A Travellerspoint blog

September 2021

Fleischer Glass Collection at Morris Museum of Art, Augusta

Basket Set, Dale Chihuly, 1993; my favorite American glass artist is probably also the most prolific and best marketer; his was the only work here by anyone with major name recognition

Basket Set, Dale Chihuly, 1993; my favorite American glass artist is probably also the most prolific and best marketer; his was the only work here by anyone with major name recognition

Mechanical Jazz, Concetta Mason, 1989; the studio art glass collection at the museum was donated by Eugene Fleischer who especially admired work from the Penland School of Craft in NW NC

Mechanical Jazz, Concetta Mason, 1989; the studio art glass collection at the museum was donated by Eugene Fleischer who especially admired work from the Penland School of Craft in NW NC

Bags in a Bag, John Littleton and Kate Vogel, 1982; this pair graduated from the University of Wisconsin and taught at the Penland School in NC; it would be interesting to see the production process

Bags in a Bag, John Littleton and Kate Vogel, 1982; this pair graduated from the University of Wisconsin and taught at the Penland School in NC; it would be interesting to see the production process

Passion Okra Johnson, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 1990; I loved the colors in this piece but wonder where the name came from; admission to the Morris Museum of Art is only $5 with the studio art glass collection being just one large gallery

Passion Okra Johnson, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 1990; I loved the colors in this piece but wonder where the name came from; admission to the Morris Museum of Art is only $5 with the studio art glass collection being just one large gallery

Bowl (Migration series), Chuck Boux, 2015; we saw some of his work across the street from the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, FL; his work is on display at the Imagine Museum there as well

Bowl (Migration series), Chuck Boux, 2015; we saw some of his work across the street from the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, FL; his work is on display at the Imagine Museum there as well

Intoxication Lurid Sipper, Stephen Rolfe Powell and John Miller, 2010; the Fleischer collection opened at the museum in 2019; Fleischer donated 200  pieces with about 50 being on display at any one time

Intoxication Lurid Sipper, Stephen Rolfe Powell and John Miller, 2010; the Fleischer collection opened at the museum in 2019; Fleischer donated 200+ pieces with about 50 being on display at any one time

Tulip Vase, Tommie Rush, 2015; a Southerner, like most of the artists featured here, Rush graduated from the University of Tennessee; her vases retail for $2000-$4000

Tulip Vase, Tommie Rush, 2015; a Southerner, like most of the artists featured here, Rush graduated from the University of Tennessee; her vases retail for $2000-$4000

Vase, Duncan McClellan, undated; this artist has a gallery in St. Petersburg FL; due to the expensive infrastructure required, glass artists tend to be based in just a handful of US locations

Vase, Duncan McClellan, undated; this artist has a gallery in St. Petersburg FL; due to the expensive infrastructure required, glass artists tend to be based in just a handful of US locations

Snake River Shelter, Brent Kee Young, 2014; this beautifully, intricate piece with clear glass didn't lend itself well to a photo; it looked incredibly fragile which is ironic since it's a shelter

Snake River Shelter, Brent Kee Young, 2014; this beautifully, intricate piece with clear glass didn't lend itself well to a photo; it looked incredibly fragile which is ironic since it's a shelter

Neptune Whirlwind, David Goldhagen, 2007; Eugene Fleischer was born in 1921, just one month after his parents arrived in the US from Hungary; he and his wife were married for 72 years, the last 40 in Augusta

Neptune Whirlwind, David Goldhagen, 2007; Eugene Fleischer was born in 1921, just one month after his parents arrived in the US from Hungary; he and his wife were married for 72 years, the last 40 in Augusta

Vase, Jonathan Poirier, 2014; Eugene Fleischer became wealthy as a developer in South Florida in the 1950s and 60s; he semi-retired to Augusta in 1974 where he lived until his death at 97 in 2018

Vase, Jonathan Poirier, 2014; Eugene Fleischer became wealthy as a developer in South Florida in the 1950s and 60s; he semi-retired to Augusta in 1974 where he lived until his death at 97 in 2018

