ON MY GARDEN OPEN DAYS, I get a lot of plant questions—no surprise there. I also get a lot of chair questions, as in, “Where can I get those?” The object of the inquiries: several pairs of Wave Hill-inspired chairs around the yard. Now I have an answer: My woodworking neighbor makes them from cedar (above, my red pair plus some in process, in his workshop). He’ll be part of the local festivities on August 17, when besides visiting my garden (and asking me or two other visiting experts that plant question you may have) you can shop for garden chairs, for unusual plants from Broken Arrow Nursery, and more. Now about those great chairs and plants…
visiting aug. 17
SATURDAY AUGUST 17 is my final Garden Conservancy Open Day of the 2013 season, and also my town’s annual celebration, called Copake Falls Day. Throughout the village, and in our adjacent state park and even a local dairy farm, there will be all manner of activities.
- Garden open and plant sale, 10 AM-4 PM
- Get directions to my garden and others open nearby, from the Garden Conservancy
- See the list of all Copake Falls (NY) Day activities
- The whole day starts with a breakfast and lecture by the Beekman 1802 Boys, down the road at the historic church. You’ll need a ticket for that. Hurry! Selling out fast. (No ticket needed for garden visit or plant sale.)
thomas foley’s wave hill-style chairs
I MET TOM FOLEY (above, in his workshop up the road) when he and his gardening wife, Christine, started coming to my Open Days. Somehow it came out that they were weekender neighbors, and like me from Queens, in New York City.
Before long Christine and I were swapping seeds, and Tom (who worked for Steinway pianos before moving upstate fulltime) found himself building things for her expanding garden.
They’ll have a display of garden furnishings set up “downtown” on Copake Falls Day all day long, and Tom will be here at the garden from 1-4 as well. Want to inquire about a custom order, or reserve a pair of chairs? Try him at 518-329-5699.
broken arrow plant sale, and on-hand experts
WANT TO TALK PLANTS—or maybe buy some really flashy ones? Adam Wheeler, the propagation and plant-development manager from Broken Arrow Nursery, and their perennial manager, Carl Galanter, will both be here all day hosting a giant plant sale in my driveway. Between the two of them (the three of us?) I hope there’s no Urgent Garden Question that will go unanswered.
You can browse Broken Arrow’s website for a sense of what they feature. Before heading up to my place, Adam always stocks the truck with things I love to grow, such as Aralia cordata ‘Sun King;’ or Aralia elata ‘Silver Umbrella’ (that’s one of my variegated aralias, above); Salix eleagnos (a.k.a. rosmarinifolia); Lespedeza ‘Edo Shibori’ and ‘Gibraltar,’ unusual sumacs and much more.