Category Archives: Gardens

If You Seek The Best Part Of The Meijers’ Collection, Look Under Your Feet

What prompts us to start collecting things? For Frederik Meijer, the founder of the Meijer retail and grocery chain, and his wife, Lena, it was supporting a project to have Marshall Fredericks create a bronze sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen’s … Continue reading

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“Come Down to Holland in Tulip Time”

Fancy the fresh taste of Fortuin’s Wilhelmina peppermints? Hankering a flaky, buttery Aviateur almond round pastry or a caramel-filled Stroopwafel? Craving the crisp sugar shell and soft filling of Mentos sweets? Ready for a piece of Rademaker Hopjes coffee candy? … Continue reading

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Riders Up! Ready To Pass Fifteen More Places During Our Tenth Running of the Streets of New York City?

“The more I know New York, the more I think of it,” starts the Cole Porter song. “I like the sight and the sound and even the stink of it.” Yes, indeed, I happen to like New York! Here are … Continue reading

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Flower Lovers Are Welcome To Browse In This Secret Dayton Garden

After months of trying to see it, I was finally there. And then it started raining. The unrelenting downpours looked as if they would go on forever, but we decided to wait it out. Finally, the rain stopped. We approached … Continue reading

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“The Kinds Of Dirt Are Three”

“The Brain will look that up. Kathy, that’s you.” Perfect to borrow whenever the need arises, this statement was what an enthusiastic volunteer named Hallie said to her fellow docent at a fabulous find I made recently. Let me tell … Continue reading

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No Children? No Problem! You Should Still See Franklin Park’s Franklinias!

Here’s one of my trend-tracking discoveries for you: Nature deficit disorder. This unfortunate phenomenon has developed as electronic devices have lured children and adults into spending less time outdoors, making us alienated from the natural world. To help combat nature … Continue reading

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Apple Orchard, Samuel Yellin Ironwork, Pewabic Tile, Breakfast Room Planting, English Garden: Check!

The Columbus Museum of Art membership card that recently found a home in my wallet has become as vital as its neighboring driver’s license and credit card. Affording reciprocal membership privileges to more than 1,000 museums in North America, it … Continue reading

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