Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A little history...The Tea House is the actual original Cornish Art Colony painting studio of William Ladd Taylor...built in my great grandparent's apple orchard, while Mr. Taylor spent summers renting a room in my great grandparent's farmhouse across the dirt road. .

Once a full time floral designer at the now closed, but legendary and fabulous, Evergreen Florist in W.Lebanon, NH, with an Agricultural Studies degree from UVM, taught the love of the land by my mother and grandparents, I started up this  flower farm in the summer of '09 in honor of my Dad, Fenno F. Heath, Jr., in honor of my mother, Carol Quimby Heath, and my family, in honor of my college degree in Horticultural Therapy, and simply for the JOY of it, on land that's been in the family for generations. 

 My partner, Dan Hertzler, is the 'Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds'. He is also the man in the orange hat that sits every day on the guard rail post next to the mighty Connecticut River between Cornish, NH and Windsor, VT taking daily photos, morning, noon, night, whenever he drives by...of the majestic Mount Ascutney...and he has a fabulous blog where he features the best pics of the week.  Together we created this flower garden, nestled in the heart of the Cornish Art Colony.

The Tea House located at the garden was built and owned by Cornish Art Colonist  William Ladd Taylor in the early 1900's. He used it for his painting studio and he had a large north facing window installed for this purpose.   Mr. Taylor and his wife boarded across the street in my great grandmother's farmhouse and he built his art studio in my great grandmother's apple orchard. 

My great grandmother, Martha Quimby,  cooked the Taylor's meals, kept their room clean in exchange for their summer rent money.  My relatives fed and kept house and boarded many a Cornish Art Colonist.  Mr. Taylor's wife taught my grandfather how to play the piano during those idyllic Art Colony summers in the early 1900's.  So influenced by the Art Colonists, my grandfather, born on the dairy farm, an only child,  left the farm and went on to study organ with Nadia Boulanger in Paris France, became the Director of Music at the Cleveland (Ohio) Museum of Art and then went on to become the Director of Music at Connecticut College.  

In addition to my love of growing flowers, I am also an elementary school music teacher and a member of The Heath Sisters, a sibling performance and recording trio, thus, The Song Garden!  Gardening and Music!  "Plant Seeds and Sing Songs!".

Some of Mr William Ladd Taylor's Art:

 William Ladd Taylor

 My Great Grandmother, Martha Westgate Quimby, in her Dahlia garden across the road from the Song Garden!

My Great Great Grandmother, Charlotte Bryant Quimby 
and my Great Grandmother, Martha Westgate Quimby
They gave Mr. William Ladd Taylor room and board while he painted in the 
art studio in the apple orchard across the the Tea House!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning"; that is, a reason to enjoy life.

Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.

In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning"; that is, a reason to enjoy life.  ~ Wikipedia

Friday, March 8, 2013

We always feature the Art of Tea brand of delightful tea each season. Here is yet another unique flavor of the 11 flavors we will feature this summer '13. So beautiful. So serene.

Art of Tea ~ The Official Tea of The Song Garden and Tea House.
(This means that we LOVE this tea and we will be providing 11 delicious flavors this summer!)

Jasmine Reserve

"Hand-harvested Jasmine Reserve tea in this eco-friendly biodegradable pyramid sachet. This select organic green tea has been repeatedly baked and scented with fresh and fragrant night-blooming jasmine blossoms."

Water Temperature: 180-185 F degrees
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Caffeine Content: Medium
Suggested Serving Size: 1 teabag/8oz
Ingredients: Organic & Fair Trade Green Tea
Origin: China

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Art of Tea, our favorite tea! Come to the Song Garden Tea House this summer for a cup of Italian Blood Orange!!! Sooo good!

Art of Tea (of L.A.) ~ The official Tea of The Song Garden and Tea House.  New flavor!  Italian Blood Orange!

This invigorating citrus blend steeps a beautiful light pink hue and leaves behind a clean and refreshing finish of fresh orange blossoms.

Water Temperature: 206 F degrees
Steep Time: 5-7 minutes

Caffeine Content: Caffeine Free
Ingredients: Organic & Fair Trade South African Rooibos, Organic Honeybush, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Safflower, Organic Hibiscus, Natural Flavors
Origin: Art of Tea Blend

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Nikki's Cookies...we will be featuring their delicious, melt in your mouth shortbreads! Meyer Lemon. Sublime. Drop by this summer and have a cup of tea along with a package of 2 Meyer Lemon Shortbread cookies...sit in our lawn chairs, relax, exhale and stare at the distant hills.

Meet the new cookie of The Song Garden Tea House 2013!

Nikki's Cookies ~ Meyer Lemon Shortbread with Almonds

This outstanding recipe has the tart and sweet flavor of Meyer lemons and lots of butter.

"Quickly becoming one of our most popular flavors!  You get 2 cookies per package of these delicious, melt in your mouth short-breads.  Perfect for on-the-go snacking!"

Quality creates the delicious taste, but did you know that Nikki's Cookies are:
-all natural
-free of trans fats
-made with rBST-free butter
"The Cookie You Won't Forget"