Under the Covers at the Ruth Bancroft Garden
Ruth Bancroft, like so many gardeners, pushed the zonal envelope when it came to plant selection. After a freak freeze event in 1972 that destroyed the newly planted garden, Ruth chalked it up to experience, acquired more plants and devised and built covers to protect the most vulnerable. Last weekend I attended an 8am photo workshop at the garden, and Ruths' winter-shrouded shade structure provided a pleasant diffuse light for photography. Here we see the cover from outside.. As the morning light shifted the scene outside the structure continued to change. Inside a soft glow bathed the plants. The trees outside the cover etched a pattern that furnished a background to the plant portraits. The smaller plants were pleasantly lit with no harsh shadows Many thanks to John Ricca , Richard Valenti and the management of the garden that make events like this happen. The next photo workshop is April 1st.