Category Archives: Featured Gardens


November 04, 2018

Flower Color Guide

Darroch and Michael of Putnam & Putnam recently spoke at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), and I was fortunate enough to attend. If you haven’t heard of them, they create stunning and elaborate floral designs that you must check out. At the NYBG, they gave a synopsis about how they got started in the business, where they are today, answered questions about floral design and introduced th...

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July 29, 2018

My Cutting Garden

My cutting garden brings joy, surprise, and frustration (at times). The joy is a seed germinating into a lovely and colorful flower. The surprise is that I never know what is going to reseed on its own. The frustration is about what does not bloom and, as always, the weeding that is endless. The Dahlias are struggling a little as only half of the tubers are growing, but I know I will love ...

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October 16, 2017

Almost Every Person From Childhood - Lady Bird Johnson

MY TWO CENTS Almost every person, from childhood, has been touched by the untamed beauty of wildflowers… I do hope everyone as a child or as an adult has had the chance to experience a wildflower or a field of wildflowers. For me, reading this quote brings me back to those times of experiencing the wonder of wildflowers as a child. That feeling is one I want to reflect on and take hold of so th...

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October 15, 2017

Orange Daylily, Ditch Lily

Have you ever had one of those days that doesn’t go quite right? I would guess that you are nodding yes, if not fervently. Well, I sure had one of those days while on a photo shoot at Conejo Valley Botanic Garden in Thousand Oaks, California. Shedding a few tears is okay, and I am not to be deterred by the challenges that come my way. After arriving in Los Angeles, I stopped to survey the bota...

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June 25, 2017

Martha Stewarts Garden in the Berkshires

If you didn’t already know from my website, my passion is photographing flowers and sharing their beauty and the lessons they have to teach us. I find the flowers I photograph in my garden and cutting garden, along the road and in meadows, and in friends’ gardens. I also plan special trips to visit the many beautiful botanical gardens and arboretums all over the country and abroad. One of m...

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June 28, 2015

Paradise In The Bronx - New York Botanical Garden

Walking along the snowy path to the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, I almost couldn’t contain my excitement to step from the cold and biting air into a tropical paradise. As I enter the crystal palace, I’m greeted by beautiful large baskets of orchids that appear as if they are floating on water. After taking them in, I follow along to the main pavilion of the orchid show, and a...

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February 10, 2015

My Blooming Blog - One of Those Days - Floating Petals at Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

Have you ever had one of those days that just doesn’t go exactly right? I would guess that you are nodding yes, if not fervently. Well, I sure had one of those days recently: a shoot at Conejo Valley Botanic Garden for Wednesday's Flower. I arrived in the Los Angeles area back in January, very happy to be leaving the cold and snow behind, and I stopped to survey the botanic garden near our hote...

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January 20, 2015

Living Plant Sculptures at the Montréal Botanical Garden - Blue Lotus

Many botanical gardens have special exhibits throughout the year, and the Montréal Botanical Garden has one spectacular exhibit called the "Living Plant Sculpture" that I had the opportunity to visit in 2013. Each sculpture is made completely out of plants.   Mother Nature in all of her splendor and glory and towering over three stories high. The shepherd watching over the sheep, and ...

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November 25, 2014


There were 1,515 chrysanthemum blooms on just this plant alone that I came across when I visited Longwood Gardens for their Chrysanthemum Festival. There is a really interesting process to creating this plant, known as the Thousand Bloom Mum, which you can read about on their blog. Today we are going to take a tour together of the Festival, and I hope it makes you want to put it on your calendar t...

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November 11, 2014

Bird of Paradise

I met Bob at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden when I was shooting flowers there on a one-day escape for myself. We met early in the day and crossed paths again later that afternoon as I was zooming in on a Bird of Paradise flower. Stopping for a moment to chat, I found out that Bob had been a long-time member of the LA Zoo and that he had named a giraffe after his wife, Adria. I was a litt...

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