February 27, 2024

Tropical Plants from Excelsa Gardens

For serious and passionate gardeners like myself, gardening is about color, form, and variety - I especially like rare and unusual plants.

During my recent business trip to Florida, I purchased several specimens from Excelsa Gardens in Loxahatchee Groves, a wonderful and charming nursery specializing in hard-to-find exotic tropicals. Among the plants I brought home - Euphorbia stenoclada, Licuala grandis, Dieffenbachia 'Camouflage', Philodendron 'Black Gold', Medinilla magnifica, and a Bismarckia nobibilis palm.

Here are some photos.

February 26, 2024

Alocasias for My Greenhouse

It's no secret that I love gardening and plants of all kinds. I have a particular fondness for potted specimens and over the years, I've amassed quite a collection here at my Bedford, New York farm.

Among my favorites is the alocasia. Alocasia is a genus of rhizomatous broad-leaved plants from the family Araceae. Currently, there are about 90 species native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and eastern Australia. Alocasia is also known by the common name elephant's ear because of its enormous arrow-shaped leaves. Many species are popularly grown for their bold markings and prominent veins. Last week, I added a few more varieties to my greenhouse from Excelsa Gardens in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida.

Enjoy these photos.


February 24, 2024

The Old Bags Luncheon in Palm Beach

A brief trip south to escape the cold winter can be so invigorating - even if it's for business.

If you follow my Instagram page @MarthaStewart48, you may have seen photos from my recent visit to Palm Beach, Florida. Among my commitments there, I was the keynote speaker for the annual Old Bags Luncheon developed by the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County. The 25th anniversary Silver Jubilee event was held at The Breakers Palm Beach and featured a silent auction of more than 300 brand new or gently used designer handbags. It's the organization's premiere fundraiser - raising money to operate behavioral health and wellness programs, provide family and child services, and raise awareness of mental health issues. It was a very fun and successful event for all who attended.

Here are some photos, enjoy.