Fluttering Flowers
June 30, 2014 – 10:50 am | 2 Comments

Butterflies and flowers naturally go together, the latter tethered to the earth, and the former free to flit, bringing both color and motion to a garden.
Many conservatories host butterfly exhibits. Some are seasonal, others are …

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Summer Flower Show
July 23, 2014 – 8:25 am | No Comment

pennsylvania_pittsburgh_phipps-summer2014Road Trips Gardeners driving through Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this summer should schedule a stop at the Summer Flower Show in the Phipps Conservatory, One Schenley Park — especially if they have children in the car.

That’s because this year’s show includes small-scale trains winding around summer blooms throughout the glasshouse with a variety of railroad displays enhanced by flowers, plants and interactive features,

Always a seasonal highlight at Phipps, Garden Railroad’s model trains chug through living landscapes sprinkled with groundcover, sedums and other low-growing plants, passing through cities, towns and farmlands dotted with hand-crafted models and figurines and through displays of topiaries and tropical plants.

The Summer Flower Show, designed by Phipps staff Jordyn Melino, Laura Schoch and Curt Pesanka, runs through October 5, 2014. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays.

(Photo © Pawsburgh Photography, Paul g. Wiegman, courtesy of Phipps Conservatory)

Signs of Life
July 21, 2014 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Signs of Life

It’s not often that an artist comes up with a new way of seeomg. Robert Bueltman has done just that.
Without using either camera or lens, Buelteman’s technique — which he has dubbed photograms — has …

Wildflower Watch
July 20, 2014 – 8:56 am | No Comment
Wildflower Watch

“Wildflower season usually starts in the Mount Rainier, Washington, area in mid-July as the snow melt disappears,” said Mary Kay Nelson, Executive Director of Visit Rainier.
“Part of what makes wildflower season so exciting is different …

Community Field Day in Iowa
July 18, 2014 – 8:12 am | No Comment
Community Field Day in Iowa

Driving in eastern Iowa in mid-August, Road Trips Gardeners? Consider a detour to take part in the Community Field Day from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. August 16, 2014, sponsored by Seed Savers Exchange.
You’ll …

Weird, Wild and Wonderful
July 16, 2014 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Weird, Wild and Wonderful

In homage to the beauty of the botanical world’s most bizarre flora, the New York Botanical Garden invited members of the American Society of Botanical Artists to participate in a study of the eccentric, creating …

We’re Number Three!
July 14, 2014 – 8:31 am | No Comment
We’re Number Three!

Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow, Ireland, has scooped up third place in National Geographic’s list of the World’s Top 10 Gardens.
Powerscourt was one of seven European gardens to make the list and was beaten only …

Flower of the Day: Viola
July 12, 2014 – 8:58 am | No Comment
Flower of the Day: Viola

City centers all across Europe have flower stands. Most of them not only offer cut flowers, but bedding plants for window boxes and pots.
These colorful violas awaited customers in Lübeck, Germany, in April last year.
(Photo …

American Society of Botanical Artists’ Conference
July 11, 2014 – 8:35 am | No Comment
American Society of Botanical Artists’ Conference

Registration opens at noon tomorrow (July 12, 2014) for the 2014 Conference of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
It will be held October 16 through 18, 2014, in the Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street, …

Minnesota Garlic Festival
July 9, 2014 – 8:34 am | No Comment
Minnesota Garlic Festival

The Big, The Small and The Not-So-Ugly Contest at the Minnesota Garlic Festival is for…garlic (not its growers). The growing, however, has to be done in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, South Dakota or Iowa.
There will …

Princess Grace Rose Garden
July 7, 2014 – 8:14 am | No Comment
Princess Grace Rose Garden

Rose lovers headed to the Mediterranean might want to schedule a stop at the Princess Grace Rose Garden in the Fontvieille area of Monaco.
The garden reopened in June for its 30th anniversary after an eight-month …

Bring Your Home and Garden Together
July 6, 2014 – 8:44 am | No Comment
Bring Your Home and Garden Together

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
From Jackson and Perkins
Outdoor décor can turn a standard garden into a beautiful oasis that reflects your unique personality.
Many people think only of plants when they hear the word …