I lot of what I wear in the garden is tried and true and old. My favorites are from Smith & Hawken, when there was both a Smith and a Hawken at the helm of that company. I requested my first catalog in 1981 after seeing a tiny ad in the back of the New Yorker magazine.
I bought both the gardener's smock and original garden pants depicted in this Smith & Hawken catalog when they sold more items that were functional instead of garden tchotchkes. I'm still wearing both items quite a few years later.
We snapped this shot of gardeners' work gear in the gallery at Wave Hill, a 28-acre public garden in the Bronx, on the palisades above the Hudson River. It is a stunning location and is one of the great American gardens that should be on everyone's list to visit. This apron belonged to Marco Polo Stufano, Wave Hill's first Director of Horticulture and the guiding genius of the place, now retired.
This photo of me was taken around 1997 when we began construction on our current garden. In the intervening years I've become more conscientious about what I wear when I'm working in the garden — for both health and safety reasons. One of the benefits of getting older is that I am OK with the "crazy old lady gardener" look and now dress more for garden function than fashion.