Rebel, July 4th, 2019 at Forrestel Farm

Rebel, July 4th, 2019 at Forrestel Farm
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Elliott Erwitt


Sunday, August 30, 2009


The Garden Club of Brockport has been presenting Tours for many years, as a way to make money for their yearly expenses. Today I went to each of the homes to give you an idea of what the gardens looked like.

My first stop was at the home of the Winners.

They live right in the village on a quiet side street.

One of my favorite spots was this patio on the west side of their house. It was very private and inviting...

From there I went to the Watts of the most beautiful in Brockport.

There is Sarah on the front porch. When our kids were babies we were neighbors, and have kept in touch ever since.

The back yard is deep and shaded with beautiful gardens and trees.

A classic patio off the kitchen.

And a view from the inside....magnificant!

Across the street is the home of the Matela's. Jo owns the Red Bird Tea shop in the village and I have taken you there several times in the past.

She has been redesigning her back yard which is now filled with impatiens and hosta.

Very private and soothing to the eye.

Around the corner is the Morris Residence.

Behind this house is a very eclectic garden complete with tool sheds and an old train shanty where Jackie makes chili sauce every fall.

Trumpet vine has grown over the remains of a cherry tree creating new life.

The front porch has a long bench on it....inviting you to have a seat.

On the other side of Main Street is the Dolan House.

The property is outlined with a picket fence edged with gardens.

As you can see, the lot is very large, considering it is in the village.

Next, I drove to Clarkson to visit the Aponti home.

They were prepared with a sign and went to the trouble of labeling all of their plants.

Their cats were very curious about all of the activity.

The plantings were very mature, creating border gardens.

Outside the kitchen is a cook's garden....

The Scott's cottage was a surprise. Their lush back yard had to be larger than an acre and was fully planted.

How do you keep a birdbath so clean?

Onlookers were invited to enjoy tea and cookies.

I have never seen some of these flowers and I can't remember what this is....

I do know, however, that her lilies are magnificant.

Last but not least is Home Sweet Home....Skoog Farm.

Those of you who follow me, should be very familiar with these shots.

At 3pm, all were invited to the Alumni House for a Wine Flight.

There were summer wines and other refreshments.

The Garden Club members each donated a basket of some sort to be raffled off at the end of the event. Gary won a basket with homemade jams, pickles and tomato sauce...just what I wanted!

This is the kind of thing that makes Brockport a great place to live.


  1. Hi Lori and Gari. It looks a lovely place to live. The flower you say you don't know appears to be a passion vine. We have a similar event here every other year. It makes us all keep our gardens up to scratch.
    Cheers, Mike and Ann.


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