May 20, 2019

Trade Secrets 2019

Among my favorite events of the year is the Trade Secrets Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale - and this year, the weather was absolutely perfect.

I always make it a point to attend Trade Secrets every spring. On Saturday my schedule was exceptionally tight - Trade Secrets in the early morning, and then to New York City for my granddaughter's dance recital in the afternoon, but it all worked out. More than 1500-visitors attend Trade Secrets in the picturesque town of Sharon, 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 is now run at LionRock Farm. The proceeds from Trade Secrets 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 18, 2019

Edging the Carriage Roads Around the Farm

It’s always important to keep up with lawn maintenance chores, especially during this time of year when everything is growing so quickly.

Here at my farm, my outdoor grounds crew is busy edging the interior carriage roads, so they look crisp and clean. Edging the lawns can be done manually with a variety of spades, but depending on the size of the yard, it can become quite time-consuming. Rotary edgers, powered by gasoline or electricity, reduce the time it takes to complete this job. These machines feature a spinning blade that cuts through turf as the edger is pushed along the grass border. We edge the roads with a Little Wonder Power Edger. It works really well for creating that beautiful, smooth edge.

Enjoy these photos.

May 17, 2019

A Spring Business Dinner at My Farm

I always enjoy entertaining at home.

Earlier this week, I hosted a special dinner gathering at my home for a group of business colleagues and associates. My friend, Chef Pierre Schaedelin from PS Tailored Events, and I planned a delicious menu for 16. The first course was English pea risotto, followed by soft shell crab meuniere, with carrot puree and asparagus from my garden. The dessert was a mouth-watering rhubarb and strawberry shortcake using rhubarb also grown right here at the farm. It was the most delectable meal and a lovely spring evening.

Enjoy these photos.