Giveaway: Gardens at First Light

Gardens at First Light

Gardens at First Light

One of our favorite parts of the day is early morning when the sun is rising over the ridge, the peepers are still peeping in the pond across the street and all is calm.  On warmer days, you will find us outside on our terrace or porch with our cups of coffee enjoying the glow that is cast on our gardens at first light.  That is one of the reasons why we were so thrilled to be contacted by the lovely and celebrated photographer, Stacy Bass, to profile her new book, Gardens at First Light, on our blog and to offer it as a giveaway to one lucky reader!  We are such huge fans of Stacy’s (read about her in a post here) and her work is truly inspiring.



The second reason we were so excited is that the enchanting photographs are accompanied by text from well-known home and garden journalist Judy Ostrow, who not only is one of our neighbors but shares a birthday with us (we could be triplets!)  Stacy’s second book is filled with over 200 images that offer a rare and privileged glimpse into dozens of private gardens in the Northeast.  The only way you would be able to see these gardens at dawn is as guest of the homeowner!



Astilbe and Hydrangea

Astilbe and Hydrangea

Best of all, Gardens at First Light also contains an illustrated reference guide for the featured gardens should you wish to put your green thumbs to work.  Given our talent for killing live plants, we’ll settle with admiring the beauty of blooming rolling hills and the serene symmetry of box hedges instead.



Garden Table

Garden Table

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Stacy will be signing books in Westport, CT next week on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at White Birch Studio and will personalize a book for you or for your mom!  All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below or email us at with “Gardens at First Light” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, May 4th.

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  • Reply Susan April 29, 2015 at 7:48 am

    What beautiful photographs! I would love to win a copy of this book just in time for Mother’s Day!

  • Reply Karena April 29, 2015 at 9:08 am

    This book looks so filled with glorious gardens. Of course I would love to add this book to my library!

    The Arts by Karena

  • Reply Faith boggio April 29, 2015 at 9:18 am

    These photos are so beautiful. I just love gardens! Would love to win “Gardens at First Light”. FB

  • Reply Rebecca Hively April 29, 2015 at 9:25 am

    This is such a WONDERFUL idea ~ I just love early morning light on our gardens! Congratulations on a beautiful compilation!

  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann April 29, 2015 at 10:34 am

    What a wonderful book! I love to see my little city postage stamp of a garden at first light on a sunny day. It was raining when I flew out of the house before dawn this morning to work out, but a soft glow was coming through the clouds when I returned. A whole book of these moments would be lovely!

    Happy Wednesday, ladies! XOOX

  • Reply Tracy April 30, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Beautiful light in all these photos. Would be delighted to win a copy of her book.

  • Reply Susan lewis May 2, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Wow!! Just wow!! Beautiful gardens! The photos show such serenity and tranquility! The table settings are lovely!! What a wonderful book!! This book will be a great treasure to have!!

  • Reply Jenna O May 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Such beautiful pictures! Would love to give this book to my mother 🙂

  • Reply Karen of Fifty Dresses May 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Looks like a lovely, lovely book. I have a dear friend to whom I would love to give this book!

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