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PHS Flower Show Preview: United By Flowers is A Floral Fantasy!

  Like the sirens of the movie screen who knew just how to make a dramatic entry, the first garden you see at the PHS Flower Show opening tomorrow, “Edges and Reflections” takes your breath away.  Your Flower Show visit begins with this aquatic floral spectacle, boasting the Flower Show’s largest body of water ever created and vibrant floral sculptures suspended like floral clouds. Here’s your sneak peek into this massive, immersive Flower Show:  The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event and fundraiser featuring stunning displays by the world’s premier floral, garden, and landscape…


    As if a genie appears out of the lamp offering you a magical gift of a day ~ an entire extra day 🌞 ~ this year we are blessed with a Leap Year bonus.  There’s no question we greatly value time.  Time Idioms abound: “Better Late Than Never;” “Time and Tide Wait for None;” “Time is Money;” or “Have the Time of your Life.”  What will you do with your extra time?  Here are a few suggestions for your consideration to Celebrate the gift of an extra day: Why not Take the Leap?  Go ahead ~ do something…

Here’s How to Style An Elegant Pink and Green Tablescape Look To Delight Your Guests

  With the joyful blessing of two special occasions on the calendar, I was looking to design a table setting that would work for the different occasions. With a mirific sense of sophisticated style and garden glamour, of course. Here’s how to delight your guests with an elegant combination of nature’s favorite colors: pink and green. I was eagerly anticipating my interview with the world-renowned ethnobotanist, Dr. Cassandra Quave for my Ladies Who Lunch Conversations videocast on Facebook ~ so green and lots of plants were, ahem, the natural choices for that special occasion as an homage to the Plant…

Florals in Fashion: Orchids Dazzle Fleek Fashion Runway at NYBG Orchid Show

  If fashion runways ~ Catwalks ~ are meant to grab attention for introducing new fashion lines, then the 21st edition of the iconic orchid exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden, The Orchid Show: Florals in Fashion, is a heart-stopping, fashion-inspired celebration of all things orchid that you can’t take your eyes off of.   What does the intersection of “Hort-Couture” and “Haute Couture” look like?  You won’t believe this orchid-inspired “Collection” style.  Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll see at this year’s Orchid Show:    Orchids inspire the Catwalk that transforms The New York Botanical Garden’s (NYBG)…

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"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 I adore plants. Plants are my muse ~ they are my paramour… I’m a garden artist; a nature lover, & horticulturist. I’m an author & writer. My passion for culture & beauty, along with my trait curiosity, brings you an authentic celebration of life. I’m a storyteller ~ weaving the artful gifts of horticulture, garden design, tablescape decor, floral design, cocktail culture, garden-to-glass recipes & their glamorous garnishes, homegrown edibles, food & drink; & cooking, to bring you my flair & what I’ve been told is an avid elan ~ as well as the stories from those who inspire me ~ to pursue an elegant, enduring, & joyful, entertaining lifestyle. It’s an honor & a privilege to do what you love.

Join me to celebrate a romantic, garden-infused, entertaining lifestyle filled with artful design, sparkling dinner parties, peerless martinis, and copious magnums of champagne!