A 10 year retrospective on the history & inspiration of alena botanica: 2001-2011
Born a Philly girl with a Canadian heart, six years later, I was called back east in 2001. I sold my car, sold almost everything I owned and bought a one-way airline ticket to Vermont. I connected with the landscape and people immediately. It reminded me of Oregon a bit, and the climate & topography was super similar to Northern Ontario, where I spent all my summers in my youth.
My first stop landed me in Lincoln, Vermont. A beautiful, bucolic town just outside of Bristol. Little did I know that Rocky Dale Gardens, a nursery I would come to know and love, was located just down the road from where I was living. Rocky Dale is an icon in the horticultural world of Vermont and it was not long before I began working there. My love affair with horticulture ignited. It was me & Zone 4 and I was happy.
I didn't stay long in Addison county as i was called to more "urban" Vermont living where there were trains and industrial zoning districts. I moved to Montpelier and went back to school at Vermont Technical College, where my passion was taken to new heights. I learned to design, draft and became connected to a wonderful community of professional plant people....
...As most of you know, I reside in my 1870's Waterbury Village home, where my garden gallery showroom & design studio are located. If you can't make it to Bristol, come visit me in Waterbury."
This part below was written today, May 18, 2017:
It was not long after this that I began to explore my life and career as an artist. See my previous post for my musings on the start up of alena botanica.
Rocky Dale Gardens where I first practiced garden design and did my first art show in 2011. See pictures below of Living Art Planters & Photos on canvas. That is all I sold in my early years. It soon evolved to apparel & more.
And, as we all know now. I am back in Oregon where all this great plant geekery & inspiration started many moons ago.
Isn't it interesting how thing circle around?
Plant Art, Alena