May 23, 2019

A Busy Day in Florida

I love visiting gardens and attending flower shows whenever I can - for me, it is such a pleasurable escape from my busy work schedule.

Last week, I was thrilled to find enough time to attend the 23rd Annual Redland International Orchid Festival in Homestead, Florida with my friend, Ilene. Over the years, this three-day event has become one of the most anticipated festivals for orchid fanciers. More than 65-vendors from around the world participate in the exhibit to share their orchids and orchid growing supplies. While I was in South Florida, I also had the opportunity to visit some other sights including the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, the Deering Estate, and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. Over the next couple of days, I'll share photos from all these wonderful places.

Here are photos from the Redland International Orchid Festival - the first stop on my short one-day excursion - enjoy.

May 22, 2019

Mike's Organic Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

It’s always so nice to see entrepreneurs succeed in their small businesses - especially when the company focuses on promoting sustainable farming practices and providing healthy, delicious foods to its clients.

Last week, Mike’s Organic, a delivery service and warehouse retail shop in nearby Stamford, Connecticut, celebrated its 10-year anniversary. More than 150-friends, farmers, clients, and members of the press attended the event. Mike's Organic was one of the first 10 "farm to home" delivery services in the United States when it opened in 2009. Since then, founder and CEO, Mike Geller, and his team have partnered with at least 200 small farms across the region and distributed organic and flavorful offerings to hundreds more.

Unfortunately, I was out of town on business and was unable to attend the milestone gathering, but friends and colleagues who stopped by had a wonderful time. Congratulations, Mike - here's to another 10-years. Enjoy these photos.

May 21, 2019

Flowering Azaleas at My Farm

My azaleas are putting on quite a show at my Bedford, New York farm - I hope you saw some of my photos on my Instagram page @MarthaStewart48.

Of all the shrubs that flower in spring, azaleas and tree peonies provide some of the most brilliant displays. I have them planted together in a garden just outside my Summer House, and when they bloom this time of year, they make one corner of my property erupt with spectacular color. I am also developing a new garden of azaleas by a pond at the back of one of my hay fields not far from my grove of weeping willows. Azaleas can thrive in a wide variety of growing conditions, which makes them so useful in many different landscapes. They are popularly referred to as the “royalty of the garden” - long adorned for their brightly colored flowers and evergreen foliage. Plant enthusiasts have selectively bred azaleas for years, producing thousands of different cultivars.

Enjoy these photos.