Rose Cottage a Warm Welcome to Raleigh

You had to “tweet to meet” for Wednesday evening’s tweet up at Rose Cottage in Raleigh, N.C.

rose-cottage-backyard-blogAfter a long day of travel to the annual Garden Writers Symposium in Raleigh, it was a welcome change of pace to stroll through Raleigh’s historic district to Rose Cottage.

On the way to the GWA twibe tweet up, I passed the state capitol and a historic marker proclaiming that Andrew Johnson, U.S. President from 1865-69, was born in a kitchen only a mile from where I stood.

Rose Cottage is the home owned by Jim and Sharon Bright who opened their garden for the GWA twibe’s tweet up. The event was organized by Helen Yoest (@HelenYoest) and Elizabeth Licata (@GWI).

Proven Winners sponsored the get together and it was an enjoyable way to meet face-to-face with more than 40 personalities I knew only by their twitter tags.

The surroundings made it easy for me to imagine what life–and gardening–must be like here. I was enveloped in warm, humid air, sweet southern hospitality and dense foliage I could never grow in dry Colorado. veg-garden-blog

Behind the main garden was another garden with vegetables growing in tidy brick-lined beds.

container-blogColorful sweet peppers shared space with basil plants that were three-feet-tall.

I was drawn to the charming seating area that featured a gurgling fountain and containers of brilliantly colored impatiens and coleus.

It was the perfect place to sit and admire the garden and appreciate the handiwork of our gracious hosts.

I heard Rose Cottage was recently photographed and will be featured in an issue of Southern Living magazine next summer.


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beautiful pictures. Your description made me feel as if I was there sitting on an old blue bench enjoying the gardens and gurgling fountain with you.

Hi Dolores! I wish you could have seen this garden–and enjoyed a glass of wine, too.

wondering where I can find plans for a wonderful cottage like Rose Cottage.

Hi Valerie:

My suggestion is to search online for house plans or contact an architect in your area.


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