Brookside Gardens is presenting the annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit thru September 16. As visitors enter the South Conservatory, they are “surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers and going about their business of drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. Visitors learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.”
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers named Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin as Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) in February, 2018. Before joining the USBG, Dr. Chapotin worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she has served since 2006. She was the Deputy Assistant to the Administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. Dr. Chapotin holds a bachelor of science in biology from Stanford University and a doctorate in plant physiology from Harvard University. Before her work with USAID, she completed fellowships at Iowa State University and the National Academies working on issues of biosafety policy, scientific communication and national security.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is displaying an exhibit titled Wall Flowers: Urban Botanical Art, in the Conservatory, thru October, 2018. “The exhibit features large-scale art by local artists who specialize in public murals that beautify our cities. The murals depict plants using bold colors and monumental scale. The exhibit fosters creative conversations about botanical art and new ways to communicate the important roles plants play in our lives.”
Image below: The logo for Wall Flowers: Urban Botanical Art
The American Society of Botanical Artists is presenting Botanical Art Worldwide: America's Flora - Linking People with Plants in the US Botanic Garden, thru October 15.Jurors have selected 46 artworks for the exhibition, and all artworks feature native plants of the US. Similar exhibitions are held in 24 other countries. Each country provides up to 40 images of works in their exhibitions to be compiled into a digital slide show that are shown at participating venues. A Worldwide Day of Botanical Art will be held on May 18, with events held for 24 hours, following the sun from venue to venue.”Countries participating include: Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Image below: Rose Mallow (Hibiscus mocheutos) by Karen Kluglein.
The Town of Somerset Conservation Landscape Garden
The Town of Somerset in Montgomery County, Maryland had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the town’s conservation landscape garden on May 20.Mayor Jeffrey Slavin presided over the event and introduced speakers who were instrumental in creating the garden. Council President Marnie Shaul has commented that “Somerset is dedicated to being a good environmental steward and to investing in improving the environment. "The new garden was designed to help control water flowing off the roof of the Town garage during a rain storm.The garden bank has terraces to slow and absorb the rain water, and native plants to attract bees, butterflies, and birds. Designer Edamarie Mattei of Backyard Bounty arranged the garden to maintain visual interest in three seasons of the year.”
The photos below were taken during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A view of the ribbon-cutting ceremony
A view of the new garden
Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens will exhibit Fabergé Rediscovered, June 9-January 13, 2019. The special exhibition will unveil new discoveries relating to Hillwood’s collection of Fabergé imperial Easter eggs and other famed works. The exhibition “will bring to light new attributions and provenances and provide a broader framework to study, explore, and appreciate nineteenth and twentieth-century jewelry and goldsmithing.” Major American art dealers and collectors, such as Marjorie Merriweather Post, played a significant role in Fabergé’s success after the fall of the imperial regime. For the first time, with this exhibition, Hillwood’s collection will be examined through Post’s perspective. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, who is Hillwood’s chief curator.
Image below: A Lusupov Box – Photo courtesy of Hillwood
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is displaying an exhibition titled The Artistic Table, thru June 10. In the 1950s & 1960s, Marjorie Merriweather Post, who owned Hillwood, entertained diplomats, socialites, politicians, and other worldly guests. Her exquisite furnishings and objects reflected her passion for collecting the decorative and fine arts of imperial Russia and eighteenth-century France. The opulent dining services of the tsarist and French courts were displayed throughout her mansion. In addition to dining, guests at her table “enjoyed a visual feast created by sumptuous Sèvres services, glistening sterling silver, Russian imperial services, and lace tablecloths, among many other items from her collection.” For the upcoming exhibition, a number of interior designers were invited to create a range of presentations using Hillwood’s remarkable collection as the source for a display of historic tables on view in the forty-four-foot dining room and the adjacent breakfast room. The special exhibition space in the dacha houses the tables fashioned by renowned interior designers to generate a conversation between past and contemporary design.
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the private non-profit organization that owns and operates George Washington’s Mount Vernon, has reopened the Mansion after having closed it in early February for scheduled annual preservation work.
National Museum of Natural History opened The Garden Lounge on the 2nd Floor in late 2017.The lounge is an interior garden rest and recharge area for visitors. “There are live plants and a relaxing atmosphere with botany content as a frame. Bright sunlight, enhanced seating and designated outlets for charging mobile devices welcome visitors to the space. Content focuses on stories of plants—their history, their diversity, and how they disperse and grow. Though the primary function of this space is to give visitors a break from the hubbub of the museum, these botany themes help fill in an important and underrepresented part of the story of natural history.”
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no more DC Design House presentations. The nonprofit that had overseen the running of the annual showhouse each October for ten years, voted unanimously in February, 2018 to disband after raising $290,000 during the 2017 DC Design House - and more than $2 million in 10 years. The annual Design House had been highly-regarded by design professionals, realtors and members of the general public with an interest in design. The 2017 Design House featured a 23-room house in Potomac, Maryland. Twenty-three designers decorated the spaces, and there were four boutiques, a Decade of Design Celebration and special events throughout the month in the home’s ballroom – plus a café onsite. Proceeds from the house tour benefited the Children’s National Health System.