Welcome to Highfield Hall & Gardens
World-class musicians. Mind-blowing art. Provocative talks. Unforgettable walks.
Highfield Hall & Gardens is not your typical historic estate. While there’s plenty of history within these glorious old walls, Highfield is a vibrant cultural center surrounded by restored gardens, peaceful walking trails and conservation land.
Recipe of the Week
From our Culinary Director, Gail Blakely
SIMPLE FRESH FRUIT CAKE
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, softened
1 c granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 lb strawberries ( cut the small ones in half and the larger ones in quarters )
2 raw sugar for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9-inch baking pan or pie pan with butter. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy; add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt; with the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk. Scrape the batter in the greased baking dish and arrange the strawberries (cut side down) very close together to cover the batter; sprinkle with raw sugar and place in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 and bake for another 50 to 60 minutes. When the cake is firm to the touch, remove it to a rack to cool. Dust lightly with powdered sugar, if desired, before cutting into slices to serve.
Garden Tip of the Week
From our Landscape Director, George Chapman
Sunshine, fresh air, exercise, and getting something done for yourself = the winning combination of gardening!
Let”s talk spring cleanup! If there was just one thing you could do in your garden this spring, I would recommend giving your lawn edge a fresh cut. Edging the lawn contributes the most to the finished appearance of your landscape. The lawn edger is a simple tool (that half-moon shaped blade with a handle). It is a tool you will probably use just once a year so if you don’t own an edger, don’t buy one! One of your neighbors will likely have an edger that you can borrow. Just ask them to leave it out for you.
Give the lawn edge a fresh cut and leave the small clumps of sod to dry in the bed for a day or two. It is then easy to shake off any loam from the dry clumps as you collect them up. I can easily get carried away when edging the lawn, cutting a bigger bed here, adding an extra curve there, more to garden and less to mow!
UPDATE: March 26, 2020
Friends of Highfield,
The health and wellness of our community remains our top priority, and given the evolving situation with COVID19, Highfield Hall & Gardens will remain closed until further notice in compliance with state orders. Once we have been provided with an acceptable timeline to reopen, we will communicate this with you. All classes and programs have been postponed during this time, and we are working with the artists and chefs to reschedule each program. Once each new date has been determined, you will be contacted immediately.
Highfield’s grounds continue to be open to the public from dawn to dusk and while we feel they can be a place of solace during this stressful time, however, we do ask you to please practice responsible social distancing and not congregate in groups larger than 4.
Thank you to all who have reached out asking how to help Highfield Hall & Gardens in this unprecedented time. If your circumstances allow, we welcome support through our Annual Fund, which provides the necessary funding and ensures Highfield Hall & Gardens sustainability and ongoing benefit to the community during the closure, and plan for the re-opening of our programs and exhibitions.
Please watch for our posts as we’ll be sharing tips from Highfield’s experts as Gail Blakely provides some of her favorite recipes, and George Chapman will help you get your garden ready. Please let us know if you have specific questions about cooking, gardening, or art, we’ll try to post the questions with answers.
In the meantime, please stay well, keep in electronic contact including Facebook and Instagram, and let’s all look forward to opening the doors soon!