The inspiration for this piece came from the book "Genius of Place - The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead" by Justin Martin. It is a truly fascinating account of the Central Park designer's life and the incredible journey that led him to ultimately be crowned the father of American Landscape Architecture.
Olmstead wrote about his observations while on walking tours of cities and regions of the US and Europe for newspapers during his life and he was also enamored by the lush wildness of the tropics when he passed through Central America on his way to California. He attempted several times to to recapture this tropical effect in his plantings in his designs in the more Northern climates he served in the 1800s.
It's funny how the "grass is always greener" applies to all humans throughout time. Here in South Florida, us flower lovers cry over the peonies, gobs of roses, hydrangea, tulips, daffodils, lilacs, etc.etc. that we can't have that grow seemingly in a profusion even along the side of parking lots in the more Northern States. While plant and flower lovers from the North pine over the green lushness that is the sub-tropics and tropics. It reminds me of the time my daughter's best friend from North Dakota visited us for spring break. After learning that many Floridians go skiing for spring break, our flummoxed 11 year old guest questioned,
"Wait, you go skiing for Spring break?"
Then in utter confusion, "But, Why would you go to somewhere that's cold?"
"Because it's hot down here all the time so we use the opportunity to go where it's cold."
"But I don't understand, you're supposed to go where it's warm for Spring break. Why would you leave this place!?"
Learning other perspectives is so important to a full life. :) So in an effort to appreciate what I have here at my fingertips, I went on a bike and walking tour of my space in the sub-tropics. Here I share it with you. This is Parkland, Florida in May...
With my foraged findings from around town, I put together this lush green and white footed bowl arrangement. Let's see what comes up in June!