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    Presented by at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    July 23 - August 26, 2012



    While the temperature soars outside, the courtyard remains cool to the eye with green of ferns, and the sounds of water in the fountains. The rarely seen fragrant chimney bellflower, Campanula pyramidalis, appears in the courtyard. Our horticulturalists grow this plant as a biennial from seed; it takes two years to grow to its six-foot maturity. Dark maroon-red leaved rubber plants and variegated Euonymus accent the display.

    Campanula pyramidalis is native to southern Europe but has been cultivated in British greenhouses since the late 1500s. The colloquial name, chimney bellflower, arose because it was fashionable to grow the plant in pots as a summer ornament for the fireless grate from the 17th to the 19th centuries. With deadheading, this plant can bloom for the whole of the summer.

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    25 Evans Way
    Boston, MA 02115

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    Admission Info:

    Adults: $15
    Seniors 65 and up: $12
    College Students:$5 with current ID

    General Day and Time Info:

    Thursday until 9pm
    Closed Tuesday

    Phone: 617-566-1401


    Paid parking is available at the Museum of Fine Arts garage or lot on Museum Road, two blocks from the Gardner. Metered street parking is also available.

    Accessibility Information:

    Some doorways are only 22” wide, and navigating through the museum (including exiting and entering the elevator) requires tight turns. Please call 617 278 5156 for more information. A Braille introduction to the museum is available at the information desk. The museum offers three wheelchairs and two rollators free of charge for visitors. Please ask the front desk for assistance on arrival.

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