Have you ever noticed how color can impact your mood, emotions or energy level? Do you ever walk into a room and feel instantly energized or suddenly tired? As we continue to explore the psychology behind colors in our daily lives, you might begin to notice this phenomenon more! We are constantly inspired by the beauty around us at the Secret Garden. This beauty would be nothing without all the vibrant colors that nature provides. As we continue this series of color exploration, we will take a look at how you can incorporate color into the different rooms of your home, your garden and your wardrobe. Each month is a new color! Check out January's blog featuring YELLOW - here! This month, it's all about RED!
If you've had the pleasure of visiting our gardens in the peak of summer, you've experienced the surreal colors that nature can display. The vibrant purples, brilliant yellows, bold greens and beaming reds that make up our beautiful landscape, play a significant role in the healing therapy that they can provide. Over the next several months, we will be exploring some of these colors, along with their role in our garden, their psychological effects, some exciting decor and recipe ideas and some of our favorite Secret Garden products that incorporate this month's color! January's color is yellow!
How's it growing? Were you able to enjoy a fresh herb garden this summer? Nothing beats cooking a delicious meal with the freshest herbs possible! This year we're enjoying an exciting new addition at the Secret Garden! Earlier this spring, over 1,100 herbs were planted in our garden oasis! The three perennial herbs that were planted are sage, peppermint and lemon balm. Of those herbs, sage is my personal favorite. This herb, though not the most popular, has so many amazing properties and uses! During my research I was blown away by how versatile, delicious and timeless sage is! Read about our favorite tips and facts and share yours with us! Stay tuned for a future newsletter with photos of our first distillation of the 3 herbs into essential oils!
I don't know about you, but we absolutely LOVE strawberries here at Brys Estate. And we believe berries taste best when they're slightly warm from the sunshine and still a little sandy. At the Secret Garden, we don't spray our fruit with any chemicals so you don't have to worry about any little ones sneaking a berry or two on the way home. As our strawberries start to plump up and ripen, we've been compiling all our best tips and tricks to get the most out of your strawberries this year. Check out the surprising health benefits, our expert landscapers' secret tricks and our top 5 ways to use your freshly picked berries.
Are you dreaming of treating yourself to a blissful, relaxing vacation in Traverse City this summer and need some inspiration? Maybe coming to Traverse City has become a tradition and you're looking for something new to discover. Well look no further, Old Mission Peninsula has it all! We'll share all the Brys family tips and tricks to discover OMP as the locals do!
Getting ready to start working on your garden? Us to! We are lucky enough to have a couple of amazingly talented and extremely experienced landscape professionals on staff with us at Brys Estate! Ron and Miriam Belic have shared their tips and tricks for a successful spring season!
Your wedding is one of the most important and special days of your life. We don't take that lightly here at Brys Estate! We are excited to offer a variety of ways to help make the big day even more memorable. Although we cannot host wedding ceremonies or receptions, we are happy to be a part of everything from engagement photos, pre or post wedding activities for family and friends to a romantic honeymoon destination.
Have you ever wondered what happens to our beloved Secret Garden and its wonderful staff over the winter months? My name is Andrea, and I'm here to let the secret out! The Brys Secret Garden gift shop is open from late-May to mid-November and the remaining months are packed full of preparations, creations, and hibernation!
We all enjoy a good soak in the tub from time to time and adding bath salts can make it even more enjoyable. But should we be taking baths more often? Well, tub-lovers, we have good news for you! There are several benefits of taking a hot soak and even more if you add in bath salts!
Humans have been taking baths for centuries and many cultures believe them to have medicinal value. From Japanese onsen (traditional bathing in hot springs), to Roman bath houses and even baptisms, bath-time can be very important to your health. So why not treat yourself? Although baths alone hold a lot of benefits such as relaxing muscles, reducing blood pressure and improving your mood, adding bath salts can add even more amazing benefits.
The holidays can be a busy time of year! Follow our new gift wrapping guide to create unique and simple presents for all the people you love!
We receive questions about what happens with our lavender after it has been harvested, especially this time of the year when the lavender is no longer in bloom, so we thought we'd take the time to remind you how we use the harvest from the 6,000 lavender plants we grow here on Old Mission Peninsula!
Spring is a welcomed change on Old Mission Peninsula. The long, cold, and dark winter months had us eager only to bundle up and rest along with our landscape. The start of spring has us anticipating the beauty we know will surround soon us, but there is a lot of work to be done to get us there.
From the kitchen of Eileen Brys...
This delicious, simple-to-make chicken recipe is a favorite in the Brys household! Savor tender chicken covered in a fresh herb sauce with a light touch of citrus. We suggest enjoying it alongside your choice of sautéed veggies, and a glass of your favorite white wine. This might just be your new go-to chicken recipe to share throughout the spring and summer!
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