Georg Philipp Telemann's Flowers Found in Philadelphia Gardens
"While music is my field and plow, and serves to give me many of my keenest pleasures, I have lately attached myself to a new suitor, namely the love of flowers" - Telemann, 1742
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767), Germany's most feted baroque composer during his lifetime, tended to a beloved flower garden and solicited plants from his friends across Europe. In 1754 Handel sent his garden-loving friend Telemann a crate of "the best plants in all England (possibly from the Chelsea Physick Garden), having first secured a list of Telemann's requirements".
Philip Miller was the head gardener at the Chelsea Garden, and long time friend of and collaborator with Peter Collinson, a customer, and correspondent of John Bartram in Philadelphia. Who would have thought there was such a connection between Telemann and Bartram!
We are delighted to work with the staff at Bartram's Garden and the gardens at Philadelphia Landmarks to celebrate Telemann 360˚. You can find plants and flowers from Telemann's 1742 Garden in these fine Philadelphia Gardens during the Summer and Fall of 2017, where they will be marked as they bloom:
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
244 South 3rd St.
321 South 4th St.
For more information, you can see a full list compiled by Joel Fry, curator at Bartram's, of Plants in Georg Philipp Telemann's Garden »
Major support for Telemann 360˚ has been provided by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage