Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Allium Love

Alliums are my favorite bulb especially big showy ones like this Globemaster that graces the most recent cover of Organic Gardening magazine. I especially like the way the AD layered the type above and below the image for a more dimensional look. OG becomes more beautiful and more relevant with each new issue and I salute the passionate staff led by Editor Scott Meyer. Photographed at Keukenhof in Holland, a mecca for bulb lovers worldwide.

Friday, January 23, 2009


A Guide to the Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region garnered TWO GOLD AWARDS (BEST PHOTOGRAPHY and BEST BOOK) at the annul Garden Writer's Annual Symposium in Portland, OR last September. I don't know why it took me so long to post about this but I still feel quite honored every time I walk by these two handsome trophies.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fordhook Farm

For ten years now, I've had the privilege of shooting at Fordhook Farm for the Burpee catalog. Their seeds and plants are terrific in large part because they field trial and evaluate hundreds of varieties each year at their historic farm site in Doylestown -- just twenty minutes from my home. The Burpee empire now includes both the famed Heronswood and Cook's Garden catalogs and is helmed by George Ball whose own blog profoundly examines a wide range of topics.
Once just row upon row of vegetables and annuals, the 60 acre farm has been slowly transformed into a showcase of plant diversity under the guidance of crackerjack plant breeder Grace Romero. Increasingly, you'll find corners filled with exotic perennials and woodies (many from the Heronswood collection) where only tomatoes and impatiens fared in past years. Still, food crops are the major players here and I've spent many a hot summer day shooting unbelievably fresh produce with sharp-eyed Michele King, the Burpee AD, and her talented staff. My real payoff is when I get to bring home armfuls of leftovers. A flurry of soups and stirfries usually ensues but we still haven't found a recipe for ten heads of leaf lettuce.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Gale Nurseries: Four Generations of Garden Excellence

Many of the Philadelphia region's finest gardens were designed by the Gale family and this new book showcases some of their best work. Chuck Gale, third generation landscape designer, envisioned this book years ago after seeing some of his father’s garden creations fade away when properties changed hands. He called in Adam Levine, a regular writer for Martha Stewart Living to not only write the garden essays, but also to manage the project from beginning to end. The book was meticulously crafted and designed under the careful eye of Charles Nix and George Scott of Scott&Nix and printed by The Studley Press. Finally published late in 2008, it has been a holiday hit with everyone who’s paged through the 35 profiled gardens. Don’t know if and when it will be available for purchase but it does offer a window into some gorgeous Main Line backyards that few will ever see otherwise. Here are a few favorite views: