Back from the Inauguration

So I am back from what will probably one of the biggest events of my lifetime, and I am not really sure what to say.  I was thinking about it the whole way home and I am still at a bit of a loss.

I hate to be goofy but I am proud to be an American. Not just because we have a leader that I think has the ability to take the office that he has been given and use it not just to help all of us in this country, but the entire world.  But also because what I experienced on the national mall on Monday and Tuesday was really extraordinary.   It is really still sinking in.

The crowd of people that were in attendance were the nicest, politest, diverse, happy, positive (except for when booing our 43rd president), patient, helpful and ready group of 2 million people I have ever been a part of.   The mass of humanity made leaving the mall a process that took hours.  Normally it would have taken only a couple minutes to walk, but as we stood shoulder to shoulder shuffling along with baby steps,  (perhaps there is some symbolism here) I could feel the the words of our new president’s speech sinking in to the people around me and myself.

Still sinking in….because I am not sure what to do now.  I am ready to be part of greater good and do what ever I can to help us collectively get out of this mess. You got me Mr. Obama…but I need a little direction.   I am a mom, a designer, a blogger, a farmers market manager, and a business owner…I know there is something that in each of these roles I can be doing, but it hasn’t quite congealed for me yet.  I am working it over in my head….what about you?  How are you feeling?  What are you going to do to help make change?  I am so curious to hear….and if you have some ideas for me….please…bring it on…I am ready.

mosaic85959461. una rosa, 2. autumn crocus, 3. 99 Red Ballons, 4. IMGP3051, 5. Rojo, amarillo y blanco (I), 6. Untitled, 7. A deep blue hydrangea, 8. frozen winterberries, 9. water lilies, 10. sky flower, 11. Pick One, 12. The Colors of Passion, 13. Houston Obama mural, 14. Iris Water Drops 3, 15. My Flower for you, 16. Pretty in Blue, 17. Singapore Garden Festival 2008, 18. DSCF4291a, 19. gira tot sol, 20. Lomo Poppies

Oh and one last thing….if you are in the greater DC area and have a landscape company, there is a whole lot of trampled plants throughout DC….I would particularly stock up on box shrubs, liriope and English Ivy. I never knew, BTW, that English Ivy has such a wonderful earthy green scent when crushed.  I could go for a room spray with this scent. It really was lovely.

I am working on uploading and processing all my pictures…and will share them…check back soon… for now though…I need to head to a clients property on cape cod…have a great day!

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Amanda Thomsen on January 22, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Awesome collage, can’t wait to see the photos…

  2. Maggie Green on January 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I love the collage, Rochelle! I wish I could make that my computer’s wallpaper….

  3. rochelle on January 25, 2009 at 7:45 am

    If you want to download the mosaic, I have uploaded it to my flicker account: here :

  4. Susan Wilson on November 17, 2010 at 9:35 am

    How do you feel about Obama now?

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