East Hampton’s Garden Guru

dirt3TODAY I WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION to the multi-talented Dianne Benson, a former fashion designer and retailer (I still have a fab dress from the ’80s with her label that I can’t bring myself to let go of). She is the author of Dirt, a book full of unconventional gardening wisdom and humor. She also blogs and writes a monthly column for Hamptons Cottages & Gardens magazine that never fails to inspire me.

This month, in a column titled “The Shapely Garden,” Dianne writes about end-of-season pruning in a way that makes me want to grab my Felco, and with just a touch of wistfulness. The fleetingness of the seasons — and of life, by extension — is never far from a true gardener’s consciousness.

She gardens locally and has an online business, the Best of Dianne B., on which she sells a selection of gardening implements that are beautifully designed and reasonably priced. Because she’s that as well: practical.

dirt1

Here’s an excerpt from her currrent column:

Even though this summer has been particularly slug-infested, rain-drenched and deer-ravaged, the looming end of the season always comes as a shock. The best part of the end, though, is that it puts us right back at the beginning. The ever-hopeful gardening cycle thrives on renewal. I always consider autumn the instigation of spring because there will be nothing to look forward to then if you don’t think and act now. Fall is the perfect time to reshape your garden. That can mean anything from carving new paths to bringing in fresh light by climbing up trees and turning an ordinary, if not dismal, woodsy-looking shrub into a thing that at least approaches beauty….

…Whether it’s deer-ravaging that needs to be camouflaged, some tired old trees to rejuvenate or an overgrown herb garden (especially rosemary and thyme) to re-imagine, don’t be afraid. Most anything you cut off grows back, anyway, and those missing branches will suddenly become such an enhancement that you will begin to see your whole garden differently…

Go here to read the whole thing.

About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
This entry was posted in GARDENS & GARDENING, HAMPTONS, LONG ISLAND and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to East Hampton’s Garden Guru

  1. Tara Dillard says:

    Charming, charming, charming. I knew I would adore whatever gardener you liked.

    Thanks for introducing me to a new gardener!!

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Got something to say? Please say it!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s