Category Archives: Private Gardens

Hamptons Show House 2016

From the outside, this year’s Hamptons Show House looks very much like so many of the $5 to $20 million properties for sale on the East End. There are the lawns, the pool, the tennis court, the decks set up … Continue reading

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Dahlias, Dahling

This is the season for those spectacular blooms that mark the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Here they are in a garden I spotted on a bike ride in the Remsenberg section of Westhampton, New York. If … Continue reading

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Cocktails, Anyone?

I didn’t love the 2015 Hamptons Designer Show House as much as usual. Usually, the rooms beckon me: sit down, sink into the sofa, stay awhile, get inspired, enjoy the view, covet the pool house, relax. This year, walking through … Continue reading

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A Chinese Garden in a New York Backyard

At the end of May, I took my daughter-in-law, Yan Zhang Miller, to see the garden of the newest member of the Garden Club of Irvington, Dongkai Zhen. Dongkai, left, has lived Westchester County, New York, for 24 years. She … Continue reading

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Along the Road

Her name is Bernadette, and she’s been living in the same light green ranch house, around the corner from our rabbinical house in Norwich, CT, for more than 50 years. When she’s not tending her own garden, she’s beautifying the … Continue reading

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Straw Bale Gardens

Last week I visited friends in Huntington, New York, where we enjoyed a vegetarian potluck while listening to the gentle waves of Long Island Sound lapping on the shore of a small private beach. “Do you know anything about straw … Continue reading

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Garden Party in The Hamptons

A beautiful Saturday evening in late summer, a lovely setting, reflections in the pool, a sunset over the water, clinking wine glasses, and good conversation. In the Hamptons, a region noted for spectacular gardens, this was a garden to remember, … Continue reading

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And They Had a Buddha Barn Party

On Saturday evening, environmental/graphic designer David Gibson and comedian Rich Kiamco and threw an engagement party at their Catskills weekend abode, Buddha Barn. Alas, it was raining like crazy, but about 80 guests mingled about the eclectic rooms and porches … Continue reading

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They’re Getting Married!

Congratulations to comedian Rich Kiamco and environmental graphic designer David Gibson, who were featured on Dig-It twice last September—when they won the grand prize in a Catskills garden design contest and when they gave our readers a private tour of … Continue reading

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Xeriscaping

In Northern California, there are still plenty of typical suburban front yards with thirsty lawns and foundation plantings of shrubs trimmed into gumdrop shapes. Biking around Sonoma recently I saw a number of white-picket-fenced cottage gardens filled with rose bushes … Continue reading

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It’s Spring! (Somewhere)

Yesterday, graphic designer and writer Jeff Fisher sent around a few pictures of spring bulbs popping up in the Portland, Oregon, garden he cultivates with his partner Ed Cunningham. Crocuses, hellebores, daffodils, oh my! Yesterday! In the New York City … Continue reading

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Let It Snow!

Let’s see. It’s going to snow until midday tomorrow, and the temperature is 11 degrees. A few minutes ago, as the light was fading, I photographed the evergreen arrangement on our deck. And as darkness fell, it seemed like an … Continue reading

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Color on the Hudson

Doing errands over the last few days—a trip to the bank or the library—I kept the camera with me to capture the last of the glorious fall color.  

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Leave Your Leaves

There is probably no bigger controversy raging in the letters to the editor of my community newspaper, The Rivertowns Enterprise, than the debate over leaf blowers. Maybe deer culling, but we’ll get to that in a future post. Irate citizens … Continue reading

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And They Won the Grand Prize

NEWS FLASH: Actor/comedian Rich Kiamco and environmental/graphic designer David Gibson (see story below) won the Grand Prize in this year’s Catskill Harvest “MY CATSKILLS GARDEN” contest! Here, here: “A $500 gift certificate to Rich Kiamco and David Gibson For their … Continue reading

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On Their Farm They Had a Buddha… and a Berry Patch

One of the most talented gardeners I know is Rich Kiamco, an actor and comedian who shares both a house in Jersey City (with city garden) and a county house in the Catskills (with farm) with environmental/graphic designer David Gibson. … Continue reading

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Three Remsenburg Gardens

Cottage Garden Riding your bike around, waving at people working in their beautiful gardens, and hopping off to say hello and admire their handiwork is a good way to make new friends, learn a lot, and see places you wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Fire Escape Herb Garden

Writer and producer Rachel Clift writes from the Greenpoint, Brooklyn, apartment she shares with percussionist Kevin Sport: “Kevin and I are lucky to have a fire escape large enough for an herb garden. Every morning, while I drink my cup … Continue reading

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Jersey-licious

In the 25 or so years I’ve known my brother-in-law, Phil Rabinowitz, principal of The Architectural Group, Paterson, NJ, he and his wife Bobbie have renovated three houses in Franklin Lakes. Renovated is not the right word. Completely transformed is … Continue reading

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Renee’s Happy Accident Peach Tree

Yesterday when I went down the road for a visit with my friend Renee, she offered me a slice of her luscious vegan peach cobbler. The peaches are from a tree at the end of her driveway. “I grew it … Continue reading

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