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A Closing Act on the Summer Season

Like so many silver linings in this Covid summer, the ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas are proving themselves…

Strolling the Gardens at Bellevue House

Up the street, exactly one mile from me door to door, is a historic house…

Parterre’s Madcap Cutting Garden

As summer 2020 ends (Yikes! it’s already September 3), I find myself bemused and a…

Pampered Pets of Private Newport

Traditions are important. As this wonky summer of 2020 comes to a close, I’m been…

Ode to Newport 2: The Parterre Bench

As summer comes to a close, I’m reminded again of how much I treasure our…

The Orangerie at Parterre

For both sentimental reasons (it was a surprise Christmas gift from my husband) and aesthetic…

Ode to Newport

By this point in the summer, Newport would already have been a beehive of activity–from…

Celebrating Summer Al Fresco

Discovering these brightly colored and small decorated umbrellas has given me countless opportunities to brighten…

Parterre’s Signature Garden Images

This “staycation” (quarantining as I prefer to call it) over the past five months provided…

Hydrangeas in the Newport Landscape

As of July 4th, summer is in full swing in our City by the Sea,…

Parterre’s Green and White Garden

While it is the Fountain Garden that receives the most attention on posts, there is…

Designing with Roses

Surprisingly, a rose garden was not in the plans for landscaping our 3 acres at…

Parterre’s Rose Chain

Patience is a virtue that every gardener has learned to accept. Those dreams and visions…

Ode to the Peony

Invariably, when I ask friends their favorite flower, whether they are gardeners or not, the…

Breakfast Under the Pergola

Missing some much-anticipated travel this spring was offset by the sheer pleasure of being at…