Friday, September 11, 2009

What I did on my summer vacation

The history of Willowwood Arboretum in Chester, New Jersey occupied much of my time. This meant more time in libraries and archives than outside in its intimate gardens and wide meadows.

Wednesday mornings found me volunteering at the Cross Estate Gardens in Bernardsville:

We traveled to New England for a talk for Historic New England. Staying with friends in Southport, one morning Cathy took me to the Coastal Maine Botanic Garden. They make wonderful use of stone. Here is Cathy sitting in the meditation garden.

Kirke and I especially enjoyed a trip to Celia Thaxter's garden on Appledore Island, one of the Isles of Shoals off of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Celia Thaxter is famous for An Island Garden, published in 1894 with illustrations by Childe Hassam.

In town, I sold tomato plants to benefit the Farmers' Market and answered questions with fellow master gardeners. I am working with the Environmental Commission trying to get a community garden started. That has been an education!

And at 29 Pine, there be tigers...

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