Category Archives: Public Gardens

Toledo Botanical Garden

  On a recent mid-west trip, I met my Ohio friend at the Toledo Botanical Garden.  Aside from their small dahlia garden, which I may cover in another post, the gallery below contains some of my favorite plants and pictures … Continue reading

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Villa Ephrusi de Rothschild

Be sure to see both the video and photo gallery below.  This garden has been on my list for many years.  I’d traveled to Nice on both business and pleasure and it was after one of these trips that I’d read … Continue reading

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Domaine du Rayol

(Photo Gallery below)  Compared to many of the historic, public gardens in France, the Domaine du Rayol is a latecomer.  This beautiful, unspoiled promontory, a short distance from Toulon, was discovered by a few families at the turn of the … Continue reading

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Rose, the Woman and her Garden

I just read the book “Madame Toussaud”, by Michelle Moran; bear with me here for a short deviation from gardens.  Madame was an incredible woman, although she must have been all business first.  If the characterization is true, I’m sure that … Continue reading

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Giverny

Since I mentioned it in a recent post, I thought it might be time to share my pictures and thoughts about the garden. It was one of the first gardens that I visited outside of Paris and I’ve returned over and … Continue reading

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Garden Gem in Normandy – Clos du Coudray

If you want to visit Monet’s Garden when you are in France, and what garden tourist doesn’t, don’t plan to day trip out from Paris.  It’s worth the trouble to rent a car and drive to Normandy for a couple … Continue reading

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Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Traditions are important in France and change is slow in coming. I was made sad this year to find out that the very hotel that I was recommending when I surprised myself by saying the words, “whenever I’m in Paris”, has … Continue reading

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Overlook Farm, MA

Sister, neice and I visited Overlook Farm on Saturday, an educational endeavor in eastern-central Massachusetts, owned and run by Heifer International.  Visitors are welcome to look around the grounds and the demonstration gardens include small sites representing how people live around … Continue reading

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Michigan State University Rose Garden

This garden got top points for sheer impact with roses on my midwest trip.  It has the advantage of being small and well designed.  The rose beds are raised so that even the shorter roses are near eye level.  It … Continue reading

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Dracunculus

Updated with the correct spelling (thank you Glen from gardens), I find some more results, including pictures of the fruit and other information. I visited the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Near Grand Rapids last week with my granchildren.  Not … Continue reading

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Endicott Pear Tree Visit

It was incredible to me that a hundred or more people would all show up on a cold, rainy week night in  April to visit an old tree.  It wasn’t the location that bought them.  Although the hill, that slops … Continue reading

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San Francisco Bloomin Stuff

I was in San Francisco last week at a big Information Security Conference.  What I learned is that between the movement of applications to “the cloud” and the proliferation of different kinds of personal, mobile devices, we are losing what … Continue reading

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Parc Floral, Orleans France

I found this park on one of my first visits to France. My early research had advised me that the Loire Valley was the place to visit for garden interest.  Although it doesn’t have the history of Monet’s Garden or … Continue reading

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Doue la Fontaine, Les Chemins de la Rose

 This rose garden is in the Loire Valley so it makes a nice change of pace when you’re there to visit all the old, historic chateaux.  It’s a rose lover’s dream! http://www.cheminsdelarose.com/

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Rosarie du Val-de-Marne, l’Hay les Roses

The archetypical rose garden, designed in the late 1800s by a Parisian businessman, Jules Gravereaux, who loved roses and Edouard Andre, a garden architect; this garden is a return to the structured, symetrical forms of the classical french garden, but on … Continue reading

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Bagatelle (and Bolivian bimbos in the Bois de Boulogne)

More Paris gardens for my one follower <smile>  It was very hard to choose from all of my Bagatelle photos on a trip in June of ’03 but not hard to pick what to pull from my trip journal.  It … Continue reading

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Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Click here to open the gallery.  Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI. Although I’m from Michigan, my deep appreciation for the role of public gardens blossomed after I moved to Massachusetts.  As I looked to combine garden … Continue reading

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Whenever I’m in Paris

Click here to open the gallery.   I heard myself saying that one day and it stopped me cold.  Born and raised to a barely middle class family in rural Michigan, I grew up thinking that one trip to Europe in my … Continue reading

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