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Locus Flevum: A Modern Walled Dutch Garden

It was the end of  a long day. After seeing 8 other gardens in less than 48 hours, with some long stretches of traveling time, I was ready to pack it in. Walking into a graveled courtyard with a minimalistically styled residence, an orangery with a garden shop, a narrow, rectangular pool,  surrounding light colored walls and large olive trees in sunken tubs, it was easy to imagine being somewhere in the Mediterranean.

I knew that we had entered a property that would evoke a strong response.

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Light Kisses

I am a light stalker with my camera.  Finding the best time and the best light to photograph a garden factors into every shoot.  These days I am challenging myself to bring sunlight into my photographs.

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The Soul of A Garden

Although I’ve visited hundreds of gardens over the years, several of them more beautiful than words can express, it is rare when I leave one having experienced a kind of shiver, knowing that I have just witnessed something rare. Continue Reading →

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The Baha’i Gardens

The Baha’i Gardens in Israel, one in Haifa and the other in Akko, are a  reflection of the profound beauty of the Baha’i faith,  founded in nineteenth century Persia by Mirza Husaayn Ali Nuri, later known as BahaUllah. The Baha’i faith believes that religious history has been led by a series of divine messengers, each of whom has founded a religion that can be responded to by the people of those times: this includes Abraham, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and, most recently, the Bab and Bahaullah. The Baha’i faith believes in the collective evolution of the world with a focus on creating peace, justice and unity throughout the world.

Although I have been to the garden in Haifa, I didn’t know what to expect from the one in Akko: except that it would offer a place of contemplation and peace.

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The Pickle Barrel House Historic Iris Garden

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Unidentified iris – study name Austin Healey, named after the owner’s dog, who was named after the car

[Note from Nan: We’re thrilled to welcome a new Guest Contributor today: Nancy McDonald. Nancy was Managing Editor of the much-missed American Cottage Gardener magazine, and she remains dedicated to cottage gardening and heirloom plants even through the tough winter conditions of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.]

Our town sits at the end of a 25-mile driveway, in the middle of blessed nowhere on the shore of Lake Superior. Built for the lumber industry in the 1880s, it was a boomtown for a couple of decades. When timber played out in the early 1900s, pretty well everyone upped and left. The last train went south, and railroad workers pulled up the tracks behind them.

When the white settlers had come – and especially, I imagine, the women – they brought their favorite flowers with them. I suppose that when they left, they took some away. But you don’t dig a whole clump of irises when you’re packing your trunk, you just tuck in a toe or two, so they left a lot of irises behind. We find them now in fields, at old home sites, in the woods, in forgotten corners, and in gardens.

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