Things That Bring Me Joy – March 2013

Mar 4, 2013

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MARCH 2013 | For me, March is all about SPRING! Even though the weather can be quite “iffy”, the unmistakable changes are in the air… and truly, nothing brings me more joy than the return of longer days, budding trees and strengthening sunshine.

This month, I share with you my daydreams of blooming flowers and green gardens… and I wish for each of you the optimism this time of year sows in our spirits.

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Artist: Georgia O’Keefe

What says “Spring” louder and brighter than a gorgeous flower painting by Georgia O’Keefe? The art of O’Keeffe has been well known for eight decades in this country. She began making compositions of highly magnified natural forms, which became her signature style. As a young girl, Georgia was fascinated by the minute details of flowers. She said of these paintings, “A flower is relatively small…If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see…. So I said to myself – I’ll paint what I see – what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it.”

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Shows: Philly Flower Show

We Philadelphians are proud to host the world’s longest running and largest indoor flower show! The 2013 Flower Show, “Brilliant!” glows with the majestic beauty and creative genius of Great Britain, and is inspired by centuries of British culture. Join a Philadelphia tradition and make incredible memories! March 2–March 10, 2013.

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Kids Art: Cherry Blossom Festival in DC

Mark your calendars for March 20 – April 14, when the nation’s greatest springtime celebration returns. Washington, DC unites for four spectacular weekends and events daily featuring traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® will be April 13, 2013.

One of my favorite parts of the Festival is the kid’s art show, which beautifully illustrates the magic of the season as seen through the eyes of children.

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Home: Succulent Wall Art

Instead of framing a picture, why not a whole garden? Here, cuttings of assorted succulents knit together to create colorful, textural living tapestries. Visit www.sunset.com for more photos and directions for this DIY vertical garden.

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Charity: ACGA (American Community Gardening Association)

The Mission of the American Community Gardening Association is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.

ACGA is a bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities. The Association recognizes that community gardening improves people’s quality of life in many ways. Supporting the greening of America is a great way to Scatter Joy!