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Planning A Community Garden – With You!

After spending the past 5 years in Tel Aviv, several months ago my instincts told me that it was time to return to my hometown of Philadelphia this spring.

Chanticleer Cutting Garden

Chanticleer Cutting Garden – June 2013

I wasn’t quite sure why but over time it became clear that my inner motivation for going was a deep desire for  planning a community garden.

My dream location for it? West Philly. This section of Philadelphia, where The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University are located, is filled with a vibrancy, richness, and diversity that I crave.

It is also an area that is in dire need of economic repair. As a matter of fact, it is one of the 5 U.S. Cities that is part of Obama’s Promise Zone Initiative.

For me, it is a ‘soulful’ place where I have always felt at home and been involved with and developed several community programs over the past 25 years.

 

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San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

As the official photographer for the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show this year, I had access to a lift so that I could shoot down on the gardens.  I was up with these dragons overlooking  the amazing landscapes.

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I was also a judge for the Garden Conservancy so I had early access as the gardens were primped and ready to show. Come fly around . . .   Continue Reading →

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‘ARTiculture’ – Philadelphia Flower Show 2014

‘ARTiculture’ – Philadelphia Flower Show 2014 – begins today and runs through March 9th.

In the grand hallway, Subaru, a long time sponsor of the show, has created a compelling and whimsical recyclable garden.

Subaru's Recyclable Garden

Subaru’s Recyclable Garden

Notice how the lattices in the walls are made of old bed springs. How cool is that? Continue Reading →

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Georgia O’Keeffe – Gardener

The current show of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, Modern Nature, at San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum reveals the the gardener observing nature.

O'Keefe purple petunia

The works in the exhibition are all from a period of her life when she painted at the vacation resort town of Lake George, New York, before moving to the Southwest where she spent most of her career.  O’Keeffe was married to Alfred Stieglitz during this time, the famous photographer and gallerist who almost single handedly popularized impressionist art in America.

We see her studies of the Eastern landscapes with the trees, leaves, and most remarkably the garden flowers from the summer garden of the Stieglitz family, seen with the appreciation of a gardener that seeks to celebrate plants.

“I wish people were all trees and I think I could enjoy them then.” Georgia O’Keeffe 1921 Continue Reading →

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Highlights of the NW Flower & Garden Show…Plus Shopping!

I recently travelled to the second largest flower and garden show in the US, in Seattle, to give two presentations. Here’s what I enjoyed  most—a subjective collection, to be sure, and one dependent on the capabilities of my iPhone’s camera. Even so, 25 photos is more than double the number I usually show in a GGW post. (I think it might have been the shopping that did it. I kept thinking, “I can’t bring this home, but at least I can show it to everyone!”)

White glass flower

A recurring theme of the display gardens was blown glass. Famed  artist Dale Chihuly’s studio is near Seattle, and his influence is everywhere. For example, this white glass flower in a green-and-white garden. Continue Reading →

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