Garden Tour

Thursday, June 13, 2013

 Last weekend was the Kansas City Garden Tour. These pictures are from Cody Hogan's home. His Chef's garden was a true delight and my favorite of the entire show. He's the Chef de Cuisine at Lidia's Restaurant Group, and his garden is planted to not only be enjoyed visually, it also provides fresh produce to use in his recipes. He's a new beekeeper too!

The espaliered pears border large formal herb beds. The water table was created by Peter Crump who owns Urban Stone Concrete in Kansas City. (His countertops in the kitchen and table tops throughout the home and property are just stunning.) I think the concrete planter above was done by him too.

 Wattle fencing surrounds their shrubs.

Love all of the boxwood in the garden. They were all pruned to perfection. Cody and Peter have planted over 90 boxwood plants in their yard. I evidently don't have enough. I only have one and it's large and unpruned.

Peter and Cody built the outdoor oven. After it's fired up they cook bread, pizza, meats and finally add a pot of beans which cooks overnight in the oven as it cools.

The gold fish love this bit of water.

The knotted topiary hedge of boxwood, red barberry and euonymus shrubs along the driveway was just lovely. It made me rethink the shrubs in front of my home. The visual interest the knotted hedge provides is richer than the line up of Japanese yews in front of my home.

Below is a bit of show and tell from Susan. 

Susan Nightingale writes,
I am a fan of your cross stitch designs and when I purchased "A Schoolgirl's Work," I couldn't stop looking at the Polly Hix sampler. I was attracted by the colors in it but also because Polly was from a small town (Homer, NY) which is just a few hours from where I live. I kept wondering how her sampler ended up in Kansas. I contacted the Spencer Museum to ask them if it would be all right for me to chart the sampler from their photograph and was given permission to do so. I completed the graph last summer but didn't stitch it until this spring and just recently have finished framing it. My husband made the frame out of some vintage pine wood that he had. I thought you might like to see the finished product so am attaching a photo. I also wanted to thank you for bringing the sampler to my attention in your book and always look forward to your new designs. Keep up the great work!
Will post an update on the new Loose Feather program soon.

Until later,



  1. Beautiful pictures, a delightful garden.
    Polly's sampler s a delight too;))

  2. Wattle fencing is a nice added touch to a garden! Great pics! The Sampler is a beauty... no wonder Susan could not stop thinking about it... looking forward to the loose feathers... and have to mention that Tending The Garden is a wonderful book! Every project in it is a beauty and a must stitch! :-)

  3. Speaking of gardens and samplers, both were lovely by the way, I have my WILD GARDEN back from the framer. I substituted mine and hubby's first initials and put the date of our marriage. I am so pleased with it. Thanks for your lovely designs.

  4. What a beautiful tour of the gardens, I on the other hand am envious of all who grow anything. Polly's sampler was heavenly.

  5. I love you designs!
    Do you know where I can locate the pattern for strawberry garden that I think was designed in 2009?
    I would love to try it
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Lynne,

      I'm very sorry....but that pattern was one of our earlier Loose Feather collections. It's been sold out for about 3 years.


    2. Hi Alma!
      I thought so. :( . I've seen it pinned and repinned lately on pintrest so I was hoping to find the pattern.
      If you ever decide to reprint it I think a lot of people
      would love it!
      Thank you for the reply
      I love your other patterns too!

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