May 17, 2022

Lunch at Patsy Pollack's Country Cottage 2022

Spring is the perfect time of year for dining al fresco with good friends.

Last weekend, after a most delightful and successful morning at the Trade Secrets Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale in Lakeville, Connecticut, we drove to a tranquil town in New York State, where we enjoyed a lovely lunch at the weekend home of friend and colleague, Patsy Pollack. It has become a tradition to go to Patsy’s after Trade Secrets. This year, she served a delicious buffet of Moroccan-inspired dishes. On the way to her charming home, we stopped at Christopher Spitzmiller's Clove Brook Farm to see his gardens.

Enjoy these photos.

May 16, 2022

Trade Secrets 2022

After a two year hiatus due to Covid-19, the Trade Secrets Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale is back - one of my favorite events of the year.

I always make it a point to attend Trade Secrets every spring. This past Saturday, a group of colleagues and friends accompanied me to the event in the picturesque town of Lakeville, Connecticut. The philanthropic sale draws growers, dealers, and artisans together to sell unusual plants, garden antiques, and other unique outdoor objects. Trade Secrets was developed by interior designer Bunny Williams in the year 2000 when she conducted the very first sale to downsize her collection of plants in her greenhouse. It was a success from the very beginning and the proceeds go to the Women’s Support Services in northwestern Connecticut.

It's a wonderful sale and a very important cause - here are some photos. Enjoy.

May 14, 2022

My Sunken Summer House Garden in Spring

Did you see my Instagram page @MarthaStewart48? The sunken garden behind my Summer House is filled with spring growth.

I began this formal garden more than 10 years ago and have added many different kinds of plants and trees ever since. It is a kind of room walled by a tall hedge of boxwood. The focal point is the great old ginkgo tree at the back of the space that was original to the property. Here, I've planted both American and English boxwood, smaller ginkgo trees, smoke bushes, Siberian weeping pea shrubs, peonies, hostas, lilies, Leucojum vernum or spring snowflakes, Heuchera, and so much more. I am so pleased with how well it has grown.

Here are some photos of this beautiful garden taken this week, enjoy.