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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Flora Illustrata
November 17, 2014 – 8:39 am | No Comment

newyork_bronx_nybg_flora“Flora Illustrata: A Celebration of Botanical Masterworks” opens November 15, 2014, in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York.

The display of books, manuscripts, maps, private letters, and art celebrates the publication of “Flora Illustrata”, edited by Susan M. Fraser and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers (The New York Botanical Garden/Yale University Press, November 2014).

Both the book and the exhibition explore the Mertz Library’s collections which include some of the most important botanical and horticultural works ever created. Among the more than 50 books and objects
on display will be an edition of Carolus Linnaeus’ Systema Naturae, Denis Dodart’s Recueil des plantes and Flora Brasiliensis.

The exhibition runs through January 19, 2015.

(Illustration from “Flora Illustrata” courtesy of New York Botanical Garden)

Flowers of the Day: Peninsula Hotel in Beijing
November 15, 2014 – 8:48 am | No Comment
Flowers of the Day: Peninsula Hotel in Beijing

One of the most beautiful public attributes of a five-star hotel is the flower arrangement in the lobby.
Always a focal point, sometimes the display is so over the top as to be spellbinding.
Such was this …

Chrysanthemum Show in Taiwan
November 14, 2014 – 8:46 am | No Comment
Chrysanthemum Show in Taiwan

A particularly Chinese tone infuses the 2014 CKS Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show, which opens tomorrow (November 15) and runs through November 30, 2014, at No. 60, Fulin Road, Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan.
In Cantonese, the pronunciation …

Chrysanthemum Craftsmanship
November 12, 2014 – 8:33 am | No Comment
Chrysanthemum Craftsmanship

Consider it obedience and agility training for flowers. That’s the premise for Chrysanthemum Craftsmanship in the Conservatories at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland.
The display includes miniature plants that resemble bonsai trees and vertical …

Longwood’s Chrysanthemum Festival
November 10, 2014 – 8:16 am | No Comment
Longwood’s Chrysanthemum Festival

The Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, showcases the Asian tradition of cultivating chrysanthemums into artistic shapes — all on view through November 23, 2014.
Inside the four-acre Conservatory are more …

Flower of the Day: Edelweiss
November 8, 2014 – 8:56 am | No Comment
Flower of the Day: Edelweiss

Your Road Trips Gardener was surprised to find this familiar flower growing in a most unfamiliar place last July.
Turns out that edelweiss abounds in Hustai National Park in Mongolia.
According to Wikipedia, Leontopodium alpinum is part …

Fall Chrysanthemum Show
November 7, 2014 – 8:54 am | No Comment
Fall Chrysanthemum Show

There’s still time to catch the Fall Chrysanthemum Show in the Lyman Conservatory of the Botanic Garden of Smith College, College Lane, Northampton, Massachusetts.
The show features over-sized blooms that can reach eight inches across. Brightly …

Christmas Wreaths
November 5, 2014 – 8:16 am | No Comment
Christmas Wreaths

Get ready for the holidays, Road Trips Gardeners, by creating a Christmas wreath using fresh greenery and holly berries from the garden during a hands-on workshop under the guidance of floral artist Helen Phillips.
“Christmas Wreaths” …

American Garden Award
November 3, 2014 – 8:35 am | No Comment
American Garden Award

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
By the National Garden Bureau
it’s time to announce the 2014 American Garden Award Winners. 2014 concludes the sixth year for the American Garden Award flower popularity contest, and 2014 …

“Flower” of the Day: Pumpkins
November 1, 2014 – 8:10 am | No Comment
“Flower” of the Day: Pumpkins

In honor of Halloween and All Saints Day, here are some of the pumpkins on view at the New York Botanical Garden last month month.
Road Trips Gardeners might want to check out their “Haunted Pumpkin …

The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities
October 31, 2014 – 8:47 am | No Comment
The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities

From rampant urbanization to the alarming spread of invasive species and the rapidly increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, human activities are impacting natural systems on a global scale, reports the New York …