Chicky and rooster

Leslie Watkins with a fine feathered friend


We are available for gardening talks & workshops


Leslie Watkins is an artist and gardener.

She owns and maintains Dandelion Cottage, her home and art studio, where you will find various perennial borders, a kitchen garden, a native woodland garden, and an orchard. She grows specialty cut flowers and offers bouquets by appointment.

Watkins is a Connecticut Master Gardener, and holds a certificate in horticulture from Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She designs, paints, and maintains gardens in NWCT.

Watkins' garden design illustrations have been published in Rodale's "Perennial Combinations", and in magazines including Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Kitchen Gardener, and in The New York Times. Her botanical watercolors have appeared on notecards, placemats, wallpaper, and postage stamps.

When not gardening, Leslie is a plein air landscape oil painter, botanical illustrator, and teaches watercolor classes and art workshops. For more information about Leslie's artwork please visit:

Leslie keeps an amusing flock of bantam chickens, and speaks publicly on gardening with chickens. Several of her articles and illustrations have been featured in Backyard Poultry magazine, and a column, "Through the Garden Gate" is published monthly in Norfolk Now.


LDH gardener

Lawrence Davis-Hollander, plant whisperer

Lawrence Davis-Hollander is an ethnobotanist and plantsman.

Founding Director of the Eastern Native Seed Conservancy, one of the first organizations dedicated to preserving and promoting heirloom vegetable varieties. He worked in the field with Native Americans throughout the Northeast collecting and conserving seeds. Davis-Hollander created some of the original local, all heirloom food events with prominent chefs and unique dishes.

Former Director of Horticulture at the Berkshire Botanical Garden he designed annual, perennial and vegetal plantings. Davis-Hollander created gardens in New York State, the Berkshires and London.

He trained as a botanist with a subspecialty in ornamental plants and art history at Connecticut College where he designed the plantings for the new library. He farmed organic vegetables in New York State before it was fashionable. At Harvard University he studied economic and ethnobotany with Richard Evans Schultes one the world’s foremost botanists, specializing in medicinal plant uses.

He is author of "Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook ". Currently he writes for Grit and Heirloom Gardener magazines, grows vegetables and perennials, designs, installs and maintains gardens.

Lawrence Davis-Hollander is available for speaking engagements. For a list of topics visit the Garden Talks page.


Articles on Heirloom Vegetables

by Lawrence Davis-Hollander, ©2015 all rights reserved