Ramblings of a "New American" Gardener

Garden Conservancy Open Days

Open Garden, Saturday, Oct. 8, 10-6

October 4, 2016

Federal Twist will be open for the Garden Conservancy Open Day this coming Saturday, along with nearby gardens just across the river in Bucks County, PA:  Paxson Hill Farm and Jericho Mountain Orchards. We’re happy to have as guests Broken Arrow Nursery, Atlock Farm, and Orchard Jewelry. Click on the photo for more information.

[..read more..]

Open Garden – Saturday, June 27

June 21, 2015

It’s time for another Garden Conservancy Open Day at Federal Twist, next Saturday, June 27, from 10 to 4. Everyone’s welcome. Click on the photo for a selection of views.  

[..read more..]

Hillside Garden of Rooms

October 12, 2014

It was proof, yet again, that looking at photographs is an entirely different experience from actually seeing a garden. Michael Gordon’s garden in Peterborough, New Hampshire, is one I’ve admired for years in photographs but experienced for the first time only last August at the Garden Conservancy Open Days. The astonishing composition of textures, shapes, and colors above is a […]

[..read more..]

Garden Conservancy Open Days – Oct. 18 – Please Come

October 2, 2014

Click photo for information and directions. Featuring a plant sale by Broken Arrow nursery.

[..read more..]

After the tour

July 6, 2014

The Garden Conservancy Open Days tour last weekend (June 28) was a very pleasant day. Warm and sunny, with much lower humidity than last year.

[..read more..]

Green

June 25, 2014

 Garden Conservancy Open Days Saturday, June 28, 10 am to 4 pm You’re welcome to stop by this Saturday, June 28, for the Garden Conservancy Open Days here at Federal Twist. We’ll be open 10 am to 4 pm, as will several nearby gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. My driving directions are here. The Bucks County gardens are here.

[..read more..]

Brooklyn status, for Diana (on mobile phone)

June 10, 2014

Diana Studer of Elephant’s Eye recently asked about the Brooklyn garden. Here it is, Diana. With the Garden Conservancy Open Days coming up June 28, I’ve been focusing all my attention on the country garden. Brooklyn has had to get by with a few minutes each week. Here it is after a day of rain. […]

[..read more..]

Hold that date … Garden Conservancy Open Days … Saturday, June 28

June 7, 2014

Federal Twist will be open Saturday, June 28, for the Garden Conservancy Open Days, 10 am to 4 pm, along with several gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. More information and driving directions are at the Garden Conservancy web page here. You can find a direct link to the Bucks County gardens here.  

[..read more..]

No visitors allowed: plant communities emerging

May 22, 2014

Most of the garden is missing. I have to say “No” when people want to visit Federal Twist at this time of year.  Though some interesting things are happening, my garden depends on the structure of large plants for much of its effect. By late June–when it’s open for the Garden Conservancy Open Days–it’s ready […]

[..read more..]

Looking Back on 2013

January 10, 2014

Musing over the photos of last year’s garden, I realize I lost most of the late winter and spring. Constructing the new reflecting pool and surrounding area, then replanting the construction site took most of my attention and made a mess of the garden. Apart from the winter interest provided by an ice storm in […]

[..read more..]

Is a change in the air?

October 24, 2013
Thumbnail image for Is a change in the air?

Was I surprised! My late Garden Conservancy Open Day on October 19 was a rousing success. We had over 300 visitors, and judging by what I could see, most were enjoying it. I was so busy I didn’t take a single photo, so I’m using a Google Earth photo of the house and garden above, […]

[..read more..]

The Good-for-Nothing Garden

October 16, 2013
Thumbnail image for The Good-for-Nothing Garden

Coverage in The New York Times… I admit it; I feel exposed in an uncomfortable way. But as a friend was kind enough to point out to me at dinner Monday night, “Jim, you’re not the center of the universe.” So click on this link and you’ll go to a story about me and my […]

[..read more..]

Mobile and mobility

October 14, 2013
Thumbnail image for Mobile and mobility

I didn’t know I needed a red mobile in my garden. Susan Cohan came to visit on a recent Saturday. She saw a sign for exhibits of local sculptors. We were passing John McDivit’s place on River Road and and Susan suggested we stop to take a look.

[..read more..]

Hold the Date – Federal Twist will be open for the Garden Conservancy Open Days on Saturday, Oct. 19

October 10, 2013
Thumbnail image for Hold the Date –  Federal Twist will be open for the Garden Conservancy Open Days on Saturday, Oct. 19

The Garden at Federal Twist will be open as part of the Garden Conservancy Open Days program for a second time this year–on Saturday, October 19, from 10 am to 4 pm. Please come if you can. This garden is all about seasonal change; cool nights and recent rains  have moved the garden well along […]

[..read more..]

What are gardens for?

July 12, 2013
Thumbnail image for What are gardens for?

I’ve never successfully photographed this forty foot wide planting of Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’. And that, I think, shows why being in the garden is different from looking at the photos in this post. This image isn’t real, it’s not even pretty, but it does show flowering has begun. The garden has been a very busy […]

[..read more..]

Aftermath … and insight

July 6, 2013
Thumbnail image for Aftermath … and insight

So the Garden Conservancy event is over … and I take up my camera the next day, June 30, to see what I missed, being totally distracted the day before. First, above, the entrance through the shade garden …

[..read more..]

More than I expected

July 4, 2013
Thumbnail image for More than I expected

The women above are almost dwarfed by the plants; I show this image first to give you a sense of scale. Over 200 visitors came, far more than I expected for my first Garden Conservancy Open Days tour. Neighboring garden owners tell me that’s the typical number in this area, so I’m pleased.   Everyone entered […]

[..read more..]

This Saturday – Garden Open

June 26, 2013
Thumbnail image for This Saturday – Garden Open

The garden is open this weekend, Saturday, June 29, 10 am to 4 pm

[..read more..]