Join Doug at Red, Ripe and Roasted, tomato and garlic festival Sunday 8/30 at Phipps

I’m not sure what year I first paid one of my kids $20 to dress like a tomato for a Read the full article…

August 26, 2015

The splendor and surprises of Versailles

The gardens of Versailles seem to go on forever. Nothing can compare to the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Read the full article…

August 21, 2015

KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live Highlights Doug’s Tour of French Gardens

August 20, 2015

Three Incredible Parisian Gardens as seen on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live

I spent a week in Paris leading a tour of the gardens in and around the city. I was joined Read the full article…

August 19, 2015

Rain provides the perfect homecoming

At 5:30 in the morning, I woke to a pounding headache from jet lag and the sound of thunder in Read the full article…

August 19, 2015

Rain helps late summer blooms, check these flowers out

It was wonderful to wake up to a garden revived by an early morning summer rain. Spring might be be Read the full article…

August 18, 2015

The Gardens of Versailles Astound

There’s no greater crime than running through a garden that was designed to be strolled in. Although I wasn’t literally Read the full article…

August 16, 2015

Carnegie Library in France was built in the 1920’s as hope for peace

    Tour guide Andre Lecoz looked surprised when travelers cheered and applauded as he introduced them to the Carnegie Read the full article…

August 15, 2015

Medieval Garden is a Hidden Treasure Near Paris

Tiny ancient stone houses with clay tile roofs slip in and out of view as our bus carefully navigates rural Read the full article…

August 13, 2015

Monet’s Lily Pond at Giverny is Stunning

Rachael Robb waited 25 years to see the lily pond at Giverny, artist Claude Monet’s garden. “It’s been on my Read the full article…

August 12, 2015

Luxembourg Gardens

One first-time visitor to Luxembourg Gardens was overheard saying, “There’s something going on here we don’t see much of anymore Read the full article…

August 11, 2015

Windflower (amenone) begins the bloom

This is anemone ‘Queen Charlotte’ and it’s one of my favorite late blooming plants. The first flower just appeared and Read the full article…

August 10, 2015