June 21, 2018

A Busy Day in East Hampton, New York

As many of you know, my work schedule is very busy - lots of media appearances, special events, and book signings, but it’s always a treat when my travels take me to nearby East Hampton, New York.

Last weekend, Kevin Sharkey and I conducted a book signing at BookHampton, a quaint, popular and longtime book shop located on Main Street, right in the village of East Hampton. It was a joy to sign books for many of my neighbors and friends in the area. I also hosted a cocktail party at the ERES boutique to preview the store’s summer collection. And of course, I spent time at Lily Pond, my East Hampton home. The gardens are looking spectacular this time of year - so full of color and life.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

June 20, 2018

Celebrating "Martha's Flowers" at the Saint Louis Art Museum

Our promotional book tour for “Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying” continues.

Last week, Kevin Sharkey and I traveled to St. Louis, Missouri to speak at the Saint Louis Art Museum “Art in Bloom” exhibit, the annual celebration of fine art and fresh flowers. The “sold out” event was originally scheduled in March, the same week a nor’easter ripped through the Northeast canceling many flights in and out of New York City. Thankfully, this time the weather was perfect - warm and sunny - and more than 470-guests attended our lecture. Following the program, Kevin and I conducted a book signing and then walked through the museum to view the “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” collection. The exhibit runs through September 9th - I truly encourage you to visit if you’re in the area.

Enjoy these photos.

June 19, 2018

Planting the Season's Tomatoes

Tomatoes, Solanum lycopersicum, have long been one of America’s favorite garden vegetables. Those bold red, sun-ripened tomatoes deliver the taste of summer with every bite. And, they’re filled with excellent antioxidants and vitamins.

Just a handful of healthy plants can produce a bounty of delicious fruits within six to eight weeks. The best time to plant tomatoes is when daytime temperatures are consistently above 65-degrees Fahrenheit. Over the last few days, my gardeners, Ryan and Carlos, planted this season’s tomato crop - more than 120-plants are now growing in our outdoor beds.

Here are some photos - enjoy.