The Magic of Water in the Garden

As I often say, isn’t serendipity grand?! On my way to Cohasset to pick up a bejeweled crown (a story for another day) I fell into a beautiful garden prepping…

Paradise Personified, the Lake Towns of Northern Italy

When you fall in love with a part of the world, you want to experience it as much as possible. At the end of our tour my friend and I…

Garden Inspiration from the Italian Lake District, Part 2

The Northern Italian Lake District is storied for its Mediterranean climate that makes possible such legendary gardens and memorable landscapes, many of them with the sparkling lakes as a backdrop.…

Garden Inspiration from the Italian Lake District

For all the many reasons we love traveling, my top one is bringing home new ideas for the garden… or new ways to do something I’m already doing! “If we…

The Intriguing Garden at Villa di Balbianello

For many reasons, Villa di Balbianello and its terraced gardens are arguably one of the most impressive sites on Lake Como (if not the). The breathtaking location on its own…

Postcards from the Magnificent Lake District of Northern Italy

How many of us have fallen in love with a place or part of the world and promised ourselves we would return “soon.” Such is my love affair with the…

Welcoming The Daffodils

Daffodils, those “harbingers of spring,” delight us with their welcome, cheery color. In addition to this asset, they provide a dressing up of landscapes and residences, affording a new look…

Shadows in the Garden: A Spring Revelry

We all await these magical moments in the garden, so unexpected and therefore, so bewitching. And I know exactly when this one took place…5:11pm on the afternoon of Monday, April…

A Cheery, Cherry Spring at Parterre

You’ve heard me speak often about serendiptiy, and this spring it was a welcome and constant happening, specifically as regards those harbingers of spring, cherry blossoms. The timing of celebrations…

Introducing Newport’s Gardiner House Hotel

As one would expect of a destination as high profile as Newport… from yachting regattas to extravagant weddings…our “City by the Sea” boasts many hotels and inns, most of them…