Prairie Sky Festival

PRAIRIE SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL - AUGUST 18~19, 2017

PRAIRIE SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL – AUGUST 18~19, 2017

What a successful inaugural Prairie Sky Music Festival! Tremendous effort on behalf of all Park staff and volunteers made for a successful event. Workers scurried throughout the week to set up tents, install new electric, groom the gardens, mow the grass, and set up sound and lights along with a bizillion other details.

Each and All of the performers delivered stellar sets. Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas, individually and collectively, showed the receptive crowd why these two artists are considered the top Bluegrass entertainers today. Their levels of musicianship and showmanship displayed with tight vocals wowed the crowd.

The “dance pit” directly in front of the stage was a multi-generational area. Young and old danced – perhaps for different reasons. Sam Bush has been performing over forty years, originally playing with the New Grass Revival before many of the dancers were born! The older participants may have danced in memory of another time. How nice to see that bluegrass music attracts the young generation. The torch is passed.

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Prairie Sky Music Festival – Getting Ready for Kick-Off

The first multiple day music festival at Robert Allerton Park kicks off tomorrow evening, Friday, August 18, 2017. The weather promises cooperation with this inaugural event. Today workers put up the tent to the entrance into the meadow off the new Bulb Garden.

Derek Peterson, Associate Director, points out placement of the stage for tomorrow's festival

Derek Peterson, Associate Director, points out placement of the stage for tomorrow’s festival 

IMG_3955Recently installed electrical service and an improved service entrance offers a new stage placement for the two day event. All seating will slope downhill toward the stage. fullsizeoutput_176aThe Park will be closed to the Public unless ticketed for the event. No outside alcohol is allowed, but beverages and food will be available on site for purchase. If the turnout for Irish Night on August 4th is an indication of public support for music at The Park, Prairie Sky Music Festival attendance may exceed expectations. Associate Director, Derek Peterson has had a vision of this festival and for making Allerton Park a downstate music venue, similar to Ravinia Park in Highland Park, IL. During his eleven years at The Park, he has overseen a renewal and expansion of the monthly summer concerts. And tomorrow, the results of his planning, leadership, work and dedication come to fruition. Don’t miss this musical event in the best local, outdoor music venue. Another reason why we all love Allerton Park.

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Bulb Garden Renewal Worth Taking a Walk

cropped-IMG_3933.jpgThe vision and efforts of many in the renewal of the Bulb Garden come to fruition in this newly landscaped garden. It is truly spectacular!

fullsizeoutput_1767Last fall a newly designed concrete sidewalk replaced the narrow slab perimeter walk. Three half moon scallops now provide a garden stroll through begonias, cannas, ornamental grasses, Russian sage, Rabbits’ Ear and other summer blooming bulbs or perennials.IMG_3930

Robert Allerton and John Gregg would have approved the design and execution. The garden design is bilaterally balanced. The design isn’t totally fixed since the urns are semi-portable and currently hold cannas which must be dug and shedded over winter.

IMG_3929The leaves and blooms offer texture, scale and color to match the scale of the long garden. Tall urns reflect the opposing height of the groomed arbivitae  to the west and leads the eye to the meadow stretching eastward. The plantings have filled in nicely during this first growing season.

Recently three park volunteers carrying buckets with tools and water assembled to tend these garden beds. This female trio arrived at 7:00 am, in spite of temperature already climbing and predicted to exceed 100 degrees with the heat index. They are part of the seemingly invisible force of workers who magically groom the gardens.IMG_9664

Since the Volunteer program was reinstated, the Park volunteer force has been revitalized. The public has benefited from the many programs and events offered through and by the Park, thus cultivating a pool of donors and volunteers to promote Allerton Park in the future.

Thank you, Staff and Volunteers who maintain the gardens that all enjoy. The transformation of the Bulb Garden would delight Robert and John Gregg.

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Morning Walks – Man Zou (Walk slowly and safely)

Morning Walks through Allerton Park not only promote good health but promote psychological well-being. Some of this well-being comes from the physiologic effects of exercise, but some arises from the experience of being present in nature. When one takes notice of nature, wonderful things become visible.IMG_3920The play of morning light on spider webs can not be seen from a car passing through the Park. Twin raccoons near the Buck Schroth parking lot a rare treat to stop and enjoy.

