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Martha Stone-Martin

Renovating Our Access to Art

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Renovating Our Access to Art

annie witte

When life gives you Covid-19 and turns the world on its ear, the reimagination of all things summer is required.

For Snug Harbor Farm, summertime means gathering in the barn for an art show or for a foraged dinner with friends. Summer means dressing up homes and tents for special occasions.

Summer means workshops to grow and learn about how to design and combine plants and flowers. We are doing our best to get up to speed with virtual technology and get back on track with the workshops at home but it is taking time to figure it all out. You will know as soon as we are able to bring them to you in a way that works safely for everyone.

Francis PalmerWhat we are prepared to bring you is original artwork by some of our favorite collaborators, both online and at the farm. These are all folks we were planning to catch up with this summer through shows and celebrations. We are launching a special gallery in our online shop with a collection of paintings by Annie Witte called The Seed Series, inspired by the plant life at Snug Harbor Farm. We are going live with an artist talk with Annie on Instagram at 4:30pm on Friday, August 21. Get ready with pertinent questions and tune in!

Other favorite artists that we will be featuring include Beth Rundquist, Frances Palmer, Jonathon White and Kelly Jo Shows. Visit our online artist gallery.

This summer was also going to bring scholars, designers, and writers to our doorstep to discuss their new books. We hope you will visit their websites and pick up a copies of their books because we have learned so much from these folks. We hope that a visit to Snug Harbor Farm will be possible in the not so distant future by everyone featured here.

Hilton Carter

HILTON CARTER

One of our favorite interior plantscapers, Hilton released his gorgeous new book, Wild Interiors this summer. Visit his website, thingsbyhc.com, or keep up with him on Instagram @hiltoncarter.

Amy Merrick

AMY MERRICK

A big blowout was being planned with Amy Merrick, to celebrate her fantastic book on flowering. We are anxious to reboot a workshop along with a talk about the book when we get clear and safe, again, but in the meantime, you must see the beauty Amy put together. Follow her on Instagram @amy_merrik. You can find her gorgeous book in our shop.

Peter Moriarty

PETER MORIARTY

A wonderful photographer, Peter Moriarty, was going to bring his original silver gelatin prints and beautiful book, Warm Room, to Snug Harbor Farm to discuss the history and beauty of historic glass houses. His photography really captures the grandeur of these plant palaces. You can find copies of Warm Room at Yankee Bookshop

As we wind down summer and prepare to continue learning and exploring from our own homes we hope you will find comfort and inspiration in being able to travel the world through the eyes of an artist. Take care. Wear a mask. Wash your hands and help your neighbors.

 

Love in the Time of Corona

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Love in the Time of Corona

garden pathIt’s never how you think it’s going to be. If only we could remember that fact as we pick a path. This path that we are on, now, is uncharted in many ways and we’re just trying to figure it out. We have found out a few things for sure: No matter what, people want their eggs, and plants and very much want to plant a garden. People want beauty. People want community. It’s important to us to share what we have and to keep what we have alive and thriving. We’ve had to prioritize while trying to follow the rules. So grateful for Dr. Shah’s advice. We want to provide sanctuary and escape from the scary but first let’s slow down and be sure to keep this thing in check, in order to flatten the curve and protect the elders and all who are vulnerable, including birds, animals, plants, employees, and customers.

Our curbside offerings will be put out as weather permits. We are accepting cash, checks, and Venmo payments for those products. They are generally available from 10:00 to 4:00, as best we can. Thanks for your patience and all the kind words of support. We have also been working hard, adding lots of plants, pots, and products to our online store. These can be shipped right to your door! Or you can be in touch with our shop with special requests and we’ll gather and have ready for you to pick-up (shop@snugharborfarm.com). We know you want to visit and we want you to visit but heed the warnings of our New England governors and be careful crossing state lines. While you’re stopping by and checking out the curb, please be mindful of fellow shoppers and maintain safe distances.

(Photo: One of our favorite garden paths found at Hollister House in CT.)

 

Veranda magazine“These Are the 10 Most Beautiful Garden Shops Around the World”

We will be looking forward to the day when travel plans can be made with confidence. How lovely was the surprise that came to us from Veranda Magazine, to be included in a wonderful on-line list of the best nurseries and garden shops, in the world! This could the ultimate road (by sea and air) trip to dream about. Stop in on all of these wonderful places when you get a chance. Tell them we sent you. Let’s take good care of each other and our dear planet so that we may roam and enjoy all it has to offer.

 

 

Leaping Into Spring

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spring at Snug Harbor Farm

It can’t get here fast enough, right? Leap year! Leaping ahead! Leaping like a lion on the back of wild winds. Drying out the muddy ground and blowing away under-brush, exposing new found growth. Our aconite is out in full force with lots of other babies poking their way through the cold soil (eranthis hyemalis) keeping the snow drops company. Punxsutawney Phil saw it coming.

