In fact award-winning Sickles was recently named The Garden State's Family Business of the Year:
|Mother enjoying the Sickles breakfast buffet|
Along the way, Bob Sickles formally welcomed the tour guests, explaining how the new garden and tour initiative is the family businesses’ new business enterprise. He explained they are trying something new – in an effort to amplify Sickles’ as the place to turn to for food and gardens. His vision includes trips to Sicily next year, Vermont, the Biltmore in North Carolina, New York City and Paris and Williambsburg and ….
|Kirsty welcomes guests on the bus|
The new "Sickles Market on the Road Tours" business is a natural extension of Sickles as the leading authority of all things food and garden.
|Longwood Garden Guide: John Bertram|
He guided us with anecdotes and history, especially through the Thomas Church-designed open-air Theater Garden http://tclf.org/content/thomas-church
The fountains were working, and very dramatic accompanied by the taiko drumming.
|Mother and Longwood Garden Guide: John Bertram|
Lunch was a treat especially in the Garden's restaurant with its edible food ingredients grown on premise at Longwood. Delicious.
|Two passionate plant & food aficionados: Me (L) & Kirsty Dougherty, Sickles|
|This is a record breaker|
Afterwards, Mother and I walked out and sat in the sun overlooking the Fountain Garden (felt so Gstaadish!) before moving to the Topiary Garden.
Mother headed to the gift shop and I headed to the Italianate garden, which was the acknowledged furthest garden room from the conservatory.
Back out onto the Garden grounds, I was enchanted by the naturalistic, waving beauty of this far side of Longwood, in contrast to the sculpted, designed gardens on the other side.
A not so far walk brought me back past the perennial garden beds to the theater garden with it’s soaring fountains accompanied by the throbbing, syncopated taiko drumming.
|Kirsty & Ryan, Sickles on-board sommeliers!|