Deep Sea Glass, Catherine Rahn, 1998; some of her pieces sell for just a few hundred dollars which makes it seem like thriving as a studio glass artist would be quite challenging

Deep Sea Glass, Catherine Rahn, 1998; some of her pieces sell for just a few hundred dollars which makes it seem like thriving as a studio glass artist would be quite challenging

Vase, Kent Forrest Ipsen, 1973; the artist studied with Harvey Littleton before going on to found the glass program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond

Vase, Kent Forrest Ipsen, 1973; the artist studied with Harvey Littleton before going on to found the glass program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond

Girl with Golden Hair, Stan Floate, undated; Fleischer preferred to collect unique studio art glass pieces and often got to know the individual artists

Girl with Golden Hair, Stan Floate, undated; Fleischer preferred to collect unique studio art glass pieces and often got to know the individual artists

Untitled, Marvin Lipofsky, 1977; the artist received his masters degree from the University of Wisconsin where he studied under the father of American studio art glass Harvey Littleton

Untitled, Marvin Lipofsky, 1977; the artist received his masters degree from the University of Wisconsin where he studied under the father of American studio art glass Harvey Littleton

Steel Aqua Point, Alex Gabriel Bernstein, 2015; a NC native, this Asheville artist illustrates the diversity of the pieces in the collection; it was nice to see a variety of forms instead of the usual vases

Steel Aqua Point, Alex Gabriel Bernstein, 2015; a NC native, this Asheville artist illustrates the diversity of the pieces in the collection; it was nice to see a variety of forms instead of the usual vases

Cosmo, Lino Tagliapietra, 1992; as a teacher and mentor, Tagliapietra has played a key role in the international exchange of glassblowing processes and techniques between the principal American centers and his native Murano, Italy

Cosmo, Lino Tagliapietra, 1992; as a teacher and mentor, Tagliapietra has played a key role in the international exchange of glassblowing processes and techniques between the principal American centers and his native Murano, Italy

Calare, Toots Zynsky, 2014; this artist (what a name!) studied with Dale Chihuly at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as at the famous Pilchuck Glass School outside of Seattle

Calare, Toots Zynsky, 2014; this artist (what a name!) studied with Dale Chihuly at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as at the famous Pilchuck Glass School outside of Seattle

Spectral Wonder, Jon Kuhn, 1992; I'd love to know how this piece was made; the collection has no pieces of factory art (ie pieces made by Tiffany, Lalique or Steuben)

Spectral Wonder, Jon Kuhn, 1992; I'd love to know how this piece was made; the collection has no pieces of factory art (ie pieces made by Tiffany, Lalique or Steuben)

Exhausted Tawdry Buns, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 2000; the artist is primarily known for his elaborately colored three-foot glass vessels incorporating murrine; the museum is on Augusta's Riverwalk (basically a nice levee on the Savannah River)

Exhausted Tawdry Buns, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 2000; the artist is primarily known for his elaborately colored three-foot glass vessels incorporating murrine; the museum is on Augusta's Riverwalk (basically a nice levee on the Savannah River)

Whopper Vase, Dante Marioni, 1990; visiting the Morris Museum of Art was one of the primary reasons for the visit to Augusta; the city is just an hour SW of much nicer Columbia SC

Whopper Vase, Dante Marioni, 1990; visiting the Morris Museum of Art was one of the primary reasons for the visit to Augusta; the city is just an hour SW of much nicer Columbia SC

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Great watching the 2021 US Open with friends

It was wonderful spending time with these great friends; I hadn't seen David Romero in many years and we also visited with Jason Coronado who was working at the US Open (he's taking time away from teaching at the moment)

It was wonderful spending time with these great friends; I hadn't seen David Romero in many years and we also visited with Jason Coronado who was working at the US Open (he's taking time away from teaching at the moment)

