Sunday, June 3, 2012

Earthly Delights …"Cultivating the Gardener" Day One is Success. Don't Miss Today!

The Garden State day broke with seasonal misty grey following a night of needed rain that showered part of last night’s cocktail party launch (no worries, there is an abundance of indoor garden room space to elegantly host the better part of the Queen’s jubilee!) marking the start of this year’s Earthly Delights weekend event.
The sun smiled upon the garden tribute by mid day and it was an eager legion of garden enthusiasts that parked in the hay-filled field and,like kids waiting for the start of summer camp, were blissfully in the moment, eyeing the rows of garden vendors, and the magnificent, glamorous garden rooms beyond.
A celebration of gardens, garden design, garden art, plants and horticulture, Earthly Delights and their partnership with the Land Conservancy of New Jersey is dedicated to the mission “to create awareness of New Jersey’s beautiful public parks and garden.”  The event is a benefit for the “campaign and stewardship of New Jersey’s parks, natural areas, clean water, farmland, and historic treasures.”  You can feel good, doing good. Ten percent of all purchases and ticket sales goes to the the campaign.
 Earthly Delights may be celebrating its terrible twos but it presents itself really more as a classic, sophisticated, superior showcase for all things garden art. 
I was thrilled to see my Gotham garden friends including Anne Raver, New York Times – who’s piercing blue eyes are not unlike the emerging amsonia blosssoms or blue hydrangea … Her lecture, “Milestones in the Organic Garden”  spoke with keen insight about the organic movement. 
My first contact walking the gauntlet of vendor tents at Earthly Delights venue was master potter, Virginia Newman Yocum, Pennoyer Newman from whom I have done business with for my garden design clients.  Her pots are top quality, and their customer service is the best in the world.  Bar none.  Proud of their work and their iproduct, the relationship is a dedicated, enduring one.  I can’t recommend them enough. 
When I told her about my soon to be released at retail book, The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook,” Virginia bought one!  I was thrilled.  I brought her an autographed one I retrieved from the car on our way out.  Nice.
I picked up the beribboned note cards, bewitched by the cover art, thinking to myself, “Where have I seen this?” saying out loud to my husband, “This is the artist who works with Ken Druse on his new book,” to which a voice replied. “Yes, I am!”  And I turned around to find Ellen sitting like a rose among her easled art! I spent some time talking to Ellen Hoverkamp who did the stunning plant art scans for Ken Druse’s latest book, Natural Companions.  (her signature bears an uncanny likeness to Flowerkamp…)

On the way to the display gardens and lectures we reviewed the bespoke, artisanal and antique dealers under tents, flanking the main artery leading up to the first of several architectural structures.  Outstanding among the vendors and artisans, was the incomparable John Danzer, Munder-Skiles and his garden art furniture. 
We bought some plants, but not as many as Donna Dorian and Pat Jonas, my garden friends from Garden Design magazine and the botanical gardens.  
We also bought some almonds in honey from Back to Nature – they also build beehives and chicken coops that they will maintain for you!
We enjoyed some delicious roast beef sandwiches and pink lemonade, dining at the café tables set up on the terrace area.  I was lucky enough to run into Andrea, the hostess and garden goddess.
Me (L) & Andrea Filippone

Pictures are worth a thousand words and I think I took about that many!  The estate is eye candy for anyone interested in beauty. 
Enjoy the glamorous garden tour!
Earthly Delights is held on the estate of Andrea Filippone and her husband William Welch, garden guardians and design   sylvan space for the 2-day affair  held on their 35-acre idyll.  A fusion that is equal parts display garden, movie-set magic and inspiration.  

If you live in the tri-state, New York Metro area, Do NOT miss this event.  

What an axis!

Foreground is front-of-the-border apple espalier!

refurbished Rutgers greenhouse houses plants galore & object de art including an arbor

Potager: box-lined beds surround a fountain

Box-lined gazing pool

Tool caddy is vertical plant stand!

espaliered apple tree in potager

LECTURE SERIES - Click here for details on Lectures
Dick Lighty - Caring for the Garden: Is it a Delight … or a Chore?, June 2, 11-12pm 
Anne Raver - Milestones in the Organic Garden, June 2, 1-2pm 
Rick Darke - Emerging Ecologies: Gardening Sync'd to the Nature of Our Time, June 2, 2:30-3:30pm
Pete Johnson - Pete's Greens, Vermont's Four Season Organic Vegetable Farm, June 3, 9:30-10:30am 
Eric T Fleisher & Paul Wagner -Creating a Healthier Landscape Through Organic Practice, June 3, 11-12:30
Event Catering by Ross & Owren
The home and garden of Andrea Filippone
129 Pickle Road, Pottersville, NJ 07979
*If using GPS enter the town as Califon, NJ

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