August 7, 2020

A Guest Blog from Ari Katz on His Gardens

There is always so much to learn from a well-tended garden.

My young friend, Ari Katz, enjoys gardening just as much as I do and has designed several beds at his family’s farm. During a recent phone conversation, we talked about our love for gardening and I encouraged him to take some photos and write up a guest blog. Ari loved the idea and said it would be fun to talk about how his passion developed. Enjoy his story. 

I have always appreciated gardens and gardeners. I believe I got this appreciation from my grandfather who was an avid gardener at his home on Long Island, New York and in Palm Beach, Florida. In fact, he was known by all his neighbors and friends as the “rose man.” Shortly after my family bought our farm outside Washington, DC, I began adding my own gardens to the property. Becoming close with Martha has provided me with a cornucopia of knowledge and wisdom for which I am incredibly grateful. I always know that Martha is just a phone call away with the answer I need or to help me with my next project.

I started planting gardens on my family’s farm two years ago. When we bought the property, there was not a single garden or flowering perennial - can you believe that?! After researching what would do well in my climate and designing the layout of each garden, I began constructing. Due to the current state of the country, Martha cannot come down to Washington to see them in person, so here are photos of my ever-changing and expanding gardens.

August 6, 2020

Visiting the Gardens of My Friend, Jim Klinko

Garden tours are a wonderful way to celebrate the season - and if you're able to visit one and still adhere to social distancing guidelines, I know you'll enjoy it.

Not long ago, my friend and owner of Furniture on Consignment in Westport, Connecticut, told me his garden was blooming wonderfully this year, and that I should take a look - the roses, clematis, hydrangeas, phlox, hibiscus, petunias, and so many other plants and flowers were thriving and filling his yard with gorgeous color. Jim mentioned one garden in particular - one he designed and planted in memory of my late sister, Laura Plimpton, who passed away six years ago today. Jim and Laura were close friends and shared a deep appreciation for gardening.

Enjoy these photos.

August 5, 2020

Preparing for Tropical Storm Isaias

There’s always so much to do before a big storm.

Yesterday, the region was hit by tropical storm Isaias. The storm brought heavy rains and high winds, but before it hit, my outdoor grounds crew worked tirelessly to ensure everything was in order -  that all the drains, catch basins, and gutters were clear, the air conditioner pits were clean, all the doors and windows were secure, and all the animals were safely tucked away in their shelters. It's very important to be well-prepared for any big storm system - additional tips include: knowing where all the flashlights are kept and making sure they are equipped with fresh batteries, stocking the first aid kit, and checking that all vehicles are filled with gas.   

Here are some photos.