May 31, 2016

Planting Potatoes in the Garden

Work in the vegetable garden is well underway. We already planted a variety of crops including onions, leeks and a selection of brassicas.

Most recently, we planted eight beds of potatoes. Potatoes are grown from “seed potatoes”, which are certified disease-free and specially grown in nurseries for planting purposes. Many of this season’s “seed potatoes” came from Irish Eyes Garden Seeds, a small family-owned business located in Ellensburg, Washington. Enjoy these photos.

May 28, 2016

A Visit to The Huntington Botanical Gardens

If you’re ever in or near Southern California, I encourage you to visit the amazing Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino - they’re simply exquisite.

American railroad magnate, Henry E. Huntington, purchased the property in 1903. At the time, it was a working ranch with citrus groves, nut and fruit orchards, alfalfa crops, a small herd of cows, and poultry. Today, the estate is home to more than a dozen spectacular botanical collections spread across 120-acres. Among them are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese Garden - all wonderfully planted and maintained by 40-gardeners, curatorial experts and more than 100-volunteers.

Earlier this month, I flew to the area for some media appearances and business meetings, but had just enough time to also tour The Huntington Botanical Gardens. Here are some of my photos. I wish you all a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, as we celebrate summer and remember those who died while serving in our country's armed forces.



May 27, 2016

Preparing the Plants for Skylands

For me, every Memorial Day weekend signals a significant change of seasons. It is traditionally the weekend I go to Maine, to my home called Skylands, to plant the outdoor urns, pots and planters. I take more than 100 tropical and exotic plants from my Bedford, New York farm to fill the many pots there for summer enjoyment.

This week, my outdoor grounds crew worked hard to prepare the plants heading north for the season. It’s a tedious task, but well worth the effort to see the Skylands terraces full of color and plant life once again. Enjoy the photos…