The most exciting tennis I saw was from Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz who defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in a thriller; Alcaraz displayed a fierce baseline game similar to Nadal's but at times his youth and inexperience crept in, but a great tournament for him

The most exciting tennis I saw was from Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz who defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in a thriller; Alcaraz displayed a fierce baseline game similar to Nadal's but at times his youth and inexperience crept in, but a great tournament for him

Coco Gauff had already lost in singles so I caught her first doubles match with partner Caty McNally (17 and 19 years old respectively); they defeated a veteran pair and ultimately made it the finals before falling in a three set match

Coco Gauff had already lost in singles so I caught her first doubles match with partner Caty McNally (17 and 19 years old respectively); they defeated a veteran pair and ultimately made it the finals before falling in a three set match

Our group arrived Wednesday before remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded NYC (and 100s of cars at the US Open) that night; play had to be stopped on Armstrong Stadium (which had the roof closed) due to rain blowing in through the sides of the structure

Our group arrived Wednesday before remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded NYC (and 100s of cars at the US Open) that night; play had to be stopped on Armstrong Stadium (which had the roof closed) due to rain blowing in through the sides of the structure

We watched Novak Djokovic practice but given the fact that he chose to conduct a tournament during the pandemic with no restrictions in place (resulting in many players getting sick) and his strong anti-vaccine opinions, I rooted against him

We watched Novak Djokovic practice but given the fact that he chose to conduct a tournament during the pandemic with no restrictions in place (resulting in many players getting sick) and his strong anti-vaccine opinions, I rooted against him

Jannik Sinner is only 20 years old with a ranking of 14 in the world; I watched him beat a relatively unknown American; Sinner grew up in northern Italy and played very few tennis events as a junior including none of the junior Grand Slam tournaments

Jannik Sinner is only 20 years old with a ranking of 14 in the world; I watched him beat a relatively unknown American; Sinner grew up in northern Italy and played very few tennis events as a junior including none of the junior Grand Slam tournaments

Arthur Ashe Stadium, with a capacity of 22771, is the largest tennis arena in the world (the 16,100 seat Indian Wells Stadium is second); our group visited for the Thursday and Friday day sessions the first week of the tournament

Arthur Ashe Stadium, with a capacity of 22771, is the largest tennis arena in the world (the 16,100 seat Indian Wells Stadium is second); our group visited for the Thursday and Friday day sessions the first week of the tournament

I hadn't realized that former world no. 1 Garbine Muguruza was born in Venezuela before moving to Spain when she was 6; despite success at other Grand Slam tournaments, she's never made it past the fourth round here

I hadn't realized that former world no. 1 Garbine Muguruza was born in Venezuela before moving to Spain when she was 6; despite success at other Grand Slam tournaments, she's never made it past the fourth round here

The Grandstand Court (seats 8125) is just about the perfect size with every seat giving you a good view of the action; this year all calls were made electronically with no actual linespeople

The Grandstand Court (seats 8125) is just about the perfect size with every seat giving you a good view of the action; this year all calls were made electronically with no actual linespeople

Taylor Fritz, who captured the US Open boy's title in 2015, has never gone beyond the third round of a Grand Slam tournament; his mother played pro tennis and her family founded May Department Stores which ultimately merged with Macy's

Taylor Fritz, who captured the US Open boy's title in 2015, has never gone beyond the third round of a Grand Slam tournament; his mother played pro tennis and her family founded May Department Stores which ultimately merged with Macy's

Denis Shapovalov rose to prominence by reaching the semifinals at the 2017 Canadian Open as an 18-year-old, beating Juan Martín del Potro and Rafael Nadal; he was ranked 10 in the world last year but has never done very well at the majors

Denis Shapovalov rose to prominence by reaching the semifinals at the 2017 Canadian Open as an 18-year-old, beating Juan Martín del Potro and Rafael Nadal; he was ranked 10 in the world last year but has never done very well at the majors

This year, spectators had to be vaccinated to attend but the glances given vaccine cards was cursory at best; since 1978, the tournament has been played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Park, Queens

