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A Day in the Garden: Paradise pt 1

February 08, 2016

Deep in the heart of New York State Wine Country is a garden paradise. The Sonnenberg Gardensand Mansion sit on fifty acres in Canandaigua, New York. Walking the gardens is a day long adventure and a retrospective of garden history. The property was home to the Thompson family from 1863 to 1931. Mrs. Thompson who developed the gardens, after her husbands death in 1899, traveled the globe for...
In the Heat of the Night

February 04, 2016


Is there anything as fun as a big party with loads of friends? As the winter continues I am thinking of some fun party ideas for in the garden this coming summer. One of the best parties we ever hosted was shot for my book, An Invitation to the Garden. I think the reason it was so successful, aside from a fun mix of people, is that it started late for Kinderhook, at 9 pm after the sun had gone...
A Day in the Graden: George Eastman Museum

February 01, 2016

I have to start off by saying I wasn't technically in this garden, I was looking at it through a window. The beautiful summer day that greeted us when we arrived at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester NY, had turned into a stormy afternoon by the time we wanted to go in the garden. Lesson learned: always visit the garden first no matter how cloudless the sky maybe.
Eastman Kodak created one of...

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