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The 13 trees of Christmas

by Liza Roberts photographs by Carla and Kristopher Williams Christmas time at Donna and Kirk Preiss’s house is a fairy tale – an enchanting story with 1,500 characters. Each is an ornament on one of the Preiss’s 13 Christmas trees,…

Talent magnet: The new Citrix building

by Liza Roberts photographs by Nick Pironio “The way people work is changing,” says Citrix vice president Jesse Lipson. “Work and play used to be clear-cut. Those lines are blurring.” As a result, “The nature of an office has changed.”…

Fanny and I go way back

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson Aster oblongifolius  – “Fanny” – and I go way back. Back to 1992, when I learned about it through Ruth Knopf, the antique rose expert at South Carolina’s Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston….

A fresh chapter for a storied house

by Ilina D. Ewen photographs by Catherine Nguyen They said it couldn’t be saved. From the sidewalk, the stately house at 304 E. Park Drive was proof of the adage that looks can be deceiving. Off came the rose-colored glasses once…

A fig to give

by Tony Avent When most folks decide to grow a fig, they opt for something like brown turkey fig, or at least something relatively edible. Me, I’m more interested in the ornamental figs – all members of the plant genus…

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