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JAN-FEB 2019

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PHOTO BY MONICA BUCK; PORTRAIT BY BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER 6 | J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 WATERING CAN wateringcan@flowermag.com or Letters to the Editor Flower magazine P.O. Box 530645 Birmingham, AL 35253 Please send your comments, triumphs, challenges & questions to: Get the Flower email newsletter! Sign up at flowermag.com/news. Follow us Margot Shaw EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SDG, opportunity for full immersion. And in La Grange, Georgia, a gem of a historic house and garden, Hills & Dales (page 28). I visited there several years ago and swore to myself we would one day include it in Flower, as it ticks all my boxes: beautifully designed and preserved, inside and out; interesting and somewhat sentimental gardens; and an intriguing family story. I have a strong sense of the need to preserve our cultural landmarks and am delighted to report that Hills & Dales has been lovingly nurtured and maintained. If you have the time, I urge you to visit Lake Como and its lustrous attractions. But if not, do look around your part of the world, and visit a historic home and garden or a new-to-you resort. The wonders of travel—near, far, and even in these pages—are good for the soul. Happy New Year and happy travels. A view into Café Flora on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida. See page 62 for the "My Hometown" feature with interior designer Leta Austin Foster. THEY SAY THAT TRAVEL BROADENS THE MIND. I have experienced this firsthand, as I'm sure many of you have. But in this busy life, I have found that, short of pulling up stakes and traveling to all the far-flung ports of call I dream of, reading about such locales is the next best thing. In a cold and sometimes dreary season, it's life-giving and hope-building to pore over gorgeous images of exotic places with lush gardens, beautiful architecture and décor, and stylish soirées. That's what we have here, starting with my number one bucket-list spot, Italy's Lake Como and its startlingly beautiful villas and gardens (page 36). Also abroad is Gravetye Manor in Sussex, England (page 52), once a private estate established in 1598, it has been delighting guests with its pitch-perfect gardens and cuisine for the last 60 years. Looking homeward, an enchanting Upstate New York resort, Mohonk Mountain House (page 70), majors on nature and offers every "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." —Susan Sontag

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