Monday, September 20, 2004

An overall delightful day

As predicted, the weather was beautiful yesterday. Here are two of many wonderful events of the day:

Semitic Museum
The Semitic Museum is one of the Harvard University Museums, housing collections of archaeological materials from the Ancient Near East. Our current exhibits explore everyday life in ancient Israel during the Iron Age; a 2nd millennium BCE Hurrian city, located in modern-day Iraq; and the history of ancient Cyprus through ceramics and metal objects. ...

Seven Harvard University Museums within walking distance of each other:
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Semitic Museum
Adolphus Busch Hall
Sackler Museum
Fogg Art Museum
Busch-Reisinger Museum
were open to the public yesterday between 1pm and 5pm. The Semite Museum was the only one I haven't visited. Since I went alone, I was able to enjoy the lecture and exhibits without the usual concerns if I had children or out-of-town guests with me.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Massachusetts Horticultural Society (MassHort) at Elm Bank Horticultural Center is a gorgeous 36 acre all-season property located on the Charles River, featuring (among others) the New England Trial Garden, the historic Olmstead-designed Italianate Garden, and whimsical Weezie's Garden for Children. MassHort's Education Center hosts programs for children and adults, and the library houses an extraordinary collection for the expert or amateur gardener. MHS is adjacent to the Elm Bank Reservation walking trails and canoe/kayak put-in.
I was invited to a friend's home for dinner last night. She asked me to come a couple of hours early so that she can show me the nearby Elm Bank Horticultural Center. I was delightfully surprised to see the many spectacularly beautiful and well maintained gardens. As designed, each garden has its own unique sitting areas that's great for picnics. This is a place that I definitely have to visit again.

Should you go, you might consider visiting the Wellesley College campus as well. It is only half a mile away.

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