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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  • April 22, 2023

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

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Five hidden gardens to discover in Paris

  • April 10, 2023
Installation in the park of the Cité Internationale Universitaire, in Paris.

Designed for teaching, resting or discovery, surprising or exceptional gardens are hidden in unsuspected places in and around the French capital. Five of these gardens are an invitation to go green.

The gardeners’ garden

The pond of l’Ecole Du Breuil, in the Bois de Vincennes.

Located just a few strides from l’Hippodrome du Bois de Vincennes, l’Ecole Du Breuil – which trains gardeners for the City of Paris – is widely open to the public. Labeled “Remarkable Garden” – a label awarded by the Culture Ministry – its garden is an exceptional botanical collection with its counterpart, l’Arboretum de Paris. Originally located near the Lac Daumesnil during the development of the woods commissioned by Napoleon III, the school moved to its current location in 1936. It owes its name to the professor of arboriculture who was its first director and continues the educational mission of its origins by adapting it to the new climatic or living preservation constraints.

The visitor can discover the didactic spaces (a market garden, a practical work area or shared gardens) dedicated to students, a trellised orchard, an open-air orchard where the greenhouses can only be glimpsed, but it is above all the collection of perennial plants in flowerbeds or the rose garden that catch the eye in season. A pond, a rock garden recreating different environments or the surroundings of a large basin with aquatic plants are all spaces that are conducive to wandering and discovery. A row of climbing plants mounted on metal supports leads to the fruticetum, a collection of shrubs grouped according to their color or blooming period.

l’Ecole Du Breuil, entrance on Route de la Pyramide, in front of

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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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Botanical Gardens announces re-opening of Butterfly House

  • March 29, 2023

The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens will soon re-open its “Wings of Wonder” seasonal butterfly house at the 47-acre garden. Beginning April 1, visitors can visit the 1800-square-foot screened structure to see and learn about native butterflies and their life cycle.

“To our knowledge, there are only two other large seasonal Butterfly Houses in Alabama, in Huntsville and Birmingham, so this is a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to the Wiregrass Region,” said William Holman, Gardens Director. “When you enter, you will be surrounded by approximately 500 native butterflies. Visitors with a sharp eye will be able to observe adult butterflies emerge from their chrysalis, lay eggs, or watch young caterpillars feed on their host plants,” he added.

The unique structure will be open “seasonally” from April 1 until Oct. 31 and will follow the season and natural life cycle when butterflies are most active in the Wiregrass Region.

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Butterflies play an important role in pollination and scientist have determined that one out of every three bites of food is made possible thanks to the wind, water, and other pollinators like bees, bats, birds, beetles, and other small critters. They also help sustain our ecosystem and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce.

“Wings of Wonder” will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and from 1 until 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Admission is timed, with hourly tickets available at the garden entrance. “We are trying to reserve a few mornings a week for groups and area schools,” Holman said. “Groups and schools can submit a Field Trip Request Form to reserve a time and date on those mornings,” he added.

Admission to “Wings of Wonder” is $3 per person, in addition to the regular entrance fee

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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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San Antonio Botanical Garden announces VIP night for upcoming Lightscape installation

  • October 18, 2022

SAN ANTONIO – The immersive holiday light display Lightscape will return to the San Antonio Botanical Garden this November.

Lightscape will run from Nov. 11 through Jan. 8, 2023 and officials with the garden announced a special VIP nightlightscape-vip-night/”set for Nov. 19.

Tickets are $150 for adults, $125 for members and $75 for children 18 and younger.

VIP tickets include access to the San Antonio Botanical Garden and admission to Lightscape from 6-8:30 p.m.

Complimentary food and beverages will also be available.

Lightscape at San Antonio Botanical Garden. (KSAT 12)

On-site parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rideshare is encouraged.

The offsite location for parking is the University of the Incarnate Word Founders Hall parking lots and garage. Shuttles are expected to arrive every 10-15 minutes.

Officials with the Botanical Garden said the popular towering cathedral arch tunnel with 100,000 lights will return, along with reimagined installations.

“In its second year, the outdoor illuminated trail includes stunning new installations in addition to well-loved favorites set to seasonal music along a 1-mile path that winds through the Garden,” according to the website.

There will be a fire garden and a “more spectacular” display of bluebonnets, which is an installation unique to Texas.

More than 80% of this year’s trail will feature installations that haven’t been seen in San Antonio, officials said.

Tickets for the remaining dates are already on sale.


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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sees 4,500 visitors on Labor Day as summer nears end

  • October 13, 2022

With the summer coming to an end, thousands of people in the Richmond area spent Monday enjoying the outdoors and venues with friends and family for the Labor Day holiday.

“Today is park day,” said Erika Rivers as she, her husband, Keith, and 8-year-old daughter Keirra waited to enter the butterfly exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. “We started at Libby Hill Park, then went to lunch and, now, we’re here.”

Keith Rivers said the family chose to visit the garden Monday as it was offering free entry to visitors as part of the Genworth Free Community Day observance. He said they had visited before and were eager to see how things have changed in the butterfly exhibit since then.

“There’s a lot of flora,” he said as he took out his phone to show photos of flowers he had taken during their visit. “I don’t know what they are, but they’re pretty.”

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Elsewhere at the garden, longtime friends Cathy Thompson and Victor Pone were also trying to identify a blue flower that seemed to resemble a daisy. They sought out someone on staff who could tell them.

Speaking to a news reporter instead, they talked about how they both hadn’t visited the botanical garden in many years, but thought it would make for a nice holiday outing and an opportunity to find inspiration for their respective gardens at home.

“I love the outdoors,” said Pone, who has a large garden and pond in his backyard with approximately 300 koi fish. “I like to get ideas of what things grow and bloom at this time of year.”

Thompson said she was also thinking about her own garden beds, and was particularly taken with white and green caladium flowers nearby.

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