Sean Kenney’s ‘Nature Connects Made with LEGO Bricks’ exhibit is coming to Houston Botanic Garden

  • September 21, 2022

Sean Kenney’s award-winning exhibition “Nature Connects Made with LEGO Bricks” will be brought to the Houston Botanic Gardens this month.

The exhibit is set to run from Saturday, Sept. 24, to Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, making for six months of enjoyment for nature lovers and LEGO enthusiasts alike.

Nature Connects is an exhibit designed to highlight and illustrate the delicate balance of nature. Kenney’s exhibit seeks to convey that balance of nature and the greater ecosystem through life-size statues of various plants and animals.

Produced by Imagine Exhibitions, an Atlanta-based company, Nature Connects has depicted important topics that Kenney, a New York-based artist, holds dear, from protecting animal habitats, to planting a garden, to using a bike instead of a car, since 2012.

For the Houston Botanic Gardens, this exhibit serves as an opportunity to help people around the city get involved and get in touch with their inner green thumbs, while providing a thorough educational experience.

“I think this is a really exciting exhibition for us to help continue to introduce the garden to families and others that don’t know how much they’re gonna fall in love with this place,” said Houston Botanic Gardens President Claudia Gee Vassar. “The sculptures are really beautiful and whimsical for all of us who love legos, except for when we step on them!.”

Coincidentally, the Botanic Gardens are also celebrating their second anniversary alongside this exhibit, with a very special Family Festival occurring on the exhibit’s opening day, featuring food, games, and various nature activities throughout the garden.

“It’s really fun to be able to celebrate two years,” Vassar said. “I know that we’re all experiencing pandemic time, so it’s on the one hand surprising that it’s been two years, and yet at the same time it feels as though it’s been a

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Summer nature program offered by Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens

  • June 24, 2022

By Jeffrey Allen

Published June 21, 2022 at 12:53 pm

Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens is taking registration for its early-years program for children and caregivers.

Oaks & Acorns Nature Play allows kids aged 2 to 5 to move, create, and discover at the Nature Play Space.

This program is designed to inspire a life-long love of nature and the outdoors.

Participants will explore the natural world together through nature walks, storytelling, imaginative and loose parts play, and hands-on discovery, with all programs modified for safe outdoor interaction. This program takes place entirely outdoors.

The health and safety of participants and staff at RBG is a priority. Families will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening, to be done online at home, each morning of their attendance in an Oaks and Acorns program.

The summer session of the program will run Saturdays, from July 9 to Aug. 20 (skipping July 30) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost for a six-week pass is $100 per child and single session is $18 per child. There are a maximum of 12 children per program and parents are reminded this is not a drop off program, you must stay with your child for the duration of the program

All fees include complimentary admission for 1 parent/caregiver and includes admission to all RBG garden areas for the day.

Pre-registration is required for all early-years programming. If you have any questions about the registration process, call 905-527-1158, ext. 270.

For more information or to register, visit the play/”RBG website.

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6 stellar reasons to visit Royal Botanical Gardens this summer

  • June 14, 2022

There’s just something so peaceful about spending a day in nature— experiencing its calm, admiring its beautiful blooms and being amazed by its many wonders. This is especially true when nature comes in the form of an utterly beautiful garden. Lucky for us, one such gorg natural beauty is a quick drive away. We’re talking about Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), of course.

As the largest North American botanic garden, Royal Botanical Gardens spread over 900 hectares of land featuring 2,500 plant species, 400 wildlife species and 27 km of hiking trails.

While its massive size and impressive variety are a good enough lure for us, if you need more reason, we’ve got 6 stellar ones for you. Below are 6 reasons, or 6 amazing things to do, at RBG that make it a perfect summer day trip destination.

Find the invisible among the blooms

A couple of years ago, RBG introed a whole new experience to its existing plethora of offerings, the See the Invisible exhibit. This augmented reality exhibition lets you see 13 larger-than-life, moving artworks by several renowned international artists. This includes names like Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol and El Anatsui. To revel in this immersive experience, all you have to do is download the RBG app on your smartphone or tablet. And it’s included in the general admission.

Learn about Indigenous culture through plants

Yes, it is possible! If you follow the Anishinaabe Waadiziwin Trail you can explore the many plants used for sustenance, medicine and trade. For example, you’ll find how Indigenous people used native plants such as Black Walnut and Highbush Cranberry to treat everything from leg cramps to uterine cramps.

Bring in some romance

Is there something more romantic than strolling hand-in-hand through fresh blooms and then grabbing a scrumptious lunch

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