Has London one-upped Paris when it comes to vertical gardens on museum walls? The National Gallery in London unveiled a vertical garden that is a living reproduction of Van Gogh's "A Wheatfield, with Cypresses," using 8,000 living plants of more than 26 varieties.
Up in Cape Cod, the rhododendrons are in full bloom at the annual Heritage Museums & Gardens Rhododendrons Festival. Home to two noted hybridizers—Charles Owen Dexter and Jack Cowles—the garden is a great place to see the many new varieties in bloom. A new and dramatic water element—the Flume Fountain—and a new children's garden are also worth visiting for their unusual landcaping.
The Miller House, designed by Eero Saarinen, has a landmark Modernist garden designed by Dan Kiley. This month, May 2011, the house and garden are opening to the public for tours for the first time in 50 years, allowing visitors to walk through this triumph of mid-century Modern design.
“We don’t call them ‘controlled burns,’” says Steve Glass at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, “because you can’t really control a fire, only contain it.” Fire can be a boon for meadows and prairies, improving soil quality and growing conditions for native grasses and forbs. We take a look at Longwood Gardens and a prairie managed by the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis in Washington State and why they welcome fire on their lands.
Frank Cabot, the founder of the Garden Conservancy, is devoted to preserving horticultural treasures from the inmates' gardens on Alcatraz to the work of a self-taught topiary artist in South Carolina. Most people know the Garden Conservancy for its annual Open Days, but the Conservancy has does a lot of work preserving American garden culture as well. We profile the man who has secured so many landscape legacies and who will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Foundation of Landscape Studies next month.
The tulip fields of the Netherlands are currently bursting into bloom with fields of tulips, hyancinths, and other bulb flowers. Photographs of the country's flower fields in Bloembollenstreek, the bulb belt of the country, look like modern paintings of bright colors, made up of strips of thousands of colorful flowers.