1 Patsy's weekend home is on a quiet country street, nestled among tall trees and lots of green foliage.
2 When we arrived, there was already a spread of local cheeses from Sprout Creek Farm, along with olives, crackers, pistachios, and various peppers. https://sproutcreekfarm.org/
3 A lovely vase of fresh lilacs added such wonderful spring color to the table.
4 Across from the main house is a charming garden shed. The walking paths are covered with quarter-inch round stone - a beautiful ground cover against the bold green of the boxwood.
5 The wisteria on top of Patsy's shed is slow to flower this season - my wisteria at the farm hasn't flowered yet either. Wisteria is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, that includes 10-species of woody climbing vines.
6 The boxwood garden looks very lush and healthy. While the most familiar forms of boxwood are commonly referred to as "American" and "English" boxwood, there are about 90-species and more than 365 different cultivars.
7 The ferns are doing so well this year, too - look how beautiful they are in this area near Patsy's garden shed. Planting multiples of one plant in a section of a garden can look so dramatic and stunning.
8 We all took a brief stroll through the shade garden. The hostas are filling the space nicely. Hostas are among the most popular perennials - they are shade-tolerant, low maintenance, and incredibly elegant with their variety of foliage and striking green colors.
9 There are several quaint seating areas, including this unique bench at the edge of Patsy's shade garden.
10 Patsy loves charming, rustic birdhouses. She collects them and has received many as gifts over the years.
11 Here is a relaxing and inviting sitting area - I love the stone footstools.
12 This side of the porch looks very relaxing with a large, comfortable sectional for cool summer evenings.
13 A delightful grouping of five silver lace begonias under a window on Patsy's wrap around porch - an easy and elegant decoration.
14 Here, on another side of Patsy's expansive porch, is a quiet space to read and write. The legs on this rustic iron table are so pretty.
15 This is a stack of river birch logs with its interesting curling bark. The bark of some birches can be peeled in continuous strips and makes for an excellent waterproof paper.
16 A charming and whimsical arrangement of stone woodland animals - Patsy has been collecting stone garden pieces for many years.
17 The terrace includes a mix of rustic and antique furnishings along with some newer pieces - such a beautiful and comforting space for our traditional luncheon.
18 Lunch was a fantastic selection of dishes including tabouleh, grilled shrimp skewers, and a delicious tomato tart.
19 Tabouleh is a Mediterranean vegetarian dish, sometimes considered a salad, and traditionally made of tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur and onion.
20 Originally from the mountains of Syria and Lebanon, tabbouleh has become one of the most popular dishes in the Middle East - and it's so nutritious.
22 There were several tomato tarts in different shapes - it is such an easy and tasty dish for any party!
23 And, the grilled herbed shrimp was fantastic - Patsy served it with mango salsa.
24 The mango salsa was a big hit - and could be eaten along with some jalepeno peppers for extra kick.
25 Patsy has a river birch, Betula nigra, on her terrace - it is such a striking tree. River birch is deciduous and can grow up to about 80 to 100-feet tall, with a trunk 30 to 50-inches in diameter. Oftentimes, this tree will have more than one trunk.
26 The bark is variable - usually dark gray-brown to pinkish-brown and scaly, but in some, smooth and creamy pinkish-white, exfoliating in curly, papery sheets.
27 Patsy grows chives in a round planter on her terrace. Chives is the common name of Allium schoenoprasum, the smallest species of the onion genus. It is a popular edible, and used to flavor many dishes.
28 Here's another charming, and rustic birdhouse.
29 Senior designer, Joo Young Lim, deputy design director, Jessica Davis, and Patsy's friend, Alice Pisciotto, stop for a quick photo.
30 Here a few more of Patsy's collection of stone and cement planters. Stone garden pieces are very alluring in any outdoor space. In areas where temperatures dip below freezing in winter, turn containers over to drain or bring them indoors. A winter freeze can crack or crumble any kind of stone.
31 This is one of a pair of rustic stone finials.
32 And a pair of smaller, more simple, planting vessels.
33 I brought the Frenchies for some good socialization - here is baby Bete Noire eyeing the table of snacks.
34 Here are deputy design director, Zaki Kamandy, and Joo.
37 Here is a lovely photo of Kevin and Patsy.
38 This is Patsy's friend, Kevin McGrane, with Lisa Wagner, who worked for me for more than 20-years in our television and video production group.
39 Rosma Gutierrez and her husband, David Nuzzo, also joined us. Rosma is a furniture designer, and a former design director of MSLO.
40 This is my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, with Zaki.
41 Here I am with Lisa.
42 The gardens are very lush and green this season - so beautiful.
43 Everyone loved hugging the puppies - Baby Creme Brûlée got lots of attention.
44 It was a perfect afternoon - thank you, Patsy.