Young Raccoon on a morning lark with sibling who has already climbed higher

Young Raccoon on a morning lark with sibling who has already climbed higher

Looking eye to eye with this smart-eyed precocious masked mammal, parental instincts kick in. “-What are you two doing running across the road? Where is your mother?”

No answer was given.

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Inside Allerton – new book by Mr. David Finnigan

A new book, Inside Allerton, written by David Finnigan has been available since the end of May. It is available through Amazon.IMG_3914

Inside Allerton: The Essential Guide to Robert Allerton Park is the book’s full title, but the scope of the book is largely limited to the history of the House and gardens. The author presents well-researched descriptions and historical facts along with an abundance of archived photographs and current photography. The writing flows well in meshing historical details about the evolution of the House design with details about Robert’s personal life.

The author devotes, however, only three pages of the book to events taking place after 1946. Considering Robert Allerton Park was only newly created in October, 1946, in the gifting of the estate to the University of Illinois, these three pages present the history of the Park. The author neglects to report in this brief history that the Allertons first made the offer of a future gifting of the estate to the University in 1941. On July 22, 1941, the University Board of Trustees voted to accept the Allerton’s offer of gift at future date. After WWII ended, the Allerton’s returned to the idea and entered legal negociations to craft the Indentures of their gift.

The author attempts to tie this three page historical summary in a concise package, but the archives present a chaotic carousel of appointed Park directors and a perpetually changing reporting and financial structure. It is a difficult history to research for lack of archival material. Due to this omission of the history of Robert Allerton Park, per se, the subtitle of this book “The Essential Guide to Robert Allerton Park” is a misnomer. This is not a guide to The Park. This book is a Guide to the History of the Allerton House which is now the Conference Center.

The author has gathered a well-gleaned bibliography. The footnoting is extensive. The reader may wonder why the author didn’t include some of the details within the text instead of referencing as a footnote. The footnotes sometimes present conflicting information or posit a new conclusion than the text.

IMG_3915The photography of present day Park is quite excellent. The extensive archival photographs are inclusions that have been missing in all other Allerton accounts. Kudos to David Finnigan for writing such a comprehensive, and historically researched book about the Robert Allerton’s Estate ‘The Farms’. This book is recommended to all Allertonia nuts, like this writer! Each of us have different perspectives on the life of Robert Allerton based upon archival evidence – such as it remains. Robert was a private man, but not reclusive. His ledgers, guest books, personal letters, date book, address book, diaries were either taken to Hawaii, destroyed or otherwise disappeared. We can only interpret Robert’s coming of age as the thirty-something socialite and heir to a fortune. Robert Allerton had great impact upon this County through his gift of Allerton Park. We only know about Robert through the words of others – John Gregg, the press, historical details and locally recorded memoirs. David Finnigan, like others, like this writer, assemble the details and present bits of evidence to build Robert’s life around the transitions that took place in his House – most of which, took place before John Gregg’s entrance into Robert’s life. By 1932, perhaps the couple wanted a blank canvas that ‘the Farms’ could no longer offer. When a travel layover in Hawaii in 1937 presented the opportunity to purchase a new horticultural landscape with an inviting climate, the pair embarked on this new start. Robert left his Midwest farmer role behind – his paintings, his history, his House, land, and collections. These were given away, or auctioned or sold.  They divested to comparatively minimal encumbrance.

In spite of the above criticisms, this book is a must purchase. Mr. Finnegan has done a superlative job in organizing and presenting a wealth of historical details. Partnered with the historical photo documentation, a visit and tour of the mansion brings a new perspective to this local treasure.

Thank you, David Finnegan, for sharing the wealth of your research, so we can all become better informed and better appreciate our magical and beloved Allerton Park.

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Allerton Park: The Fairy Tale Dream Wedding Venue

cropped-IMG_3878.jpgFew moments are as beautiful as a summer’s afternoon or evening wedding in the Sunken Garden at Allerton Park. Actually, any chosen wedding location within The Park provides a dream wedding backdrop. But photographs can hide the 100 degree, sultry, hot airless Sunken Garden in July.

Outdoor tent space for large wedding reception

Outdoor tent space for large wedding reception

Robert Allerton held a weekend house party at The Farms July 29-31,1910. He invited mostly Chicago-ites. Hopefully the weather the last weekend of July, 1910 was as glorious as July 29-31, 2017. The previous weekends during July, 2017 have been beastly hot and humid.

