I did take a week out of my flurry of tour preparations to attend the yearly Idyllunion with my wonderful internet gardening friends. Sue from Idyllhaven has a great explanation of our group from a post last summer so I won't repeat it here. We did a five day whirlwind tour of gardens and wineries on Long Island and had a fabulous time. My favorite garden of the trip was the private gardens of Dennis Schrader & Bill Smith of Landcraft Environments, LTD. Many thanks to our wonderful hosts for opening their gardens to our group. It was beyond marvelous with many different garden rooms all featuring beautifully grown and maintained plants. The gardens presented everything from a formal knot garden with Berberis flowing around an urn with a twenty-year old specimen of Bougainvillea to a meadow garden that was a textural feast for the eyes.
As they say a picture says a thousand words so I will let the photos tell the story here. I shot about four hundred frames in the time we were there and here is a collection of my favorites.
Loved this window box!
Newly planted border of tender plants. Would love to see this in a couple months
It never ceases to amaze and delight me how sharing fellow gardeners are. I can only imagine how busy their schedule is but they made time to let us tour their gardens and spent the time to visit and answer questions. Many, many thanks to Bill and Dennis for their hospitality!