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IMG_6839"...a garden should be a sanctuary...[it] should push back the wilderness and be an intimate place safe from lions and elephants, whatever was out there."

Recently, I had been in contact with a customer about stencils for her dining room. We got to e-chatting and I found that she lived in Charleston. As it happens, this year's SALI convention (July 21st-26th) is in Charleston which I happened to mention to our customer in case she would be interested in attending. I had also mentioned that Helen, who will be our representative and teaching at the convention, was thoroughly looking forward to visiting Charleston and hopefully some of the old houses to see their interiors.

At this point, my customer mentioned that she lived in the historical district in Charleston and that their garden was quite famous as her mother had written a book about it called "Mrs Whaley and her Charleston Garden". Having attended Vanderbilt University, I was well used to Southern charm and hospitality so I was intrigued enough to look this book up on Amazon. I only had to read a couple of sentences about it before I put it in my basket. I have just finished reading this book and I can only tell you what an absolute delight it is.IMG_7447 about the garden (and I am no gardener), but it is also full of anecdotes and recipes and general advice. It is a small book and would make the most excellent gift to any person who enjoys anything to do with gardens.

I have continued to correspond with Mrs Whaley's daughter, Marty (who is mentioned in the book as the artist and decorator of the family - wonderful) partly about how much I enjoyed the book, Helen's visit to Charleston and her decorating projects. She has kindly arranged for Helen to see the garden and possibly some others on the street which I know Helen will enjoy because she is the gardener of our family.

IMG_7445Marty also sent me photos of the finished dining room scheme we had first corresponded about which is just beautiful.

The stencilling was done in a pale brown on wonderful old linen coloured walls (my colour description, not the actual paint colour).

Marty also sent me photos of some of her work of which I will share a couple with you as they, too, are lovely to look at. She sells her art through Dog & Horse Fine Art and the Wells Gallery.

You can tell she is a gardener's daughter as she has seen and brought to the canvas all the wonderful and vibrant colours seen in flora.

I may not garden and I may not be able to identify many flowers or plants, but I do find the garden the most wonderful source of inspiration and yes, a place to be safe from the lions and elephants. Rachel

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University of South Carolina Press Gardens of Historic Charleston
Book (University of South Carolina Press)

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Charleston Home + Design Magazine …
Charleston Home + Design Magazine …

Then take out ads in San Diego Home & Garden

And other design magazines, whichever ones suit your style the best. Veranda, Better Homes & Gardens, Metropolitan Home, Dwell, Town & Country, there are tons of choices.
Since you're in San Diego you're probably already familiar with the Home & Garden Expo. Sign up for one of those and make sure you have a booth at any similar types of weekend events.
You should also try to get a room on the Tour of Homes (or whatever they call it)
Seems like once a year the design profession holds this big thing where several historical homes in San Diego are decorated by various designers, and the public pays for the privilege of seeing it

Climate of change ahead for gardening  — Newsday
While many gardeners scan the newly arrived seed catalogs to plan their next growing season, the industry's visionaries are pouring talent and resources into products and ideas they hope will be sown in years to come. .. FLOWERS.

Message to a heartbroken widow: embrace your grief  — Irish Times
And go for a walk in the garden. Examine the dead plants and the frosty clay that was so full of flower last August.

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