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  • Gardening Background

  • Biographical Information
    As a passionate gardener, my art is as intricately entwined as the gardens surrounding my studio. Cultivating and tending these gardens is the first stage of creating the art that grows in my studio.

    Flowers represent to me a microcosm of the universe in their cycles of living and loving, families and relationships as well as their quest for survival and eventual senescence and rebirth.

    With a duality of external and internal vision, I invite the viewer to see, larger than life, the beauty and intricacy of flowers and in their boldness I suggest a contemplation of their relevance and ours in the social order of our universe.
  • My Mulch Profile

  • Website
    https://MaryAhernArtist.com
  • Occupation
    Artist
  • Gardening Ability
    4 - Experienced
  • My 5 favorite plants are
    Rhododendrons & Azaleas, peonies, daylilies, hibiscus
  • What is a garden myth you hear frequently which you know is untrue?
    Nothing grows in shade.
  • And, what is the reality?
    Most of my garden is in varying levels of shade & I have well over a thousand flowering plants of different species & cultivars.
  • What is your favorite gardening outfit or costume?
    Hiking clothes since they are quick dry.
  • What is the one question about gardening you would really like people to ask you?
    How does gardening influence your art work?
  • And what's the answer?
    This is a very complex answer since it includes among other things the visual, tactile, color, texture, composition, spiritual, political & philosophical issues & categories.
  • Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?
    Creating a painting composition and designing a garden are quite similar in concept. The same issues of focus, rhythm, texture, scale, navigation & color are there in each.
  • If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?
    I could never grow just one plant or love just one child.
  • What plant have you tried to grow that has given you the most trouble? Or, what plant would you like to grow and can't, and why?
    Roses. I don’t have enough sun.
  • What is your favorite time in the garden?
    When it’s 50-60 degrees & not raining.
  • What is your favorite color in the garden?
    Pink & purple
  • What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?
    Designing
  • What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?
    The gardens of my friends. They’re all so personal.
  • What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?
    My Uncle Teddy introduced me to gardening when I was a little girl. I was from Brooklyn where there was lots of brick & concrete & he taught me that everything around him in his garden was alive.
  • Gardening Dilemmas
    I’m facing a need to create a plan to reduce my manual labor in the garden but I don’t want to.
  • What do you dislike most about gardening?
    Mosquitoes
  • What do you like most about gardening?
    I love smelling the warm moist soil of my garden as I step outside each day.
  • Company/Organization
    Mary Ahern Artist
  • Education

  • Favorite Quote
    “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change” - Buddha
  • About me
    https://maryahernartist.com/about/bio/
  • Interests
    Art & Gardening

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