In our region, spring has been cooler than usual. Though we can't wait for the arrival of warm weather, we're loving the longer season for pansies. Available in a dazzling array of colors, these cheerful blooms have been a spring garden favorite since early 19th-century England. Once thought of as weeds, these humble flowers experienced a striking wave of popularity during the Romantic period, when they became a garden staple and a fixture in poetry. During a recent visit to our Styer's nursery, we admired the color stories created by rows and rows of pansies in bloom, ranging from pure white to deep purples and crimsons. Stop by to pick your favorite shades before pansy season ends!


Have you ever received a bouquet of flowers or bought fresh cut blooms at the market and thought about where those flowers came from? In our latest installment of Notes from the Field, we’re taking a peek at life on a local flower farm when spring is in full swing. Specializing in “seed to centerpiece designs,” as well as workshops and a budding Plant Share program, Love 'n Fresh Flowers is not only a thriving florist, but a full-fledged flower farm as well. Owner Jennie Love will be checking in with us throughout the year to share what life on the farm is really like. Read on to learn more about what Jennie is up to this time of year!

terrain: What time did you start your day?

Jennie: The sun is coming up earlier and earlier these days, so I'm up and rolling by around 6 AM.

terrain: What color is most prevalent in the fields at the moment?

Jennie: The grass is finally lush green, so the field looks alive again. All the spring flowering trees are bursting with colors. The cherry, apple, and pear trees are all pink and white, while the dogwoods that surround the field are a buttery yellow at the moment. The tulips are at their peak, adding even more color, including cheerful yellow, intense coral, and the palest of blush and spring green. The hoop houses are bursting with anemone and ranunculus blooms in deep orange, vibrant blue-purple, rich merlot, plum, and soft peach. The fritillaria and hellebores are in smoky purples and antiqued greens. Long story short: we are in living color these days!

terrain: What's blooming right now?

Jennie: So much! Tulips, muscari, hellebore, fritillaria, flowering branches galore, ranunculus, anemones, narcissus, hyacinth, and the very first hummingbird poppies. No matter how many seasons I've been doing this flower farming thing, I'm forever amazed at how quickly we can go from zero to sixty with blooms in spring.


A weekend dining tradition that dates back to 19th-century England, brunch might just be our favorite meal at the Garden Café. In fact, we love brunch so much that our cafés will now be serving it every day from 10A-3P. This week, we stopped by Styer's to see what's on the menu for daily brunch this spring, and to celebrate a recent accolade--  our cafés were awarded the distinction of being among OpenTable’s Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America!

What makes brunch at terrain so special? Many diners love our airy and buttery French toast, especially when accompanied by a refreshing blackberry spritzer like the one above. Succulent farm-to-table dishes pair up with the historic atmosphere of our greenhouse dining room for a relaxing meal that's rooted in garden tradition. As one café regular put it, “Dining at the Garden Café is like a watching a symphony of charming details. It’s lush, romantic, comfortable, and consistently innovative.”

Join us for brunch 7 days a week in the Garden Café from 10A-3P. Visit OpenTable to make a reservation in Westport or Glen Mills.


Just outside Philadelphia, a compact yet wonderful garden is beginning to bloom. Our web team recently took a trip to the Barnes Arboretum to learn more about this remarkable garden and gather some spring inspiration. Though we stopped by on an unseasonably chilly day, spring's flowering trees were starting to blossom; we especially loved the pops of vivid pink just emerging from a stately magnolia.  

Nicole Juday, head of educational programming at the arboretum, kindly braved the cold with us to share its history, as well as her extensive knowledge of the plant collection. Home to over 3,000 varieties of woody plants, the garden surrounds the original home of the acclaimed Barnes Foundation art collection. Though the collection now resides in Philadelphia, the 12-acre garden remains a beautiful and astonishingly diverse landscape to explore. Laura Barnes, wife of art collector Dr. Albert C. Barnes, designed the arboretum with an eye for multi-season interest; since the garden is small in scale, each plant must be especially impactful. Mrs. Barnes especially loved plants with exfoliating or unusual barks, like Stewartia trees, that can take center stage during the winter months. 

In spite of its small size, the Barnes is home to 40 champion trees, more than 200 varieties of hardy ferns, and a remarkable collection of hostas. Inside the Paul Cret-designed mansion, an herbarium contains more than 10,000 preserved specimens that are accessible to students and scholars. Originally a teaching garden, the arboretum is laid out as a synoptic collection, meaning that similar plants are grouped together so students of horticulture can learn by comparison. Today, the Barnes is focused on becoming a community space, with open hours for tours as well as workshops and events throughout the seasons. Visitors are also welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy as they explore the arboretum. We can't wait to go back (picnic in hand!) and watch the garden come to life-- stayed tuned for more posts as spring continues.

Beginning May 1, the Barnes Arboretum is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4.  Admission is $5. For more information, visit their website or call (215) 278-7373.  


Sweet Paul Makerie at Terrain

April 21, 2015


On April 11 and 12, terrain partnered with Sweet Paul and The Makerie to welcome guests from 24 states and 5 countries for a weekend creative retreat. At our Styer's nursery and the URBN Home Office campus in Philadelphia, artists and makers gathered for two days of inspiring workshops, conversations, and meals. Sweet Paul's Paul Lowe says, "Hosting the weekend at terrain and URBN was a true treat. We have a long-standing friendship with terrain, so when we were looking for a partner for this year's Makerie, it was on top of our list! The highlight for me was meeting all the amazing people who spent the weekend with us."

Participants also loved the mix of locations, spending a day in terrain's historic nursery then heading to the more modern, industrial spaces at URBN. Paul describes The Makerie as, "all about being creative, eating and drinking well, meeting new friends, and having a few days where all you need to think about it having a good time. People form real friendships and the participants really feel how much effort we put into this being a truly special experience."

terrain Events Manager Diane S. adds, "I loved the workshops hosted by Deborah and Megan, members of the terrain team; they led guests in making terrariums and wild-foraged wreaths. Saturday's dinner, featuring recipes inspired by Sweet Paul, was also wonderful. And on Sunday, terrain's Creative Director, Greg L., spoke to the group about the inspiration behind our brand and where we're headed in the future."

Throughout the weekend, Makerie participants also learned to design their own stamps, embroider, create watercolor correspondence, and craft the perfect tablescape. Paul says, "All the workshops were amazing, but I personally loved the weaving class. I bought a loom and will start weaving as soon as I can get myself to a yarn store!" We can't wait to see what all the weekend's teachers, speakers, and attendees create next!


We're longtime fans of Charleston photographer Olivia Rae James, especially when it comes to her gorgeous shots of landscapes and gardens. So, we were thrilled when she kindly agreed to share a beautiful family tradition, just in time for Mother's Day. A Nashville native, she returns to the city each spring for a garden brunch with the women in her family-- her Mom, sister, and grandmother. Known in the family as Nan Nan, Olivia's grandmother is her muse thanks to the style and sparkling personality that show so clearly in the photos above. For this year's brunch, Olivia set the table with picks from our spring tabletop collection, creating a rosy-hued color story to match her Mom's pink brick garden wall. Take a peek, above, and read on for some favorite moments from this three-generation gathering. Thanks, Olivia!