Interior decorator Claudia Juestel visits home furnishing designer Sandra Jordan’s 1916 New-England-style farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, with artichoke and cactus fields, escargot farm, and expansive fruit and flower gardens.
One June 18, this Saturday, the Sakonnet Garden in Little Compton, Rhode Island, opens for a symposium titled “Lofty Aspirations of Down-to-Earth Gardeners.” John Gwynne, who has been working on the one-acre plot with Mikel Folcarelli, his partner of 30 years, says, "We started collecting just to see what we could grow."
The Miller House, designed by Eero Saarinen, has a landmark Modernist garden designed by Dan Kiley. This month, May 2011, the house and garden are opening to the public for tours for the first time in 50 years, allowing visitors to walk through this triumph of mid-century Modern design.
The New York Times reports on how China has banned all mention and selling of jasmine, for fear of revolution. (Even poetry about jasmine has been banned.) Rural jasmine growers, unaware of the controversy, are left with falling prices on their unsold plants.
Frank Cabot, the founder of the Garden Conservancy, is devoted to preserving horticultural treasures from the inmates' gardens on Alcatraz to the work of a self-taught topiary artist in South Carolina. Most people know the Garden Conservancy for its annual Open Days, but the Conservancy has does a lot of work preserving American garden culture as well. We profile the man who has secured so many landscape legacies and who will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Foundation of Landscape Studies next month.