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Sea of Glass

Sea urchins, anemones, mermaids and stingrays swam in the glass ceiling, fused together into an essence of ocean above my head.  Entwined like floating strands of seaweed,  the vibrant swirls of color seemed caught in the surge of a wave that would surely roll on by.   But they hovered on, and so did I, a sea creature myself for the moment I let them gently wash overhead.

Chihuly Reimagined” runs through March 28th at the Franklin Park Conservatory.

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Garden Glass

Our winter white needed a color accent or two.  Last week, my annual mission to survive and even thrive through yet another freezing February took us to Franklin Park Conservatory near downtown Columbus.

The facility is a favorite for school groups and clubs.  Wandering through the lush indoor gardens without the clamor of hundreds of elementary-aged students was an entirely new experience.

The latest Dale Chihuly glass installation mimicked and enhanced the natural.  The artists’ pieces fit into foliage as  if they’d blown into life on organic pace with the plants growing next to them.  The result? Tranquility tinged with a vibrancy that left one breathless to see what was around the corner and yet, reluctant to move one’s eyes from the exceptional beauty already found.

More Chihuly at Franklin Park Conservatory photos to come…

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In-Town Tourist: Secret Garden



Almost every child longs for a secret hiding place:  a tree fort, a clubhouse, a hidden hollow.  My hideaway was a dusty upper ledge in my bedroom closet.  My fantasy, however, was to have a secret garden as in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic story.


If you wind through Inniswood Metro Park to its northern edge, and then go just a bit further through a child-sized trellised arbor, the fantasy takes form.  Crumbling brick and stone walls, inset with colored glass marbles and draped with vines, emerge as a “ruins” from a seemingly ordinary forest.


Inside, trickling spigots and a rising mist elevate the mood to mystical.  Wall inscriptions and an iron bench invite lingering and just a bit of daydreaming.


It may be my favorite spot in a remarkable park, where nature and the heart can truly intertwine.

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