Tulip Time
April 13, 2015 – 8:14 am | No Comment

There’s nothing that says springtime more than a tulip festival, and there are at least a dozen from which to choose, Road Trips Gardeners. April and May are the best times to see the flowers …

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Blossoms at Butterworth
May 20, 2015 – 8:40 am | Comments Off

illinois_moline_blossoms-butterworthBlossoms at Butterworth spotlights the gardens surrounding two houses built by the John Deere family from noon to 5 p.m. June 28, 2015. Entrance to the Butterworth Center is 1105 Eighth Street, and the Deere-Wiman House is 817 Elevent Avenue, both in Moline, Illinois. Admission is free to Blossoms at Butterworth, but donations are accepted.

The gardens at both houses are well-landscaped and have some unusual plants amidst the more common varieties. Both families enjoyed the flowers and trees not commonly found in the Midwest. On the grounds you will find a tricolor beech, cucumber magnolia and a bald cypress.

Of course there’ll be more, including living history volunteers, old-fashioned music, games of the 1800s, jugglers, an antique auto show and refreshments.

Tours of the homes are available and children can make crafts at WQPT’s children’s tent. Food vendors will be selling grilled pork chop and chicken sandwiches, smoothies, ice cream, beverages, and more. Nearby, visitors can learn more about the area’s history at the Rock Island County Historical Society, open from 1 to 4 p.m. that afternoon.

(Photo courtesy of Butterworth Center)

Infiorata di Genzano
May 18, 2015 – 8:34 am | Comments Off
Infiorata di Genzano

A dazzling carpet of colored flowers transformed into portraits, religious images and abstract designs stretches along the main street in Genzano, Italy, one of Rome’s hill towns, June 13, 14 and 15, 2015.
The Infiorata is …

Historic Garden Walk
May 15, 2015 – 8:32 am | Comments Off
Historic Garden Walk

A self-guided Historic Garden Walk takes place June 13 and 14, 2015, as part of the Old Town Art Fair in Chicago, Illinois. The gardens range from free-form and unfettered to more structured and manicured.
It’s …

London’s Open Garden Squares
May 13, 2015 – 8:44 am | Comments Off
London’s Open Garden Squares

Your Road Trips Gardener’s favorite tour is next month in London, England.
Open Garden Squares takes place all across town June 13 and 14, 2015.
This is a chance to take a peek behind the closed gates …

Taos Garden and Home Tour
May 11, 2015 – 8:36 am | Comments Off
Taos Garden and Home Tour

Headed to New Mexico this summer, Road Trips Gardeners?
The annual Garden and Home Tour is set for August 1, 2015, in Taos, New Mexico.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Image is from the 2014 tour …

Flower of the Day: Bougainvillea
May 9, 2015 – 8:12 am | Comments Off
Flower of the Day: Bougainvillea

Yes: your Road Trips Gardener’s favorite flower is still the bougainvillea.
These blooms — in a distinctive orange/pink hue — were spotted in Anjuna, Goa, India, in March.

(Photo ©2015 by Susan McKee)

Newport Flower Show
May 8, 2015 – 8:18 am | Comments Off
Newport Flower Show

The 20th annual Newport Flower Show plans a variety of special events, guest speakers, floral designs, horticulture exhibits, garden displays and shopping opportunities for June 19, 20 and 21, 2015, at Rosecliff. Theme for …

Lilac Time in Lombard
May 6, 2015 – 8:53 am | Comments Off
Lilac Time in Lombard

Lilac Time in Lombard, Illinois, is on now (official dates are May 2 through 17, 2015) in Lilacia Park, 150 South Park Avenue, Lombard, Illinois. Hours are dawn to dusk.
Like many famous gardens, Lilacia is …

British Flowers Week
May 4, 2015 – 8:10 am | Comments Off
British Flowers Week

There’s a British Flowers Week (who knew?).
Road Trips Gardeners who’ll be in London next month can catch the show June 15 through 19, 2015, at New Covent Garden Flower Market, Vauxhall, London, England.
Highlights include fifteen …

Flowers of the Day: A Shaker Cutting Garden
May 2, 2015 – 8:07 am | Comments Off
Flowers of the Day: A Shaker Cutting Garden

The gardeners at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill just outside Harrodsburg, Kentucky, plant a variety of flowers in a cutting garden.
Since the Trustees’ Table relies on straight-from-the-garden ingredients (their own garden and those of …

World Naked Gardening Day
May 1, 2015 – 8:20 am | Comments Off
World Naked Gardening Day

Well, Road Trips Gardeners: did you know that tomorrow, May 2, 2015, is World Naked Gardening Day?
In fact, it’s the tenth annual World Naked Gardening Day when people across the globe are encouraged to tend …