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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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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

October 11, 2018

Sometimes just what you’ve been looking for may well be in your own  backyard. For me, that would be Boston (where we once lived for four years). So as I…

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Ballyfin: An Irish “World Apart”

October 4, 2018

If you love a wonderful story, a dreamy, romantic setting and a knight in shining armor who saved the day, then look no further than Ireland’s Ballyfin demesne. Having had…

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Irish Gardens and their Signature Details

September 27, 2018

It was 2003 when I was last in Ireland, with the Atlantic Botanic Garden. So taken was I with the diversity of garden design and breadth of plant material (sighting…

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Newport Society: The Harold Brown Villa

September 20, 2018

In a very European fashion, the Harold Brown Villa has been occupied by the same family since 1895 – approximately seventeen generations – which is befitting of an aristocratic family…

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Invitation to a Fantasy Engagement Party

September 13, 2018

I’m all for fanciful and fantasy moments, especially when they are in the garden and occasioned by a specific plant in bloom. And can then serve as inspiration for an…

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Bay Views: Private Newport Residences

September 6, 2018

It occurred to me as I was enjoying another Newport summer tradition, a harbor cruise, that we perhaps take Narragansett Bay a bit for granted. While I’m most respectful of…

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Privileged Pets of Private Newport

August 30, 2018

Last summer’s post on “Newport Living: A Pampered Pets Perspective” was so popular (no surprise) that I knew I needed to include a part two for 2018. It has been…

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