On Saturday, my daughter and I got to visit the Florence Griswold Museum. It was the one of the last days of their “Artists Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement 1887 -1920” exhibition. Not only were they some of the nicest Impressionistic paintings I’ve seen, but the museum has also re-created Florence Griswold’s house and gardens. Florence operated a boarding house on the Lawrence River in Old Lyme, CT. She opened her doors to various artists who were enthralled with painting her gardens, the river and other notable locations in and near Old Lyme.
The results of these paintings can be appreciated both in the museum and in her home, where the artists painted the paneling on her walls to show their appreciation of her kindness. While Florence was not wealthy, she enjoyed a rich life by way of the life-long friendships she had with some of the most famous of American artists.
It was a peaceful place to visit, and we had a great time. We’d never been there before, but will be going back soon to see their next exhibit. It was such a nice day, seeing great art and walking the beautiful, quiet grounds. Days like that go way too fast, but here are some photos we took of the gardens. Enjoy!