[Photos: Courtney Barnes]
With scores of green Parisian-like park chairs, box planters and trees in the background, garden writer Paula Deitz visited the High last night to talk about the Tuileries and the museum's related soon-to-open show. Her lecture was so beautifully illustrated, I regret not holding up my camera to snap a picture of the stage (a favorite image was one of those dotted color-coded tree planting charts from le jardinier en chef Pierre Bonnaure that resemble abstract watercolors).
She also incorporated watercolors and a pen-and-ink drawing by American landscape architect and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award recipient Laurie Olin (remember his work at the Barnes?). So besides hearing Deitz's personal experiences of the ancient French site, I came away with a tip: Olin's sketchbooks are on view now through mid-November at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.