Home > Gardening For Life > 4/17/09 at the Morris Arboretum: Magnolias and Patrick Dougherty’s Fantastic Sculpture

4/17/09 at the Morris Arboretum: Magnolias and Patrick Dougherty’s Fantastic Sculpture

A week ago Friday I spent the morning traipsing about the Morris Arboretum. The magnolias were in full bloom and Patrick Dougherty had just finished his newest sculputure, The Summer Palace. The twig and sapling sculpture will remain in place until it decays away. I can’t describe to you the feeling one has walking around inside it. If you have the chance to be in Philadelphia over this summer I urge you to visit the arboretum and see this sculpture.
if you can’t make it here….try to make do with my meager photos. I hope you will also enjoy the magnolia shots that follow. I make no claims to be a photographer (I think I fall in the “takes snapshots” category) but I just want to share a little of this beauty with you.


Dougherty’s sculpture at a distance:
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A little closer:
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Sculpture doorway:
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Internal sky view:
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Another doorway:
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And now on to the magnolias.
One magnolia blossom:
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Magnolia profusion:
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Magnolia profusion redux:
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Magnolia blossoms against pines:
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Yellow magnolia blossoms:
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Categories: Gardening For Life
  1. April 29, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I’ll definitely have to check that sculpture out.

  2. Asphericity
    April 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    We had one of those sculptures on campus at Wisconsin while I was studying there. I loved going inside. The wonderful smell can’t be captured in photos.
    Love your magnolia snapshots!

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