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A Splendid Affair! Coaching Returns to Newport

An equestrian sport, a tradition and a social pastime, Coaching Weekend was introduced to America…

Bellinis and Blossoms and a Second Bloom

Given our love of gardens and flowers, Cathy B. Graham and I were destined to…

Newport’s White Architectural Jewels

Perhaps it is because there are so few in a town noted for it’s stunning…

Summer Favorites: Hydrangeas and the Parterre Bench

There are many signatures that are associated with Newport —  magnificent crescent bay beaches; velvety…

The Return of Downton Abbey

Is it just a coincidence that the announcement of Downton Abbey’s  return as a silver…

Dreamy Moments in the Garden

These dreamy moments are as much about the dreamy weather we’ve been having lately…cool nights…

Out and About with Private Newport

Whew, summer in Newport has seemed a long time in coming! But once that sun…

Smell the Roses

Would they…or wouldn’t they? Roses, an always anticipated category in the Newport Flower Show, can…

The Colors of Summer: The Parterre Bench

This post is a tribute to my mother, whose birthday was June 25th. A beautiful,…

Postcards from Parterre’s Garden

This was certainly the year to take a few (no, a lot) of gulps as…

The Newport Flower Show…What to Wear?

The “unofficial” start of the Newport Summer Season is the Friday opening night party for…

12 Ideas to Borrow from St. Louis Gardens

There is inspiration in every garden, if perhaps only as confirmation, but “visiting and viewing”…

“Meet Me in St. Louis”

St. Louis is a town I’ve longed to return to since my last visit, forty…

At Home on the Upper East Side

With my speaking and booksigning travels, I don’t make it down to New York, one…

Early Spring in Central Park

Jonathan and I moved to New York in the mid-eighties, living on the West Side…