Another D.C. garden that few tourists ever see surrounds the curiously named Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, where glorious architecture meets formal rose gardens to great effect. That link tells us a lot about the buildings – in the monastic style of the late Romanesque period – but nothing about the gardens except for blooming times, the highlights of which are the tulips and then the roses.
To see more of the gardens and outdoor sculpture, click here and then on the numbers 7-12 and 15-20.
Entrance to the Grotto of Gethsemane
To my eyes, formality works fine in this setting, through the rose gardens and the newer perennial gardens – all good! But these soldierly rows of bedding annuals are jarring and downright ugly. I find myself cursing them.
Are YOU still seeing formally arranged bedding annuals in your town? Anywhere besides gas stations?