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  • 2016 Summer Garden Show

    "Gardens Through the Looking Glass," our 2016 Summer Garden show, celebrated the 150-year anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” books, and connected people to plants through garden design, contrasting a collection of modern gardens with a collection of historical Victorian gardens that would be appropriate to the Monticello College era. 


    Alice was a young girl who lived in Victorian England and was so bored by the rigid formality of the time that she dreamed up a fantastical world of impossible whimsy. Her story, and the dichotomy of Wonderland versus the Victorian age, came to life in the presentation of two zones on campus - the past and present. 

    The “past” zone showcased heirloom plants of the Victorian era and those that were found on the Monticello College campus in traditional gardening styles such as a knot garden, giant water lily garden, eyebrow and island beds, rose gardens, herb gardens and sun parlors. 

    The “present” zone showcased new plant introduction and recent hybridizations introduced in the ornamental horticulture industry. The colors, textures, variety and whimsy of the newest releases are showstoppers. Plants were arranged in novel fashions, illustrating the range of variety within a species, and exploring exciting new styles of gardening, such as vertical green walls and exotic succulents/cacti displays. 

    Beyond discussing differing gardening styles, “Gardens Through the Looking Glass” featured interpretive signage that identifies plants and includes a small narrative that compares and contrasts the present day life of a Lewis and Clark student with that of a Monti girl in the age of Harriet Haskell through campus culture, curriculum, transportation, food, technology, etc.

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