A Caution in the Age of COVID-19
March 14, 2020 – 9:39 pm | Comments Off on A Caution in the Age of COVID-19

Many events that draw crowds have been postponed or cancelled.
If you’re planning to travel to a flower or garden event, check with the organizers to see that it’s still happening.
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“The Artist’s Garden” – secret spaces inspiring art
June 19, 2020 – 9:12 pm | Comments Off on “The Artist’s Garden” – secret spaces inspiring art

The Artist's GardenRoad Trips Gardeners no doubt know that some of the greatest painters in history were inspired by their gardens. Having a garden close to one’s home or studio is not only convenient for daily material and ideas, but also has the advantage of changing through the seasons and over time.

This book includes reproductions of some of the artists’ most famous works, as well as contemporary photographs of the gardens and vistas on which they are based.

Probably the best known is Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, France, but he’s definitely not the only artist inspired by nature. “The Artist’s Garden: The secret spaces that inspired great art“, by Jackie Bennett, spotlights the real homes and gardens that inspired great artists (and still can be visited today). Bennett, a former editor of “The Garden Design Journal” and “The English Garden”, has also written several books, including “Shakespeare’s Gardens”, “The Writer’s Garden”, “Wild Abut the Garden”, and “Island Gardens”.

She begins, quite unexpectedly, with Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). He spent the last years of his life at the Château du Close Lusé in the French Loire Valley at the invitation of King François I. Although the gardens have been altered many times over the years, it’s still possible to visit — or will be after the COVID-19 pandemic has eased and the attraction reopens to the public.

Next is Peter Paul Rubens 1577-1640), who bought his house and property outside Antwerp, Belgium, in 1609. He modified both the house and its gardens over the years. It’s now a museum, and, open to visitors (in this time of coronavirus) by advance sale timed tickets.

Mont Saint-Victoire by CezanneThe home of Paul Cézanne (1819-1906) in Aix-en-Provence, France, is considered next. He painted his father’s villa often, including the gardens laid out originally in the 17th Century. Later, he bought land nearby at Les Lauves. Both sites are open to visitors (at right is Cézanne’s view of Mont Saint-Victoire from Les Lauves).

Did you know that Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s first job was painting flowers on china in a porcelain factory in his home town of Limoges, France? From there, the artist (1841-1919) went to the École des Beax-Arts in Paris. He bought a house and garden at Essoyes, which he featured often in his paintings. Du Côté des Renoir à Essoyes, which includes the family home, the artist’s studio, and a museum, has a website — alas! all in French.

Others included in the “artists at home and at work” section are Max Liebermann (Lake Wannsee, Germany), Joaquin Sorolla (Madrid, Spain), Henri Le Sidaner (Gerberoy, Picardie, France), Emil Nolde (Seebüll, Nordfriesland, Germany), Frida Kahlo (The Blue House, Coyacán, Mexico), and Salvador Dalí (Portlligat and Púbol, Spain).

The final section, “the artists’ community”, spotlights Monet and friends (Argenteuil, Vétheuil and Giverny, France), the Skagen painters (North Jutland, Denmark), the Kirkcudbright artists (Broughton House, Kirkcudbright, Scotland), William Morris and his circle (Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordsire, England), New England Impressionists (Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire, USA), German Expressionists (Murnau, Bavaria, Germany), and the Charleston artists. No — not that Charleston: Bennett writes about Charleston House (pictured, below) in Sussex, England, that housed Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, and the Bloomsbury Group.Charleston House, Sussex, England

Flower(s) of the Day: Edinburgh, Scotland
June 6, 2020 – 8:22 am | Comments Off on Flower(s) of the Day: Edinburgh, Scotland
Flower(s) of the Day: Edinburgh, Scotland

Thinking about trip I made to Scotland a few years ago.
Wandering the downtown streets turned up multitudes of flowers in window boxes and planters.
Today’s photos are a small sampling from that trip in September 2013.
(Photos …

Dallas Arboretum/Botanical Garden Reopens Today
June 1, 2020 – 8:11 pm | Comments Off on Dallas Arboretum/Botanical Garden Reopens Today
Dallas Arboretum/Botanical Garden Reopens Today

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas, reopens today (1 June 2020).
Advance online timed tickets are now required. Face masks are highly encouraged in the garden, but they are required …

New Stamps Celebrate Ten American Gardens
May 13, 2020 – 8:35 pm | Comments Off on New Stamps Celebrate Ten American Gardens
New Stamps Celebrate Ten American Gardens

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
From the United States Postal Service
The natural beauty of American gardens is being celebrated by the U.S. Postal Service by issuing stamps that feature gardens ranging from botanical …

Butterflies and Insects from Around the World
May 8, 2020 – 8:29 am | Comments Off on Butterflies and Insects from Around the World
Butterflies and Insects from Around the World

Since we’re all “sheltering in place”, here’s another magnificent video to remind us of what awaits us outside.
It’s from a colleague of mine, Melanie Votaw, who’s obviously a skilled photographer.
Enjoy!

A Video Visit to Keukenhof
April 29, 2020 – 8:24 am | Comments Off on A Video Visit to Keukenhof
A Video Visit to Keukenhof

As of March 14, 2020, an emergency regulation of the Dutch government is in force, with the aim to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
It states that meetings with more than 100 people are not …

Frederik Meijer Gardens Celebrates 25 Years Today
April 20, 2020 – 8:17 am | Comments Off on Frederik Meijer Gardens Celebrates 25 Years Today
Frederik Meijer Gardens Celebrates 25 Years Today

April 20, 1995: It’s been a quarter century since the first visitors arrived at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
What started with the dream of Betsy Borre and the West …

Flower of the Day: Violets
April 18, 2020 – 8:49 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Violets
Flower of the Day: Violets

Viola sororia, known as the common blue violet, is a short-stemmed herbaceous perennial plant that is native to eastern North America.
Your Road Trips Gardener has multitudes of violets in bloom in her Central Indiana backyard …

Mollie Salisbury Cup: Garden Memoir Competition
April 13, 2020 – 8:27 am | Comments Off on Mollie Salisbury Cup: Garden Memoir Competition
Mollie Salisbury Cup: Garden Memoir Competition

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
By The Garden Museum
We are delighted to announce this year’s Mollie Salisbury Cup, an annual award for garden memoirs sponsored by the Cecil family in memory of their mother, …

Mansions in a Georgia Mill Town
March 27, 2020 – 8:11 am | Comments Off on Mansions in a Georgia Mill Town
Mansions in a Georgia Mill Town

“Mansions in a Mill Town” is a day of visiting five historic properties in Roswell, Georgia. Set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2, 2020, it includes Bullock Hall, Barrington Hall, Archibald Smith Plantation …

Spring Blooms at Indianapolis’ Newfields
March 16, 2020 – 8:50 am | Comments Off on Spring Blooms at Indianapolis’ Newfields
Spring Blooms at Indianapolis’ Newfields

Warm sun. Fragrant flowers. Defrost your winter-weary self and watch the magic of spring unfold with half a million blooms in The Garden and the galleries at Newfields, 4000 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Spring Blooms“, …