Campbell Soup Flower Arrangement for Thanksgiving

 
Campbell Soup Flower Arrangement by CarlisleFlowers.net
Campbell Soup Flower Arrangement by CarlisleFlowers.net
Rarely when discussed the line-up for Thanksgiving dinner is there mention of soup. Pumpkin pies, sweet potato casseroles, onion dip and roasted turkey might translate into creative ingredients for post-game festivities but the in-between football games dinner certainly would never include a bowl of tomato soup.  So when I arrived at the relatives for our turkey dinner with this Campbell soup can full of flowers, a woman stopped in her tracks.  "A bowl of soup," she said.  "No, it's Andy Wharhol!" The ingredients for our tomato soup include:  mums, roses, sunflowers, carns, eucalyptus, and sunset safari.  The caloric intake, sodium content and how many servings this can contains will have to be referred to Safeway, Towson, MD. Now, back to the game. "Oh, can I interrupt for one more second? Serve these ingredients cool."    

Royal Street Garden in the Vieux Carre’, New Orleans, LA

IMG_0387 Picture: Courtesy Carlisle Hashim The Tour, "Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre'" in the French Quarter of New Orleans included a courtyard on Royal Street, a "well-detailed double residence with attached three-story kitchens."  It was built around 1833 for Paul LaCroix, a classic Creole-style building with a central passageway, arched ground floor openings, narrow wrought iron balconies and curved dormers.  Story has it that two brothers who had inherited the building were feuding and decided to split the building so they erected a wall.  The mother managed to scale both sides.
Picture Courtesy Carlisle Hashim
Picture Courtesy Carlisle Hashim
  "Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre',  is hosted by the Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre', a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of the French Quarter.  Formed by French Quarter residents as a garden club focused on sharing new plants, Patio Planters brought tropical and semi-tropical exotics to courtyards in the 1950's.  Bromeliads and orchids grew with more traditional banana trees, oleander, althea and ginger.  Fig and other vines were espaliered on brick and masonry walls which replaced the last of the horizontal board fences from 1880.  Since 1946, Patio Planters has sponsored Caroling in Jackson Square in December.  All proceeds from the tour fund the Caroling event. www.patioplanters.org IMG_0384   Picture Courtesy: Carlisle Hashim

Seattle Gardens, Little and Lewis, Bainbridge Island

Permission Lewis and Little
Permission Little and Lewis
Permission Little and Lewis
Permission Little and Lewis

Many may know that two years ago, Little and Lewis sold their garden of eighteen years and moved next door to begin anew. Like the former property, the new garden sits on about a third of an acre in a residential neighborhood, and is once again an exotic oasis surrounded by tall fir trees. The dappled light-filled garden features tropicals and interesting architectural potted plants grouped around a stone-paved courtyard. An eight-and-half foot moss covered rain tree creates the lyrical sound of water and a forty-five year old Japanese maple presides over an abundance of sculptures found throughout. The whole garden has the feel of one of the ancient sites of which George and David are so fond, although, except for the established trees, the garden is only about ten months old.

George and David Lewis, partners in Little and Lewis, have been collaborating on their unique concrete sculptures since early 1992. They travel frequently to Mexico absorbing the light, color and architecture that so influence their work. Many people from all over the world annually visit their internationally known garden-gallery, one of the most photographed in the country. Their beautiful color-washed concrete sculptures and installations have been widely photographed and can be seen in many books, magazines and on television, including Martha Stewart Living, The Victory Garden, and House and Garden Television. Their work has been placed in private and public gardens and homes across the United States and other countries. Their first book, A Garden Gallery: The Plants Art and Hardscape of Little and Lewis published by Timber Press has become a runaway “bestseller” in the gardening world, winner of a silver medal from the Garden Writer’s of America and is already in its fourth printing.

