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Saturday, August 9, 2014

water lillies

He is proud of his water lilies, proud that they have graced tables in the White House. But he does not register his cultivars with Water Gardeners International.
“I’ve done them for myself,” he says.
Usually, Mr. Griffith rides around his ponds on his golf carts, watching as dragonflies flit over his blooms and hawks circle overhead, stopping now and then to pull out a flower and hold it to his nose. Today, though, he will open up his property for the Lotus and Lilies Salon, a fundraiser for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Guests will enjoy a buffet lunch and the refined atmosphere of Ligonier, where Pittsburgh’s rich and famous have traditionally gone to escape the city. But the most important part of the day will be the flowers. 
“To see such beauty coming out of that dirty water ...” he says. But he does not finish the sentence. 

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