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Floral Borders that Inspire

Aaaah, spring or summer (or perhaps winter, depending on where you are…), floral borders are…

On Tour: A First Time Peek at Parterre’s Interiors

There’s a saying in our fabled town, not hyperbole when you remember that it was…

Newport’s Hydrangeas, all Around the Town

It’s been a Technicolor summer as regards a seasonal favorite, hydrangeas, adding immeasurably to the…

The Redwood Library and Athenaeum’s 275th Anniversary

In addition to the many natural assets of which my beloved town can boast –…

A Newport Summer

As I write this post, with a languid breeze fluttering the drapes, I’m convinced that…

Roses at Parterre

We built our home, Parterre, twenty-three years ago this month. Can’t believe it’s been that…

Ideas to Borrow from Cotswold Gardens, Part 2

In reflecting back on my Cotswold garden trip, I realize it was a story of…

11 Ideas to Borrow from Cotswolds Gardens

This is always one of my favorite posts to write…just after a wonderful garden trip…

Postcards from the Cotswolds

It has been 3 long years since I’ve traveled in in the English countryside. With…

London in Bloom

When I was in London at this time in 2016 (for the Chelsea Flower Show!),…

The Many Merits of Woodland Gardens

Mother Nature delivered Parterre’s woodland garden a one-two punch this winter, between big winds that…

Bunny Mellon’s Potting Shed

There are potting sheds….and then there are greenhouse vestibules! At Bunny Mellon’s Oak Spring gardens,…

Bunny Mellon’s Oak Spring Garden

If you are as committed a garden aficionado as I am, Oak Spring garden is…

Daffodils in the Landscape

Need I say, daffodils are probably the most welcome signal that winter is over and…

Architectural Details that Steal the Show

My trip to Atlanta was such a welcome spring outing. Not only did I treasure…