Vander Veer Botanical Park & Conservatory, Davenport IA

Vander Veer Botanical Park & Conservatory, Davenport IA

Reporting from Iowa

This just in, Iowa has beautiful gardens and parks, with grand trees, roses, hostas, and lakes.  Despite the frenzy of Iowa’s political caucuses happy people are ice skating on the lagoon in Vander Veer Botanical Park and Conservatory in Davenport.

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Memorable Gardens 2015

Memorable Gardens 2015

“We are perishing from want of wonder and not from want of wonders, GK Chesterton” During 2015 I visited nearly 100 gardens in a dozen states and every garden delighted me. Reflecting on my garden adventures I have looked through the photos and notes of my travels and found a few I want to shareContinue Reading

Celebrating the Light

Celebrating the Light

Desert Botanical Garden LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS As we approach the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, we turn on our lights with little thought. It gets dark and we need light to complete our daily tasks. Yet in December, light becomes a part of our celebrations. Hanukkah is a festival of lights,Continue Reading

Gratitude for Gardens

Gratitude for Gardens

In this week of Thanksgiving I realize again how grateful I am for gardens.  In this world of war, wild weather, and wandering refugees it is hard to see solutions to such complex problems.  Yet at this very moment I am lucky enough to be able to step outside my home and walk in myContinue Reading

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

When I was 10 years old I read a novel about two student nurses spending a summer at an adventure camp in Maine.  I read about the blue ocean water, the sun sparkling on the ripples lapping the craggy shoreline. I saw the bright blue skies with white puffy clouds floating overhead.  I could smellContinue Reading

Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, Bristol, RI

Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, Bristol, RI

The Blithewold, Mansion sits surrounded by woodlands and a grand lawn looking out on an ocean view. Established in 1895 the last surviving family member lived in the home until  1976.   These old estate gardens change over the years but some specific elements remain to help you see what was there.  The word BlithewoldContinue Reading

The Blue Rose, an English Garden Mystery by Anthony Elgin.

The Blue Rose, an English Garden Mystery by Anthony Elgin.

Retired Botany Professor Lawrence Kingston  is called in to examine the authenticity of a sapphire blue rose growing in Alex & Kate’s English garden.  Then a mystery begins without the blood & gore of so many mystery tales but with intrigue surrounding the ins and out of the rose industry, including gardening practices, vividly rainyContinue Reading

The Bethlehem Fair

The Bethlehem Fair

Visiting gardens I see so many beautiful plants growing from the ground, on the vine, the bush, the stem.  Yet gardeners have a bit of a competitive streak and when fair time rolls around the very best of the garden is picked, cleaned, and shined to taken to the fair.  The Bethlehem, CT fair hadContinue Reading

Garden of Art & Flowers- Feature

Garden of Art & Flowers- Feature

This article appears in the September 2015 issue of Phoenix Home & Garden.  It features our home garden.  Hope you enjoy the tour. ARTS & FLOWERS =&0=& Cathy Cromell=&1=& September, 2015, Page 44  Photography by Art Holeman Rich and Linda Larson created a looping path in their backyard that takes visitors past several sitting areas and garden-artContinue Reading

Untermyer Park, Yonkers, NY

Untermyer Park, Yonkers, NY

There are truly special days when I wander into a garden and it is perfect and it was just such a day at Untermyer Park.  It is a walled garden, the size of a football field. Persian gardens inspired the creation of this walled space with its four quadrants defined by low water ways. ClassicalContinue Reading