The Hirsch Studio Garden’s have really been a labor of love for me. I do enjoy working in the garden, cutting the grass, and tending to all the flowers. It really is a family project. Every spring my kids help with the spring clean-up, and they all take turn watering the flowers that the sprinkling system does not reach, and every fall putting away all the pots that hold all of the flowers. The real Master Gardner is my wife Linda, she takes care of all the annual flowers. Every spring she will plant over 25 flats of flowers mainly impatients. She does a wonderful job planting the right colors that work well with my portraits.
The Hirsch Studio English Cottage
I built the “English Cottage” around the year 2000. I was looking for a place where I could store a lot of my garden tools & tractor. Along with making it very appealing for a prop.
I came up with the idea after studying many Thomas Kinkade paintings. He usually has a Cottage along side of a creek with lots of ivy and a lamp post. I have all that as well.
The Cottage is used in my portraits many ways. I use it for families, when they are positioned in front of it. For children, sitting on a chair or on the stone steps. Or high school seniors leaning on the outside wall.
It has been a great prop over the years and really is the cornerstone of the Hirsch Gardens.