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Inspiring Garden Design: Revealing Lessons in the Snow

These past three weeks have been a flurry (excuse the pun) of one snowfall after…

Inspiring Garden Design: Remembering A Glorious Private Garden Trip to England

Photo Credit: Margot Shaw of Flower Magazine When Margot Shaw, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flower…

Inspiring Garden Design: Green Animals Topiary Garden

Thirty minutes “up island” from Newport, but another world apart, the Green Animals Topiary Garden…

Inspiring Garden Design: An Exquisite English-style Creation

“The owner’s first mixed border was developed in the pergola garden with the ornamental Bradford…

Inspiring Garden Design: A New Orleans Courtyard Garden

Traveling (and gathering with friends) are the two pleasures that I miss the most in…

Inspiring Garden Design: Chic-ing Up Parterre’s Solarium

Each winter plays out a bit differently at Parterre…some years I may be traveling, or…

Travels with the Parterre Bench

Since travel plans have been so curtailed this past year, I’m now going to treat…

A Writer’s Lair: Honoring a Literary Heritage

Welcome to 2021! Perhaps for you, as it is for me, reminiscing is part of…

Happy New Year!

As this old year ends (and not too soon) this post gives me the chance…

A Parterre Christmas

Every Christmas has its signature. This year, not knowing what draconian measure or which “pause”…

Bedecked and Bedazzled: Christmas at The Breakers

What is more joy-filled than a fifteen foot Christmas tree of live, brilliant red poinsettias?!…

Past Christmases at Parterre

In spite of 2020 being an “annus horribilis” (to quote Queen Elizabeth) we’ve made it…

The Adventures of a Narrative Gardener

My friend, Ron Fleming, is a Renaissance man in the truest sense of the word–writer,…

Enjoy your cozy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to take the opportunity at this wonderful time of the year, especially with…

A Newport Autumn at Parterre

With our wonky weather this past month–snow on October 30th, an earthquake 8 days later–fall…