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The New York Botanical Garden

Fabulous Finds

Oscar in the Garden

Garden Goodies

Garden Goodies

If you follow OscarPRGirl on Pinterest like we do, you’d know that Oscar de la Renta is an avid gardener and expert in all things lovely and botanical…  Just take a peek at his beautiful properties in Kent, CT and Punta Cana.  So it’s no surprise that this divine designer has collaborated with The New York Botanical Gardens to create a limited-edition home collection due out in early May (alas, not in time for Easter brunch but perfect for Mother’s Day!)

Green Goodies

Green Goodies

Pairing botanical artwork handpicked from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Rare Book Collections with bright, modern design, these new pieces will add a lively touch to any party.  Our favorites include pretty peony cocktail plates,

Pretty Peonies

Pretty Peonies

a terrific trellis tray,

Terrific Tray

Terrific Tray

a whimsical salt and pepper set,

Salt and Pepper

Summer House Salt and Pepper

and a sweet French melon bowl with cover.

French Melon Bowl

French Melon Bowl

Wouldn’t these be perfect for a spring garden party on the terrace?

Photos: 1 – 6

Posy Palette

Posy Palette: Chrysanthemums

Mums the Word!

Mum’s the Word!

It wouldn’t be October without mentioning Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden opening tomorrow at The New York Botanical Garden.  It’s one of our favorite exhibits and it really showcases the chrysanthemum in a whole new light.

Aerin - Alvaney Loafer

Aerin – Alvaney Loafer

C. Wonder - Crystal Fan Earrings

C. Wonder – Crystal Fan Earrings

Growing up in Europe, mums were somewhat shunned in our house since they’re symbolic of death (i.e. they’re often used at funerals and to decorate graves) so we never really got to appreciate their ephemeral beauty.

See by Chloe - Ellipses Silk Crepe

See by Chloe – Ellipses Silk Crepe

Chrysanthemums have quite the opposite reputation in Japan where they’re celebrated during The Festival of Happiness (National Chrysanthemum Day), one of five ancient festival days in that country.

Dash & Albert - Mums Stripe Rug

Dash & Albert – Mums Stripe Rug

Kim Seybert - Ikat Pillows

Kim Seybert – Ikat Pillows

And it would only be natural to give mums on Mother’s Day like they do in Australia – mums for mum, how sweet!

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Fabulous Finds, Inspirations

The Amazing Amaryllis

White Flower Farm - Red Pearl Amaryllis

White Flower Farm - Red Pearl Amaryllis

Named after a shepherdess in Greek mythology, amaryllis (Hippeastrum) actually means “sparkling” and refers to the beautiful bloom which adorns this plant’s long, leafless stem.  A young physician from Leipzig, Eduard Frederich Poeppig, discovered this perennial holiday favorite on a plant hunting expedition in Chile in 1828.

New York Botanical Garden - Amaryllis Placemats

New York Botanical Garden - Amaryllis Placemats

Poeppig was so delighted with his discovery that he was, in the words of a biographer, “often compelled to relieve his full heart by uttering loud shouts of joy, to which his faithful dog and sole companion and witness of his delight responded with howls of equal delight.”

White Flower Farm - Amaryllis Exotica

White Flower Farm - Amaryllis Exotica

Every year, we look forward to filling our homes with amaryllis and delight in their flamboyant starry trumpets.  Our favorites this year include the Red Pearl, the Exotica and the Alfresco.  While growing amaryllis is always fun to do, we often sneak one or two of our faux plants into our holiday decorating.

Michel Designs - Amaryllis Collection

Michel Designs - Amaryllis Collection

So even if we wilt during the season, we know our amaryllis will keep our homes looking fresh and festive.  In the language of flowers, amaryllis also means “splendid beauty”… and there’s no wonder why!

Amaryllis.com - Alfresco Amaryllis

Amaryllis.com - Alfresco Amaryllis

Bloembox - Amaryllis Bulb Garden

Bloembox - Amaryllis Bulb Garden

Photos from White Flower Farm, The New York Botanical Garden, Michel Designs, Amaryllis.com and Bloembox

Events, The Latest Buzz

Mum’s the Word…

“Kiku in the Japanese Garden” opens today at The New York Botanical Garden and we can’t wait to catch a glimpse of the beautiful cascades, cones and columns of brilliantly hued chrysanthemums.  For the past two years, the Conservatory Courtyards have been transformed into a setting that evokes the gardens of Kyoto including undulating masses of ferns and perennials and the exquisitely handcrafted pavilions which showcase these amazing floral sculptures of kiku (Japanese for chrysanthemum).

