And Doris found herself - once more - underneath the stars

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    The photo was given to www.SaveDukeGardens.org by Darryl Copeland of Beverly Hills. His story:

    “My name is Darryl Copeland and I was a close friend of Doris. I spent three years designing and installing night lighting in the Duke Gardens. My wife and I lived at Duke Farms for five years. We had dinner with [Doris] almost every night when she was at the farm, and we went to Newport almost every weekend to work on the Newport Restoration project. We stayed in touch and remained friends until she died.

    My friend Eduardo Tirella and Doris designed the Gardens. Doris loved the gardens and I know she would not approve of changing them in any way. I hope you will take an interest in this, and help save a beautiful landmark.”

    Doris Duke created these Gardens to honor the father she adored, who died when she was twelve.

    May 25th 2008, they will be closed and gutted by her Trustees: Joan Spero, (President), Nannerl Keohane (Chair), John Mack (Vice Chair), Harry Demopoulos, Anthony Fauci, James Gill, Anne Hawley, Peter Nadosy, William Schlesinger, John H.T. Wilson and John E. Zuccotti.

    E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle. It was from there that we emerged, to see— once more— the stars. Dante.

    This page has been Dugg. Photographer unknown; the camera information is dummy, to enable an Explore ranking.

    See the daytime view . This lovely archival photo of Doris Duke's French Garden at night was Explored on May 22nd. Please use it to increase public awareness of what will be destroyed.

    florabritannica, jocelynfrith, nosha, and 47 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. nrmorris9 72 months ago | reply

      This must have been a beautiful place indeed when Doris Duke cared for it. Darryl Copeland's letter was an important addition to the record and deeply touching. Perhaps because the Trustees are unconnected to the site, they don't realize how much open space and meadowland is already protected and ecologically maintained by the state in central NJ. The display gardens as they exist, even though they may now suffer from lack of care, are irreplaceable. The comments and photographs on this site show how beautiful the gardens can be and how much they will be missed.

    2. justmecpb 72 months ago | reply

      Such a beautiful picture! It is truly a shame that the "Trustees" have used the excellent idea of promoting environmental responsibility as an excuse to eliminate these wonderful display gardens. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater!

    3. _Skotta_ 72 months ago | reply

      Looks lovely, hopefully it will stay. I would love to have the change to visit it.

    4. hazer2006 72 months ago | reply

      Super Photo, very sad about the gardens

    5. femme_makita 72 months ago | reply

      Someone told me that James Buchanan Duke, on his dying bed, told his 12-year old daughter Doris that people would only want her for her money.

      How sad that the very foundation she entrusted with the care and keeping of her legacy seems to be bent on fulfilling his warning.

      I cry for her, under the stars.

    6. Bowhaus 72 months ago | reply

      I'm so sorry...what a terrible loss and foolish decision.... at least we can enjoy it here.

    7. gr33ncat [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

      how sad :-(

      why does it always seem that the most magical places are always taken away

    8. These Days in French Life 72 months ago | reply

      what a horrible shame, they (the trustees) should be ashamed of themselves for their "wants" to replace a garden with a garden. what a waste of time, money and nature.

      how about working on replacing some slums in other parts of the city with gardens (and edible food) for the people too eat, put the money into that instead.

      *shaking my head at the travesty*

    9. ` ®© ROBERTO CARBONI 72 months ago | reply

      buena captura.te felicito

    10. femme_makita 72 months ago | reply

      This image is now #64 in Explore for May 22nd. Please pass the link to your friends. This is about letting the world know that Eleven Gardens are being deliberately destroyed by Eleven Trustees.

    11. nosha 72 months ago | reply

      Yay! Congrats!

    12. jmven 72 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot

    13. nosha 72 months ago | reply

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    14. egersdorfer 72 months ago | reply

      this is truly a magnificent photo. the story that goes with it is truly beautiful.

    15. femme_makita 72 months ago | reply

      Thank you - or thank you Mr Copeland. The memoir on the next photo in the stream, of the Persian Garden at night, is equally touching.

    16. AnnuskA - AnnA Theodora 72 months ago | reply

      so beautiful
      yet so sad...

    17. femme_makita 72 months ago | reply

      This photo jumped into Explore #24 today...

      which must mean people are looking up Duke Gardens in Wikipedia...

      And that must mean people are reading the Wall Street Journal article that identified the closure for the outrage that it is!

    18. GlennCantor (theskepticaloptimist) 72 months ago | reply

      The Wall Street Journal article is excellent. I hope it is read by people who can influence the decision-making trustees.

    19. doriscologna 70 months ago | reply

      because my name as a tag!doris

    20. jillhand1 68 months ago | reply

      I was at Duke Farms recently. It's beautiful but overgrown. The greenhouses are closed, as is the main house. I remember my aunt visited the greenhouses in the 1970s and she described the gorgeous plantings and fountains to me. I wish I had seen them and now it's too late.
      The trustees are wrong to destroy this beauty. It could be another Longwood Gardens and bring joy to thousands of visitors. Instead it's going to be a field full of weeds. What were they thinking?

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