Thursday, September 12, 2013


Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will present its “American Made” program for the second year on October 16, 2013 at the Andaz Fifth Avenue.

Artisanal makers, doers and creative entrepreneurs from across the country will come together for the American Made Talks & Workshops.
Martha has planned the ultimate day of networking sessions and panels.

Tickets are now available for purchase ( to the day-long event on October 16th celebrating the spirit of innovation with panelists & speakers including Jessica Alba, Lauren Bush Lauren (this marriage has provided Lauren with a unique “moniker magic!”) and Tracy Anderson, Bobbi Brown, Barbara Corcoran, Dominique Ansel, and Suchin Pak.

According to Martha Stewart Omnimedia,  “American Made” is a movement for individuals and communities that have turned their passion for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses.
With small businesses in the U.S. creating the majority of new jobs, “American Made” shines a spotlight on the rising stars in this maker subculture with the “American Made Awards,” selected by the editors of Martha Stewart Living magazine in the categories of Crafts, Design, Garden, Style, Food, and Technology; as well as Audience Choice honorees chosen by popular vote on the “American Made” website. More than 230,000 people took part in last year’s Audience Choice nominations and vote. 

Over the course of the day at the American Made Talks & Workshops, guests will learn from Martha and interact with celebrities, innovators and creative entrepreneurs.  
American Made doers Photo courtesy: Martha Stewart 

The Creative Makers Series All Day Pass kicks off the morning with breakfast prepared by Martha’s favorite chefs and purveyors including Dominique Ansel, chef and owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery, featuring the famous Cronut™.

You will remember the Cronut was a featured breakfast treat at the Martha Cake Stand preview presented by Darcy Miller, vice president and editorial director, Martha Stewart Weddings, who featured two of my cake stand designs in the Martha blog. Plus Martha & Macy's sent me a $50 gift certificate for the creations!


The “American Made” day continues with exclusive sessions covering topics such as what it takes to become a creative leader and philanthropic entrepreneur, and how to build a successful brand, including:

   Women's Leadership Roundtable
Celebrity entrepreneurs and business leaders including Jessica Alba, actress, author, and co-founder of The Honest Company; Tracy Anderson, author and fitness entrepreneur, best known for her Tracy Anderson Method; Bobbi Brown, Founder and CCO of Bobbi Brown cosmetics; and Fern Mallis, Creator of New York Fashion Week and former Executive Director of CFDA, discuss the keys to their success what makes a great leader – in and out of the office; hosted by Martha Stewart.

   Doing Well While Doing Good
Hear from a new generation of entrepreneurs including Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker; and Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO of FEED; who have redefined success by putting philanthropy at the forefront of their business, and learn why everyone benefits; moderated by J.J. Ramberg, author and host of MSNBC’s “Your Business”. 

   The Digital Toolbox
Tech and digital experts including Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York; Amanda Hesser, Co-Founder & CEO of Food52; Alexis Maybank, Founder & Chief Business Development & Strategy Officer of Gilt Groupe; Craig Nevill-Manning, Engineering Director, Google & Inventor of Froogle, a product search engine; and Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder of Birchbox, discuss essential online tools and resources every entrepreneur should be using to get their business off the ground; moderated by Mario Armstrong, Emmy Award Winning Host, focusing in the areas of technology and digital lifestyle & on-air contributor for several networks including NBC's TODAY Show, Fuse, NPR, WYPR, CNN and HLN.

   Pioneering Creative Communities
One creative mind has the ability to change the landscape of a neighborhood, community, even a city. Makers, entrepreneurs and visionaries including Heath Carr, CEO of Bedrock; Jane Rosenthal, Producer and Chief Executive Tribeca Enterprises and listed one of New York’s 50 most influential women; and Lisa Switkin, Associate Partner at James Corner Field Operations and Lead Designer of the High Line, discuss how today’s and future communities develop and thrive out of passion, creativity and entrepreneurship; moderated by SuChin Pak, Chief Correspondent for DailyCandy.

   Building a Brand
Every brand starts small. Successful entrepreneurs including Julie Rice, SoulCycle Founder and CEO; Joe Rospars, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founding Partner of Blue State Digital (BSD), Rospars previously served as Chief Digital Strategist for Obama for America; and Richard Christiansen, Founder & Creative Director of Chandelier Creative, share their knowledge and experiences on how to launch and grow a brand.

AUG. 26 - SEPT. 22, 2013

      Vote for your favorite makers in crafts, food, and more.  You can vote up to six times daily.

Digging in to see the Garden Nominees?  Look here:

Hungry to learn about the Food Nominees?  See here:

When voting, you can view all the categories including Design, Style, Craft and Technology.  

 SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

      Discover our 2013 American Made winners.
 SEPTEMBER 23 - 30, 2013
Which maker receives $10,000? You decide.
OCTOBER 1, 2013

Find out who our 2013 Audience Choice Award Winner is

Friday, September 6, 2013

Back to School with NYBG: Urban Transformations 
Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series

Urban Landscape (Photo courtesy NYBG)

Now in its 15th year, The New York Botanical Garden’s (NYBG) popular evening lecture series invites outstanding designers from around the world to discuss their favorite and signature landscape projects, providing insight into their working methods and design philosophies.

This year’s speakers, Christine Ten Eyck, Gilles Clément, and Mary Margaret Jones, share a focus on reclaiming and regenerating urban landscapes—both vast and intimate—from parking lots to public spaces to industrial waterfronts.

I have attended the Lectures  almost since the series was launched and before I ever walked through the golden door to a career in horticulture.
Back then, the Lectures were a transporting passport – a way to experience and learn about the ephemeral art of landscape design.

Guess what?  The Lectures are still transporting and educational! 
If anything, they’ve gotten better.
And now, many attend to also catch up with their Hort Tribe – cocktails or light supper bookending the Lecture as a way to chat about the past season’s designs, network and plant chat.

This year’s theme, Urban Transformations is particularly topical. 
While we all can’t work on the next High Line – we have to face it.  We are living in a world that is increasingly urban. 
I know that sounds like nails on a blackboard to gardeners and horticulturists but it’s true.  And in a good way.
So just as urban farming has captivated farmers and artisanal food makers, landscape architects and designers must lead the way and show how we can live in harmony with nature in a sustainable way, side by side with the urban landscape we’ve all had a hand in creating in one way or antoher. 

We just face new and/or different challenges. The Lecture Series will give you a jump start to creative design solutions.
(No need for that Magic 8 ball...)

When: Monday, Sept. 23, Tuesday, Oct. 22, Monday, Nov. 4

Monday, September 23rd
Christine Ten Eyck

Christine Ten Eyck: Harsh Beauty— Designing the Urban Southwest
Based in Austin, Texas, Christine Ten Eyck works in the spirit of the Southwest to connect urban dwellers with nature through award–winning, transformative landscapes that celebrate regional culture, local species, and the ephemeral paths of water. In addition to her sustainable designs for corporate, university, botanical and private gardens, she will discuss The Capri Lounge in Marfa, Texas, where she converted a former parking lot into a garden, gathering place, and wildlife habitat, incorporating native grasslands and local materials from oil field pipes to farm fencing. 

Gilles Clement
Tuesday, October 22nd

Gilles Clément: The Planetary Garden: Paris and Beyond
Raised in the French countryside, Gilles Clément is a gardener, designer, botanist, ecologist, professor at the Versailles National School of Landscape Architecture, and provocative writer/philosopher. He creates gardens all over the world, most notably his landscapes along the Seine for the Parc André Citroën and Musée du Quai Branly. He has gained international attention for his innovative ideas on "Gardens in Movement"—fluid spaces where the designer aids nature rather than enacting rigid plans, "The Third Landscape"—gardens inspired by unlikely abandoned habitats where biodiversity thrives, and "The Planetary Garden"—where the gardener is nature's advocate, welcoming vagabond species from around the world.

Monday, November 4th
Mary Margaret Jones: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park— Sustainable Renewal for the 21st Century
Mary Margaret Jones 
President of Hargreaves Associates, Mary Margaret Jones has served as senior principal on award–winning projects in the U.S. and abroad. The firm's work for the 2012 Olympic Park transformed a neglected post–industrial district in London's East End into Europe's largest urban park in 150 years. This innovative blueprint for sustainable city development combined traditional British park design—specifically Victorian and post–war pleasure gardens—with groundbreaking green technologies. Providing a stunning site for the Summer Games as well as an environmental legacy, including the largest wildflower ever planted in the U.K., the 247–acre project also restored the canalized River Lea into an attractive waterway. Jones will also discuss projects in New York City, Dallas, Houston, and Oklahoma City.

Where:  The series takes place at the New York Botanical Garden’s (NYBG) Midtown Education Center in Manhattan (20 West 44th Street) – 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Here’s a bonus:  
CEUs are available through AIA, APLD, and LA CES.

Or call 800.322.NYBG (6924).

Each lecture: $25/$22
The series (142LAN801D): $68/$61 (Non-Member/Member)
Seating is limited, so please register early. Registration will be accepted at the door only if seating is available.