J was asked to make a presentation at the Hildene Museum, which is the Lincoln Family Home. J made his way there and gave his program over some rainy days in April. Looking on the bright side, the rain served to make the colors and gardens more vibrant.
This bear greeted J over the bar at the lovely Equinox Hotel where J stayed.
Onto the gardens - it is an amazing piece of land, well-cared for and the proof is in the gradens.
More formal gardens..
The estate overlooks the valley below - fantastic views abound.
A tent was set up for the event.
The outside of Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home...
Period arrangements are maintained throughout the rooms. At right - one of the few remaining flags from the Civil War, this one is in the best condition of those that still exist.
Two more beautiful period arrangements - made with flowers from plants grafted exclusively from the gardens and arranged by a dedicted and talented group of volunteers, Friends of Hildene.
A portrait of a young Mr. Lincoln, before his Pesidency. President Linclon's stove pipe hat - one of seven in existance.
President Linclon's death mask.
Another period arrangement.
Onto J's show. J is with Berthe, who worked for three years to get J scheduled at Hildene. At right Lisa Fairly, Executive Director of Marketing for Hildene, shows off a heart creation made by J. Lisa was J's contact through the entire event and took great care of him - Thanks Lisa!!
A galyx rose creation...and a hypericum sphere both by J.
An Artesia cone shape covered with Eufloria Happy Hour and Marrakesh roses. At right a sphere shape covered in Cool Water and Marrakesh roses accented with blue Floralytes by Acolyte.
Milva dn Naranga roses, by Eufloria, and spirea from Bethe's garden. At right, Eufloria's Avalanche roses arranged in a beautiful container donated by Jim Marvin.