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Celebrate the Year of the Dragon With An Abundant, Elegant, Colorful Tablescape Design: Here’s How to Layer the Look

Celebrate the Lucky Year of the Dragon this Lunar New Year with a tablescape design that is festive, romantic, and elegant. 🐉💚🐉Here are a few table decor suggestions to bring out the Dragon’s divinity, power, nobility and good luck. The Dragon is said to inspire us to chase our dreams… So dream in Dragon… After all, the Dragon represents Abundance! Click the video arrow to see how Entertaining at home allows us to offer lots of good food, and drink ~ and plenty of fruit desserts.I use citrus as table accessory ~ as well as an amuse-bouche, and end-of-meal treat. Lots…

How Can Your Garden Adapt to a Changing Environment?  7+ Ways to Manage Horticultural Futurism According to Thomas Rainier

    Unlike the oft-quoted French saying, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” in horticulture things really do change. Especially given the impact of Climate “Change”   The keynote speaker at this year’s Metro Hort plant symposium, Thomas Rainer, highlighted the “Hot Mess” we’re in; yet offered sustainable gardening solutions.  What does this cutting edge leader of Ecological Landscape Design have to say about garden designs in our changing world?  You’re in for a Plant-Centric garden discovery.   You may ask, “Why should a plant lover like me care? After all, I’m not a garden designer.” Answer: For…

Little Month / Big Celebrations: Fabulous February Boasts 100+ Special Holidays, Especially Love-Filled Ones

  Wave goodbye to January and the promise of all beginnings and possibilities.   Kiss hello and welcome February, where the rubber hits the road for fresh starts and resolutions. February is the shortest month but just jam-packed with holidays, festivals, LOVE; plus 2024 is a LEAP Year!  WIth no less than nearly 110 Observances this month, we’ve not a moment to lose. See what’s on the calendar to celebrate: February comes from the Roman festival of purification called Februa, during which people were ritually washed. Februa/February got its start as an early Roman spring cleaning festival symbolizing fresh starts and…

First Glimpse of the Exciting, Must-See 2024 PHS Philadelphia Flower & Garden Show, “United by Flowers”

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) revealed new details for its 2024 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “United by Flowers,” offering a first glimpse/behind-the-scenes of what the Show will look like and what guests like us can anticipate. I attended the Zoom press conference so I can bring you the highlights of what to expect from the March show ~ the nation’s largest, and the world’s longest-running horticultural event. Check out details on the exciting lineup events, exhibitors.  And Flowers!  PHS announced the Show’s exciting lineup of new and returning experiences and shared information on some of the dozens of exhibitors that…

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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!