Wednesday, April 15, 2009

madison's garden


A few bits from the gardens at Montpelier (yes, we got around this weekend!). Lots more to come about all the houses we saw, but right now, my taxes are due....

5 comments:

Anne said...

Love this juxtaposition of images! I can't wait to visit Montpelier and Monticello one of these days.

Anonymous said...

Never throw good money after bad debt - who said that? KDM

Janet said...

Anne ~ you will get there!

KDM ~ "throwing good money after bad" ~ though I do sort of love your timely version. I so hate to throw good money away, especially when I could be using it to buy good wine.

John R said...

Janet, did they give you the Montpelier-related quote? Something like Montpelier being only a squirrel's jump from heaven. Quite a view from that portico too, non? (Interesting what Post wrote recently re: architecture of Montpelier and Mount Vernon vs. Monticello.)

Janet said...

John ~ ha ha! Yes! I quote it here for others:

"Of all the early presidents, Jefferson was the most committed to the only two ideals that really matter in domestic space: beauty and convenience. James Madison's mansion, Montpelier, is a hearty old pile of brick, but not particularly innovative. Mount Vernon is a bit of a fraud, a wood house striving for false grandeur with fake stone cladding. John Adams's house in Quincy, Mass., is simple, honest, dour and sprawling." Washington Post (5 April 2009).