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Gardens of Europe
February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The first part of the program is on the small island (or insel, in German) of Mainau, a botanic garden in Lake Constance surrounded by Germany, Austria, and Switzerland which is owned by Swedish nobility. Linnea briefly presents the 5000 year history before touring three seasons of island plant life. She takes you to the Arboretum with its towering Sequoia, the formal rose garden, the seasonal gardens and topiaries, as well as a peek into the largest butterfly house in Germany and the “barococo” chapel. The island’s gardens encompass much of the 110 acres; the rest is in use by the 80+ gardeners that keep the gardens beautiful. Enjoy the tour of this “Blooming Island.”
The second part of the program takes you outside of Amsterdam. Keukenhof translates as kitchen garden. Linnea gives a short history of the property and just who owned this keukenhof and adjoining land. The bulb growers’ display gardens and their sales huts are open only for the duration of the bulb blooming season in spring, approximately 6-8 weeks. She has visited the gardens on Opening Day, during the middle of the display and on Closing Day. These visits give a good representation of the early, middle, and late blooming species of the spring bulbs. She takes you through the gardens filled not only with plants, but a variety of sculptures which vary from year to year. The indoor displays feature the latest cultivars available from the growers as well as unusual flower arrangements. The outdoor beds are a riot of color and redesigned with new plants each year. The gardens are surrounded by the acres of commercial tulip fields. Come, welcome spring on this tour of Keukenhof.
Linnea Koch, the daughter of an artist, has worked in different media, from painting and sculpture to etching and weaving. While she had fun with a simple camera during childhood, photography really became interesting when she received her first SLR camera in high school, a used early Exa (Exakta). That camera kept her looking for unusual subject matter, creating a new way of seeing common place subjects. From the beaches on Lake Michigan to travels around the country, as well as explorations in Europe, she has searched for intriguing subjects to photograph. Her photos have been published in corporate publications, calendars, books, including covers of nautical chart books, and have been exhibited and won awards throughout the region. She has owned and operated a graphic design studio for over three decades, is an Illinois Master Gardener with a special interest in native shade plants, and has given many talks on local landmarks, shade gardening and some of the wonderful gardens here and in Europe.
This program is included with general admission:
Adult: $5 | Senior: $4 | Child: $3 | Member: Free