June 24, 2017

Planting in the Pumpkin Patch

This year’s pumpkin patch is planted.

As you may know, pumpkins grow on vines, which means they take up a lot of space. I always plant my pumpkin patch in a roomy bed that can accommodate a large crop of big, colorful fruits. Last year, we I created a space next to the chicken coops and the vegetable gardens - it is the perfect spot for our expansive patch. And just last week, we planted lots and lots of seeds - more than 70-varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Some of the varieties should be ready to harvest in 75 to 100 days. 

Enjoy these photos.

June 23, 2017

June Garden Tours at My Farm

June garden tours are well underway at my farm.

Occasionally, I agree to open my gardens for private walking tours. Most of them are conducted in the spring and early summer. Earlier this week, we welcomed a group from the New York based private investment firm, Fir Tree Partners, and winners from their recent auction. And yesterday, a lovely group of students from the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture came by for a visit. Through its highly distinguished two-year program, the NYBG combines academics with hands-on training, externships, field trips, and special lectures, to prepare its students for positions in both public and private sectors.

Unfortunately, because of my busy work schedule, I wasn’t able to lead these tours myself, but both groups were in good hands with my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, who guided them through the allees and gardens - enjoy these photos.

June 22, 2017

A Dinner to Benefit the Hetrick-Martin Institute

I love entertaining outdoors, especially when it’s for a good cause.

Last weekend, at the East Hampton, New York home of my friends and neighbors, Lisa and James Cohen, I co-hosted a lovely dinner for a group of nearly 100-supporters of the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization. James and Lisa have hosted their annual HMI “School’s Out” cocktail benefit for several years, but this year, they wanted to add an intimate dinner to the evening gathering. Chef Pierre Schaedelin, from PS Tailored Events, and I planned a delicious meal, inspired by some of my favorite summertime dishes. The menu included gazpacho, paella and grilled ribeye steaks - plus a buffet of delectable desserts. I was so happy to take part in this fun and successful event.

Enjoy these photos.