August 1, 2015

The Mount Desert Island Hospital Farmhouse Dinner

A benefit dinner to support a good cause and a very important organization.

During a recent trip to Maine, I attended the Mount Desert Island Hospital Farmhouse Dinner. It was held in the century-old Farmhouse, whose gardens were originally designed by the well-known landscaper, Beatrix Ferrand.

The MDI hospital is among the nation’s leading rural healthcare organizations, serving Maine’s downeast region since 1897. It provides 24-hour, responsive, patient-centered medical care to its community. It was not only a pleasure to be invited, but I also presented a dish for the event. I chose to bring a mouthwatering dessert. Take a look at these photos to see what I made, and how it turned out.

Have a good weekend!

July 31, 2015

A Garden Tour at Skylands

A wonderful garden tour at Skylands, my home in Maine.

As many of you know, every now and then, I enjoy opening my gardens for private walking tours. When my schedule allows, I also love giving the tours myself - it’s always fun to share stories and techniques with other passionate gardeners.

During my last visit to Maine, I hosted a garden tour for The Garden Conservancy Society of Fellows - a committed group of garden enthusiasts and some of the Conservancy’s most dedicated supporters. These members tour various landscapes across the United States and abroad, where they can explore, learn and find gardening inspiration.

We all had a lovely time, and my gardens at Skylands looked so beautiful and inviting - it was a pleasure to host this gathering. Take a look at my photos…

July 30, 2015

A Visit to Triple Chick Farm

One of my favorite summer farm stand stops is at the Triple Chick Farm in Town Hill, Maine.Whenever I am in Bar Harbor, I always try to visit Triple Chick Farm - they hand select their best, freshly-picked produce each morning, to sell at the stand. They grow the most lush vegetables and fruits, and all their produce is organic and chemical free. During my last visit, I stopped in their greenhouses to see what was growing. Their raised beds were filled with some of the most beautiful greens, including lettuces, cabbages and Swiss chards…

If you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop in at Triple Chick Farm – you won’t leave their empty handed. Enjoy these photos…