ARTiculture. Down the rabbit hole and into the show

Once I made it past the huge Calder tribute at the entrance, it was finally down the rabbit hole and into the show. It wasn’t an easy dive because I just wanted to keep doing figure eights and odd twirls around the amazing display. But there are ten acres in this wonderland and it takes a while to cover it all. Can’t be keeping myself too late. Not that it really mattered that much in the end because I kept finding I was circling back and around and through again, rediscovering things from different planes. More than once it was, “How did I end up where I came in?” Only to realize that I had maybe covered three sides but not this one. But Calder’s floating shapes don’t have sides and angles as they draw themselves through space. Curves. And ellipses. But no angles. Which probably explains the folds and distortions in the space-time continuum I was experiencing.

In addition, there are literally dozens of exhibitors big and small who have packed more into their allotted spaces than seems physically possible to an observer standing still. This is a major theorem of horticultural physics. How to cram everything you picked up at the nursery into an apparently too small space. I do have a small urban garden and so some intimate knowledge of the astonishing properties of greenholes. Calder would have understood. Dali as well. And certainly Lewis Carroll. I know they were all secret ARTiculturalists. Mondrian? He followed his own rectilinear forces. Keep seeing glimpses in test beds and vegetable plots but still waiting for a grand unified garden theory on that.

Which all simply means that it’ll take a couple of days to take in the displays. Enjoy these. I’ll be back to the blog tomorrow, or maybe the day after, to continue the stroll. Don’t get too comfortable in your seats.


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Mark Cook Lanscaping / North Carolina Museum of Art


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“Beauty of the Brandywine” by Stony Bank Nurseries / Brandywine River Museum


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“Cubism Impasto No. 5” by Burke Brothers Landscape / The J. Paul Getty Museum


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“A modern Road to the Past” by Hunter Hayes Lanscape Design / Penn Museum

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Left, “Salvador’s Surreal Garden Fusion” by the Elverson Garden Club
Right, “My Monet” by the Morristown Garden Club


“Peaceful Disposition” by Our Garden Club of Philadelphia & Vicinity


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“Composition in Red, Yellow & Blue” by the Trevose Horticultural Society


“Piet Mondrain” by Amand International

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Left ,Hyacinthus ‘Apricot Passion’, Tuilpa ‘India’, ‘Authority’ and ‘Ancilla’
Right, Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’

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Left, Iris ‘Fabiola’; right ‘George’


Tulipa ‘Fuyoko’

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Above and lower left, Men’s Garden Club of Philadelphia
Above lower right and below, Pure Design / Noguchi Museum



Cornus florida “Cherokee Princess’

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Above, Andy Sturgeon Landscape & Garden Design; Below, Waldor Orchids / Tyler School of Art


Above, Laeliocattleya ‘Candy Corn’; Below top left, Potinara Flameout “Orchid Valley’. Below lower right, Cybidium Happy Barry ‘Sailor Moon’

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