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An heiress’s garden

Doris Duke was the only child of a wealthy tobacco and power industrialist. When her father passed away in 1925, 12 year old Doris inherited his estate (about 1.3 billion in today’s dollars). Rough Point is just one of the many “summer cottages” (mansions) you can visit on a trip to Newport. In my humble opinion, […] Read more…

In My Garden June 29, 2013

It’s been almost a month since my last garden update, and things have certainly changed! The sugar snap peas are  pretty much done, and the kale and broccoli are growing taller and fuller. I am so grateful that despite being overcrowded, we did get some poppies after all. [I need to start using this lettuce!] […] Read more…

In My Garden May 22, 2013

Yesterday, one of my favorite bloggers, Amanda Soule (aka Soulemama) announced a new feature on her site. “This Week in My Garden” is a periodic update on what’s growing that week in photos and notes. Since I am still a beginner gardener, I thought it would be fun and helpful to follow along and compare […] Read more…

Friday Flowers: Studio Choo

Studio Choo is a Bay Area based floral studio owned by two best friends, Althea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo.  They use locally-grown flowers as often as possible, and their arrangements are always fresh and seasonally-inspired. In addition to designing flowers for weddings, the team wrote an adventurous floral and gardening column for the blog, Design*Sponge, titled, “We Like […] Read more…

Friday Explorer’s Club: Seed to Stem

Seed to Stem is a plant and gift shop located in Worcester, MA.  They offer ” unusual botanicals, terrariums, natural objects, curiosities, home accessories, antiquities and more” and are available for fresh floral design for weddings, events, and parties, as well as large scale botanical creations for home or office. The shop is located in a beautiful […] Read more…

Cranberry Picking in Carver, MA

Last fall, I learned about an interesting local Travelzoo deal – an opportunity to go cranberry picking and tour cranberry bogs in Carver, Massachusetts. I was really looking forward to it but thought we’d be one of only a few people on the tour. When we showed up at the first tour stop, I was […] Read more…

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