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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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DABG will also offer some non-native favorites such as limelight & mophead hydrangeas, evergreen azaleas and mophead hydrangeas. Other plant selections will

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10Best cites best zoos, aquariums and gardens, according to readers

  • April 18, 2023

As the weather warms, it’s a great time to get out and explore with our friends and families. 10Best readers were asked to vote for the best zoos, aquariums, safari parks, dude ranches and botanical gardens across the country, and the results are in.

Click on each category below to see the full winners list:

Best Aquarium: Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium wins Best Aquarium for fourth year in a row

Founded by Johnny Morris, CEO of Bass Pro Shops, Springfield’s Wonders of Wildlife celebrates hunting, fishing and stewardship of the land and water through 1.5 miles of immersive galleries featuring 4D dioramas and a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium. Some 35,000 animals representing over 800 species are on display, including zebra sharks, sea turtles and freshwater sport fish. Unique to the aquarium is its collection of historic boats used by fishing legends and celebrities, like Jimmy Buffet, Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey.

Full list of winners: Best Aquarium »

Best Botanical Garden: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden wins Best Botanical Garden for third year in a row

The warm climate of Coral Gables allows tropical plants to be grown outdoors year-round at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – one of the only places in the continental United States where this is possible. Exotic butterflies fly freely within the Wings of the Tropics exhibit, while the Tropical Plant Conservatory and Rare Plant House displays 450 species of rare and endangered tropical plants from around the globe. Other themed gardens include a Tropical Fruit Pavilion, Palm Glade, Tropical Flower Garden, Succulent Garden and even a display of the dry forest plants of Madagascar.

Full list of winners: Best Botanical Garden »

Best Dude Ranch: Cherokee Park Ranch in Livermore, Colorado

Saddle up for a great vacation at Cherokee Park Ranch, winner of Best Dude Ranch

One of Colorado’s first guest ranches, Cherokee Park Ranch was once a stagecoach stop between Fort Collins, Colorado and Laramie, Wyoming. Today, guests enjoy a

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Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden receive 2.5 tons of wild orchids

  • April 6, 2023

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A program named “Bringing wild orchids back to nature” has been carried out by the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden One Member Limited Liability Company in collaboration with the Vietnam Association of Civil Engineering Environment, Yen Thach Hoc Co., Ltd. at the Zoo and Botanical Garden in Ho Chi Minh City.

The program was implemented on March 21 on the occasion of the International Day of Forests and the establishment of Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden (March 23, 1864 – March 23, 2023).

The purpose of the program is to preserve wild orchids on the ancient trees of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, creating biodiversity and landscapes for visitors.

Accordingly, on this occasion, 2.5 tons of orchids including many types of orchids successfully bred by Yen Thach Hoc Co., Ltd in the forests of Hon Heo, Nam Cat Tien, Bu Gia Map, Mang Den and Buon Don were brought to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Representative from the sponsoring unit, Dr. Nguyen Thanh Khiet, said that currently, deforestation is rampant, causing many orchid varieties to no longer have a place to grow and develop.

Apart from that, the demand for growing and selling orchids is increasing and widespread, some people even specialize in hunting for orchids, looking for high-value orchid roots, leaving some rare and precious forest orchids no longer present in the wild in Vietnam.

Therefore, the program “Bringing wild orchids back to nature” at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden aims to preserve and nurture the remaining wild orchid varieties today; at the same time, helping people and visitors to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden will have the opportunity to approach and admire natural orchids, especially the children; and raise awareness among people about protecting forest orchids and the natural

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Goa govt to spend Rs 130 cr on botanical garden to attract tourists

  • April 5, 2023

Panaji, Mar 24 (IANS): With a view to promote medical and eco-tourism in the state, Goa government has decided to develop a botanical garden at Salaulim Dam at Sanguem in South Goa by investing Rs 130 crore.

Speaking to IANS, Minister for Social Welfare and MLA of Sanguem constituency Subhash Phal Dessai said that it will be a very unique project in the coastal state.

“Goa Forest Development Corporation (GFDC), Water Resource Department (WRD) and Tourism Department will take up these projects and revamp the botanical garden within next six months,” Phal Dessai said.

Phal Dessai said that GFDC chairman and MLA Deviya Rane has taken interest in this project, along with WRD and Tourism department.

“GFDC is investing Rs 50 crore and putting cottages all across the botanical garden. There will be Yoga centre, medication centre, ayurvedic treatment, homeopathic treatment, massage centres in this project, which will promote medical tourism,” Phal Desai said, adding 20 cottages will be established in this project.

He said that people will come and stay for one week or 15 days here, which will help generate revenue through tourism.

Phal Dessai said that even WRD has taken initiatives to create accommodation, entertainment zones and install toy trains for entertainment. “World bank has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for this project,” he said.

He said that the tourism department is spending Rs 30 crore to create tourism activities here in the botanical garden. “Even this will help us to generate revenue and attract tourists here,” he said.

Salaulim Dam is located at around 66 km away from capital city Panjim. Tourists visit this place for birdwatching and also visit the botanical garden, which is inspired from the famous Brindavan Gardens in Mysore.



