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Confessions of a Gardener

September 23, 2021

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…

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Newport’s Clarendon Court

September 16, 2021

Clarendon Court (1904) represents everything the words elegant, classical and sublime bring to mind. In this important Newport residence, there is the added distinction of a noted Gilded Age architect,…

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16 Signature Images from Newport’s Private Gardens

September 9, 2021

It’s been a somewhat interesting summer in Newport. While the town seemed busier than ever, confirming yet again that our City by the Sea is a very desirable destination, the…

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Provence: Le Mas des Poiriers

September 2, 2021

During this bridge month of late August into mid-September, when the gardens are a bit tired (especially after a mini-hurricane), I‘m remembering a garden from Instagram that has long intrigued…

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Pampered Pets of Private Newport, 2021

August 26, 2021

I take great delight in coincidences. For example, this annual blog which usually caps off August, the last post of the last month of summer. When scouting the many photo…

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Sonnenhof: The Evolution of a Garden

August 19, 2021

In my 2016 blog on Sonnenhof “Designing with Stone,” I closed with…”The owners’ decisions and their implementations have resulted in a landscape that provides a valuable lesson in the evolution…

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Landscaping with Hydrangeas

August 12, 2021

It’s usually about this time that I begin photographing for my annual hydrangeas of Newport post. Looking over past entries, I’ve realized yet again that Newport’s summer flower can be…

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Wonky and Witty Sakonnet Garden

August 5, 2021

A garden worthy of visiting twice in a summer, Sakonnet is testimony to the design truth that garden rooms increase the illusion of a property’s space. On not quite one…

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