May 2019

Fascinating Friends

A botanical paradise unearthed

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David Hosack, MD, America’s first botanist and friend to both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, has been a footnote in the nation’s history (though he does get a shout-out in “Hamilton.”) Victoria Johnson is looking to change that with her National Book Award finalist “American Eden.”

Turning the tide

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The “Hudson Rising” exhibition at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library in Manhattan examines two centuries along the river. From commerce to art to wildlife, varied elements combine to create a detailed exploration that encompasses ecological change and environmental activism.

A brush with history

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Ever try to put on an art show at a national historic landmark? No easy task. Just ask Susan Gilgore and Gail Ingis at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk.

Branching out

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In Jackie Battenfield’s world, it’s always springtime. The Brooklyn-based artist – represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont – has developed a unique process of painting leaves, branches and blooms on Mylar to stunning effect.

Call of the wild

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The services and benefits of a community nature center go well beyond the delightful aspect of providing a floral form of “eye candy” for visitors. In the case of New Canaan Nature Center (NCNC), the traditional mission is further expanded by educational opportunities for all ages through events and programming.

Flights of fancy

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In “LandEscape: New Visions of the Landscape from the Early 20th and 21st Centuries,” at the Katonah Museum of Art through June 16, viewers can immerse themselves in works from two seminal moments in art history when painters reimagined an ancient art form that has helped define our identity as a nation.

Birds ’n’ bees

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At Tiffany & Co., everything old is new again as the luxe silver and jewelry emporium’s signature tag shape-shifts in an urban garden for its new Return to Tiffany Love Bugs Collection.

Olive oy!

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Weather and infestations have devastated olive oil production in Italy, even as Val Morano Sagliocco gets set to debut his brand, Oliveto Morano.

Earthly inspired

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InsidherLand – the Portuguese home and jewelry design brand created in 2012 by architect Joana Santos Barbosa – takes its cue from natural forms, which include its new coral-colored collection.

Have mom, will travel

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Do you know what makes a great trip? When you never want to leave your hotel, because it offers you so much of everything. That is how my sister, my 101-year old mother and I felt about our recent stay in Manhattan at the JW Marriott Essex House New York on Central Park South.

Good enough to eat

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When it comes to fragrance and skincare, botanical elements continue to be a hot trend. And they are certainly key factors in the luxe products we recently sampled from Beauty Made in Italy, a program sponsored by the Italian government and Cosmetica Italia to promote these products in the American market.

Glow-getter

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Korean beauty-inspired brand Glow Recipe has made a name for itself in the beauty world. Now, it’s making a splash with one of its latest releases, the Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist.

A fondness for Fala

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This month we pay tribute to “Murray the Outlaw of Falahill,” or simply “Fala”as he was more commonly known to his adoring fans. The beloved Scottish Terrier of Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Fala was arguably the most famous pet that ever lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.