Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

West Virginia Master Gardeners State Conference

Gardeners and Glass Collectors have a great deal in common!

West Virginia Master Gardeners State Conference
April 4-5
Charleston, West Virginia
Native Plants is the theme. Nearly 250 men and women, all highly skilled trained master gardener volunteers who have completed a series of classes sponsored by WVU.

A State Master Gardener will be named. Lectures on a variety of tops - the days are planned from 8 am until 8 pm wit little free time. While I'm not certain when I began to admire beautiful gardens or feel joy in the presence of 'daises' as my own family as always loved to ' play in the soil'. Being surrounded with flowers and colored glass from an early, one grows to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Recently Damon Crane, author, photographer and the curator of BLENKO MUSEUM LINK mentioned his love of gardening led him to discover Blenko - - while looking for something to display and photo his plants. This year my parents plan to have BLENKO brick at the auction - for Master Gardeners from the State along with photos of my Dad's Blenko brick garden beds. Many of the 'Gardeners' in this group enjoy colorful glass in which to display their spring and summer flowers.

Eckart Tolle (Oprah Book Club) A New Earth -Awakening To Your Life Purpose had this to say about flowers.

* " As the conscious of human beings developed flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value that had no utilitarian purpose for them, that is to say , was not linked to their survival.

Flowers provide inspiration to countless artist, poets and mystics. Jesus tells us to contemplate the flowers and learn from them how to live.

The Buddha is said to have give a "Silent Sermon" once during which he held up a flower a gazed at it. After a while, one of those present a Monk called Mahakasyapas, began to smile (that is to say, Realization) was handed down by twenty -eight successive masters and much later became the origin of Zen."

Seeing Beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature.

* Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth _ Awakening To Your Life Purpose.


Dr.BOB said...

Master Gardener?
You also grow things? If you tell me you cook, I will immediately send my 2 sons to the Dental School.

Hillary J Homburg said...

OH Dr Bob,
It pains me to say I can't cook
as I could use the 2 extra dental patients.


lewisdvdphd said...

Dr Bob
Me thinks she wants your sons teeth! Not a ring.

KFAlooking4light said...

Beautiful words and photo.