“garden clippings” by Ellen Kelley McHale

It’s my favorite time of the year where green begins to color our days with birdsong playing in the background.  We’ve got Robin nests and Cardinal nests in the front and back gardens to keep us entertained and a constant show of new buds and flowers making an appearance daily.  My friends and I recently went on the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill tour sponsored by the Beacon Hill Garden Club and next week we take in the Concord Garden Tour sponsored by The Concord Museum – hands down one of my favorite days of the year in Concord.  Both of these tours provide me with endless inspiration for both my artwork and for my own gardens.

“Flowers in a Green Bowl” by Ellen Kelley McHale

I start painting flowers in February and March when I am trying to conjure up warmer and more colorful days.  I also start painting many of my beach and ocean scenes inspired by my photos from the summer before.  It is a great way for me to connect to the outdoors when I find myself bundled up and shielding myself from the dreariness of winter.  But before I know it we are smack in the middle of garden season and all the work that needs to be done to get to enjoy our time outdoors.

“Frog Pond” by Ellen Kelley McHale

Most of my favorite memories are from my own gardens and many that I’ve visited. The above painting is inspired by an old photo of my mom and her sister sitting at the Frog Pond in Boston although in my painting I’ve reimagined it with flowers and a tree from their favorite spots beyond The Frog Pond to include a sprinkling of The Arnold Arboretum near where they grew up and The Public Gardens which you may not realize was one of the first botanical gardens in America.

I hope you get a chance to take in a garden tour or create your own with some of the links above.

See you soon,






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