For all the 29 years we've been married it's always been the
We use these spaces as our own individual experimental
laboratories where we each endeavor to impress the other...
It's a friendly and enjoyable competition, often made a whole bunch
better by following the examples of people we admire... People such
The influence of following P. Allen Smith since his early days at KSBW in
Monterey where we lived for nearly twenty years, can be seen throughout
our gardens. I can list at least fifty+ plants and flowers we now enjoy simply
because they were featured either on Allen's show or in one of his books!
So... When we learned that P. Allen Smith was appearing at a luncheon
given by Old Salem Museums and Gardens this afternoon, we were there!
Old Salem is a Winston-Salem treasure and any opportunity to support
its preservation is worth the effort. As you know, we haven't missed an
Easter Sunrise service there since we moved here... We visit Old Salem
a lot! So I'm delighted that P. Allen Smith will be filming a feature about
the gardens at Old Salem for his show tomorrow! By the way, we were
seated at the table sponsored by the Journal with really lovely company!
One of the other perks of being seated at this particular table was
a complementary copy of Allen's book - Thanks, W-S Journal!
The Forsyth County Country Club chefs outdid themselves!
Honestly, had you told me this morning that I would be having
lunch with P. Allen Smith, I would have thought you were nuts!
Allen's lecture regarding his passion for gardens and hearing him speak
about the gardens at Monticello that we also love so much was just
fantastic! I think I fell in love with him a little more than I already was!
At the end of his lecture, Allen stayed to sign books!
Of course, I couldn't wait to introduce myself and, to tell
him about how far we go back! I also couldn't resist asking Allen
about Moose, the lovable donkey at his Moss Mountain Farm who
can often be seen trying to horn in on Allen's scenes during his show!
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have a copy of Allen's
Seasonal Recipes from the Garden to add to my collection!
This way, I can have P. Allen Smith in my gardens and in my kitchen!
It's a beautiful book with recipes from the garden for every season!
Just like us, P. Allen Smith is the perfect marriage of garden and home!
And, just because I love you, I want you to have a copy of this book too!
If you'd like to have this copy of P. Allen Smith's Seasonal Recipes
from the Garden, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me where
you do your best work... Kitchen or Garden... Or both! I'll choose one
winner on Sunday and even include the program from today's lunch!
With sincerest thanks to P. Allen Smith for his visit to Winston-Salem! Your Garden Home Retreat is on our list so until we meet again... We send you our Best wishes! xo