A Caution in the Age of COVID-19
March 14, 2020 – 9:39 pm | Comments Off on A Caution in the Age of COVID-19

Many events that draw crowds have been postponed or cancelled.
If you’re planning to travel to a flower or garden event, check with the organizers to see that it’s still happening.
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Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights in Tennessee
November 20, 2020 – 7:27 pm | Comments Off on Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights in Tennessee

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, TennesseeThe sixth annual Holiday Lights festival opened today at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, and will run through January 10, 2021. Featuring more than a million lights throughout the gardens, the carefully planned course offers holiday experiences designed to appeal to all ages.

New this year, Cheekwood has partnered with the Nashville Ballet to present a collection of traditional and non-traditional nutcrackers and costumes from Nashville’s Nutcracker throughout its Historic Mansion and Museum. The exhibit will tell the traditional holiday story through vignettes across Cheekwood’s period rooms.

Also new this year, Holiday Lights will be presented alongside the works of artist Dale Chihuly with Chihuly at Cheekwood, offering a new and unique experience to this year’s display.

Cheekwood has activated its new Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden as Children’s Wonderland, featuring an outdoor display of custom-made LED trees with programmed lights. The estate and gardens will also bring back community favorites like real reindeer, a seasonal trains display, a poinsettia tree, and s’mores stations.

“With a new design of more than a million lights, this year’s display is sure to dazzle our guests,” said Peter Grimaldi, vice president of gardens and facilities for Cheekwood. “Our team has worked tirelessly to prepare a lights experience designed specifically to complement Cheekwood’s sprawling landscapes and new elements, and we can’t wait to welcome new and returning visitors to enjoy it.”

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, TennesseeHoliday Lights is open seven nights a week and requires timed tickets that must be purchased online prior to visiting. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, capacity will be limited. Holiday Lights is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Cheekwood is continuing its annual Late Night Lights offer, where guests arriving at 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. receive a discounted rate on Monday through Thursday nights.

Cheekwood is considered one of the finest American Country Place Era estates in the nation. Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, the 1930s estate, with its Georgian mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas, serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum, and museum with historic rooms and art galleries, showcasing works from its 7,000 permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions. The property includes 12 distinct gardens and a mile-long woodland trail featuring modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture.

Cheekwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located eight miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Daily hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

(Photos courtesy of Cheekwood Estate and Gardens)

Wind Sculptures in Ohio’s Dawes Arboretum
October 5, 2020 – 8:05 am | Comments Off on Wind Sculptures in Ohio’s Dawes Arboretum
Wind Sculptures in Ohio’s Dawes Arboretum

“Wind Sculptures by Lyman Whitaker” are on display throughout the grounds of Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Road SE, Licking Township, Newark, Ohio, through December 15, 2020.
Many of the metal sculptures are inspired by nature, …

Super Nature Artists at Garden Museum in London
September 30, 2020 – 8:15 am | Comments Off on Super Nature Artists at Garden Museum in London
Super Nature Artists at Garden Museum in London

For Road Trips Gardeners able to get to the United Kingdom this month, “Super Nature” will be open for just one weekend — October 9 through 11, 2020, at the Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace …

Bonsai on Display at Indy’s White River Gardens
September 28, 2020 – 8:44 am | Comments Off on Bonsai on Display at Indy’s White River Gardens
Bonsai on Display at Indy’s White River Gardens

Bonsai is the ancient study of transforming trees into living artworks. This fall, visitors can appreciate their intricate beauty up close with the botanical exhibit, Bonsai, in the Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens in …

Raleigh’s Juniper Level Botanic Garden
September 3, 2020 – 8:44 am | Comments Off on Raleigh’s Juniper Level Botanic Garden
Raleigh’s Juniper Level Botanic Garden

Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a $7.5 million gift to North Carolina State University, will open two weekends in September at 9241 Sauls Road, Raleigh, North Carolina, for public viewing and plant purchases. These are the …

Why is Testing for Soil Microbes Important?
August 16, 2020 – 8:15 am | Comments Off on Why is Testing for Soil Microbes Important?
Why is Testing for Soil Microbes Important?

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
By Soil Science Society of America
Soil microbes like bacteria, fungi and actinomycetes are important for many reasons. The Soil Science Society of America’s (SSSA) Soils Matter Blog for August …

A Japanese Garden Might be the Escape You Need
August 10, 2020 – 7:59 am | Comments Off on A Japanese Garden Might be the Escape You Need
A Japanese Garden Might be the Escape You Need

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From Portland Japanese Garden
With months of quarantine, travel restrictions, and a new way of living, it’s no wonder we’re all looking for ways to cope in the age of …

Grow History: All-America Selections Winners
August 9, 2020 – 8:34 am | Comments Off on Grow History: All-America Selections Winners
Grow History: All-America Selections Winners

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By Mark Dwyers
Landscape Prescriptions by MD
When I was the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin, we enjoyed our relationship with All-America Selections (AAS), and we …

Did You Receive a Strange Mailing from China?
July 28, 2020 – 7:16 pm | Comments Off on Did You Receive a Strange Mailing from China?
Did You Receive a Strange Mailing from China?

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By Kay Ledbetter
Texas A&M University
Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. U.S. Department of Agriculture …

“The Artist’s Garden” – secret spaces inspiring art
June 19, 2020 – 9:12 pm | Comments Off on “The Artist’s Garden” – secret spaces inspiring art
“The Artist’s Garden” – secret spaces inspiring art

Road Trips Gardeners no doubt know that some of the greatest painters in history were inspired by their gardens. Having a garden close to one’s home or studio is not only convenient for daily material …

Flower(s) of the Day: Edinburgh, Scotland
June 6, 2020 – 8:22 am | Comments Off on Flower(s) of the Day: Edinburgh, Scotland
Flower(s) of the Day: Edinburgh, Scotland

Thinking about trip I made to Scotland a few years ago.
Wandering the downtown streets turned up multitudes of flowers in window boxes and planters.
Today’s photos are a small sampling from that trip in September 2013.
(Photos …