The August 10, 1910, Madame X social column “Recent Activities in the Society World” in the Chicago Daily Tribune described the view:

“he included among its many charms and unique features an oblong pool on the terrace close to the house. Its waters reflect the red brick and stone trimmings and ledges of the house. At each end of the edge are two Italian green bronze cupids, or water sprites, who preside over the aquatics revels which take place whenever Mr. Allerton has a house party. The swimmers in the pool look out over the downward sloping terrace across the artificial lake which lies below, to broad fields which compose the Allerton farms, one of the largest and most profitable in the west.”

The weekend of July 7-9, 2017, was a busy one at the Park. According to posted signage, The House hosted the University of Illinois School of Medicine. On Saturday afternoon, the Fu Dog Gazebo and Sunken Garden each hosted 2:00 weddings. fullsizeoutput_174bThe bride’s attendants at the Sunken Garden wedding wore ground length, fitted strapless gowns in a beautiful shade of sky blue. Against the background of white pillars adorned with gleaming gold dragon fish and the neatly groomed spruce trees, the contrasting white bridal gown provided the jewel of this dream shot. Except – it was becoming hot, quickly, in the full sun. Same with the Fu Dog Gazebo garden set up.

Nice outdoor wedding venue overlooking the lake toward the House

Nice outdoor wedding venue overlooking the lake toward the House

During summer’s heat, The Park offers a mostly shaded road for exercise walking. Good visibility is still necessary as distracted drivers prevail behind the wheel. Bright colored shirts, reflective vests, or combination of both will offer a visual alert to every driver. Bicyclists must obey the rules of the road and ride with the flow of traffic. Rules of the Road directs walkers and runners to use sidewalks where available. When a sidewalk is not present, pedestrians must walk to meet oncoming traffic in their lane. Do not walk with traffic approaching from behind, especially wearing headphones. Walk on the shoulder of the the road or at the edge of the road. Approaching vehicles must yield to the pedestrian.

For a nice exercise walk, the round trip from the Visitor’s Center to Allerton Road (East Entrance) is a little more than 5 kilometers, or about miles. The road surface is even. The road accommodates car and foot traffic to share the space. Posted speed limit is 25 mph. Few drivers obey this speed.

Visitors' Center Map

Visitors’ Center Map

On this day, a man and woman stood staring at the Visitors’ Center map. They had passed by on a motorcycle. He hailed “Hey, Can you show us where we are on this map?”

– Gladly.

This brief orientation included pointing the way toward the Sunken Garden, and Sunsinger (to the west), the House (straight ahead) and the Fu Dogs (to the left). Since they’d passed by the gazebo on their entry into The Park, they had already noted the wedding. Upon hearing about the wedding at the Sunken Garden and an event at The House, they were disappointed to discover these areas were in use for private events. On their way through Monticello the couple had stopped at The Monarch Brewing Company, in the former Methodist Church, hoping to get a burger and beer. Instead, it was “Closed” for a wedding, too.

  • It is the Wedding Season. The picture perfect wedding – like today. This is the Park’s bread and butter season!

The couple had no idea The Park and House had become a wedding destination. They were on a motorcycle trip to visit childhood haunts.

“We haven’t been to the park since we were at 4H Camp – way back when!” the man laughed. “And I’m 75!” he added.IMG_3911

They were having fun. While the House and Gardens haven’t changed much in the intervening 60 or 70 years since they were campers. A visit to the current 4H Camp would be a much different story! What a campers’ paradise with a positive, challenging and safe environment for every camper. 4-H Camp has been a life-changing experience for many – including this happy couple.

In doing the math, the man must have been one of the 4H Camp’s early campers. Born in 1942, now 75, he would have been the right age when the 4H Camp opened for its first campers in 1950.

The couple headed on foot through the Formal Garden toward The House – looking for memories on their motorcycle trip to old times’ sake.

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Watercolor Vignette – Music in the Park

Friday, June 2, 2017 - Music in the Park on the Gatehouse Lawn

Friday, June 2, 2017 – Music in the Park on the Gatehouse Lawn

Music returns to the Park with an expanded venue this summer. For the fourth year since its renewal, the summer Concert in the Park Series began June 2nd. The opening local act were the two lead singers and drummer of The Bashful Young ‘Ens. The Chicago based main act continued to belt out tight harmonies and accomplished musicianship.

