Gnome News

ramblings of a plant lover

Our New Calling

We were so honoured to have American publisher Hoffman Media feature our master bedroom on the cover of their new book release, “Classic Cottages – A Collection of Welcoming Homes with Personal Charm”. When Cindy Smith Cooper called and asked if we had any other house projects they could use, we were delighted when they chose to feature Forestwood as well.


The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side

I’m not sure why we don’t have a Rolling Greens Nursery in the GTA, or something as gardening “stylish” – well, there is Centro in Burlington. Maybe it’s time for Fussy to start up a store?

Anyway, I came across this beautiful concept online and if it’s as exciting in person as their website is, I definitely want to pay a visit next time I’m in LA or Culver City.

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Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

I couldn’t have anticipated the continuous beauty of the historic gardens of Colonial Williamsburg. The majority of Williamsburg’s gardens were planted between the 1930’s and 1960’s. A renewed public interest in the American colonial past began to stimulate the preservation of old homes, resulting in the Colonial Revival style.


Inside Out

We were glad to finally see a copy of the July 2018 issue of Canadian House & Home Magazine featuring all the hard work on our most recent home and garden project – “Forsythe”.


Villa Rufolo | Ravello, Italy


I’ve seen some spectacular places on the planet, but when I think of gardens few places have the legacy of beauty that Italy has. This past fall I returned a third time to the Amalfi coast to enjoy a different season in Ravello, and in particular to visit for the first time the gardens of Villa Rufolo.


All The Best From My Home to Yours

Everyone seems to be in some state of shock on how quickly Christmas descended upon us all this year. My theory is that we’ve all been in such an accelerated state doing this and that, we’ve sped through the last 12 months like a busy weekend, and so here we are.


You might be wondering why there have been so few posts since May. By way of update, 2017 was jam-packed with one of the busiest years I’ve lived in recent memory. Two amazing trips; Australia, New Zealand and then Europe; Italy – Sicily, Croatia, Montenegro, not to mention the west coast of Canada.

We All Fall Down

40+ bags of leaves, but who’s counting? The stately 450 year old Oak tree which provides a colony of life that canopies our home spring, summer and fall is of course the last to let go of its leaves in September.