It all started with a visit to MoMA to see the "Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen" exhibit.
"Counter Space explores the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen...."
Too many kitchen tools: this could be said today, no?
great looking vacuum cleaner:
After the obligatory, and possibly expensive, visit to the MoMA Shop, it was on to Paper Presentation, which is one of my favorite stores in New York. They have everything ...from all kinds of paper (scrapbook, drawing, wrapping, note cards, invitations etc. etc.) to hundreds of boxes of all kinds and sizes, to stamps, to unusual folded invitations, all customizable, to journals and notebooks, to a wonderful assortment of greeting cards. They're on-line store is extensive, so take a look.
Next, a total change of place and intent. On to Greensboro, N.C. for an all day gardening symposium. There were over 300 people here! Oh my goodness, when they start using, quite comfortably, the Latin names and cultivars I feel I am in over my head! This entire Southern gardening thing is so new....and I have SO much to learn. But this was a good place to start: the friends who invited me are also avid gardeners. Oh what fun to "talk dirt" all day! I can't begin to say how much I learned.
The three presenters were all from Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pa. Have you been there? I grew up very near to Wayne, but at that time the house and land was private. It was opened to the public in 1993.
I absolutely MUST go there, and SOON! We saw over 400 photographs of the gardens, showing us the particular plants, shrubs and trees that are the "can't live without" variety as well as being adaptable to this more Southern, warmer climate.
And, there were plants for sale, including this Gardenia below.
I should M U S T have one of these!
And after a trip to our local garden center earlier today, this is part of what came home with me:
daphnes, snap dragons, pansies, and some new tools
don't you just love garden shopping?
Now the basket on the front fence is finally finished!