Tired of these gray days? Would a stroll through some old-fashioned gardens perk you up?
You won’t be able to actually physically walk through a garden but will be able to learn about them in a program presented by Scott Kunst owner of Old House Gardens. He will be speaking at the Toledo Botanical Garden this coming Wednesday, February 17, 2010.
I met Scott back in 2001 while picking up an order of antique Dahlias from his place of business in Ann Arbor. I can tell you he is a very personable guy who, over the past couple of decades, has become an authority on the subject of historical bulbs and gardens.
The Dahlias I was picking up back then were ‘Bishop of Llandaff’. The bright red flowers of these dahlias are nicely set off with a beautiful bronze foliage. I have saved and stored those dahlia tubers ever since. That is the subject of another post however.
The subject of the Wednesday talk is “Antique Gardens: American Home Landscapes 1800-1940” . Here’s the description from Scott’s website:
From the scanty pioneer gardens of the early 1800s through flamboyant Victorian carpet-bedding to the “old-fashioned” perennial borders of the early 20th century, “Antique Gardens” illuminates 140 years of American yards and gardens. In colorful, fast-paced slides, it shows how plants, outdoor furnishings, and the design of American yards changed dramatically through the years. It’s an eye-opening primer on the landscape relics that survive all around us and essential background for gardeners wanting to restore a historic landscape or to enliven any garden with a touch of the past.
The program begins at 10:30 am in the Crosby Conference Center at the Gardens located at 5403 Elmer Drive (south of Central Avenue).
This promises be a welcome gardening diversion from the long stretch of cold weather we have been having.