LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDENS
What a great place to take kids! If you have arrived in Richmond, definitely make time to swing by the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! A must see !! Their grounds are absolutely a children’s (and adult’s) playground ! See nature, exotic and native, come alive ! Here area few highlights, I’m looking forward to heading back when I get off the plane in Richmond and then drive to my parent’s home in Charlottesville, VA. Its a new ritual! Also, these photos are much different than my ones in the past because I am playing around with editing and trying to make them look like film, just having fun!
Have you ever taken a trip to Mayor Blair’s Dahlia Plantation? 10,000 Tubers of Dahlias. A field of BEAUTY! This is your spot to go for a wedding, special occasion or party! 260 Highland Street, Holliston, MA! Absolutely AMAZING!! The Dahlias are the size of your face!!
Have you ever been to Elm Bank in South Natick/Wellesley? It is a secret gem of the Boston Metro-West area. IT IS GORGEOUS! Gardens Galore ! There are so many niche gardens (Rhododendron, Italianate, Weezy’s Children’s Garden, GARDEN TO TABLE – My personal favorite, and the list goes on) ! This is a great place to come and get some open space , fresh air, and tons of natural beauty – manicured and wild. I am personally involved in the Garden To Table Garden that is volunteer ran – all vegetables produced here are donated to local food banks. Last year we donated over 4,000 lbs. ! G2T (Garden To Table) I will save for another post because it is a story in itself !
Back on August 13 Elm Bank hosted a free festival on their grounds with live music thanks to Jennifer Kimball, tours, art, tastings, and great vibes ! THE POMOMA FESTIVAL honoring the Greek God Pomoma – honoring Fruit Trees, Gardens & Orchards ! My kind of gal !!! MMM HMM !
If you live in the area, I encourage you to become a member of Mass Hort (short for The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, who’s headquarters are located at Elm Bank) and make touring their grounds a weekly event! They also have a great newsletter with different activities for children & adults all throughout the year! Here are a couple of snippets from the Pomoma Festival at sunset!
The other Saturday I had the pleasure of visiting Harvey’s Farm & Garden Center in Westborough, MA. Normally when I go to a Garden Center, I am completely ignored, offered no help, find many plants not labeled, and usually wander about in circles. What I hope to be a fun, relaxing, & rejuvenating (yes – to see some bright colors, foliage, and life can encourage the soul here in New England!) shopping trip usually turns out to be a frustrating experience. NOT AT HARVEY’S ! You are greeted, offered advice, asked specific questions related to your project(s)! They are WONDERFUL! They are HELPFUL! They are EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGABLE! Also, their plant material is in the best shape- healthy & happy (disease free!), they take great care of their plants and property. Their selection of Vegetable Transplants is amazing – You name it, they’ve got it!! If you want to start a Veggie Garden – GO HERE! I was floored! Thank you Harvey’s for a shopping experience I had always hoped for!!
I will be photographing a wedding at Hartman’s Herb Farm this June so the bride and I decided to go out on a lovely spring day to see what was in bloom or about to be in bloom. I like to scout out locations prior to the day of shoots merely to get comfortable with my surroundings – I try not to pre-visualize things too much or else I feel like things just don’t flow.
Well, we were in a for a treat, not only is the venue beautiful, the owners are incredible too! What a great family !!! They try to do as much ‘Farm to Table’ items as possible for each event including Flowers & Veggies. If you ever need Herbs, Flowers, Perennials, Wedding/Party Venue, Dance Venue – this is it! Lynn and Carissa are so nice, welcoming and hospitable- it is clear they put as much emphasis, thought and love into an event as the host!
If you are looking for a nice country drive head out to Hartman’s in Barre, MA to see the beautiful flowers, shop around, and look at the animals ! Call the farm if you have any questions about their farm, what they sell, they are very helpful! This place is adorable and I barely touched the surface and mainly focused on the animals-FYI!
Heres to summer! Although I love this winter, I need a little heat right now, its rather cold & the wind is howlin’ ! This is not a farm but a residential floral oasis overlooking the ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine.