Putting art displays in public gardens is trendy. It adds novelty to familiar vistas. I like both plants and art, but often it seems to me that the relationship between garden and art is strained. But I was delighted by J.A. Cobb's fanciful statues, "Ribbit the Exhibit" seen at the Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County, Florida.
Mounts Botanical Garden was a lovely place. It was broken into a series of gardens with different themes. I liked them very much. For example there was a butterfly garden, a native (Florida) plant garden, a vegetable garden
|artichoke or close relative|
And presiding over the vegetables, Cora the Gardening Frog
|Cora the Gardening Frog|
Farther on we encountered Trevor trimming the hedge
|Trevor the Hedge Frog|
|Diana the Huntress|
I was there in the dry season. The white sand will be under water in a few months.
And there in the rushes and reeds, a frog
|Zenny the Meditating Frog|
(close up of her at top of this post)
Other gardens showed me interesting plants, for example, stevia (also called sweet herb of Paraguay, Stevia rebaudiana) the source of the sweetener stevia
|stevia plant, Stevia rebaudiana|
and a vanilla orchid (Vanilla planifolia) in full bloom
|vanilla orchid (Vanilla planifera)|
Then beside the path, there was Jacques Emile Blanchet, Painter in Plein Aire, at his easel.
|Jacques Emile Blanchet, Frog and Plein Aire Painter|
So I looked the direction Jacques was gazing and snapped the photo below, which I edited imagining Jacques was painting in the style of French impressionists.
|"Visiting the Garden"|
What Jaccques might have been painting
Gardens--and life--benefit from whimsey!
Comments and corrections welcome.
Note: these are only some of the frogs in the Ribbit the Exhibit. See the exhibit through May 31 at Mounts Botanical Garden, check A. J. Cobb's website to see where it is after that.
Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist
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