May 28, 2015

A Gift from David Rockefeller, Sr.

Happy Birthday to my dear friend, David Rockefeller, Sr.

David has been a neighbor and friend of mine ever since I bought Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, Maine. In fact, David came to welcome me to Mount Desert Island when I first moved to the area, and ever since, I’ve greatly valued his kindness and his friendship. We share many of the same interests, such as driving horse-drawn carriages. Take a look at this blog I first posted a few years ago from our carriage ride through Acadia National Park.

Last week, while I was in Maine, the Rockefeller family patriarch celebrated his upcoming 100th birthday by formally announcing his donation of one-thousand acres of woodlands, streams, and carriage roads to the Land & Garden Preserve of Mount Desert Island. The family property is part of Little Long Pond in Seal Harbor. During a brief presentation, David, Sr. described the transfer as a “gift to all the people of Maine” and added that he’s happy the land will be preserved for future generations.

I was honored to attend the gathering, and took several photos to share with you.

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May 27, 2015

Planting the Terrace Containers at Skylands

The terraces at Skylands are brimming with plant life and color once again.

I spent this past weekend at my home in Maine to carry out my yearly task of planting all the large urns, pots and planters. It’s quite an undertaking, but I actually enjoy the time, especially with the group that accompanies me from year to year. Many of the tropical and exotic specimens are stored in a hoop house at my Bedford farm during winter, and then carefully loaded onto a trailer and delivered to Maine for the summer months. As soon as I get there, I design the layout of where things should go, and then my gardener, Ryan McCallister, and I, oversee all of the planting chores.

It was a lot to do in just a couple of days, but as you’ll see in these photos, we had a wonderful time.

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May 26, 2015

A Memorial Day Evening Ride Around the Farm

This week, temperatures are expected to hit the high 80s here in the New York City area, but so far, forecasts don’t call for any significant rainfall.

Yesterday evening, after I returned home from a weekend in Maine, I decided to take a drive around the farm to see how all the flowers, trees and plants were doing. The dry conditions have been hard on the gardens - we’ve been using sprinklers wherever possible, but there’s nothing like a good soaking rain.

During the drive, I took these photos of the growth I observed. Despite the weather, everything is growing beautifully - enjoy them.

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