The next Concert in the Park is Friday, June 30, 2017. “Doors Open” 5:30. First performers begin at 6:00 pm. From 7:00 – 9:00 (approx) the second performers conclude the evening.

August 18-19 will be Allerton’s first two day music festival. This year, a blue grass flavor with headliners Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush on Saturday evening. Chatham County Line makes a return performance to the Park. They are certainly a band to NOT miss. They offer great harmonies and musicianship on guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and violin. Tickets are available on Eventbrite with a reduced price for advance purchase. Eventbrite is very user friendly.

The programming available this year in nature, music, hospitality, art and education has been well received by sold out events. In the wake of State budget woes, full programming and public support may Save Allerton from the loss of these valuable opportunities (again) in the future.

BTW – Remember to use your insect repellant with DEET when you visit the Park. Even joggers, walkers and bicyclists need to spray up before trekking into the Park. Hikers on trails – take precautions against mosquitoes and ticks.

Come out to the Park this summer. Enjoy the music. Enjoy the beauty this Park offers.

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Summer Solstice in New York

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

MORNING SUN

June 17 @ 4:30 am

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City

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The Consort’s special guests will be the renowned 32-voice choir Florida Singing Sons. My Consort colleagues will include Paul McCandless, oboe, English horn, and bass clarinet; Eugene Friesen, cello; Jeff Holmes, piano; and Tim Brumfield on the Cathedral’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.

The Consort will premiere new music along with traditional pieces, and will collaborate with the choir in music ranging from Bulgarian chant to the work of Eric Whitacre and the sublime nocturnes of Morten Lauridsen.

This is the first time, in all the years of our Summer and Winter Solstice Celebrations, that we will have a choir. Florida Singing Sons (FSS) has been responsible for the musical education of over 1,000 students across South Florida. FSS students dedicate themselves to a rigorous music education program that results in university level musicianship skills and life-changing personal growth and development. The choir tours the United States and internationally on an annual basis, and has a vested interest in cultivating arts-aware youth to be the leaders of tomorrow.

“Morning Sun,” the theme for this year’s Summer Solstice Celebration, is also the title of the new Living Music album MORNING SUN: Adventures with Oboe – Paul McCandless with the Paul Winter Consort, an anthology of Paul’s greatest recordings with the Consort over the past 45 years. The concert will feature Paul on oboe, English horn, and bass clarinet in this salute to his new album, and in honor of his 70th birthday.

Details:

Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:30am

Cathedral of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam at 112th St, Manhattan

$50 Preferred General Admission $40 General Admission

solsticeconcert.com or 866 811 4111

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“Our music begins in total darkness, and proceeds in a continuous journey, with musicians surrounding the audience. Gradually, as the great stained-glass windows slowly illuminate, the light joins the sound to carry us into the dawn.” — Paul Winter

The concert will be followed by a free tea and coffee reception in the nave of the Cathedral, to which all are invited.

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The Sunsinger Connection

Sunsinger Fall ColorsAt the Sunsinger circle one Saturday morning last fall, I encountered a fellow hiker and his wife photographing the Sunsinger. I stopped to chat, asking him if it was their first visit to The Park. It was not, but they had been away for almost twenty years. His studies and career lead him and his wife to other states.

He shared that his father had been a Mathematics Professor at the University of Illinois. He, himself, an undergraduate product of UIUC, now taught computer science and engineering at the university level. He continued that his childhood home, at least until the mid 1960’s, is now the ‘back side’ of Krannert Center. He remarked the great changes in his ‘old neighborhood’ since his childhood and college years.

We talked about the timelessness of The Park. He and his wife noted the many positive changes around The Park – improvements of recent years. Sunsinger on ground 6 17 07The couple remarked they hadn’t remembered The Sunsinger to be ‘so green.’ I filled them in on his 2007 repatination that had, at least temporarily, removed the rust corrosion eating away at him, but had left The Sunsinger notably glowing teal green. We shared a laugh. He then proceeded to tell me about his friend’s CD entitled “The Sunsinger” whose cover art featured a photo of our beloved monumental statue.
Sunsinger 5 22 08 StitchedI admitted that I was not familiar with the artist or his work. We parted ways. But, they had planted a new research seed – Paul Winter, “The Sunsinger.”

