A few weekends ago, I visited The Cloisters Museum in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that was constructed out of sections of Medieval monasteries. The museum houses the Met's medieval collection and is famous for its tapestries. More importantly, to me at least, are the beautiful gardens located at the Cloisters. The museum contains four cloisters, The Trie Cloister Garden, The Bonnefont Cloister Herb Garden, The Cuxa Cloister Garth Garden and the St.-Guilhem Cloister.
Each of the cloisters follows the typical medieval monastic design. Namely a square plot, divided into four quadrants by paths and the entire space surrounded by arcades to sit under and catch cool breezes. There may or may not have been a central water fountain and some even contained small fish ponds.
|Be prepared for a bit of a hike between the subway station and the museum. At least you walk through lovely Fort Tryon Park.|
The Trie Cloister Garden houses a collection of plants native to the meadows, woodlands, and stream banks of Europe. The garden is supposed to evoke the grounds of medieval millefleur tapestries and indeed many of the plants in the garden can be found in the tapestries displayed in the galleries.
|The Trie Cloister Garden.|
|Nice patch of Solomon's Seal.|
|The Bonnefont Cloister Herb Garden|
|I'm a sucker for wattle.|
|Espaliered pear tree.|
|I always wondered what Woad looked like close up.|
|This sun coming through the vines reminds me of a stained glass. Au revoir Bonnefont Cloister! More to come...|