This fall I went to the Central Park Conservatory Garden for the first time, and I was so struck by the beauty of the half-circle arbor covered in greenery.
I know it’s a slightly strange obsession, but I absolutely love arbors covered in greenery. Flower arbors somehow don’t do it for me – too Laura Ashley, I think. I confess that I had to even look up what arbors are called; for a while I was just calling them “those green covered things that I love,” but you know what, it’s not the name that matters as long as people get what you’re talking about. Or so I tell myself. Anyway, now I know thy name is arbor.
I love this arbor too, which is also in Central Park.
Arbors like these make me desperately want to host a small garden dinner party under the archway, with long wood tables covered only in white hydrangeas and potted plants, white dinnerware, rustic family-style food, and zillions of white pillar candles. Dinner would begin at dusk, just when you start needing the candles, and there would undoubtedly be acoustic music of some kind imbuing the atmosphere without much trouble on anybody’s part. The wine would be one of those gorgeous bottles you vow to remember the name of and always forget, and the conversation would flow beautifully amongst friends.
Large image my own of the Central Park Conservatory; images on right from Martha Stewart Weddings
Under the Arbor Menu (to be passed family style; no delineated courses)
- Arugula Salad with Roasted Yam, Apple and Gouda
- Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs
- Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots
- Olive Bread with my Herb Butter