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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving celebration!

This year, we are reminded to be grateful for the small things in life; ever mindful of the silver linings in challenges we face; thankful for the opportunity to gather…

Embellishing Autumn in Newport

While it is the majestic beech trees for which Newport is so renowned, come this time of the year it is the graceful, multi-hued Japanese maples that steal the show.…

A Fashionable Garden: the Texas Rose Festival

I may not have made it to England for garden tripping this year (or last) but a visit to the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler was the next best thing!…

Fall Decorating 2021: Part 2

Last week’s blog “Fall Decorating 2021: Part 1” highlighted fall decorations for the outdoors, including the front door and other chosen spots around the grounds of Parterre. Today, I’m focusing…

Fall Decorating 2021: Part 1

The weather has been so pristine and sparkling that I was beyond inspired to start creating fall decor vignettes as soon as I returned from Texas. Each one prompted another…

A Tuscan Retreat: Castello di Reschio

Tranquil…Secluded…Peaceful. Atop a tree-shrouded series of hills that had once been its own independent fiefdom under the direct influence of the Holy Roman Empire, an eleventh century castle has been…

Anticipating Fall

It’s October 12th and I’m off to Tyler, Texas for their annual (and much-celebrated) Rose Festival. This rose lover has been counting the days. And by the time I return,…

Parterre’s Bountiful ‘Limelight’ Hydrangeas

Fall came very early this year, seemingly the first of August. Having been spared the typical end of summer heat, my long-awaited, much-anticipated bank of ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas was not missing…

A Green Scheme

This is the month we all celebrate in Newport, September. While rain has played its part (along with two storms in one week), we end this month with an (almost)…

Confessions of a Gardener

A perennial favorite, this is the blog where I “dish the dirt,” or rather, confess my horticultural missteps. I long ago found that in formal gardens it is more difficult…