A Longwood Evening

 Longwood Conservancy Hanging baskets

 Longwood aisle purples stock ageratum

A dreary rainy April night did not dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for attending the Delaware Center for Horticulture’s Rare Plant Auction.  The Conservatories at Longwood Gardens are wonderful by day.  By night, they take on a magical mysterious air.

Longwood Yellow Clivia bedded out

This is the plant that started it all.  In 1981, Sir John Thuron donated a very rare yellow Civia to what was then the DCH’s pot-luck plant sale.  Realizing the special value of this donation, the Center created a live auction for the plant, and the Rare Plant Auction was born.

 Longwood Auction tables

Longwood’s original ballroom was the setting for the silent auction plants, donated by nurseries and hybridizers from all over the US.  Plant experts such as Dan Hinkley, Paige Dickey, Dan Benarcik, Charles Cresson and Patrick Cullina were on hand to describe the plants and answer questions on how to grow them.

 Longwood Fern Floor

 Longwood Fern Floor gateway

Longwood Fern Floor Dinnertime

Dinner and libations were served around the Fern Floor, which was drained for the occasion and filled with tables for dining.  The massive tree ferns which dominate the floor were been pushed to the sides.

 Longwood EAst Conservatory Pools

 Longwood East Conservatory Enttrance

Longwood’s East Conservatory was transformed by the night lighting.  Top, a view looking towards the entrance, and bottom, after nightfall, looking back from that entrance when the shadows deepen.

Longwood anthurium

Longwood anthurium close up

On a walkway above and around the Fern Floor, an unusual combination was bedded out – magnificent tropical Anthurium with temperate Delphinium and dusty-gray Eucalyptus.

 longwood strolling

 Longwood Night Lights

The Live Auction consisted of a dozen very large trees and shrubs and created the most excitement.  Before it began, there was time to stroll around and see more of the magical plantings.

Longwood Wall of OrchidsNo one ever wants to miss the walls of orchids! Congratulations DCH on another stellar event!



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Happy Mother’s Day…

 Mother's Day Yukie flowers

Mother's Day Daughters Pink bouquet

 Mother's Day for the grandmas green flowers


Mother's Day Aunts in Yellow

Mother's Day the BFFs

 Mother's Day and the ff

blog Mother's Day All the Moms

Happy Mother’s Day – Love & Cheers!



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Reflections from Pasadena

Darryl Banta

Darryl Banta

Thanks to the loyal support and reporting of Mrs Pasadena, we can share the beauties of the Pasadena Garden Club’s Centennial Flower Show.  Congratulations to PGC for achieving this milestone!

 Pasadena Public Library

The show, named Reflections, was held in the beautiful Pasadena Public Library.  This handsome building was designed by PGC founding member Myron Hunt in 1924 and opened its doors in 1925.  The PGC has always had a special relationship with the library.  The club’s centennial gift will include landscaping the Library gardens.

Pasadena Traditional arrangement First

In a class called The Entry Hall … “the first room is often the most lovely”, the designer of this sumptuously lovely traditional arrangement took home a First, Best In Show and the ZXII Novice Award .  What incredibly beautiful roses!!

Pasadena GC Munger and Baylor


 Curled vines and vineyard

Plein-air Palette … ” the act of painting art outdoors is like a dance” called for a miniature design (not greater than 5″ in any dimension) staged on a 2″ lucite cube in a gold framed niche supplied by the committee.  The masterly handling of the fresh flowers  earned this novice (!) designer the GCA Sandra Baylor Novice Floral Design Award and the Dorothy Vietor Munger Award.

First Hat Anthurium Pine needles

 pine hat textural detail

At the risk of using a poor image, I’m including the detail shot to show the incredible craftsmanship of this first place winner in Remembering SouthLake Avenue …  a great hat speaks for itself”.  The black hat is made from woven pine needles!

 Pasadena Hat Succulents

 Pasadena Succulents hat side view

Second place went to this ethereal creation using succulents and Spanish moss, which is in the Tillandsia family.  More of the stunning library is visible in these photographs.

Pasadena Book Ends Croton and REd

 Book Ends silver and red

 Book Ends Yellow and Orange

Book Ends Pink Orchids

My favorite class was Book Ends … like book ends we support each other”,  a design in two containers.  What a truly creative group of designers!!

 Botanical Arts Art Deco necklace

The Botanical Arts division was called Pasadena Gems.  This Art Deco necklace won its class and the GCA Botanical Arts Creativity Award.

 Pasadena Crown BA

A lovely crown winning another class in Botanical Arts called Crown City … people will always watch you, make it worth their while” (Harry Winston).  

 Needle Arts FiirstNeedle Arts were not forgotten either.  Arroyo Beauty… a doorstop inspired by the La Casita del Arroyo gardens.  The show supplied a blank canvas and did the finishing.  All this first-prize loveliness was created by the designer.  Happy Birthday Pasadena and thanks Mrs. P.


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