A curmudgeonly traveler, Marianne North went around the world—twice! alone!—during the Victorian era, armed with a parasol and an easel, determined to paint as many of the world's plants as possible. The result, some 800 paintings of flora, many of which were unknown to European audiences, are on display at Kew Gardens, and her travel writings have been gathered in a new book, Abundant Beauty. We take a look at the life of this remarkable woman.
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.
One June 18, this Saturday, the Sakonnet Garden in Little Compton, Rhode Island, opens for a symposium titled “Lofty Aspirations of Down-to-Earth Gardeners.” John Gwynne, who has been working on the one-acre plot with Mikel Folcarelli, his partner of 30 years, says, "We started collecting just to see what we could grow."
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.