Who is Paul Winter?

Why did he feature our Sunsinger on his CD cover? What is his connection to our Park? This hiker knew him, but how? These are the kinds of questions that drive this research blogger….

1983 CD Sunsinger - Paul Winter on right

1983 CD Sunsinger – Paul Winter on right

First, the CD “Sunsinger”, released in 1983, and was readily obtained through an on-line reseller. Both Urbana and Champaign libraries held most of Paul Winter’s CD’s that provided a thorough introduction to his music.

“Best described as what has become New Age and/or World music, the Paul Winter Consort offered a new, jazz inspired music that quickly found a large audience. The Consort offered a blend of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, with Native American, South American and African influences.” on line source

A subsequent Google search revealed that Paul Winter, composer and musician, holds multiple Grammy awards.  An undergraduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Mr. Winter launched a successful musical career before graduation that continues to date. The Paul Winter Consort founded in 1967, features Paul Winter, as lead saxophonist. The Sunsinger, released in 1983, won critical acclaim. Success continued with multiple Grammy Awards in subsequent years. He is an artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York City. He regularly performs there, most recently, giving sold out concerts in December of his annual Winter Solstice Concert.

The most recent Winter Solstice concert held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on the December 15, 16 and 17th, 2016, included current consort members, Eugene Friesen, cello, Paul Mccandleuss, oboe, Paul Sullivan, keyboard, Eliot Wadopian, , Jamey Hadded, drums, Tim Broomfield, organ and Scott Sloan on Sun-gongs. The Consort was joined by vocalists, Gary Brooker and Theresa Thomson along with dance group, Forces of Nature.

Not only does the 1983 CD jacket feature a photo of the Allerton Sunsinger, but a printed descriptive identifies him as a ‘replica’ of the Sunsinger that stands in Stockholm, Sweden. The only information to add here is that the Allerton Sunsinger is not exactly a replica. It can be argued that every cast is a replica, but lifetime castings of the Sunsinger by the artist, Carl Milles makes the Sunsinger more than a replica. The Allerton Sunsinger is inscribed by the artist himself.

Paul Winter provided generous reply to the queries posed to him about his connection to our Sunsinger. Mr. Winter came to Robert Allerton Park to participate in a Tai Chi conference held at the House in 1983. (qi is very good in the Park) He came to the Park, only for the conference, and was unfamiliar with the history or offerings of the House and its accompanying Park. The first morning after arriving the night before, Paul headed out for an early morning jog before the conference started. He followed the main road through the Park and began to climb upwards. After several turns the road turned right “on a long straightaway.” (still the same today) Paul Winter explained:

Sunsinger 4 13 2008 4 photos stitched“I thought I saw in the distance a man suspended in the air, who also seemed to be moving. At first I thought it must be an apparition, or that I was hallucinating. But as I came closer, I saw that he wasn’t actually moving, that it was my own up and down motion that had made it seem so. Finally, I realized it was a statue, with the base obscured by the mist. It was like a revelation.”

Paul continued about the Sunsinger.

“I fell in love with the Sun Singer. I had never been so smitten with a sculpture. And it inspired the album, which was made then that summer of ’83 .”Sunsinger at Sunset 9 28

Later in 1985, Paul visited the original Sunsinger in Stockholm, Sweden. He added that the Sunsinger at Allerton Park seems so much bigger and impressive than its Stockholm twin.

Paul referred to the Allerton Sunsinger as “majestic.” Many, if not everyone, agree. As Paul experienced, after a series of curves the road opens to a long straightaway, at the end of which, opens to an expansive plaza where the Sunsinger stands at its center. Depending upon the season, the sun position, the sky, the fog……. the view is always changing. Every ‘concert’ is different, even though the songs are the same.

Paul Winter performs an annual Winter Solstice Concert (Concerts) each December. 2016 was the 38th year of his Winter Solstice concerts at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Paul Winter Consort was one of the pioneer performance artists of what is now considered New Age music. In 1983, it was just a newly inspired unnamed genre. In that year, Paul’s revelation from his close encounter with Allerton Park’s Sunsinger would inspire him to write and release the CD titled “The Sunsinger” which would lead to a long career that continues today. His concert performance within the Cathedral along with a light show, dancers and other performers must be an amazing experience. The Winter Solstice concerts have become so much of a New York City December tradition that the shows sell out each performance.

