June 8, 2009

A tour of my property

I always thought it would be fun for my television crew to film a garden tour at my farm in Bedford. I looked on my calendar and noticed that The Royal Oak Foundation was scheduled to pay a visit in early June. This is a very interesting organization and it just so happened that I was free on that day, as well. Founded in 1973, the Royal Oak Foundation is the American affiliate of The National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The foundation supports the preservation and conservation of extraordinary natural spaces, historic properties and monuments, and homes and gardens in Britain. Membership to the Royal Oak is open to the public and includes free admission to more than 350 historic sites throughout Great Britain.

The group came last Thursday and the weather reports were not promising, calling for heavy rain and clouds throughout the day. But it isn't nice to rain on a garden tour and, as if on cue, the sun started to shine and the sky turned blue, giving way to a very pleasant morning. You'll be able to see this segment during the next season of my television show.

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There I am in the orange jacket leading the tour. Gary Nardilla is very fit walking backwards with the camera perched on his shoulder.


Photos By Martha Stewart and Eliad Laskin