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Inspiring Garden Design: Gone, but Not Forgotten

February 14, 2019

As we’ve all experienced, “life happens” — which also relates to a garden. Storms roar in and decimate an elegant knot border. Or a new home owner isn’t quite as…

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Inspiring Garden Design: Creating a Monochromatic Garden

February 7, 2019

It is a challenge to recreate a garden that was first installed in 1913 and had been lost to the ravages of weather and real estate development since the 1950s.…

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Inspiring Garden Design: Parterre in the Snow

January 31, 2019

I’ve been wistfully looking back at snow images from the last two to three years, a spectacle we’ve missed so far this month. Of course, with such tempting images at…

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Inspiring Garden Design: A Classic French Sanctuary

January 24, 2019

One of Newport’s most pristine estates, the 9 acre Ker Arvor (French Breton for “seaside”), is what I affectionately refer to as a design trifecta — an exceptional example of…

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Inspiring Garden Design: 8 Tips for Creating a Sunken Garden

January 17, 2019

It is perhaps difficult to believe that behind this formal chateau (above) is a sunken garden that in its simplicity provides the lessons for creating your own version. But indeed…

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Inspiring Garden Design: Express Your Personality!

January 10, 2019

January is a much anticipated month for me! I welcome some downtime after the excitement of the holidays to sit by the fire, reflect and plan for the opening of…

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Newport Society: The Passing of a Legend

January 3, 2019

My first post of the New Year is in honor of Marion Oates Charles, a legendary hostess and fixture of society in Newport and Washington D.C. since the 1950’s. “Oatsie,”…

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18 Memorable Pictures for 2018

December 27, 2018

Trusting you all enjoyed a heartwarming Christmas, rich with family and friends. This now quiet period between Santa’s arrival and the fireworks of New Year’s Eve I’ve found to be…

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