"Driving Rain" Display at The New York Botanical Garden

"Driving Rain" Display at The New York Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden experts work up to 11 months to grow, train and shape the kiku on display, and sadly, this is the last year these beautiful plants will be shown in this setting.  Luckily, we have found other mums to celebrate fall’s fleeting beauty!

Liora Manne - Mum Rug

Liora Manne - Mum Rug

Caspari - Chrysanthemums Napkin

Caspari - Chrysanthemums Napkin

Red Ruby Rose - Pink Mum Clutch

Red Ruby Rose - Pink Mum Clutch

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Martha Stewart - Chrysanthemum Cupcake

Martha Stewart - Chrysanthemum Cupcake

Todd Alexander Romano - Small Chrysanthemum

Todd Alexander Romano - Small Chrysanthemum

The exhibit runs from October 17 through November 15.  For more information and tickets, visit The New York Botanical Garden their popular blog Plant Talk.

Photos from The New York Botanical Garden, Liora Manne, Caspari, Red Ruby Rose, NYBG Store, Martha Stewart and Elle Decor

Inspirations

Here Comes the Sun

Since it has rained thirteen out of the past fifteen days here in the Northeast, we thought we would write about our favorite cheery yellow accents.  You can’t help but feel uplifted when you enter a bright yellow room or surround yourself with sunny citron prints.  We hope these images bring a little joy to your rainy day!

Pylones - Watering Can Purse

Pylones - Watering Can Purse

New York Botanical Garden - Kiku Vase

New York Botanical Garden - Kiku Vase

Anthropologie - Cleo Chair

Anthropologie - Cleo Chair

Diane James - Yellow Spring Bouquet

Diane James - Yellow Spring Bouquet

Ankasa - Naples Pillow

Ankasa - Naples Pillow

Southern Accents - Jan Showers Living Room

Southern Accents - Jan Showers Living Room

Photos from Pylones, The New York Botanical Garden, Anthropologie, Diane James Home, Ankasa and Tria Giovan for Southern Accents

Inspirations

Pretty in Pink

With all the azaleas and peonies blooming in our gardens this week, we can’t help but feeling “in the pink”.  From raspberry to fuchsia, cerise to salmon, pink can be whimsical and charming or vivacious and vibrant.  While we think of pink as the color of spring, these pretty accents are our favorites year-around.

Southern Accents - Kim Zimmerman Interiors

Southern Accents - Kim Zimmerman Interiors

Marye-Kelley Decoupage - Peony Wastepaper Basket

Marye-Kelley Decoupage - Peony Wastepaper Basket

New York Botanical Gardens - Floral Stopper

New York Botanical Gardens - Floral Stopper

Manuel Canovas - Pergola Bedding

Manuel Canovas - Pergola Bedding

Baccarat - Poetic Garden Tumbler

Baccarat - Poetic Garden Tumbler

Photos from Southern Accents, Marye-Kelley Decoupage, The New York Botanical Gardens, Manuel Canovas and Baccarat

The Latest Buzz

Earth Day Eco Chic

We know that earth-friendly products are all the rage and have been so for quite some time so we couldn’t let Earth Day pass this year without mentioning some of our favorite eco chic accessories.

VivaTerra - Floral Enamel Pitcher

VivaTerra - Floral Enamel Pitcher

Potting Shed Creations - Lavender in a Bag

Potting Shed Creations - Lavender in a Bag

Balanced Design - Pods Pillow

Balanced Design - Pods Pillow

The New York Botanical Garden - Nova Eco Pots

The New York Botanical Garden - Nova Eco Pots

NKD Candle Company - Flora Soy Candle

NKD Candle Company - Flora Soy Candle

Photos from VivaTerra, Potting Shed Creations, Balanced Design, The New York Botanical Garden and NKD Candle Company