Clemson Football Alum Braden Galloway Marries College Sweetheart in ‘Botanical Bliss’ Wedding

  • April 30, 2023

The college football star and Mackenzie Grimsley exchanged vows in a romantic ceremony at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California on Friday

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Braden Galloway said “I do” to his college sweetheart!

The Clemson alum, 22, and Mackenzie Grimsley exchanged vows in a romantic ceremony at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California, on Friday.

“It’s rare that you find your person so early in life, but I was blessed to meet Mackenzie at such a young age, and we’ve experienced so much growth and maturity together,” Galloway tells PEOPLE exclusively. “It makes me feel like I’ve known her my whole life and we still have forever to go.”

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The pair exchanged vows in an intimate twilight garden setting, with the bride wearing the first of two gowns by designer Pnina Tornai. Galloway wore a custom black suit from Nota Bene Bespoke which featured special photos of the couple over the course of their relationship. Each of Galloway’s groomsmen wore suits gifted by Men’s Wearhouse.

Following the nuptials, guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres including fries in a cone, plancha shrimp skewer and Korean fried chicken before a plated 3-course dinner of little gem Caesar salad, grilled hanger steak, jidori chicken breast — Herb Roasted Pearled Barley, roasted kohlrabi with za’atar, cacio e pepe and bucatini pasta.

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At midnight, snack boxes filled with In-N-Out burgers, fries and a vintage bottle of coke were served as a nod to the couple’s home state of California. For the cake, the newlyweds

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South Coast Botanic Garden Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony For its New 3.5-Acre Marilyn and John Long Children and Family Garden

  • April 29, 2023

LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn presents South Coast Botanic Garden’s Chief Executive Officer Adrienne Nakashima with a scroll at the Garden’s groundbreaking ceremony for its new 3.5-acre Marilyn and John Long Children and Family Garden. Photo by Chuck Bennett

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March 15, 2023

Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif. – South Coast Botanic Garden hosted the official groundbreaking for its new 3.5-acre children and family garden, providing a first look at plans for this new multi-million dollar project and marking the kick-off to the Cultivate the Future campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in the Garden’s 62-year history. 

The ceremony was held Wednesday, March 15, and featured the Garden’s Chief Executive Officer Adrienne Nakashima announcing an extraordinary $3 million philanthropic gift from the Long Family Foundation – the largest private gift in the Garden’s history. Nakashima also announced the official name of the new area – the Marilyn and John Long Children and Family Garden – which will include a canopy walk over the Banyan Grove, a marine fossil dig, a plant maze, and more. The new space was designed by Russell Mills Studios and construction is being handled by Sperber. 

“This is a monumental moment in the Garden’s history for many reasons,” says Nakashima. “The Marilyn and John Long Children and Family Garden will bring a new dimension to South Coast Botanic Garden and will bring in families and visitors from throughout the L.A. area and beyond. The space will have features never before seen in children’s gardens, and we have the Long Family Foundation to thank for that, particularly Marilyn and John Long for their gracious support.” 

Marilyn and John Long are longtime Palos Verdes residents and Garden supporters, with Marilyn having served on

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Rare moonflower cactus blooms again at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

  • April 28, 2023

A rare cactus has flowered again, two years after half a million people watched it bloom during lockdown.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s Moonflower bud, also known as Strophocactus wittii, first flowered in February 2021.

That was the first ever flowering of the plant in the UK and it captured the attention of over 500,000 people during lockdown via a YouTube livestream.

After much anticipation, the moonflower bloomed again on Saturday afternoon.

It spirals around tree trunks and only stays in bloom for twelve hours, so can only be seen in bloom on the Botanic Garden livestream until around 4am on Sunday.

The bud usually starts to flower towards sunset, but this one started several hours earlier.

On Saturday morning the Botanic Garden said the flower was getting ready to bloom as they tweeted: “It looks as though things might be happening with our Moonflower (Strophocactus wittii) bud!

“It’s now 29.5cm, the bud has swollen & the tips are starting to separate out.”

The flower is usually found in the Amazon rainforest.

The plant’s name, Selenicereus wittii, is derived from the Greek (Selene), from the Greek moon goddess, and cereus, meaning “candle” in Latin, referring to the nocturnal flowers.

The species name wittii comes from the man who discovered it – Karl Moritz Schumann (1851 – 1904) was born in Germany and worked as a botanist at the Botanical Museum of Berlin.

