Early 20th century painting of Selma's Garden by T.C. Steele.
As I lectured at the historic site last week, I couldn't believe that this painting hung just a few feet from where I stood.
For a gardener, being cut off from the earth is a horrible fate. I've felt incomplete without my daily talk with my plants. We've gone 3,500 miles so far, but we still have over 1,000 to go. How do I keep sane? By dreaming of what I'll plant in Maine, by walking through my California gardens in my mind, by tugging at weeds in a park, and by losing myself in gardens we visit.
T.C. and Selma Steele's historic home, which is open for tours. Ok, I can move right in here.
We drove through the pergola at the side of the house to reach the studio where I lectured. Note Steele's painting of this scene below.
Steele painted the pergola with a view of the rolling Brown County, Indiana hills.
Steele's easel, paints, and work table.
I always LOVE to see the tools of the trade.
One of the many outbuildings.
This lovely quote from the gardens of Indiana plein air painter T.C. Steele touched my heart. I hope it touches yours.
May your garden be your abiding sanctuary.
Sending love from the road,
P.S. On Monday afternoon, my new posting for Garden Grow Along will appear. Drop in for a visit to not only my post, but also the post of my 7 compadres-they're a treasure trove of knowledge.
P.P.S. My next stop is the Town Hall in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, on Thursday, June 17, 2010, at 6:30 pm, for a slide lecture and tea, sponsored by the Village Herb Shop. En route, I'll be doing a radio interview on Cover to Cover on WRRS-FM in Cincinnati and interviews on WCPO-TV(ABC) in Cincinnati and WTTE-TV (Fox 28) in Columbus, Ohio.