New growth is bursting forth on every level at Snug Harbor Farm. We are ready for the season ahead and so excited about the momentum taking place. The workshops are blowing up and selling out before we even get the promotion going! It’s a blast for us to learn and develop and implement new programs. We’re so grateful for your enthusiasm. That being said, there are still a few spots available this Saturday for the Bonsai Workshop with Glen Lord, and only two spots left for Basket Making with Gabrielle Brown. Sign up while you still can!

Let us know if there’s a particular workshop you are looking for.And if the state of Maine remains open, we’ll have a chance to see you at The Maine Flower Show! Keep up the good hand washing techniques (at least 20 seconds, people, and 60% alcohol if you’re using hand sanitizer instead of soap) and best health practices while we navigate the remainder of flu season, and we’ll hopefully all get through it unscathed.

Slogging Through February

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Slogging Through February

Winter has really thrown us a curve ball this year! It’s snowing then it’s raining then it’s 50 degrees then it’s sleeting! We are all keeping our fingers crossed that the groundhog knows what it’s shadow means and an early spring is on its way. There are a few things we can count on while the weather does the wild mood swing thing: the greenhouses at Snug Harbor Farm are warm and luscious; we are getting more day light everyday and the miniature horses couldn’t be cuter with their woolly coats on.

We’ve tried to give you a few more things to look forward to during this strange month. We have our ever popular Succulent Workshop coming up on Saturday the 15th and there are just a few spaces left. You might want to jump on that if you don’t have a plan.

We’ll be packing up the van and making our annual trip to Hartford, Connecticut for the Flower and Garden Show on February 20th. We love catching up with our friends and fans there and will have new pot shapes and a crop of gorgeous greenery to share with plant lovers in the area.

The month will close out with our ode to spring: a workshop planting forced bulbs and spring branches called Forced Fabulosity. What could be more fabulous than witnessing new growth and having your space filled with the sweet scent of spring blossoms.

The greenhouses are open seven days a week and the shop is preparing to reopen on March 7th. We are lining up more fun and adventure in the months to come so keep an eye on the calendar and ear to the ground for new announcements coming at a rapid pace. Be well Farm Friends!

Seeing the Year Ahead Clearly

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Seeing the Year Ahead Clearly

The new decade has presented some amazing opportunities to connect with friends and clients far and wide and we’re excited to dive right in! This season, at Snug Harbor Farm, we are making a concerted effort to connect with the littles and are in the midst of developing a special program that will span the year with seasonal offerings of educating kids about plants and the joy of working with them in many ways. The program will kick off in the spring so stay tuned for more to come on that front.

Meanwhile, we are easing through the winter months with some of our fan favorites, starting things off with a style of plant that has put Snug on the map: topiaries! Yes, we are bringing back the ever popular Topiary Workshop on Saturday, January 25th. Learn the principles about how to grow, groom and maintain your very own.

Although the shop is temporarily shuttered while we complete inventory and work on some improvements on the interior, the greenhouses are bustling and building crops. We’ll be heading back to Hartford in February to see our friends in CT bringing the best that Snug has to offer at the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show from February 20-23rd. Let us know if there’s anything in particular that you are looking for and we’ll be sure to get it on the truck with your name on it.

In addition to the Flower Show, we are offering two other classes to get you in the greenhouse in February.  First up will be an immersion into all things succulent on February 15. This one sells out quickly so be sure to sign up soon if you want a spot.

To wind up the month, we’ll be looking forward to Spring and working with bulbs and branches in our Forced Fabulosity workshop on February 29th. This class is a layered look at the science of growing forced bulbs, anchored by branches about to burst, in one of our delicious terra cotta pots.

Let’s work on a collective, clear vision of a world of beauty that we share with one another. Let’s help our young grow up understanding what’s real and alive. Let’s really see the potential ahead of us and appreciate where we are and how we live our daily lives. We’re so happy to share all of that at Snug Harbor Farm. We’re looking forward to your next visit. Happy New Year to all of you.

Final Feasts of a Fabulous Year

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Final Feasts of a Fabulous Year

During the last days of the last month of the last year of an interesting decade, we reflect on how much we have to be thankful for at Snug Harbor Farm. Our focus and fantasies have drifted towards and around food in 2019. We are so fortunate to have spent this past year growing and cooking and sharing the bounty of our labors. Finding beauty and delight in the delicious collaborations, we are topping off the season in the company of the best employees and the most gracious of guests. Stop by for the final feast this Friday!

Our own elves are preparing their delicious treats from recipes found in the treasure trove of GREAT cookbooks now available in the shop. Sample and shop in the happy company of Prelude People.

In support of all this feasting, we also are so grateful for the creative spirit that decorates the doors, the rooms and the tabletops that support the feasting! Our offering of seasonal workshops have sold out almost as soon as they are posted. We have one more on the calendar that has space available (hard to believe but true). This could be the best of the season for so many reasons. Sign up while there’s space.

Thanking each and every one of you for the mad love and appreciation you shower us with on a daily basis! You make the hard work of running the farm a true joy. Lots of exciting stuff is falling into place for 2020 to keep giving back all that you share with us.

It’s November!

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November on the Farm

It’s November and the light is shifting.

We have entered the darkened corridor of November, so it’s more important than ever to think happy thoughts and make plans for the festivities that lie ahead. When things get scary we love to decorate and plan feasts to distract from the impending doom. We, at Snug Harbor Farm, are hoping to provide the best distraction with a number of upcoming workshops.

Dead ahead we have our first Tillandsia workshop that will explore the care and feeding of your air plant collection, as well as artful ideas about how to display them. This class of plant has been getting lots of attention on the farm and will take place at 1pm on November 9th.

That workshop will be followed by our annual Thanksgiving centerpiece workshop. This year we are fascinated by the tradition of della Robbia style containers that incorporate fruits and vegetables into luscious compositions framed by greens and any other organic material that may capture your fancy. Get ahead of the mad rush of food prep and cooking and get your table set up to delight you in the days leading up to the big event(s). This workshop will take place on Sunday, November 24th at 1pm.

If you are just too busy to build your own this year, we’re so happy to create something beautiful for your table. Place your order here by November 19th for delivery or pick up.

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Getting Ready

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Vanessa Seder

Getting Ready!

The first hard frost has occurred and all precious plantings have been hustled into the greenhouses while the last of the tender seasonal growth has been relegated to the compost heap. More concentration turns towards the indoors and getting organized around the upcoming, ongoing harvest and feasts to be planned around it.

We are hosting a favorite cookbook author, Vanessa Seder, on October 12, to bring us inspiration through demonstration and discussion around her fantastic book Secret Sauces. Come hear and watch while she prepares a seasonal accent and signs this wonderful addition to your cookbook library.

We’re also getting our Thanksgiving on early with staff and collaborators before we dive deep into the holidays. We feel so fortunate to have such a great team and happy community to live in.

Stop by and get excited about fall! Not in the area?  Then visit our website calendar and join our newsletter!

September Sunshine

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succulents

Soaking up the Sun

We are now halfway through September and summer is still hanging on with every drop of slowly dwindling sunlight. The crisp nights are prompting a last hurrah in our gardens with abundant blooms of dahlias, zinnias and cosmos. Time to make a plan for all the exterior containers and who will make the cut to move indoors.

Speaking of moving containers inside, check out our upcoming workshop that will address how to renovate your succulent garden for maximum indoor success. You’re welcome to build one from scratch, if you prefer.

cherry tomatoes at Snug Harbor FarmThe lush abundance of our gardens will sustain us through the months ahead until we get that first hard frost. We’ll be planning many meals around the vegetable patch. What has your garden produced that is bringing the most joy to your mealtimes? We’ve been partial to the patty pan squash and cherry tomatoes!

“Everything You Need to Know and a Cup of Joe”

The last of our DIY series, “Everything You Need to Know and a Cup of Joe” will discuss the ins and outs of designing with and planting bulbs. These Sunday garden discussions have been a big hit this summer. We love gathering and sharing our experiences and information with farm friends.

Stop by and get excited about fall! Not in the area?  Then visit our website calendar and join our newsletter!

Getting Back To It

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heading back

Getting back to it, August 17

Back to school, back to work, back to the grind…..it’s rapidly approaching. It gives an urgency to every bright, warm hour of daylight in August and gets the wheels turning as to how we prolong the magic of the warmth through the fall.

As we milk up all the beauty we can from our exterior gardens, we start to plan what greenery we’ll surround ourselves with when we move inside. If you’re moving towards a dorm or a new living space or office, you may want a bit of green life in your new place.  We have a new selection of small pots and plants that would be just perfect for your new desk or dorm room.  Snug Harbor Farm has put together a free workshop to get you started on Saturday, August 17 from 1-2:30pm

And speaking of moving indoors, let’s get cooking!

All the hard work on the vegetable gardens really starts to pay off as we harvest from the plants lovingly tended to all summer. There’s a gorgeous new crop of cookbooks in the shop to inspire how you handle all of the deliciousness as you head back to the kitchen.

small plants for dorm rooms
Annie Witte

Annie Witte Art Reception, August 22

We have one more artist appearing at Snug Harbor Farm this summer, Annie Witte, who will bring her beautiful collection of abstracts to the barn. Meet the artist and learn about her process while mingling in the barn.

Annie will also be teaching a workshop on marbleizing paper. It’s a fun process you can apply to so many projects.

Cup of Joe, Sunday, August 18

And for those of you doing battle with critters and varmints that accost your plants on a daily basis, our final summer Cup of Joe / DIY series addresses the best ways to send them packing on Sunday, August 17th.  (Don’t worry, we will have Cup of Joe in the fall… maybe with something stronger in the coffee for the morning chill?)

Looking forward

We are looking forward to the month of August and it’s our hope that it will leave you feeling prepared for the shift occurring in September. There’s lots coming up that brings us joy and inspiration. Check out the whole calendar on out website.