An Artist's Garden: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
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by Jana Milbocker
2M ago
The tranquil gardens at the Albin Polasek Museum are an integral part of the story of the internationally renowned sculptor. Many of the sculptures were created here by Polasek after he survived a debilitating stroke that left him paralyzed on the left side of his body. Yet he continued to paint, draw, sculpt clay, and, with assistance, carve stone. These gardens are not only beautiful to behold but part of Polasek’s inspirational legacy. In 1950 Albin Polasek, then aged 70, retired to Winter Park after a successful 30-year career as a sculptor of public and private commissions and head of t ..read more
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2023 Holiday Events for Gardeners
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by Jana Milbocker
3M ago
From beautiful light displays to Christmas teas and train shows, you will find a wealth of holiday cheer at historic mansions and botanic gardens in the region. Below is a list of holiday events in the Northeast and Florida. Please note that almost all of the events listed below require an advance-purchase admission ticket, and are selling out very quickly this year. Maine Gardens Aglow Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME November 18–December 31 New England’s biggest and brightest light display! With over 750,000 lights, the 14 acres of central gardens are transformed into a dramati ..read more
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The Historic Gardens of Middleton Place
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by Jana Milbocker
4M ago
Middleton Place is the most famous plantation and oldest landscape garden in the Charleston area, set on a natural bluff overlooking the Ashley River. It has miraculously remained under the same family stewardship for over 300 years, and boasts an 18th-century garden planted with collections of camellias and azaleas. henry middleton First settled in the late 17th century, Middleton Place was acquired by Henry Middleton through his marriage in 1741. At its peak, the rice plantation was 7,000 acres in size. For 125 years, the property was the family seat of four successive generations of Middl ..read more
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Twig Borers and Girdlers on Oaks
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by Jana Milbocker
4M ago
By Susan Clark, Board Member, Massachusetts Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society Photo by bert Cregg, MSU In mid to late summer the ground under our oaks is usually littered with terminal leaf clusters that seem to have been snipped off.  I always wondered what caused this loss of healthy twigs as it didn’t seem to be the wind twisting them off; the stems seemed smoothly cut, as though by a mysterious vandal high in the tree tops. I resolved to figure this mystery out and, once again, it’s amazing what a clumsy Google search can turn up. ‘Oak twig loss’ eventually explained ..read more
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Autumn Splendor at Stonecrop
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by Jana Milbocker
6M ago
Stonecrop Gardens has become a destination for gardeners and students of landscape design since it opened to the public in 1992. I have visited several times in different seasons, and find it particularly striking in the fall. Its founder was Frank Cabot, a financier and self-taught horticulturalist who began gardening to relieve the pressures of venture capitalism and ended up creating two of the most celebrated gardens in North America—Stonecrop in New York, and Les Quatre Vents in Quebec. He also founded the Garden Conservancy, and served as chairman of the New York Botanical Garden and ad ..read more
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Bartram's Garden: The Home of America’s First Botanist
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by Jana Milbocker
7M ago
John Bartram was America’s first botanist, plant explorer, and collector. He compiled a stunning selection of flora at his home garden and nursery from plant collecting expeditions across eastern America, as well as through his trades with European collectors. Located on the west bank of the Schuykill River, Bartram’s Garden covers 45 acres. It includes his 1728 home and the historic botanical garden and arboretum that showcases North American plant species collected by three generations of Bartrams. Bartram was a Quaker, a denomination that produced many naturalists at that time. He taugh ..read more
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Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
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by Jana Milbocker
10M ago
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum is a wonderful place to visit from June to September, when the exquisite rose garden is in bloom. The three families whose names were given to the Rotch-Jones-Duff House all shared close ties to New Bedford’s dominance of the whaling industry in the 19th century. The beautiful Greek Revival mansion was built in 1834 for William Rotch Jr., one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens of New Bedford. Rotch was a Quaker who had distinguished himself by helping to found several banks and schools. He built his house on a hill overlooking the port ..read more
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June Garden Tours 2023
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by Jana Milbocker
10M ago
June is the ideal garden tour month for the Northeast! Below is a listing of several tours open to the public. Please note that the information was provided by the organizations listed below. There are many additional Open Garden Days sponsored by the Garden Conservancy in New York, New Jersey and other states. Please visit https://www.gardenconservancy.org for more information. Massachusetts Highfield Hall and Gardens Falmouth, By appointment Highfield Hall and Gardens, http://highfieldhall.org Ticket Price: $12 We invite groups to coordinate private tours of our gardens with our Landscape Di ..read more
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Kinney Azalea Gardens: Rhode Island’s Hidden Gem
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by Jana Milbocker
10M ago
The Kinney Azalea Gardens are a hidden gem—a private garden that grew out of the horticultural passions of Lorenzo Kinney, Jr, who moved there with his wife, Elizabeth, in 1927. The first azalea and rhododendron plants were planted shortly, with help from Lorenzo’s father, the first professor of botany at the nearby University of Rhode Island. Lorenzo inherited a love of horticulture from his father, and a love of plein air oil painting from his mother, who was URI’s first painting professor. Lorenzo was able to pursue both in the creation of his garden. Azaleas became his passion after visi ..read more
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Big Rhodys
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by Jana Milbocker
10M ago
heritage museums and gardens, photo by jana milbocker By CJ Patterson A number of years ago, I was selling a rhododendron to a citizen, and he was thrilled with it.  It was Calsap (Catalgla X Sappho), a large frilled white with a dynamite purple-black blotch, very showy. He had seen it in our flower show and was smitten.  He had asked about it, and was told “it will be hard to find”. As he picked it up to head for the cash register, I remarked “it gets big, so be careful where you site it.” He froze in mid-lift and turned.  “What do you mean, big?” calsap, photo ..read more
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