March 12, 2014

Gardening Talk on Sunday

Today, when the temperatures have gone from almost 70*F to in the 20’s, my thoughts can’t help but turning to spring and summer gardens. Luckily, this weekend is supposed to be decent weather, just in time for a gardening lecture.image

My friend, Gregory Weidman, curator extraordinaire at Hampton Mansion, will be giving the talk. Here’s what Hampton has to say about the talk:

Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely (1803-1867) and Helen West Stewart Ridgely (1853-1928) used their knowledge and vision to transform the landscape on the estate. Join curator, Gregory Weidman for an informative discussion about these progressive women. Eliza, a renowned horticulturist, was responsible for many of Hampton's garden improvements. Helen brought a priactical approach to maintaining the beauty of the grounds. Admission is free.

I recently found an etching of Hampton at a sale,   kr

and it’s really one of the most extraordinary houses in the area. imageIt’s now a national park after having been owned by the same family for about 200 years. The mansion itself is 24,000 square feet and was the largest private home in America for a long time.

The property, which originally covered thousands of acres, is now down to a dozen or so, but the beautiful gardens still remain. image

It will be fascinating to hear Gregory, who knows so much about this amazing house, and all of its gardens. image

For more information, please visit the event’s Facebook page, here.image

Hope to see you there!


  1. Looks wonderful. Can't wait to hear about it.

  2. Thirty one years ago I held my wedding reception in the orangery. People still comment on the beautiful mansion, gardens and Yvonne's delicious food. It was a perfect summer day!

  3. will miss the talk because of distance + give us a blog about it.

  4. What a beautiful historic house and garden. I look forward to more stories.

  5. Perfect location for a new episode of "Rosemary & Thyme".... why did they ever discontinue that series? Love it.


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