This year, spectators had to be vaccinated to attend but the glances given vaccine cards was cursory at best; since 1978, the tournament has been played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Park, Queens

Former world number 3, Sloane Stephens had a couple of good wins (Keys and Gauff) before falling to Angelique Kerber in the third round; I never knew that she dated Jack Sock for more than a year earlier in their careers

Former world number 3, Sloane Stephens had a couple of good wins (Keys and Gauff) before falling to Angelique Kerber in the third round; I never knew that she dated Jack Sock for more than a year earlier in their careers

There are separate tickets to the night sessions which start at 7pm on the two largest stadium courts (with the biggest names playing); the day session matches often run long so you can stay and watch past 7pm on all courts except those two stadium courts

There are separate tickets to the night sessions which start at 7pm on the two largest stadium courts (with the biggest names playing); the day session matches often run long so you can stay and watch past 7pm on all courts except those two stadium courts

Victoria Azarenka is a three-time finalist at the US Open, finishing runner-up to Serena Williams in both 2012 and 2013 and to Naomi Osaka in 2020 (after defeating Serena in the semis); we watched her fall to Muguruza in the 3rd round

Victoria Azarenka is a three-time finalist at the US Open, finishing runner-up to Serena Williams in both 2012 and 2013 and to Naomi Osaka in 2020 (after defeating Serena in the semis); we watched her fall to Muguruza in the 3rd round

We watched an aggressive Jenson Brooksby, coming off an excellent summer hard court season, defeat Taylor Fritz; he became the youngest American (he's 20) to reach the US Open fourth round since a then 20-year-old Andy Roddick did so in 2002

We watched an aggressive Jenson Brooksby, coming off an excellent summer hard court season, defeat Taylor Fritz; he became the youngest American (he's 20) to reach the US Open fourth round since a then 20-year-old Andy Roddick did so in 2002

As much as I love his backhand, the strong anti-vaccine stance taken by Stefanos Tsitsipas had me cheering for Carlos Alcaraz when we saw them compete; I first watched Tsitsipas at Indian Wells a few years ago and recognized the great potential he had

As much as I love his backhand, the strong anti-vaccine stance taken by Stefanos Tsitsipas had me cheering for Carlos Alcaraz when we saw them compete; I first watched Tsitsipas at Indian Wells a few years ago and recognized the great potential he had

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National Postal Museum in DC full of interesting exhibits

The National Postal Museum, located opposite Union Station in Washington, D.C., is a joint venture between the US Postal Service and the Smithsonian Institution and opened in 1993; it had just reopened when I visited after being closed due to Covid

The National Postal Museum, located opposite Union Station in Washington, D.C., is a joint venture between the US Postal Service and the Smithsonian Institution and opened in 1993; it had just reopened when I visited after being closed due to Covid

The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system; first issued in the UK, on May 1, 1840, the stamp features a profile of Queen Victoria

The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system; first issued in the UK, on May 1, 1840, the stamp features a profile of Queen Victoria

This letter was sent from the RMS Titanic (RMS stands for Royal Mail Steamer) shortly before it left Southampton, UK on its maiden voyage to New York City; as with all Smithsonian Museum locations, admission was free

This letter was sent from the RMS Titanic (RMS stands for Royal Mail Steamer) shortly before it left Southampton, UK on its maiden voyage to New York City; as with all Smithsonian Museum locations, admission was free

Famous stamp collectors have included Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, John Lennon, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Francis, Ansel Adams and James Michener; my mom and I were both avid stamp collectors in our younger days

Famous stamp collectors have included Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, John Lennon, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Francis, Ansel Adams and James Michener; my mom and I were both avid stamp collectors in our younger days

Jeweler Harry Winston mailed the world-famous Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in November, 1958; the postage was $2.44 but Winston did pay to insure the package for $1 million too

Jeweler Harry Winston mailed the world-famous Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in November, 1958; the postage was $2.44 but Winston did pay to insure the package for $1 million too

