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‘President Lincoln’

“There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”

So begins Chapter Three of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s superb literary novel, The Great Gatsby, now in vogue again with the release of the new film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

If I had a time machine, I’d go back to August, 1913 when the famous Blue Garden in Newport, Rhode Island was dedicated with a party described by the Newport Daily News as “one of the most novel entertainments ever seen in Newport.”

This original Blue Garden was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., son of the renowned senior, and featured blue flowers such as agapanthus, delphinium, heliotrope and hydrangeas. It was said to be one of the most celebrated creations of the Golden Age of American gardens. Perhaps Fitzgerald knew of it and visited it.

The ‘President Lincoln’ lilac would be an excellent choice for a modern day blue garden. More on this lilac in my next post.


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