September 22, 2017

Touring My Gardens with the Bedford Farmers Club

Today is the first day of fall - a wonderful time of year to walk through the gardens of my Bedford, New York farm.

As you all know, every now and then I agree to a handful of special guided walks to show visitors how we care for all the many plantings at the farm. Most of them are conducted in the spring, but a select few are also scheduled at the very end of the season, as leaves begin to fall. This week, I welcomed a couple of groups, including the Bedford Farmers Club, one of the country's oldest farm organizations, which works to foster awareness of the area's remarkable agricultural heritage.

Here are some pictures of what they saw - enjoy.

September 21, 2017

A Garden Tour for the Pacific Horticulture Society

There's always something new to see during tours of my Bedford, New York farm.

Yesterday, I opened my gardens to the Pacific Horticulture Society, a non-profit resource for west coast gardeners, designers, horticulturists, and other plant enthusiasts. PHS works to inform and inspire members through its quarterly publication "Pacific Horticulture", its web site, and its local and international study programs. One of the events was a five-day tour of several botanical institutions and private gardens in New York City and the Hudson River Valley, including a visit to Cantitoe Corners, my farm in Bedford. The group of 25 was led by Bob Hyland, accomplished plantsman, designer, and owner of Contained Exuberance, Contemporary Pots & Plantings for the Garden in Portland, Oregon.

Before leaving for a busy day at the office, I stopped to greet the group and to welcome them to my home. My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, then guided everyone through my many gardens, groves and allees. Here are some photos - enjoy.

September 20, 2017

My New Boxwood Border

The big pergola transformation project is now complete and it looks absolutely terrific.

As you know, I decided to make some changes to the garden beds below my long and winding pergola. I wanted to plant two long rows of boxwood, Buxus,  along the entire length of the space. I love boxwoods and have hundreds growing all over my Bedford, New York farm. Over the last couple of weeks, the outdoor grounds crew has been very busy expanding and preparing the beds, so we could transplant about 300-boxwood shrubs - shrubs that I have been growing right here at the farm for the last three-years. It was an arduous task, but we are all so proud of the outcome - the new boxwood border is stunning.

Here are photos of the last phase of this transformation process - enjoy.