Before & After: Nicholas’s Rooftop Garden in Lyon, France

Before & After: Nicholas’s Rooftop Garden in Lyon, France

Whose ready to get back into a regualr schedule? ME!!  While I am not going to shut-up any time soon…

Garden Destinations: Marqueyssac Gardens

Garden Destinations: Marqueyssac Gardens

It’s Easter week and the kids are out of school.  Maybe I will try to keep with an Easter- Spring…

Adopt an Olive Tree

Adopt an Olive Tree

I simply love the idea of adopting trees.  Especially when the whole ‘adoption’ thing is actually specific enough that you…

Xavier Nicod Antiquities Garden – South of France

Xavier Nicod Antiquities Garden – South of France

Sometimes of the most amazing gardens aren’t around homes, or hotels, palaces or the like, but rather part of a…

Garden Destination: “La Mortella”, Ischia, Italy

Garden Destination: “La Mortella”, Ischia, Italy

Had I known more about what the island of Ischia held in store, I would not have passed it by…

Garden Destinations: The Peggy Guggenheim Museum Venice, Italy

Garden Destinations: The Peggy Guggenheim Museum Venice, Italy

When we were leaving Venice to head for the lakes district on our Thanksgiving Italy trip, I asked my traveling…

Garden Destinations: Isola San Michele – The Venice, Italy Cemetery Garden

Garden Destinations: Isola San Michele – The Venice, Italy Cemetery Garden

I spent almost the entire weekend cleaning out and organizing my office.  The relief and sense of refreshed energy and…

Daily Garden: Patrizio’s Tuscan Farmhouse

Daily Garden: Patrizio’s Tuscan Farmhouse

Podere Palazzo is the tuscan farmhouse vacation home of Chicago based designer Patrizio Fradiani.  The home is rent-able for a…

Growing An Elegant Living Tree Cathedral in Italy

Growing An Elegant Living Tree Cathedral in Italy

Welcome Russian Visitors!  While you are here, I hope you will take a chance to look around this site and…

Daily Garden: Nicole de Vesian’s La Louve (The She-Wolf)

Daily Garden: Nicole de Vesian’s La Louve (The She-Wolf)

Nicole de Vésian is well known for her career in fashion at the House of Hermes, but in her not…

Daily Garden: Villandry Through the Lens of Fundera grönt

Daily Garden: Villandry Through the Lens of Fundera grönt

As totally, epically, unachievable gardens go (at least by the common homeowner), Villandry in France might be one of the…

Garden Destination: Hotel Viura by Designhouses

Garden Destination: Hotel Viura by Designhouses

It’s been a while since I have seen a hospitality project that grabs my attention like this one.  The Spanish…

Daily Garden: La Terrasse Rouge

Daily Garden: La Terrasse Rouge

Clinging to the slopes of a typical neighborhood of Marseilles, this terrace of 25 square meters offers  was designed by…

Daily Garden: Irene’s French Oasis

Daily Garden: Irene’s French Oasis

Irene’s small holding in the south of France is fueling my inspiration to make my own six acres in Massachusetts…

Waddesdon Manor’s Inspired Carpet Bedding – Designed by Oscar de la Renta with Kernock Park Plants

Waddesdon Manor’s Inspired Carpet Bedding – Designed by Oscar de la Renta with Kernock Park Plants

In 2003 I designed a show garden for the Hampton Court Palace Flower show and this carpet bedding scheme was…

The Flowing Garden in Bilbao Spain

The Flowing Garden in Bilbao Spain

Bilbao, Spain, with its noteworthy architecture has been on my list of must see places for a while.  Now I…

Revel in the Beauty of Ravel

Revel in the Beauty of Ravel

Francophile tendencies are not beyond me.   I want a house in France (someday) and if I had three wishes, my…

Swedish Design From Ulf Nordjfell  – Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Swedish Design From Ulf Nordjfell – Chelsea Flower Show 2009

The medals were just announced at Chelsea and ‘best in show’ for Show gardens category was Ulf Nordjfell and his…

A Peek at the Imaginative Tarot Garden in Tuscany, Italy

A Peek at the Imaginative Tarot Garden in Tuscany, Italy

I thought I had done Italy enough to feel like, in my travels, I could venture on to new destinations…wrong.  …

Seeds from Italy

Seeds from Italy

Do you travel to eat?  I do. My husband and fondly remember many meals…and when I say meals, I am…

Gerard Faivre Provencal Homes & Gardens

Gerard Faivre Provencal Homes & Gardens

My “some day when my ship comes in” life (or at least when our savings gets back to somewhere near…

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