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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A Wildlife Garden . . . of LEGOs
July 28, 2014 – 8:57 am | No Comment

england_windsor_legoHow about this, Road Trips Gardeners: a wildlife garden built entirely of LEGOs.

You’ll have to take a jaunt across the pond to see it, though. It’s a project of the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire, England.

The resort has joined forces with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to create the garden featuring habitats made entirely from LEGO bricks.

Yup. The resort’s model makers have created from thousands of individual bricks a frogitat, a series of hogitats (hedgehog houses) plus a bird bath and bat box, all situated in landscaped greenery complete with a pond, life-sized LEGO creatures and even a human birdwatcher.

A wealth of wildlife already resides on the Resort’s 150 acres and the hope is to attract new species to the special garden area.

The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is open now through November 3, 2014. Caution: It is closed on selected midweek days in September, October and November.

(Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND Windsor Resort)

Flower of the Day: Lithodora
July 26, 2014 – 8:43 am | No Comment
Flower of the Day: Lithodora

Often on her travels your Road Trips Gardener runs across bedding plants not common in the United States.
This time, it’s lithodora — seen here in Wismar, Germany, last spring.
According to Wikipedia, lithodora is a genus …

Biltmore’s Summertime Gardens
July 25, 2014 – 8:38 am | No Comment
Biltmore’s Summertime Gardens

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Tropical plants and palms figure heavily into the mix to create the effect of a living Impressionist painting in the gardens at the Biltmore, One Lodge Street, Asheville, North …

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

Road 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 …

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, …