botanical gardens


Egg Quest returns to Botanical Gardens

  • April 14, 2023

Egg Quest has returned to the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens for its fifth year and will continue through Easter Sunday.

This public art project gives area students and local artists a chance to show off their skills throughout the 47-acre public garden. Thirty-two four-foot wooden eggs have been creatively painted and scattered throughout the garden for visitors to enjoy.

Upon entry into the gardens, children will receive a questionnaire that will ask questions about certain eggs. The completed questionnaire, including a vote for your favorite egg, gives a child a chance to win a large Easter basket during a drawing on Sunday, April 2.

Local schools that took part in the activity include Highlands Elementary School, Hidden Lake Elementary School, Beverlye Intermediate School for the Arts, Slingluff Elementary School, Webb Elementary School, Rehobeth Elementary School, Cottonwood Elementary School, Wicksburg Elementary School, Ashford Elementary School, Headland Elementary School, Headland Middle School, Headland Hight School, Providence Christian School and Houston Academy.

Several area artists including Billie Smith, Laura Slavins, Jay Hare, Rachel Kurtz, Kathryn Levy, and Jon Beeson also participated.

For more information about Egg Quest or the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, call 334-793-3224 or go to

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What to know about Big Bloom plant sale at South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

  • April 9, 2023
In this 2019 file photo, volunteers Karen Easton, left, and Candy Tidmore price plants in preparation for the annual Big Bloom plant sale at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center.

In this 2019 file photo, volunteers Karen Easton, left, and Candy Tidmore price plants in preparation for the annual Big Bloom plant sale at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center.

A popular event of the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is back.

The Big Bloom Mega Plant Sale & Garden Festival is set for Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8545 S. Staples St.

The event offers $2 Community Day admission thanks to presenting sponsor Corpus Christi Medical Center.

Shoppers are advised to bring a plant cart. Members enter free and can shop early at 9 a.m.

Members are advised to check expiration dates and renew before the sale. They can do so online at or at the Visitors Center, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Parking is free.

Things to do

The springtime family-friendly event and fundraiser drew 5,000 shoppers last year. The event offers an abundance of colorful plants for sale, a garden full of entertaining “eco-fun,” food trucks, kids’ zone and on-your-own tours of the botanical gardens, including the Orchid & Bromeliad Conservatories, trails and wetlands.

Pictured, from left, are B.J. Kershaw, Stephanie Riske, Bob Paulison and Betty Thomas, co-chairs of the 2023 Big Bloom Mega Plant Sale & Garden Festival at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center.

Pictured, from left, are B.J. Kershaw, Stephanie Riske, Bob Paulison and Betty Thomas, co-chairs of the 2023 Big Bloom Mega Plant Sale & Garden Festival at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center.

Included in admission are:

  • Reptile Shows at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Animal Events Tent

  • Parrot Presentation at 1 p.m., Animal Events Tent

  • Ladybug Releases at 11:30 a.m. (Hummingbird Garden), 1:30 p.m. (Sensory Garden) and 3:30 p.m. (Rose Garden)

  • Butterfly Releases at noon and 3 p.m., Butterfly House

The Easter Bunny hops in about 2 p.m. Food trucks are on site 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What kinds of plants will be for sale?

Hundreds of plant

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Monk Botanical Gardens readies for spring lineup of events

  • April 7, 2023

WAUSAU – Monk Botanical Gardens is kicking off the spring season with programs for adults, kids and families.

Hands-on plants workshops feature projects created in a relaxing atmosphere while sipping on a glass of wine or hot cocoa. This season’s sessions include lotion bars, soap, natural cordage, and ink and watercolor bouquet. There is also a special prom edition scheduled for teenagers to design handmade corsages and boutonnieres.

New to the plants workshops this year is a session for kids. Adults can enjoy a night out while their child(ren) simultaneously attend a workshop of their own. Kid workshops are led by experienced education staff at the garden’s yurt classroom and will have a theme similar to the corresponding adult workshop. The first workshop is March 28. Find all dates, themes and costs at families/#hopkids”

Spring Break in the Gardens takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 20-24 and is for kids in first through fourth grade. Pick and choose from five fun-filled daily camp themes or attend every day. Learn more at

Friends and family can celebrate the change of seasons at the gardens with its Spring Equinox STEM Challenge: Orienteering. This event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 20 and is $8 per group. On an equinox, the daylight and nighttime hours are equal. Celebrate this natural phenomenon by testing your skills in an orienteering challenge with a compass and map. You can register at

