Violet Capital of the World

February 27, 2015 0 comments
violet corsage

For nearly one hundred years–between the 1880’s and the 1960’s a stretch of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York was known as the “Violet Capital of the World.” Herb Saltford recounted that it was his grandfather, William Saltford– head… Read More

It’s That Wonderful Time of Year

February 18, 2015 0 comments

Snow covers the garden, and spring is nowhere in sight, so it’s time for that perennial pleasure—perusing the stack of seed catalogs that’s been piling up since November. Interesting trends in vegetable gardening emerge in this year’s catalogs. If you… Read More

The Founding Vegetable Gardener

January 12, 2015 0 comments

  At a White House Dinner that gathered world leaders early in his tenure, President Kennedy quipped that those assembled represented the “greatest meeting of minds since Thomas Jefferson had dinner in the White House here by himself.” What’s impressive… Read More

Gifts for Gardeners

December 4, 2014 0 comments

The Gift List Recommendations for your gardening friends, and some for your other friends and loved ones: 24” Stake Rain Gauge Nothing matters more to gardeners than the rain. Here is a beautiful and efficient way to measure what fell.… Read More

Jacqueline van der Kloet — A Way with Bulbs

November 6, 2014 0 comments

Although her first love was painting, Jacqueline van der Kloet seems to have made her peace with the medium her parents thought more practical—garden design. Her remarkable gardens both private and public throughout Europe, and in recent years, several highly… Read More

A Passion for Parks in Peterborough, New Hampshire

October 7, 2014 0 comments
Boccelli Garden

Peterborough, New Hampshire, is one fortunate town. Between the Contookuk River and Nubanusit Brook, it was a thriving mill town in the nineteenth century. The home of the MacDowell Colony (the first artist’s colony in the country) since 1907, the… Read More

Blowing in the Wind

September 4, 2014 0 comments

Windswept at the Berkshire Botanical Garden On the grounds of one of the oldest botanic gardens in the country, an exhibit that interacts with breezes large and small welcomes garden visitors this summer. Windswept is as multifaceted as the garden… Read More

Worth Their Salt – A Modern Saltworks

August 1, 2014 0 comments

Not Everything made in a greenhouse is plant related. We may all brainstorm for great business ideas from time to time, but how many of us actually make one of them a reality? Penny Lewis and Jan Burling –friends for… Read More

Home on the Hudson

June 27, 2014 0 comments
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Not long after she married financier and philanthropist Ogden Mills in 1882, Ruth Livingston inherited her childhood home in Staatsburg, New York.  With views of the Catskill Mountains, the house at Staatsburg perches over sweeping lawns that stop just short… Read More

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