Note: Introducing a reader turned new reporter. Tomas is a photographer with a keen eye for interior design who plans to keep us in touch with what is going on down south. Welcome, Tomas! MGR
Finally, it's spring in New York's sixth borough: Miami Beach - time for a garden tour in the land where the story invariably goes "When we bought the house years ago, there was nothing but one tree and a bush."
Journeying from the cold north, we get to see normal folks taking pride in and showing off their labors of love, highlighting how much joy there is in living with open spaces.
Our favorite, no doubt, was Joe's and Greg's "world within a world." Six years ago this was an open field with a few small trees along the borders. Now it feels magnificently Asian, with several open "rooms" alongside a verdant, tropical, tranquil garden.
There was one exception to the "normal" house and gardens. Casa del Sol was a winter retreat for a railroad magnate in 1925. It is clearly out of the other's league. This doesn't make it nicer, just a little bit different than the others.
Michael, a New York artist, started with only the houseplants he brought down with him, and now his collection includes a large Banyan and Norfolk Pine trees.
Micheal's garden is wild, others are manicured, but all show a lust for life that flourishes down here. TL at www.coolpool.us