NC stamps; the National Postal Museum houses one of the largest and most significant philatelic and postal history collections in the world and one of the world’s most comprehensive library resources on philately and postal history

NC stamps; the National Postal Museum houses one of the largest and most significant philatelic and postal history collections in the world and one of the world’s most comprehensive library resources on philately and postal history

This is one of the 360 pieces of mail (out of 17,000) that was saved when the German passenger airship Hindenburg crashed in 1937 in NJ killing 35 of the 97 people on board; this letter reached its recipient in a glassine envelope

This is one of the 360 pieces of mail (out of 17,000) that was saved when the German passenger airship Hindenburg crashed in 1937 in NJ killing 35 of the 97 people on board; this letter reached its recipient in a glassine envelope

The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general; the National Postal Museum is located in the beautiful building that housed DC's post office from 1914 until 1986

The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general; the National Postal Museum is located in the beautiful building that housed DC's post office from 1914 until 1986

Looking at this envelope, sent by Pony Express, it's amazing mail ever reached its intended recipient!; before postage stamps, rates would vary wildly and fees were paid by the recipient who sometimes refused to pay

Looking at this envelope, sent by Pony Express, it's amazing mail ever reached its intended recipient!; before postage stamps, rates would vary wildly and fees were paid by the recipient who sometimes refused to pay

Fred Wiseman flew the first government sanctioned airmail in world history on this plane on February 17, 1911; the 17 mile trip between Petaluma and Santa Rosa, CA took two days to complete (he could only get 100 ft off the ground!)

Fred Wiseman flew the first government sanctioned airmail in world history on this plane on February 17, 1911; the 17 mile trip between Petaluma and Santa Rosa, CA took two days to complete (he could only get 100 ft off the ground!)

After the Continental Army's brutal winter at Valley Forge, Quartermaster General Nathanael Greene (namesake of Greensboro) sent this letter desperately seeking supplies; the museum was full of fascinating pieces such as this

After the Continental Army's brutal winter at Valley Forge, Quartermaster General Nathanael Greene (namesake of Greensboro) sent this letter desperately seeking supplies; the museum was full of fascinating pieces such as this

Half of the world’s mail volume is handled by the USPS (150  billion pieces annually); 155  million delivery points are served by roughly 500,000 employees (they also get 37 million changes of address each year)

Half of the world’s mail volume is handled by the USPS (150+ billion pieces annually); 155+ million delivery points are served by roughly 500,000 employees (they also get 37 million changes of address each year)

It is estimated that 10% of San Marino's revenue is generated by the sale of its postage stamps to international collectors; the government of San Marino has the world's only philatelic minister of state

It is estimated that 10% of San Marino's revenue is generated by the sale of its postage stamps to international collectors; the government of San Marino has the world's only philatelic minister of state

Concord-style mail coaches (this one was built in 1851) first appeared in the 1820s and remained in use into the early 1900s; today more than 90% of US mail is carried by long-haul trucks

Concord-style mail coaches (this one was built in 1851) first appeared in the 1820s and remained in use into the early 1900s; today more than 90% of US mail is carried by long-haul trucks

From June 2015 until December 2018, the museum displayed the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, the world's most valuable stamp, which sold for nearly $10 million

From June 2015 until December 2018, the museum displayed the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, the world's most valuable stamp, which sold for nearly $10 million

In 1931 the USPS acquired 1000 Ford Model A trucks to deliver parcel post (packages too large for letter carrier pouches); ZIP codes were introduced in 1963 followed by the ZIP 4 format which was added in 1983

In 1931 the USPS acquired 1000 Ford Model A trucks to deliver parcel post (packages too large for letter carrier pouches); ZIP codes were introduced in 1963 followed by the ZIP+4 format which was added in 1983

In 1848 Mauritius, then a British colony, issued stamps showing Queen Victoria at age 18; some of the world's most valuable stamps are ones that were mistakes such as the stamp on the right where 'pence' is misspelled

In 1848 Mauritius, then a British colony, issued stamps showing Queen Victoria at age 18; some of the world's most valuable stamps are ones that were mistakes such as the stamp on the right where 'pence' is misspelled

Named after its primary benefactor (he gave $8 million in 2009), the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery is the world’s largest gallery dedicated to philately; distributed throughout the thematic areas are hundreds of pullout frames containing 20,000  objects

Named after its primary benefactor (he gave $8 million in 2009), the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery is the world’s largest gallery dedicated to philately; distributed throughout the thematic areas are hundreds of pullout frames containing 20,000+ objects

This anthrax-laced envelope and letter were part of an interesting exhibit on postal inspectors; each year they arrest roughly 1500 people for mail fraud, investigate 200 robberies and arrest 2500 for money laundering or drug trafficking

This anthrax-laced envelope and letter were part of an interesting exhibit on postal inspectors; each year they arrest roughly 1500 people for mail fraud, investigate 200 robberies and arrest 2500 for money laundering or drug trafficking

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Highlights from the NY Botanical Garden part 2

I loved the whimsical, fun nature of Yayoi Kusama's artwork; admission to the Garden is $35 but if you go on a day with nice weather you could easily spend all day here

I loved the whimsical, fun nature of Yayoi Kusama's artwork; admission to the Garden is $35 but if you go on a day with nice weather you could easily spend all day here

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, originally laid out in 1916 (by one of the few female landscape architects), features 3000  roses representing 700  different species, hybrids and cultivated varieties

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, originally laid out in 1916 (by one of the few female landscape architects), features 3000+ roses representing 700+ different species, hybrids and cultivated varieties

I don't think there's a more peaceful, relaxing place to walk anywhere in New York City; the main gardens and conservatory are close to the entrance but the rose garden was on the far side (there is a tram though)

I don't think there's a more peaceful, relaxing place to walk anywhere in New York City; the main gardens and conservatory are close to the entrance but the rose garden was on the far side (there is a tram though)

The Thain Family Forest is the largest existing remnant of the original forest which covered all of NYC before the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century; it contains oaks, American beeches, cherry, birch and white ash trees, some more than 200 yrs old

The Thain Family Forest is the largest existing remnant of the original forest which covered all of NYC before the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century; it contains oaks, American beeches, cherry, birch and white ash trees, some more than 200 yrs old

The robust Postillion shrubrose in vivid yellow has a rich fragrance and high winter hardiness; you really get a sense of the economic inequality that exists in NYC traveling by bus through the Bronx

The robust Postillion shrubrose in vivid yellow has a rich fragrance and high winter hardiness; you really get a sense of the economic inequality that exists in NYC traveling by bus through the Bronx

The Botanic Garden is located an hour away from lower Manhattan by bus and is next to the Bronx Zoo which I visited the last time I was in NYC

The Botanic Garden is located an hour away from lower Manhattan by bus and is next to the Bronx Zoo which I visited the last time I was in NYC

The Ruth Howell Vegetable Garden is the centerpiece of NYBG's Edible Academy; the acclaimed, 62-year-old garden-based education program helps locals better understand nutritional awareness and environmental stewardship

The Ruth Howell Vegetable Garden is the centerpiece of NYBG's Edible Academy; the acclaimed, 62-year-old garden-based education program helps locals better understand nutritional awareness and environmental stewardship

The tulip tree allee was planted in 1905 as a stately approach to the Mertz Library; originally the approach also had Carolina poplars but for some reason they were removed early on

The tulip tree allee was planted in 1905 as a stately approach to the Mertz Library; originally the approach also had Carolina poplars but for some reason they were removed early on

Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees, Yoyoi Kusama, 2002-2021; the NYBG's extensive research facilities include a herbarium of 7.8 million specimens dating back 3  centuries, among the largest in the world

Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees, Yoyoi Kusama, 2002-2021; the NYBG's extensive research facilities include a herbarium of 7.8 million specimens dating back 3+ centuries, among the largest in the world

One of the most commonly cultivated alliums is Purple Sensation; dogs and cats are very susceptible to poisoning after the consumption of certain species of alliums

One of the most commonly cultivated alliums is Purple Sensation; dogs and cats are very susceptible to poisoning after the consumption of certain species of alliums

The Matelich Anninversary Peony Collection features 150  varieties including this one called Paconia Purple Phoenix Flying to the Sun; the Garden also has a 37-acre conifer collection

The Matelich Anninversary Peony Collection features 150+ varieties including this one called Paconia Purple Phoenix Flying to the Sun; the Garden also has a 37-acre conifer collection

There are dozens of humorous artworks by Yayoi Kusama, such as Dancing Pumpkin, that help substantially drive attendance; each year new pieces and attractions are added to keep the idea fresh

There are dozens of humorous artworks by Yayoi Kusama, such as Dancing Pumpkin, that help substantially drive attendance; each year new pieces and attractions are added to keep the idea fresh

Tepejilote Cimarron is a palm native to Mexico that has ovoid-ellipsoid fruits, greenish-yellow in color that turn orange and then red when fully ripe

Tepejilote Cimarron is a palm native to Mexico that has ovoid-ellipsoid fruits, greenish-yellow in color that turn orange and then red when fully ripe

The Mysore clockvine is native to southern and tropical India (and named for the city of Mysore); the vine (with dramatic blossoms) is ideally suited to pergolas and grows quickly in frost-free climates

The Mysore clockvine is native to southern and tropical India (and named for the city of Mysore); the vine (with dramatic blossoms) is ideally suited to pergolas and grows quickly in frost-free climates

The Sudanese aloe blooms primarily in the winter and makes a long-lasting cut flower; for more than a century after its opening, the NYBG refused to charge admission

The Sudanese aloe blooms primarily in the winter and makes a long-lasting cut flower; for more than a century after its opening, the NYBG refused to charge admission

Naturally occurring Eastern Cape blue cycads can only be found around the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage districts in South Africa; the species is threatened in its endemic region but is now grown worldwide

Naturally occurring Eastern Cape blue cycads can only be found around the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage districts in South Africa; the species is threatened in its endemic region but is now grown worldwide

Starry Pumpkin, Yoyoi Kusama, 2015; 1  million people visit the Garden annually including nearly 90,000 children from underserved neighboring communities

Starry Pumpkin, Yoyoi Kusama, 2015; 1+ million people visit the Garden annually including nearly 90,000 children from underserved neighboring communities

The inferno coleus has scorching deep orange leaves from early summer until first frost; NYBG operates one of the world's largest plant research and conservation programs

The inferno coleus has scorching deep orange leaves from early summer until first frost; NYBG operates one of the world's largest plant research and conservation programs

The NY Botanical Garden was established in 1891 and is located on a 250-acre site in the Bronx that contains a landscape with over one million living plants

The NY Botanical Garden was established in 1891 and is located on a 250-acre site in the Bronx that contains a landscape with over one million living plants

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Monet to Matisse: Impressionism to Modernism at the MFAH

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1907; in May 1909, Monet presented this work, along with 47 other water-lily paintings, at a highly successful exhibition in the gallery of his art dealer, Durand-Ruel

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1907; in May 1909, Monet presented this work, along with 47 other water-lily paintings, at a highly successful exhibition in the gallery of his art dealer, Durand-Ruel

Rotterdam, the Bourse Bridge, Eugene Boudin, 1876; Claude Monet, who considered Boudin his only teacher, invited him to participate in the first Impressionist exhibition, to which Boudin submitted six works

Rotterdam, the Bourse Bridge, Eugene Boudin, 1876; Claude Monet, who considered Boudin his only teacher, invited him to participate in the first Impressionist exhibition, to which Boudin submitted six works

Portrait of a Young Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1879; the greatest portraitist of the Impressionists, Renoir captures this young girl as she leans over the balustrade of a theater box

