[Photos my own]
Late last night I downloaded the May issue of Martha Stewart Living (for iPad) and was instantly transported to the ranches and gardens of Northern California. A special pilgrimage taken by serious flower-enthusiasts Kate Berry, style director for Martha Stewart Weddings, and MS's longtime crafts director, Hannah Milman, is beautifully documented in the magazine (with film and still pictures) by Ingalls Photography. So I was happy for two reasons.
First, the three-day journey inspired me. I'd never thought of taking a road trip focused on nurseries. Kate and Hannah have a professional connection to the growers they visited, but the story explains that anyone can enjoy a similar adventure -- each of the seven locations they explored is open to the public. Definitely something to add to the "some day" list.
[Image via Inner Gardens]
For now, a little online exploration:
Vintage planters, including a mid-20th-century Dubar Jardins trough, from Inner Gardens (love the typeface in green).
The rooftop greenhouse connected to Andie McDowell's apartment in Green Card (great images here).
An orchid sale at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Friday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cherry Blossom Season at Brooklyn Botanic Museum.
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens -- take the virtual tour, learn about the horticulture library and check out the current plant sale.
And a palampore from Art of the Past. (Again, Subhash Kapoor, owner of Art of the Past, Inc., will visit the Birmingham Museum of Art on Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. to present What is Art: Through the Eyes of a Collector, Dealer and Connoisseur.)
Martha Stewart story also made me smile because back in 2008 I had a chance to spend the day with photographers Gemma and Andy Ingalls and really watch them work. They're wonderful. The room they shot has changed a lot since then -- I now have green walls, blue paisley, French doors, and a lot more art. The doors don't open onto anything remotely like what Andie had in Green Card but I like to think I'm inching toward something more lush. (Everything is shown here in fragments because, after watching this, fragments are my latest obsession.)
Take a look at the May issue -- print or digital -- and let me know about the nurseries and public gardens in your neck of the woods.
[From Better Broken, Elephant and Rider ca. 1640, India, Ink and watercolor on paper, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.]
More green: Great Expectations.
More iPad: Camellia Fix.
[A wonky evening photo of the magazine on iPad.]
What was I thinking not mentioning this earlier? There's a terrific patterned-filled Chloe Warner -designed house in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living, too!