A Glimpse Of Anderson Cooper’s New York City Roof Garden

Anderson Cooper’s midtown New York City loft is for sale according to Curbed. He has a terrace and a roof garden — complete with surround sound, a gas grill and what looks like real glass. The water tower is pretty cool too. Lookin’ good Mr. Cooper. Maybe he’ll do a tour of his garden on his talk show before he moves downtown!


Image: Prudential Douglas Elliman


Hunting For An Outdoor Bar and Console Table

We’re shopping for an outdoor table to add to our new larger roof garden this spring. We’re trying to find a table that can function as a bar, a potting table, and a buffet for serving and holding an electric grill. We want to spend $500 or less and, of course, it should look great too.

Here are some top contenders. Do you have advice for RP and me ? What would you pick?

We keep coming back to this Martha Stewart Plum Island our bar ($399) from Home Depot. We could store the grill on the bottom shelf. The half-circle shape with folding leaves will help us to conserve space, and it could be fun to pull out and play bartender for our guests sometime this summer. We’d be glad to get the two stools. Sitting on our roof garden at bar height would let us look over the parapet for a better view. This seems like the perfect spot for RP and I to share some wine up on the roof this summer.

This cedar potting bench from Walmart is the best deal of the bunch at $299. We like how it has a dry sink: use it for soil, use it to ice some wine or beer. It doesn’t have the same swanky style as Martha’s bar, but this might be more sturdy. This option has four star reviews too.

The Regatta Console ($949) is beautiful – a beautiful, teak budget buster. With mortise and tenon construction, this might be the sturdiest of the bunch. It also has the most polished look. At only 30″ high, it wouldn’t work well as a bar. We like that this console, like the less expensive Walmart option, has the dry sink.

If we expand the budget, we could also look at options from Pottery Barn or this Carmel Bar Table ($560) from Restoration Hardware.  Do you have any suggestions for an outdoor buffet + bar + potting bench?

Where Are All The Balcony Gardens, New York City?

Did you happen to catch this great quote from Oscar De La Renta in the Wall Street Journal Magazine?

“Before I came to America, in every Hollywood film I saw, there was a cocktail party on a terrace. And then I arrived in New York and there were no terraces.”

So true, but at least we have plenty of cocktail parties! I can’t wait to start hosting parties on our new roof garden. The photo is from Oscar DeLa Renta’s garden in Connecticut.

NY Times: Gardeners, What’s Up With This Warm Winter?

I’ve been looking for expert advice on how this warm winter will change gardening this year. The New York Times digs in today:
“On the one hand, it’s great to see flowers this early — it lifts your spirits,” said Mr. Mardon, a Bronx native and lifelong gardener. “On the other hand, it creates apprehension. Gardens need an opportunity to rest, and that’s what a good winter provides.”

Fab Finds: Mid-Century Planter from Modernica

An affordable, modern planter is hard to find.

You might want to check out these elegant Case Study ceramic planters from Modernica. I like their mid-Century California style. If you’re careful, they should work both indoors and out. I’ve wanted to give them a try, but they’re a little bit expensive. Fab.com has them today at about 20% off.

If this seems like a budget-busting option (we have to save money for plants after all!) and you’re in the NYC area, you might want to check out the planters at Build It Green that I posted on Saturday.

Deal on Big Planters at Build It Green!

We roof gardeners need big pots! Bigger pots stay moist longer and don’t blow over on stormy days.

Check out what we found at Brooklyn’s Build It Green in Gowanus. We bought three waist high zinc color Terraccino fiberglass planters and one slightly shorter one for $110. That’s $110 total! If we’d be lucky enough to find pots like that in stock at a local store they would be over $100 each, I’m sure.

If you’re in NYC and need big planters, get over to Build It Green fast. We might head back tomorrow for more.

Now to research soil delivery to fill these huge planters!

Fernmob: Outdoor Furniture with French Flair

GRDN Brooklyn is offering a 10% off discount on some Fernmob furniture this weekend.