10/28/14 12:00pm

 

SUSAN SHROTT PHOTO This is one of Susan’s Vanda orchids, a glorious purple in full bloom.

SUSAN SHROTT PHOTO
This is one of Susan’s Vanda orchids, a glorious purple in full bloom.

Moving indoors now, we can spend some time on worthwhile houseplants to entertain us through the colder months. One of my favorite houseplants  is the  orchid and Susan Schrott, an almost-full-time Islander, loves them even more than I do. (more…)

09/26/14 8:00am

 

COURTESY PHOTO Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts, as seen from the gardens.

COURTESY PHOTO
Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts, as seen from the gardens.

Edith Wharton, born in 1862, is probably better known for her novels and Pulitzer Prize or as a friend of Henry James’ than for her gardens, but it’s hard to say in which one she took the greater pride. (more…)

09/19/14 8:00am

 

COURTESY PHOTO | Portrait of Gertrude Jekyll by William Nicholson, painted in October 1920, commissioned by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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Portrait of Gertrude Jekyll by William Nicholson, painted in October 1920, commissioned by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

The two grande dames that come to mind immediately are Gertrude Jekyll and Edith Wharton.

Gertrude Jekyll was born in London in 1843. Her father was an officer in the Grenadier Guards and her younger brother was a close friend of Robert Louis Stevenson — so close that Stevenson felt free to borrow the family’s last name for his famous story, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” (more…)