Spring Garden Expos
January 6, 2015 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

If it’s winter, it must be time to think about what you’re going to be doing outdoors once spring arrives.
A raft of indoor expositions are planned from coast to coast to help with that planning. …

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Lay Family Garden Reopens Today
February 28, 2015 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

texas_dallas_lay-garden Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
By the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Lay Family Garden reopens today, February 28, 2015, providing guests a newly interpreted two-acre garden to visit at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas. The renovation was made possible by generous gifts from Mimi Lay’s two daughters, Susan Lay Atwell and Dorothy Lay, and by additional gifts from the Estates of Ward Lay and Anthony Atwell.

According to the Lay family, “About 25 years ago, the Lay Ornamental Garden was created through the joint efforts of our mother, Mimi, and the Dallas Arboretum. The garden was one of the first named areas at the Arboretum, and through the years has been one of the most popular sites for everything from casual visits to weddings. In honor of our mother and father, Herman W. Lay, we thought it was time for a reinterpretation of the garden, now named the Lay Family Garden, with new features, while still preserving many of its most popular elements. We enjoyed the privilege of working with the creative geniuses of the Arboretum staff and are very happy that the garden will soon be open for everyone to enjoy.”

Mimi Lay Hodges was known for her own personal breathtaking gardens where she grew many azaleas, so her initial gift was critically important in the early days of the Arboretum.

Restoration work began in early 2014. Noted local landscape architect Warren Johnson of Fallcreek Gardens performed the design and installation of the new garden elements. Renamed and reinterpreted, the Lay Family Garden preserves original iconic elements, such as the waterwalls fountain. It also features a larger pond, a new grotto and waterfall, and beautiful new horticultural embellishments.

The renovation of the Lay Family Garden required several important considerations, all while keeping the original footprint of the garden. The first step was to address the pathways leading to the garden. Before renovation, visitors often missed seeing this garden as it was somewhat hidden from the Paseo de Flores (main path). The second step was to address the entrances into the garden. Three new entrances now feed into the garden from the Paseo extension linking the Camp House Circle with the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Open parkland connects the garden with the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Lastly, the Arboretum preserved the former entry courtyard, but it has now become a pocket garden and more of a destination than a passageway.

One of the most popular features is the native limestone walls with waterfalls cascading from them. Complementing the waterwalls is a new grotto with a 12-foot waterfall directly across from them. Guests can walk inside the grotto and sit on the benches behind the waterfall for a completely different view. The water gardens are also of great interest and include a large lagoon for aquatic plants, a stream with three weirs and a Koi pond. The mood of the stream changes at each weir division.

The best of the original plants were preserved and planted in the revised planting scheme including Texas mountain laurel-Sophorasecundiflora and Sweet Viburnum-Viburnumawabuki ‘Chindo.’ Interesting new ones were added as well and include Osmanthus x fortunei ‘Carl Wheeler,’ Chinese Snowball-Viburnum macrocephalum, and Spreading Plum Yew-Cephalotaxusharringtonia ‘Prostrata.’ Much space has been dedicated to seasonal plantings, including the Floral Allee that allows a beautiful visual penetration into the heart of the garden.

(Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden)

Rhododendrons in Bremen
February 27, 2015 – 8:07 am | No Comment
Rhododendrons in Bremen

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
By Bremen Tourism
From the end of April to the beginning of June, more than 2,000 varieties of rhododendron and azalea transform the 46 hectares of the Rhododendron Park in …

North Carolina Azalea Festival
February 25, 2015 – 8:39 am | No Comment
North Carolina Azalea Festival

The North Carolina Azalea Festival has been celebrating spring in the Southeast since 1948. This year’s core dates are April 8 through 12, 2015.
Although the excuse is the blooming of the (usually) bright pink azalea …

Wildflower Foray
February 23, 2015 – 8:25 am | No Comment
Wildflower Foray

The 30th annual Wildflower Foray takes place April 24 through 26, 2015, in Brown County, Indiana. Knowledgeable guides lead wildflower and bird hikes, boat trips, and hikes exploring local natural areas.
Two dozen hikes and …

Flowers of the Day: Orchids and Roses
February 21, 2015 – 8:23 am | No Comment
Flowers of the Day: Orchids and Roses

Who would have contemplated pairing pink-tipped roses with green and orange orchids?
This compact arrangement was on the desk of a junior (two-level) suite in the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing, China.
Guess that’s why top-end floral arrangers …

Capital District Garden & Flower Show
February 20, 2015 – 8:19 am | No Comment
Capital District Garden & Flower Show

The first sign of spring in upstate New York is the Capital District Garden & Flower Show. The McDonough Physical Education Complex at Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, New York, is …

Flower & Garden Show near San Francisco
February 18, 2015 – 8:08 am | No Comment
Flower & Garden Show near San Francisco

The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show will be held March 18 through 22, 2015, in the San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, California. Theme for this year’s show, the 30th, will …

Vermont Flower Show
February 16, 2015 – 8:55 am | No Comment
Vermont Flower Show

“Spring Reflections” is the theme for this year’s Flower Show set for February 27, 28 and March 1, 2015, in Champlain Valley Exposition Hall, Route 15, Essex Junction, Vermont.
The Grand Garden Display (more than 10,000 …

Boston Flower Show
February 13, 2015 – 8:44 am | No Comment
Boston Flower Show

The Boston Flower Show is set for March 11 through 15, 2015, in the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, Massachusetts.
Using this year’s theme, “Season of Enchantment”, professional landscapers will create 20 gardens …

Alluring Orchids at Kew Gardens
February 11, 2015 – 8:08 am | No Comment
Alluring Orchids at Kew Gardens

It’s a tropical extravaganza in the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens just outside London, England.
The Alluring Orchids show is now in progress (open until March 8, 2015).
It’s a “floral feast to seduce the …

Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show
February 9, 2015 – 8:23 am | No Comment
Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show

The 30th annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show is set for April 25 and 26, 2015, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, California.
Admission is free, but parking costs $5. The show sponsored by The …