Being in Stonington these days is all sunshine, good neighbors, and helpful friends.

GB1Thanks to friends, we’ve recently enjoyed two beautiful sights. Al Razzano recommended we visit Buttonwood Farm near Griswold, CT, to see the sunflower fields. They are truly spectacular, and well worth the drive, about 30-45 minutes from Stonington. We are told by Al and others that Buttonwood Farm also offers the best ice cream in the world, but the waiting line to get it was so long, we gave up.

Tom Hausman, another thoughtful friend, told us about The Blue Garden in Newport, RI, recently restored. All blue and white, a stunning and unusual sight.

GB2The Blue Garden was conceived by Commodore Arthur Curtiss and Harriet Parsons James, who hired Olmstead Brothers to create it—completed in 1913. After the death of the owners, who had no heirs, the garden collapsed.

New owners restored the garden to its original specifications, and starting this year it’s open for once-a-week tours led by Sarah Vance, director of the garden.