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"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.."  -Alfred Austin



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Jeff, Gardener in Chief

Contrary to popular opinion, some people in the Hamptons enjoy getting their hands dirty. I'm a self-taught gardener in East Hampton, NY that enjoys sharing my gardening experiences and inspiration with others. Hope you enjoy my blog and galleries.

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Articulture at the 2014 Philly Flower Show

Back from the Philadelphia Flower Show.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the theme this year was Articulture, where art meets horticulture.  

The show was as crowded as ever.  Interest in gardening must be a common denominator.  Attendees ranged from the very young in strollers to the very old on walkers.  People from the wealthy 1% and the rest of us 99%.  There were master gardeners touting their gardening feats and novices proclaiming their latest kill.  I got to examine this melting pot as I waited in line to view of one of my favorite annual exhibitions- the window display contest.  

This years contestants were inspired by the arts and their displays were all quite inventive.  I thought I'd share these window arrangements today, but I'll be back soon with more highlights from the flower show.

 Never know who you'll run into at the art supply store.

 Mixed media?

 Living tributes at this art museum 


I wouldn't forget to water a plant that screamed at me.


Like a lot of modern art, this needs some explanation. Please.

Hair by Herbal Essences


An iconic farmer promotes seed sales.


It's That Time Of Year Again

The annual Philadelphia Flower Show is in just a few weeks: March 1-9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia.  I've attended this show for the past two years and thoroughly enjoyed my experiences there. Great exhibitions, gorgeous plants and fun shopping.  

This year's theme is Articulture "where art meets horticulture".  Seems like a perfect theme for a garden show since landscapes and gardens have inspired art since ancient times.

I'll take my camera and share some of the my favorite sights when I return.  But why wait? You should plan to attend too.  Where else can you enjoy such a colorful pageantry of flowers when the outdoor temps are still freezing?

In the meantime, here are my posts of past trips to this show:

2012 Philadelphia Flower Show

2013 Philadelphia Flower Show 




Celebrating A Rural Hamptons Landscape

As promised, here are is another special garden that I enjoyed touring during the annual Parish Art Museum's Landscape Pleasures garden tour.

On eighteen acres in Sagaponack, landscape designer Edwina von Gal designed developed a romantic view of a rural farm. The cedar shingled house and its outbuildings are more modern and chic than the original Hamptons homesteads. Its grassy meadows, 'orchards' and pond are more manicured. However, this garden still celebrates the original rural landscapes that are sadly being replaced with McMansions in the Hamptons.  I applaud the owners, Gus & Liz Oliver, for allowing Edwina to create a green oasis that they can enjoy as much as the native wildlife.

This is a large garden. Howver, you can extend your own property lines when you base plantings on those from surrounding fields or woods. It also can create a more natural look.  This is something I tried to do early on when designing my Hamptons garden.  Even though I had a narrow lot, my garden looks much larger with the periphery blended into adjacent woodlands.

Hope you enjoy these photos.  I'll try to post photos from the rest of this tour later this week.

The yard was designed to look as though the land was just cleared for the house.
Outbuildings, similar to ones you would find on an old farm, serve an aesthetic and practical purpose.

A man-made pond is filled with fish.

An ornamental cherry grove adds the look of an orchard one would expect on a farm.

A low stone fence holds back the grassy field beyond (mowed down in mid-June to keep it at a manageable height).

Modern patio furniture and planters bring you back to the 21st Century.