Finally, After School in the Gardens is back. Starting March 27, students in kindergarten through fifth grade can explore and learn about nature with Monk Gardens’ environmental educators. This weekly program takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays. Registration opens March 13 and you can sign up at

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Warmer weather means more outdoor activities in and around Louisville

  • April 3, 2023

As blooming flowers and the return of migratory birds signal the arrival of spring, nature is literally calling for people to get out and explore. And many local organizations are opening their doors – and hiking trails – to celebrate.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens holds its opening celebration Saturday featuring a plant sale and guided tours of the grounds by Yew Dell’s horticulture team.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has April events that highlight some of the organisms growing there including a dell-in-person-workshop-2/” class=”Link”mushroom hike, behind-the-scenes workshops and gardening classes.

Over at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, Raptor Day returned, bringing visitors up close with several birds of prey found in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

People can visit the fossil bed to see april-30/” class=”Link”“A History of Life,” a free temporary exhibit exploring fossils from 2 billion years ago to 10,000 years ago and how they connect to the way life developed.

The exhibit will be on display through April 30, and park paleontologist Alan Goldstein will be presenting about it on April 9.

In between conservation work for golden eagles, Bernheim Arboretum has several events in the coming weeks geared towards getting people out into the research forest. Next Saturday, Bernheim will host its twice-a-month” class=”Link”ECO Kids Discovery Days, which features hands-on stations, a guided hike and story circle.

Bernheim staff will also walk guests through the forest’s wildflower populations including their growth process and importance to Kentucky’s ecosystem.

Several outdoor-focused venues are also prepping for events to celebrate Earth Day at the end of April.

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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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Enjoy night of wonder, mad fun with Amarillo Botanical Gardens’ annual Mad Hatters Ball

  • March 30, 2023

Amarillo Botanical Gardens invites the community to a night of mad fun at its 11th annual Mad Hatters Ball, to be held Friday, March 24 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the gardens located at 1400 Streit Dr.

The evening will include a gala and silent auction, including the auctioning of jewelry from Graham Brothers Jewelers, gift baskets from Proffer Aesthetic Center, and other items from Silverland, Amarillo Athletic Club and more.

During the event, 806 DJ’s will provide live music as attendees enjoy the dance floor, an open bar sponsored by Reed Beverage, and this year’s new addition of gaming tables including a blackjack and craps table. Previous to the opening of festivities, a dinner will be provided, catered by Girasol.

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Amarillo Botanical Gardens encourages individuals to dress in character at its 11th annual Mad Hatters Ball, to be held Friday evening at the gardens, 1400 Streit Dr.

Amarillo Botanical Gardens encourages individuals to dress in character at its 11th annual Mad Hatters Ball on Friday evening.

Amarillo Botanical Gardens encourages individuals to dress in character at its 11th annual Mad Hatters Ball on Friday evening.

Greg Lusk, Director of Gardens/Horticulturist at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, stated that this annual event was originally inspired by the tea party held by the Mad Hatter character in the well known “Alice in Wonderland” tale. Lusk said that the event has grown over the years and became well known for individuals wanting to dress up representing the theme and having a good time.

“When we first started this, very few dressed up, but now probably 80 percent of the people come dressed with the theme or even more,” Lusk said. “You don’t need to dress up to have fun at this party, but it is fun

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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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5 reasons you need to get tickets now for Antiques at the Gardens, Sept. 29-Oct. 2

  • October 21, 2022


Grant Trick at Antiques at the Gardens
Grant Trick is the mastermind behind Grant Trick Furnishings in Irondale. He and many other design whizzes from around the country will be at Antiques at the Gardens. (Jim Larsen)

If you’re an antiques fan, Antiques at the Gardens is where you need to be at the end of September. You’ll come away from this premier antiques show with all the architecture, design, floral, landscape and furniture inspo you could ever need. Tickets are limited—buy yours now, and keep reading for all the details.

