If You Build It…
…YOU CAN BET THE DEER WILL COME. Sometime in May, when I was gearing up for the early-summer issues of HC&G, I decided I needed an outlet from the impending summer crush. In one whirling-dervish burst of energy, I grabbed my loppers and headed outside to my small grove of black bamboo. I hacked away at spent canes with the somewhat unarticulated motive of creating a wattle fence for a vegetable patch, which I planned for a suddenly sunny spot created by the loss of a tree to the big Nor'easter in March.
For four hours I cut the bamboo to size, sunk posts and wove the canes together to create a raised bed, then started planting. My inspiration came thanks to the wonderful vegetable and herb gardens featured in this issue's "Gardening" column, written by my longtime partner and HC&G editor at large Alejandro Saralegui. Upon viewing this roundup, I realized it's possible to grow just about anything, no matter how humble your plot of land. To me, gardening is incredibly liberating: when I am digging into the earth, I think of nothing else; no pesky intruders cloud my mind.
One Hamptons vegetable patch that never fails to catch my eye is the potager at Robert Dash's fabulous Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack (open on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer; madoo.org). The gardens are revolutionary, but what a special treat it was to photograph the interiors of Bob's 1740s house for this issue (In Living Color). They are everything a home should be: idiosyncratic, personal, eclectic, lived-in. Astoundingly, while the grounds have been photographed extensively, the house has never been published in a magazine before. So here's to unplanned adventures. I'm growing tomatoes, broccoli and arugula, among other things, and just the other day I saw a young deer in the yard.
Editor in Chief