Thursday, May 14, 2015


Anyone who has a garden, park or orchard tree has an opportunity to ensure that it offers protection, brings beauty and bears fruit for future generations. In short, every one of us should aspire to be a forester.
~Gabriel Hemery

Today's topic was prompted by a mention of the orangerie at Versailles. I was intrigued by the word "orangerie" -- it's actually a building for housing citrus trees in winter (a specialized greenhouse), but I started thinking about fruit groves, and here we are with orchards:

On the Grounds of l'Orangerie du Château de Versailles
photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

The Cherry Orchard
photo by Julie Falk

In the Orchard, 1885-86
by James Guthrie

Apple Blossoms
by Dwight William Tryon

Peach Flower Between Rows, South Carolina
photo by Martin LaBar

Frosty morning, Fields at Bishop's Orchard, Guilford, Connecticut
photo by slack12

Zaun mit Obstbäumen
by Gebhard Fugel

Verger au Printemps (An Orchard in Spring)
by Isidore Verheyden, 1846-1905


HWY said...

Definitely thinking about gardens this time of year...planting seeds and young plants and preparing our grape arbor, so this is a very fitting Art Thursday.

Those cherries look wonderful and I can feel the peaches coming. :-)

Did a double-take when I saw Verger au Printemps (An Orchard in Spring) by Verheyden. Amazing painting.

Retta said...

What wonderfully nostalgic images for me. Here in the Rogue Valley of Oregon we are famous for our peach orchards. My husband even lived with a family for a time, helping to tend their orchards. They are gorgeous when in bloom!

My favorite is the photo of the cherries... now I am drooling for cherries, ha ha.

Becky Shillington said...

These photos are beautiful, Tabatha! I love the peach orchards near my SC house when they bloom each spring. My grandparents had an old plum orchard in their pasture that I used to play in when I was little. It was magical!