On Sunday, August 22, through the Garden Conservancy’s Digging Deeper Program, I’m sharing two surprisingly simple, cost-effective techniques that work well in gardens of any size: espalier and vertical gardening.
The ancient art of espalier is a perfect marriage of form and function. Trees, typically fruiting varieties, are trained into two-dimensional structures. Because growth is so controlled, espalier allows one to produce higher quality fruit in smaller spaces. Sharing what we’ve learned through trial and error, we will also describe their techniques—inspired by French botanist Patrick Blanc—for creating a vertical garden to transform a cinder-block wall into a lush horticultural feature.
I’m speaking at the reception for the ‘Color Blind’ art show this Friday, May 14 at 5:30 EST. I hope you will join on May 14th on Zoom for Color Blind – a presentation of a selection of fine art and creative voices from CT, NY, and NJ and a brief conversation on the topic of “symbols of liberation, resistance, and empowerment”. Registration is required.
I’m so thrilled to be in this show!
March 2-7 at the Phyllis Harriman Gallery, NYC
I am participating these two events. Lots of good art to be found!
Annual Holiday Art Sale
For 12 days The League will rotate more than original 500 works of art for sale for as little as $50. Paintings and prints—landscapes, portraits, still lives, and abstractions—sell for no more than $1,000. Prices for sculptures do not exceed $1,500.
Do come! I have two paintings in this show.
Join us for a symposium on different approaches to historic garden restoration. Suzanne Clary, President of the Jay Heritage Center, Howard Zar, Executive Director of Lyndhurst, and Timothy Tilghman, Head Gardener of Untermyer Gardens, will share their experiences in restoring great New York gardens and landscapes. A pictorial introduction to each garden will be followed by a discussion moderated by well-known garden blogger Shobha Vanchiswar and a tour of Untermyer Gardens by Timothy Tilghman.
I’m reading one of my poems here –
May 19 – Garden Open Day!
From April 2 – 28, I’m a guest art at this show:
March 4 – 9
Student Concours show @ the Art Student’s League of New York
January and February 2019
So pleased to be included in this show. Do check it out!
I’m thrilled to have a painting in the juried art show “Winter In America” .The exhibit runs January 3-February 2, 2019. If you’re in the area, I hope you will visit it.
1100 NW Glisan
Portland, Oregon 97209
You Are Cordially Invited To
“Points Of View”
select works in watercolor
From 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, November 2, 2018
The Mount Kisco Library
( Community Room)
100, East Main Street
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Exhibit runs through the entire month of November
September 29 My new gig! Click on images to enlarge. For more details and purchases – www.untermyergardens.com July 2018 till Sept 5, 2018 My painting “A New Day” is in this show. Hope to see you at the reception!
May 2018 May 11 and 12 – Seeds of Design’s The Printed Garden products will be available at TeaTown’s PlantFest! Do stop by! For more details – teatown.org/plantfest May 19 – Garden Open Day! March 2018 I will have some of my art works in a show at the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC, the week of March 12, 2018. I hope you will visit! Reception is on Tuesday March 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. December 2017 I have a painting at the Annual Holiday Art Show at the New York Art Students League Dec 11-22 at the Phyllis Harriman Gallery October 2017 Four art shows this month! Please visit. ‘Figures’ at the Mount Kisco Public Library, 100 Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY. October 6 – 31. ‘Methods And Melody’ at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480, N. Bedford Road, Chappaqua, NY. October 14 – Nov 21 Beaux Arts Show of the Woman’s Club of Dobbs Ferry, 54, Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY. October 13 – 15. Beaux Arts Show of the Woman’s Club of White Plains, 305, Ridgeway, White Plains, NY. October 16 – 20. September 2017 City Views extended through September! My poem‘Making Peace’ will be read at the 9/11 memorial service at Gedney Park, Chappaqua, NY. August 2017
June 2017 All through the month of June, I will have my artwork on exhibit at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library in North Salem. Do please go and take a look.
May 2017 1. May 12 PlantFest at Teatown – from 4 – 7 pm. Visit my booth! The “The Painted Garden” will have botanical prints, note cards, pillows, teatowels and Whisper-Llites available. 2. May 13 My Garden’s Open Day. 10 am to 4 pm. Rain or shine. April 2017 1. April 19:
2. ARTISTS OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER SHOW
Sponsored by the
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley
2021 Albany Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson
Directions on website: www.uuchudsonvalley.org
Four Weekends of Exhibit Hours: Sun. 4/9, Sat. 4/15, Sun. 4/16, Sat. 4/22, Sun. 4/23, Sat. 4/29, and Sun. 4/30 – Noon – 3 p.m. Opening Reception, Saturday, April 8th from 4-6 p.m February 2017 February 08, 7:00pm – I’m speaking at the Little Gardens of Tarrytown. Topic – ‘Gardening With A Conscience’ Creating your dream garden in balance with the environment. ——– February 20 – 25: December 2016
Note: Another fabulous event to attend! The Annual Holiday Art and Book Sale starts Dec 6 at the New York Art Students League. Yes, my work is represented! Please do go – support artists and art. Good place to start or add to an art collection.
