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American Horticultural Society Jue 26 and 27, 2017

On two spectacularly clear days in June,  I had the great pleasure of first meeting with a delightful group of supporters of the American Horticultural Society who came together from many states across the country  — Texas, Washington State, the Carolinas and more —  for a garden tour of Litchfield County.  They kindly invited me […]

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Woodbury, CT June 25, 2017

Mariana Daniels is shown above smiling broadly as the sun broke out, along with me and Judy Harmon,  Diane and other volunteers for the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodbury, Connecticut, organized a garden party at Brush Hill as a benefit for their church last year and it was such a success, they asked if […]

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Wilmington Garden Club Visit June 22, 2017

A delightful group from the Wilmington Garden Club arrived on a beautiful day to be greeted by the Delaware flag flying above our front door. Charlie likes to welcome visitors from other states and countries by flying their flag, and this time it was special, as he grew up on the outskirts of Wilmington and […]

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Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Visit May 20, 1917

A bit early for the gardens, but a delightful group sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society came for a visit and picnic lunch on May 20, 1917.   After walking around the gardens, everyone found a spot to settle down for a peaceful lunch, enhanced by Charlie’s insistence on serving wine.       Doug Mackenzie […]

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New Canaan & Darien Garden Clubs — Day after the Election!!!

What better way to start the day after the national election than by talking about something else!   And looking at the beautiful photographs taken by the two great English garden photographers, Jerry Harpur and Andrew Lawson.   I came to New Canaan in Connecticut to give another book talk to a wonderful joint meeting of both […]

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BARBARA PAUL ROBINSON SERIES AT THE NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION

The first of the Barbara Paul Robinson Series at the New York City Bar Association was held on Tuesday evening, October 25 and was beyond my wildest hopes for this event.  I was thrilled that my Debevoise & Plimpton partner, John S. Kiernan, presided; he is the first partner in the firm to serve as […]

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Group from Queensland, Australia

On Friday, September 23, a wonderfully enthusiastic group of visitors traveling together from Queensland, Australia, arrived at Brush Hill.   They were led by Barbara Wickes who did a marvelous job and they all were delighted to see the Australia flag flying above our front door in welcome.  Here she is with me welcoming the group. […]

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Blithewold Visit

On a beautiful summer day, sunny but not too hot or humid, a group arrived organized by Blithewold, the impressive historic mansion, garden and arboretum located in Bristol, Rhode Island.  The youngest visitor was two year old Jack, shown here with his parents, Dan and Julie Christina.  Julie is the Education Programs Manager at Blithewold […]

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Williamstown Garden Club Book Talk

I had the great pleasure of speaking to the Williamstown Garden Club on August 9, a beautiful day.  Linda Conway invited me to speak and gave me a most gracious introduction.  Here she is with me and Dianne Glick, the President of the Club.  Linda had lived in Cambridge and been engaged in publishing so […]

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Madison Beach Club Book Talk

On a dazzlingly beautiful day, August 3, I had the great pleasure of my first visit to the Madison Beach Club, right on the water of Long Island Sound in Madison, Connecticut.  The view across the water made it very hard to even think about going inside for my book talk.  Instead, we all first […]

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