The Interview Series 4: A New Economy

This week we continue our Interview Series, in which we share excerpts from an interview with Mela Macquarrie, co-founder of The Garden Compound with her husband, Doug Gunton. Sustainability is such an issue now. Our economy has been run into the ground, and fixing it, to me, means creating a new economy. I think that’s what… Read more »

The Interview Series 3: A Place for Community, Healing and Creativity

This is the third post in The Interview Series, a collection of blog articles based on an interview with Mela Macquarrie, co-founder of The Garden Compound. All the houses here are my design and I oversaw the building and sometimes built them directly. All the houses have signatures, and one of them is handmade, beautifully shaped bathtubs… Read more »

The Interview Series 2: A Family of Friends

This week, we continue “The Interview Series,” which was inspired by an interview with Mela MacQuarrie, who, along with her husband, Doug Gunton, founded The Garden Compound.  The dream for this place developed more and more as Doug and I got together and the land next door came up for sale. Because there were two… Read more »

The Interview Series 1: The Inspiration Behind the Garden Compound

Spring is springing early this year in Santa Fe. Today, as I walked out of my garden gate, I saw this perfect little flower peeking its beautiful face out from the winter-browned leaves, and I felt so honored by its bright presence. This time of life blossoming anew is perfect for beginning all kinds of new endeavors,… Read more »

Mr Tomten the Gnome in our Garden

Mr Tomten, a gnome, has been seen in varying places in our garden. In late Fall we tried to make him a cozy home outside in a log shelter at the foot of a tree but somehow he ended up back in our greenhouse cold and tired. We fed him, played with him and are… Read more »

Three Kings Day Celebration

At the beginning of January we returned to Dappled Grove Garden to celebrate Three Kings Day together. This is the day of the gift giving of the Magi to the Sun child, born in Bethleham 12 days earlier. This is also called Twelfth Night, of which Shakespeare’s play is written. The twelve days of Christmas… Read more »

Snowy Days in our Garden

Snow has arrived well this week at the garden. The children and I just missed having the snow to muck around in by a day! On Monday and Tuesday the children and I sat outside and had picnic lunches with sunscreen on and jackets off! By Tuesday mid afternoon the clouds came rolling over and… Read more »

Cooking Class


One cozy Wednesday, we brought a big batch of groceries down to the main house to prepare a big meal for everyone on the compound. Mela had her young friend who is an aspiring chef come to assist and learn, and together we whipped up big bowls of salad (some with produce from the garden!),… Read more »