Botanical Gardens

André Heller Botanic Garden: Lago di Garda

Haring Sculpture Andre Heller Garden Photo © Alice Joyce

Touring the towns and villages of Lago di Garda will fill your days and nights with wondrous views and vistas. I choose to stay in Bardolino, on the eastern side of the lake, traveling by bus, ferry, and foot path to explore Lake Garda’s delightful towns and villages. Gardone Riviera is one of the beautiful towns situated on the lake’s western edge. Here, you’ll discover the fascinating landscape of Giardino Botanico André Heller, where in decades past, Dr. Arthur Hruska nurtured a botanical setting featuring streams and sweet, small lakes to complement the rich plantings. In 1988 the multimedia artist André Heller became owner of the villa property, “protector and ally” in Heller’s words. Today, Fondazione André Heller oversees the lush gardens, boasting art installations and elements of surprise at every turn.

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Art

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Event

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch – Original Works in Glass

Photos Courtesy… The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

16th Annual Exhibition: Patch in the Park!

September 27 – 30, 2011 – Sale: October 1 & 2, 2011

Rinconada Park – 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA — Corner of Embarcadero and Newell

The works of more than 30 artists are included in the event to benefit various organizations and the artists.

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Art

Heart of Reeds: Chris Drury Land Art

Heart of Reeds by Chris Drury - Lewes - Photo © Alice Joyce

You can discern the sinuous pattern – a double vortex – of Chris Drury’s Heart of Reeds installation that emerges from the landscape when you stand on the project’s boardwalk, or look upon the artwork from the viewing mound. Drury likens the design to a “cross section through a human heart, reflecting the interconnections between man and environment.” On his web site, Drury includes the Lewes land art project in the category: Growing Works – rather than a Commissioned, Permanent or Temporary Site-Specific Installation, or a Cloud Chamber. You need walk only a few minutes from the center of town to take in the wetland’s sights and sounds, as a break from the gentle hubbub that Lewes offers residents and travelers.

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