Category: Gardens

Experience the Garden

Glimpses through the garden gate

During my walks around the historic district of Savannah, Georgia, I noticed the plethora of gardens at the sides of nineteenth century houses (most built between the 1850s and the 1870s, before and after the Civil War). I glimpsed these…

At home at the Four Arts Library

Cozy, comfortable, and the feeling of being at home. That’s what it’s like to walk into the Four Arts Library in Palm Beach, Florida. (I don’t have a library like this at home, but my ideal personal library space would feel like…

Tea, anyone?

I love tea, and over the years, I’ve gone beyond the usual Orange Pekoe and Earl Grey to experience more exotic types, such as Gunpowder Green and Silver Needle White. Although I’ve read many books on how tea is produced,…

Angel Oak

This is a beautiful old live oak tree (thought to be over 400 years old) located on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. It is called the Angel Oak, which sounds like there should be an interesting story in regards…

The garden that friends built

Do you ever wonder how your friends would honour you after you were gone? In Palm Desert, California, friends and co-workers of horticulturist and landscape designer Eric Johnson designed a garden in his memory after he passed away in 1999…

Smiles for the Smiley

I love new libraries with their technological gadgets and streamlined spaces, but I have a soft spot for old-fashioned libraries with rows and rows of books, lots of wood shelving, tables and moulding, interesting architectural nooks and details, and just…

Library, garden, gallery

I posted a quote a month ago, which said “If you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need.” If you add the word “gallery” to that, you have The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in…

Balboa Park’s Spanish style

Even though I had heard that Balboa Park in San Diego was the location where two major expositions had been held in the early 20th century, I didn’t realize that the buildings from these events were still in existence and…