Last spring we were in Asheville, NC for our son's graduation and actually managed to fit in a trip to the art cinema in downtown. We have family in Asheville, but we had never managed to fit in a film here before. It is owned by the same man who owns The New Morning Gallery, Bellagio ( an art to wear gallery with very high end clothing and jewelry), The Blue Spiral Gallery, which specializes more in art instead of crafts, another clothing store that wasn't open yet for less expensive art to wear and this great little theater. He is a one man art scene in Asheville, and when I first started going down there he was pretty much it for better quality crafts. The film we went to see is a A Man Named Pearl, a great little documentary that is being shown on HGTV Sunday night. Here in the Northeast, at 8 pm.
Pearl lives in a small South Carolina town where he created a fabulous fantasy topiary garden. It and he are just amazing. I don't plant topiary, it's not my style of garden, but this is art. It reminded me of Watts Towers. It was created by a man with no horticulture or art background out of discarded plants he found on the garbage heap at a local nursery. Now there are 3 and half acres of gardens that people from all over visit. Take a look and I think that you will be as utterly charmed as we were.
In the garden vein, here is a parting shot of my Hamamelis x intermedia Arnold's Promise . A favorite witch hazel that I plant in the entrance gardens of many of my clients. This will bloom through a covering of snow as it did a couple of weeks ago and go on blooming 5 or 6 weeks here on Long Island. In front of it are my Helleborus orientalis, Lenten Rose, just starting to bloom, but I don't expect a great show this year as I just divided and planted them here last fall.
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