Nature's silent social network


That phrase jumped out at me from the Morris Arboretum's announcement of a new 30-photo exhibit by photographer Rob Cardillo, whose work you've undoubtedly seen in Organic Gardening, Horticulture and Country Gardens magazines, as well as in stories in the New York Times and elsewhere. He also did beautiful work for David Culp's 2012 book The Layered Garden, going back to David's garden 32 times to get just the right shots.

Rob's show at Morris, called Deep in the Weeds, is in the upper gallery. It's open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with garden admission. In my experience, and humble opinion, there is no better photographer for capturing the interplay of light, color, shape and shadow. Just look at this photo! I've sent it to friends all week as a stress-buster.

As the show announcement says, Rob's images "invite us to commune with nature's silent social network." If you're feeling in need of some not-so-silent social networking, there's a reception in Rob's honor planned for Sunday, March 17, from 1-3 p.m. Now I know that's St. Patrick's Day, so just consider a visit to the show a truly original way to celebrate the green.  The green we really care about, that is.

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