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Celebrating Ever-Present Green

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A beautiful truth that we all take for granted? Green is the most prevalent color in nature. Given this time of the year, as an example, we can really appreciate evergreens. Those noble firs standing proud, cloaked in snow, silhouetted against a winter sunset. Or summer, when green serves as such a soothing, heat reducing refresher to a warm day. How is it that we overlook this prevalent color? Perhaps, because we “look over” it on a regular basis.

This blog is about considering green from many perspectives. Yes, we love color, but do we consider how important green is, how well it stands on its own without any other color. Such an elegance!

Whether an overview from a second floor window

or a green manse cloaked in ivy, visions of green bring a soothing, calming peace. The kind that inspires a soft sigh…

When we’re talking about creating “garden rooms,” only a green hedge will do. It’s the ultimate enclosure, oftentimes the first step in something that may affectionately go on to be called a “sanctuary.”

Green also comes in so many shades, here carrying out a contemporary statement with such perfection…and yet seemingly so classical at the same time.

What magic does the phrase “green lawn” hold in our sense of completeness of a home’s setting and landscape?

Would you stroll through this whimsicall setting and ever think “where’s the color?”

Especially when paired with water, which really finishes the scene!

This all green landscape, ascending from a pond, has a monumentality to it…at the same time that the cloud-pruned evergreens, sited with such precision, pique youur fascination.

And finally, do remember that your favorite garden, be it French, English, or Japanese, to name just a few, exists within a framework of green, a foil, a backdrop to the pops of color that will be added. Blow a kiss to a green scene the next time you take a moment to consider it.

All images credit, Scott Shigley Photography.

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About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

6 thoughts on “Celebrating Ever-Present Green

  1. What a beautiful and refreshing post on this dreary, cloudy, dismal day in February up here in Pennsylvania. I love green as well Bettie. I think it’s my favorite color. It used to be bright red when I was younger. I’m so into gardening now I have flowers everywhere like you, inside, outside, everywhere and there’s nothing more beautiful than having verdant green everywhere you look.

  2. We moved to Maine from the West Coast 11 years ago; I will NEVER forget my first spring here and all the shades of green Maine had to show off!!! Gorgeous gardens Bettie!

  3. What a beautiful way to start the morning, imagining myself in those luscious green spaces!
    Happy Thursday to you, dear Bettie:)

  4. *sigh*…all we have is parchment outside our windows…green has to be coming…soon…*sigh* franki

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