The Flower of the Season: Poinsettia
December 7, 2014 – 11:46 pm | No Comment

A quick way to catch the holiday spirit is a wander through a holiday flower show.
‘Tis the season for holiday flower shows, and the flower of choice is the poinsettia. Purists know that the colorful …

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Flower(s) of the Day: Gardens of Augustusburg
December 20, 2014 – 8:44 am | No Comment

Augustusburg Castle gardensFormal gardens are tucked behind the magnificent yellow and white Augustusburg Castle in Brühl, Germany.

Built in 1725 by Elector Clemens August, it was trashed by Napoleon’s troops in the early 19th Century. In 1815 the palace passed to the Prussians and, thanks to King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, the building was saved. He first stayed here in 1842 and then ordered that the rooms should be renovated.

Heavily damaged in World War II, it was again renovated and now belongs to the government of North Rhine-Westfalia. As Rococo masterpieces in their own right, the Palaces of Augustusburg and nearby Falkenlust — and their gardens — have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

(Photo ©2014 by Susan McKee)

Poinsettias in Buffalo
December 19, 2014 – 8:42 am | No Comment
Poinsettias in Buffalo

Thousands of holiday flowers will brighten the conservatory of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, New York, through January 4, 2015, during the annual Poinsettia Show.
This year’s theme is …

Poinsettias at Bedford Falls
December 17, 2014 – 8:20 am | No Comment
Poinsettias at Bedford Falls

The annual poinsettia show at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Baltimore, Maryland, runs through January 4, 2015.
This year, the show’s theme is Bedford Falls (yes, the town of “It’s …

Route of the Camellia
December 15, 2014 – 8:47 am | No Comment
Route of the Camellia

Camellias were brought to the Iberian Peninsula from the East by Portuguese sailors. They’ve been brightening the gardens of the Spanish region of Galicia from the early 19th century.
Road Trips Gardeners will enjoy following …

Ballarat Begonia Festival
December 12, 2014 – 8:20 am | No Comment
Ballarat Begonia Festival

If you’re heading Down Under next year, Road Trips Gardeners, and Melbourne is on your agenda, consider a swing out to the Ballarat Begonia Festival.
It takes place March 7, 8 and 9, 2015, at Lake …

Bouquets: French Still Life Painting
December 10, 2014 – 8:09 am | No Comment
Bouquets: French Still Life Painting

The first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th century premiered last October at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, Texas.
“Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin …

Lotus Flower Season
December 8, 2014 – 8:56 am | No Comment
Lotus Flower Season

The Blue Lotus Water Garden opens December 27, 2014, for its annual Lotus Flower Season, which runs through April 7, 2015, at 2628 Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction, Victoria, Australia.
The water garden features thousands of lotus …

Flower of the Day: Trumpet Vine
December 6, 2014 – 8:07 am | No Comment
Flower of the Day: Trumpet Vine

Blood orange trumpet vine flowers grace a wall in Athens, Greece, on a sunny early September afternoon.
According to Wikipedia, Campsis (trumpet creeper, trumpet vine) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae, native …

Romance of the Winter Garden
December 1, 2014 – 8:22 am | No Comment
Romance of the Winter Garden

“Branches, Blossoms and Buds — Romance of the Winter Garden” — that’s the theme for a garden tour February 13 and 14, 2015, at Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, California.
The guided walks go through Filoli’s …

Holiday Flower(s) of the Day: Malaysia
November 29, 2014 – 8:42 am | No Comment
Holiday Flower(s) of the Day: Malaysia

The tradition of holiday decorations reaches as far as a Muslim-majority tropical country in Southeast Asia.
This splendid arrangement was on view in the soaring lobby of the Grand Millennium Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last …

Tulip Cruise in the Netherlands and Belgium
November 28, 2014 – 8:55 am | No Comment
Tulip Cruise in the Netherlands and Belgium

It’s not too early to begin planning for spring travel, Road Trips Gardeners. If tulips and other spring flowers are on your mind, consider this: Emerald Waterways has a new tour just for you.
Highlights of …