The haze and clouds parted just before the ceremony we designed for a wedding at the St. Regis Monarch Bay Resort last weekend.  White roses, white hydrangea and white orchids adorned the large gazebo, the long aisle and the gates at the entrance.

Guests adjourned to the ballroom filled with brilliant colored roses, hydrangea, calla lilies, lisianthus and several varieties of orchids, accented with huge tropical leaves, candles and crystals.

Below:  Preparing the flowers outside the ballroom earlier in the day.


At Mark’s Garden we create some pretty elaborate structures of art for our events, so we had to see the Big Bambu installation in progress throughout the summer on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  At 50’ high and 100’ long, it is an incredible inspiration.

Of course the view from the roof garden is in itself spectacularly inspiring.

One of the floral arrangements in the Met foyer.  We are always fascinated by the way they bring nature into the public spaces in New York.  The displays in the museum change seasonally and they are always worth a peek.  If only this were done more frequently in Los Angeles.

A Garden Worth Visiting

July 14, 2010

It was a beautiful day on our recent visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden.  The skies were clear and the weather was warm, but mild for Chicago in late June.  The Botanic Garden is a must for anyone interested in flowers, gardens or landscaping of any kind.  Wild flowers were in bloom and unusual types of foliage and experimental planting were abundant wherever one looked.   It is also a perfect setting for weddings.  We saw two wedding parties while we were there.

The party tent was adorned with feathered chandeliers!  A closer look was in order!

Every area of the country has its own unique style and it’s not any different when it comes to flowers and gardens.  We love to visit other regions because each geographic area exhibits plant species we never see locally.  Outside of Southern California, the gardening is significantly different, largely due to the seasonal changes, the freezing winters, humid summers and the different varieties of soil.  The enthusiasm for private gardens in Chicago is so refreshingly exuberant and an honest excitement sets in when people can finally get outdoors after a long cold winter and start their planting; and then there is the sheer joy of watching everything bloom in spring and summer.  While visiting there recently, we were able to tour some of the beautiful private gardens in the Lake Forest community, under the guidance of our friend Sylvia Dunbeck.

The garden of the Deerpath Inn is quaint and charming.

We also visited the lovely, secluded gardens of Gregory and Denise Schlax.  Take a look at this hidden oasis, an absolutely lovely and calming environment.

Here is our guide Sylvia, at the top of her game.

Next we visited the elaborate grounds designed and cultivated by Lynn and Clay Pruitt.  It is obvious this is done out of pure love.  Everyone says that both Lynn and Clay do the work, but Clay gives full credit to Lynn who seems to possess  boundless energy.

Watch for our next posting which will show our visit to the wonderful Chicago Botanic Garden.