Speaking Engagements, Martha's Maine Home, and More: The Latest From Martha's Blog
Two Speaking Engagements in Atlanta
During a recent trip to Atlanta, Georgia, I spoke at an event for The Home Depot Kitchen Designers, where I shared my inspirations for the Martha Stewart Living Kitchen collection.
But first, I spoke at the IDDBA annual Seminar & Expo. I was among a group of notable speakers that included Jay Leno, Walter Robb, and Arianna Huffington. The IDDBA is an organization that promotes the growth and development of dairy, deli, and bakery sales in the food industry. More than 8300 manufacturers, retailers and distributors attended this year’s conference and trade show - the world’s largest event of its kind.
In my keynote speech, I focused on food and farming, my passion for eating well, and the importance of sourcing our food.
The Home Depot Team!
Here I am with a group from The Home Depot corporate offices.
During the IDDBA Seminar & Expo, the Association held its 20th annual Cake Decorating Challenge. Bakers from across the country entered to participate in the three-day contest to demonstrate their decorating skills and creativity.
A Fundraising Gala for the Untermyer Gardens
This week, I attended a soiree: The third annual Summer Solstice Sunset Soiree hosted by the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy. The event was a fundraising gala honoring antiques dealer Barbara Israel and celebrating the restoration work completed by the Conservancy over the past year. I also served as the gala’s honorary chair.
Running along the waterways are annual garden beds, dotted by Japanese hollies, or Ilex crenata. These beds change from year to year, but are always planted with seasonal flowers.
Martha and Her Friend Barbara Isreal
Here, I'm joined by my neighbor and friend, Barbara Israel, who was honored at the soiree for her contributions to garden ornament scholarship and preservation in New York. As the honorary chair of the fundraising gala, I was delighted to introduce Barbara at the event.
The amphitheater was filled with many guests. To the far right is a bright red fan. As Barbara walked into the amphitheater, she was escorted by "Roman soldiers" who fanned her to keep her comfortable in her wooden "throne".
A Visit to Milan's Spazio Rossana Orlandi
Milan’s Spazio Rossana Orlandi is a must-see for anyone passionate about design.
Located in a former tie factory, Spazio Rossana Orlandi is a one-of-a-kind shop, gallery and courtyard-cafe boasting a collection of contemporary and vintage pieces made by established designers and rising artists. Art dealer, gallerist and entrepreneur, Rossana Orlandi, opened her business in 2002, with a mission to promote, gather and encourage vibrant, creative minds from around the world to share their ideas and inspirations.
I, and a group of colleagues, visited Rossana during our recent trip to Italy. Every room was a highlight in itself – each filled with beautifully designed tables, chairs, light fixtures, storage accessories, etc. It was a lot of fun — take a look at our photos…
Rossana Orlandi has a two-story contemporary and vintage furniture store, promoting young, and up and coming designers from around the world. She says she considers her business as more of a design hub, where people with different personalities and skills can meet and discuss ideas together.
Gorilla on Display
This is a "Gorilla in Cattedra" sculpture by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba.
I found these plates interesting. This patchwork of different plate halves were melded together to form whole plates, cups, and saucers.
Early Summer at Skylands
Many of you often ask about Skylands, my home in Maine. Last week, my property director, Mike Fiore, and several of the outdoor grounds crew, went up to get it ready for the summer season. I am pleased to say, it was a very productive week - the vegetable garden and the flower cutting garden are both beginning to flourish, and I am looking forward to my next visit to Maine.
The Gardens at Martha's Skylands Home
The vegetable garden at Skylands seems to be a little ahead of my Bedford garden, but everything is growing so lush and strong. Watch this video for great vegetable gardening tips.
A New Peafowl at the Farm
It’s a boy - peafowl, that is…
As many of you know, last autumn, I acquired four peachicks - given to me by my friend, Ilene. When they arrived at the farm, they were still quite young, so it was too early to identify the birds by sex or by breed. These characteristics are more evident after the chicks are a few months old. As it turned out, I had four peahens, and no peacock - until this past weekend, when I added a two-year old Black Shoulder Pied male to my Bedford flock. He came from Pedda Reddy, a passionate peafowl breeder and raiser in Dutchess County, New York.
Here are some photos of the new peacock, and tips on how to raise these impressive birds.
Both male and female peafowl will have the fancy crest atop their heads, but only the males will have the elongated upper tail coverts. In the wild, peafowl forage for worms and insects, but they will also eat other small rodents and reptiles. Kept peafowl are fed protein meals made especially for them.
Another Proud Peacock
This peacock is about five years old. There are up to 220 different varieties of peafowl, and they can easily live more than 30 years.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
If you’re planning a trip to the United Kingdom this summer, consider adding a visit to England's Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to your itinerary.
My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, was able to spend a day there during his recent European vacation. Touted as one of the world’s most famous botanic spaces, Kew Gardens boasts a variety of world-class features including breathtaking landscapes, iconic glasshouses and horticultural collections steeped in history - a place you don’t want to miss.
A Beautiful Rose Pergola
This rose pergola was built in 1959. It was planted with pairs of climbing and rambling roses, chosen for their profusion of color and their length of bloom. When the roses reach their peak, this pergola becomes a tunnel of color and fragrance.
Boxwood and Lavendar
Outside the Royal Kitchens are these beautiful parterres of boxwood and lavender - the color combination is stunning.