> Private Beach Paradise

Turn your Mediterranean garden into a seaside dream

(abr. version of German original; translation by Riviera Insider Magazine)

A beach house is the ultimate dream of living on the Côte d’Azur, but even those who have to settle for a sea view alternative a few kilometres inland can still inject the feeling of summer, sun and salt on the skin into their backyard with a special beach garden.

If you are one of the lucky ones who own a real seaside garden, there are a few things you need to consider. The summer heat and dry soil put a strain on foreign plants. Winter too can be a challenge as heavy storms and winds carrying salty air can make for difficult growing conditions. It is key to choose the right plants. Continue Reading →

> La vie en Rose

Has any flower ever achieved such a status as the rose?

First published in Riviera Insider Magazine, May/June 2016

Roses, these thorny, but smooth-petalled and perfumed flowers have been an integral part of our culture for thousands of years. Ancient Sumerians adored them cultically, in China roses have been cultivated since 2700 B.C., the Egyptians dedicated the red rose to their goddess Isis. Greeks crowned their glorious warriors with them, and the infamous Roman emperor Nero indulged his guests at the legendary “sub rosa”-party with rose petals, rosewater, rose oil and rose wine. In the early age of sail roses became the export hit of the Orient and, when the “War of the Roses” was finally over, England made the rose its national flower. Continue Reading →

> Le tapis vert – The Green Carpet

About lawn on the French Riviera – and lawn alternatives for subtropical climates

Habits, loved and unloved ones, are in all cultures, what two German sayings would express as „the salt in the soup“ and „the hair in the soup“ – both at the same time. On the French Riviera you don’t get around your jardinier’s cultivated déjeuner. Continue Reading →

> Bonjour Tristesse

Why autumn is the right time to plant on the Mediterranean

First published in the Riviera Times/Monaco Times/Riviera Insider (11/2015)

Doesn’t this book title of Francoise Sagan fit perfectly for November, this misty, gloomy killjoy? Deeply unmotivated to tackle garden work in cold and rain, we half-heartedly repair the tool shed’s door, only to get back inside asap where a hot pumpkin soup awaits us. Yep, it’s like that in countries with a more northern latitude. But not on the Cote D’Azur! Continue Reading →

> Anticipated Views

Getting inspiration from great gardens. Or: why Kew can be key

Perhaps you have already visited interesting gardens in your life, like the Villa d’Este (Tivoli), the Botanical Garden Berlin, Versailles, Ryōan-ji in Kyoto or of course Kew Gardens. 

Isn’t it amazing how beautifully composed and arranged these gardens are? A symphony of vibrant greens, topped with blossoms in all colors, flanked by silent paths and perfectioned by birds singing in the trees.

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> What Real Estate Pros Recommend About Garden Investments

“Bigger plants and increasing sophistication of landscape design (have) a material positive effect on home prices”

A property with a planned and carefully implemented garden has a large advantage when buyers compare many different properties, and it can give you a decent return on investment. But just how much ROI can you expect? And how to go about it? Continue Reading →