Oakland Cemetery: Life Goes On

Now, let’s see, where did we finish up….. We were in Oakland in the evening for the “Illumine.” See HERE for that adventure in case you missed it! We had such a good time and learned so much! The gardens were extraordinary and there were so many interesting architectural pieces, that we signed up for…

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia: A Victorian Garden

When we decided to go to Atlanta to explore gardens, Oakland Cemetery came up on the radar as 48 acres of garden splendor.  Hmm…… I was not so sure of this, but we decided to investigate.  Oakland Cemetery is named on the National Register of Historic Places, which made it very interesting for us, with…

Did Someone Say Orchids?

Today we are back in the Atlanta Botanical Garden to finish up my photos of the orchids in the Faqua Conservatory! I have never seen such a beautiful collection of exotics in one place! Check out the website for the Atlanta Botanical Garden HERE! There are many classes and events during the year starting with…

The Atlanta Botanical Garden: On to the Orchids!

We have been enjoying the Atlanta Botanical Garden and today’s tour is through the Orchid Conservatory, the largest in the United States! Now, I have to admit I know nothing about orchids…….and my experience with them stops at the counter to glance at the tiny, irrelevant groupings to be found at the grocery store……not to…

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens: There’s More to This Garden

Summer is the time to explore and the garden, any garden, is one of my favorite summer pastimes. We have spent a week in Atlanta and there is much to be explored of interest to the gardener! Our first stop before we had even checked into the hotel was the Botanical Garden. The Atlanta Botanical…

Six On Saturday: The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia

Helloooo SOS friends! It’s summer and the weather is hot, hot, hot and perfect for garden outings! We have been on the road and I have lots to share with you! Our newest outing took us to Atlanta, Georgia, where we found so many great activities! Two of the items on our week-long agenda was…

Six On Saturday: My Eye Is On You!

And you, and you, and you! In the past weeks I have written about a critter or critters or bugs eating my pansies……..The bugs were earwigs and thanks to the Propagator, who told me that I had earwigs in my pansies, I soon remedied that problem, I think.  But, I also had mature big plants…

T’Was Days Before Christmas and in the Fourth Ward……

I can’t think of anything I like better to do than to go on a Christmas Walk and Home Tour during the Holidays. We have a favorite spot in Charlotte in the Fourth Ward. What began as a neighborhood potluck dinner crawl for neighbors over 41 years ago, has evolved into a vibrant, festive celebration…

T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate, Part Two

We’re back for our last viewing of the Biltmore House before we move on to more Christmas outings……..now let’s see where did we leave off? Oh yes, George Vanderbilt was moving into his new home which included 250 rooms with 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65  fireplaces,  and 3 kitchens. There also was the ultra modern…

T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate

After a short visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington Vanderbilt II, found the perfect location for his COUNTRY HOME! Biltmore Estate is a large (6,950 acres or 11 square miles), private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Chateau-style mansion built between 1889 and 1895 and is…

WeekendCoffeeShare at Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

Today, for the WeekendCoffeeShare, I am sharing my photos from Asheville, NC, at the famous Biltmore Estate, built for George Washington Vanderbilt.  As a grandson of famed industrialist and philanthropist, Cornelius Vanderbilt, George came from one of America’s best-known families. In the 1880s, at the height of the Gilded Age (a time of rapid economic growth),…

Six on Saturday at Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

We have had a few “outings” this month. One, was to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. I always wanted to see the house and grounds at Christmas when everything would be decked out for the holidays. Buying our tickets six months in advance, you deal with the weather you get that day! Fortunately,  we…