On The Road

Royal Botanic Garden

The grand finale of our garden tour in Scotland was the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, which was established in 1670. They expanded their gardens to include Benmore in Argyll in 1929, Dawyck in the wooded hills of the Scottish Borders in 1969 and Logan on the southern penninsula of Dumfries & Galloway in 1978…
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Teasses Estate

As I mentioned in my last post, I was in Scotland a couple of weeks ago and my lady friends and I spent a day touring gardens. Our second stop was the stunning Teasses Gardens, a 60-acre property which has been owned by Sir Fraser and Lady Morrison for the past 16 years. The residence…
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Wormistoune House

Last week I was in St. Andrews, Scotland with my husband and friends and had the opportunity to visit some local gardens in between rounds of golf. One of the gardens we visited was Wormiston House (renamed by the current owners to "Wormistoune House") in Crail, roughly 15 minutes from St. Andrews. The original property…
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Hudson Ranch & Winery

I had the opportunity to visit Hudson Ranch & Winery on Monday, located in the scenic Carneros region of the Napa Valley. What I discovered there was so exciting! Christina and Lee Hudson (owners) are the embodiment of living off the land - they make everything, which I find personally inspiring. While I waited for the others…
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Sun Valley Meadow Gardens

One of the wonderful things about the Garden Conservancy is that members get to see homes and gardens that one wouldn't normally have the opportunity to see. That was definitely the case with the special properties we saw on our recent trip to Sun Valley. For example, check out this amazing view from one owner's home. It…
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GC Sun Valley trip

As Vicki mentioned, we just returned from our Garden Conservancy trip to Sun Valley, Idaho which was especially interesting to me because we have a small home there which we use mostly in the wintertime. I think more about winter sports than gardens during these months. So I was curious what people were growing in their gardens…
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Hampton Court Palace & Flower Show

Hampton Court Palace, located just outside London, was built by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey between 1515 and 1530. When it was first built, Hampton Court was not meant to be a royal house. Mr. Wolsey gifted Hampton Court to King Henry VIII around 1526 and King Henry began enlarging the estate. I was lucky enough to visit…
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Dunrobin Castle & Gardens Scotland

We left Ireland earlier this week and are now traveling around Scotland. Again, Jeff and I rented a car and are on a driving trip. Driving on the left side of the road has been harrowing not only because it is opposite of the way we drive in the U.S., but because Scotland does not…
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Powerscourt Estate Ireland

I am traveling in Ireland and spent an afternoon at Powerscourt Gardens in Enniskerry, County Wicklow. The beautiful Powerscourt House and Gardens made me feel like I was about to visit Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer visitors a blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces,…
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Chalk Hill Farm

Are you a clematis enthusiast? If so, look no further than Chalk Hill Farm, located in Healdsburg, in Northern California. Off the beaten path, this 120 acre farm (open by appointment only) is growing clematis in the open air and sunshine of Alexander Valley, unlike most clematis farms, who grow these beautiful flowers in greenhouses. Chalk…
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Mount Vernon’s Gardens

I had a chance to see Mount Vernon this morning. As you well know, Mount Vernon was George Washington's plantation home located on the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia - and what a spectacular site for his property! I learned that a smaller version of this property had been in his family since 1674 but…
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Martha’s Maine Garden

I have found great pleasure in resurrecting my grandfather's garden, ever since I returned to his home in Prouts Neck, Maine. Year Nine began on 2/18 by starting seeds in my basement. I place heat mats on plywood over sawhorses and hang grow lights from the rafters to help my onions, shallots, eggplant, peppers, lettuces, brassicas, tomatoes, peas, carrots,…
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Annie’s Annuals

On my drive down from the Napa Valley on Monday morning, I had a little extra time, so I decided to take a circuitous route home - to visit Annie's Annuals in Richmond. I've heard of this place for years but had never seen it before. If you live in northern California and visit local nurseries, you…
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Petaluma Cottage Gardens

I tried to resist buying starts before Vicki's and my annual outing to the opening of Forni-Brown in Calistoga this weekend but I had some free time this past weekend and I decided to make the trek to the famous Petaluma Cottage Gardens - a nursery with a huge reputation and following. I had never been there before…
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Flora Grubb Gardens

I have been searching for indoor plants trying to bring a garden into my home.  A friend mentioned I should visit Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco.  Flora Grubb has a wonderful variety of both indoor and outdoor plants as well as being a great source for planters.  I had visited Flora Grubb Gardens many years…
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Viola’s Market

We've enjoyed our first visit to Sea Island, Georgia with fun friends and what a gorgeous place it is (with an assemblage of fantastic golf courses throughout the area, by the way)! During a "non-golf" day, we perused the adorable shops in the area and discovered Viola's Market - a terrific local garden shop. I could tell…
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Kew Gardens

I had a free afternoon in London this week and decided to go to Kew Gardens, even though it was :45 from the hotel and it is the dead of winter. I'd never been there before and couldn't wait to see it. What I discovered was lightyears beyond what I was expecting! Kew Gardens is…
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Lovely Amaryllis in Courchevel

My husband and I are enjoying our first time in Courchevel, a charming and very special mountain resort in France, which is part of 'Les Trois Vallées'. Throughout our hotel and many of the local hotels and restaurants are beautiful arrangements of cut and potted amaryllis. I've never seen so many interesting arrangements using these flowers nor…
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Point Reyes Market

I had a fun day today driving from San Francisco to Point Reyes to photograph the sites with the fabulous photographer Tom Brichta after all of the rain we've had lately. It was gorgeous and green everywhere we looked. After a glorious morning of shooting and lunch in the adorable town of Point Reyes Station, we encountered…
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Merry Christmas

Jeff and I were invited to Newport Beach in Southern California for the Christmas boat parade by some dear friends.  The 108th annual parade was hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, and circles Balboa and Lido Islands.  With the houses on the parade route also decorated for Christmas, this…
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