• Japanese gardens,  Michigan BLUE Magazine,  Where I'm published

    Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: “Uncovering Serenity”

    My love affair with Japanese gardens began many years ago when I was a student at Cranbrook Summer Theater School in Bloomfield Hills. Later, when I had a home of my own, I created a small Japanese garden in a corner of our back yard.  When the editor of Michigan Blue asked me to write a feature story about the newly installed Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I jumped at the chance. This magnificent eight-acre landscape is a work of art — and well worth a visit. You can read my feature here, in the “Travel & Adventure” issue of Michigan…

  • Aging well,  Michigan BLUE Magazine,  Where I'm published

    Summer memories: “The Art of Collecting Beach Stones”

    “Everything good, everything magical happens  between the months of June and August.”  ~Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty   Celebrating our favorite season in the Great Lakes State, the Summer issue of Michigan BLUE is now in print. Whether you’re planning a weekend road trip or spending an afternoon in your favorite lawn chair, there’s plenty of inspiration in this issue. In addition to a photo story on stargazing by Howard Meyerson and a piece on national wildlife refuges by Leslie Mertz, you’ll find an essay I wrote on the art of collecting beach stones — one of my favorite summer pastimes. To read my piece in the online edition, please click here. ~Cindy La…

  • Garden tour,  Michigan BLUE Magazine,  Where I'm published

    My photos in Michigan BLUE

    Those who’ve followed this blog for a while are familiar with my old friend, Apollo. This month, a couple of my garden photos, and Apollo himself, are featured in a Michigan BLUE Magazine piece by Detroit journalist Jeanine Matlow. Titled “Hot Pots, Creative Expression,” the article includes tips for planting container gardens.   The Spring 2020 issue of Michigan BLUE showcases the natural beauty of our state, including a gorgeous feature on the gardens of Mackinac Island. To see my photos in this issue, please click here. While you’re visiting the site, please take a moment to check out the variety of articles and photos essays on our state. It’s the perfect eye…

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Carl Schultz house,  Michigan BLUE Magazine

    Gardening Wright

      “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright As soon as we became official empty nesters in 2008, Doug and I purchased a Frank Lloyd Wright house that needed our help. To read an essay I wrote for Michigan Blue about our decision to buy the home in western Michigan, please click here.  To view photos of the interiors (and Doug’s extensive renovations), visit the Carl Schultz House web site.   And for more about our family adventures at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Carl Schultz during the pandemic, look for my Newsweek essay here.)    Photo above: The Carl Schultz House

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