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Walk among butterflies and wildlife at this SC botanical garden, ranked one of 10 best in the US

  • March 31, 2023

South Carolina is loaded with natural splendor. But did you know you can bask in nature’s beauty, but also view works of art, see exotic animals and learn local history all in one spot in the state?” data-ylk=”slk:Brookgreen Gardens;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet has delighted and educated visitors for decades. And it recently earned a spot among a new ranking as one of the best botanical gardens in the U.S.

Brookgreen Gardens ranked seventh out of the 10 best botanical gardens in the nation for the 2023 USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards. According to USA Today, the awards “highlight the best of the best in contests covering categories such as destinations, food and drink, hotels, and things to do.”

Located north of Charleston and south of Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens was founded in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. The botanical garden sits on property that spans 9,127 acres that preserves the site’s natural and cultivated landscape.

Highlights of the botanical garden include 250-year-old oak trees that were planted in the early 1700s when the site was four rice plantations. Nearby is a butterfly garden and a sculpture garden, along with a Palmetto garden.

But Brookgreen Gardens has even more than a vast a array of plants and flowers. The site also holds the Lowcountry Zoo, which has been a major part of Brookgreen since its inception.

Animals at the zoo include alligators, bald eagles, grey foxes, owls, river otters, ducks and more. The zoo offers visitors a chance to interact with some of the animals, along with daily tours with an interpreter who provides information about the creatures.

For those more interested in local history, Brookgreen has something to offer in that regard as well.

For instance its creek excursion,

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Bring in Spring with Thuli Madonsela at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

  • October 29, 2022

The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden starts Spring with an exciting cleansing experience this September.

Johannesburg – The Spring season is here and if there’s one thing most people can agree on, is that Spring is one of the most favorable season of the year. Spring brings warm weather; blossoming flowers and fresh green leaves, but one of the best benefits of Spring would probably be the outdoor activities.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden entrance / Supplied: Expedia

After a long period of COVID-19, more South Africans are looking to spend time outdoors and this could be the perfect opportunity.

A relaxing area at the Walter Sisulu botanical gardens
A relaxing area at the Walter Sisulu botanical gardens

A relaxing area at the Walter Sisulu botanical gardens. Picture: Supplied

The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden will be welcoming the warm weather and fresh and colorful flowers with a celebration. On the 18 September 2022, at 6am, Makhosi Vulamasango of the Credo Mutwa Cultural Village and daughter of the late Credo Mutwa, will be welcoming the sunrise with an incantation – a ritual to cleanse the area. Former public protector and current Stellenbosch law professor Thuli Madonsela is expected to make a special appearance.

The daughter of the late Credo Mutwa.
The daughter of the late Credo Mutwa.

Makhosi Vulamasango, daughter of the late Credo Mutwa. Picture: Supplied

The sun is the source of all life on Earth. We look forward to the long, lovely summer months. The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden opens every morning at 6am so that visitors can enjoy the full richness our garden
offers, including our breath-taking hiking trail and the beautiful, landscaped spaces.

Xolelwa Mokoena – Garden curator

A relaxing spot at the JHB Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
A relaxing spot at the JHB Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

The Johannesburg Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden offers relaxing spaces to sit and enjoy nature with a loved one or by yourself. Picture: Supplied

Attendees will have various activities to

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Flower Piano 2022 to Fill SF Botanical Garden with Stellar Musicians, Including LGBTQ Community Favorites – San Francisco Bay Times

  • October 25, 2022

In the final days of summer and for the seventh time since 2015, Flower Piano will once again transform the San Francisco Botanical Garden into the city’s own alfresco concert hall where everyone is invited to play and listen. It will take place from 10 am–6 pm beginning on Friday, September 16, and will conclude on Tuesday, September 20.

Flower Piano is located at that magical intersection of music and nature,” said Dean Mermell, co-founder, together with Mauro ffortissimo, of event partner Sunset Piano. “It’s a uniquely safe outdoor space where we can be our best as humans, enjoying the Bay Area’s finest musicians in the city’s most beautiful setting.”

Participants are invited to explore the Garden’s global living plant collections as they seek out the 12 pianos spread out across the 55-acre living museum. At each of the pianos, there will be scheduled professional performances, open play time for participants, and community partner performances—reflecting a range of genres, ages, and cultures. The experience brings joy, hope, awe, and a deep sense of community. Participants are inspired to become Garden members and enjoy other Garden programs throughout the year.

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“We are excited to work with our partners at the Recreation and Park Department, Sunset Piano, and all the musicians and community organizations that bring Flower Piano to life, and I am grateful to our sponsors and staff that make this special event happen,” said Stephanie Linder, CEO of the Gardens of Golden Gate Park.

New this year is a very special opening event, Fall and Fly, on Wednesday, September 14, from 5–6:30 pm, where a groundbreaking commissioned work created for 12 grand pianos will be performed on the Garden’s Great Meadow. San Francisco-based composer Benjamin Gribble has written Fall and Fly, an experimental work

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