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Among the Daffodils…the Parterre Bench

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Given the response to last spring’s blog on my friend Alison and Steve Walk’s property up island, we started planning ahead to truly celebrate their daffodil display this year!

Mintwater Cottage has been described by Rhode Island Monthly magazine as “one of the most magical homes in Rhode Island.” Look at these images and I think you’ll agree (it just also happens to be for sale by Lila Delman, as the Walk’s are moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland).

The brook separates the house side of the property from the woodland area accessed by  a wide stone bridge.

Of course, the Parterre Bench had to partake in the festivities, acting as the centerpiece amongst the swaying daffodils, along the burbling brook. Honestly, is this not the most picturesque setting?

Hope your daffodil season brought you as much pleasure as did ours.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

2 thoughts on “Among the Daffodils…the Parterre Bench

  1. What a joy to see your wonderful pictures of our Mintwater brook and in its daffodil exuberance! Many thanks for joining us for that special day!
    All our best,
    Allison and Steve

    1. What a breathtaking afternoon that was…the Parterre Bench and I had a yummy time.
      And of course the opportunity to see Marti and you two was frosting on the cake! Fingers crossed, xo

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