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...]

Parterre: Bettie Bearden Pardee’s Garden

Before my trip to Newport in June a friend recommended a book to read in preparation... I read it cover to cover more than once and was so excited when I found out that Parterre, Bettie Pardee's garden, would be included on our tour. To get there all we had to do was walk through the hedge from … [Read more...]

Get The Vote Out

Yesterday  I exercised my right to vote... As I was leaving my local polling place, I couldn't help but go back to the memory of a night spent in one of the most notable rally sites for women's suffrage... The Chinese Tea House sits on a seaside cliff behind Marble House in Newport.  Following … [Read more...]

A Trip to the Wholesale Florist

A trip to the wholesale florist always gets my flower arranging juices flowing and yesterday was no exception... there's something about stepping into the chiller on a hot summer day that is quite satisfying - especially when the most glorious peonies are there to greet you... a friend and I … [Read more...]

Happy Sunday and A Happy Garden

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a happy 4th of July celebration! What could be more appropriate than to show you a private Newport garden whose owner just happens to be named Happy! Her garden is actually a series of small gardens... Beech trees on the property are … [Read more...]

Flowery Friday

Back we go to my friend's garden (the same one where you saw the poppies) for a flowery Friday... pollinators were out in full force... lovely lilies... I'll be incorporating some tuteurs in my garden addition... she has so many roses... the reason for my visit was a Garden … [Read more...]


The Garden Club of Jackson held its meeting last week in the home of a particularly talented member and I was mesmerized by her poppies... I have attempted growing poppies from seed shared by a friend (without having much luck) but just wandering around this garden let me know that I must try … [Read more...]

Middleton Place

Come along for some armchair travel with me to Middleton Place, one of my bucket list gardens...   Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting … [Read more...]

Garden District Memphis

Garden District is a gardening and floral design shop in Memphis that has been on my radar for quite some time thanks to Instagram! I was so excited last week to have the opportunity to browse this pretty-as-a-picture shop in person... there were definitely...   amazing array of availability … [Read more...]

About That Botanical Arts Thing: The Final Chapter

I have finally made it through the final chapter of that botanical arts thing that has been consuming much of my time! click here if you have not a clue as to what I am talking about On Tuesday morning I headed north to the Zone IX meeting of the Garden Club of America with my creation resting in … [Read more...]