Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday; The Farmers Daughter, So. Kingstown Rhode Island

 I love visiting New England. Love the gardens, love the seafood, the charming villages and appreciate the tropical-esqe summer temps; i.e. it's warm at night. And even more important, the company of friends who have welcomed me into their home and gardens and facilitated my visits to both private and public gardens throughout the northeast.
 Back in June 2014, I added Rhode Island to my 'visited states' list.The entirety of Rhode Island is not much larger than Napa County , and in spite of its tiny size still features 400 miles of coastline by virtue of the tentacles of land reaching into the Atlantic. Friends who live in New England annually make the pilgrimage to Farmers Daughter Nursery in Kinsgton RI and always include a meal at Matunuck Oyster Bar. Seared scallops and a cold local beer for lunch-nothing better !  After looking at photos of both plants and food for a few years I finally got to join in. If you find yourself in that area I enthusiastically  recommend a visit to both of these local businesses, they are both first rate.


 Farmers Daughter is a destination nursery that has a vast plant selection and beautiful display gardens as well. Every New England hoop house needs a bit of architectural detail.


 Hoophouse after hoophouse , all impeccably maintained .





 The sales cottage.


 The plants went on and on. I wish I'd taken a few more photos in the plant sales area, but I was anxious to visit the display gardens.


  Better looking than the average porta-potty.


  Container arrangements were positioned in strategic locations around the nursery.












  Lets meander over to the display gardens. The garden runs the length of the nursery and is mature with a pleasing interplay of texture and colors. Not the ideal time of day for photos, but I made do as best I could. Thank you Lightroom !





I long for a shrub border, and have spot for one but it involves expensive concrete removal . I still hope to be able to pull it off one day-space is always an issue . My shrub border would look very different from this one as I don't have the limitations of a frigid winter , or the benefit of summer rainfall.






This long view displays the nice design dynamic. There was no one else in the garden when I strolled though , adding to my enjoyment.





 Very modest and restrained use of sculpture .


 I'll close with one of my favorite succulent containers.




12 comments:

  1. Ah what a delight! We're ringing in daylight savings with a trip to Matunuck Oyster Bar on on March 12th. Why don't you fly out and join us? Unfortunately the nursery won't be open for the season yet but I'm chomping at the bit for the usual pilgrimage in May.

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    1. I wish I could ! I will be out again in late August but I am dying to go back to Coastal Maine Botanical again, and at this moment that is the plan. Boothbay anyone ?

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  2. Gosh, this nursery certainly plays in a different league in comparison to what you usual see! It really looks impeccably maintained. Love the wood wall entrances to the poly tunnels (hoop house) and all the work that they put in to make them pretty and charming.
    The show gardens are very beautiful as well!
    I am so glad you got to visit and also for taking us with you on the tour!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. It's so interesting to visit garden centers on the east coast; I really think the best nurseries are concentrated there and in the PNW.

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  3. Utterly charming! There are more than enough vignettes there to spur some serious dream planning.

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    1. One has to view these gardens with a summer drought eye. Designs can be copied though with a summer dry plant palette.

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  4. Last time we were in Rhode Island was about 15 years ago. Love the port-o-potty with a green roof!

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    1. I keep hoping for a New England Fling but I don't think there are a lot of garden bloggers up there.On the other hand, the Garden Conservancy community in New England is vast.

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  5. The lushness of the east coast in summer is always a surprise. Such lavish container arrangements!

    Coffee milk, anyone?

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    1. I thinks it's the humid thing Hoov. We hate it but the plants love it.

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  6. Oh I just want to jump on a plane and go there straightaway, as it looks fantastic! My fave is the container filled with different Begonia, which has a very exotic feel.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Jane ---you are in the UK ? My plane ride out there to RI is 5 to 6 hours but longer for you !

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