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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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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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