Book launches rarely have related art exhibitions. On Walnut Hill: The Evolution of a Garden by Kathy Hudson, however, lends itself to one. The two-acre Ruxton garden, developed over 46 years by passionate gardeners A.C. and Penney Hubbard, looks like a piece of living sculpture and contains a collection of sculpture as well.
Opening at the book launch on Thursday, October 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vollmer Center at Cylburn (for reservations email [email protected]) is the accompanying exhibit, “Over Time, Under Light: Garden Photography on Walnut Hill.” The exhibit continues for one week.
Featured in the exhibit are eloquent photographs by the book’s photographer Roger Foley, a nationally acclaimed landscape photographer from Arlington, Virginia. Taken over one year’s time, Foley’s photographs showcase the Hubbards’ magnificent garden and their collections of plants suitable for other Maryland gardens. Over-sized reproductions of photographs from the book, as well as prints of individual plants and garden landscapes are for sale for the benefit of the Cylburn Arboretum Association.
Also included is work by sculptor and metal smith Matthew Harris, the youngest sculptor represented in the Hubbards’ collection. An architectural highlight of their garden is Harris’s wrought iron railing whose leaf motif recalls the weeping beech trees that flank their entrance courtyard.
On display and for sale at Cylburn are smaller pieces by Harris that can be used indoors or outdoors. In 2016 Harris, who lives and works in southern Pennsylvania, will become artist-in-residence at Ladew Topiary Gardens, where larger work will be displayed.
Penney Hubbard says, “A.C and I believe it’s important to introduce Baltimoreans to the work of both well-established photographer Roger Foley and emerging sculptor Matt Harris.”
“Over Time, Under Light: Garden Photography on Walnut Hill” is open at the Vollmer Center at Cylburn 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 23 through October 29, except Monday, October 26 when the center is closed. For more information email: [email protected]
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