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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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November Musings: Art As An Inspiration For Gardening


On this first day of November (which happens to be my birthday), I am in a contemplative mood. As I reflect on beauty, the ability to be present and enjoy the abundance in our lives, my thoughts go to artists working in a variety of mediums who provoke and infuse our senses.

Alot of us have heard gardening authorities over the years discuss the importance of exposing ourselves to other art forms: painting, sculpture, movies, music and the written word to inspire us. The majority of gardeners, I believe, are involved in at least one of the following activities: visiting  gardens, reading gardening books and magazines, participating in gardening clubs and attending workshops and symposiums.

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