My first blog post for the Travel+Escape channel website

I am so thrilled to join the Travel+Escape family as a travel blogger. My first blog post is called “Reconnect with your inner kid” and is about my first time at the Quebec Winter Carnival last winter. [read full article] Read more »

Style destination: Whistler, B.C.

On a trip last June to Whistler, our guide asked if we’d mind if she showed us an up-and-coming area in Whistler called Function Junction. It wasn’t listed on our original itinerary, but luckily no one minded because we discovered the cutest little shops and businesses. Along with some other notable visits, they inspired me to pitch to the Style at Home shopping page. Whistler appears as a style destination in the January 2012 issue! Read more »

Modern and traditional planting inspiration at Reford Gardens

In the summer of 2010, I toured Maritime Quebec. As a garden writer, the highlight for me was a trip to Reford Gardens. What I loved about this property was the contrast between the traditional gardens, conceived by the feisty Elsie Reford, and the innovative concepts presented in the International Garden Festival space. Read more »

A walk through the Keukenhof

Experience acres of multi-coloured, spring-flowering bulbs at this magical flower park

I’m standing at the gates to the Keukenhof, listening to the cheerful, tinkling sounds of a barrel organ. This colourful park with its extensive gardens is home to over seven million flowering bulbs. And it’s my very reason for being in Holland. My visit falls between the opening and closing of the Keukenhof—a short window of bloom-filled opportunity that lasts from about the third week of March until almost the end of May. (This year, it’s open from March 24 to May 20.) I set off with my guide, Elisabeth, eager to put my new camera to work. [read full article] Read more »

10 hot trends from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

We thought it might be hard for landscape designer Robert Myers to encapsulate the gold-medal winning garden he designed for the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in just one word. How do you describe something that is at once lively and peaceful, colourful and monochromatic, wild and orderly? When he answered “elegant” we were a bit surprised, but as we explored the elements of his design—one where even the shadows were planned—we had to agree. [read full article] Read more »

Reader’s Digest online: 10 reasons to visit Quebec in winter

Lately, you may have been idly surfing around for package deals that will allow you to escape to a beach. But before you book your vacation, consider the fun you could have a bit closer to home. Quebec, for example, is a province that embraces winter to the fullest—there is even a whole carnival dedicated to the season. Though you may not be able to pack as lightly–long johns and a really warm jacket are a must–you will experience enough unique adventures that you may start to welcome winter each year instead of dreading its arrival. Read more »

CG Dossier: Focus on Northern Alberta

Discover Slave Lake and Athabasca

Connect with nature by exploring these two regions in the heart of Canada’s boreal forest. From fishing and bird watching to kayaking and offroading, this is a place where you can leave the hubbub behind and chart your own outdoor adventure. [PDF of full article] Read more »

Garden-inspired design at the Interior Design Show

Head to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for decor ideas inside—and outside—your home Read more »

Explore the magical beauty of Ireland’s gardens

Take an inspiring stroll through Mount Stewart and Powerscourt, two must-see Irish gardens [read full article] Read more »

Step into an Impressionist painting in Giverny

Explore Monet’s gardens and experience first-hand the beauty that inspired some of his most famous works Read more »

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