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Words of appreciation

"Thank you for our most lovely jaunt to the country to see chateaux and gardens. It was indeed a special day being with you and absorbing your love for French history and culture. You really gave us a close up glimpse into some of the lesser known places. "

 Caroline Orr

"You have a delightful ability of knowing when to share information that will enhance the enjoyment of a garden and when to simply let people wander amongst the plants indulging their senses.  My life has been enriched by my travels with Amy."

 Jana Roussel

“In addition to her talents as a floral decorator, AKL has also distinguished herself as the guide to a number of important diplomatic guests at the American Embassy, including two First Ladies, Barbara and Laura Bush.  Her excellent knowledge of the history of France, its Arts as well as the Botanical Collections is a precious asset and well very delivered through her guided tours." 

 Dorothy Stapleton,

United States Ambassador to France

"Thank you so much for all of your help over the past year in creating the perfect 4-day tour of French gardens!  Your expertise and experience in this field were invaluable, of course in drafting the itinerary and your deep knowledge of French garden history along with your passion for the subject gave richness and authority to the whole experience.  We also appreciated your charm and good nature throughout the trip." 

  Gregory Long,

CEO New York Botanical Garden

"So lovely to have met you. We could not have accomplished all we did without you. 'My Floral Affair' will be forever grateful to you. Thank you for being our masterful Parisian guide. You opened my eyes to a Paris I never knew and a way of learning that had a profound effect on me."

 Rachel Ashwell,

author of "My Floral Affair - Whimsical Spaces and Beautiful Florals"

Words on the web

"There are so many reasons to love Paris – museumsmonuments, boutiques, food and atmosphere. However, an often overlooked element that largely contributes to all these experiences are its gardens. After Paris’s urban foundations were laid down by Louis XIV, the 19th century saw Napoleon III and his dream team of engineers, landscapers and gardeners put parks and gardens at the center of their extension and embellishment projects for the city. So how to choose from the 504 parks, gardens, squares, promenades, and community gardens there are today? I have picked some of my favorite gardens, highlighting their seasonal features and places to see nearby, as well as tips to make the most of your visit. Timing is a key factor – weekends are always more crowded than Monday to Friday. Early morning trips result in even fewer fellow visitors, and greater 

perfume from the flowers. Experiencing a garden at the end of the day is also a wonderful moment – again, it’s less crowded and the sunlight has a magical glow as it cuts through the trees. I’ve found this to be a good time to visit high-traffic gardens, such as Giverny. Opening and closing times and their exact addresses can be checked at

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My Floral Affair: Whimsical Spaces and Beautiful Florals

- Rachel Ashwell


Elegant Entertaining

- Dorothy Walker Stapleton


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