Not only is Atlanta Botanical Garden the loveliest place in all of Atlanta for those like me, who love nature dearly, but it’s also a beacon of hope in a world plagued by environmental disasters, pollution, and a lack of scientific understanding. Equal parts research & conservation facility and pleasure garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown while learning about and supporting the Southeastern Center for Conservation’s mission, “To develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, conservation, research, and enjoyment.”
My Favorite Gardening Books
I love watching the things I’ve grown so carefully with love and care make another person smile, whether it’s flowers from my garden or extra vegetables we give to our neighbors in the summertime. I’ve read dozens of books on gardening, composting, seed saving, and helping colorful flowers bloom early, and I own dozens more books on the subject. Here are my favorites that are easy to understand, with useful, correct information, are great references, and are great for any skill level.
The Gardens of Versailles
The Gardens of Versailles at the Château de Versailles, approximately 12 miles southwest of Paris, France, is one of the most magnificent gardens I’ve ever visited. It’s an incredible 2,000-acre garden that was first built in 1624 but looks quite similar to how it would have nearly 400 years ago. We visited during our time in Paris as a day trip, and I was absolutely blown away by the complexity and sheer magnitude of these gorgeous gardens. Truly, I’ve never seen anything like it. I can’t even imagine how this space would have wowed visitors centuries ago who had little in the way of a frame of reference.
Where I Traveled in 2022 + My Favorite Images
2022 was such a wonderful year. I traveled a lot domestically and abroad, attended numerous weddings of some of my favorite friends and family, and spent more time than ever doing the things I love, like gardening, hiking, biking, swimming, gardening, reading, and writing. My husband and I spent a little more than a month…
Peachy Pink Summer Dress
Today’s post is just a quick little outfit of the day post, featuring this lovely Juliet Dunn dress that I’ve worn several times this summer already. The silhouette of this peachy pink summer dress (also available in white and lemon yellow) is just so feminine and timeless; I’m sure I’ll love this dress for years to…
Audubon Swamp Garden in Charleston
If you’re like most people, you may have thought that swamps were smelly, dirty places. Why do we think this way? Whenever I told someone who isn’t from the south that I was going to be visiting a swamp garden and nature preserve, they assumed that it would be a gross experience, but it was far from that. There was so much beautiful life all around us as we walked through the garden, which smelled like fresh air and blooming irises, and we saw so many things we wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise due to the inaccessibility and isolated nature of swamps.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, D.C.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is home to a collection of works of art, literature, and other objets d’arts from around the world, including a vast number of Faberge eggs that previously belonged to the Russian Imperial family, as well as 25 acres of carefully manicured ornamental gardens, a glasshouse, and much more.
Pothos Houseplant Care Guide
My pothos care guide will share all of my tips and tricks to getting large, full pothos plants with big, beautiful leaves that add a touch of natural beauty to any home and help bring the outdoors inside.
Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum in Seattle
Chihuly Garden & Glass is a museum unlike any other. Next to the Space Needle, the incredible work of Dale Chihuly, like floating glass bubbles, phantoms, and tendrils, create numerous, enchanting atmospheres, transporting viewers deep into the forest, under turbulent waters, at the edge of a glass-like lake, and amongst towering flowers. Explore this incredible museum, garden, café and glasshouse by reading more here, and visiting for yourself.
A Visit to the Seattle Japanese Garden
The lush, verdant Seattle Japanese Garden was the perfect place to spend a morning strolling along stone paths, alongside a koi pond, amongst Japanese maples, surrounded by moss and Japanese stone lanterns. Explore the incredible features of this delightful 3.5 acre garden which just celebrated its 60th anniversary, and understand why people travel from around the world to visit this oasis of tranquility.
Picking Sunflowers in the Sunshine
Summer is drawing to a close, and fall is nearly here. To make the most of this transitional period, before it becomes too cold, we’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible outside, enjoying the last few warm days here in Michigan. The leaves are already beginning to change colors, and the sun is setting sooner, so I wanted to squeeze in one last visit to a flower field before the end of the season and spend a day picking sunflowers. We took a trip to DeBucks Flower Farm, where they also have a corn maze, hay rides, and other fall themed activities, to pick some gorgeous Sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, lavender, and other fall flowers.