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Report From PIA – March 26

I went to the Boston Flower Show on Thursday, and enjoyed it immensely. As is often the case, one exhibit made the trip worthwhile for me, and in this case it was Paul Miskovsky’s cottage garden. Wow – that man can put a display together!

Paul’s garden used unusual and interesting plants such as Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum (weeping katsura) together with unexpected choices such as sumac. He adds a dash of whimsy (a bathtub and sink) and a roof full of tulips and voila! A beautiful, interesting and fun display.

Flower shows are all about fantasy and plants, and Paul’s exhibit did not disappoint in these areas. If I’d have been able to go back again today, I would have, just to have poked around in his garden a bit more. (Paul told me I could go up the stairs at the back to look more closely in the display, but you never saw so many hairy eyeballs pointed my way as when I pushed past the crowd and stepped over the “do not enter” sign and walked into his garden. Even the elderly lady in the wheelchair looked like she was going to jump me.)

Seeing the results of a creative mind at work is always stimulating, and we don’t go out of our way often enough to be exposed to this sort of thing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t go to museums or live concerts, just to give two examples, often enough.

Looking for information and inspiration? It’s all in our own backyards.

Two things that a gardener can learn from this display by Paul Miskovsky: first, that a garden doesn't have to be planted with the low plants in front, slightly higher in the middle and tall in back. This scene comes alive because of the tree that's next to the path. The second thing that Paul is a master at is using a wide range of colors and textures of foliage.

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