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Wow – what a weekend.  I spent the majority of it wrapped in a blanket relying on the warmth of a fire and the memories of last Memorial Day to keep me warm.  Remember last year?  When it was 90 degrees without a cloud in the sky all weekend?  This was the opposite of that.  But I didn’t let it get me down.  I got my bee hives all put together, ready for this Friday’s bee pick-up and like many others, I braved the weather on Saturday evening to attend the opening of Mark Hewitt’s opening reception for “Rare Earth:  Garden Pots as Sculputure” at the Garden.

It was amazing.  The weather was so ridiculous that it put everyone in a really “rare” mood (see what I did there?)  I don’t know if we were all just excited to be out of the house or what, but there was something in the air that made everyone unwind, embrace the moment and have a great time.  And what a turn out!  Not only did our dedicated garden members and staff show up in numbers we didn’t expect, but a lot Mark’s family surprised him with a mini reunion to open the show, including his two beautiful daughters.  It was great to see such support from family and friends of the Garden and Mark’s exhibit did not disappoint.

Do yourself a favor and come see these amazing sculptures at the Garden for yourself.  There is something about them that feels alien, while at the same time completely natural- as if they were always meant to be there.  The way these 9 pots compliment the landscape is shocking in both their beauty and the way they compliment the plants that frame them.  Through a variety of potting techniques and materials, Mr. Hewitt has created larger than life masterpieces that will completely change the way you think about garden art.  Here’s some shots of him taking us through the collection at Saturday’s opening:

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