From that long ago Thanksgiving weekend in Ireland…to the house-building, garden-creating project in Newport…to the first published coffee table book that prompted the creation of this bespoke garden accessory…the Parterre Bench has been a magical journey, blessed with chance encounters and charmed with beautiful experiences, joining a garden that provides many occasions for delight.
In my own small way, I’ve been following three centuries of tradition that have inspired so many others. Since Newport’s founding in 1639, it has been a design avatar — from the Townsend-Goddard furniture makers of the late 1700’s to the Gilded Age architects of the nineteenth-century to the garden designers of the early twentieth-century (ie. the Olmsted Brothers).
Now, nine years after it was custom made and placed in the bower which had been awaiting it, I’ve decided to share my Parterre Bench — a-one-a-kind design — named after the garden in which it resides.
The Parterre Bench makes its debut.
What better occasion than as a finale to Newport’s favorite annual summer event, the Newport Flower Show (which coincidentally takes place right next door at Rosecliff)! How heart warming to have so many dear friends here to share this exciting launch week with me.
Approprately, over Bellinis…
…and demitasse cups of chilled minted pea soup.
A wonderful bit of serendipity, too, for when my garden club friends started planning their trip to Newport a year ago, I had no idea I would even be “going public” with a piece that is so special to me. But then the builder of the Parterre Bench re-appeared in Newport after a nine year hiatus and I took this as a good omen to go forward.
Beautifully scaled to be a centerpiece of any garden, the Parterre Bench is inspired by one I saw years ago in someone else’s garden…the Earl of Rosse in Ireland. Mine is a color I call “Parterre Green,” also used on other garden pieces (from the Versailles boxes to the dahlia stakes).
The Parterre Bench now has her own tab on our Private Newport website — scoot over to see what all the excitement is about!
And we’re proud to say — Made in America, in Newport, Rhode Island.
It was a glorious Bellinis kind of day!