Edith Wharton’s Home: The Mount

Have you ever lived near a “tourist attraction” but never visited it? Such is the case with me and The Mount. For a year I lived a few miles down the road from it in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, but I never visited.

That unfortunate situation is now remedied, as I made it the first stop on my 2015 summer vacation (which also resolved the issue of never having gone to Acadia National Park).

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What’s a Garden Coach?

Today you can get a coach to help with your career, finances, health, parenting, and more. Whatever the topic, coaches are driven by the desire to connect and share with others in order to enhance the lives of both parties.

A garden coach is someone who offers encouragement, expertise, and education to those who want to learn how to garden.

Much like fixing a car, gardening requires a certain amount of knowledge. You may not have the time to acquire that knowledge on your own, and that’s where a coach comes in. You don’t need to become an expert, you just need to get advice from someone who is.

If you want to GIY—Grow It Yourself—a garden coach can take you step-by-step through the process.

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Favorite Gardens: Winkworth Arboretum

As the winter keeps us in a deep freeze here in upstate New York, I’m longing for a sign of spring. While I can’t see into the future, I can take a peek into the past by revisiting photos of a special place I visited last year.

Winkworth Arboretum, in Godalming, Surrey (bonus points if you can pronounce that), is known for its tree and shrub collection as well as for the bluebell and azalea display in spring. I was lucky to visit in late April to catch the spectacular “bluebell moment.”

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Favorite Gardens: Great Dixter

It’s hard to underestimate the impact the gardens of Great Dixter have had on the field of horticulture and garden design. For more than 80 years, Christopher Lloyd (1921–2006) lived on the property, and nearly all his adult life was devoted to gardening there and writing about his experience. His commitment to the land and the plants themselves made what would have been another lovely English garden into something intimate, timeless, and extraordinary. These photos are from a visit in May 2014.

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