March 23, 2018

A Bridal Shower for Shqipe

In less than three weeks, my personal executive assistant, Shqipe Berisha, and her fiancé, Zenel Lulanaj, will be married - we’re all so thrilled for the happy couple.

Last weekend, I attended Shqipe’s bridal shower at the Eastwood Manor in New York City. The celebratory gathering included 60 of Shqipe’s closest family and friends, some of whom traveled all the way from Kosovo in southeastern Europe. The event was steeped in Albanian tradition, showing Shqipe in several costume changes that displayed elaborate gold covered vests, skirts and pants as well as customary handmade handkerchiefs and jewelry. It was a very special day - everyone, especially Shqipe, had a wonderful time.

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March 22, 2018

Preparing for the Next Storm

While the calendar says spring, it still looks very much like winter here in the Northeast.

Yesterday, the region was hit with the fourth nor'easter in less than a month, bringing more heavy wet snow and high winds. At my farm, my outdoor grounds crew worked tirelessly to ensure everything was prepared - all windows and doors were secured, all the animals were safely tucked away in their shelters, and all the equipment was ready for any cleanup process once the storm ended. It's very important to be well-prepared for any big storm system - additional tips include: knowing where all the flashlights are kept and making sure they are equipped with fresh batteries, stocking the first aid kit, and checking that all vehicles are filled with gas - a full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

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March 21, 2018

The 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show

If you’re ever in or near the Philadelphia area during the beginning of March, try to stop in at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

I was invited to appear at this year's annual event hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. It was the perfect venue to promote my new book, "Martha's Flowers". The show is the nation’s largest and longest-running indoor flower show, and proceeds benefit the year-round programs organized and run by the PHS, including cleaning and greening the city of Philadelphia. The 2018 exhibition was called “Wonders of Water,” and celebrated the vital role water plays in our lives. Among the beautiful displays, the show featured a 25-foot waterfall, fountains and a stunning rain curtain. 

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