Portrait of a Young Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1879; the greatest portraitist of the Impressionists, Renoir captures this young girl as she leans over the balustrade of a theater box

Chestnut Trees in Winter, Louveciennes, Camille Pissarro, 1872; one of the artists most faithful to the Impressionist movement, Pissarro primarily produced sensitively observed landscapes

Chestnut Trees in Winter, Louveciennes, Camille Pissarro, 1872; one of the artists most faithful to the Impressionist movement, Pissarro primarily produced sensitively observed landscapes

Portrait of Jean Monet, Claude Monet, c. 1869; a proud father, Claude Monet painted his son Jean, born 1867, repeatedly; the Monet to Matisse Exhibition runs through Sept 19 and costs a few extra dollars

Portrait of Jean Monet, Claude Monet, c. 1869; a proud father, Claude Monet painted his son Jean, born 1867, repeatedly; the Monet to Matisse Exhibition runs through Sept 19 and costs a few extra dollars

Portrait of Jane Thyldao, Pablo Picasso, 1901; nothing is known about the subject of this portrait, but her face and headdress closely resemble those of the woman in one of Picasso's most famous early portraits, Lady in Blue (also 1901)

Portrait of Jane Thyldao, Pablo Picasso, 1901; nothing is known about the subject of this portrait, but her face and headdress closely resemble those of the woman in one of Picasso's most famous early portraits, Lady in Blue (also 1901)

Self-Portrait, Sarah Bernhardt, ca. 1910; not only the most celebrated actress of her time, Bernhardt was also an extraordinarily accomplished painter and sculptor who had works accepted by the Paris Salon

Self-Portrait, Sarah Bernhardt, ca. 1910; not only the most celebrated actress of her time, Bernhardt was also an extraordinarily accomplished painter and sculptor who had works accepted by the Paris Salon

The Port of Cassis, Charles Camoin, 1904-05; personally I didn't care for this painting but since Cassis is one of my favorite French towns I had to include it; admission to the museum is free on Thursdays

The Port of Cassis, Charles Camoin, 1904-05; personally I didn't care for this painting but since Cassis is one of my favorite French towns I had to include it; admission to the museum is free on Thursdays

Boats on the Beach at Etretat, Claude Monet, 1883; possibly inspired by Courbet, Monet rented his house in Giverny to spend time painting in Normandy where he had painted previously in 1868-69

Boats on the Beach at Etretat, Claude Monet, 1883; possibly inspired by Courbet, Monet rented his house in Giverny to spend time painting in Normandy where he had painted previously in 1868-69

The Loing Canal, Alfred Sisley, 1884; one of my favorite French Impressionists, here Sisley paints one of the canals that made shipping from Paris to Lyon possible

The Loing Canal, Alfred Sisley, 1884; one of my favorite French Impressionists, here Sisley paints one of the canals that made shipping from Paris to Lyon possible

The Maures Mountain Chain, Provence, Henri Cross, 1906-07; although Cross remained faithful to his Pointillist technique, the innovations of the Fauves can clearly be felt by Cross' use of intense colors

The Maures Mountain Chain, Provence, Henri Cross, 1906-07; although Cross remained faithful to his Pointillist technique, the innovations of the Fauves can clearly be felt by Cross' use of intense colors

The Bell Tower of Saint-Tropez, Paul Signac, 1900; through the use of dots of unmixed color, the Pointillists sought to achieve the greatest luminosity and harmony in their paintings

The Bell Tower of Saint-Tropez, Paul Signac, 1900; through the use of dots of unmixed color, the Pointillists sought to achieve the greatest luminosity and harmony in their paintings

The Japanese Footbridge at Giverny, Claude Monet, ca. 1922; Monet was in his eighties and affected by failing eyesight when he painted this piece; the strident color scheme and vigorously applied paint give it a shocking look

The Japanese Footbridge at Giverny, Claude Monet, ca. 1922; Monet was in his eighties and affected by failing eyesight when he painted this piece; the strident color scheme and vigorously applied paint give it a shocking look

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