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Happy Easter! Happy Passover! and Happy Spring!

The Power of Flowers!

Pink Tulip ©Kim Smith 2013White Bleeding Heart ©Kim Smith 2012Feathered Tulips © Kim Smith 2012Purple Pink Tulips © Kim Smith 2013Carolina Silverbell Pink ©Kim Smith 2013Pink Carolina Silverbell is a native flowering tree (Halesia tetraptera var. rosea)

Carmine tulip ©Kim Smith 2013 copyTemple of Beauty

American Dogwood Cornus Florida © Kim Smith 2012Native American Dogwood ~ Cornus florida

Tulips Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge ©Kim Smith 2013Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge

Red Tulip ©Kim Smith 2012

Think Spring!

Narcissus 'Geranium' ©Kim Smith 2012

Narcissus ‘Geranium’

Tulipa Willowdale Estate ©Kim Smith2012

Bleeding Heart and Tulips Willowdale Estate ©Kim Smith2012.

Bleeding Heart and Tulips

Tulip Garden Willowdale Estate ©Kim Smith2012.

Tulip Garden Willowdale Estate Topsfield

Fall Planting at Willowdale Estate

Fall Planting for Spring Tulipomania at Willowdale ~ 1,500 bulbs planted, only 1500 more to go!

The Super Fantastic Willowdale Facilities Team

Right to left ~ Dale, James, and Greg

Willowdale Estate ~ A Stunning Special Events Venue

North Shore Wedding Magazine

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For weeks I had planned to photograph the tulips in bloom at Willowdale, but only in the late afternoon sun. Each afternoon I headed out, the sky grew overcast. Last Monday the sun shown gloriously the entire day.

Fortunately I caught the tail end of North Shore Wedding Magazine photographing their Premier Issue in the gardens at Willowdale. North Shore Wedding Magazine is a brand new biannual publication featuring quality North Shore wedding professionals and venues, and is the sister publication to New Hampshire Wedding Magazine.

Sarah Boucher’s (Willowdale’s Planning Manager) lovely table styling for the North Shore Wedding Magazine photo shoot.

Kristina Hathaway with model

I hope this does not sound boastful however am mentioning because I just love it when people understand the design intention of a project. Kristina Hathaway remarked that she loved the feminine quality of the garden’s design juxtaposed against the masculine architecture of the stone mansion—music to my ears! The design challenges at Willowdale are multifold, yet rewarding, and from April 1st to until the first week of November you will find the gardens in bloom!

Tuesday evening, June 12, at 7:00 pm come join me in the gardens at Willowdale Estate. Enjoy refreshments and a tour of the garden, followed by a showing of my film “The Butterfly Garden at Willowdale Estate.”  RSVP to Info@Willowdale Estate.

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C’est la Vie!

Dear Gardening Friends, Think Spring! Come join the North Shore Garden Club for what promises to be a wonderful event. I will be there and available to answer questions about the butterfly garden. Hope to see you there! Warmest wishes, Kim

C'est la Vie North Shore Garden Club

The North Shore Garden Club is hosting a beautiful exhibition of all things flowers, which will be held at historic Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The grounds are open to the public and the event includes classes in flower arranging, photography, and horticulture, and all is free.
The North Shore Garden Club (established in 1915) is a member of the Garden Club of America and was created for the purpose of stimulating interest in all aspects of gardening as well as to support civic beauty and conservation of natural resources.
Of note at Willowdale this past week…
Tulipomania at WillowdaleTulipomania at Willowdale
A sea of fabulously fragrant narcissus Fujifilm x100An intoxicatingly fragrant sea of narcissus
Magnolia virginiana bud Fujifilm x100Magnolia virginiana bud

Tulipomania at Willowdale!

Tulips Blooming at Willowdale Estate Topsfield Massachusetts

The bridal season has begun and the grounds are topfull of tulips and sweetly scented jonquils. While photographing with eyes and nose at flower height, I am intoxicated by the the heady perfume emanating from the narcissus and the splendorous hues and broken patterns of the shimmering satin tulip petals–and dreaming about making cocktail dresses in every colorway! Lenna (from Willowdale) and I are creating a book of garden photographs for the brides, and because all the flowers and butterflies are so gorgeous, it is a challenge to decide what photos to include. Dan Pritchard, who works for my publisher, David Godine, suggested that I post  regular updates on what is currently in bloom at Wdale and I think it is a great idea. The following are a few potential candidate photographs to add to the spring section of our photo book.

Tulips Blooming at Willowdale Estate Topsfield Massachusetts

Tulips and Narcissus Blooming at Willowdale Estate Topsfield Massachusetts

The new pergola designed by Gerald Fandetti, Architect

Pergola designed by Gerald Fandetti, Architect

Native dogwood (Cornus florida) with tulips

Native dogwood (Cornus florida)

Wisteria Arbor in the Butterfly Courtyard

Wisteria Arbor in the Butterfly Courtyard at Willowdale Estate, Topsfield

Viridiflora Tulip ‘Greenland’