Hubbard Hall plays and programs. So when I saw that there was a garden tour scheduled this past Sunday as a fundraiser for Hubbard Hall, I took notice. I like gardens; I like Hubbard Hall; I like exploring rural Washington County: a perfect afternoon outing for me! All of the photos posted here are from the garden tour.
The Witch of Hebron , which is set in Washington County and is a sequel to his earlier novel, World Made by Hand. I recommend them both. There really is a town of Hebron, by the way. Both of these novels can be ordered through the very good independent bookstore in Cambridge, Battenkill Books. The books are also available through other big name sites, but hey, why not support the little guy?
Kunstler himself has recently moved to Washington County, leaving Saratoga behind. The HH brought Kunstler's recent photo essay of the area to my attention, which, in perfect Kunstlerian form, paints a bleak picture of his new home town. Greenwich (which, oddly enough, in this neck of the woods is pronounced "green witch") is really much lovelier than Kunstler's narative would lead you to believe. Maybe he's trying to discourage more folks from moving there and clogging up the place.
www.kunstler.com . Warning: it's not really G rated, but it is a good read.
Another successful Washington County author, much tamer than Kunstler, is Jon Katz, whose dog books have been best sellers. He, too, blogs prolifically at www.bedlamfarm.com. and heavily features Washington County in words and photos. You can purchase Katz's books through Battenkill Books, as well. He has been known to do book signings there.
And about that garden tour on Sunday? I liked it. Five lovely spaces, varied and carefully tended. I liked the last one best of all. These last five photos, starting with the blue bench, are from "A Painter's Collection", the gardens of Ginny McNeice in Greenwich (remember, it's green witch here abouts.)
Gardenworks Farm, near Salem, NY. We pick raspberries and blueberries and do dried flower crafts at the farm in the morning, then go her home on Cossayuna Lake for a vegetable lasagna lunch. It's a tough life, July in upstate New York... Gardenworks is right around the corner from Bedlam Farm, and I've seen Jon Katz pop in for a cup of coffee there on previous visits.
Bedlam Farm is for sale, by the way, in case you'd like to own your own piece of Washington County and a bit of literary history. And it's address? Why, it's in Hebron, just like the witch.