At least, I wish I was. This TMagazine piece on gardener Madison Cox’s house had my mother and I day-dreaming for a while this morning.
I’ve preached before about how wonderful I think The New York Times is, but this is exactly what it does so well.
The article hints to how much you do not know about a place: “sunny, stormy and fog-drenched Tangier…”, “a magnet for diplomats, painters, traders, writers, dreamers, stoners, smugglers and spies”, “home to an eccentric assortment of creative residents and travelers including Eugène Delacroix, Henri Matisse, Edith Wharton, Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, Barbara Hutton, Cecil Beaton, William S. Burroughs, Patricia Highsmith and Yves Saint Laurent.”
It gives you insight into a craft: “Interior designers and architects’ own homes belie talent, confidence, taste and aspirations.” “A little more than half of Cliff House’s plantings were found locally: the rest are specimens grown from seeds, cuttings, bulbs and rhizomes he has carried back from trips to Myanmar, Bahrain, India, Sicily, Madeira and California.”
And then it stuns you with photography and has you considering a move to Morocco.
You simply have to read it.
Quoted text by Marian McEvoy and Photographs by Oberto Gili for TMagazine, March 8, 2013.