Thursday, July 23, 2009

Get Your Garden On

Just a reminder that the first annual Art in the Garden ECCA garden tour will take place rain or shine this Saturday from 9-2.  Tickets are still available at The Willow and Churchill's Gardens, as well as the day of the tour.
The following is a list of resources for our garden:

-All of the garden fencing and arbors is provided by GCAAA fencing in Dover.
-The vibrant rocking chairs are from Furniture Classics and are carried by The Willow in downtown Exeter.
-Fairy garden accessories can be found at Portsmouth Candle and Snackerty Hollow- Patricia Woodbridge- 603.608.5764
-The teak garden furniture is supplied by Smith & Hawken and Restoration Hardware.
-Garden umbrellas are from Crate and Barrel, while the outdoor window panels and rod can be found at Pottery Barn.
-The cedar garden trellis' can be purchased from The Gardener's Suppl
-Candles and candle holders can be found at Pier One.
-Octopus dinnerware can be found at Pottery Barn 
-The wonderful "paper plates" are actually fallen palm leaves that are 100% natural, non-toxic, and can go right into the compost bin!  Each plate is produced by fair wage workers along India's Malabar Coast.  They can be found at Portsmouth Health Food store or online at Verterra.
-The salt water pool was designed and installed by Ferrari Pools of Massachusetts.
-Outdoor garden fabric was supplied by Susan Sargent of Vermont
 and sewn by Marcia Whatmough of Brentwood- 603.682.7409
-All outdoor rugs are by Dash and Albert and can be found at The Willow.
-The white accent table was designed by Yves Beher for the Botanist Series sponsored by Orange22.  The piece is titled Pixel Burst and represents a bright light spot, a sun, a squint.
As with all the designers in the Botanist series, a portion of the proceeds is directed toward a passion of the designer.  Yves has chosen, as one of many, the Surfrider organization, a grass-roots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans.
-The conch and clam shells as well as the seashell wreath can be found at The Willow.
-Dining table accessories hail from  a variety  of shops including Abode.
-Sea stars and all things nautical can be found at Red Chair Antiques in Peterborough.
The plantings are too numerous to mention, but I would love to give you a list of my favorite retail suppliers:
Bill Holt of Willow Mist Grasses in Stratham is one of my favorite places.  It is unpretentious and tranquil.  Walking through Bill's collection of grasses is good for the soul, not to mention the wonderful sound when nature graces you with a breeze.  If you get lucky he may show you his collection of chickens and even gift you with a fresh duck egg!
Another favorite is Scenic Nursery in Raymond. This is another nursery to satisfy the senses.  Make sure you plan extra time to sit by the pond and enjoy the bullfrogs.
Rolling Green Nursery in Greenland has a wonderful selection of plants as well as miniature conifers and plantings for fairy gardens.
Churchill's Gardens always has a large selection of perennials and a great selection of garden decor.
Nature's Outpost in North Hampton has a lovely collection of bird feeders and unusual garden decor.
Cymbidium Floral in Exeter and The Flower Kiosk in Portsmouth are two of my favorite shops for absolutely wonderful and original flower arrangements. 

If you see something in the garden that you fall in love with and don't see it mentioned here, please feel free to drop me a line and I'll give you all the details.

Enjoy a beautiful day!

Renee