First, there was Kathryn’s Garden, in which we saw a Cavorting Clown Fountain and Jesters on a Branch. This garden was the first thing I saw upon entering the Botanical Garden, and it remained my favorite throughout. Each glass figure seemed about a foot tall, and they totally charmed me dancing through the foliage.
These figures are part of the lily pond, blithely walking across the top of it as securely as the lilies sit themselves.
The lush tropical plants give me ideas for how the pages in Johanna Basford’s Magical Jungle could be colored…
while the fountain in the Asian garden section only vaguely resembled those we saw in Japan, even though both used real mill stones. It was a beautiful place to spend the afternoon today.
(The artist of the glass is Hans Godo Fräbel, who has a title of “Father of Flamework.” ‘His pieces are in public and private collections worldwide, including Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and private collections belonging to Jimmy Carter and other heads of state.’ Naples Botanical Garden)