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Tulsa Botanic Garden Welcomes Spring With Botanic Blooms Concerts

  • April 27, 2023

The Tulsa Botanic Garden is welcoming the spring season with its annual Botanic Blooms festival.

You can check out the flowers, listen to live music, and enjoy the beauty.

“Hundreds of thousands of flowers of bright colors are blooming – just in time for the start of spring.”

You can see signs of winter leaving and spring coming with the sun peeking through and flowers growing.

Tulsa Botanic Blooms is shining bright with yellow, purple, and pink colors.

Director of Communications and Outreach Lori Hutson says this is a long time in the making. The blooms were ordered in June.

“It’s probably one of the largest spring flowering bulb festivals in the state or in the region. Over the course of about four to six weeks, we have about 200,000 plus bulbs that will be blooming, including daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, so we have a lot of color to come out and see,” Hutson said.

She says more daffodils and hyacinths have been planted this year.

Starting this week, the garden will feature local musicians each Thursday evening for people to walk through the garden to the background of live music.

This Saturday is Tiptoe through the Tulips, a garden party with music, food, and drinks.

“They can bring chairs out on our lawn and just stroll through the garden, see some color, wind down from the day, and enjoy a nice evening,” Hutson said.

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Bird watchers rush down to Botanic Gardens to catch glimpse of rarely sighted great slaty woodpecker

  • April 26, 2023

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A rarely sighted woodpecker made an appearance on Sunday and led to a frenzy of bird watchers around the Botanic Gardens.

It was so rare that a couple left their wedding solemnisation nearby to take pictures of it right after their wedding speeches.

With a bald head and grey clock of feather and size of up to 51cm, the great slaty woodpecker is listed as “vulnerable” globally on the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

While it was not the first time Mr Hong Yijun has seen this bird species, the great slaty woodpecker perched itself so close to his wedding venue on Sunday that he could not resist taking photos of it. Both he and his wife are avid bird watchers and bird photographers.

This is the fourth time the bird, known to be the largest woodpecker in the world, was spotted in Singapore.

The last time it was spotted was in 2018 near the summit of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Before that, it was spotted in 1899 and 1904, according to the Singapore Birds Project, which documents wild birds here.

“I had seen this bird in Thailand and Malaysia but seeing it in our homeland was something special,” said the 28-year-old process engineer. “The fact that it graced us with its presence on our wedding day was extremely special to us.”

His wife, Ms Zoey Chua, said that they had booked the Villa, an event venue in the Botanic Gardens, because of its beauty as well as its said ability to attract interesting bird species.

Together, the newly-weds had seen birds like Himalayan griffon vultures and orange-headed thrushes at the Botanic Gardens.

Said the 26-year-old chemist: “The appearance of this rare bird on a special day

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Whimsical fountain at botanic garden may be removed

  • April 25, 2023
The multicolored Rosalie Doolittle Fountain at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden has deteriorated to the point where city officials are now considering removing it. (Jon Austria/ Albuquerque Journal)

It took the creation of 4,000 handmade ceramic tiles of cottonwood leaves and flower motifs and two years of installation before the Rosalie Doolittle Fountain at the ABQ BioPark’s Botanic Garden began flowing in 1996.

The whimsical, curvilinear fountain with incorporated bench space for seating, was artist Shel Neymark’s first large public art project, for which he was paid $50,000 from the city’s Public Art Program.

Jump ahead 27 years and the multi-colored fountain, prominently located near the entrance to the Botanic Garden, has physically deteriorated to the point where it is now being considered for decommissioning and removal.

Artist Shel Neymark designed and created the Rosalie Doolittle Fountain near the entrance of the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. The fountain is now being considered for decommissioning and removal. (Courtesy Shel Neymark)

Neymark said this week that he is not happy that the fountain was allowed to deteriorate and he’s not convinced that it is beyond repair.

After multiple inspections and assessments, the fountain was found to have delaminated tiles, a faulty plumbing system and numerous leaks, according to a report to the Albuquerque Arts Board drafted by Sherri Brueggemann, the Public Art Urban Enhancement Division manager. The fountain is “damaged irreparably, or to an extent where the repair is unreasonable or impractical,” according to the report.

