Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY is worth at least one more post here, especially to introduce its director, Vinnie Simeone. Here he is looking mighty happy with some of his many roses (which he sprays twice in spring with Neem oil, and that's it.) For more about Planting Fields, I'll just refer you to a recent profile in the NY Times, about this Flowery Legacy of a Gilded Age.
Should Ugly be Preserved?
Okay, that's a provocative header but really, who could love the newly restored fountains in the pool above? Dare I suggest – only people living that gilded age of aping everything glitzy and kinda Italian.
Travels with Allan
But a bit more about Vinnie. In addition to his hort duties, he's written four books, a feat I admire, but what I ENVY are his duties as co-tour leader of Garden Vistas, with none other than Allan Armitage. Here's what Vinnie wrote me about that:
I have been traveling with Allan Armitage and a
group of garden enthusiasts since 1998. We have visited England,
Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, East and West sides of Canada,
New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and North and Southeastern US. We visit
both private and public gardens and many interesting people along the way. We
teach and also learn a lot about horticulture and see many exotic plants,
animals and places.
Now if we could just get a guest post from Vinnie about those travels. Got stories?