PlantTherapy: Going To An Art College

PlantTherapy: Going To An Art College

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 21, 2006

Most of the lessons learned in drawing class were about viewing life and interpreting it through our own fingers. After hours upon hours of figure drawing of people young and old alike, one comes to appreciate every wrinkle, scar, and blemish as beautiful interruptions on the human landscape.

I love gardens - true gardens - for the same reason. I love seeing before everything fills in, when old growth is coming back and as green shoots nudge out of the ground. Park Slope this past week was a chance for me to take a nice afternoon stroll and get a preview of what is to come. Bare trees were just beginning to sprout leaves. People were hard at work digging up stumps and cleaning up in preparation for this year's plantings.

Ivy, ginger, shrubs and early-flowering perennials were already out. Hostas were just tightly wound coils in the dirt. A peony was waking from its slumber and stretching its wine-red tendrils. It is hard to believe it will be a full-flowering plant in the coming months.

Did you know that April is National Gardening Month? Neither did I. But it is, and there are some nice events happening that are being planned up until the end of April, including this event happening on the 29th in Union Square along side the GreenMarket. The National Gardening Association is responsible for it all, and they also have a great website.

If you are downtown on this coming rainy Saturday, be sure to not miss the final weekend of the Macy's Flower Show. I have not visited it in years and am hoping to get there at the last minute on Sunday. It's a great way to kill two birds with one stone (shopping and flowers). Also, the Union Square that is mentioned is in San Francisco, not NYC. At first I was racking my brains trying to think of where it was in relation to the B&N or the Filene's Basement :)

Next, the Rockefeller Center Orchid Show is going on this weekend! Another great place to look and shop. Especially if the weather is not so great on Saturday.

- Matt N.

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