1 Russ Jones, my gardener Shaun Kass, Dr. Richard Lighty, Rodney Robinson, Steve Hutton, Anne Hutton, Sally Lighty, and (not shown, as he was photographing) Rick Ledownski
2 The tour began at my main greenhouse.
3 Shaun Kass, my head gardener, began with an overview of his background. He has been working for me since 2009 and has a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He also graduated from the Professional Gardening Training Program at Longwood Gardens.
4 Everyone was quite taken with my collection. Rick Lewandowski and Rodney Robinson took photos of my Bat Flower, shown here standing with Russ Jones.
5 Bat Flower, or Tacca chantrieri, is a stunning exotic plant native to the jungles of Southeast Asia.
6 Onto the headhouse, where Shaun handed out maps of the gardens on my property.
7 Here's a map of my property and the locations of my gardens.
8 A garden tour would not be complete without stopping in my vegetable garden.
9 Shaun went over what we typically have growing in the garden, like these patches of basil and parsley.
10 The group inquired why there weren't any tomato plants. Shaun explained that the tomatoes we had were affected by blight from the large amount of rain this summer.
11 Still growing in the autumn weather are my lettuce patches, where you can see arugula, cabbage, spinach, and other leafy greens growing. Ryan, my other gardener, weeds in the background.
12 Anne examines the soil.
13 After the vegetable garden, they looked at my collection of citrus plants that are currently outside of the headhouse.
14 The group was especially interested in one of my more unusual citruses, the Buddha's Hand. It is named as such for it's uniquely shaped fruit and also because it is traditionally used as a religious offering in Buddhist temples.
15 The fruit resembles a closed hand before it matures, but will turn yellow and the "fingers" will spread out.
16 Another beautiful species is this Striped Lemonade Lemon, with its magnificent green streaks on the peel.
17 Dr. Lighty wrote down some of the names of citrus plants in my collection to research them later and suggested a few other species for Shaun to consider.
18 The pergolas outside the headhouse and elsewhere on my property are made with these beautiful Chinese Granite posts.
19 Rick and Russ stopped to talk to Ryan.
20 Walking down the carriage road away from the garden, Shaun points out the Clematis Arbor, bordered by Rose of Sharon bushes. They discussed the problems of wilting Clematis plants.
21 On the other side of the Clematis Arbor, orange and yellow lillies are planted in front of the Tenant House. They bloomed brightly earlier this summer.
22 On the other side of the Rose of Sharons is the Southeast Paddock. This Weeping European Hornbean tree is not doing as well as hoped. It has not yet recovered from being transplanted.
23 This beautiful Weeping Copper Beech, however, is doing better.
24 Along the path to the Winter House, there are espaliered apple trees of different varieties.
25 On the patio in front of the house, Shaun planted parsley, rosemary, and chamomile, making it easy to pick fresh herbs while cooking in the kitchen.
26 Next to the entrance of my kitchen is a large Weeping Katsura, which is native to Japan and China.
27 Vivaldi came by to say hello everyone.
28 Flanking the walkway is a type of agave. The sharp tips of this cactus were used by Native Americans as sewing needles.
29 Layered shrubs make for beautiful landscaping in front of my house.
30 Dr. Lighty commented on the new growth on the top of this tree, the Norfolk Island Pine. Shaun had carefully removed the top because it had been damaged during a storm.
31 On the other side of the Winter House is my tropical terrace, a place where I like to place my more exotic tropical plants in the warmer months.
32 In front of the summer house is a group of Yellow Magnolia trees. At this time of year, they produce brightly colored fruit.
33 Dick and Rick talked about Autumn Flowering Witch Hazel.
34 And of course, my beautiful peony garden with a boxwood border. They will not bloom until the spring.
35 Walking down to the stable, Shaun pointed out the paulownia trees (on left). This tree is very fast growing and rot resistance, and is frequently used for reforestation.
36 Looking east from the stable on of my favorite places on my property, the boxwood allee.
37 Sally and Anne stopping to say hello to one of my horses.
38 Betsy, my stable manager, was out for a ride with Rutger and stopped to meet the group.
39 Betsy answered questions about the stable and the horses.
40 Anne was especially fascinated by the Friesian breed and how beautiful they are!
41 The next stop on the tour was a walk through the Pinetum, my collection of various species of pines, and showed them the hoop house. He told them about how we will be building an additional one for this winter.
42 He pointed out the different types of pines and the latest additions I purchased from Hardscrabble Farms.
43 The last stop of the tour was my coldhouse, a place for me to grow vegetables through the winter.
44 Shaun explained what had already been planted, including a variety of leafy greens and tomatoes.
45 After a lovely tour, the group was off to two more gardens in the area.