I took a drive a few weeks ago up to the Catskills Mountains in New York State. I hadn’t driven there from Massachusetts before, although I realized I had been Continue reading “Subtle palette in winter’s woods”
New York is a city that fires the imagination. This is probably because of NY’s reputation as one of the most cutting-edge cities in the world. Creativity and culture ooze out of the Continue reading “The High Line of New York City”
What do 10,000 horticulturists and a heatwave have in common? They can all be found in Columbus, Ohio each July. The OFA Short Course expo is considered the melting pot of the American horticultural industry. For the past 84 years the biggest plant show in the USA has drawn a vast collection of suppliers, producers, breeders, growers, retailers, landscapers and agents. You’ll find them all in a networking frenzy discussing new plants, emerging trends and sales targets. Continue reading “Horticulturists in Ohio”
If you had to choose one place in the United States that you felt all Americans should visit, one landscape or landmark representative of the “American ethos”, what would it be? I started pondering that question last week after reading Catherine Stewart’s story about her pilgrimage to Uluru (more familiar to us Americans as Ayers Rock), the giant monolith located smack dab in the middle of the Australian continent. Continue reading “The heart & soul of America”
My neighbour, artist Ros Goody, has the best crop of passionfruit ever this year, which is odd as her vine, possibly self-sown, grows under and around a jacaranda. It is very shaded and never watered. It is only fertilised if its roots have roamed into a near by garden bed, although there is plenty of mulch around and the soil is good. Continue reading “The last place you’d look for passionfruit”
Everyone responds to the gardens of Juan Grimm – leading South American designer – and I often wonder at their beauty and the reasons for their success. It is in his plantings and landscaping that we see how he harmonises with nature. In the garden at Melipilla, about an hour south of Santiago in Chile, he has created layers of horizontal planes, which echo the natural landscape and culminate in the house which in this picture, is barely visible within the landscape. Continue reading “Juan Grimm in harmony with nature”
July in New York City. Extreme heat and humidity, heavy traffic, surging crowds. What to do? Where to go? Art galleries seemed a good choice, being air-conditioned. But I could only take so many! So I headed out, and around. First, to Central Park. Spacious, green and shady. And hot, hot, hot. Continue reading “Escape summer heat in New York’s parks”
The state of Pennsylvania in the USA is a treasure trove for horticulturists. With 30 public gardens within about an hour of the capital Philadelphia, it’s hard to know which one to visit first. Its claim of “more gardens than anywhere on the continent” seemed pretty apt as I travelled around enjoying the lush beauty of America’s garden state. Continue reading “Longwood Gardens a garden Disneyworld”
The ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried when Mt Vesuvius erupted in AD79, clearly made an impression on 19-year-old American J Paul Getty, soon to become an oil tycoon, when he visited Italy in 1912. Almost 60 years later he built a museum at Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles to display his collection of antiquities – a replica Roman villa, right down to the gardens. Continue reading “Getty’s Roman villa and garden, LA”
I am about to jump on a plane and head off to France to lead a tour of gardens and châteaux of Normandy and the Loire Valley and if you haven’t booked it’s a bit late now! But the idea of travelling across the world to see gardens and gardening that I may well have little hope of emulating started me thinking. Is it just horticultural eye candy or is there more to it than that? Continue reading “Garden travel to broaden your mind”
I had long harboured a desire to visit Seattle with a vague notion of a spectacular marine landscape against a backdrop of mountains and conifer forests. I found all of this as well as some wonderful horticultural surprises as well.
Arriving at JFK international airport, Bayley LuuTomes and I could see that this would be a show like no other. It’s -7 degrees Celsius outside, and everything from the roads to the telephone posts are covered with ice. And not the pretty white and fluffy kind. No this was old brown and black snow, the dirty kind that you slip on while holding on for dear life at every traffic light pole, while praying the light would change quickly so you could get into the nearest shop and just buy whatever they sell so you have an excuse to stay inside and warm up. Continue reading “Lights, Camera, BLOOM – and a win at Philly!”
Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, USA is a sheer delight to visit. It’s one of those places that’s so good that it’s hard to pick a highlight. However, one of my favourite displays was the water lily feature. Once you’ve wound your way through the amazing conservatory and caught your breath again (yes, it’s that good), head out the back to find these amazing giants floating silently in their dark pools. Continue reading “Water lily GIANTS at Longwood Gardens”
Situated in the beautiful garden state of Pennsylvania, Chanticleer is described as “a pleasure garden.” Whilst I had a giggle over this somewhat quirky term, I must admit that I did derive a whole lot of pleasure out of my visit. Continue reading “Chanticleer Garden, near Philadelphia PA”
When it comes to river cruising combined with garden visiting, most keen gardeners think of Europe. But in September 2016 I will be hosting my second trip for Botanica up the rivers, lakes and canals that connect the US and Canada.
Continue reading “River cruising and garden visiting in North America with Botanica”
I recently visited the High Line in New York for the first time. I have been referencing this urban regeneration project for years, have seen many photos, but had never experienced it myself. Living in New York in the late 1990s, my building was located only a block away from the old elevated freight railway line, but in those days it did not register for me at all. Continue reading “The High Line changes, and is changed by, New York”
When I first took an interest in garden design, it was all about the look. Some combination of colours, textures and forms would jump out at me from a page and I would ooh and aah about how beautiful it was. Continue reading “Which gardens make your heart sing?”
If you love the crisp nights and foliage blaze of autumn in Australia you will be completely wowed by autumn in a cold climate. Autumn in the northern hemisphere is a dramatic burst of foliage beauty as nature puts on a grand finale show. Continue reading “Where to see the world’s best autumn/fall foliage”
Cultivate’17 offers premier educational and networking experiences, and more than 7 acres of trade show exhibits including technology, new products and services, and new plant varieties. This year also sees an expansion of products and services for retailers, nursery production, and landscaping. Thousands of attendees from more than 20 countries are expected this year.
New York. The swathes of concrete and glass; the vast canyons formed by major streets cutting through the highest of tall towers. This is where dogs and cats are declawed to deal with life inside apartments and population density is amongst the highest in the world, yet there are still pockets of green delight scattered throughout the neighbourhoods of Manhattan. A place where the concept of community gardens took hold decades ago and where small green spaces deliver maximum clout. On our recent trip we revisited favourite places and discovered others. Continue reading “High intensity and demanding New York still has places of peace”
Visit the nine designer gardens created to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with the theme ‘Oh Canada’, buy gardening products, hear from a range of inspiring guest speakers every day, learn at one of our many workshops and browse stalls selling a wide range of gardening products, landscaping services and plants.
Open 10am daily, closing time varies from 6pm to 9pm
Enercare Center 100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto.
Visit one of America’s premier garden and flower shows, with designer gardens, gardening products, expert talks, flowers galore and culinary delights. Come along for ‘A Taste of Spring’ – let things get a little tasty and Plant Grow and Eat!
Let’s celebrate all things edible and sustainable, with urban food gardening, homesteading, outdoor dining and a range of exciting culinary experiences including a brand new show section ‘The Tasting Corner’ filled with craft food and beverage exhibitors. Plus beautiful show gardens, dozens of seminars, garden markets and more.
This year’s show theme is “Superheroes of the Garden” with feature display gardens created by landscape designers, garden centers and nurseries, farms, florists, schools, and non-profit organizations. The floral show is themed “Living Legends” as top professional florists pay tribute to ‘movers and shakers’ from all areas of culture and history. Plus gardening products for sale, talks and demonstrations every day.
Wednesday, March 22: 10:00AM-8:00PM
Thursday, March 23: 10:00AM-8:00PM
Friday, March 24: 10:00AM-9:00PM
Saturday, March 25: 10:00AM-9:00PM
Sunday, March 26: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Tickets: Adults – $20; Seniors (65+) – $17; Children (6-17) – $10; Children Under 6 – Free
*Flower Show After Dark – $15
(Wed – Sat After 5pm – After Dark tickets must be purchased onsite at the box office)
Feature gardens by landscape designers and nurseries; plant market; floral design; expo hall ‘in the dark’; Urban Hoosiers; workshops; ask a Master Gardener at the ‘Purdue Plant Info To Go’ booth; kids’ play zone; outdoor living stage; annual ‘blow-out’ sale on last Sunday March 19; Hero Day March 14; Noble Evening in the Gardens March 10; loads of gourmet and kid-friendly food.