To get a preview, visit their website: www.littleandlewis.com

Seattle Gardens – Pike Place Market

Bouquet of Sweet Peas, Gardens in Seattle
Bouquet of Sweet Peas, Gardens in Seattle
Pike Place Market is the starting point for a trip to Seattle, Washington.  It's the hub of fresh flowers, bouquets of them - from $5 for a big bunch of sweet peas, to a whopping $20 for a hand-held arrangement.  The first thing someone asks if you've been to Pike Place Market is, "Is that where they throw the fish?"  The caught fish and seafood gleam with their silvers, yellows, reds and whites, and yes they do smell good in a fishy kind of way.  But can you take fish home and glory in their shape, their composition, their fragrance, the garden memories that flowers evoke.
Lavender Fields in Seattle
Lavender Fields in Seattle
Day One was adjusting to the time zone and going back again to the Pike Market and its flowers.  We met a lavender lady, from the fields of lavender, selling creams, soaps and sachets of long-lasting, dried lavender. She let us crush the French lavender leaves so we could smell how much stronger their smell than their English counterpart.  Our eyes opened to lavender, to the visions of fields of lavender, and with each visit we made to the Gardens in Seattle, we looked for the billows, the clouds of lavender tilting toward the sun.

A Flower Carpet and the Stained Glass Windows of John LaFarge Display at the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

Flower Carpet, Courtesy The Biltmore Company
Flower Carpet, Courtesy The Biltmore Company

Jewel-tone colors of stained glass are the inspiration for this year’s Flower Carpet event at Biltmore, set for Aug. 20 through Sept. 12, on the South Terrace of Biltmore House.

Biltmore’s third annual Flower Carpet – made up of more than 100,000 plants – takes its shape and color from a set of 1880s stained glass windows created by innovative artist and interior designer John La Farge. These windows, part of George Vanderbilt’s vast art collection, are now on display at Biltmore’s new Antler Hill Village.

Unlike traditional stained glass artists whose works were flat and conservative, La Farge incorporated three-dimensional elements and layers of complex plating to provide depth. This revolutionary style allowed for the rounded and faceted glass to form sparkle-like jewels. Biltmore’s Travis Murray, crew leader of the Walled Garden, created the magnificent design for this year’s Flower Carpet.

Plant selections have been chosen to glow in shades of red, orange, blue, yellow and grey throughout the 14,400 square-foot design. These include Iresine Purple Lady; Marigold Janie Tangerine; Coleus Dark Star fading into Angelonia’s from dark purple, lavender to white; Marigold Janie Bright Yellow; Zinnia Profusion White; Euphorbia Diamond Frost and Zinnia Angustifolia Star White; Begonia Prelude Rose and Harmony Scarlet.

The Flower Carpet, Courtesy The Biltmore Company
The Flower Carpet, Courtesy The Biltmore Company

On select evenings, the estate will be open for Flower Carpet Evenings. Soft lighting, beautiful sunset views and live jazz music create a special ambiance for viewing the carpet. Picnic options will be available by reservation online or by phone when purchasing tickets. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase on site. A dining concierge will be stationed at the event to assist with dinner reservations at Bistro, Arbor Grill or The Dining Room.

The Biltmore is George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate. Mr. Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. Now, his descendants invite you to enjoy his legacy of hospitality. Your admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring theWineryThe Biltmore Legacy, and  Village Green.

For additional information on the Flower Carpet event, please call 877-BILTMORE or visit www.biltmore.com.

CarlisleFlowers Green Nature Courses

The Green Earth, CarlisleFlowers
The Green Earth, CarlisleFlowers
This is the green earth.  What beauty to talk about.  This summer (2010) we will be writing courses to be downloaded as power point presentations free to the public.  The nature courses will be multi-disciplinary, ecological, cultural, sociological and international (if we can fit that all in a 15 minute package!)  We welcome your ideas and input.  Our first topic, "The Green House" will take us from the Crystal Palace to the green house effect.  Bio-diversity and agriculture, botanical drawings, a living green wall, and wetlands are other topics - thoughtful yet dynamic for a range of ages. Spanish versions will be available.   Youngsters will be introduced to Mr. Potato Head a bit later.  Sponsorship of these courses is welcome and green too.  Here's to a good summer.  CarlisleFlowers Our email:  carlisle@carlisleflowers.net

Pottery in Annapolis, Maryland

The Annapolis Pottery
The Annapolis Pottery
A visit to our State Capital, Annapolis, always charms.  The sailboats bob in the harbor, the streets, Main, Duke of Gloucestshire, radiate from the State Circle around the Capitol and historic shops, homes and churches add to the ambience.  Always looking for that just right vase, we found The Annapolis Pottery, chock full of lovely earthenware.  They even had the low lying vases with pin holders in them for specimen arrangements.