Pretend this is “Jeopardy.” Your category: People who’ve packed three lives into one. Your clues: He was a student of British horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll. An ex-paratrooper, he was awarded both the Purple Heart and the Silver Star (“kissed the lips of death” three times and survived). A philosopher, a classicist, a raconteur — and also, a founder, in 1977, of one of the world’s largest venture capital firms, the $14 billion New Enterprise Associates, in Chevy Chase — formerly in Baltimore — Maryland.
Who was Charles “Chuck” Newhall, 68, husband, father, Vietnam vet, author, highly successful businessman, former chairman of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and individualist, to say the least!
Intrigued? Enter the grand garden at Brightside, Newhall’s home in Owings Mills, and enter the mind and spirit of the man who, with his wife Amy, has created an “emblem book” garden of their lives. From January 25th through February 24th at the Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum, visitors will have a rare chance to see Brightside, in an exhibit by landscape photographer Alan Gilbert, and to hear Mr. Newhall discuss his garden in two upcoming lectures . The opening night reception is tomorrow night.