Category Archives: Gardens

“Often I think of the beautiful town that is seated by the sea.”

On a cold, dark and dreary day in 1841, a lovelorn poet sat at a desk in his parents’ summer dining room, looked out into the garden, and brooded over the loss of those he had loved over the years. … Continue reading

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“A delicate French chateau mirrored in a Massachusetts pond”

The Berkshires of western Massachusetts is a picturesque region of forested hills, green valleys and the powerful Blackstone River that created prospering mill towns during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. Time spent among these mountains prompted Nathaniel Hawthorne … Continue reading

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Swipe right on Shipshewana

Mobile devices make everyday tasks more convenient, but they sure have taken a toll on my ability to connect successfully with people I care about. I miss the lost art of conversation. If, like me, you need a break from … Continue reading

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If You Seek The Best Part Of The Meijers’ Collection, Look Under Your Feet

What prompts us to start collecting things? For Frederik Meijer, the founder of the Meijer retail and grocery chain, and his wife, Lena, it was supporting a project to have Marshall Fredericks create a bronze sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen’s … Continue reading

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“Come Down to Holland in Tulip Time”

Fancy the fresh taste of Fortuin’s Wilhelmina peppermints? Hankering a flaky, buttery Aviateur almond round pastry or a caramel-filled Stroopwafel? Craving the crisp sugar shell and soft filling of Mentos sweets? Ready for a piece of Rademaker Hopjes coffee candy? … Continue reading

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