October 2016 I am participating in the Beaux shows in Dobbs Ferry, NY this week and in White Plains, NY next week. Hope you can stop by! Dobbs Ferry: Dobbs Ferry Women’s Club House, 54 Clifton Place, Irvington, NY, United States Public Viewing~Oct 14th / Reception & Awards ~Oct 16: 2PM-4PM White Plains: 16 Annual Art Exhibit of the Woman’s Club of White Plains 305 Ridgeway White Plains, NY 10605 Wednesday October 19 2-5 p.m. Exhibit Viewing Thursday October 20 2-5 p.m. Exhibit Viewing 7 p.m.-Artists’ Reception (open to the public) September 25, 2016 I have been invited to write and read a poem for the Concert Across America event to be held at FCC on Sunday, September 25 at 4 PM. If you are against gun violence and want to do something about it, please come. http://concertacrossamerica.org/ September 14, 2016 I’m giving a talk on ‘Science In The Garden’ to the Westchester County members of the AAUW ( American Association of University Women). 10:00 am at the Greenburgh Library. August 2016 All through August, some of my botanicals and poems will be on exhibit at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library in North Salem, NY. Please visit! A few original works, some giclee prints and note cards will be available for purchase. May 7, 2016 My garden Open Day! 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Come on down! March 2016 I’m in an art show at the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery in NYC from March 21 – 26. Hope you can stop by. Thanks!
January 2016 All month at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, my works will be on exhibit in the gallery. Please visit! December 2015
NWAG art show at the Chappaqua Library Gallery. 195, South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY 10514 August 2015 Michael Bakwin’s beautiful garden is open Saturday August 8, 2015! It is SO worth a visit. For details, click here. April 2015
May 2015 May 1 – 28 – Exhibit of art and poetry –
May 9 Garden Open Day! 10:00 am – 4:00 pm For details and directions – https://www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/garden-directory/garden-of-shobha-vanchiswar-murali-mani I will have some works in 2 different exhibits and hope you will check them out: Beaux Arts Show in Dobbs Ferry Oct 18 from 1-4 pm. Oct 19 from 2 – 4 pm. The Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Clubhouse 54, Clinton Avenue Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 Beaux Arts Show in White Plains Oct 21 from 2 – 5 pm, Oct 22 from 2 – 5 pm, Oct 23 from 2 – 5 and then reception 7 – 8 pm. Woman’s Club of White Plains 305, Ridgeway White Plains, NY 10605 Rocky Hills and the Garden Conservancy present
A talk by Bill Logan on
OAK and US A Sketch of the Millennial Relationship Between People and Oak Trees The fourth in a series of Rocky Hills environmental lectures, with an introduction by Scot Medbury, president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. We admire oaks for their strength, their size, and their age, but we should also admire them for their flexibility and persistence, and for the fact that they have been our teachers and intimate companions for the last 12,000 years. “OAK and US” looks at the changing character of that intimate and important relationship. William Bryant Logan is a certified arborist and president of Urban Arborists, Inc., a Brooklyn-based tree company. He is a nature writer with several award-winning books, including Air, Oak, and Dirt.
The Friends of Rocky Hills present
Margery Daughtrey on
Bees, Trees, and Berries:
How global plant movement and change can affect our gardens
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Chappaqua Public Library
Left to right: honey bee on lavender blossoms, white pine, and red currants
The spring 2014 Rocky Hills Lecture will be the third in a series of environmental lectures featuring plant pathologist Margery Daughtrey, with an introduction by Scot Medbury, president, Brooklyn Botanic Garden. “Bees, Trees, and Berries” is presented by the Friends of Rocky Hills and cosponsored by the Chappaqua Public Library. The talk starts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, at the Chappaqua Public Library.
Ms.Daughtrey will talk about how our changing world and globalization are affecting garden plants and some of the diseases and insects that interact with them. She will discuss new developments in white pine blister rust and rose rosette virus, discoveries about honey bees, and the latest on boxwood blight and impatiens downy mildew.
“Bees, Trees, and Berries: How global plant movement and change can affect our gardens” is the third in a series of Rocky Hills environmental lectures.
Margery Daughtrey is a scientist, lecturer, and educator at Cornell’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center. She is known for her research on new ornamental plant diseases.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:30 p.m. Free admission
Chappaqua Public Library 195 South Greeley Avenue Chappaqua, New York
For more information on directions and the venue, call the library at 914.238.4779. For more information about the talk or about Rocky Hills, please see rockyhills.org or call the Garden Conservancy at 845.424.6500.
