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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving celebration!

This year, we are reminded to be grateful for the small things in life; ever…

Embellishing Autumn in Newport

While it is the majestic beech trees for which Newport is so renowned, come this…

A Fashionable Garden: the Texas Rose Festival

I may not have made it to England for garden tripping this year (or last)…

Fall Decorating 2021: Part 2

Last week’s blog “Fall Decorating 2021: Part 1” highlighted fall decorations for the outdoors, including…

Fall Decorating 2021: Part 1

The weather has been so pristine and sparkling that I was beyond inspired to start…

A Tuscan Retreat: Castello di Reschio

Tranquil…Secluded…Peaceful. Atop a tree-shrouded series of hills that had once been its own independent fiefdom…

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…