Category Archives: Travel-USA Northeast

At This Exit: Gas, Food, Full-Service Garden Center

The Allen brothers have been farming since 1956, I learned Monday afternoon. I’d stopped for gas in Westminster, VT, just before heading home from Grafton down I-91. This was no ordinary Mobil station with mini-mart. Allen Bro’s Farms, just off … Continue reading

Posted in Farms and Farm Markets, Food from the Garden, Travel-USA Northeast | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trouble in Paradise: Bringing a Farm Back to Life

I was up at Harmony Farm in Goshen, NY, again this past weekend—with Raquy Danziger and friends, who gather several times a year for percussion retreats and performances at the Empowerment Center on the property. Although the sunflowers are in … Continue reading

Posted in Farms and Farm Markets, Travel-USA Northeast | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Harmony Farm: Back in Business

Last August, I sadly reported that Harmony Farm had gone to seed. This year, it’s coming back to life. This 3-acre CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture site) in Goshen, NY, about two hours from mid-Manhattan, began in 1993 as a project of … Continue reading

Posted in Community Gardens, Farms and Farm Markets, Food from the Garden, Travel-USA Northeast | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Rocks Are People, too.

Last week, after I posted about Leona Frank’s paintings of wildflowers on the Thimble Islands, off the coast of Connecticut, she sent me a folder of her husband Dick’s black-and-white photographs of the rock formations there. “This is the first … Continue reading

Posted in Garden Photography, Landscapes, Travel-USA Northeast | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Riot-of-Color-in-Winter

One of my favorite flowers is snow-in-summer. How about a flower called riot-of-color-in-winter? Alas, it’s not blooming outdoors in the Northeast during these grayish January days. But Westport, CT, based painter Leona Frank has brought the vivid colors of summer … Continue reading

Posted in Art Inspired by Nature, Travel-USA Northeast | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

On the High Line

The Empire State Building was the star of the show Sunday morning on the High Line. Although most visitors seemed much more interested in the new architecture (“You can look right into their bedroom!”) than the plants, the plants in … Continue reading

Posted in Public Gardens, Travel-USA Northeast, What's Blooming Now | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

It Takes a Foundation to Revitalize a Village

Surrounded by farmlands and mountains, Grafton, Vermont, is the kind of place movie directors choose when they want the most idyllic location in America: restored colonial houses on country roads, a white-steepled church, red barns, covered bridges, cottage gardens. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Community Gardens, Conservation, Travel-USA Northeast | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

The Un-Hamptons

“The Hamptons (the South Fork of the East End of Long Island) is where you go to be seen. The North Fork is where you go to hide out.” So I’ve heard. Maybe not to hide out, but to truly … Continue reading

Posted in Nurseries and Garden Centers, The Hamptons, Travel-USA Northeast | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Manhattan Transfer

Early autumn. New York City at its best. Cooler, crisp air. In between the crowds of shoppers, business people, tourists: parks, rooftop gardens, vest-pocket gardens. View from the roof of The New Museum, 235 Broadway between Rivington and Stanton Streets

Posted in Public Gardens, Travel-USA Northeast, Urban Gardens, What's Blooming Now | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

MORE Gardens in the Hamptons: Where the Signs Say “Welcome”

The Hamptons are a land of high hedges and closed gates, as well as of open vistas of fields and water. It can easily seem as if most gardens there are off-limits to the average visitor, who can occasionally catch … Continue reading

Posted in Beach houses, Community Gardens, Public Gardens, The Hamptons, Travel-USA Northeast, What's Blooming Now | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

In the Hamptons: from the Madoo Conservancy to Marders

Sagaponack: The Madoo Conservancy The abstract-expressionist painter Robert Dash (b. 1934) has spent the past 44 years transforming two acres of Sagaponack farmland into an original, quirky maze of garden follies and styles. The property, the Madoo Conservancy, at 618 … Continue reading

Posted in Beach houses, Garden Design Projects, Nurseries and Garden Centers, Public Gardens, The Hamptons, Travel-USA Northeast | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Beach houses, Garden Design Projects, Private Gardens, The Hamptons, Travel-USA Northeast, What's Blooming Now | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Garden of Great Music

Julius and go a concert and picnic at Caramoor at least once every summer, but last Saturday was special because my percussion teacher, Yousif Sheronick (left) and Japanese-American percussionist Keita Ogawa were performing at the jazz festival with Brazilian composer-vocalist-pianist … Continue reading

Posted in Public Gardens, Travel-USA Northeast | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Garden Visits in the Hamptons

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit some spectacular private gardens in the Hamptons. My first stop was the Bridgehampton estate of Louise and Leonard Riggio. He’s the founder and chairman of Barnes and Noble and the former chair of … Continue reading

Posted in Beach houses, Private Gardens, The Hamptons, Travel-USA Northeast | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments