Where else but in a garden can you find so many symbols of love?

Garden Hearts

Photos of the world's most beloved symbol taken by

Felder in gardens across five continents...

Published in March, 2012 by St. Lynn's Press

 

 

 

 

 

The "heart" shape, which is one of the best-recognized symbols in history and all over the world, was used in pottery and other art as long as 5,000 years ago, usually depicting leaves. The fig leaf became heart-shaped in Buddism, and symbolizes enlightenment. By the 12th and 13th centuries A.D. it was being used widely to depict “love” in its many splendors, including both spiritual (eternal love and faithfulness) and physical (erotic, physical love). By the late 1400s it was showing up on decks of playing cards, and from there it became a cultural mainstay, culminating in Victorian-era St. Valentine’s Day cards.

During my forty-plus years of photographing gardens all over the country and the world, I have found hearts painted on walls, cut into fences, made out of bent metal, planted in daffodils, and made out of pebbles and pottery bits impressed into concrete. I have a pair of plastic pink flamingos creating a heart shape as they face one another intimately. There’s even a cool blue stained glass one overlooking the grave of Elvis.

I have pulled several dozen of my favorite garden heart images and paired them with evocative quotes related to the heart and love in the garden... and my friends at St. Lynn's Press packaged them into a sweet little gift book for lovers of gardens...

Here are just a few examples of heart shapes I have found in gardens:

 

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......at Elvis's grave (Graceland)

 

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THERE ARE OTHERS, of course -

but for the best of the best, check out

Garden Hearts!

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