Gates of Art

These four gates are on display in the North Carolina Arboretum

in Asheville, North Carolina.

It is one of my favorite places on Earth.

This post features only the gates by E. Vega.


The first design includes a man fishing.


The fish is golden.IMG_1980

The fisherman has great details.


The second gate features a farmer with a plow being pulled by a his horse.


The two of them are working very hard.


The third gate has a tree with one golden apple.


There is a serpent twisted around the trunk.


Reminds me of a story.


The fourth and final gate has many rings with a different creature in each.



I loved each one.

If you go visit the Arboretum, do not miss these.

They are off to the right of the entrance building, around a courtyard area.

I could have easily missed them, if I weren’t such a wanderer.

The details are amazing.

This E. Vega is brilliant at capturing the details of living beings

and recreating them in metals.

These gates are heavenly!



Chihuly Chandeliers

I won’t be a spoiler by sharing all two thousand or so photos,

but I will share what I almost missed by not looking up.

I also almost did not return again after dark

because I thought they would look the same.

This would be display number 13 in the Conservatory.

Burnished Amber, Citron and Teal Chandeliers, 2017.

The supposedly unlucky number for the rest of us.

My daughter Rose’s lucky number and birth day.

Maybe having my head tilted back made me dizzy

or was I dazzled beyond normal consciousness?

Do not overlook (or under-look) number thirteen.

It’s a doozie!


Mere Mortals with Magic

I have been fortunate to spend the past few days in the midst of magic.

I was in the presence of the work of two creative minds in the same location

on the night of a full moon.


I am amazed that both my head and heart did not explode from the beauty and joy.

I was on the grounds of Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

This is the castle created by George Vanderbilt.


On display throughout the grounds and inside the palace

were the dazzling glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly.


Their magical spirits created mind-boggling beauty.

I am so grateful when mortals are given a glimmer of higher power


to share with the rest of us,

as Prometheus shared the flame

to enlighten and inspire

a mere mortal like me.



Get Your Ghetto On!

Why wait to get just the right garden accessory when a piece of trash will do the trick?

Blown glass watering balls with broken stems on the tops of plant stakes to prevent impalement.

I feel sorry for folks who have HOA’s (Home Owner Associations) dictating what is allowed in their yard.

Squiggly plant stake as a handrail beside the step. Nice and sturdy!  Not code though.

Out here in the middle of nowhere, we can slap up any implement in our yards.

Plant support rings hung up for a trellis extension. Vines growing through hoops.  

I feel sorry for folks of suburbia, all stifled by rules of respectability and what-not.

Chop sticks protect passers-by from the mean cactus.

I love my ghetto garden.  Anything goes.

No dog? No problem. This dish is perfect to hold extra water for this thirsty vine.

Reuse and recycle.   Go Ghetto!  (No offense.)

Go with the FLOW


A Pond with a View

We are very fortunate to have a great source for koi and water plants

just a short drive away from us.

Gayle’s Koi in Catawba has been our choice for buying koi and water plants for years.

She has a huge pond full of gorgeous giants.

Butterfly Koi with flowing fins

It is on the side of a hill and seems almost like an infinity pond.

Look at this view!

My son and I went to get several small koi and some water plants last weekend.

water hyacinths
water lkettuce

Water plants are needed to help shade the water during the hot months here in the south.

My son picked out two colorful fish from one of her holding tanks,

while I wandered around enjoying her garden art and unusual plants.

If you are local, I will pass along her contact information.

Gayle is the best.



An Oasis at the Beach

One of the highlights of my recent trip to North Myrtle Beach

was a visit to Tropical Nursery on 25th Avenue South.

It was within walking distance of my beach-front condominium,

but felt as though I had left the American shore for the southern hemisphere.

The place had an interesting selection of tropical plants.

Unique pieces garden art were displayed throughout the nursery.

I especially loved the giant triangular canvas that shaded the potted plants.

What a treasure to find near the shore of South Carolina.


The Bluestone of Boaz Vaadia

There was a visiting sculpture exhibit at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden.

The art was by an Israeli-American, Boaz Vaadia (1951 – 2017).

Sculptures were displayed on the lawn. They appeared friendly and playful.

Yo’ah with Dog by Boaz Vaadia

Small, bluestone homonids were posed doing various tasks.

Shimshon by Boaz Vaadia

Some were accompanied by their little bluestone dogs.

Each little stone man had personality.  I am sure the folks that work there (and the bird) will miss these little guys when they move on to their next location.

This Boaz Vaadia exhibit at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens was supposed to end on May 6, 2018.  I am so glad we got to see it.


Sculpture with Spirit

Ann Norton’s Sculpture Gardens at West Palm Beach, Florida was full of rare plants and huge sculpture,

but was never overwhelming or cluttered.  I need that skill.

Each large piece was carefully placed in its own palm grove alcove

to be discovered and experienced separately.

Ann Norton’s huge ‘Gateway’ pieces were formed from handmade brick. They were engineering marvels.

Gateway 4
Gateway 5

These two peices were made of bricks from North Carolina.

I especially loved the huge Horizontal piece in its own canal.  It’s bricks are from Mexico.  I love art that can be interpreted in many ways.  Ann Norton’s artwork left room for the imagination.

The ‘Seven Beings’ grouping of giant human figures could have been from the ancient past or the distant future.  They were not intimidating despite their size.

I loved how “someone” was looking at you no matter where you were standing.

Ann Norton ‘Seven Beings’

They stood silently in their own alley of palms. The individuals were slightly separated, so that each could be considered on its own as well as part of the “family/tribe.”

Each Being’s pose seemed to send some message through body language. I should have taken more photos of these. They were worth studying.

Ann Norton ‘Seven Beings’

Her former studio was open to be examined. I always find the workspace of others fascinating and inspiring.

Ann Norton Studio

In addition to her sculpture, there was a visiting exhibit of fabulous work by Israeli-American artist Boaz Vaadia and two hundred and fifty rare palms and cycads.

No, I will not be posting all 250 of them.  You wish!

Stay tuned.  Those are coming next.  The Florida blog blitz will continue.

FLOWER in Florida


An Art Outing

I love to go to places that sell art,


just to enjoy all the talent I don’t have expressed by others. (kind of like dance class)


Today, I visited the Wooden Stone in Davidson twice.


Once before lunch to take pictures, and again after lunch.


During lunch I looked at all my photos to check for quality

and to decide what pieces I had to have.


Mr. Flower was with me, so this limited my purchase capabilities.


It’s okay.   I know how to get back to the lovely little town of Davidson, NC.

Look for this lovely bench out front.


I got two of the things photographed.


I won’t tell which two because they are gifts and of course all my friends read my blog.


Oh, more suspense!

I really wanted this cutie-pie for myself.