May 18, 2022

My Blooming Pergola Garden in May

My long and winding pergola is putting on such a colorful and gorgeous display - all the spring flowers are just spectacular this time of year.

Soon after I bought my Bedford, New York farm, I built a long pergola along the carriage road leading up to my home specifically for clematis. Over the years, I've added lots of bulbs and perennials that bloom at different times throughout the season. Right now, the Camassia and alliums are covering the area in an eye-catching palette of purple and blue - it's just stunning.

Here are some photos, enjoy.


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.