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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Mesmerizing holiday light display ‘Lightscape’ returns to Houston Botanic Garden in November

  • October 23, 2022

HOUSTON – Lightscape, an internationally acclaimed holiday lights and music event, will return to the Houston Botanic Garden this winter.

The outdoor trail features new immersive installations where attendees can enjoy favorite seasonal tunes along the path through the garden. Visitors will also enjoy festive food and drinks, including fire pits for roasting s’mores, in the Garden’s Pine Grove and Culinary Garden, according to a release.

The event will open Nov. 18 through Jan. 1, 2023.

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Ticket holders will have a timed entry slots and parking for Lightscape, which are limited each evening to give attendees space to enjoy each moment along the trail.

“Lightscape is back! For anyone who missed the uniquely artistic and festive holiday lights experience at the Houston Botanic Garden last year, you won’t want to miss it this year,” said Claudia Gee Vassar, president and general counsel of the Houston Botanic Garden. “Favorites like the Winter Cathedral, Neon Tree, and Fire Garden will return, along with new creations by artists from across the globe. The artistry of the Lightscape installations are a perfect complement to the natural beauty of our diverse plant collections, creating an exquisite and memorable holiday experience for families and friends.”

More than 80% of this year’s trail will feature installations never before seen in Houston, including a installation display of Bluebonnets.

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The installation Framed by Mandylights sees 20 geometric arches lined with brilliant color changing, pixel mapped LED fittings to create a unique tunnel of light effect with a distinctly modern edge, according to the release. The Nautilus Forest features an illuminated forest of spiraling trees, with more than 40,000 individually controlled RGB pixels. Each of the 24 trees stands up to 15 feet tall;

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LIVE: Scarecrows in the Garden

  • October 22, 2022
We don’t mean to scare you, but fall is almost here.

If you’re not really enthusiastic about the start of colder weather and an end to summer recreation, that’s okay.

Bid goodbye to the garden with a bang and get into the fall spirit at this weekend’s Scarecrows in the Garden.

It’s an annual fundraiser for the Northern Plains Botanic Garden in North Fargo.

You can buy pumpkins, fall decor, and botanical supplies all made from what they grow there.

The scarecrows are made by local artists, businesses and nonprofits, and they’re also for sale.

You can get food, enjoy live music, and get family portraits made in the beautiful gardens, which are in the swell of their late-season splendor right now.

And all the sales go to support the Botanic Gardens, which is primarily volunteer-driven, and which are currently in the process of developing the new Japanese Garden section.

Barbara Villella, of the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society, joined the Morning Show to talk with Emily Welker about celebrating the beauty of the garden just as we have to say goodbye for the year and start dreaming of what’s ahead in spring.

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Botanic Garden offering free admission Friday after shooting spree

  • October 19, 2022

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Botanic Garden will offer free admission Friday as a response to several tragedies that have left the city of Memphis in shock.

Memphis Botanic Garden says it will offer free regular admission Friday to “help Memphis heal.”

“In light of the recent tragedies our city has suffered, we invite all of Memphis and the surrounding areas to the Garden for an opportunity to heal in nature,” Memphis Botanic Garden said in a statement.

Memphis has been rocked by several tragedies. Wednesday, a shooting spree left four people dead and three others injured. Memphis Police ordered citizens to shelter in place until the suspect was captured.

The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly, was arrested Wednesday night and has been charged with first degree murder. Kelly reported streamed at least one shooting on Facebook Live.

Memphis is also still reeling from the abduction and murder of 34-year-old teacher Eliza Fletcher. Police say Cleotha Abston-Henderson, 38, abducted her while she was on an early morning jog in the area of Zach Curlin Street and Central Avenue.

Fletcher’s body was found in a lot near a vacant home on Victor Street in South Memphis.

Memphis Botanic Garden said it strives to provide a “safe outdoor space” and hopes to be a “source of comfort and light during this difficult time.”

“As a team, we aksed ourselves what could the Garden do—even if small—to help our community begin to heal?” Executive Director Michael Allen said in a statement. “It is in this spirit that we will open our gates to the general public tomorrow without cost to anyone. We hope that our fellow citizens will visit our grounds and enjoy the serenity

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