Category Archives: North American Experience

Filoli = “FIght for a just cause; LOve your fellow man; LIve a good life.”

As we drove onto the former property of successful gold miners Mr. and Mrs. William Bourn, we knew it was a special place. The silvery foliage of the mature Olea europaea (olive) trees that line the parking lot were our … Continue reading

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The Garden on a Hill: UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Photos by Bryan Thompsonowak. The climate in California is a fascinating subject, as we have experienced firsthand on this trip. Temperatures can fluctuate drastically as you travel from the valley back toward the bay area and, luckily for us, our … Continue reading

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Co-Creation at UC Davis Arboretum

We arrived at University of California in Davis on a hot and windy day, typical of the summers east of the San Francisco Bay area. UC Davis Arboretum is located in the heart of Davis, which is just west of … Continue reading

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North American Experience Trip – Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and Muir Woods

The first year Longwood Graduate Fellows commenced our garden adventures at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg, California. Mary Anne Payne, Executive Director and Jim Bailey, Head Gardener of the garden, greeted us at the entrance of the garden … Continue reading

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A Coastal Experience

Author: Robert Lyons, Director of the LGP Photography: Lindsey Kerr and Laurie Metzger The last leg of our North American Experience journey took us 3.5 hours north of Boston to the charming town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  To get there, … Continue reading

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Mount Auburn Cemetery – NAX day 4

Photography by: Lindsey Kerr In rural countryside outside of Boston, before Frederick Law Olmsted designed the Emerald Necklace system, a new public space opened that had a profound impact on society. Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 by the … Continue reading

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A visit to Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Photographs by Laurie Metzger As 9am rolled around on Wednesday, we piled into the van for our third garden visit. Driving away from the morning commuters, we saw city sprawl dwindle to small neighborhoods, neighborhoods become single houses, and finally … Continue reading

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Day 2 of NAX at Garden in the Woods

Photographer:  Josh Darfler On NAX day 2, all LGP second year fellows, chaperone Ed Broadbent and program Director Dr. Lyons went to Garden in the Woods, the operation site of New England Wildflower Society (NEWS), which is located in Framingham, MA. … Continue reading

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Day 1 of NAX at The Arnold Arboretum

  (Photography by: Chunying Ling) We had perfect weather for our first day of NAX at the Arnold Arboretum.  We were greeted upon arrival by Former Fellow and Supervisor of Horticulture, Andrew Gapinski.  A few minutes later we met Michael … Continue reading

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Airlie Gardens

August 24, 2012 – Airlie Gardens, NC (written by Quill Teal-Sullivan, photographs by Wonsoon Park) The final stop on our North American Experience was Airlie Gardens, a lovely display garden nestled amongst fresh water ponds and ancient live oaks at … Continue reading

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