Ikebana and Chrysanthemums at Longwood 2019 | Photos
I’m in agony! Too many beautiful photos from our recent Longwood visit! Here’s a condensed version of what we saw in the main Conservatory. The Ikebana installations were stunning. Nothing fragile here. Just artists, often in teams, playing with flowers and bamboo and who knows what else to come up with these magnificent displays.
Here’s the information sign that stands beside the installation above.
For starters, here are a few chrysanthemum displays, beginning with the view down the center at the side entrance to the conservatory.
Here we have two medium-size installations standing at the opposite end of the stream. Notice their uses of materials.
The next conservatory room was a stunner. I wasn’t expecting anything like this:
After walking around the perimeter, we took a last look back. I love the beautiful ceiling, reflected in the water below and echoed in the weaving of bamboo leaves. All rather graceful and flowing.
After a deep breath, we turned around to see this installation right down the middle of the old conservatory entrance.
As a guide pointed out, both installations went through lengthy screening and certifications for safety. Especially the ‘bridge’ above, under which real live people would be walking. The two guides above are Longwood’s version of street patrols. Making sure nothing untoward happens to us or to this gorgeous entrance.
Finally, here are some of my favorite small installations. They’re scattered throughout the conservatory. Gems waiting for you to turn the corner!
We saw tons more than this. I’m tempted to do another Longwood post later. It was a wonderful day. Not too cold or hot; just-right breezy; not as many visitors as usual. And these stunning pieces of installation art. I loved it! I loved being with D! And I especially loved coming home to my lovely rocking chair and putting my feet up!
Thanks so much for visiting. Here’s to a wonderful Thursday and upcoming weekend.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 10 October 2019
Photos taken by DAFraser, 7 October 2019, Longwood Gardens Conservatory