Thursday, March 27, 2014

Don’t be a Fool! The Antique Dealers’ Association Online Show Debuts April 1st

My garden art accessory friend and designer, Barbara Israel, let me know that her Garden Antiques and Replicas will participate in the Antique Dealers’ Association (ADA) first-ever online antiques show, premiering on the auspicious April 1st.

Mark your calendars, alert your Twitter, and get your tablet, computer or mobile smartphones ready.
You can also be notified by Facebook, Twitter or email when you request the calendar tickle at the ADA web page.

Home décor enthusiasts won’t want to miss the front row seat to better preview and buy the great finds from a very diverse list of top-tier dealers.

No lines, no waiting, no parking, and no fooling with Mother Nature…

The show will run “around the clock” (pre-digital time "talk!") from Tuesday, April 1st at 10 am to Thursday, April 3 at 10:00 pm
Then – just like Cinderella – the show page will disappear. Poof.  A dream…

The ADA asked its dealers to hold back items for this show as they do for any other show – so they are forecasting you will see the best in American antiques and fine art, folk art, Americana, Native American, and other decorative arts. 

Plus, every item is sold with a guarantee of authenticity.  
Despite the calendar date, you can’t get fooled: a written guarantee of the age, origin, condition and restoration, if any is provided with every sale.
So you can rest easy.  After all, there is a lot of pedigree on the line – in every sense.

Easy To Purchase
It’s also practically guaranteed you will find something you want to buy. 

With full access -- dealers and the general public access the show at the same time so no First Dibs issue here – you are sure to fall in love with an object of your desire that may have been out of reach in any other context.

All you need to do is contact the seller directly from the show page/site. 
Recommended best times to purchase is 9 am to 9 pm EST.
An email link and the phone number of the ADA dealer representing the item will be listed with each object, according to ADA.

Don’t like it once you get the piece is delivered to your home?  No problem, they say.  You have three days to let the seller know you want to return it. Easy as Amazon…

Garden Art
Preshow, I suggest you check out Barbara Israel’s garden ornament offerings. 

You will not only enjoy a much-needed jump-on-the-season garden “tour” but you can also get your creative garden design senses stimulated. 

Too much time gazing at snow this winter may have dulled your green garden aesthetic!
You – and your garden designer – can prepare a list of the garden art that will enhance and accessorize your garden rooms and exterior designs.

There are fountains, birdbaths, urns, sundials, furniture, wellheads, cisterns, and architectural miscellany.  

I wrote about Barbara’s collections previously for the New York Winter Antiques Show:

For direct information to the ADA online show premiere:

Good luck.  Let me know what you fall in love with at the first-ever, ADA Show.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The New York Botanical Garden and Garden Glamour announce Winner of Botanical Garden Quiz

The New York Botanical Garden’s (NYBG) Adult Education team recently hosted a fun, informative, and “lucrative” botanical garden quiz with Garden Glamour. 

While garden enthusiasts are plant nerds at heart and love and enjoy the sport of knowing their botanical nomenclature and showing their Linnaean prowess, the winner was also able to win $25 prize toward a NYBG class or lecture. 

Garden Glamour readers and social media fans (Twitter: @gardenglamour, Pinterest: and Instagram: ) - especially plant lovers, horticulturists, and garden designers, were invited to take a botanical garden quiz prepared by the Garden’s botanists.
The green quiz consisted of a plant identification and answering four multiple choice horticulture questions about the mystery plant. 

Garden Quiz Winner

Jean Galle is named the winner of the quiz contest!
Jean is a garden landscape designer, garden artist and serious plant enthusiast. 
Jean’s New York-metro area landscape design business is: Landscape Artistry by JGalle  

Jean Galle, Landscape Artistry by JGalle & Garden Glamour - NYBG Botanical Garden Quiz Winner

Jean earned a Master of Science in Landscape Design, Columbia University and a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).

Jean earned a Master of Science in Landscape Design, Columbia University and a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).
She belongs to several, key, horticultural professional associations, including the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Metro Hort: an association of horticulture professionals in the Tri-State area.

Recently, one of her “mini-scape” designs was recognized with an “Excellence” award by the Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association  (LINLA)

A former fashion designer, Jean designs artful and colorful gardens, as well as botanical art.

Garden Karma
Jean also possesses a special “Plant Pedigree,” if you will.

Her uncle is Fred C. Galle, an esteemed horticulturalist who also wrote the definitive, textbook compendium of native azalea plants, Azaleas.

The book details all the species of azaleas – more than 6,000 cultivars – and tips on growing these charming plants in the garden, landscaping with them and companion plants.

So it seems that her ability to ID the plant featured in the Garden Glamour/NYBG botanical quiz is equal parts acquired plant knowledge gleaned from careful hort study, as well as some romantic element that has its roots in the Lowland area of the South, where her uncle discovered and wrote about growing azalea…

Landscape Artistry by JGalle

Special Mention “winner” is Mel.  Mel doesn’t win a prize except for our grateful, garden appreciation!  And a green salute to his “Honest Abe” mirth.

Check out Mel’s great garden designs:
Zone4 Landscapes Ltd.

P.O. Box 244, Andes, NY  13731

Garden Glamour Botanical Quiz

To recap, these were the questions, followed here, by the correct answers.  Enjoy!

1. What is the scientific name of this plant? You can include the common name if you wish but we are looking for the scientific name.

1. Answer:  Oconee Bells, Shortia galacifolia  

2. Name one state to which the plant is native. (North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia)

2. Answer: This delicate tiny plant is an evergreen - Native of North Carolina but also found in Georgia and South Carolina

3. Does it thrive in sunny sites or shady sites?

3. Answer: Shade

4. Would it grow best in a dry, arid environment, or moist one?

4. Answer: on slopes and likes it moist - thrives even by stream banks-very rare

    5. When does this plant bloom?

     A. Early spring
     B. Early summer
     C. Mid-summer
     D. Late summer
     E. Autumn

5. Answer: Bloom time spring - Late March/Early April

NYBG Classes
   Check out these suggested class offerings. And just follow the link to enroll.

Fundamentals of Gardening      

Integrated Pest Management

Container Gardening 

You can browse all classes at

The New York Botanical Garden has just released a new season of classes for Spring- Summer 2014.  
And the butterfly collage on the website and catalog cover sets the tone.

NYBG is on a mission to help people garden more efficiently and sustainably and to train you to be the best gardener you can be.  
This term, NYBG is renewing their focus on eco-friendly gardening practices, with classes on sustainable pest control, watering smartly, planting pollinator-friendly and native plants in the garden, and more.