Garden Photo of the Day

Historic grandeur

Historic grandeur at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Today’s photo is of a fountain in the North Garden at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island. It has a timeless beauty that’s hard to ignore. Kris Green, Blithewold’s Interpretive Horticulturist, says, “Every garden really ought to have a fountain with a marble shell basin surrounded by a graciously decrepit lichen and ivy covered stairway and a tall stone wall held in place with climbing hydrangea – wouldn’t you agree?” Why yes, we would…

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  1. mjensen 08/02/2010


  2. arboretum 08/02/2010

    From a design sense, I'm not sure what i think about combining the most rustic with the most classical, but it certaibnly has me thinking... which is good!

  3. grizmom3 08/03/2010

    At first glance the vision that entered my mind was a painting by Richard Sloan (died 2007) "Something Old, Something Blue" with Blue-Crowned Motmots amidst Mayan Ruins. I tried to find the painting on a website so you could see the wonderful work of art...much like your alluring creation. Thought about scanning the print I have to my page, but did not want to risk copyright infringements. Rather getting off the subject. In short, your landscape reminds me of the Mayan Ruins in some ways. Very cleverly designed. If you google images of Mayan ruins you will see why this image came to mind. Being an artist as well as an avid gardener I really enjoyed viewing your photos. In my opinion, highly imaginative and original.


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