June 29, 2018

Visiting Gardens of Newport, Rhode Island

Business trips are always most enjoyable when I can also squeeze in a little time to see and learn about the wonderful places I visit.

Last week, while Kevin Sharkey and I were in Newport, Rhode Island to promote our book, “Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying”, we had the chance to see a handful of beautiful private gardens filled with meticulously maintained borders, hedges and other specimen plantings. Among them, the storied Blue Garden, which was originally created by famed architect, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. in the early 1900s for copper and railroad magnate, Arthur Curtiss James and his wife, Harriet, and then lovingly restored years later by noted philanthropist and horticulturist, Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton.

The day was cloudy with occasional showers, but we had a wonderful time. Enjoy these photos.