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Kathleen Clemons

I was just introduced to photographer Kathleen Clemons through Creative Live's great photography courses and she has changed my life forever! I LOVE taking pictures and the more time I spend taking various pictures, the more I've discovered my love for photographing flowers. So I've been learning as much as I can about how to take beautiful…
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Back-Saving Tool

A couple of years ago, my dear friend Helen bought me a wonderful garden gift from the gift shop at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. At first I couldn't figure out what it was, but this fantastic two-sided bench is a real back saver when tending to you vegetable beds! I use it whenever I need…
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Last minute wrapping?

I'm sure many of you are engaged in last minute holiday activity, as we are. For that last minute wrapping or for next year's wrapping, check out Minted's beautiful wrapping paper. I discovered it while I was running around Union Square over the holidays in my home town of San Francisco. They opened their first…
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The Romance of Flowers

I had lunch today with Sharon and she gave me a gorgeous Christmas gift that I want to share with all of you flower enthusiasts as you shop for your holiday gifts: Veranda's The Romance of Flowers. It is a stunning book with inspirational photos of gorgeous flower arrangements in beautiful home settings, flower objets and flowers…
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Sunset Western Garden Book

I'm a little late to the party, but I finally purchased my first Sunset Western Garden Book. On my last Garden Conservancy trip to Chicago, a fellow gardener said, "You don't have the Sunset Garden book?!?" So, this was one of my first purchases when I returned home. It will be a great resource for…
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Outstanding American Gardens

I came home today and found an unexpected wrapped gift at my doorstep. Thanks to Betsy Everdell for a copy of 'Outstanding American Gardens: 25 years of the Garden Conservancy'! First of all, we have to agree that garden books full of beautiful pictures of gardens are THE BEST gifts. I can't get enough of beautiful…
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High Camp Gardenias

I've received what I think may be the perfect gift of all time - a High Camp box of fresh-cut gardenias. The packaging is luxe, the gardenias (and orchids) are in perfect form and the idea is fabulous. High Camp offers several options on their site. They're all so beautiful that it's hard to know which…
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The Garden Conservancy

The one organization I have been dying to get involved with is the Garden Conservancy and this year I finally have some time. Besides having many friends involved with this great organization, the Garden Conservancy is doing some really great work! "Preservation is the core of our mission to save and share outstanding American gardens for the…
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Liberty puzzles

Both Vicki and I are crazy about puzzles - especially Liberty puzzles. This beautiful floral puzzle, which I just had to have, is from the Spring 2016 collection. Liberty Puzzles are old-fashioned wooden jigsaw puzzles, made with quarter-inch maple plywood and archival paper and inks. No two pieces in any puzzle are alike, and each puzzle features…
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A perfect afternoon

I just picked up the newly released At Home In The Garden by Carolyne Roehm. She is the quintessential stylist, gardener, entertainer and enthusiast of all things beautiful. I have followed her for years and own all of her books. The gardens on her Weatherstone estate are extraordinary.
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The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook

Vicki gave me the greatest gift one day, the The Ranch at Live Oak cookbook. What I love about it is the several page introduction to their eating philosophy, which is basically a plant-based, non-refined sugar diet just like We Care advocates. If you're one of those people who gets confused by all of the different messages we get…
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Must-have hat

A gardening hat is a necessity for me, especially if I'm in the garden in the afternoon when the sun is at its peak. Call it my fair skin or paranoia of prematurely aging my skin, but I will wear just about any hat that will give me protection from the sun's harmful rays - and I've tried quiet a few.
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Sun protection

The only downside to being in the garden is working under the damaging rays of the sun. Vicki and I have found many ways to work around this and one of our favorite solutions is this fabulous shirt from Coolibar. It's called the Adventure Shirt and it comes in several fun colors. (Check out these shirts at different…
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Ottolenghi cookbooks

I'm mostly vegetarian so I'm always on the hunt for a great cookbook that will give me some variety in my meals. While I was cruising Acres Home & Garden in St. Helena a couple of summers ago, I discovered Ottolenghi's cookbook, entitled Plenty. I started to look through the book and immediately became distracted with the incredibly…
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The English Garden

My English friends and fellow gardeners introduced me to a magazine called The English Garden. Recently re-acquired by Paul Dobson and The Chelsea Magazine Company, Paul is bringing back the magazine he founded nearly 15 years ago. English gardens are my absolute favorite, so you can imagine how I poured through it on the return flight home.…
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