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Nantucket to Lahaina: A Fifty-Year Journey of a Plein Air Painter
July 23, 2024 – October 27, 2024

Nantucket to Lahaina: A Fifty-Year Journey of a Plein Air Painter Sunrise Easy Street Basin, Nantucket JULY 23rd - OCTOBER 27th Nantucket to Lahaina: A Fifty-Year Journey of a Plein Air Painter This exhibition of paintings by Paul Arsenault includes exotic and domestic ports and rivers of the world while acknowledging local and indigenous heritage. Over five decades, Paul’s travels have allowed him to inhabit and document many soulful waterfront destinations. His love of history and his adventurous spirit heighten his appreciation of the cultures he is privileged to experience. As a witness to the environmental [...]

2024-02-21T11:24:46-05:00

Terry Dunn: A Life in Color
February 7, 2024 – May 12, 2024

Terry Dunn: A Life in Color West Falmouth Boat House by Terry Dunn FEBRUARY 7th - MAY 12th Terry Dunn: A Life in Color Celebrate the life of colorful and expressive art by the late artist Terry Dunn (nee Shirley Ruth Leavitt, 1927-2023). Highfield Hall is hosting this memorial exhibit of Terry’s work, On view are several landscapes and still life paintings illustrating her distinctive color palettes. a Dunn moved to Falmouth in the 1990s after a long career in fine and commercial art in the Washington D.C. area. Dunn was active as painting instructor at [...]

2024-01-31T17:20:55-05:00

Kat O’Connor: Swimming the Jewel
July 23, 2024 – October 27, 2024

Kat O'Connor: Swimming the Jewel Green Suit, 22x30 acrylic on PVC panel JULY 23rd - OCTOBER 27th Kat O'Connor: Swimming the Jewel Artist Kat O’Connor brings her poetic and sublime paintings of water to Highfield Hall for the summer season. In Swimming the Jewel, O’Connor paints the subject that has been her muse for over a decade. O’Connor captures water and light and sometimes the movement of figures in water together and creates a seemingly new world of the senses. O’Connor works in watercolor, acrylic, and oil, with subject matter reflecting what is important in her [...]

2024-02-21T11:16:49-05:00

Fired Up: Juried Show of the Cape Cod Potters
July 23, 2024 – October 27, 2024

Fired Up: Juried Show of the Cape Cod Potters By Corine Adams JULY 23rd - OCTOBER 27th Fired Up: Juried Show of the Cape Cod Potters Fired Up: Juried Show of The Cape Cod Potters, aims to highlight and celebrate the diversity of ceramic work being created on this small, sandy spit of land. Cape Cod’s unique geography can inspire and constrict, can push artists to explore their local influences, and can lead them to reach beyond their geographic boundaries. Each of the many potters living and working on Cape Cod brings their own unique voice [...]

2024-01-31T17:22:09-05:00

The Language of Pattern: The Quilter’s Lexicon
February 7, 2024 – May 12, 2024

The Language of Pattern: The Quilter's Lexicon Wen Redmond “A Day in the Woods, 51x62 FEBRUARY 7th - MAY 12th The Language of Pattern: The Quilter's Lexicon The exhibit will include historic traditional quilts along side contemporary studio art quilts by artists who pay homage to the legacy of traditional patterning. Lending her historical quilts is Karen Wyche, featuring a selection of pieced quilts, including, album, log cabin, star,  flying geese, popcorn, to name a few.

2024-01-10T16:51:45-05:00

On Stable Ground: The Carousel of Light
February 7, 2024 – May 12, 2024

On Stable Ground: The Carousel of Light FEBRUARY 7th - MAY 12th On Stable Ground: The Carousel of Light This winter exhibition program titled “Americana” includes a display of selected horses from the Carousel of Light, the carousel made by Falmouth artist Lance Shinkle, who worked in the master carousel carving tradition. The carousel is maintained and supported by the Falmouth non-profit The Carousel of Light, it runs during the summer months in the center of Falmouth Village. Because it does not have a permanent home, Highfield Hall is “hosting” the horses Christmas, Geoffrey, Pearl, Rosebud, and Sweet [...]

