Glass House Presents + New Canaan Nature Center:
5:30 – 8 pm
Landscape designer Deborah Nevins will discuss her work and recent projects. Her talk is preceded by a self-guided tour of the Glass House and followed by a light reception.
Deborah Nevins is the president of Deborah Nevins & Associates, the New York-based landscape design firm she founded over 25 years ago, and a principal of Nevins & Benito Landscape Architecture. Her firm’s recent work includes the 40-acre Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center and Park in Athens (with Renzo Piano Building Workshop), and the ongoing expansion of the campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, including landscapes for new buildings by Steven Holl Architects. She also designed the Pritzker Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago. The firm’s extensive residential work includes significant gardens and estates throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. The work of Deborah Nevins & Associates is noted for exciting visual experiences, a sophisticated use of plants, and a dedication to sustainability. A historian of landscape and architecture, Nevins lectures often and her writing has appeared in numerous books, journals,and periodicals. @newcanaannaturecenter#GlassHousePresents#landscapedesign@deborah_nevins
After all the rain the grass is finally green. 💦 Light it up and show off all your hard work! 🌳 We have experts who will help you layout the perfect landscape lighting plan. Let us help up make your exterior space great! 🙌🏻
I’ve had a great day scoping out Chelsea with our team.
Some very talented designers and landscapers have executed some fantastic gardens this year, a nice mix.
The trends this year:
Screens/laser cut divides
New boundary materials
Withania somnifera, also known as ✨✨✨ #Ashwagandha, Winter Cherry or #IndianGinseng, is a plant from the Nightshade family. It is cultivated heavily in India and is native to parts of the Middle East, the Indian Peninsula, and the Himalayan regions. 🌿
Withania somnifera is a short perennial, that features elliptical green leaves and small white bell shaped flowers. They grow into lantern like cases, which contain bright red cherries bearing dozens of tiny seeds. Ashwaganda is drought tolerant, loves full sun, and is an essential herb in our medicinal garden. It grows up to 3 feet tall, and can be grown in deep pots. We carefully harvest our Ashwaghanda roots in the fall by digging up the entire plant and separating the roots from the base of the plant. We remove the red berries from the leaves and sun dry the roots and the berries separately.
Ashwaganda is widely known for it's medicinal properties in Ayurvedic medicine. The root is the most commonly used part. Taken as a tea or in tincture form, it is believed to reduce anxiety and depression, and to help achieve mental clarity. The medicinal root is ready to harvest 150 to 180 days after planting, just as the berries have formed and the leaves have begun to yellow.
Recent scientific studies have shown that Ashwaganda's medicinal effects are due to the presence of alkaloids and steroidal lactones within the plant. These chemicals promote anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-stress, and antioxidant effects. Ashwanganda also has an overall immune system boosting effect according to several studies. 🌈 This is a great medicinal plant for any herbalists garden! #sowexotic
The BOTANIST lab 🔬🍃 @chesterzoo . Ready for the opening night tomorrow (almost 🤫) I am feeling incredibly ill, sunburnt, hungry but most importantly HAPPY! Amazing what a team of dedicated, passionate individuals can do in a day - @landstruction 🙌🏻 .. I’ll be sleeping like a 👶🏼 tonight. 🙇🏻♀️😂
Oh hey! 👋🏼 My name is Deanna, and I am a tree hugger. And an addict. Garden addict, that is... I have no problem admitting those things, as long as you all don't try to stage an intervention! 😋
Someone messaged and asked me the other day "Why dont you guys have a mulberry tree yet?" My reply was, "Well, that is an excellent question!" Interest piqued, I did a little research and came to find that while mulberry trees are suitable for a wide range of climates and soils, are prolific fruit bearers, and are thought of as a quintessential element in a good permaculture garden, they can also get as large as 30' tall and wide, basically squashing my excitement for that possibility in our yard... Until I met the little lady last weekend. 💜
While we were at the local nursery hunting for bay laurels, I saw her. A weeping dwarf mulberry, grafted and trained in a way that will keep her no taller than 6 feet, and already covered in fruit. It was love at first sight! So THAT is why we didn't have a mulberry tree yet: we hadn't found this one, perfect for us.
We removed another dumb sweet pea bush to make room for her, and will plant her this weekend in large hardware cloth root basket to protect her from gophers. Birds also LOVE their berries, so we are considering planting her under a decorative metal arch, making it easy to drape bird netting over the whole shebang when it's peak berry time. 🐦 The fruit are similar to blackberries, but are more fragile and don't store/ship well, which is why they aren't commonly seen in markets.🍇
P.S. Who else celebrates a raise by splurging at the garden center?! 😂🌿
🌿 “How do I start a garden?” I get asked this question a lot. While it seems like there are hundreds of details to learn and totally overwhelming at times, it really doesn't have to be! The simple answer is: Just start gardening, never give up gardening, and the rest will follow. Through time, trial & error, a little research and chatting with other gardeners, you’ll figure it out. You’ll have successes, learn from mistakes, pick up on new methods/techniques, grow new varieties, and most importantly, grow your health and happiness! ❤
Here are the basics:
Location: Choose a location in your yard that gets maximum sun exposure in all seasons. Remember the sun follows a different path and will be lower in the sky in winter!
Size: Start small, in size and in number of plants. Don't set up anything too elaborate or permanent until you get your feet wet, have time to experiment a bit, and figure out exactly what you want to do with your space in the long run. Trust me, we have filled and unfilled and moved beds, and morphed our ideas a ton over the years. It doesn’t happen overnight! Choose just a handful of types of plants to grow at first.
Soil: Fill your beds with rich organic soil, compost, and an aeration additive (e.g. small volcanic rock/pumice) if you’re using raised beds, that is. If not, “double-dig” and amend your native soil well. This is where don't want to skimp! Soil health and compost is EVERYTHING! Keep in mind most plants prefer at least 12” (preferably 18-24”) soil depth, so either plan on deep beds, or ones that are open to native soil on the bottom w/o a barrier.
Plants: It's easier for newbies to start with seedlings from a local nursery, rather than growing from seed, but you could go either way! Do a Google search of the plant you’re aiming to grow to see it's season, likes, dislikes, or any special needs.
Water. Aim for deep, consistent, even moisture throughout the bed. The roots spread where moisture is, and keeping the whole bed moist keeps the soil “alive!” Most plants prefer to be moist but not soggy. This will vary depending on climate/season, but we usually water 2x a week.
That’s the jist of it! 👍 #deannasgardentips