The 13th Annual Farmington Kitchens and Gardens Tour hosted by the Friends of the Farmington Library was held Saturday at six private homes and seven public gardens and museums. The oldest home dates back to 1659 and most were in the Village, as we refer to the central, oldest part of Farmington CT.
An incredible variety of both kitchens and gardens, from modern to stately to eclectic provided a draw for many despite the early rain.
I can't tell you much about the event other than my little corner of it. We were on the tour for the first time. Imagine hoards of garden lovers dropping in to see your outdoor spaces, and then checking out your kitchen too. I'm a designer, and I was stressed out ahead of this event! But, as always, I have a team I can rely on to make things happen!
First, the delightful and fun Cynthia Dodd from Plantscapes arrived to design and execute stage 1 of "The Plan". For me, hiring a designer for the first time was a novel experience. As we discussed choices, I made a concerted effort not to ask for changes that would compromise the design — even when I could not visualize the finished project. I will admit I did hem-and-haw about the fountain color, but we laughed through the whole thing and we eventually compromised on a color that suits us both. Having someone else dress up my home was a wonderful experience! I can't imagine why everyone doesn't hire a designer!
Some peeks at the garden:
the new fountain in the foundation garden — this bed was completely renovated
one of the planters on the front porch
love this green planter!
more greenery beside the front door
some new gems in front of the studio
the kitchen garden — I can't handle more than 3 tomato plants!
these ligularia will spread in the shade behind the studio
more new perennials behind the house
new wall planters beside the kitchen doors
new planters complement my panton chairs on the back patio
Stage 2 of the new gardens will bring even more color and energy to our landscape. And maybe in 3 or 5 years, as the newest plants mature and fill in, we'll be on the tour again.
To add some floral zing to my kitchen, I called on the über-talented Robin Weir of Haworth's Florists. She is amazing! I show up with a vague concept ("give me funky"), and a fabric sample, she delivers original, energetic and all-around fabulous arrangements. Here are the three she designed for my kitchen:
in a corner behind my kitchen table, I set this on a chair atop a table for height
on the island, this arrangement garnered many compliments
detail from the arrangement on the kitchen table
A few details from my kitchen — I'm a lousy photographer, so can only show snippets!
new pillows on my thomas o'brien (swoon) thompson chairs
newly reupholstered side chairs
my crow foot table in the seating area
tibetan chest from kips bay quickly albeit scantily accessorized from around the house!
I understand from the organizers the Farmington Kitchen & Garden Tour was a success and hope significant funds were raised for the libraries in town. Many thanks to the volunteers who looked after my home!