Category Archives: Travel

Petworth: A ‘Capability’ Brown landscape

June 10th, 2013 | 2 Comments »
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I'm in England for the next few weeks, visiting a friend before setting out on a tour of English gardens. On the weekend I spent a glorious afternoon walking through a landscape designed and constructed in the 18th century by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Brown created an estimated 170 landscapes in England, many of which remain. Petworth in Sussex, is one of these, and it shows all of Brown's characteristic trademarks. First of these is the broad lawn that sweeps from the house down to an artificially created lake. This simple

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Springtime in Boston. Let’s hope it comes.

April 17th, 2013 | No Comments »
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I was in Boston last weekend and hoped to share some spring photos from some of my favourite places there. But no luck. Instead of sunny April, the days felt like frigid, rainy March. And then came Monday, with the horrific Marathon bombings. Last year I was in Boston on the same Marathon weekend and the sun shone non-stop. Forsythia was in bloom everywhere, including at the Arnold Arboretum. Forsythia in bloom at the Arnold Arboretum Rhododendron and apple trees were in bloom, but temperatures in the week or two

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Washington, the Monumental City

April 5th, 2013 | 2 Comments »
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I spent Easter weekend visiting Washington D.C. with my husband and my sister. We were hoping to see cherry blossoms colouring the sky but it has been too cold and the buds are only now beginning to open. So no photos of pink blossoms, although the photo below shows how gloriously bent and mis-shapen the trees are, monuments to time and the up-keep provided by the National Park Service. Cherry trees beside Washington's Tidal Basin   Instead of admiring cherry blossoms, we visited museums and two of Washington’s newer memorials.

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A Garden Review: Sunnylands

March 5th, 2013 | No Comments »
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I visited one well-designed public garden in and around Palm Springs, the garden that surrounds the visitor's centre at Sunnylands, the modernist house built for Walter and Leonora Annenberg. Entering the estate, you get a preview of what's to come: lots of barrel cactus arranged in rows that reminded me of dots on an old-style dot matrix printer. Barrel cactus at the entrance to Sunnylands In front of the visitor's centre -- itself a model of contemporary, modernist-influenced design -- is an area where dry land plants dominate. My photo

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Life in the desert

February 27th, 2013 | No Comments »
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This week I'd planned to post the third and final piece about In Transit / En Route, the art installation I created in the woods at Glen Villa. I will post it, but not today. Instead, I need to write about where I am today, which is California. Visiting friends in Palm Desert, I find myself overwhelmed by an unfamiliar landscape, vegetation I can't name, and questions I can't answer. Is life in the desert this? A golf community in Palm Desert: a manicured course, green greens and water everywhere Or

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