AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art , along with honorary chairs, Auburn University President Jay Gogue and his wife, Susie, will host “Art in the Garden – En Plein Air” April 16-17. The festivities for this fundraising event will take place “en plein air,” or, in the open air, with the museum’s gardens as the setting.
Self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, whose work has received international acclaim, will demonstrate the art of topiary beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 16. In 1984, Fryar began creating what is now a visually whimsical garden covering three acres at his South Carolina home. The story of Fryar and his topiary art are the subject of a 2006 documentary, “A Man Named Pearl.”
AUBURN – Guests at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center are sure to notice the beautifully landscaped pool area. What they might not notice is that the area is actually a bountiful herb garden providing the hotel’s restaurant with the freshest herbs every day.
Prepared and cultivated by Auburn’s College of Agriculture, the garden is one of the latest partnerships between the hotel and the university.
Parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, oregano, chives and a bit of lavender are among the cornucopia of aromatic herbs that flourish against a backdrop of muscadine and scuppernong vines in the garden, which is filled with the soothing sounds of a flowing fountain.