A planned trip to Philadelphia last weekend ended up with an impromptu visit to the Flower Show celebrating all that is British and it was indeed, brilliant! Royal palace gates covered in English roses welcomed us and an allée of stately birch trees led us to Big Ben, standing tall among gardens beds filled with gorgeous hollyhocks, lupines, foxglove and more.
The best and brightest in the business competed in landscaping and floral arranging categories and captivated us with their imagination and creativity. From a charming cricket cottage (life size) to the nursery at Hogwarts (miniature), each representation was spot on.
Bouquets of all shapes and sizes were interspersed between the landscaped gardens while larger displays like store windows and window boxes had their own special corner. Even high school garden clubs took part in the exhibition and we were amazed by all the talent, young and old.
The Hamilton Horticourt was filled with award winning specimens that even we could be tempted to plant… and kill in the near future. Our time at the Flower Show was magical and we only wish we had more time to spend amidst the botanical beauty!
Photos via yours truly (who really does need to put on her readers when using her iPhone to make sure the pictures are in focus!)
Are you sophisticated about design and worldly, yet playful and unafraid of the new and bold? If so, this beautiful addition to print shelter magazines speaks your language (and you don’t need to know French!)
Launching this Fall, Milieu is founded and edited by Houston-based designer, Pamela Pierce, whose elegant and timeless interiors have been featured in Veranda, Western Interiors and Southern Accents, and in numerous design books.
Santa Fe Setting
This quarterly magazine will focus on a variety of subjects such as interiors (like a not-so-traditional abode in Santa Fe or a contemporary Houston high-rise), garden design and creative strategies for accomplishing the look you want for your home.
Engaging photography by the likes of Peter Vitale serves to enhance the magazine’s commitment to “enlighten, entertain and enliven” its readers, page after page.
From what we have seen so far, we can’t wait to see more of Milieu!
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Photos via Milieu
Where does your garden grow? Rumor has it urban garden design was big at Maison & Objet last month with many vendors playing off of Patrick Blanc‘s popular vertical gardens with creative flair. Not only did companies incorporate every day accessories such as mirrors into their designs…
H2O Architects - Mirroir en Herbe
but some went even further by turning plants onto their heads!
Boskke - Sky Planter
It seems that there’s no limit as to where you can grow a garden these days. Plants are being used as art on a wall…
Woolly Pocket - Wally Living Wall System
Flora Grubb Gardens - Vertical Garden Panel
As a fashionable accessory for the “eco-chic”…
Paula Hayes - Living Necklace
Woolly Pocket - Living Handbag
Or as a treasured keepsake…
Viva Terra - Recycled Glass Terrarium
So tell us, dear readers, how and where does your garden grow?
Photos from the Los Angeles Times, Boskke, Woolly Pocket, Flora Grubb Gardens, Paula Hayes and Viva Terra