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Deep Roots – Digging in with Susan and Coleman Burke

Susan and Coleman Burke’s garden is alive with the sound of birds and insects: a pollinator’s paradise. Susan, sitting in the sunshine on her red brick patio, is debating the growth of the fig trees she has planted in pots—just released from their winter hibernation in the basement—while pausing to name the various birds swooping [...]read moreDeep Roots – Digging in with Susan and Coleman Burke

Summer White House – Washington, The Litchfield Hill’s Lifestyle Capital

Where else but Washington might you encounter two secretaries of state and two former presidents? Yes, Washington, D.C., but also Washington, CT, named after G.W., who visited during the Revolution. Hillary Clinton weekends at The Mayflower Inn with husband Bill, and you might bump into the current Secretary of State in the Depot—not Mike Pompeo [...]read moreSummer White House – Washington, The Litchfield Hill’s Lifestyle Capital

The Lake Effect – A Big Hug For Waramaug

It’s easy to spot Whitney York Lancaster’s house on Lake Waramaug: it’s the one with the Lone Star and the Louisiana state flags hanging on the porch. Whitney, who hails from New Orleans, and her husband, John, who comes from Sugarland, Texas, may be proud southerners, but they’ve also put down roots in Litchfield County. [...]read moreThe Lake Effect – A Big Hug For Waramaug

Fields of Steel – A sculpture garden blooms in Katonah

Two birds about to take flight. An Asian-inspired gate. Snoopy on a rocket ship. Those are just a few of nearly 150 sculptures found on the property of Donald and Susan Bittker’s Katonah home. The couple has lived there since 1980, but the collecting started in 1996 on a trip out west. At a pit [...]read moreFields of Steel – A sculpture garden blooms in Katonah

Behind the Scenes – From Broadway to Waccabuc

Fran Weissler

“We chose to move out here to get rid of the tension of New York City—which I adore, by the way,” recalls Fran Weissler, of the weekend home she shares in Waccabuc with her husband and business partner, Barry. “When I met Barry, I was 37, and he was 26, and I had two kids. [...]read moreBehind the Scenes – From Broadway to Waccabuc

Historic Home with Modern Flair

You know the expression, “If these walls could talk …” Well, at the historic Greek revival masterpiece at 89 Westway, a stone’s throw from Southport Harbor, I imagine these particular 19th-century walls would have terrific stories to tell. This house is a key dwelling that makes up the Southport Historic District, which was listed on [...]read moreHistoric Home with Modern Flair

Master florist and gardener offer sage advice

When it comes to growing your own, cut flowers are the latest backyard crop, their popularity fed in large part by flower arrangements on social media feeds. “Every home can be made more beautiful with flowers,” says master floral designer Ariella Chezar, whose most recent book, Seasonal Flower Arranging, will inspire any gardener to pursue [...]read moreMaster florist and gardener offer sage advice

Secret Garden — A Work of Heart — that’s on the Garden Conservancy Tour

Secret Garden

When Tom Harris moved into his North Wilton home 25 years ago, it was a pokey ranch-Colonial hybrid with tiny windows and virtually no landscaping. “It was as dark as a tomb,” says Harris, “the yard was non-descript, just overgrown bushes. At the edges of the property it was like a jungle.” But the new [...]read moreSecret Garden — A Work of Heart — that’s on the Garden Conservancy Tour

Where History Blooms

The Tapping Reeve

For the town’s 300th anniversary, the Litchfield Historical Society gives the community an opportunity to explore its past al fresco. Many organizations would be envious of the Litchfield Historical Society’s dilemma. Faced with six virtually blank acres adjacent to the Tapping Reeve House and Law School museum, they were tasked with the delightful duty of [...]read moreWhere History Blooms

License to Drive — Handling your kids learning to drive

License to Drive

If you have a child about to celebrate his or her 16th birthday, a driver’s license has likely been a frequent topic in your house. For those of you navigating this for the first time, it can be very overwhelming, a little scary, and sometimes confusing. In the State of Connecticut, individuals must be 16 [...]read moreLicense to Drive — Handling your kids learning to drive

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