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Anticipating Fall

It’s October 12th and I’m off to Tyler, Texas for their annual (and much-celebrated) Rose…

Parterre’s Bountiful ‘Limelight’ Hydrangeas

Fall came very early this year, seemingly the first of August. Having been spared the…

A Green Scheme

This is the month we all celebrate in Newport, September. While rain has played its…

Confessions of a Gardener

A perennial favorite, this is the blog where I “dish the dirt,” or rather, confess…

Newport’s Clarendon Court

Clarendon Court (1904) represents everything the words elegant, classical and sublime bring to mind. In…

16 Signature Images from Newport’s Private Gardens

It’s been a somewhat interesting summer in Newport. While the town seemed busier than ever,…

Provence: Le Mas des Poiriers

Photo Credit: Jamie Beck During this bridge month of late August into mid-September, when the…

Pampered Pets of Private Newport, 2021

I take great delight in coincidences. For example, this annual blog which usually caps off…

Sonnenhof: The Evolution of a Garden

In my 2016 blog on Sonnenhof “Designing with Stone,” I closed with…”The owners’ decisions and…

Landscaping with Hydrangeas

It’s usually about this time that I begin photographing for my annual hydrangeas of Newport…

Wonky and Witty Sakonnet Garden

A garden worthy of visiting twice in a summer, Sakonnet is testimony to the design…

Champ Soleil, a 17th Century-Style French Chateau

By any measure, 1929 was not an auspicious year…except, perhaps, in Newport. For that was…

The Front Courtyard at Parterre

As I was strolling through the front landscape’s parklike setting this past weekend, it occurred…

Roses on Parade

My good friends at The Garden Conservancy just put out a special publication on preserving…

Down the Garden Path

As we move into our 23rd year in our Newport home, I thought you might…