Flowers & Gardens. (31 Photos).

Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh

My entire life I have always enjoyed being around flowers and gardens.

I started taking photographs of them in 2012. With so many other people everywhere, I have always enjoyed visiting and walking among the beautiful fragrances of earth’s bountiful and beautiful flora. Dangling, drooping, shooting straight up, bunches, single stem, of endlessly different shapes, sizes and colors—and places and settings—flowers and gardens embody life, creativity, and beauty. One of my earliest memories of gardens was on a childhood vacation to Jefferson’s Monticello and, in that summer’s heat, being surrounded with the scent of the boxwood shrubs. All these perennials and annuals are definitely worthwhile photographic subjects. To stroll (and bend and scrunch) among nature’s orchestra of leaves, branches, and blooms and photograph them is one of life’s pleasures.

The world of flora contains some of the most distinctive creations on the planet.

Fresh blooms are engaging, shy, forthright and protective. In their season, they exist to proffer their fleeting beauty and fragrance for the spectacular end of reproducing themselves.

I have taken photographs of many other subjects but flowers I return to again and again. It’s because flowers don’t disappoint.

Grace Kelly wrote a book on flowers called My Book of Flowers. “I love walking in the woods, on the trails, along the beaches, ” she said. “I love being part of nature…” This is one of the great things about searching for and finding flora to photograph: whether in the wild, semi-wild, in a nursery, or on the front porch or in the garden, the wonder of their presence leads to an experience of nature in its most vital form.

Grace Kelly became interested in flowers and their arrangements only in the last years of her life. It had been suggested to the American princess in the late 1960’s that as part of the festivities for Monaco’s centennial she might host a flower arranging competition, which she did. Though princess Grace admitted she “was the most ignorant garden president going,” her knowledge of flowers and gardening grew and, if only because of their shared passion for these precious blooms, she met many new friends. I too have found that I have made friends from all over the world because of our mutual love for flowers and the garden. One cannot underestimate flower power!

Most of my photographs of flowers and gardens are shot in the Chicago area.

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Annuals, May 2018.

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Red Chair and Pots, May 2018.

late summer flowers

September 2018.

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Chicago, Garfield Park Conservatory, December 2017.

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Tulips, May 2018.

lilacs and tulips, May 2018.

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Garden Walk, May 2018.

Martha Lever quote

Flowers lift the spirit & refresh the soul–Martha Lever.

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Daffodils, April 2018.

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Saratoga Pinwheel, July 2017. 

lilac bloom, May 2018.

Bushy lilacs-photo John P. Walsh

Milwaukee, June 2017.

Letter, September 1, 1842 published in LETTERS FROM NEW YORK, volume 1.

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Dianthus, May 2016.

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Garden, May 28, 2016.
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“Black Magic” Petunia, May 2016.

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Garden, Oak Park, Illinois, July 2013.

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Alcea (Hollyhock), July 2013.


Dream Touch, Double Late Tulip, Lombard, Illinois, 2018.

Frederick Douglass, Multi-petaled cultivar named for Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), American slave, abolitionist leader and author. Developed by Richard Americo Fenicchia in 1972.

Oscar Wilde.

March 2018.

gardener, May 2019.

stop and smell the flowers, May 2020.

Tree blossoms, May 2018.

tree in bloom, May 2018.

lilac and fence, May 2018.

garden peony and cicada, June 2020.

impatiens, May 2018.

Pot of flowers at the Fox River, August 2014.

Orchids, May 2018.

Flowerbed under a prairie-style window in a house designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago in 1917. July 2015.

Maple tree, Western Springs, Illinois, October 2017.

4 thoughts on “Flowers & Gardens. (31 Photos).

  1. Kathleen Collins Smolinski

    Dear Jack,

    Thank you for sharing your flower and garden photographs. The world of flora, indeed, offers us some of the most distinctive creations on the planet. Yesterday on a long road trip home from vacation, the Master of All Artists, Himself, brought me to the most peaceful, beautiful place of wonder offering me wild flowers on the mountainside and the God light streaming through the heavenly clouds, and I said, “Oh, my God, how beautiful.”

    Thank you.

    1. jwalsh2013

      Thank you Kay for your comments and sharing your recent experience of beautiful earth & sky on your road trip. I’ll be posting more flower & garden photographs soon and hope you have the chance to enjoy them! John


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