I spent the first part of my life in North Carolina, the middle in Pennsylvania, and now I am determined to become a Mainer while keeping my southern drawl. I consider the rhetorical question, “you’re not from around here, are you?” a compliment.
I love great gardens, beautiful plants, and inspiring architecture. Because of this, I am on a lifelong quest to find a garden that artistically combines beautiful plants while being centered around an evocative building. For me, this would be Beatrix Farrand’s Dumbarton Oaks
, with the plants of Lotusland
, around Fay Jones’ Thorncrown Chapel
My wife and I are now making our new home and garden in a 130 year old New England house with a farmer’s porch near the Damariscotta River in coastal Maine. When our kids get into college, we want to hike the Appalachian Trail as a family over a summer break.
My likes (in random order): the smell of fresh basil and rosemary, bold foliage, India Pale Ale, good running shoes, Top Gear
, the smell of New England in the fall (it reminds me a bit of English Leather, which my grandfather wore), and the sound of our family laughing together around the dinner table.
I dream of one day owning an old Toyota 4X4 pick-up and seeing the Avett Brothers