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Water Whimsy at Garden in the Woods
Framingham, MA - New England Wild Flower Society announced today the Society has partnered with New England Garden Ornaments to present Water Whimsy, a small show of large and small water features at Garden in the Woods. In addition to the Michael Mazur fountain in the entrance garden and the Nate McCullin bird baths in the wildlife garden, there are seven fountains which appear in Water Whimsy at the entrance to the Curtis Path, in the Idea Garden, Edible Garden, Rain Garden, and Patio Garden. All of the fountains recirculate the water being used or they are standing water birdbaths.
Water Whimsy continues in the Garden through September 7. Included in the show are bubbling, flowing, and standing fountains. Elements were chosen to appear timeless as opposed to new or antique. Chiseled stones, millstones, staddle stones, stone balls, molded balustrades and caps, granite bowls and bamboo are used to create these features, nestled among the native plants in the various gardens. They provide a whimsical feeling within the naturalized structure of the many gardens.
Millstones were used in windmills, watermills, and other structures to grind wheat and other grains. Grains would be poured into a round trough. The millstone would be run around the inside outer lip of the trough, grinding the grains. Larger mills used wind or water to power the operation. Smaller mills used human or animal strength to handle the rotation of the millstone around the trough. The three millstones in this exhibit show three different sizes. The two larger stones were imported from England.
Staddle stones look like stone mushrooms and were originally used as supporting bases for granaries, hayricks, game larders, etc. These staddle stones lifted the structures off the ground to protect them from moisture and vermin. The two shown adjacent to the Rain Garden are from the Cotswold region of England and are from the 19th Century.
The three column fountain in the Entrance Garden is of Basalt, a stone quarried on the west coast of the US. Naturally occurring in the rock face as plates, it is easily cut along its veins into the natural column shape. The top is then cut and polished and the column plumbed for a water feature.
The granite bowl used in the Idea Garden water feature is from a piece of Quincy, MA, granite, salvaged from the foundation of a building in Boston. The stone mason who carved it is famous for using a blow torch to carve into stone. The spheres of the Three Sphere Fountain, found opposite the Patio Garden, are hand carved from lava stone. Each has been weathered to a beautiful dark black patina.
Scott LaFleur, Botanic Garden Director and Horticulture Director for New England Wild Flower Society, remarked, “Water Whimsy is a great show for the hot days of summer. The soft sounds of the water draw you in close to hear and see the features. They are beautifully integrated into the Garden and look like they were always there. Being a small show, it does not overpower the Garden. You still focus on our collection of native plants when you visit.”
New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods was founded in 1931 by landscape designer Will Curtis who developed the Garden with Howard Stiles. The Garden showcased Curtis’ designs and interest in featuring native plants for sustainable gardens. Curtis deeded the Garden to New England Wild Flower Society in 1965. The Garden is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 15 through October 31. Guided walking tours of the Garden are given weekdays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 2 p.m. Entrance fees to the Garden are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with identification, and $4 for youths 3 to 18.