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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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

Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
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 COVID-19.

Getting away to a Japanese garden like Portland Japanese Garden might be just the answer you need.

  • Experience another country without taking a flight – Transport yourself to Japan by visiting a Japanese garden to see an authentic tea house and hear the distant clunk of a bamboo shishi odoshi, or deer chaser.
  • Being outside is healthy – There’s increasing evidence that being outside is the safest way to get out of the house while staying healthy and socially distanced.
  • It will be your most popular Instagram post – With the picturesque bridges, meandering paths, and photogenic Koi fish, it’s hard to take a bad photo at a Japanese garden. Your followers will thank you for not posting another photo of your #dinnerathome.
  • Water Under the Bridge – One day we can say that about 2020. But for now, walking over bridges helps the mind and body move forward.
  • Zig Zag Bridges Offer Different Perspectives – Life looks different when you turn a corner and look from another perspective.
  • Japanese gardens are designed for every season – So no matter when you go, it’s always looking its best.
  • Embracing Wabi Sabi – This Japanese concept of seeing the perfection in the imperfection is especially helpful as we’re trying to deal with everything from home schooling to home hair coloring.
  • They’re relevant in this age of racial reckoning – Many Japanese gardens, like Portland Japanese Garden, were established in the U.S. after World War II as a way for two cultures to come together on common ground. They promote the importance of an open heart, tolerance, and mutual understanding.

Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

Koi fish coexisting in harmony at Portland Japanese Garden. (Photo by Mike Centioli)


Portland (Oregon) Japanese Garden is a nonprofit organization founded in 1963 as a place for cross-cultural understanding following World War II. The Garden is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and the foremost Japanese cultural organization in North America. For information on visiting this garden, go online. Note that Oregon’s governor mandates face coverings in all indoor and outdoor spaces.

Other Japanese gardens in the United States include Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois; Central Washington University Japanese Garden in Ellensburg, Washington; Delaware Park Japanese Garden in Buffalo, New York; Fort Worth Japanese Garden in Fort Worth, Texas, and Wells Japanese Garden in Newberry, South Carolina.

(Photos courtesy of Portland Japanese Garden)

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

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
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?

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
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 …

Dallas Arboretum/Botanical Garden Reopens Today
June 1, 2020 – 8:11 pm | Comments Off on Dallas Arboretum/Botanical Garden Reopens Today
Dallas Arboretum/Botanical Garden Reopens Today

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas, reopens today (1 June 2020).
Advance online timed tickets are now required. Face masks are highly encouraged in the garden, but they are required …

New Stamps Celebrate Ten American Gardens
May 13, 2020 – 8:35 pm | Comments Off on New Stamps Celebrate Ten American Gardens
New Stamps Celebrate Ten American Gardens

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
From the United States Postal Service
The natural beauty of American gardens is being celebrated by the U.S. Postal Service by issuing stamps that feature gardens ranging from botanical …

Butterflies and Insects from Around the World
May 8, 2020 – 8:29 am | Comments Off on Butterflies and Insects from Around the World
Butterflies and Insects from Around the World

Since we’re all “sheltering in place”, here’s another magnificent video to remind us of what awaits us outside.
It’s from a colleague of mine, Melanie Votaw, who’s obviously a skilled photographer.
Enjoy!

A Video Visit to Keukenhof
April 29, 2020 – 8:24 am | Comments Off on A Video Visit to Keukenhof
A Video Visit to Keukenhof

As of March 14, 2020, an emergency regulation of the Dutch government is in force, with the aim to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
It states that meetings with more than 100 people are not …

Frederik Meijer Gardens Celebrates 25 Years Today
April 20, 2020 – 8:17 am | Comments Off on Frederik Meijer Gardens Celebrates 25 Years Today
Frederik Meijer Gardens Celebrates 25 Years Today

April 20, 1995: It’s been a quarter century since the first visitors arrived at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
What started with the dream of Betsy Borre and the West …

Flower of the Day: Violets
April 18, 2020 – 8:49 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Violets
Flower of the Day: Violets

Viola sororia, known as the common blue violet, is a short-stemmed herbaceous perennial plant that is native to eastern North America.
Your Road Trips Gardener has multitudes of violets in bloom in her Central Indiana backyard …