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The Holiday Parterre Bench

December 13, 2018

For me, as for many of us, Christmas decorating is steeped in tradition. The treasured hand-me-down and collected-over-the-years ornaments that are lovingly hung on the tree just as they have…

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“O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree…”

December 6, 2018

Newport’s “cottages” are indeed a big draw in the summer, but so many visitors miss one of its truly breathtaking seasons — the Holidays! Decorations galore dress up already significant…

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A Vanderbilt-Inspired Holiday Mantel

November 29, 2018

It was a dream invitation, especially at this time of the year — come in and pick out your favorite new ornaments that have just arrived and create a holiday…

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8 Oops! in the Garden

November 15, 2018

Confession, as they say, is good for the soul — well, this was certainly the year to take a few (no, a lot) of gulps as regards the garden. And…

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Bellevue Avenue in Fall Color

November 8, 2018

I spoke too soon in my last post regarding lack of exuberance in Newport’s leaf display. Exactly three days after that email, all of our trees literally popped at the…

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Capturing Autumn: Turning Over a New Leaf

November 1, 2018

When you live in a New England town, autumn takes on a special meaning. While we might not have the exuberant leaf display of our more northerly neighbors, there are…

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Revealing Insights for Expressing Your Personal Style

October 25, 2018

My recent trip to Birmingham, Alabama came via an invitation from my dear friend, Margot Shaw, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the must-read Flower magazine. Ten years ago, in her great…

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Three Perspectives on Woodland Gardening

October 18, 2018

As my father loved to say, “travel is broadening.” That wisdom took on a new meaning  when gardens and their design became such a focus for me. My recent travels…

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