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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Barn Charm - Tovah's Toy Barn

Here's another barn from a 1990s garden tour of New England. Last week I shared a huge barn/greenhouse/garden just outside Sturbridge, Massachuttes. This week we've moving on to Danielson, Connecticut for a look at Tovah Martin's "toy" farm. If you are a serious gardener, especially in the New England area, you may be familiar with the writings of horticulturalist and plants woman Tovah Martin. She has written many books on gardening, columns for gardening magazines and has a gardening blog. She also worked at two great gardening institutions: Logee's Nursery in Danielson and White Flower Farm in Leitchfield, CT. Their catalogs are my favorites for garden plants. On the day we visited Tovah's garden we walked up this graveled driveway. All around the yard and barn plants grew in wild abandon. This property was about seven acres and Tovah does all the work. She is a dedicated organic gardener.

Here's Tovah in her front yard garden in her 1950s print shirtwaists and lace up boots. You can see why "small" would appeal to her:

Here's a better view of the house--notice no curtains and the weed sickle mounted on wall by the door:

In this photo you can see that the barn is joined to the house by a greenhouse passage where many houseplants were thriving:


Finally, as a special treat, Tovah demonstrated a large variety of floral arrangements--all loose and casual and made up from unexpected plants from her garden:

If you are wild about gardening and plants, you may enjoy spending time trolling these two websites: Logee's Nursery  and  White Flower Farm .

If you'd like to participate in the Barn Charm meme, click here: Bluff Area Daily

21 comments:

Linda said...

That looks like a fascinating place to visit! I am looking forward to traveling to Dennis Port, MA later this year...the end of October. I have not visited many places on the northeast coast - NYC, of course, Boston for a brief time to catch the train, and Kittery, ME when my sister was stationed there. Wonder how far away this is from Dennis Port?

Jan n Jer said...

Very interesting place. Tovah looks fresh out of the pioneer days! She sure is one with nature!

TexWisGirl said...

what a pretty place! she sounds like a character!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Faye, I've enjoyed reading about your trip into New England. Tovah Martin must really be an interesting character. I would love seeing her home/garden/barn... How neat is that!!!! AND --I'm sure that just talking to her has to be very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a fun farm to visit. Love the old barn and house.

heyBJK said...

It sounds like she has forgotten more about plants and gardening than I'll ever know. Very cool place! Glad you got to meet her.

George said...

I'm familiar with White Flower Farm, so that tells me much about Tovah Martin. Some things may be small on her farm, but they certainly are marvelous. What a magnificent garden.

Tanya said...

i love places like this!

Nancy said...

What a wonderful place and Tovah sounds like a great person! Thanks for sharing your experience. :)

Madge Bloom said...

What an interesting gal and her equally interesting place! Nice series of shots!

Marie said...

I enjoyed this post very much! I have to check out the links! I bet this was a fun day!

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Carletta said...

Faye, you win the charming award this week! :)
Love this little house an attached barn. What a sweet place.

Pamela Gordon said...

This is an interesting barn and house. I love how they are joined together with a greenhouse. I think I have heard of Tovah but not sure where. It must have been interesting to visit there with her. Thanks for your visit today.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

What a wonderful place, look at all those plants! WoW! I've always had plants in the house, but none outside, however, I just recently starting getting interested in more of this very thing, so thank you for this post & the links!

Great having you joining in & link up =)

Mari said...

Nice barn and nice picture of Tovah!

Lois Evensen said...

What a great barn! Love that greenhouse between the barn and the house.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you. I'm following along now. :)

Best,
Lois

bon bon said...

having to pass through a green house to get to the barn? what a great way to add a little romance to farm living! :o)

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

What a fascinating place to visit and how clever to have the greenhouse as the link between the barn and the house!

Living Life said...

Yes, I would say Tovah looks the "part". She certainly has a green thumb! I love the greenhouse between the barn and the house. I have always wanted a green house.

Jim said...

Great post.
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