DIY

Modern, Monochromatic Patio Planters With Alexandra Hedin

Modern, Monochromatic Patio Planters With Alexandra Hedin

Our back patio is a large – and mostly vacant – space.  I had no idea how large until I placed our small pots from our old house on it.  They virtually disappeared.  And because the patio ends where the grass starts, they became trip hazards for anyone not paying attention. 

Create An Amazing Terrarium

Create An Amazing Terrarium

Terrariums, those miniature worlds within glass, have always fascinated me. There is something so satisfying about creating a safe haven where your chosen plants can thrive with very little care. Mollie (our indoor plant specialist) and I decided to make a simple fern terrarium, step by step. With this foundation, you can create your own terrarium, one as elaborate or as minimalist as you would like. Be creative and have fun!

23 Books For A Winter's Day

23 Books For A Winter's Day

 With our recent chilly temps and current dreary, grey drizzle, it feels like the perfect time to stay inside and cozy up with a mug of tea and a good book. With that in mind, I offer up a curated selection of Swansons' literary offerings, available in our conservatory gift shop. From cookbooks to gardening classics to gorgeous coffee table books, there are more than enough choices to while away the long rainy season.

DIY: The Lost Daibutsu

DIY: The Lost Daibutsu

My fascination with tiny worlds has never left me. Today, when I'm not writing stories set in worlds of my own creation, I am building miniature gardens. To me, miniature gardening is another form of storytelling, and like any good story, they should have a theme. The theme I have been experimenting with for the last two or three years is what I call 'The Lost Daibutsu.'