2024-01-10T16:51:51-05:00

Garden Tip 141
December 7, 2023

Garden Tip 141: FLOWERING IN FALL We have all seen those unseasonal happenings in the fall and winter garden. Azaleas and rhododendrons flowering in November, dandelions in December, daffodil foliage peeking out in January. None of these are cause for alarm. Many types of flowering shrubs will send out a few flowers in the fall because fall weather so closely replicates that of spring. Other plants flower at unusual times because they are affected by the microclimate that surrounds them. Wikipedia describes microclimate best as a “local set of atmospheric conditions that differ from those in the surrounding areas.” [...]

2023-12-11T07:25:43-05:00

Pumpkin Donut Holes
November 2023

November 2023: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS STAFF, GAIL BLAKELY Jesse Sheehan is one of my favorite cookbook authors. She has written The Vintage Baker as well as Snackable Bakes, both of which I use on a regular basis. Currently she is hard at work on a book that focuses on savory baking—she occasionally runs some recipes from that on her blog, Jesse Sheehan Bakes. For this time of year, I thought her pumpkin donut holes with cinnamon sugar might be a good recipe for you to try. The photo is from her website, but you [...]

2023-12-04T16:41:05-05:00

Garden Tip 140
November 23, 2023

Garden Tip 140: A GENTLE REMINDER ABOUT LEAVING THE LEAVES It’s all about the color. When choosing trees and shrubs for color in the garden, it’s a good idea to consider more than just the contribution their flowers will add to the landscape in the spring and summer seasons. Many plants have excellent fall foliage color that will add excitement and interest to the garden long after the frost has darkened the show of our annuals and perennials. We are all familiar with the contribution that maples add to the color palette of the fall garden. Other trees to [...]

2023-12-03T12:06:27-05:00

Garden Tip 139
November 16, 2023

Garden Tip 139: A GENTLE REMINDER ABOUT LEAVING THE LEAVES A maxim is a brief expression of a general truth or rule of conduct. The maxim “leave the leaves” has become quite popular as of late, with the implication that is better to leave the leaves in the garden than to take them away, and it is true. Leaf litter is a fertilizer, mulch and compost all in one. Some folks take the “leave the leaves “ literally and let them lay where they fall but I, as a gardener, take a more practical approach of recycling, reusing and [...]

2023-11-19T16:01:45-05:00

Garden Tip 138
November 2, 2023

Garden Tip 138: CULTIVATING CUTTINGS INDOORS It is almost November and the first threat of frost is still almost a week away. My tropical foliage plants are all safely indoors in their winter quarters. Sunporch, windowsills and sunny alcoves are full. With the threat of frost finally upon us, it is time to make a final sweep of the garden and rescue any final treasures that I want to save from the jaws of old man winter. With indoor space a tight commodity, I will take a few cuttings from my favorite coleus, geraniums, plectranthus and others and root [...]

2023-11-13T11:46:59-05:00

Gail’s Dill Pickle Dip
October 2023

October 2023: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS STAFF, GAIL BLAKELY This has been my go-to recipe for the past summer, and it was a hit again when we served it last month at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. I like it with sturdy potato chips, such as Ruffles or Waves, but it’s also good with crackers and/or crudites. Some people use it as a sandwich spread, or as a topping for grilled burgers. Whatever way you choose, I suggest making a double batch, as it keeps well for up to a week—if it lasts that long! [...]

