers “Happy Fourth of July!” The garden cart centerpiece anchors the setting. The rest of the table begged for bright Melamine plates, footed goblets, votives, placemats and a flag runner. Fun favors: Boxes of Cracker Jack to enjoy while watching fireworks. Cornelius Nursery, 2233 S. Voss Road, 713-292-0898 PATRIOTIC STAKES

Starting at $8.99 Fireworks, stars, flags and more patriotic flair come together in a wide variety of handcrafted, painted metal stakes for tabletop and the garden. Shop the entire Round Top Collection for your holiday decor. Available at C&D Hardware and Gifts, 314 E. 11th St., 713-861-3551,



Neobuxbaumia and Silver Agave make a beautiful combination.

Cordia boissieri, or Wild Texas Olive, produces white flowers in the spring.



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Some characteristics of arid plants are: • Small leaves are less than 1 inch (less water loss). • Leaf color is gray, blue or light green to reflect sunlight and reduce hot temperatures on the leaf surface (cooling). • Waxy leaf surfaces keep plants from transpiring (moisture loss). • Hairy and spiny leaf surfaces slow down wind, thus reducing water loss. • Fleshy taproots allow the plant to penetrate the soil deeper to access pools of water.

Story and photoS by Linda b. Gay

he subject sounds like an oxymoron, and we know gardeners do love a challenge. The challenge with arid plants in our neck of the woods comes in manipulating the heavy, clay soil so these desert beauties can thrive in high humidity, along with periods of heavy rainfall. You know what everyone says about Houston weather: “Don’t like it, wait a minute and it will change!” An arid plant naturally occurs in regions where water is scarce both in the air and soil and the soil makeup is rock and sand, which holds no water when it rains because runoff is quick. Plants change their physical look and makeup to adapt to their environment, whether shady and wet to sunny and dry. 74 house& home | June 2017 |

SOIL AMENDMENTS So now you see why it is important to amend our heavy soils to grow arid plants successfully in our region. Clay soils are easily amended by using a Mantis tiller to pulverize the clay into small particles. Once you have pulverized the clay, you can amend with limestone (raises the soil pH) or use expanded shale (neutral in pH). You don’t want to dig out and remove the clay, but just blend the native soil 50-50 with expanded shale or crushed limestone, depending on plant choice and soil type. The shale or rock creates channels in the clay soil that allow water to flow through for rapid drainage, hosts air and gas exchanges and creates pathways for optimum root growth.

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LOVE THAT LIMESTONE Here’s a short list of arid plants that benefit from adding limestone to the soil. You can see lovely examples of these at Peckerwood Garden, and all are available for purchase at The Arbor Gate. • Cordia boissieri or Wild Texas Olive, with white flowers in the spring and doesn’t produce olives • Sophora secundiflora or Texas Mountain Laurel, fragrant purple flowers that look like wisteria and smell like grape bubblegum • Yucca rostrata or Big Bend Tree Yucca, a beautiful architectural plant with white flowers in spring. This yucca could be the poster child for dry garden plantings! • Nolina texana or Beargrass, a clumping wiry plant that doesn’t exceed 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide and with interesting white blooms. Not a true grass, it is in the lily family. • Dasylirion texanum or Texas Sotol, a clumping native that grows 4 by 4 feet and produces flower stalks that grow 9 to 15 feet


Agave rostrata can thrive here with the right soil preparation.

Here’s another short list of arid plants, with these all thriving by adding shale to the soil. Again, visit Peckerwood Garden for an excellent viewing of these, and all are available for purchase at The Arbor Gate. Use the shale as mulch, too! • Aloes, tropical succulents best suited in a protected exposure, as they are winter bloomers • Sedums, several hardy varieties available for sun or shade • Graptopetalum paraguayense or Ghost Plant, Opal Plant, a true perennial succulent for Houston that forms a rosette • Hesperaloe parviflora or Red Yucca, a short clumping plant that produces red flowers in early summer. Hummingbirds flock to it. • Leucophyllum frutescens or Cenizo, Texas Sage is native to South Texas, so grow this one in full sun, not next to the house. Rain triggers the bloom period. • Scuttelaria suffrutescens or Skullcap is a great perennial for sunny, gravelly soils and flowers 10 months out of the year reaching 6-10 inches tall. As mentioned, one of the best arid plant collections in the Houston area is found at Peckerwood Garden in Hempstead. John Fairey has been collecting and planting Mexican plants since the early 1970s, and it is very interesting to see how the plants truly adapt because this property is subject to flooding. This botanical collection has more than 3,000 rare and unusual plants from the United States, Mexico and Asia displayed throughout the 20 acres. Time truly flies when one is immersed in learning about this exquisite plant collection, so thank you, Adam Black, director of horticulture, for sharing your time and knowledge with me. For more information, check out…and happy gardening!

“Walking Palms” have unusual stilt roots that make them seem to “walk.”

Linda B. Gay is a horticulturist and gardener at The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball. 76 house& home | June 2017 |

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