IMG_2205What could possibly compare to the Cathedral of St John the Divine as concert hall? Could a return to the Sunsinger for a Summer Solstice concert overlooking the meadow compare to a cathedral? Robert considered the Woodlands were the most important element of his estate which covers many thousand acres. Sunsinger 12 10 06

Within that woodland, Robert created aesthetic oasis to nourish the appreciation of nature. When the Sunsinger arrived in giant size, the Allertons had the financial resources to purchase a farm for its majestic perch. The Sunsinger became the far end of the formal garden axis, stretching from the formal landscaped garden, through the Sunken Garden to the Centaur and finally to the Sunsinger. Even on foot by the trail, the Sunsinger is invisible from the intersection. The hiker must climb some elevation before the Sunsinger clearly comes into view.Sunsinger Base Rear w Jet Trail 10 8 06

The Cathedral of St John the Divine is an amazing space. A chorus can be invited to perform a 30 minute concert, depending upon the schedule of services. Besides being an important historic site for New York City, the Cathedral is an active church. IMG_2226It is open for paid visit and included on the New York City tourist pass. IMG_2231An additional paid tour, offered only a few times each week, takes visitors into the upper balconies, into the inner attics of the arches below, and finally out to the roof.

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Yet, in spite of St John the Divine’s stained glass and acoustic echoes within its chambers, our cathedral of Allerton Park rivals anything man made. Can a return visit to Allerton Park inspire Paul Winter to perform in our cathedral? Summer Solstice: a Return to the Sunsinger – Paul Winter – June, 2018?IMG_2209
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Watercolor Vignette – Groundskeeper at work

During Robert and John Gregg Allerton’s tenure at their Monticello, Illinois estate dubbed “The Farms,” they employed a full time staff of ten that included cook, housekeeper, driver/butler and groundskeepers. Some of the staff were married couples or relatives. Some of the workers resided at the Allerton estate. There are bedrooms on the third floor of the House for single workers. Most of them were House workers. The Gatekeepers House and the two gate houses were residences of full-time caretakers. Since Robert and John resided only part-time at The Farms, mostly from April to November (planting until harvest), the task of overseeing The Farms from December until March fell to Robert’s trusted employees. They were a dedicated team.

So This is How the Hedges get a Haircut!

So This is How the Hedges get a Haircut!

In a transcribed interview of John Gregg Allerton, he speaks about the workers seeming to melt away when the couple emerged from the House. The same is true today. The gardens are groomed, the paths are swept clear, the pebble walks are raked, the meadow is mown, the tall arborvitae spikes are trimmed – and few visitors see this work happen. The wedding guests this weekend didn’t know that by 7:00 AM that morning, crews were sprucing up and setting up. The same is true for yesterday’s ceremony in the Fu Dog Garden, that crews worked early to make the land and plantscape the perfect backdrop for a magical moment.

Isn’t this the magical part about Allerton Park?

Next time you visit the Park, examine all the details that make up this backdrop. Notice the espalier Trees of Life in the brick garden. Do you know the significance of the Tree of Life? Notice the elements that make the Allerton garden an architectural garden. Notice the crunch of the pebbles intended to require a slower step. Notice the symmetry. The line of the formal gardens extends to the Centaur, but the hard-surface walk ends at the Sunken Garden. The hard-surface walk extends from the House to and through the formal gardens to the Sunken Garden. Access to the pond for wheeled vehicles is best using the wooden platform viewing overlook.

When Robert and John Gregg Allerton left Monticello for Kauai, Robert was 60 years old. John Gregg, his junior, by some twenty years. When the couple moved to the island, Robert actually worked – for the first time. He was no longer a gentleman farmer. He worked alongside John and the work crew in creating new landscaped gardens using the Hawaiian land and plantscapes.

The experience of entering the Kuaui Allerton Tropical Garden is strikingly the same as that of entering Robert Allerton Park. Magical. Majestic. Mysterious. Memorable memories. Meaningful moments. Mind blowing. Merrymaking.

For a moment suspended in time, please visit The Park, soon. And IF you see the Park staff, tell them thanks for making the Park such a beautiful place. In light of the current State budget, we are lucky to still have the Park!

 

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