Louis Raymond on August 19, 2018

2018 Open Day for My Garden

Each year, I'm thrilled to include my personal gardens in the Garden Conservancy's Open Day Program.  This year, the Day is Saturday, August 25, from 10 AM to 3 PM....
Louis Raymond on June 10, 2018

Cocktails @ The Farm

Southside's 26th Annual May Plant Sale was the best ever, as usual: Over 2,000 plant-lovers came to CityFarm to shop, and we grossed over $80K! How better to celebrate our thriving present & truly lively future with a cocktail party @ CityFarm?...
Louis Raymond on May 18, 2018

26th Annual Plant Sale

This annual must-attend connects over two thousand joyful gardeners with twenty-five thousand eager starts of vegetables, herbs, & flowers. ...
Louis Raymond on April 13, 2018

Partying Like It’s 1919

The inaugural Designers Ball was a Bauhaus Bash celebrating the 99th anniversary of the Bauhaus School's founding. It exceeded our wildest dreams, with over 400 attendees, unstinting costumes, eye-popping special effects and—most importantly—boundless merriment among the hundreds of design fans. Another Designers Ball, please!...
Louis Raymond on April 3, 2018

It’s Showtime!

The Designers Ball debuts this Saturday, so why not light up the Statehouse in the orange signature color of DESIGNxRI?...
Louis Raymond on March 14, 2018

The Bauhaus Bash in the News

DESIGNxRI is debuting its Designer's Ball brand on Saturday, April 7, at the astounding WaterFire Arts Center. We'll be partying like it's 1919, the opening of the most important design influence in the 20th Century, the Bauhaus. We leave it to didactic centennialists to delay celebrating until...
Louis Raymond on March 12, 2018

Good Business at the Land Trust

Everyone loves a heartwarming story, so it's a thrill but not a surprise that the press is highlighting the bountiful recognition Southside Community Land Trust has received from Whole Foods. What is a surprise is the particular press venue: the Providence Business News....
Louis Raymond on February 10, 2018

Plants with Attitude

These kids are getting an inspired introduction to life, not just to a gleefully eccentric garden. Beauty is less about fluffy & pastel perfection than it is about being interesting, individual, & welcoming. Those kids can see roses & peonies at any of the neighbors....
Louis Raymond on February 8, 2018

Developing Communities

Community Foundations make us stronger together. Dinner with the Executive Director of one of Connecticut's "CFs" opened my eyes afresh to their enduring, empowering presence....
Louis Raymond on February 1, 2018

Redoing While Fighting

Bruce Eric Kaplan's cartoons are published regularly by The New Yorker; his nom de plume is BEK.  This one, from the February 5 issue, is so on-target that one—well, me—could wonder if it had been created for this particular reader....
Louis Raymond on January 10, 2018

Whole Foods & Southside Community Land Trust: Community First Partners!

Southside Community Land Trust & Whole Foods Markets are taking their long partnership to the next level. Come to Providence's North Main Street Whole Foods on Thursday, January 11, from 11 to 2, to celebrate with me!...
Louis Raymond on January 3, 2018

Bauhaus Costume Series, Number 3

So many of the costume-party creations of Bauhaus students & faculty were gleefully experimental, and even weird. This spiraling ballerina-like assembly manages to be both arresting & beautiful. I'm so looking forward to the next in this series....
Louis Raymond on January 1, 2018

Glass Half Full

glass half full     indeed  ...
Louis Raymond on January 1, 2018

Shows of a Lifetime: Hockney @ The Met

The painting below—a red rubber ring floating in a swimming pool—could only be by David Hockney. It's part of a huge retrospective, up through February 25, 2018....
Louis Raymond on December 31, 2017

2018 Open Day for My Garden: Saturday, August 25

In the teeth of winter, summer fantasies take root with particular vigor.  The 2017 Open Day was such fun for both me & the gardens—and was attended so heavily—that the annual reprise was inevitable.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 25, 2018.  I’ll be posting regularly with hints of the...
Louis Raymond on December 10, 2017

Shows of a Lifetime: Michelangelo @ The Met

I worried I wouldn't be intellectually & cosmically up the deepest & widest examinations of this protean's drawings ever mounted anywhere.  But no: Being slack-jawed & stunned drawing by drawing was, actually, blissful. ...
Louis Raymond on September 28, 2017

Untermyer Park, Yonkers, New York

Experiencing the creativity of others is one way to re-envision our own. As I work on my garden’s vistas—the hallway, the main axis, the cross paths—the vistas of others bring in new perspectives, literally as well as conceptually....
Louis Raymond on September 11, 2017

You’ve Invited! – Harvesting Hope Celebration

I'm never so proud of my involvement with Southside Community Land Trust than at each fall's Harvesting Hope, where hundreds of our fondest fans celebrate this year's progress, and the next year's promise. Join us!...