When a gardener goes to a wedding and the groom asks her to take a few pictures to supplement those taken by the real professional photographers, she tries to remember that he and his new bride would probably like a few pictures of people to go with the pictures of gardens and flowers.
First, the gardener realizes that
boutainaire boutonniere is not an easy word to spell.
Then at the church, she notices how the trees perfectly frame the entrance and that the name of the church includes “Rosa”, a favorite flower of many gardeners.And she notes what a nice day it would be for gardening.
She notices the elegance of the white flowers on black satin on the bridesmaids’ dresses.And is reminded that sometimes simple decorations are best, on a dress and in a garden.
She is excited that the reception is at the Allison Mansion at Marian University because the gardens there were originally designed by Jens Jensen in 1912. And she notes upon arrival that it is an elegant estate in a park like setting that any gardener would love to explore.
The first garden she encounters is a circular garden under renovation.
But she thinks it is still beautiful in midsummer with hydrangeas blooming.
Then she sneaks over to see this garden with it’s half circle of columns, which is typical of gardens designed by Jensen.
And she thinks about the lack of true architectural elements in her own garden.
Then she notices that there are lots of large planters around the entrance and on the balcony of the mansion.And she thinks about the planters in her garden and hopes she remembers to water them when she gets home, but then remembers that it rained the day before so they probably don’t need water right away.
Inside the mansion, she sees all kinds of interesting architectural elements carved into solid wood, limestone and marble and painted onto ceilings, including this odd little girl.And she looks more closely to see that it looks like the little girl is holding radishes in her right hand. What does that symbolize? Who is she? Should the gardener plant radishes for fall harvest?
The gardener likes that the dinner takes place in a room with windows looking out over a wooded area behind the house.Though she is reminded again what a beautiful evening it is for gardening.
Elsewhere in the mansion, she looks out other windows to see various parts of the garden.And she is reminded of the beauty of a garden, the perfect place to celebrate a wedding.
And she hopes the bride and groom don’t mind “a few” pictures of the gardens to go with the pictures of their family and guests…