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Stick Work

Visiting the Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT is like stepping back in time. Formerly a turn of the 20th century Artist Colony overlooking the Lieutenant River, the museum now houses an American Impressionist gallery.

It’s also home to The Rambles, a magnificent 21 foot tall environmental sculpture. NC artist Patrick Dougherty creates his Stickwork installations worldwide. He bends, weaves, and flexes native birch saplings into architectural wonders, with the help of a team of local volunteers.

Walking up to the Welcome Desk, we spot The Rambles through windows overlooking the back lawn.  After purchasing our admission tickets, we’re immediately drawn back outside. The maze of structures beckons our exploration. Muffled sounds, filtered light, and the scent of dried wood surround us. Viewed from different vantage points, The Rambles alternately looks like huge bird nests, or Stonehenge, or a herd of grazing elephants with long trunks and floppy ears. The beauty of The Rambles evolves with time – the sculpture erodes as the seasons change, and eventually fades back into the landscape.

Here are a few fragrances that include Birch, along with their scent notes:

Miller Harris Fleurs de BoisGalbanum, Grass, Lemon, Green Mandarin, Rosemary, Rose, Jasmine, Iris, Oak Moss, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Myrrh and Birch

Parfumerie Generale L’Eau Rare MataleSage, White Flowers, Bergamot, Black Matale Tea, Virginia Cedar, Chinese Cedar, Vetiver, Birch, Burnt Woods, Pepper and Musk

Serge Lutens Chene Cedar Crystals, Wood Sap, Black Thyme, Oak, Immortelle, Beeswax, Silver Birch, Rum Absolute and Tonka Bean

Il Profumo Vetiver de Java Lavender, Vetiver, Birch, Incense, Red Rose, Cashmere Cypress, Guaiac Wood, Oak Moss

D&G 6 L’AmoureuxBergamot, Juniper Berry, Pink Pepper, Cardamom, Birch Leaf, Orris Root, Musks, Woods

Bois 1920 Vento di FioriSicilian Lemon, Cardamom, Tarragon, Jasmine, Galbanum, Patchouli, Amber, Oak Moss, Musk, Siberian Birch