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Garden Delights

An evening by the river.

Tom Brown and Arthur Nash enjoy the view of the Andre Bluemel Meadow at River Farm.

Tom Brown and Arthur Nash enjoy the view of the Andre Bluemel Meadow at River Farm. LOUISE KRAFFT

— The 19th Annual American Horticulture Society Gala was held Saturday, Sept. 22, at River Farm in Alexandria. Honorary gala chair, internationally known plantsman, nurseryman and garden designer Kurt Bluemel thanked the gala host committee, Leslie Ariail and all of those who helped make the evening a success.

As a former AHS board chair, Bluemel noted the significance of AHS and its mission: “Blending education, social responsibility and environmental stewardship with art and science of horticulture — makes us (AHS) a unique national organization.”

Under Bluemel’s guidance and vision, the four-acre site beyond the Ha-ha wall at River Farm was transformed into a meadow garden, the Andre Bluemel Meadow, in memory of his son. The meadow contains more than 100,000 plants that support a variety of birds and wildlife.