May 5, 2016

Lots of Weeding At the Farm

This is a hectic time around the farm, and the crew has been doing a great job getting things in order for the busy growing season. We've had quite a bit of rain here in the Northeast these last couple of weeks. And, while rain encourages a lot of growth in the gardens, it also means a lot of weeds. Everyone has been pulling weeds from the beds - in fact, the best time to pull them is during the rain, when their roots can be removed from the soil easily.

Here are photos of some of the weeds we're battling and the tools we're using to conquer them.

May 4, 2016

A Visit to Hardscrabble Farms

What are some of your favorite nurseries for buying trees and plants?

Over the years, many of you have asked about my favorite sources, and among them is Hardscrabble Farms, located in Westchester County, New York. Hardscrabble is a wholesale dealer that specializes in native species, ornamental conifers and perennials. They carry an array of trees, shrubs, grasses and ground covers in a full range of sizes.

Last week, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, and I went to Hardscrabble to pick up some trees, and to see what new specimens they had for my ever-evolving farm landscape.

Enjoy these photos.

May 3, 2016

The NYBG's 25th Anniversary Antique Garden Furniture Fair

Spring is a popular time for fairs and sales of all kinds, and when my schedule allows, I always try to attend a few of my favorites.

Last week, I went to the Benefit Preview Party and Collectors’ Plant Sale at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Antique Garden Furniture Fair. This year, nearly 30 of the country’s leading exhibitors showcased their finest garden antiques for purchase. The Collectors’ Plant sale featured hard-to-find trees, shrubs and plants propagated from NYBG collections, and hand-selected for their rarity and charm. The event also included a whimsical honeybee-inspired theme by event designer, Ken Fulk.

It’s a splendid time of year to be at the New York Botanical Garden - not only to enjoy its many fun and interesting events, but to see its stunning gardens and horticultural displays. I hope you take the opportunity to visit the next time you are in the New York City area. Enjoy these photos…