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NYC summer garden tour wrap-up

As summer comes to a close, I thought I’d share with you the last gardening tidbits from my summer in New York. They might seem a little disjointed from one another, but I hope you find them interesting  nonetheless!  (To read about the other gardens I visited, click here, here, here, and here!)

1.  Guy Wolff Pottery

Guy Wolff PotteryI’ve long been a collector of Guy Wolff Pottery, but when Smith & Hawken closed their doors (moment of silence, please) it became much harder for me to find the pots out here on the west coast.

So while visiting my friend in Connecticut, she insisted we stop by his studio. It’s darling and everything I had imagined it would be: an old, cozy cabin converted into a studio, filled to the brim with his collections of 17th and 18th-century inspired pottery.

I especially liked the clay-covered telephone on the cabin’s hand-hewn beam.GreenBarGuy Wolff PotteryGuy Wolff PotteryGreenBarGuy Wolff03Guy Wolff PotteryGreenBarGuy Wolff PotteryGuy Wolff PotteryGreenBar

Here’s the treasures I was able to take home with me and add to my own small collection:GreenBar

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 2.  The Merchant House

The Merchant HouseDuring the month of June, we lived in the East Village where I met a kind and humble man named John Rommel.  After he realized I was someone who loved gardens as much as he did he promptly invited me to see the garden he created at the Merchant’s House Museum.

Of course I jumped at the chance! This is a most impressive historic home (a national historic landmark, no less) but, of course, what I loved most was the garden. Using donated materials and plants, John turned a neglected patch of old and overgrown hostas into this beautiful retreat.  

I was so impressed with what John created (hey – any man who wears a kilt has got to be creative, right?)  His skillful combination of foliage shapes and sizes were breathtaking, as was the ‘skirt’ of Painted Japanese Fern peeking out from under the boxwood.  

Oh, and I was excited to see my first Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower!GreenBar The Merchant HouseThe Merchant HouseGreenBarThe Merchant HouseThe Merchant HouseGreenBarThe Merchant HouseThe Merchant HouseGreenBarThe Merchant HouseThe Merchant HouseGreenBarThe Merchant HouseThe Merchant HouseGreenBar

3.  Home Sweet Home garden

Home Sweet HomeOh. My. Heavens.   We were fortunate enough to sneak away one weekend to visit The Hamptons, and let me tell you – it’s even more amazing than you’d imagine.  This is a magical place and I loved every minute of my time there.

Besides the jaw-dropping estates and pristine white beaches, the historical side of this slice of heaven is what really interested me. One of my favorite discoveries was the Home Sweet Home museum – a 17th century home and museum dedicated to John Howard Payne who, among other things, wrote the poem ‘Home Sweet Home’.

Remember when Dorothy uttered her famous lines ‘There’s no place like home‘?  Yep – they were taken from his famous poem.  Also in the garden stands one of three historic windmills in East Hampton – the Pantigo Mill, adding to the picture-perfect charm of this very special place.GreenBar

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Home Sweet Home   Adjacent to this home is a vegetable garden that would be common to see in the 18th century.

It’s somewhat formal in design, divided into four quadrants with bean trellises made from branches, bee skeps, and herbs typically grown during this time.GreenBar Home Sweet HomeHome Sweet HomeGreenBar

And because gardeners usually like anything related to gardening, I thought I’d show you my favorite part of the inside of the home.  It’s a tiny little pincushion from the 1700’s called a ‘hemmingbird” – isn’t it the cutest thing?  Made to clip onto a table to make mending easier.  I love it!GreenBarHome Sweet HomeHome Sweet HomeGreenBar

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  • I can see you had a truly wonderful time in NYC this summer. I can’t wait for my own short weekend visit in October. Thanks for sharing all the gardens and other places you visited while you were there. I’ve been taking careful notes!

    • So glad you’re taking notes, Pam – though I’m sure you’re going to find your own hidden treasures. Can’t wait to see what you find!

  • Awesome Rebecca! And to think these wonders are all within half-day of me and I’ve never seen them… Was great to see you this summer, thanks for the inspiration!!


    • Well there ya go, Scott – now you know what to do next weekend! It was so nice to see you, too. Spending time in CT with you all, hanging out on the green was truly one of the highlights of my summer. XO


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