July 25, 2017

HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens) Innovation in Design Awards

What an honor to receive the 2017 HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens) Innovator Award.

Last week, I was presented the "IDA", at the seventh annual HC&G Innovation in Design Awards dinner in Bridgehampton, New York. The event recognizes the very best in up-and-coming design talent across several categories, including architecture, interior design, garden design, kitchen design, bath design and product design. And to top it off, each year, HC&G presents the Innovator Award to an icon and visionary of the design industry - an individual who has achieved an overarching level of innovation and excellence. Past Innovator Award recipients include Richard Meier, Madeline Weinrib, Vicente Wolf, Stephanie Odegard, and Deborah Berke.

I will also be on the covers of HC&G and NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) this September - be sure to pick up a copy. Enjoy these photos. You can also see more photos from the event on the C&G Facebook page - just click on this highlighted link.


July 24, 2017

My Tropical Plants Around the Farm

I love large urns filled with tropical plants.

As many of you know, I have a rather sizable collection of tropical specimens at my Bedford, New York farm. During the winter, they are all stored in a special greenhouse. Once warm weather arrives, they are brought out for display - some go to my home in Maine, some go to my home in East Hampton, and the remaining plants are placed in various locations here at Cantitoe Corners.

It is a big undertaking to move all these plants at the beginning and end of each season. Thankfully, I have the help of a strong outdoor grounds crew and some heavy duty farm equipment to get the job done - enjoy these photos.

July 22, 2017

Trimming the Hornbeam Hedges

The big task of pruning the hornbeam hedges is in full swing at my farm.

This week, the outdoor grounds crew trimmed the hornbeam hedge in front of my main greenhouse. Botanically known as Carpinus betulus, the hornbeam is a fast growing deciduous tree that can grow up to several feet per year. I like to maintain it using a traditional European style of pruning, so it has a nice, sculpted appearance. This means, it’s crucial that the hedge be trimmed regularly, so it doesn’t look overgrown and unruly.

It is quite a chore, but the end result is so beautiful - enjoy these photos.