At her home, Shangri-La, Doris Duke loved to combine lush Hawaiian horticulture with Islamic architecture and art. There still are many elegant gardens surrounding the house, right to the water’s edge.
Shangri-La, the flower show (previous post), drew on this combination to create a Persian Garden in the Museum Courtyard with a Horticulture Class called Majesty. The courtyard was divided into the classic four square pattern with elegant plants of Alcantarea.
Harmony, second place was this charming grouping. Exhibitors had to use the same square container as well as some rocks. Everyone in this class did a wonderful job with such a fascinating variety of Tillandsia.
This third place winner had 9 varieties. I find this fascinating from a design viewpoint. The large Tillandsia on the right shelters the rest of the collection in a dramatic way. (and yes, I know this has nothing to do with plant culture!)
Second place in Elegance was this 5 year old, dramatically blooming, Vriesia “Fenestralis’. Lots more horticulture in next Sunday’s post. I’ve saved the BEST for last. Aren’t you envious of this serene, open air staging at the Museum of Fine Arts?