The famed French artist Claude Monet once said, “I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” Mr. Monet had a lifelong goal of capturing and conveying the story of the French countryside through his art. He was so “impressed” (literally) by the wildflowers and landscape surrounding him that his artistic work helped coin the phrase “impressionism” that was derived from his painting titled “Impression.”
Nantucket is not Giverny, but it certainly has its own tapestry of natural beauty. There are multiple gardens, wildflower patches and even manicured window boxes this time of year that can still invoke the same overwhelming emotion of Monet’s gardens. Even as I pull around the corner into my own drive each day now, I am forced to slow the car to a crawl and admire the blooming Iris, Allium and peony bushes with their buds promising to steal the show at any moment. I don’t pretend to have a green thumb, so I’m always a bit shocked and delighted when the perennials continue to show up unprompted and grace our home with their beauty.
- 09 Aug 2011 Nantucket Garden Party… My husband Dan and I were humming Ricky Nelson’s 1970’s Billboard hit as we left our first Nantucket garden party of the summer last weekend. And what a party it was The Nantucket Artists Association held its annual Gala on the lawn of a stunning Hulbert Avenue estate generously donated for the evening by a... Continue Reading
- 07 May 2013 Nantucket Tailgating In his hit song “Reality” Kenny Chesney offers the perfect prescription to “feel a sense of freedom and leave our worries behind” with his lyrics “all we need is a sunny day and an old tailgate.” We were treated to an extraordinary sunny day and some fabulous Nantucket tailgating last weekend as the island celebrated... Continue Reading