Peachy the Magazine (articles) Aug Sept 2014 — On the Go with Valerie Rice - Page 9

ON THE GO Photo: Evan Janke My favorite areas of the garden are those that are planted in large groupings. A lone tree circled by French lavender or a birdbath hidden in the softness of abundant salvia. I tend to plant in large groupings for maximum effect. Just pick one flower or plant you love, in one color (step away from those multi-packs!) and go for it. The end result is bold, bright and beautiful.   What is something people don’t know about you? I played on the boys’ golf team in high school so I had to hit from the blue tees with the boys. For being a little shorty (5' 1"), I can hit that golf ball a country mile.    Tell us about the baby shower garden party that you pulled together recently.  I was excited to put this shower together for Sarah, a dear friend since college. For inspiration, I asked about her nursery colors and let those, and the season, be my guide for the food and flowers for a garden lunch. I think a baby shower is about showing your support and love for that friend and future little one. It’s a chance to make the mom feel celebrated, supported and special. It doesn’t need to be an overly elaborate, themedrenched, game-playing event. Some thoughtful, pretty touches are all it takes to create a beautiful day. AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2014 67