The Rocky Hills Lecture Series is presented by the Friends of Rocky Hills.Rocky Hills, the garden of Henriette and William Suhr, is a Garden Conservancy preservation project in Mount Kisco, New York. To visit the garden, to volunteer, or to learn more about the Friends of Rocky Hills, contact the Garden Conservancy at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 845.424.6500.
The Friends of Rocky Hills present
Margery Daughtrey on
Changing Climates, Changing Gardens: Protecting Plants in the 21st Century Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Chappaqua Public Library Plant pathologist Margery Daughtrey – who engaged an enthusiastic audience in the first talk in this environmental series last spring – returns to Chappaqua on Wednesday, October 30, for the fall 2013 Rocky Hills Lecture, “Changing Climates, Changing Gardens: Protecting Plants in the 21st Century.” In this, the second in a series of Rocky Hills environmental lectures, she will bring the audience up to date on the latest research and new developments affecting ornamental plants. The talk starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Chappaqua Public Library.
Visit Some of Westchester’s Best Private Gardens The Garden Conservancy My Garden Open Day details: Saturday, May 25, 2013 Shobha Vanchiswar & Murali Mani 76 Castle Road, Chappaqua 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rocky Hills—The Garden of William & Henriette Suhr 95 Old Roaring Brook Road, Mount Kisco Admission is $5 per garden. No reservations are required. Open Days garden tours are rain or shine events. Directions to these gardens and others can be found on our website. Rocky Hills is a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy and a portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit The Friends of Rocky Hills. The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce has helped us arrange some very special deals and giveaways at some of the area’s finest local businesses. Look for a brochure with details at the garden of Shobha Vanchiswar & Murali Mani. And check the Garden Conservancy’s website for a full schedule of Open Days in the area through November! www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays Getting Ready For the Growing Season Garden Talk – Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – 10:00 am Horace Greeley House, 100 King Street, Chappaqua Are you all set to awaken the garden? Is there a dream for something bold and different? A new vegetable plot or perennial bed or perhaps a revamp of an existing garden? Whatever it might be, now is the time to get started. Personalize your garden! Let’s talk about the what and the how of making this the best gardening year yet. Come and meet Chappaqua’s Shobha Vanchiswar, garden columnist, award-winning garden designer, poet, artist and scientist. Shobha will give you all the information you need to get your garden in tip top shape! She is also a gardening blogger and hosts her own gardening website seedsofdesign.com Now that Spring has sprung, let’s get gardening! Photos of Shobha Vanchiswar’s award winning gardens. Orchid Show is here! The annual orchid show at the New York Botanical Garden is currently underway. It is always a delightful way to come out of hibernation and get into a mind for spring. The show ends on April 22. To book tickets go to – www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2013/orchid–show/ Enjoy the photos! (c) 2013 Shobha Vanchiswar The Garden Conservancy Celebrates its New Home! On October 14, 2012, the Garden Conservancy held an Open House at their new headquarters. They’d long outgrown the old place and the move, which was just a short ways away was long overdue. Along with the Hudson Valley Land Trust and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, they are now housed in Winter Hill which commands a splendid view of the beautiful area. The house has been carefully restored and renovated to suit the aesthetics of the place as well as to work hard for the various purposes of its occupants. If you’re in the neighborhood, do make it a point to visit. The Conservancy would love to show off their new digs!
