AAS Winners that Attract Pollinators
July 6, 2018 – 7:22 pm | Comments Off on AAS Winners that Attract Pollinators

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Not sure which types of pollinators you want to host? Flowers like zinnias and verbena attract a wide variety of pollinators.
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Chrysanthemums and More in Michigan
September 21, 2018 – 8:54 am | Comments Off on Chrysanthemums and More in Michigan

Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MichiganThe Chrysanthemums and More exhibition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park,1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, features a celebration of all things fall today through October 28 2018.

This year’s focus will be on “Growing Local”, highlighting the local growers, farms, food, and drink featured at Meijer Gardens.

Look for decorative, spoon, cushion, and quill chrysanthemums, with “pompon” blooms as small as a nickel to showy “spider” blooms measuring six inches or more in diameter.

“Our theme this year is remarkable way to showcase many of the local suppliers that we work with throughout the year who provide us with thousands of colorful chrysanthemums, gourds, pumpkins and other ornamental items,” explained Steve LaWarre, Director of Horticulture.

Upon entering the Seasonal Display Greenhouse, a floor-to-ceiling chrysanthemum display will unfold as a focal point. Presentations of a five-sphere topiary, large disbuds and beds of colorful plantings will complement this feature in the nearby Earl and Donnalee Holton Victorian Garden Parlor.

Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MichiganOutdoors, expansive beds of chrysanthemums will be arranged in large sweeps of color and will be balanced by a variety of ornamental plantings.

Mum Day — October 14 — will give visitors a chance to take a walking tour between 1 and 4 p.m. led by horticulture staff, watch informational demonstrations, and learn more about the chrysanthemum.

The Balk Café will feature daily dinner specials on Tuesday evenings, with seasonal ingredients coming from Meijer Gardens’ own Michigan’s Farm Garden.

The 158-acre main campus of the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park features Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater.

(Photos courtesy of Frederik Meijer Gardens)

Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie
September 19, 2018 – 8:11 am | Comments Off on Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie

“Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie” will be on display in the library of the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois, from October 19, 2018, through January 13, 2019.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was …

Orchid Show at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
September 17, 2018 – 8:39 am | Comments Off on Orchid Show at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Orchid Show at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Orchid shows get an early start to the season at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville, Florida. While most are held in winter, theirs is scheduled for October.
From 9 a.m. to …

Fall Bulb Festival at Chicago Botanic Garden
September 14, 2018 – 8:09 am | Comments Off on Fall Bulb Festival at Chicago Botanic Garden
Fall Bulb Festival at Chicago Botanic Garden

OK, so it’s not even autumn but some Road Trips Gardeners are thinking spring — spring flowering bulbs, that is.
There’s a Fall Bulb Festival October 5, 6 and 7, 2018, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, …

Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair
September 12, 2018 – 8:10 am | Comments Off on Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair
Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair

Celebrate herbs at the 73rd annual Herb Fair set for October 13, 2018, at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year the Western Reserve Herb …

Los Angeles and Its River
September 10, 2018 – 8:10 am | No Comment
Los Angeles and Its River

La Reina de Los Ángeles will present a discussion of our current relationship with water, using the Los Angeles River as an entry point. Through contemporary art works, documentary films, historic materials and special programming, …

Flower of the Day: Zinnias
September 8, 2018 – 8:14 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Zinnias
Flower of the Day: Zinnias

In a final burst of summer glory, a bed of zinnias bloom at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
These flowers were captured on the last day of August 2018.
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Fall Plant Sale Today in Janesville, Wisconsin
September 7, 2018 – 8:10 am | Comments Off on Fall Plant Sale Today in Janesville, Wisconsin
Fall Plant Sale Today in Janesville, Wisconsin

If you’re in southern Wisconsin, Road Trips Gardeners, you’re in luck. The annual fall plant sale at Horticulture Center of the Rotary Botanical Gardens, 825 Sharon Road, Janesville, Wisconsin, is open to the public today …

Scots Influences on the Early Gardens of New York
September 5, 2018 – 8:25 am | Comments Off on Scots Influences on the Early Gardens of New York
Scots Influences on the Early Gardens of New York

There’s a trans-Atlantic mix for an upcoming presentation by the American Scottish Foundation (ASF), the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, and the Burns Society of New York.
Both “Historic Scottish Gardens” and “Scots Influences on …

Butterfly Festival in the Kansas Wetlands
September 3, 2018 – 8:03 am | Comments Off on Butterfly Festival in the Kansas Wetlands
Butterfly Festival in the Kansas Wetlands

All things “butterfly” is the focus of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s annual Butterfly Festival.
From making milkweed seed bombs to tagging monarch butterflies, kids and adults will find plenty to do during the festival set …

New England Carnivorous Plant Show
August 31, 2018 – 8:57 am | Comments Off on New England Carnivorous Plant Show
New England Carnivorous Plant Show

OK, so it’s a niche specialty among Road Trips Gardeners, but — let’s be honest here — who doesn’t admire the chutzpah of a carnivorous plant?
The 15th annual Carnivorous Plant Show hosted by the New …