August 8, 2022

A Garden of Hostas

It's always so exciting to see how the gardens grow and thrive around my farm.

In 2020, we planted hundreds of hosta plants down behind my chicken coop yard across the carriage road from my allee of lilac. I first got the plants as bare-root cuttings and kept them in a cold frame for several months until they were big enough to transplant. In all, more than 700 hostas in a variety of cultivars including 'Wide Brim,' 'Francee,' 'Regal Splendor,' 'Elegans,' and 'Blue Angel.' Now two years later, they're doing excellently, filling the space with verdant foliage.

Here are some photos.

August 6, 2022

Blog Memories: Visiting Landcraft Environments Ltd.

Enjoy this encore blog posting which originally ran on July 1st, 2020. It features my visit to a wonderful plant nursery in Long Island, New York.

I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting plants and trees. I love visiting different nurseries to see what specimens they have for my ever-evolving Bedford, New York farm.

Last weekend during a brief trip to Long Island, I stopped by one of my favorite sources, Landcraft Environments, Ltd., a pre-eminent wholesaler of tropical, tender perennials, shrubs, bulbs, and unusual annuals located in Mattituck on the North Fork. Landcraft Environments is owned by garden designers Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith who have been in business together since 1982, initially specializing in landscape design. Realizing a tremendous need for unusual plant material, Dennis and Bill purchased the property in 1992 when it was just an overgrown potato and corn farm. Now, it features their beautifully restored 1840s farmhouse, a lovely four-acre public garden, and thousands of local and exotic plants from around the world - all encircled by 10 acres of rehabilitated meadows with mowed paths for viewing native plants and wildlife.

Enjoy the photos Kevin Sharkey and I took. Dennis and Bill also formed the Landcraft Garden Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to inspiring, educating, and promoting gardening, horticulture, and the preservation of its natural environment. Follow Dennis and Bill on their Instagram pages @Landcraft_environments_ltd and @Landcraft_garden_foundation. For information on where to get their plants, click on this link for a listing of garden centers.

August 5, 2022

Blog Memories: Visiting the Former Estate of Paul and Bunny Mellon in Upperville, Virginia

Here's an encore blog from my visit to Virginia last year. This one originally ran on June 9th, 2021.

I always try to make the most of every business trip I take - visiting gardens and other interesting places that inform and inspire me.

Earlier this spring, during a brief visit to Northern Virginia for a garden club appearance, I stopped in Upperville, to tour the former estate of prominent philanthropists, Paul and Rachel "Bunny" Mellon. The 700 acre property includes the Main Residence, gardens, and the Oak Spring Garden Library - all maintained by the Oak Spring Garden Foundation. OSGF is a nonprofit organization created by Bunny and dedicated to sharing her gifts and ideas. Its main mission is to support and inspire fresh thinking and bold action on the history and future of plants, including the art and culture of plants, gardens and landscapes.

Enjoy these photos.