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Gardens: Display of Wealth, Or Spiritual Muse? ~ SAT, NOV 16, 7PM

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Over milennia, gardens have been used to show wealth and dominion over the natural world. But gardens are also sanctuary for the soul, sacred space to invite the Muse of art. Elizabeth Murray shares personal stories and historical references about the great gardens of Versailles and Giverny and lesser-known gardens of Normandy. Presented by Elizabeth Murray, Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:00PM.

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Elizabeth Murray returns to share personal stories and historical references about the great gardens of Versailles and Giverny and lesser-known gardens on the Normandy coast of France. Over milennia, gardens have been used to show wealth and dominion over the natural world. But gardens are also sanctuary for the soul, sacred space to invite the Muse to inspire art. What is it in the land that calls us? Is it true that gardens can be the highest form of art? The native plants, trees, weather, soil, and sea become our canvas when we create a garden. Elizabeth will share beautiful photographs of stunning gardens she knows and loves intimately, weaving tales of culture, design, place, owners, meaning, and purpose. Presented by Elizabeth Murray, Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:00PM.

Elizabeth Murray fell in love with Monet’s gardens on her first visit in 1984 ~ whereupon she quit her job as a horticulturist in Carmel to volunteer as the the first women gardener in Giverny. She returns annually to record the garden's daily and seasonal transformations, and she also takes small groups of artists to paint and photograph in the gardens privately. Murray’s firsthand knowledge of the grounds and Monet’s life illuminate her vivid photographs and stories, and have inspired her dedication to other projects around the world, in African villages, the Amazon rain forest, and the gardens of Japan. She lives in Monterey in a historic redwood home surrounded by her garden sanctuary. Learn more at www.elizabethmurray.com.