The Cultivated Life

Occasionally I write about gardening and travel. Here are some recent highlights.

Capturing Plants in All Their Glory

Ashley Moore, Capturing Plants in All Their Glory, The Cultivated Life, Karen Hugg, #gardening #travel #nature #plants #photography #naturephotography
Ashley Moore

Ashley Moore is a plant photographer extraordinaire. After quitting a traditional day job, she started traveling and photographing plants. Now she tours the U.S. with her two cats in an RV searching for beautiful shots of nature. She’s been to 21 states, 15 national parks, and 3 countries. Check out our interview and her stunning photos. Read More…



How to Have Fun Outside the French Open

Tennis at the French Open, How to Have Fun Outside the French Open, Karen Hugg, #travel #FrenchOpen #RolandGarros #Boulogne-Billancourt #Paris #tennisIf you’re blessed to watch tennis in person at the French Open, you’re probably spending a lot of time near the Roland Garros stadium. It’s located in a lovely suburb of Paris called Boulogne-Billancourt, which is the merging of two former cities, Boulogne-sur-Seine on the north side and Billancourt to the south. I’ve spent a bit of time in Boulogne-Billancourt and fell in love with its quieter, more relaxed ways. If you’re a tennis tourist and don’t want to make the train ride to Paris, check out Boulogne-Billancourt. It offers its own wonderful museums, gardens, and restaurants. Here are 6 things to do near Roland Garros in Boulogne-Billancourt. (Photo by Maryna Davyda.) Read More…

7 Delightful Things to Do in Palm Springs

Palm Springs, 7 Delightful Things to Do in Palm Springs, Karen Hugg,…-in-palm-springs, #palmsprings, #travel, #SonoranDesert, #California
Palm Springs, San Jacinto Mountains

Last April, my husband and I squeezed in a vacation to Palm Springs, California. Palm Springs is about an hour and a half east of Los Angeles in the Sonoran Desert, snuggled up against the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s sunny and hot and in spring, the perfect vacation spot to visit. It’s a small city but big on history and culture. With many hotels, shops, and restaurants clustered near the downtown area, it’s highly walkable. Here are my 7 favorite things to do in Palm Springs. Read More…