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Gardens For The Ages

It’s spring and we’re thinking about flowers and trees and all forms of flowering flora. (Say that ten times fast.) The Metropolitan Museum of Art is, too! Their exhibition Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence runs through July 29th.

The parks and gardens featured in the featured canvases were painted in France from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Shiploads of exotic botanical specimens arrived from abroad during that time and local nurserymen pursued hybridization. The popularity of–and transformation–of the country’s outdoor space is chronicled in over 150 works. Some of the artists we’re sure you’re already familiar with: van Gogh, Cézanne, Manet, Monet and Matisse to name a few. (Plus George Seurat, whose A Sunday Afternoon is the featured photo for this post.)

Here’s a fun fact. It’s no surprise that this is being shown at the Met right outside our own Central Park, as it was designed to evoke the parks in France from that period.

Tickets cost $25 and are well worth the price. You could easily spend all day and then some in the Met.

So on a beautiful day, head to the museum, then take a stroll around our own village green!

Image via Robert Huffstutter/Flickr