February 21, 2020

A New Cold Frame for Storing Hundreds of Bare Root Hostas

A late winter gardening project that involved potting up hundreds of bare-root plants and building a protective cold frame in which to store them is now complete.

Last week, my gardeners and outdoor grounds crew took on the task of caring for all sorts of bare-root hostas. Bare-root plants are so named because the plants are dug from the ground while dormant, and then stored without any soil surrounding their roots. I ordered hundreds of hostas to plant around the farm - all from Pioneer Gardens, a wholesale company located on the outskirts of Deerfield, Massachusetts. Many of them were stored in a cold frame located behind my main greenhouse. To accommodate the remainder, the crew built a second cold frame using windows I already had - in fact, the window frames were already constructed with angled side panels, which were perfect for this project.

Enjoy these photos.

February 20, 2020

Speaking to the Bedford Garden Club

Spring doesn’t officially begin for another few weeks, but it’s never too early to start thinking about gardening.

As many of you know, I am a very serious and passionate gardener and am often invited to speak about my gardens at various horticultural organizations. Yesterday, I was delighted to speak to fellow members of the Bedford Garden Club right here in Bedford, New York. I was one of several who participated in a series called “Around the World in Eight Months: Gardens of the World.” My topic was “Three North American Gardens Above the 44th Parallel.” I spoke about the gardens of Les Quatre Vents, one of North America’s most acclaimed private gardens in La Malbaie, Quebec. I also talked about The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden - a garden I visit every summer when I am in Maine. And, I shared photos and stories about my own gardens at Skylands, my beloved summer home in Seal Harbor.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

February 19, 2020

A Special Trip to Washington, DC

We now have a woman’s leadership award established in the name of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Last weekend, I traveled to our nation’s capital to attend the special inaugural ceremony and gala in the Library of Congress - you may have seen my post on my Instagram page @MarthaStewart48. The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation created the new leadership award in honor of Justice Ginsberg’s exemplary career and life. I was honored to be a part of the nominating committee and to see the award presented to Agnes Gund, for her positive and notable influence on society. It was a very special evening. The next day, I visited Glenstone - a private contemporary art museum in Potomac, Maryland, just 15-miles from downtown Washington, D.C. The museum's exhibitions are drawn from a collection of about 1300 works from post-World War II artists around the world.

Enjoy my photos.