May 23, 2015

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

I want to wish you and your friends and families a very happy Memorial Day weekend.

For me, this weekend does signal a significant change of seasons. It is traditionally the weekend I go to Maine, to my home called Skylands, to plant the outdoor pots and planters. I take many plants from Bedford where they have wintered in the greenhouse, to fill the many pots there for summer enjoyment.

Our July issue of Martha Stewart Living will feature the terrace gardens, and the photographs will give you a good idea about the scope of the work we try to accomplish in the next three days.

Have fun, eat well and send photos of your barbecues! I will post on my blog what we are doing and what we are eating!

Most of all travel safely.


May 22, 2015

Lunch at Patsy Pollack's Country Cottage

Spring is the perfect time of year for outdoor lunches.

Last weekend, after our visit with Bunny Williams and our morning at the Trade Secrets rare plant and garden antiques sale in Sharon, Connecticut, we drove to a tranquil town in New York State, where we enjoyed a lovely lunch at the weekend home of our senior EVP of Merchandising, Patsy Pollack.

Patsy served a delicious buffet of Moroccan-themed dishes. We all enjoyed a delightful luncheon and walk through her pristine country gardens. I took several photos to share with you - enjoy.

May 21, 2015

Visiting the Gardens of Bunny Williams

Garden tours are a wonderful way to celebrate the season!

After attending Trade Secrets last weekend, we went to visit the gardens of interior designer and author, Bunny Williams. Bunny is the founder of Trade Secrets, a sale of rare plants, garden antiques, and other outdoor decor, that takes place every spring in Sharon, Connecticut. Trade Secrets is one of my favorite field trips of the year - read my wonderful story about the event in the current May issue of our magazine, Living.

During our tour with Bunny, and her husband, antiques dealer, John Rosselli, we had the opportunity to see all of their beautiful country gardens, their pool house, greenhouse, chicken aviary, and the lovely landscaped grounds surrounding their antique home. Here are some of the photos from our visit - enjoy…