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Botanique Noir


Fall is here, and even as many plants hold their bloom well into the season in the Bay Area, the mood is definitely autumnal. If not nocturnal. This is the perfect time to explore the beauty of flowers and plants of all kinds, but particularly those with a darker twist.

Photographer Linda Rutenberg found rare access to a botanical garden one night and made moody pictures that captured its plants in a way that most of us rarely see. Hooked by the experience and photographic results, she contacted public botanical gardens around North America and made photographs at twenty-one of them. The lushly noir results can be found in The Garden at Night. These color photographs are quite unlike other plant and garden photos you have seen, with a unique glow and temper throughout.

Linda is holding events at several of these gardens, and you are invited. The first round is in California—hope to see you there:

November 8, San Francisco Botanical Garden, 5:30–7:30
Members $5, Non-members $10

November 15, Descanso Gardens, Pasadena, 7:00–9:00
Members $18, Non-members $20
Registration requested: (818) 949-7980

(The event at the Huntington Library and Botanical Garden in San Marino is already sold out!)

Stay tuned for more events in the spring of 2008 including a slot speaking at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.

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