Meet Barbara Paul Robinson At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, the Rocky Hills lecture series brings Barbara Paul Robinson and her newly published book on British gardening icon Rosemary Verey to the Chappaqua Library. In preparation for the interview, of course I read the book, “Rosemary Verey – The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener”—and thoroughly enjoyed it. To gain insight into Verey’s life was fascinating. Robinson’s narrative is seamless and objective. The reader is given a more well-rounded understanding of a sometimes misunderstood character. In a completely non-judgmental style, the life of Rosemary Verey is told with sensitivity and honesty. I found it funny, poignant and inspiring. The only disappointment was having to accept that Rosemary’s famous garden in Barnsley is no longer in existence. The property is now a hotel. I wish I’d visited when I had the chance! From a high-powered law practice, down to earth Robinson comes with some pretty impressive credentials. A graduate of Bryn Mawr and Yale Law, she went on to become the first female partner in the firm Debevoise & Plimpton and the first woman to head the New York City Bar Association. Talk about breaking glass ceilings and leading the way for women in general! Currently, she also serves on the board of trustees at Wave Hill gardens. Added to the pressures of such a career, she raised two sons and made a garden, Brush Hill, which is remarkable both in size and repute. And we think we’re busy! So, on behalf of busy folks everywhere, I was going to find out what made this lady tick. In 1991, on a well-earned sabbatical from her law firm, Robinson worked in Verey’s garden and got to learn about gardening and life—Rosemary style, of course. How many people do you know who’d do the same with a sabbatical? That the experience was life altering comes through clearly in the book. I found Robinson to be warm, friendly, funny and thoughtful. My interview with her was more a conversation than a simple Q & A session. We spoke for almost an hour but I could have listened to her for much longer. The research, interviews and finally the writing and publishing of the book took Robinson a few years. We spoke of the fact that Verey herself had come to gardening late in life and published her first book at age sixty-two. It goes to show that it’s never too late to start something new or go on to do great things. Just do it. No excuses, procrastinations or trepidations. Rosemary Verey’s style is often described as high-maintenance gardening and, currently, there is a move away from her English garden designs to more prairie style gardens with grasses and such—as in Piet Oudolph’s designs. I asked Barbara for her opinion on this and we agreed that, in the end, everything requires maintenance in one form or other. The styles are according to individual tastes and trends but the actual work still needs doing no matter what. If time or energy is short, then the area given over to plantings—be it in Verey’s style or otherwise—can be small and manageable. Verey’s gardening philosophy is still relevant today and one would do well to apply the same discipline in other areas of life. She always conveyed to her public that what she achieved could be done by others to whatever scale they wanted. She took risks, made mistakes, learned from everything and passed on that learning. She worked tirelessly to the very end, and died in 2001 at the age of 83. What’s “native,” anyway? Robinson and I concurred that in “going native,” one must decide how far back one goes to call anything native. What we’ve come to see as quintessentially American are often plants brought a few hundred years ago from other parts of the globe. So in the end, it is best to select hardy, non-invasive, not too fussy, good growers that have adapted to support valuable fauna. And the choices are plentiful. Verey’s environmentalism According to Robinson, there is such deep value in gardening – it brings us close to beauty and the benefits of working in nature are priceless. Real, hard work in making and keeping a garden should be more than adequate substitute for a gym membership. She also pointed out that working with plants was a huge respite from the egos, controversy and such of people she dealt with through work. “Plants are quiet, they don’t argue or change like people,” she explained. A true hands-in-the-dirt sort of gardener is consciously connected to the natural world and hence naturally practices environmentalism. This was true in Verey’s case; although she never spoke about environmentalism, as a country woman she practiced it all the time. I asked the question I’d been itching to ask all along: How in the world had Robinson juggled her high-power career with raising babies and then creating her Brush Hill gardens? Her answer was surprisingly simple and typically modest. She said she never really thought of it consciously. She simply did what she felt she needed or wanted to do. Her interest in gardening, she explained, came through her husband Charles’ vegetable garden. It was the first garden created on their property in northwestern Connecticut. Obliged to take care of it in Charles’ month-long absence, she came under the spell of the magic of sprouting seeds. And the rest, as they say, is history. Today, Barbara’s nine-year-old granddaughter Skye is an avid gardener with her own garden—which is often open for tours! The future of gardens and the Conservancy’s work Regarding the future of gardens and gardening, we spoke of the benefits of public gardens and how organizations such as the Garden Conservancy were so critical. The Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the most beautiful gardens. What was once a private garden can, under the right circumstances be preserved and made open to the public by just such efforts. I thought this tied in beautifully with the fact that here we are, in our town, through the Garden Conservancy, trying to ensure that Rocky Hills, Henriette Suhr’s 14-acre masterwork of gardening on Old Roaring Brook Road, is preserved for future generations to enjoy. It can only be realized with all of our combined support. If only this had happened in the case of Vesey’s Barnsley, you and I could have visited it! Children are finding their way to gardening – and showing us the way, too Barbara said that with the involvement of schools in growing vegetable gardens, perhaps the children will teach their parents the importance of supporting organizations like the Garden Conservancy and other botanical gardens. Whether as child or adult, once people discover the joy of successfully growing anything they are usually converted to gardening. In fact, I’m betting that at the talk, footage of Rosemary’s celebrated potager, or kitchen garden, will get some people very motivated!) Having chatted for the better part of an hour, I’m now fervently hoping Barbara will “friend” me. Not virtually as in Facebook—but in reality. She’d be such a cool friend to have, don’t you think? Please do come to the talk on October 10th. Barbara will share slides of Rosemary in her garden and tell us more on the person who became her boss, mentor and friend. I think gardeners as well as non-gardeners are in for a treat. You’ll be entertained and inspired. We’re fortunate that Rocky Hills Lecture series was able to engage her to speak here in Chappaqua. Next, she is off to speak at famous places like Wisley and the Garden Museum in England. The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville will be selling copies of the book after the talk, and Barbara will be on hand to sign them. See you there!