Saturday, April 25, 2015

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.

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.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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