Archive for September, 2010

PHS City Gardens Contest Award Ceremony

Award reception for the winners of the 2010 City Gardens contest was held at Urban Outfitter corporate office located in Philadelphia’s picturesque Navy Yard. The reception was held in conjunction with PHS annual Fall Harvest Festival.

My garden placed 3rd in the Mid-Sized Vegetable Garden Category.  What a great honor for my rookie year in gardening. This year there were close to 300 entrants in this contest and from that 140 gardens across 35 categories were chosen. Wait till next year, folks, you’ve not seen anything yet!


Tulips On My Mind

Spring flower planning for the raised beds has begun and will include Tulips, Hyacinths, Daffodils and Crocus. Have bulbs on order from Burpee Seeds, trying out the  ‘Ice Cream’ Tulip this coming spring. Also, I picked up 50 Darwin Red and Darwin White Tulip bulbs from Longwood Gardens. Looking forward to a colorful spring in my award winning garden.

Behind The Scenes at Longwood Garden: Italian Water Garden

Recently, I had the opportunity to join a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the most picturesque areas of Longwood Garden – the Italian Water Garden. Pierre DuPont designed this garden after a visit to Ville D’Este

Visitors are not allowed to wander around this particular garden making it  a special treat to gain access to this area. I have to say that it is even more spectacular up close. It is good to see Longwood Garden loosening up and sharing some of its behind the scenes secrets with the public.

A couple scenes from the garden.

Like what you see? You can view more photos of Longwood on Flickr

Related link: Behind the Scenes: Production Greenhouses

The Little Garden That Could – PHS City Garden Contest Winner!

I nearly dropped my ipod. I gasped as I read the letter.  Had the new kid on the block done the impossible? Yes, Yes, Yes!!!  A rookie gardener snags a prestigious gardening win!

2010 PHS Winner Letter

Wasn’t really expecting this and have not prepared a formal acceptance speech.  This garden is a labor of love and I’m ecstatic to have achieved this recognition in my first year of ‘real’ gardening.

I want to take this opportunity thank the judges who gave this garden a chance; the lovely staff at Feeney’s for their patience and advice; the family for pitching in; and thank you mother nature for working with me in turning a neglected yard into a delightful space.

Thank You!!

All I can say is Happy Gardening and onward to next year!

An award ceremony is planned during PHS Fall Festival

September 11, 2010
11 am – 4 pm
Rain or Shine
Philadelphia Navy Yard

Music, food, plants, shopping, workshops, gardening tips, children‘s activities and more—it’s all part of the PHS Fall Garden Festival at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Formerly known as Members’ Day, the event is expanding in 2010 to be better than ever.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Click on this link to view a Flickr slide show of my gardening journey.

You Know Fall is Creeping Up On You…

When you start organizing what seeds to order for Spring 2011:

Spring 2011 Seeds

and this guy appears in your garden:


Lest we forget – checking to see how the pumpkin patch is coming along. I’ve two pumpkin plants that are slowly creeping along the fence.  These are pie pumpkins and I cannot wait to harvest them. I live for pumpkin anything through the fall and winter.

From Garden to Table

A week ago, I picked from the garden a few peppers:

Peppers and Cucumber

and a few carrots and pimento peppers:

Carrots, Pimento Pepper

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Fall Garden Update

A few weeks ago, I shared with you the seeds for my fall crop growing in the greenhouse. On Sunday,  August 21st,  I cleared out the nearly empty 4X4 and planted the seedlings.  I also added three rows of Carrots: Danvers, Tendersweet and Nantes.

Fall Gardening

BTW – The scarecrow scares absolutely nothing away. A day after planting the seedlings and seeds, Buster decided it would be fun to jump on the bed and run in circles. So far everything seems to be growing according to plan – as long as Buster stays away!

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