DATES & HOURS
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 13, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 17, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: Adults (at the door) $14.00 ; Adults (Online only) $12.00; Children (Ages 12 & Under) FREE
Discover a springtime event that’s bursting with farm-to-table flavors, brilliant blooms, interactive playgrounds and rocking entertainment!
Amazing Disney-themed topiary, flower beds, gardens and events all through March to end May, with specialist gardening and plant-growing advice on weekends. See the gardens lit at night. In 2017, visit our Outdoor Kitchens for tasting plates and farm-to-table dining experiences.
Fun for everyone!
Free with Walt Disney World park admission
A FREE self-guided tour of 370+ urban gardens and historic neighborhoods around Buffalo and Niagara, in western New York State. It is the largest garden tour in the United States and one of the most unique urban events in America. Garden Walk Buffalo is chance to see some of the most beautiful and creative urban gardens – anywhere in the U.S.
The walking tour highlights urban gardening of every variety, including:
– Flower, vegetable, native, herb, xeriscape and organic gardens and every combination in between
– Cottage gardens, water gardens, rock gardens, Asian- and English-inspired gardens and even a trial garden for seed companies
– Community gardens, pocket gardens, planted traffic islands and medians and every other kind of urban landscaping
– Gardens featuring espaliers, grape arbors, follies, raised beds, koi ponds and waterfalls
– Multiple-level decks, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, lighting schemes, fountains, wall murals, sculpture, potting sheds, carriage houses, playgrounds, playhouses, treehouses and even one urban putting green
– Tiny, exquisitely-appointed courtyards to large and ambitious mansion gardens
Buffalo’s great gardening heritage includes our 1868 Frederic Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux-designed parks, parkways and circles. The Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy is a nationally-recognized caretaker of this unique and special park system. Most of the parkways and circles, as well as the Buffalo Japanese Garden and Delaware Park Rose Garden are in the area of Garden Walk.
Come and see fabulous glass installations by famous sculpture Dale Chihuly throughout the New York Botanical Garden at night! On these special evenings, the exhibition is infused with a magical energy as the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas and magnificent Conservatory. After sunset, the atmosphere is thrilling: experience the heightened drama and luminous quality of Dale Chihuly’s colors and forms when lit under the evening sky. In the Visitor Center plaza, a rotating lineup of performing artists and musicians provides entertainment while you relax and enjoy shopping, food, and Avión Tequila cocktails available for purchase.
Non-Member Adult $35, Child (ages 2-12) $15 / Member $25, (ages 2-12) Child $10
Advance purchase recommended – BUY TICKETS
KM3: Public Art Walk: More than 20 original works will be installed throughout the Quartier des Spectacles – on building façades, in squares and parks, on sidewalks and in windows – encouraging people see the city in new ways: surprising, dreamlike, reinvented. A series of festive special events will also take place in the Quartier des Spectacles to complement the art-walk experience.
KM3 (kilomètre cube) opens new perspectives on the city through today’s most innovative public art. From the Quartier des Spectacles’ iconic squares to some of its most unusual places, this art walk features more than 20 immersive, participatory and contemplative public artworks that renew our vision of the urban fabric and the people we share it with. KM3 is an initiative of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and is one of the government of Quebec’s gifts to Montreal on the occasion of its 375th anniversary.
A Taste of Spring – let things get a little tasty and Plant Grow and Eat!
Come along a celebrate all things edible and sustainable, with urban food gardening, homesteading, outdoor dining and a range of exciting culinary experiences including a brand new show section ‘The Tasting Corner’ filled with craft food and beverage exhibitors. Plus beautiful show gardens, dozens of seminars, garden markets and more.
A lighting extravaganza the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden with dancing lights strung through Storza Woods. Explore the Walk of Flames and Tunnel of Lights, the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy and Radiant Rainforest. Friday at Saturday 5-11pm; Sunday-Thursday 5-10pm. Tickets (prepurchase) US$19.95 adult; $14.95 child
Interactive light display throughout the Denver Botanic Gardens with sound-reactive lights, animated LED lights. Extra entertainment on selected nights. Timed tickets. Advanced purchase $15 adult, $12 child.