Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tablescapes Spotlight: Kim Smith for Willowdale

Time spent in the garden is just starting to reap rewards about now. It is much easier to ignore what is going on inside my house and just plant myself out in the sun to admire the ever changing colors and fragrances of my country garden. These low-maintenance shrub roses are intoxicating, which may explain why I have been sitting much more than I have been weeding!

While I sit, however, I ponder the possibilities ...

“Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities
written and illustrated by Kim Smith
Available through Toadhall Bookstore Online
or through

To achieve the garden of your dreams take a peek at this book by the super creative author/illustrator/photographer and designer Kim Smith. Her words of wisdom and sweetly illustrated garden images will give you much to think about when planning your own outdoor spaces. And then when your garden is looking its best, a party is in order. Kim designed this birthday celebration vignette for the North Shore Design Show: Tablescapes event held at the Wenham Museum in May.

Photo courtesy of Linda Encarnacao

Inspired by the butterfly courtyard at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts, it is a visual treat that combines antique finery, whimsical touches and irresistible confections.

A packet of seeds for each guest is a creative and thoughtful touch.

These cookies tasted as good as they looked ...

And if you’d like to try your hand at creating a work of art “en plein air like Kim, Willowdale hosts Artist Open Hours free with no registration required on the first Tuesday of each month starting in June from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your “paints, panels and brushes” and get a first-hand look at the gardens that have inspired Kim and the many visitors to the estate.

To book a tour or plan your own event at Willowdale, call 978-887-8211

Rhododendron and Carpenter Bee by Kim Smith

To receive “inbox-inspiration” directly from Kim, sign-up for her eColumn newsletter which is chock-full of smart – and timely – gardening information and beautiful close-up photography. Or plan on meeting her in person at one of her upcoming lectures or book-signing events. She is just as nice in person as you would expect a lover of gardens to be!

Photo credit: Liv Hauck

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