Born in NYC, I traveled alot as a child and grew up in France, Lebanon and Switzerland. Returning to the US for college, I studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College and cultural anthropology at Columbia University.
In my 20’s, I settled in the Berkshires, MA and after teaching French, opened the Honey Sharp Gallery and Ganesh Café in Lenox. The gallery, one of the first in the Berkshires, featured artists from all over the world including Africa and Haiti. Photography exhibits were a constant. I never included my own though.
Thanks to writing articles for, among others, Berkshire HomeStyle and being asked for photographs, I grew more confident. The articles ranged from native plants to historical gardens such as The Mount in Lenox, MA, Sissinghurst in England and La Foce in Italy. I also published Nomads 5 about our family's travels around the world in 1995 and 1996.
As our three children were growing up I took on a career in landscape design. With a degree in horticulture, I launched Honey Sharp Garden Design in 2000 in the Berkshires, MA.
Living part-time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and finding myself with my husband, David, back on the road again, have also been a source of inspiration. I feel honored to have received awards, participated in exhibits and been included in a book, Interpreted Reality juried by Josephine Sacabo and published by Galeria Photo/Graphic.
“The love of wilderness ... is an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see ...” Robert Dash
PUBLISHED WORK ON SEEKONK FARM
Great Gardens of the Berkshires by Virginia Small with photos by Rich Pomerantz (Down East Books, 2008)
The Golden Trowel Award, Garden Design Magazine (2001)
Cocktails In Great Gardens at Seekonk Farm, the home of Honey Sharp And David Lippman (June 2015): Cocktails in Great Gardens have become some of the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s most popular summer events by offering guests to tour some of the most outstanding private gardens that the Berkshires have to offer.
The Garden Conservancy (June 2015) Seekonk Farm "Set amidst New England fieldstone walls, antique iron gates, fences, arbors and a small bridge – all hand-made, awaits Seekonk Farm where Honey Sharp has been gardening for decades."
Current and Previous Organizations (partial):
- Former trustee, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA.
- Regional Representative of the Open Days Program of The Garden Conservancy, Cold Spring NY.
- Former trustee, Edith Wharton Restoration, Lenox, MA.
- Former trustee, Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, Great Barrington, MA
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: