The Splendor of the Summer Garden
There's nothing like a brutal, overlong winter to make one appreciate a summer garden. On those days when the sun is hot and you're tempted to hurry by beautiful blooms, remember this. And this. And that mid-April snow-ice-storm that brought our long-awaited #CrocusWatch2014 to a harsh and unceremonious end.
Treasure the miracle that is the summer garden.
In the summertime, the High Line's gardens are so lush and prolific that the landscape appears to transform practically overnight. Our bloom lists – updated monthly – and Plant of the Week features are very helpful for to keeping up with our changing landscape. But if you'd simply like to revel in the wild splendor of the summer garden, we hope you'll enjoy these images by High Line Photographers paired with quotes from some of our favorite artists, writers, and thinkers.
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” —Claude Monet
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment.” —Georgia O'Keeffe
“Art takes nature as its model.” —Aristotle
“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” —Gerard de Nerval
“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” —Henry James
“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” —Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass”
“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” —Georgia O'Keeffe
“Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape / Lay as if new-created in all the freshness of childhood.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie”
“The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.” —Jean Giraudoux
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“The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.” —Auguste Rodin
“There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords.” —John Muir, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” —Frank Lloyd Wright
“There are no lines in nature, only areas of color, one against another.” —Edouard Manet
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the Eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and by these I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.” —William Blake