Taking Root: A Garden Blog

In fiction, a foil is a character that enhances the distinctive characteristics of another character. In the garden, as in fiction, a foil is a plant that contrasts with another plant in order to highlight particular qualities of the other. ’I am resolved my husband shall not be a rival, but a foil to me’ (Charlotte Brontë).

 I joined the Martha Washington Garden Club for a tour of the house and grounds at Andalusia recently.  They remembered that I had been the head gardener at Andalusia during the 1980’s and thought I might enjoy seeing the place again.  It was better than returning to my alma mater.  Improvements have been made everywhere.  The gardens and house are more charming and more interesting than I remembered.

At Grounds for Sculpture, a 35-acre sculpture park and arboretum in Hamilton, New Jersey, large contemporary sculptures line the entrance drive, and you think, “This place is all about the art, right?” Then you step out of your car, and along the walkway there are waves of turf with undulating metal edging, and you realize that this is also a very different kind of arboretum.

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