Gardens To Visit

The staff at Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennials are so nice, they just smile sweetly even when they have no idea what you are yammering on about.

uncanoonuc mt perennials by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comThis is Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennials.

Last week, I was up in New Hampshire visiting the Proven Winners Team at Pleasant View Gardens and on my way back I thought it the perfect time to check out a garden center that had been highly recommended by my friend Neil at The Gardeners Spot (one of my fav. local garden centers).  Neil told me about this fantastic nursery that his closest friend has created that put his own beautiful center to shame.  Simply, a must visit….

ruby star coneflower uncanoonuc mt perennials by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comBut then I lost the little piece of paper that had the name of place written on it….

I googled and knew two things….that the center was between Manchester and Concord, New Hampshire and that it had a really odd name.  Uncanoonuc sounded right.

mercury rising coreopsis uncanoonuc mt perennials by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comThe place was fabulous and my favorite part was that all the beds were right out front so you could see the plants in the ground rather that all stacked up in pots in the nursery.  I also fell a little bit in love with the idea of using salt marsh hay for mulch…I actually liked the way it looked and think it might relieve my disdain for hauling mulch.

eucalyptus honeysuckle uncanoonuc mt perennials by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comSo while I was there I made extra special sure (like at least more than three times) to mention Neil and his recommendation and how Neil told me they were such good friends because Neil is awesome and all that….I seriously name dropped Neil’s name constantly, because I intensely wanted to make sure that Neil got credit for sending me there…Neil, Neil, Neil….

And then when I got home I had an email from Neil making sure I found the right place…he wanted to know what I thought of  Chakarian Farm Greenhouses.

Right, another crazy named nursery between Manchester and Concord.

climbing rose uncanoonuc mt perennials by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comI’ll be heading to Chakarian Farm Greenhouses next week — and will once again make sure they know that Neil sent me…but I hope that this time instead of blankly polite smiling faces (behind which lie people who think I am an obnoxious, name-dropping, friend-of-some-guy-named-Neil whackjob) I will actually meet Neil’s friends.

But seriously — Uncanoonuc Mt Perennials is well worth a visit.  It’s in Goffstown, NH.

images by rochelle greayer

 

Shortly after we moved to Maine last fall, a blog post from Gardenista showcased the nursery called Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk. Once I saw the blend of old with new, I added it to my list of places that we have to visit in Maine. Since then, the last 9 months of flown by and left little time to drive the hour and a half to Kennebunk to see Snug Harbor.

Snug Harbor Store

Then, last week I was scheduled to take our summer interns on a nearby field trip. We had to reschedule the trip at the last minute which left a hole in their schedule. On Tuesday afternoon, I asked the interns if they would like to head down to Snug Harbor Farm on Wednesday as a last minute plan b. They of course said yes.

So on Wednesday, July 3 we took off from Boothbay mid-morning to fight the holiday traffic on the Maine turnpike to go see a nursery and garden center.

Once we arrived, we met with the owner Tony and the store manager, Todd. They oriented us with the nursery and garden center and then let us go free. There are several poly tunnels behind the old buildings. Inside of the poly tunnels are all kinds of succulents and one of a kind, custom made containers. Tony also specializes in topiaries and the tunnels are where the topiary of cypress and myrtle get their start.

Lawn Balls

The greenhouses are surrounded by containers, art, and hardy plants. The treat is to walk into the climbing hydrangea covered pot barn. Inside of this old structure are stacks of custom made terra cotta containers.

Pots

After spending over an hour walking through the outside offerings, I ventured inside to check out the garden shop. Wow! It reminded me of a chic garden boutique that I might encounter in Brooklyn. It was hip and fresh. The offerings were one off or small, specialized wares. Beautiful glass cloches sat next to hand dyed batiks.

Basket

Once you head to the front of the store, you see tables of beautiful perennials for sale. Under the big tree in front of the store is local produce for sale. Todd gave our group some fresh, Maine strawberries for the long ride home.

Pineapples

We had a great afternoon and I will definitely be back to see more!

-Rodney

succulent cafe photographed by Cassidy Tuttle at succulents and sunshine via www.studiogblog.com

Trust me when I say that you should forget reading this post and just hop directly on over to Succulents and Sunshine.   Cassidy Tuttle stumbled across the most amazing cafe in Oceanside, California and then proceeded to take beautiful pictures of this inspiring place (because thats what awesome photographers do).

succulent cafe photographed by Cassidy Tuttle at succulents and sunshine via www.studiogblog.com

Near as I can tell The Succulent Cafe has this gorgeousness and coffee (no website only a fb page)….and basically you get to sit in the gorgeous courtyard while enjoying your cup of joe (what else could you want?).

succulent cafe photographed by Cassidy Tuttle at succulents and sunshine via www.studiogblog.com So have I whetted your appetite for more?  Cassidy has lots more images for your enjoyment….head over to her site to check them out.

succulent cafe photographed by Cassidy Tuttle at succulents and sunshine via www.studiogblog.com

images by succulents and sunshine

 

Are your phlox blooming yet?  In new England we are not quite there yet….but in Japan, well that is a different story.

