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Newport “Before and After” the Blizzard, Part 2

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I was bemused by the fact that so many readers feel as I do about “Before and After” pictures. So I delved back into my cell phone images to present a part two to this very popular it’s-all-about-the-snow post. To lead off — the feature above of Bellevue Avenue, one of my very favorite from Living Newport. Never before or since have I seen another image that captures this famous street looking quite so magical and other worldly (thank you, again, dear David Thalmann).

And along this street you’ll find Parterre, where I have captured some perspectives that caught my attention. From the signature trees (a 105 year old Japanese maple)…

to beloved plant material (a rare weeping Chinese lilac…)

and the evergreen cotoneaster “love knot”…

to quirky and fun architectural elements,

to include the Pergola with a guest suite above (and the best garden view on the property).

While this is not from Parterre, it certainly fits into the category of quirky…a stone Alice-in-Wonderland carriage house (in town) trying its best to look like a castle.

I’m closing with what had been the feature of the first “Snow” post but it was missing its “before.” This is a particularly special garden angle to me because it is the view I enjoy each day from my office on the second floor.

Aaah, the beauty of Newport, throughout the seasons. How I love to share it.

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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".

12 thoughts on “Newport “Before and After” the Blizzard, Part 2

  1. I love love love this series! Such a lovely way of showcasing some of the loveliest spots in Newport — and your home!

    1. So glad you’re enjoying this series, Erin. It really seemed to strike a nerve with many. Cheers, Bettie

  2. Spectacular juxtapositions! Truly dedicated to the marvel of the seasons, the timely perseverance of the photographer and her sharing dedication. Thank you. Cat

  3. Hi Miss Bettie!
    I have always enjoyed the before and after photos of hair and makeup of ladies, but nothing is more beautiful than seeing nature transform itself from season to season. Your photos are just breathtaking and you always capture nature at it’s best. Thank you for your inspirational work of art!
    Barbara S. in Florida

    1. Again, thank you for a wonderful before and after post. Your photography is fabulous! I guess my previous comment was overlooked and not posted. So I’m trying once again to let you know that I truly love and appreciate your blog!
      Barbara in Parrish, FL

      1. Thank you so much, Barbara!! Your compliment makes all those hours spent worthwhile. The Befores and Afters are a first-time post and such a hoot to produce. It helps me (and maybe you down there in Florida) truly appreciate the beauty of winter. Enjoy your New Year! B.

  4. Love this post! I enjoyed seeing the beauty in the before and after. You have such a lovely home and garden, thank you for sharing this special place with us!

    1. It is always a pleasure sharing Parterre. Thank you for spending time with us!

  5. Bettie, thank you for sharing these amazing photos. Office work would never be boring, in any season, with a view like yours!

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