A Roman Garden With Bellflowers

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An ancient Roman sculpture garden is recreated at the Courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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At this time of year, chimney bellflowers (Campanula pyramidalis) appear in the courtyard. The flowers are grown from seed and take two years to reach their six-foot height!

Quite an impressive work of horticulture.

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
– Douglas Adams

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The Fabric of Society

It’s interesting how a piece of fabric can give insights on the larger society.

Who made it? How much did it cost? For whom? For what purpose?

A piece of fabric from a period can reflect how economics, politics, fashion, culture, and values are  interwoven to form a structure that holds everything together — the fabric of society.

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(At the Early Italian Room of the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, MA.)

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