Peter Wooster’s fabulous CT garden is featured in the NYT’s Home and Garden section today and Anne Raver captured the story in her usual brilliant fashion. I visited a few weeks after Anne and spent a long afternoon waiting for the sun to mellow and getting to know Peter. Limited by a stroke several years ago, his vocabulary is restricted to a few words but how he inflects them could fill a dictionary. The garden is overseen by his gifted friend Rob Girard who knows the art of balancing formal elements with naturalistic rambling accents. Who knew how wonderful simple squarish beds could be once filled with a multiculture of fine foliage plants?
Anytime you match up chartreuse with purple in the garden (like this pairing from Chanticleer’s Tennis Court garden) you light a fuse for excitement. The wise editors of The American Gardener thought so too when they chose this image for their March/April 2013 cover. Published by the American Horticultural Society, TAG’s a great magazine for readers who really want maximum news, reviews and hardcore horticultural info without the fluff of recipes or fashion guides.
An unexpected review in the AD blog. Although we kept the garden owner’s names anonymous, the reviewer easily identified two of the twenty one right off the bat. Oh well! See it here.
Esteemed NYT garden writer Anne Raver interviews exceptional garden writer Tovah Martin. You can read the whole story here.
What a gift it is to work with friends! When Timber Press asked me to join forces with David and Adam to create a book on David’s garden in Chester County, PA, I agreed at once. We originally planned for six visits over the course of a year but it took a second year and 32 total visits to get the full range of seasons. The publisher asked for 200 images but we couldn’t whittle the count down past 300. So they published all 300+! and used a format that fits the verticals nicely. The design and print quality is exceptional, and the writing is personable and informative. David’s a gifted story teller and Adam, a brilliant interviewer and wordsmith. You’ll certainly want to visit his garden this spring — he opens it up to tours. You can buy the book here.
CHANTICLEER: A PLEASURE GARDEN
1 Oct 2011
BY ADRIAN HIGGINS, PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROB CARDILLO When the intimate oasis of Chanticleer opened to the public in Pennsylvania in 1993, a history of passionate tending was evident. The authors of a new book about the Rosengarten Estate garden—originally…read more…
Oh, Acer palmatum and japonicum! Can any tree show more fall beauty? And Oh, OG! What a bold and brilliant cover design! No wonder you took the Gold GWA Media Award this year…