Know before you go to Antiques at the Gardens

Antiques at the Gardens
Check out this antique copper pitcher + other such wares at Antiques at the Gardens. (Quez Shipman)
  • What: 16th annual premier antiques show featuring talks by nationally + internationally acclaimed interior designers, floral designers, architects, landscape architects and furniture designers, attracting visitors from across the Southeast.
  • Where: the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
  • When: Thursday, September 29-Sunday, October 2
  • Sponsored by: presenting sponsor First Horizon Bank + textile sponsor Sister Parish Design.
  • Hosted by: the nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
  • Why: Your support enables the Friends to play a critical role in supplementing the Gardens’ operational needs and ensuring the ongoing stewardship and enhancement of the Gardens. Proceeds also allow the Friends to offer a broad range of programs that inform, inspire, and enrich our community. 
  • Shop: 22 celebrated dealers will have booths where you can shop ‘til you drop from Friday-Sunday.
  • Note for Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 
    • Members of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens at the Friend ($50) through Supporter ($250) levels will receive one complimentary, single-day general admission to the 2022 show on the day of their choice. 
    • Members at the Ambassador ($500) and Benefactor Circle ($1,000) levels will receive complimentary three-day general admission for two.
  • Get tickets


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Travel: Why it’s time to re-energise with flower power on botanic beauty St Lucia

  • October 17, 2022

DRAGON’S blood, hanging crab claws and giant fishtails surround me, heightening my senses – although I’m in an environment far more calming than these strange horticultural names might suggest.

Working my way through acres of palms, I brush past scarlet ginger lilies, fragrant frangipani and a tree offering trailing black berries, which my guide Coady describes as ‘Bob Marley’s dreadlocks’.

I’m in St Lucia’s Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens ( – six acres of horticultural exotica and a Unesco world heritage site, featuring a natural gorge with health-enhancing waters.

This is where dragon’s blood, a striking deep red sedum, provides creeping ground cover. Spiky red flowers with yellow tips give the illusion of suspended crab or lobster claws, and huge palms mimicking giant fishtails form part of the exotic planting within this tropical landscape, part of the 2,000-acre Soufriere Estate.

Coady points out wafts of lemon grass, which make a great alternative to regular mosquito repellent if you rub the leaves on your skin, as well as St John’s Bush, which is said to ease menstrual cramps, and the aptly named tree of life, which apparently aids the immune system and helps reduce cholesterol.

Further on, we reach the Diamond Waterfall, not the most imposing at 50ft high, but whose therapeutic mineral-laden cascades have tinted the rocks a blend of yellow, green and purple. It is served by sulphur springs upstream, its mineral-rich volcanic waters spilling over the rockface.

While you can’t swim at the foot of the falls, hot spring baths nearby should satiate anyone’s desire to take a dip. It is said that bathing here aids rheumatism, respiratory complaints and ulcers.

Volcanic soil is the key to the lushness of this Caribbean island, situated between Martinique and St Vincent and to the northwest of Barbados, its richness and tropical

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Rare corpse flower blooms ex-situ in Bogor Botanical Garden

  • October 15, 2022

Although the diameter is no more than 60 cm, it is certain that this species is Rafflesia arnoldii R. Br.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Corpse flower Rafflesia arnoldii R. Br., also known as the giant lotus, has bloomed in the Bogor Botanical Garden, Bogor, West Java, for the first time outside its natural habitat in Sumatra Island.

“Although the diameter is no more than 60 cm, it is certain that this species is Rafflesia arnoldii R. Br.,” Researcher and Curator of the Rafflesia collection at the Bogor Botanical Gardens, Sofi Mursidawati, noted in a statement here Wednesday.

Mursidawati stated that the ex-situ propagation of the rare flower has been conducted since being found in 1818 in the Sumatran forest.

Related news: 15 Rafflesia arnoldii bloom in West Sumatra in 2022

In 2006, Rafflesia researchers at the Bogor Botanical Gardens have cultivated Rafflesia’s seed from Bengkulu in the garden. XVII area is an area of climber plant collection, including seven tetrastigma species, Rafflesia’s host plants.

Mursidawati said, after 16 years, in early September 2022, several flower knobs appeared, one of which bloomed on September 12, 2022.

Rafflesia Arnoldii was designated as a national rare flower based on Presidential Decree Number 4 of 1993.

The gigantic flower is on the IUCN Red List of threatened species and is included in the list of protected plants based on Government Regulation No. 4 of 1999.

It is a species of flowering plant in the parasitic genus Rafflesia, known for its largest individual flower that produces strong and unpleasant odor of decaying flesh.

Related news: Rafflesia flower spotted in glorious bloom in Seblat Eco-Tourism Park

Rafflesia arnoldii R. Br. was first discovered in 1818 in the Sumatran forest by a guide, who worked for a British surgeon Dr Joseph Arnold during an expedition run by Thomas

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