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...]

The Four Freedoms

I loved hearing Bebe Wolfe talk about her mother's work  yesterday at my antique club meeting. We met at the Mississippi Museum of Art and the focus of her talk was on the four panels depicting The Four Freedoms made famous in a speech by President Roosevelt.  A Mississippi shopkeeper commissioned … [Read more...]

A Flower Show In Monroe

I recently attended a Garden Club of America Flower Show presented by the Monroe Garden Study League in Monroe, Louisiana. the show was staged at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens.  It was my first visit to this beautiful property and I am so glad that I made the short trip to Monroe. The gardens … [Read more...]

Shelburne Farms

An article in the Autumn issue of Victoria Classics Autumn Bliss magazine had me reminiscing about my visit to Shelburne Farms on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont... The farm encompassed 3800 acres and was laid out with plans from American landscape icon, Frederick Law … [Read more...]

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Yesterday daughter and I headed out to Andrew Jackson's Hermitage to meet the folks she will be working with as she does an internship with the Event Planning and Marketing departments.  Everyone was so nice and I am feeling certain that the experience will prove pleasant as well as … [Read more...]

Ten Chimneys

I'm putting Ten Chimneys on my bucket list... Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, the legendary Broadway couple, carved out a retreat in the Wisconsin countryside where they spent the summers relaxing, decorating and entertaining.  Located close to a small farming community, Genesee Depot, the estate … [Read more...]

Pollinators at Bellingrath Gardens

A group of gardening friends headed south for a summer field trip this week.  I enjoyed hearing Harvey Cotten's lecture on gardening to attract and protect pollinators at Bellingrath Gardens yesterday.  Mr. Cotten is a horticultural consultant who is largely responsible for the creation and design … [Read more...]

Newport Flower Show Gala

The Newport Flower Show Gala was nothing short of a feast for the eyes... The event is held at Rosecliff on the front and back lawns with exhibits displayed throughout the mansion. We were greeted most hospitably by Mr. and Mrs. Boxwood... guests were dressed to the nines... creative … [Read more...]

A Foggy Day at Portland Headlight

I couldn't let my friends leave Maine without seeing at least one lighthouse and Portland Headlight proved to be picturesque even on a foggy day... the structure never ceases to amaze... seeing the rocky shoreline through the fog brings the danger to passing ships into focus... There are … [Read more...]

June Recital Remix

Last Thursday the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Eudora Welty Foundation sponsored "June Recital Remix" - an evening of music and dancing in Eudora's garden... To say that the event was delightful is an understatement!  The weather was perfect, the company was excellent, … [Read more...]