In 1873, this powerful painting by Alfred Bierstadt, “Donner Lake from the Summit,” was unveiled to public acclaim in San Francisco. Here’s my essay, for the Foundation for Landscape Studies, telling the tale of how this painting came to be. http://www.foundationforlandscapestudies.org/blog_preview/essay_by_paula_panich.php
A Recent Talk to the Piedmont, Calif. Garden Club: My husband said just as we were seated in a restaurant: I heard someone on NPR talking about M.F.K Fisher. He had that slightly surprised look he gets when there’s news from my world that didn’t come from me. Yes – he said – the guy […]
Categories: Place/Gardens • Tags: California, California cuisine, California landscape, culinary essays, culinary writers, Food, food essays, food writing, Hemet, literary nonfiction, MFK Fisher, Paula Panich, Piedmont Garden Club, Southern California Mountains, St. Helena, the Literary Gardener
A bitter wind had blown somewhere else that morning, and sun bounced off remnant glaciers hanging in the valleys across Kachemak Bay.
Categories: Place/Gardens • Tags: Alaska, Homer Alaska, Ilana Panich-Linsman, Kachemak Bay, literary essays, natural world, nature, Pacific Horticulture, Pacific Horticulture Magazine, the Literary Gardener
Photographer, writer, and cultural geographer Don J. Usner was a speaker at FUZE-SW, Santa Fe, New Mexico’s first food conference, held in early November this year (2013). He and another accomplished writer, Carmella Padilla (The Chile Chronicles: Tales of a New Mexico Harvest, and many other books) came to the podium together to address the […]
The Central Garden at the Getty Center in Los Angeles is not just a collection of plants but a complex sculpture by contemporary artist Robert Irwin. Set like a jewel within the Getty Center’s imposing promontory overlooking Los Angeles, Irwin’s work is a critical element in Getty’s collection of contemporary art. This year is the […]
Edith Wharton moved into The Mount, her house in Lenox, Mass., in 1902; she put the now-famous house and garden up for sale only nine years later. Yet she wrote in 1934, just three years before her death: “The Mount was my first real home . . . and its blessed influence still lives in […]