Brueggemann’s report was presented to the Albuquerque Arts Board on Feb. 15, and the board is currently considering the conclusion that the fountain “should be removed completely from the Public Art Collection,” as well as other options including relocating the work, selling or trading it, offering it back

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NY Botanical Garden recognizes 4 women difference-makers

  • April 24, 2023

The New York Botanical Garden is recognizing several local women who’ve made a difference in their community.  

Four Bronx women were honored – an environmentalist, an anti-gun violence advocate, a champion for those with special needs, and an industry trailblazer.  

Maggie Greenfield was commemorated for her dedication to restoring the Bronx River, helping turn it from what she says was the butt of jokes to a natural location for people to enjoy.  

Tenant leader Tanya Pedler was honored for her work advocating for NYCHA families with loved ones with special needs.  

Linda Kemp, founder of Bringing The Peace, was celebrated for her work fighting to reduce gun violence on Bronx streets. Kemp was instrumental in helping pass legislation against ghost guns that was proposed by Rep. Ritchie Torres.  

BronxWorks executive director Eileen Torres was honored for her work improving the economic and social well-being of her fellow community members. She says her mother was pivotal in paving the way for her to help out her neighbors.  

“My mother sacrificed quite a lot for my sister and I mean, to make sure we got a good education,” said Eileen Torres. “[She] was a strong encourager for me to follow my dreams.” 

This is the 10th annual celebration of local Bronx women at the New York Botanical Garden to celebrate Women’s History Month.

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Botanical Garden planning pre-Derby party | News

  • April 22, 2023

Laurna Strehl, executive director of the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, says, “We don’t celebrate the (Kentucky) Derby enough in Owensboro.”

So, she’s doing something about it this year.

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Botanical Garden, Insect Museum At Tnau To Get Facelift At 8 Crore | Coimbatore News

  • April 21, 2023
COIMBATORE: The botanical garden at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) would get a facelift at a cost of 5 crore, said agricultural minister M R K Panneerselvam in his budget speech.
He said the botanical garden was set up with the objectives of preserving rare plants and facilitating research in flower crops. “It will be revamped to protect and improve endangered plants, including different types of parks, and impart entrepreneurial training to students.”
Mughal garden, Japanese garden, rockery, topiary and branching palms are some of the attractions at the botanical garden. “The garden helps students learn about flowers and ornamental plants. Research scholars often spend hours here to collect insects and learn about plants,” Panneerselvam said.
The Insect Museum on TNAU campus would also be digitized to benefit farmers, students, researchers and the public, the minister said. “We will allot 3 crore for the development of museum infrastructure and digitization. It is imperative to understand the role of insects that cause health hazards to contain them.”
Panneerselvam said Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Namakkal and Pudukottai would be added to the millet zones announced in last agriculture budget to increase the area under cultivation and production of millets.
He also announced the plans to procure 56,000 tonnes of copra worth 640 crore in coordination with the national agricultural cooperative marketing federation at the minimum support price announced by the Union government. “Price support scheme is being implemented to protect farmers from the fall in price during harvest season. Under the scheme, 40,000 tonnes of copra worth 420 crore have been procured from 33,500 farmers in the past two years.”

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Spring Plant Sale at Botanical Gardens March 23-25

  • April 20, 2023

The annual Spring Plant Sale held by the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens is March 23, 24 and 25, according to William Holman, Executive Director of the Gardens.

The three-day event begins on Thursday, March 23, with a Garden Member “early-bird” sale from 3 until 6 p.m. DABG members will have the opportunity to have first pick of all the plants at the sale.

Attendees to the sale will enter through the Smith Botanical Center and then proceed to the plant sale area adjacent to the Tropical House. Wine and cheese will be available while you browse the selection of plants. Anyone who is not a member of the Gardens can join online or at the Botanical Center prior to the sale.

The popular sale is open to the public for on-site sales Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, from 8 a.m. until noon each day. There is no admission charge to the garden to attend the sale. The Spring Plant Sale has become well known for the great variety and quality of plants available, and sales are usually brisk. This year, visitors will find an expanded selection of native plants. Garden staff has curated a large list of unusual native plants that flourish in the heat, humidity and unpredictable weather of the Southeastern U.S., including Hydrangeas, ornamental grasses, ferns, and a large selection of flowering perennials. The sale will also have a large selection of Native Azaleas, with colors varying from white to deep pink with all shades of yellow and orange in between. A few of the Native Azalea varieties include Pinxterbloom, Oconee, Flame, ‘Mandarin Lights’ and more.

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