Lotus and Waterlilies in our Fountains.

The Dixon Gardens for 4 fountains. Three of these are planted with the beautiful and flowery lotus and water liles. Farnsworth Fountain in the Cutting Garden, Canale Fountain, on the East side of the Gallery and Kaneko Fountain at the terminus of the Venus Allee-both of these are original to the 1940 Dixon Garden design. This year they are planted with rare and unusual plants from a family nursery that’s been in business since 1892.  We selected tropicals that would bloom the... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | 0 comments
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Mother's Day with the Dixon

Mother's Day will be here in a less than a week! If you are anything like me, you struggle to choose a gift to honor the person who went through a lot to bring you into the world and then raised you to be the person you are today. That's a a big amount of significance packed into a gift and one day a year. I think most moms really do believe it's the thought that counts. But, you can breathe a sigh of relief, because the Dixon has some pretty awesome gift ideas for the special women in your... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Friday, April 29, 2016 | 0 comments
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Museum Week 2016: #architectureMW

The Dixon residence was designed by the prominent Houston architect John Staub who is best known for the development of the River Oaks suburb in Houston and home of Bayou Bend, which now houses the decorative arts collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The Dixon residence was designed in the Neo-Georgian manner and completed in 1942. The house opened to the public in 1976, and today is devoted to displaying the Dixon permanent collection. The image above outlines the past... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 0 comments
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Arranging the Dixon

Twice a week there are four fresh flower arrangements that are placed in the Gallery foyer and residence. All of the flowers and foliage come from the greenhouses, nursery and grounds of the Dixon.  The visitor experience is enhanced greatly by the attention to a detail from the days of Mrs. Dixon’s habit of furnishing her home with not only great art and beautiful furniture, but with lovely flower arrangements.  Those who notice are drawn to find them in the residential part of the... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 0 comments
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Happy birthday Daniel Ridgway Knight!

Daniel Ridgway Knight was born to a strict Quaker family in Philadelphia on this day in 1839. He studied and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he was a classmate of Mary Cassatt and Thomas Eakins. In 1861, he traveled to Paris, continuing his education in the studio of Charles Gleyre and at the École des Beaux-Arts. After serving the Union Army in the American Civil War, Knight returned to France, where he would spend the rest of his life.    During his... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 0 comments
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Down the Rabbit Hole

Last week, I gave a presentation, Tulip Mania and Still-Life Painting in the Dutch Golden Age , as part of the Dixon’s weekly Munch and Learn lunchtime lecture series. As of late, I have been thinking more and more about the connection between the galleries and the gardens at the Dixon. So, with that and the Bountiful Blooms exhibition in the gardens and the upcoming Botanical Drawing Class (both prominently featuring tulips) in mind, I thought I would explore the role tulips have played in... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 0 comments
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