. . . to everyone who came to hear our talk, "Asian Serenity in a Midwest Garden," on Friday at HopsiceCare, Inc. as part of Olbrich Botanical Gardens' annual Home Garden Tour. And to those who came down to MMoCA early Saturday morning for our presentation on "Collecting as a Couple." We especially want to say how surprised — and pleased — we were to note a number of our friends in the audiences; folks who already are familiar with our house and garden and who actually paid money to hear our presentations! We even re-connected with the realtor who sold us our house, thus making the garden possible.
We also want to let everyone at Olbrich and MMoCA know how honored we were to be asked to be part of the program for such respected Madison institutions. Both days, everything was organized and ran smoothly, and all the people we dealt with were helpful, thoughtful and friendly. It made our events more fun than work.
On Friday, I said that big trees, shade and lots of green are the ingredients I consider necessary to create a serene garden. At the time, I did not realize how many of the gardens on the Olbrich tour embodied that statement.
We loved the garden that celebrated Black Walnut trees with breathtaking specimens whose limbs almost touched the ground. These gardeners had no trouble creating an oasis under such majestic beauties and we had a great time talking with them about the best way to build a teahouse/meditation space. We discovered the perfect house color to complement orange daylilies and I was entranced at the gardeners who went to the effort of creating beautiful table settings and bouquets for the dining areas of their decks.
We had a lot of lively conversation with collectors of every age and interest while we all partook of a summery buffet breakfast before the Art Fair on Saturday. We're looking forward to more talk about textiles, teabowls and collecting with you at MMoCA's First Fridays and upcoming openings.
Thanks again for making our marathon weekend such a success and a pleasure. But now that it's over, we're looking forward to getting back to the garden and feeling free to spend an afternoon daydreaming!