It all began as "A Walk in the Rain". The Spring of 2011 saw violent weather with tornadoes ripping through the South Eastern US- - destruction, fatalities, displaced people, and homes and businesses destroyed- - all making the headlines. The same weather systems soon moved up the coast through the mid-Atlantic. I just happened to be running errands at the same time a storm front was passing through Rockville when it dawned on me that I should stop to see if Brookside Gardens offered any photographic possibilities. With rain pouring down I started my walk photographing garden "room" to garden "room". Within a matter of minutes I was soaking wet, I had forgotten my rain coat (which showed poor planning). There was no turning back, the gardens were bursting with life. The wet weather acted as a deterrent for the many visitors that usually walk the paths and trails, I was completely alone. It was a special time to begin discovering Brookside Gardens.
This series of photographs began that stormy/ rainy day early last Spring and has continued over the weeks and months that followed. I still continue my quest to capture the beauty of this public resource. With the Winter season arriving soon I look forward in my examination of the underlying "bones" of the many garden rooms as dictated by the cold Winter weather.
I hijacked the following text copy from the Brookside Garden web site, it gives a brief history of this amazing place:
Opening day of Brookside Gardens, July 13, 1969, marked the culmination of four years of planning and construction by the Maryland‑ National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Commission landscape architect Hans Hanses developed the original design, using many European concepts he gleaned while training in Germany and Switzerland. More concerned with aesthetics than formula, his goal was to inspire visitors to garden by displaying plants that were readily attainable and suitable for the region. Both formal and informal areas were divided into smaller, intimate "rooms" defined by walls, shrubs, or trees. Contrasts of color were used in building materials as well as plants for dramatic effects.
Google "brookside gardens history" for more information.
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