Twenty first century Philadelphia straddles its historical past and the future in a way that could only happen in America’s horticultural heart. William Penn originally envisioned the city as a utopian ‘Greene Country Towne’ and the legacy of that spirit exists today. For the casual garden traveler there is still much to be found, both old and new, in the city, as well as its outlying areas. The oldest parts of Philadelphia are architecturally interesting with glimpses of private gardens and its 18th century past.
Whether you visit Lakewold Gardens in the dead of winter or the peak of summer, this Pacific Northwest horticultural haven offers beautiful blooms and hidden discoveries during every season.
Victoria, British Columbia is known for its beautiful, mountainous terrain, abundant sea life, and fantastic culture. If you need more of a reason to visit, then Butchart Gardens is calling. The star of the show creates a patchwork across this abandon quarry. If you have ever looked at garden images on Pinterest, there is no doubt that you have come across pictures of this garden. I will be the first to say I am not a designer who loves a ton of “in-your-face color,” but the scale in which this garden is planted is remarkable.
Esteemed landscape architect Laurie Olin, whose studio creates outdoor spaces throughout the world, has done some of his finest work in his home base of Philadelphia. His latest at-home project is the garden at the “new” Barnes Foundation, an art and horticulture institution that was recently moved from its original property in Merion, PA to its current site in downtown Philadelphia. I wondered: Would it be a compact version of the twelve-acre arboretum at the original property, or its own fresh expression of urban landscaping.
Singapore’s futuristic Gardens by the Bay may look like a scene of out of the Jetsons, but rest assured, it’s real.
Now in its fifth year, the ON+OFF the Ground competition, held at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, New York, allows designers of all stripes to craft garden containers while indulging their creative fancies. Author Ina Garten, painter April Gornik, and architect Frederick Stelle judged this year's creations, which ranged in tenor from classic to whimsical. Craig James Socia’s 1967 Yen featured Scaevola, passionflower, and climbing morning glory spilling out of the remains of a yew tree. Garten gave it first prize; Gornik gave it an honorable mention.
Some collect art or rare books, others vintage cars. But for Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea, trees are the stuff of a great collection. The transformation of spring buds to lush blossoms or deep greens to fiery reds is a nearly magical event that rivals the making of a masterpiece, after all. So, just as the Mona Lisa has the Louvre, Enea’s trove of 120-some trees has the Tree Museum, which he founded in 2010 on the shore of Lake Zurich in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland.