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Inspiring Garden Design: A Daffodil Landscape in Dallas

Timing, as they say, is everything in life…especially when it comes to gardens. A lovely…

Charleston in Early Spring

It was a glorious sunny day in Charleston last  week but unseasonably cool and breezy.…

Inspiring Garden Design: Italian Sensibilities in Huntsville, Alabama

As a garden aficionado, nothing gives me greater pleasure, nor inspires more anticipation, than visiting…

Chasing Away the Winter Doldrums

Waking on a gray, rainy day two weeks ago, I found myself yearning for a…

Come Along, I’m Heading South for my Lecture Series

Next week I head South for the beginning of my spring lecture series and book…

Inspiring Garden Design: Ideas to Borrrow from a Parisian Garden

I love the fact that garden design inspiration can come from the most unexpected places.…

Inspiring Garden Design: 7 Key Points for Creating Garden Rooms

When invited to speak in New Orleans at a garden club fundraiser, I was  asked…

Hunt Slonem’s Bunnies Meet the Parterre Bench

Artist Hunt Slonem…of bunnies and butterflies painting fame…was the guest of honor at a dinner…

Newport “Before and After” the Blizzard, Part 2

I was bemused by the fact that so many readers feel as I do about…

Newport, “Before and After” the Blizzard

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been intrigued with the “before and after”…

48 Hours in Paris with Vicki Archer

Vicki Archer was already an established social media star when I first discovered her re-published book,…

A Paris Gem: Le Dokhan Hotel

Part of the pleasures of travelling to Paris is experiencing its many hotel offerings. No…

Remembering Paris…

If truth be told, the beauty of travel for me may ultimately rest in collecting…

A Winter Tale: Imagining a 19th Century Garret

This is a post that I wrote months ago but neither the season nor the…

2017 “The Year in Pictures”

Taking a page (or cover) from the venerable Life magazine, whose title I have co-opted…