Dearest Friends,

There’s always a “story” in Newport. The Parterre Bench has a magical one stretching back over 30 years. While pheasant shooting in Ireland at Birr Castle, I chanced upon an intriguing piece of furniture. The Earle of Ross had a garden bench whose design looked like something straight from Alice in Wonderland; the swooping R’s with tails resembled the devil’s pitchfork. Intrigued, its image stayed with me. When designing my Newport garden in 1999, I specifically created a bower in our winter garden that can be seen from the main rooms in our house. It came with the promise to myself that I would someday re­create this bench whose memory I had been carrying for so long.

And so, to celebrate the publication of my first coffee table book, Private Newport: At Home and in the Garden, I designed this personal take on an iconic garden accessory. Beautifully­-scaled, the Parterre Bench measures a generous 62 inches wide and rises to a dramatic 5’3”. Hand constructed of Honduran mahogany (a high ­quality hardwood very suitable for paint), the bench can bear the demands of even the liveliest garden party.

I’m so very proud to present the Parterre Bench, now available to share a spot in your garden. A bespoke piece of furniture made to exacting standards by a 4th generation Newport, Rhode Island craftsman and finished in your choice of color, this creation is the perfect gift for oneself… to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, dress up the garden for a special celebration, or perhaps to give to a bride. A special order, the bench is usually ready for delivery within 8­-10 weeks and is a timeless treasure to be enjoyed for years to come.

Happy Gardening!


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The view I have every day from my office.
You probably know the extraordinary garden of Bettie Bearden Pardee and the fabulous Parterre bench she designed. Today on her blog, privatenewport she has a beautiful post entitled “Welcoming the Tulips”! Pop over for a bright spot in your day! I’ll post a photo of me & Bettie on that very bench in my stories! Thanks to my dear friend ellbow22 for making the introduction! #tulips #pinktulips #parterrebench #bettiebeardenpardee #privatenewport #garden #gardendelights
Such an inspiring morning in the exquisite garden of privatenewport Thank you, Bettie, for walking us through your special slice of heaven! #privatenewport #parterrebench #parterregarden #fabulousgarden #newport #parterregreen
Everything comes together late August in the Fountain Garden...’Limelight’ hydrangeas coming into bloom, the red coleus full and bountiful, the Parterre Bench happily nestled into its euonymus bower and the sound of the fountain splashing in the breeze.
Happy, Happy 99th dear Iris—cherishing our memories of this celebration at Parterre 4 years ago. Putting this date on the calendar for your 100th in Newport! xxB 📷: @nickmelephotography
It’s hard to believe that this charming “dovecote” (actually a toolshed) was not on our original house plans when we were building. Pop over to the blog to read the twist to this happy ending. (Link in bio!) | @vibrant.optics for Private Newport
Bellevue House’s exquisite folly, in the Federal Revival style, is embraced in early fall with ‘Bridal Veil’ clematis (so appropriate for the pink Parterre Bench). Visit the link in my bio to view more of this historic house designed, and decorated, by Ogden Codman, Jr. (link in bio)!