Sherwood Forest Garden Club

I was so happy to be asked to speak to the Sherwood Forest Garden Club this week -  what a fun group of ladies!  A friend lived in this home for many years and it was nice to see what the new homeowners had done... Very welcoming entrance... It was hard to pass up the refreshments... Pretty … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer

I had one of those days this week when I needed to be in three places at once!  I felt myself getting frustrated so I slowed down to breathe and gratitude took over.  I realized how lucky I was to be included in three festive occasions and so I loaded up the sleigh and headed out for some Christmas … [Read more...]

Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion

I ran down to the Governor's Mansion this week to help with planting some daffodil bulbs.  A friend and fellow gardener has been instrumental in planting and tending a cutting garden for Mississippi's first family for a while now.  Volunteers from the Garden Club of Jackson meet regularly to keep … [Read more...]

Celebrating Our Generations

The Greater Belhaven Foundation annual celebration Celebrate Our Generations was a huge hit! This year's party was held in the home of a second generation Belhaven family... It is wonderful to see my neighbors children returning to the neighborhood where they grew up to raise their own families. … [Read more...]

A Pastoral Setting in Bridgewater

I was thrilled when Juanita Kennedy, of Kennedy & Co. Real Estate, called to talk about the possibility of OPP paying a visit to a very special listing in Bridgewater. The property brochure's headline is certainly accurate:  A Breathtaking Private Pastoral Setting in Bridgewater. Antique iron … [Read more...]

A Formal Garden in Knoxville

I'm going back in the archives to a formal garden in Knoxville that I was able to enjoy a few weeks ago while attending a Garden Club of America President's Council... the grounds were really spectacular... I loved the folly... charming porthole openings... it was comfortably … [Read more...]

Blount Mansion

While I was in Knoxville this week one of the special places I got to visit was historic Blount Mansion... The center section of the house was constructed in 1792 by William Blount... His wife insisted on the "proper wooden frame house", in other words, no log cabin for her!  The local Indian … [Read more...]

Daughter’s Apartment

I'm headed to Knoxville for a conference and so naturally I decided to make a Nashville detour to do a little fluffing at daughter's apartment! We had recovered some chairs and an ottoman and made  new throw pillows, which she brought up a month or so ago, but I had not seen everything together in … [Read more...]

Garden Club Gathering and a House Tour

This week marks the beginning of fall and with the change of season comes a new year of garden club gatherings.  My neighborhood club, The Belhaven Garden Club, met this week in one of the most beautiful homes in Belhaven... I think this staircase is possibly the prettiest in … [Read more...]

Settling In At Seaside

We made our way down to the Florida panhandle and settled in at Seaside yesterday.  Daughter and friend accompanied us from Jackson, number two son and sweet Jenn arrive tonight from Maine and number one son and friend arrive tomorrow. It's been quite a while since we were all here together but … [Read more...]