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Local designer Mignon Faget (3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; 333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 524-2973; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-2244; www.mignonfaget.com) has expanded her line of decorative items for the home with new garden pots that bear emblems inspired by her well-known jewelry creations, including one with a fleur de lis and another with an acanthus etched on the side.

Each design of pot comes in several sizes with prices ranging from $38 for a small pot and $12 for its matching saucer, and $50 for a large pot and $18 for its saucer.

Photo by Save the Trees
The 2006 Gulf Coast Tree Assessment Project has sent teams of urban forestry professionals from all over the country to check out each tree in New Orleans City Park and determine which can be saved and assess how to make those that pose dangers to the public more safe.

The park lost more than 1,000 of its trees during Hurricane Katrina, but the teams are assessing the health of the thousands of damaged trees that remain and recommending steps to save them. To track the assessments, the foresters are using Global Positioning Systems to map out the trees already assessed and keep track of treatments they have received. The teams also are looking for trees with broken branches that could be detrimental to the tree or the public as well as other conditions that would pose a danger to people using the park.

A team that visited the park earlier this month began planting new trees with the help of the National Wildlife Federation as well as removing undesirable weeds from parts of the park.

The assessment teams, which pay their own ways, include foresters from all over the United States; some who already have visited New Orleans were from Hawaii, Georgia, Michigan, Maine, Wisconsin and other places. Participants in the project include the USDA Forest Service, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Davey Resource Group, Society of Municipal Arborists, International Society of Arboriculture, Environmental Systems Research Institute and Geospatial Information and Technology Association.

A New View of Plumbing Southland Plumbing Supply (2328 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 835-8411; 68443 Hwy. 59, Suite 6, Mandeville, 985-893-8883) has just introduced a new line of merchandise in its store: faucets, bathtubs, showers, lavatories and bath accessories by Dornbracht. It is the only plumbing supply business in the area to offer the brand.

Company managing director Andreas Dornbracht has worked for a decade with artists, architects and sociologists to devise bathroom fixtures and forms that combine the spiritual importance of water, cleansing and rituals in people's lives. The designs the company offers are streamlined, natural -- some of the tubs and sinks have no rims to stop the water from flowing over the side -- contemporary and elegant.

In addition to faucets, bathtubs, etc., towel racks, soap dishes, lighting fixtures and more are available in the new product line.

click to enlarge Mignon Faget has introduced a new line of garden pots -- - including this one with a fleur de lis -- inspired by her - jewelry designs. - MIGNON FAGET
  • Mignon Faget
  • Mignon Faget has introduced a new line of garden pots -- including this one with a fleur de lis -- inspired by her jewelry designs.
click to enlarge A team of visiting foresters check the health and viability of - a tree in City Park as part of the Gulf Coast Tree - Assessment Project. - BETTY BAGERT
  • Betty Bagert
  • A team of visiting foresters check the health and viability of a tree in City Park as part of the Gulf Coast Tree Assessment Project.
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