Prince Charles is developing a grand new estate, Harewood Park, in Herefordshire. The property is not far from his country house, Highgrove, in Gloucestershire and it will have a manor house, a farm, stables and a private chapel on the property. It should be up and operating in about seven years. Officially, it will be rented out on the open market, but unofficially it’s said that it will be given to Prince William so he can have a little country place of his own — and why not? He will be almost 30 by then and may well be married with children. There is some lucky girl out there somewhere.
The New York Botanical Garden held its annual Orchid Dinner in the beautiful paneled library of the University Club among zillions of breathtaking orchids, a number of orchid-acious women and a dashing man or two. The evening’s honorary chairman was Carolina Herrera, who looked as if she’d just stepped off the runway in a dress of her own design. The chairmen of the evening were House & Garden’s Dominique Browning and Ann and Philip Miller, who — listen, it’s no secret — are simply mad about orchids. Thirty-two designers created an array of exquisite centerpieces made from blooming orchids on black velvet cloths for the guests to dine around. Kitty Hawk’s contribution was a nest of speckled lizard eggs, complete with hatching little lizards, surrounded by pink cymbidium orchids. Bunny Williams’ crystal trumpet vase was wrapped in coco palm bark filled with cymbidium orchids, curly willow and palm fronds resting on a base that hid a whole reptilian world, if you care a lot about reptilian worlds. Jackson, Siegel and Aarons miniature 19th century winged chair was upholstered in white orchids on a moss-covered pedestal. Ralph Lauren’s whimsical antique bird cage held exotic orchids of fuchsia, purple, orange and yellow. Jamie Drake’s cachepots covered in pink suede and jewels held masses of roses and crisp white orchids. Tiffany & Co. and Robert Couturier also did luscious designs.
The evening’s vice chairmen included such as Mary and Howard Phipps, Molly Rockefeller-Millbank, Dana Buchman, Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels. More than $450,000 — the orchids were for sale, you know — was raised to benefit the Botanical Gardens and its highly celebrated orchid collection.