Rain is thundering across the coast, and wind is whipping through the trees, but that only means we're getting the last-minute histrionics over with, and we'll have beautiful weather tomorrow for our Sakonnet Garden symposium, Lofty Aspirations of Down-to-Earth Gardeners. I'm looking forward to welcoming everyone to Little Compton, Rhode Island for the day. Those of you who have just decided to throw in the trowel and come see the inspiring results of another gardener's labor, please join us. You can sign up at the door to hear Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter in England; Marco Polo Stufano, of Wave Hill, NY, fame, and John Gwynne and Mikel Folcarelli, whose beautiful garden will be open for a tour and plant sale in the afternoon . Details are at the Sakonnet Garden website.


Deborah A said...

I would love to be able to come to Little Compton for the Sakonnet Garden tours, unfortunatley I'm stuck on Ole Cape Cod with 10,000 tourists in what I fear is going to be raging winds and rain!
Just the thought of sun shine and beautiful gardens makes me jealous, but there will be no escaping for me, hope its a great time for all!

david terry said...

Dear Ms. Browning,

I have to say that this most recent posting of yours leaves me feeling as though you do not understand us, or perhaps do not WISH to understand us and our vulnerabilities.

Why would your Southern readers leave our homes, chldren, families, social responsbilities,and gardens just to go somewhere that, as even you allow, is afflicted by "thundering" rain and "whipping" winds?

The very suggestion is absurd and quite contrary to decent notions of Keeping Our Southern American Families Safe.

I'm sorry that your posting has forced me to publicly say that I will not be bringing my family's children, nor my aged (and weakened) parents and relatives to this wind "whipped" debacle you propose.

Your "thundering" rains might very well do my elderly father in. I am shocked that you publicly recommend such. He is simply not "up to" such patently-Yankee exertions as you have so glibly proposed.

Please do not respond, since nothing you can say could even slightly mollify this good-son's horror at your irresponsible suggestions regarding a "romantic, gardening, getaway-weekend up north".
Abjectly yours as ever,

David Terry (bachelor)
Durham, NC

Tru Dillon said...

well david, quite the post.
oh and your art is amazing too!

Dominique said...

Yes! Everyone, stay home this weekend. And spend some time on David's website; his work is incredible.No rainy scenes, either.

Apologies, David. What was I thinking?

Thea said...

yes, David, Virginia is for lovers!

david terry said...

Actually, the weekend sounds fun and lovely.

I should also admit that I wouldn't be in the least surprised to hear that my parents and French in-laws (they like each other) all showed up for the event.

All four of them have, in their early seventies, taken up the habit of simply going off (for days at a time) to someplace/thing they find interesting.

And, no, they don't necessarily let us know their "plans". I've gathered from them that they don't feel obliged to make "plans".

Usually, neither Herve nor I ever know anything about our parents' jaunts until one of our 3, married-with-children brothers calls up alarmedly to complain that "We can't GET HOLD of them..have you talked with Mother or Father?..."

My impression is that the younger members of our families are inclined to over-react when faced with the prospect of a weekend sans free-childcare.

So, I wouldn't be at all surprised to hear that my parents showed up at Little Compton this weekend. I was joking about their being in frail health. Both are appallingly (by my standards) energetic, and my father was the one who first turned me on (so to speak ) to Ms Browning's H&G columns.

Best Wishes,

David Terry

profA said...

Dominique and all~
Hoping the Sakonnet Day was as wonderful as it appeared. Very exciting to me that people had the benefit of such fine plantsmen/persons, especially Sr.Stufano! I first visited Wave Hill 10+ years ago and it was a revelation. One had the sense that garden making was very much in the active rather than static or passive tense...if there is such a thing as a static tense. Hmm. I have a firm memory of the composting area. So healthy and beautifully organized. I've been back several times and miss Sr. Stufano's sensibility.
On the subject of Climate Blues. Here is a hopeful sign. DC gov't (District Dept of the Environment) has a project called RiverSmart Homes. It is an attempt to curb storm run-off into Rock Creek and on down to the Potomac. They offer rain barrels ($30.), tips on making your own property less run-off friendly, and grants for installing rain gardens, shade trees, permeable pavers, and Bayscaping (native plants). Demand for rains barrels is so strong that there is a wait list.
And yes, definitely went on line last week to urge Obama to make good on his promise to install solar panels at the White House.
All best~
Linda B.

Unknown said...

Dear Dominque,
What a terrific job you did yesterday at the Sakonnet Garden Symposium. Your intimacy, sprinkled with humor, with all the gardens and gardeners was palpable. If anyone missed the symposium, many of these garden treasures were lovingly profiled in The New Garden Paradise. What an inspiring day!

Diane said...

Oh how I wish I had known about your tour earlier! As a visitor to Great Dixter, I would have loved to listen to Fergus again. And it did turn out a lovely day or, at least acceptable for gardens and gardeners.

Anonymous said...

It would have been lovely to attend although the cost(sorry to be so gauche) was prohibitive for the 'common folk'.