Hokkaido Japan Higashimokoto Flower Park via www.studiogblog.com

This is Higashimokoto Flower Park in Hokkaido, Japan and this is what it looks like from mid May-mid June.  I came across it today as I was looking for more information about moss phlox.  It is quite a spectacle and it reminds me of  countless earthen reservoir dams….wouldn’t this be a fantastic way to replant after the earthworks?

Hokkaido Japan Higashimokoto Flower Park via www.studiogblog.com

The park was started and mostly built by one man, Chubachi Mr. Sueyoshi.  He began in 1947 after the war with just one plant which he built upon, spread and managed.  My Sueyoshi died in 2009 but the park is still open to visitors and creeping phlox currently cover over 10 hectares.  You can read more about it here.

images Kimi Tour Guide and Tumblr via oddity central.

 

Do you know what a physic garden is?  I have to admit that until I attended design school at the Chelsea Physic Garden, I had no idea what the term meant either.  So in case you don’t know, a physic garden is a special kind of herb garden whose purpose is to grow medicinal plants.   
urban physic garden
The  first known physic garden was started by Matthaeus Silvaticus in Salerno, Italy in the 1300′s and many more followed as the main suppliers of medical apothecaries.  With the use of modern medicine and the loss of a collective knowledge of the healing and medicinal powers of plants, it is rare to see a new Physic Garden so that is why the Urban Physic Garden is particularly exciting.

moss wall urban physic garden

medicinal plants at the urban physic garden via www.studiogblog.com

The Urban Physic Garden, which in its original home was a pop-up space in Southwark, London, is currently a travelling exhibit that is making its way through Asia (anyone want to help me see if we can bring it to the states?).

gastro plants from physic garden

The Garden, which hosts a variety exhibits, a cafe, and lots of related arts and science events, is organized into wards – just like a hospital so you can learn about plants as related to their medical application.

urban physic garden via www.studiogblog.comThe most clever part is that the kitchen for the cafe is in a converted ambulance and it is called the Rambulance Cafe (get it, rambling and abulance cafe….cute right?).

medicine cabinet via www.studiogblog.com

medicine cabinet via www.studiogblog.com
(click on the images above for a bigger version where you can read more about some of these elixirs)

I have made cocktails with mint and other herbs but despite a few lessons from a friend who is very good with this sort of thing…I don’t think to head outside or garden my way out of a headache.   I think this is a lost knowledge that we need to regain for the benefit of better understanding our world and how to make sure that our pharmaceutical companies are serving us well.

I’m curious if you use any plants from your garden to treat ailments?   And If you do use plants medicinally, I would love to hear your remedies and methods. 

-Rochelle

images from Urban Physic Garden

Should we take a little blogland trip to France?  Lets.

Alchemist's garden white garden by about gardens via www.studiogblog.com

Have a wander through the Alchemist’s Garden which is in Provence and is featured on About Gardens.

I am taking inspiration from the White garden, the black garden and the red garden — Each are so striking and full of interesting ideas.

Aeonium container garden byt about gardens via www.studiogblog.com

Rills are fascianting me right now too.  I am contemplating how to easily incorporate one into my garden.  I am struggling with the idea of a rill in my little country setting.  In general it seems rather formal for my house….but this one, through the grass has me pondering my own possibilities.

Alchemist's garden rill by about gardens via www.studiogblog.com

I am also loving the idea of curtains….just for the sake of curtains.  
Alchemist's garden white garden by about gardens via www.studiogblog.com

As well as little black pots with pretty petunias held tall in metal stands.  Where can I buy those?

Alchemist's garden black garden by about gardens via www.studiogblog.com

See more beautiful images of this wonderful garden over at About Gardens (and make sure you turn on Google translate so you can get some semblance of an idea about what is written).

-Rochelle

images About Gardens

 

Robert Tatin Museum Normandy Francy by Julie Gibbons via www.studiogblog.com
Robert Tatin Museum Normandy Francy by Julie Gibbons via www.studiogblog.com I’m off this afternoon on a SouthernCalifornia adventure, but before I head out I have a something I have been meaning to share with you for a few weeks.

Robert Tatin Museum Normandy Francy by Julie Gibbons via www.studiogblog.com

It is the garden and outdoor museum created by artist Robert Tatin.   Located near Laval in Normandy, France, the place is open to visitors who want to explore the world of this noted sculptor.

Robert Tatin Museum Normandy Francy by Julie Gibbons via www.studiogblog.com

After a long career as a ceramics artist and decorator, Tatin started the project in 1962, at age sixty. For 21 years, he worked on the property, assisted by his wife Lise, to create an environment that reflected his life experiences and view of the world.

Robert Tatin Museum Normandy Francy by Julie Gibbons via www.studiogblog.com

Everything was created to share Tatin’s personal philosophies.  There are the Pipes of Reason, the Army of Souls and my favorite, the Fairie Queen of Creativity (I love that title and want to make it my own!).  The collection is quite extensive.  These images are all by Julie Gibbons on Flicker — she has many more in her stream that you can enjoy.  Additionally you can find out more at the museums website.

Robert Tatin Museum Normandy Francy by Julie Gibbons via www.studiogblog.com

images: trip advisor and julie gibbons via flickr creative commons license.