May 24, 2019

Visiting the Deering Estate

There is so much to see in South Florida.

Following a fun morning at the Redland International Orchid Festival, my one-day visit to the area continued with a tour of the Deering Estate, one of Miami’s premier landmarks and former home of Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist, and first Chairman of the International Harvester Company, Charles Deering. The estate features several outbuildings including the Richmond Cottage, and the Deering's mansion, Stone House. Charles lived on the property from 1922 until his death in 1927. The Deering Estate remained with his heirs until 1986 when it was purchased by the State of Florida.

Enjoy these photos.

 

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.