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Springtime in Paris

Next week I’m off to Philadelphia for a few days.  I’ll be speaking at a symposium at the UPenn School of Design, called Foreign Trends on American Soil. It promises to be a fascinating look at the many influences on landscape design in the US. My paper will compare Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris with its American interpretation at Mount Auburn in Massachusetts.  And I’m looking forward to attending a related lecture by Blanche Linden at UPenn on preservation problems in historic rural cemeteries, and to visiting the gardens of fellow blogger and shade plant specialist Carolyn Walker.

Sadly I’ll just miss the Philadelphia Flower Show, which is happening this week. Its theme this year is “Springtime in Paris.” Philadelphia is a city with strong historical, political and cultural links to the French capital; it would have been fascinating to see how exhibitors are interpreting the topic.

Instead, I shall console myself with a few photos taken this morning in parc Monceau of, well, springtime in Paris.

corylopsis ?paucifoliaPhotinia leavesForsythiaMagnolia budsCherry blossom


16 comments on “Springtime in Paris

  1. Garden Walk Garden Talk
    March 8, 2011

    I knew you were going to visit Carolyn. I too am from the Philly area and would have loved to hear your talk at U of Penn. I am trying to make it back to PA this spring, because there is hardly a better place to be when the cherry trees blossom and the lilacs bloom. I love the mountains and many trees too. I think you will enjoy the landscapes.

    You have shown some very lovely blooms from the park. I bet Paris is lovely at this time of year too.

  2. Søren
    March 8, 2011

    Oh, I DO love Paris in the springtime… I used to live between Bastille and Gare de Lyon, and I loved popping across the Seine to the Jardin Botanique. Getting up to Père Lachaise was always a bit more of a trek, as was Buttes Chaumont and Monceau, though they never failed to be worth the trip.

    I’m so deeply jealous.

  3. Wife Mother Gardener
    March 8, 2011

    What a lovely blog you have here! Beautiful layout. Glad to have found it.

    You might want to take a walk through the woodlands at Longwood at this time of year also while you are in Philly. Lots of sculptural beauty at this time of year.

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Jill, I am so excited about your visit to Philadelphia. I keep going over and over in my mind “if I could just visit one of the many beautiful and excellent gardens here, which would it be?” Carolyn

    • landscapelover
      March 9, 2011

      Thank you. I am very excited too, and looking forward to exploring one of the state’s great gardens with you, as well as seeing your beautiful hellebores and snowdrops.

  5. Stacy
    March 9, 2011

    Wait – we owe garden-style cemeteries to *Napoleon*??? There really was nothing that man was afraid to reform.

    What lovely photos of the parc Monceau. Like Søren, I’m incredibly jealous! Enjoy the symposium.

    • landscapelover
      March 9, 2011

      Yes – the idea of rural cemeteries as a replacement for urban burial grounds had been around for a long time, but it was Napoleon who actually first made it happen. I think it’s difficult now to appreciate how radical a shift it was.

      Thanks for your comments and best wishes.

  6. MNGarden
    March 9, 2011

    There are so many gardens to see in that area.

    • landscapelover
      March 9, 2011

      Thanks – I know! Carolyn and I are enthusiastically discussing various options that we might see together: Longwood, Chanticleer, Laurel Hill, Morris Arboretum… I think I should have arranged to visit for longer! I’m also hoping to see the Rodin museum gardens, and maybe the John Bartram garden as well.

  7. p3chandan
    March 9, 2011

    Lovely springtime blooms in Paris! I wish I was there enjoying everything about Paris!

  8. lula alvarez
    March 10, 2011

    Jill, best of luck with your paper at the symposium. You are lucky having so great blooms in Paris, here in Brussels we are still waiting … enjoy your visit to Carolyn’s!

  9. jandev
    March 12, 2011

    Jill, I’d love to read your paper comparing Pere Lachaise with Mount Auburn Cemetery. Are you publishing it?

    • landscapelover
      March 12, 2011

      Hi, thanks for the interest. Yes, I believe that the organiser is hoping to publish the papers from the symposium – but that usually takes a good while. If you like, I’ll email you a copy of the paper as delivered, when I get back.

      • jandev
        March 14, 2011

        I’d love to read it. I always mark spring (and fall) with a visit to Mount Auburn and will make a point of going to Pere Lachaise when I’m in Paris this April.

  10. Gabriel
    March 13, 2011

    So have a great trip ! And thank you for those nice photos of Parc Monceau.

  11. Jean
    March 16, 2011

    Jill, I hope you’re getting some nice spring weather in Pennsylvania. It looks like Paris is just a little bit ahead of the arrival of spring in my part of Pennsylvania.

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