A Castle, Flowers & Vegetables

A Castle, Flowers & Vegetables

Hatley Castle, on the grounds of Hatley Park Royal Roads University in Colwood, Vancouver Island, BC

Once upon a time on a beautiful summers’ day my fantasy of walking in a perfect garden came true. I entered an Italian style garden through a wisteria covered stone loggia (covered corridor).   Pink roses climbed the loggia columns adding a bright color accent. A lawn formed a promenade to walk through the garden, with flower beds symmetrical in both color and shape surrounding the lawn. In each corner of the lawn stood a large floral urn. Boxwood hedges shaped the lines of the garden. A stone wall provided pattern and texture behind the flowers.

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American History–Garden View

American History–Garden View

Andrea Wulf is the award-winning and New York Times Bestselling author of three garden history books, including “The Brother Gardeners, Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession” (2009)…   Continue Reading

An American Garden

An American Garden

Bartram’s — An American Garden Philadelphia is known as the City of Brotherly Love, and for the men who gathered there to lay out the foundations of our democracy.  This is where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution written. What many people don’t realize is that Philadelphia also claims to be America’sContinue Reading

Tree Houses in an Arboretum!

Tree Houses in an Arboretum!

Visiting arboretums in my travels I naturally find myself walking in the woods.  I enjoy the shade, the champion trees, meadows and blooming spring ephemorals such as jack in the pulpits, trillions, wood poppies, and may apple.   Trees are the stars with their gnarly trunks, amazing branching structures and leafy canopies overhead.  In springContinue Reading

Wisteria Wonder

Wisteria Wonder

It’s May in Pennsylvania, a month which bridges spring to summer. Gardens are the reflection of everyone’s hope that warmer temperatures and easier times are truly here for the season.  Life moves so quickly and a garden clearly reminds us of this.  Longwood Gardens has a wisteria garden.  I visited there on May 13 andContinue Reading

Chanticleer Gardens

Chanticleer Gardens

Chanticleer Gardens near Philadelphia, PA is a 35 acre pleasure garden.  Built in the early 20th century it was a summer home of the Rosengarten family.  There are rolling hills, woodlands, a cutting garden, terraces and ponds, it is a truly beautiful garden space.  There is an entire book written to describe and illustrate itsContinue Reading

Killdeer, Killdeer, Henry Schmeider Arboretum

Killdeer, Killdeer, Henry Schmeider Arboretum

There is always a chance of a surprise encounter when wandering into a garden.  Today we explored the Henry Schmeider Arboretum, which encompasses the entire campus of Delaware Valley University.  The iris and peony garden was blooming and hidden among the flowers on bare ground a killdeer sat on a nest. Alert and protective sheContinue Reading

If I were to have a conservatory . . .

If I were to have a conservatory . . .

Mt Cuba Botanic Center Former home of Mr. & Mrs Lammot du Pont Copeland, Hockessin, DE If I were to have a conservatory it would be lovely to have large tall windows facing southeast. From inside I could look out on the rolling hills of the Piedmont range in northern Delaware. The tall windows wouldContinue Reading

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Mt Cuba Gardens, Hockessin, DE A rare day in May found me walking in the woods down a path flanked with blooming ephemeral spring flowers.  There were jack-in-the-pulpit, and the trillions in yellow, wine, red, white and pink were all about the ground.  The native florida flame azalea shrub with its deep orange blossoms added intenseContinue Reading

Nemours, French & Fabulous

Nemours, French & Fabulous

Nemours Mansion and Gardens is Alfred duPont’s tribute to his family’s French Heritage.  In 1909 he built a 102 room mansion in the late-18th-century French style.  The mansion is said to be based upon “Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon at the Chateau de Versailles.”  I toured the mansion and it was lavish and lovely.  The gardenContinue Reading