My Name is Don Statham and this is my garden blog.
I am mad about plants, some might say obsessive! One of the points of this blog is to connect with other passionate gardeners who also like to talk about plants, garden design, garden writing and all things horticultural.
Originally from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, I made my first real garden (if you don’t count the cantaloupes in my grandmother’s garden, which I certainly do count!) in Scotland where I lived with my Scottish wife for three years. I am a self-taught trial- and error- designer/gardener, and my experience over many years is what enabled me to have a successful landscape design business in New York City. My company, Bloom Design Inc., enabled me to see many gardens in all kinds of tough urban places. I discovered which plants would hold up on roof-top terraces with high winds, and which were suited for deep shade gardens with no air circulation. The success was great, but we have always loved greener places. So after 10 years, I closed my company in order to live out our dream of residing in the country full time.
I am now a garden consultant/designer. And as always, my own garden is my area of study and learning. My own garden is my passion, and it has been a laboratory in which to test my ideas about garden design and plant habitat. We bought Old Totem Farm, in New York State in 1997. On the day of the signing, the man we bought the house and land from was just making his way down the driveway after all the papers were signed. He leaned casually out of his car window and said, “Oh, by the way, it’s cold here!” In fact, it is Zone 4, one of the coldest spots around. When other people have daffodils, we can’t see the ground for inches of snow. After I renovated the house, I began to make my garden. Nine years later, my garden is starting to mature. It now encompasses about four acres totally surrounding the house. The garden is really a series of garden rooms that lead you from one space to another. When you leave one area, you are bombarded by different shapes, sizes, colors, textures, light and shade that make a walk in the garden a constantly changing visual and sensual adventure. The Big Leaf Room, The Moon Garden, The Plum Orchard, and The Lilac Walk are just a few of the different areas that I have named to give you a sense of the place. But words do not always suffice when beauty is involved, so be prepared to let go of easy descriptions and let your heart enjoy the scenery!