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Recent Voyages

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Special thanks to the Inn at Montchanin Village for allowing us access to their gardens throughout the property during our recent product photo shoot with Rick Urbanowski.

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Visiting the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens for the first time, I found the Thousand Bloom Mum to be best appreciated from “across the pond.” Amazing it is actually a single plant. – photo by Vince McIntosh

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Light: Installations by Bruce Munro (summer 2012) at Longwood Gardens was incredible on so many levels. This image of the Water Towers installation captures one of my favorite experiences at Longwood and not a flower in sight!    – photo by Vince McIntosh

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Longwood Gardens at Christmas (December 2011) never fails to get you in the spirit, so we go as early as possible once it opens for the holidays. -photo by Vince McIntosh

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Living on a shady lot, I have become intrigued by moss as it establishes itself over more of the yard and even keep up a small “moss garden” with ferns near our front door. When the Mt. Cuba Center here in Hockessin, Del., held a half-day class on moss last year, I enjoyed meeting some fellow moss aficionados and learning some tips on propagating it. -photo by Vince McIntosh

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A “Voyage” of a Different Kind

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My work in the travel amenities industry occasionally involves international travel. A recent voyage in early summer included a trip to southern France, west of Toulouse (in Gers, Midi-Pyrénées region) for a factory tour. The family that owns the factory lives in a castle-like home from the late 18th century with a beautiful guest cottage. The view from my window was incredible.

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Sunflowers are everywhere, planted across hillsides stretching as far the eye can see. The drive into the factory the next morning was a blur of yellow and green.

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At the end of the day, I was invited to dinner on the patio with three generations of the family. As I walked up the drive, this incredible wall of lavender presented itself. Makes you want to build an ancient wall as a backdrop!