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Sometimes you think you're starting to get a handle on Italy, and then someone introduces you to somewhere completely different, new and magical.



Like Isola Bella.

This tiny island on Lake Maggiore, with its incredible palazzo and captivating terraced gardens, is an absolutely wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peaceful beauty and contemplation. It's an easy day-trip from Milan as well.

Curious? Read more in my article Beautiful Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore, Italy.
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Common ornamental plants can enliven a garden with brilliant flowers and attractive greenery. These five plants will perennial bring blooms from early spring to late fall.

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Winterthur is an excellent destination of families and couples alike. Spend the day exploring naturalistic gardens and learning about agrarian history in America.

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As a child I marveled as the budding stalks of foxglove plants grew until they towered over me. Yet I was also warned of how dangerous the Digitalis purpurea could be, as it is one of the most poisonous common ornamental plants in many gardens.



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