2023-11-06T11:50:52-05:00

Garden Tip 137
October 26, 2023

Garden Tip 137: HARVESTING AND STORING CANNA RHIZOMES One of the fun chores of fall cleanup is harvesting canna rhizomes. Cannas in the garden are ornamental, exotic and tropical all at the same time. They can be used as focal points, accent plants or as thriller plants in mixed containers. Their large paddle-shaped, heavily-veined leaves come in shades of green, bronze, yellow and variegated.  Flowers appear midsummer through fall and varietal colors include red, orange, yellow, and pink. Dwarf varieties grow to a height of a foot and a half, regular varieties three to five feet, and tall varieties can [...]

2023-10-29T08:10:15-04:00

Garden Tip 136
October 19, 2023

Garden Tip 136:WINTERING TROPICAL HOUSEPLANTSWhen the outdoor temperatures dip into the forties Mother Nature is giving us a hint as to what we have to do. Summer camp is over for tropical house plants and it is time to move them back indoors. I go about this project similar to how I plant a garden bed and that is to work with the larger plants first.With the larger plants in place, the stage is set for the placement of smaller plants to follow. I spray all of the plants before they enter the house with an all-season horticultural oil to [...]

2023-10-21T06:57:21-04:00

Garden Tip 135
October 12, 2023

Garden Tip 135: YELLOWING IN EVERGREENS Fall foliage time will soon be upon us. Day length gets shorter and temperatures drop causing the  chlorophyl in leaves to break down revealing the warm autumn pigments of red, orange and yellow. Eventually, as temperatures drop, trees and shrubs build a protective seal between the leaves and branches and the leaves fall to the ground. It is important to remember that evergreens are affected by these same changes in weather and day length. Interior needles and leaves of evergreen trees and shrubs turn yellow and drop to the ground. Juniper, arborvitae, cypress, [...]

2023-10-14T10:41:51-04:00

Garden Tip 134
September 28, 2023

Garden Tip 134: FALL GARDEN EDITING  We have talked in the past about garden editing– removing anything that doesn’t add to the picture. Editing becomes all the more important in the late summer/fall season when plants are winding down and change is ever more constant. Check out your garden daily with a critical eye and remove those plants that are truly done for the season– that broken and brown leaf clematis, the mildew phlox, hosta that have more holes than Swiss cheese, and the zinnias with a single flower and no foliage, they all can go! We can still [...]

2023-10-07T08:36:22-04:00

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
September 2023

September 2023: RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS STAFF, GAIL BLAKELY Days are shorter and mornings and evenings seem to be getting chillier, so it’s time for the warmth of cinnamon! These pretzels were enjoyed by Highfield staff when I brought them in for a tasting, so I thought I would give everyone the recipe. When you make these, your home will be filled with the aroma of cinnamon and your cookie jar will be full of delicious snacks. Wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbon, these make nice hostess gifts. Put them in little baggies and you have [...]

2023-10-02T16:24:23-04:00

Garden Tip 133
September 14, 2023

Garden Tip 133: CARYOPTERIS ~ A FRAGRANT FLOWERING SHRUB Caryopteris is a fragrant shrub that bursts into color in the late summer garden while many other plants and shrubs are fading into fall. It is not a huge shrub, growing to only about three feet tall and wide. It sometimes behaves more like an herbaceous perennial than a woody shrub, sending up new shoots from the ground each spring. Many gardeners prefer this and will cut it back hard early in the growing season. Flower buds develop on new wood so this type of spring pruning is recommended. The [...]

2023-09-16T08:44:28-04:00

Garden Tip 132
September 7, 2023

Garden Tip 132: DECORATING WITH HYDRANGEA FLOWERS I enjoy using hydrangea flowers when decorating for the holidays. It is the perfect way of bringing the garden indoors for the holiday season. Hydrangea flowers can be used to accent an evergreen swag, add dimension and color to a balsam wreath, as a garland for a mantle or rail, or simply arranged in a holiday vase. I work mainly with paniculata-type flowers. They are at their peak of color now, so it is time to harvest these garden treasures. I cut flowers now and for the next few weeks. Each week [...]

2023-09-09T20:49:30-04:00
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