August 4, 2015

A Flower Arranging Lecture for Employees

I always enjoy creating flower arrangements - cutting fresh, fragrant blooms from my garden and using them to make colorful displays for photo shoots, videos or events. I’ve shared lots of information and many of my tips in my magazines and books, and on my television and radio shows.

I also enjoy watching others make flower arrangements. Recently, our senior garden editor, Todd Carr, hosted an in-house flower arranging lecture for the company employees. His presentation was part of a program run by our human resources team to enrich and inspire the staff. During his talk, Todd made several arrangements using flowers and foliage from local convenience shops, and home gardens. I  shared some of my favorite ideas too. It was a fun gathering for everyone.

Here are some of the photos and tips - enjoy.

August 3, 2015

Checking On My Vegetable Garden

Thank you for all the birthday wishes and lovely comments I’ve received. I enjoyed a wonderful celebratory weekend with my family.

Last week, while I was home at the farm, I took some time to tend to my vegetable garden, which is now located by the chicken coops. The garden is so much fun to visit right now because of all the growing produce - there are new vegetables popping up every day.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted photos of how it was doing. Here are some pictures of how it’s changed in such a short time. The harvesting has begun - enjoy.

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 Farrand.

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!