June 19, 2019

Planting a New Garden Bed

Another exciting garden transformation is underway at my Bedford, New York farm.

Last year, I decided to make a few changes to the beds surrounding my main greenhouse. The areas had long been home to many berry bushes, but it was time to transplant them to a larger patch where they could continue to flourish. I created a new more formal garden with hostas and white lilies outside the front entrance to the greenhouse. And in back, I designated the space for just dahlias - those colorful, spiky flowers that bloom from midsummer right through the first frost. Many of our dahlia tubers are from Floret, a family farm and floral design studio in the State of Washington that specializes in organic, handcrafted arrangements for special events. Owner Erin Benzakein has created a thriving business - in fact, she was one of our American Made Honorees in 2014.

This week, my gardeners planted the new dahlia bed - here are some photos, enjoy.

June 18, 2019

Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Food and wine festivals are an excellent way to gather celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers, vendors, and enthusiasts so they could meet, exchange ideas and learn from some of the best in the industry.

Last week, I flew to beautiful Colorado for the 2019 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen - a three-day culinary event held every year at the base of the spectacular Aspen Mountain. I conducted a book signing to promote my newest publication, “Martha Stewart’s Grilling: 125+ Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small” and hosted a summer entertaining demo featuring recipes from the June 2019 issue of our magazine "Living". More than 5000-visitors from across the country attended the spring affair. Among the other celebrities there - distinguished chefs, including Jacques Pepin, Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoff Zakarian, Andrew Zimmern, and more. It was an excellent time.

Enjoy these photos.

June 17, 2019

Blooming Roses at the Farm

I love this time of year when I can tour my Bedford, New York farm and see all the wonderful blooms - everything looks so amazing this season, including my roses.

As many of you know, I adore roses and have grown them for more than 25-years. Many of my rose cultivars were transplanted from the gardens at Lily Pond, my home in East Hampton. I also have various David Austin roses and a selection from Northland Rosarium - all highly prized for their lovely petal formations and beautiful fragrances. Most of the roses are in the flower cutting garden, but I also have a large collection planted near my tennis court along both sides of my lilac allee.

Here are some photos - enjoy.