January's the time to start planning the new year's garden, and my favorite technique for "planning" is drooling over photos of gorgeous gardens (photos that are aptly called "garden porn").  So let's travel north a couple of hours by car to Doylestown, PA, just north of Philadelphia, where you'll find Fordhook, the historic farm of the W. Atlee Burpee seed company.  It's on the National Registry of historical sites, and there's lots of information about it here.

Fordhook Farm

It's a gorgeous place, so let's go right to the visuals.

Just one of the many sculptures strategically placed around the farm.


Fordhook is open to the public for special occasions throughout the season, which often feature talks by outstanding garden writers.  I couldn't resist attending one such event in the late spring of 2008  because the speakers included Graham Rice and Rosalind Creasy, lunching above with garden writer Judy White (middle), who happens to be married to Graham.

For 2011 Fordhook's Open Days are: April 29-30, June 3-4, July 8-9, August 5-6 and September 23-24.

All photos (except for the sculpture and the lunch group) by W. Atlee Burpee & Co.  There's lots more photos of Fordhook on their Flickr page.

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