The Swan Pond showing the Marble Love Temple. The structure was modeled after a Vitruvius and Augustan design, students of architecture.
When I arrived at the 92 acre Morris Arboretum, it was a very stormy day, but that was not going to stop me from seeing the gardens. I had just stopped at The Camera Store (really its name) to purchase a ‘raincoat’ for my Nikon. And it came in quite handy. I even was lucky to have one for myself in my Jeep.
The 1908 Pump House used to push water uphill to the garden fountain and Compton Mansion. Also, it was used for the livestock in the fields. See the darkened sky?
While I was at The Camera Store near Philadelphia, the salesman who was waiting on me, mentioned that he was from Reading (sixty miles away), the city nearest where I grew up. The salesman coincidentally lived ON MY GRANDFATHER’S ESTATE in Jacksonwald, PA, near Reading, in a new development that was built there on the huge property after its sale many years ago!!! I went to see the new builds there too. I was so sad to see all the forests and fields gone.
I was literally dumbstruck to say the least, about what was built, and that someone I just met was living there. What was the chance? This was the same property where I originally grew up as a youngster in one of the tenant houses (still there as the big property was parceled off). Actually it was a summer cottage (so said by my parents), but estate workers lived in the other two homes in this scenic area, so to me it seemed like a house for the staff. Our house was only a pinch nicer than the other two with a full wrap around porch. But the odd meeting does not happen to stop here, no.
When I was at Chanticleer, I also ran into a couple from Reading, near the home that I previously owned before moving here to NY. Now the Chanticleer garden is 60 miles away from my former home and this seemed really odd that I would meet people living so near and on where I was living in Pennsylvania. To make the story even more strange, this couple, a doctor and his wife, are coming up to NY wine country this summer. They will be traveling onto Canada and Niagara on the Lake. That is really close to where I now live. I had wished I had a business card to give them, because I would have surly met up with these really nice people. We chatted for a really long time at Chanticleer. Small world.
The Rose Garden is a mix of perennials, roses, annuals, and wood plants. Ornament is placed throughout.
The Log Cabin was once a private retreat of the owner, Lydia Morris. It is sited in the woodland, beside a babbling stream.
This view reminds me so much of one of the places that I lived. I get so homesick going back to PA.
The long views and pathways are stunning.
The trees and ferns are so lush. PA was getting a lot of rain.
The Oak Allee.
So many driveways where I am from are similar to this view. Remember the Daniel Boone drive? But none would have this creative graphic application applied.
Graphic on the asphalt mimics the branching above.
Nothing like a Spring show!
Can anyone say healthy roses? In Niagara Falls the roses are still disease free, but not for long I am guessing. Here they are full and healthy.
This garden is a great example of mixing roses with other plants. I myself often mix roses with Nepeta and Lavender. And like below, where conditions allow, foxglove and lupine.
But not everything was coming up roses. And it was getting ready to down pour. More dark skies.
I just thought the view was nice. It is a pretty stone archway, so typical of Pennsylvania landscapes.
The grazing sheep greet visitors as they drive into the property. They are silhouette cutout sheep on the north facing slope which also houses the Magnolia collection.
I wonder if people visiting do a double take. I knew the sheep were cutouts, but I bet the kids go wild when they see them.
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania.
I hope you enjoyed the views. I have the Out on a Limb: A Tree Adventure exhibit to show you coming up. It is a very creative project. One, like architecture students might have designed, yet was created by seasoned architects and engineers. Can you guess what you are seeing by the image below? A true arboreal experience from 50 feet in the air.
The Train Garden is coming to show you too. They are two really unique features to the Morris Arboretum. The trains and buildings where not yet in place, but it really was a fascinating display in miniature. One super big and one small, the power and mystery of scale in design.
Next post: Is Home Where You Were Born?, a look at where I lived before and what it means today.
Then off to Chanticleer.