Al Whitaker (l) and
Director Ed Schneider (r).
Photo by Barb DeGroot.
The Arboretum's Oswald Visitor Center was the scene Wednesday, Aug. 8 of the official unveiling of a beautifully framed prize-winning photo donated by Al Whitaker. Whitaker, of the Arboretum Photographer's Society, entered "Iris Pond and Bog" in a contest run in conjunction with National Public Gardens Day, and it was selected from over 1,000 entries by a team of judges: The American Public Gardens Association, Rain Bird, Better Homes and Gardens, and the "Gardener Guy" Paul James. The accompanying plaque reads: "Iris Pond and Bog, by Al Whitaker, Arboretum Photographers Society; donated in appreciation of the Arboretum Gardeners, Staff, and Volunteers; First Prize, National Public Gardens Day Photo Contest, 8 May 2012". Whitaker and Arboretum Director Ed Schneider performed the honors of unveiling the framed photo near the entrance to the restaurant.
Don't miss the next "Summer Music in the Gardens" concert this Thursday, Aug. 9. Will & Stymie will be performing on the terrace behind the Snyder Building from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Will & Stymie features a unique blend of Latin rhythms and melodic blues. The concert is free with gate admission and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic. (Rain location: Great Hall). Enjoy another free concert on Sept. 13 with Wild Cathedral.
—Got Scarecrows? The Arboretum is seeking public submissions of handmade scarecrows for its "Scarecrows in the Gardens" exhibit set for Sept. 8-Nov. 4. The submission deadline is August 24. Awards will be presented for first through third prizes overall and there will also be a People's Choice Winner. Download the brochure and entry form.
—Fresh Picked Feast for Lunch (Or Supper). For an adult + kids; K-2nd grade grads. Session 1: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-noon (or 2-5 p.m.) Session 2: Thursday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-noon (or 2-5 p.m.) $21 per person member/$24 per person non-member, Learning Center. Quality time for food and fun with your little one(s). Explore fresh produce from our gardens, and then create scrumptious and nutritious dishes with your child. Register online.
—Shooting the Light. Friday, Aug. 17-Saturday, Aug. 18, Friday, 3:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Same times for Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday, Aug. 25). $155/$177. Changing light conditions provide a dynamic canvas for spectacular images on the lush grounds of the Arboretum. Both in the classroom and outside in practice. Instructor: John Pennoyer. Register online.
—Gardens of Eatin' blog. Read about what landscape gardener Ted Pew and Arboretum gardeners harvest from the gardens each week and get tips to help you have your own gardening success. Read the blog.
—Travel. The Palaces and Gardens of Northern India, Nov. 4-15. Still time to sign up! See Travel for information on these trips in 2013: Virginia Historic Garden Week Tour, Apr. 18-23, 2013. Lost Lands of the Inca, Peru, May 4-17. Poland: Gardens, Castles and Culture, June 3-14.
—Road Construction. The Highway 5 road construction project is expected to be completed in late August. In the meantime, don't let a few extra minutes of commute alter your plans for a visit! If you are coming from the east on Highway 5, you may cross over Highway 41 and proceed to the Arboretum entrance as usual. Visitors from the west should follow the posted detours. See detour for the SummerHouse.