Newport News, home of the world famous Mariners’ Museum and the largest military shipbuilding company in the United States, celebrated its Garden Tour Day on May Day this year. And it could not have been a more beautiful day to tour houses and gardens!Read More
There are few places to tour in the United States with historic houses and gardens as beautiful as those that are maintained with such attention to detail as there are in Williamsburg. Join me as I take you through the Williamsburg Tour Day of the GCV’s Historic Garden Week in Virginia.Read More
The University of Virginia’s Pavilions and Pavilion Gardens are open today from 10-5 for Historic Garden Week in Virginia. Don’t miss this bonus property!!! It’s the most beautiful place on earth…Read More
Monticello. Need I say more? (Well, I will…Pavilions and Pavilion Gardens at UVA are open on Monday, April 29th!)Read More
It’s Historic Garden Week in Virginia! Are you ready? I am…it’s pouring down rain here in Boston, and I cannot wait to escape to Virginia to see all of the magnificent houses and gardens that are on tour this year!!Read More
Be ready for the Easter Bunny in 30 minutes or less with these 5 Simple DIY Easter Centerpiece, Mantel and Sideboard Ideas. Use spring flowers and plants…and plenty of eggs and Easter grass…to welcome Easter!Read More
I was honored to have been selected as one of 13 floral designers to showcase my designs at the Hill-Stead Museum’s “Rooms in Bloom” event last weekend in what was my largest installation to date. After all, I don’t do weddings, and I don’t do funerals!
I created six designs for the house—three for the first floor’s front entry hall and three for the same hall space upstairs. I based my designs on the original gardens of the Hill-Stead, as planned by Beatrix Farrand. I used, in the end, 14 flowers original to the property and was thrilled to find historically accurate colors, as well. I’ll post photos of several of my designs below and explain my thinking behind each piece. But first, a bit of history on the Hill-Stead and the treasures it holds.
The 2019 Boston Flower and Garden Show was nothing short of fabulous! With floral competitions, complete gardens, every plant and flower that you could possibly imagine—plus tons of educational opportunities—spring was definitely in the air!Read More
Elegant floral ideas for Christmas and the Holiday season….from “traditional” (but never “boring”!) designs in red, white, green and gray to pink and purple creations with purple cabbage and cymbidium orchids taking center stage. Oh, and let’s not forget the Lemon Cypress…Read More
A Christmas centerpiece hack to make anyone proud!Read More
An early portfolio of my floral designs. The link in the blog post will take you to the book as it exists in Shutterfly if you’re interested in viewing it.Read More
Bag Black Friday and go take in some GREEN at Mass Hort’s Festival of Trees…my tree is, of course, green but has a decidedly “Betsy’ hot pink and navy blue chinoiserie vibe to it. Hope you like it!Read More
As always, the Nantucket Garden Club’s Annual House and Garden Tour was a smashing success. Thanks go out to the homeowners who were so gracious in allowing the NGC to show their houses and gardens, to the Tour sponsors and to the Club members and other volunteers who helped make the Tour a success yet again.Read More