Garden Inspiration – Chanticleer Gardens

Gardens, Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

I have been absent all summer from blogging, but am back with a post crammed with garden porn to make up for lost time.   In mid-October I was outside Philadelphia speaking at the Perennial Plant Conference hosted by Chanticleer Garden, Longwood Gardens, and Scott Arboretum (Swarthmore College).  Put it on your calendar next year!  The lineup of speakers was second to none- excluding yours truly!   What amazing event!  Make a trip of it and go next year- you will not be disappointed!  The day after the conference the fellow speakers and I had the opportunity to tour “America’s Garden Capital”, which is the greater Philadelphia area.

I have had some amazing opportunities to visit gardens across North America and Europe and true-be-told nothing gets me going like Chanticleer Garden.  There is something about the place….maybe it is the merging of art and horticulture?  Whatever it is, it is horticulture at its highest level.  It has been a few years since I last visited, which was on a hot July day. This time it was different, summer had come to an end and autumn was setting in.  The plants and borders were at their height of maturity but had not yet given up the ghost to the cool temperatures.  We were walked the garden with a few of the gardeners: Dan Benarcik, Lisa Roper, Jonathan Wright, and Bill Thomas (Executive Director & Head Gardener).   As we walked through the garden we were able to talk shop with them- stuff all gardeners love to do…..To hear their insight, their struggle, and see their successes made the garden that much more special to me.  The garden is ever evolving and pushing the envelope of what we know as gardening.  If you haven’t visited- go!  If you have gone- go again!  If you can’t make it- buy their new book from Timber Press… Both beautifully written and shot!  I know I am not the only gardener out there hoping this day would finally come!

The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from ChanticleerBy The Chanticleer Gardeners and R. William Thomas, Timber Press 2015

The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer By The Chanticleer Gardeners and R. William Thomas Photographs by Rob Cardillo. Timber Press 2015. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

This was an amazing opportunity to talk horticulture with fellow plant geeks and use my camera which has spent way too much time in the closet over the summer.  There is much more to come from this trip soon in up coming posts.  In the mean time enjoy some garden porn!  And thank you Geoff, from Utah, for your words of encouragement!

Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Chanticleer- A Pleasure Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

FOUND – Ina Garten’s Firebowl

Inspiration, Landscape Products | Tagged , , , , , , ,

FOUND - Ina Garten's Firebowl, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 (Image from The New York Times article – here)

 

I have long admired Ina Garten’s home and gardens from the articles published and images shared. I recently caught the tail end of her cooking show and was caught by the scale of her firebowl.  At 68 inches wide, the bowl is very wide (bigger than my dinning room table), but it is also elevated just below your waist thanks to a three-legged stand.  The scale and height makes it so unique and complements the scale of the sounding architecture and landscape. The height & size are great for cocktail gatherings where people mingle compared to lounging around encircle.  I was able to locate the same bowl via FireFeatures.  The specifications denote 68NL Mild Steel Firebowl with three-legged stand, without the stand is about $4,300.  Not necessarily a price point for everyone, but gets you thinking of a different scale/height to use a firebowl.

 

FOUND - Ina Garten's Firebowl, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodFOUND - Ina Garten's Firebowl, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

I attempted to find some images of the bowl with people around for scale, and this photo via Foodnetwork.ca episode guide was as close as I could get. 

 

 

In reviewing the FireFeatures website, I found another project with a large bowl that included a mixed branch insert.  Intrigued by the surrounding gardens, I located additional photos of the project.  The property design is attributed to Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and Brian E. Boyle, however I am unsure if they complete the garden design. I found the additional photos of the project via Yatzer.

FOUND - Ina Garten's Firebowl, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

FOUND - Ina Garten's Firebowl, Thinking Outside the Boxwood FOUND - Ina Garten's Firebowl, Thinking Outside the Boxwood FOUND - Ina Garten's Firebowl, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

The Barefoot Contessa episode I watched also included lighting designer Grey Yale, whose designs are featured throughout Ina’s home. He created the nighttime dinner lighting and used large helium balloons filled with lights flying over the barn patio area in addition to party lights in the trees. Despite fruitless efforts to find a photo of the party, I did find some 36’ white round balloons and LED balloon lights  via Amazon you could use to recreate the look.  I am going to give it a try, just need the right occasion to celebrate.

Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo

Formal Garden, G A R D E N S, Garden Structure, Garden Tours, gardening, Gardens, Inspiration, Landscape, Landscape Design, Landscape Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Today in Central Ohio the temperatures are in the teens and the landscape it an abyss of white and grey.  Since I was feeling uninspired by my surrounding- I am sure that others may be in my shoes.  Over the years I have been very fortunate to visit gardens all over North America and Europe, call it a pilgrimage or a quest for inspiration.  One garden that inspired me was Palace Het Loo situated in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.  The Dutch Baroque garden, often called the ‘Versailles of Holland’. Though the gardens are similar to the Palace of Versailles , the gardens were not designed by Le Notre, rather his nephew Claude Desgots. The garden is formulated on the Baroque style of perfect symmetry, axial layout with radiating gravel walks, parterres with fountains, basins and statues.  If you are planning a summer trip to Holland I would recommend adding this to your stop.  I toured the gardens for about 3 hours and that seemed to be enough time.  Enjoy the photos and I hope you find inspiration.Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- boxwood, nasturtium, and garden mums Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Taxus topiary and boxwood hedgesGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Axial symmetry and grand fountainsGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Hornbeam FramingGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Hornbeam avenue Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Boxwood and Orangery Garden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Beech hedgeGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood- Beech hedgeGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodGarden Inspiration: Palace Het Loo, Thinking Outside the Boxwood