PlantTherapy: The Cloisters Starts a Garden Blog

'The Medieval Garden Enclosed'

The Metropolitan Museum is now quietly entering the blogosphere with the Cloisters' new garden blog. The Cloisters is a branch of the Met that houses Medieval art, architecture, and gardens in its own building in Fort Tryon Park in the north of Manhattan.

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Carlina acaulis(above), a thistle that opens up like a daisy during dry weather and closes up when it is humid.

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By posting about the garden and encouraging dialogue through the comments the gardens are leaving their 'cloistered' existence behind. The new blog opens up the Met's garden, art collection and knowledge in a new way to an entire world of people that would otherwise not get a chance to see or experience this true 'work of art' housed in The Cloisters.

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Jasmine blossoms in Renaissance art, as symbol of divine love

With the support and resources of the Met and a talented staff of gardeners and scholars, this could turn into a wonderful year-round resource and inspiration.

matt at apartment therapy dot com

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