I am going to do three posts about Ladew: the Garden Festival first, and then the house, Pleasant Valley Farm and then the famous topiary gardens.
We started out in the main tent where some of the non-plant vendors had set up, and since it had just started raining hard, it was the best place to be. Pennoyer Newman had set up their beautiful pots which are all cast from old pots. I loved the look of these pots, but as you may remember, my back "garden" is only 12 x 12 feet!
Another of the vendors had a selection of garden antiques, including some great old galvanized watering cans.
Many of the vendors had items pertaining to fox hunting, since Harvey Ladew was a huge fan of the sport.
One of the other charming notes was the flower arrangements scattered though the tent (and the house) that were composed from flowers from the property.
The vendor that I was most interested in visiting was Stiles Colwill’s Halcyon House Antiques.
He has the most amazing taste, which I’ve always admired. He was at the Moroccan party a few months ago – but we missed each other. So I was pleased to have a chance to speak with him for a few minutes. We talked about me doing a special post about his new Halcyon House venture. Stay tuned for that.
As we were talking, I noticed Bunny Williams browsing among the Halcyon House items, and snapped a picture of her. We were not able to stay for her book signing, which was held later in the afternoon.
As the rain tapered off, we headed outside to see the plant vendors. There were a lot of shade plants, as well as some other unusual specimens. Here are some pitcher plants that were in terrariums:
A woodland trillium:
A billy goat gruff in metal, which made me think of the song in the Sound of Music.