Friday, June 15, 2012

Garden Days

The Cloisters offered its annual Garden Days program on June 2 and 3. We had splendid weather and a great turnout. Deirdre Larkin, familiar to all of our regular readers, led garden tours in which she explored the theme of wild and cultivated plants in the Middle Ages. Instructors from our Education Office led workshops for children and their families.

Deirdre Larkin in Bonnefont herb garden

Deirdre Larkin, at center, discussed wild and cultivated plants in the Bonnefont herb garden. Some of the plants in the garden are considered weeds today but were highly valued in the medieval world. Most of the beds in Bonnefont are planted according to use; nearly every bed was completely replanted this spring. Photograph by Nancy Wu

Children in Cuxa Cloister

Children and their parents enjoyed fragrant potted herbs in Cuxa Cloister. We have two labeled “plants to touch” collections in Cuxa and Bonnefont. Visitors are welcome to touch these plants and enjoy their fragrance. Photograph by Nancy Wu

Garden programs and tours are made possible by the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, Inc.

—Christina Alphonso, Administrator, The Cloisters

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Comments (2)

  1. Eric Erb Says:

    Wonderful! I’m so bummed to have missed it. The idea of having plants the public can touch is brilliant, that is a key means of experiencing the garden. Probably pretty cool for blind folks too. Do you have a date for next year’s garden days yet?

  2. Helen Ford Says:

    Do you have a drawing of the original layout of the herb garden? Does it differ much from today?

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