2021’s Most Romantic Gardens in the U.S.
February 10, 2021 – 11:39 pm | Comments Off on 2021’s Most Romantic Gardens in the U.S.

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
By Brenda Ryan for LawnStarter
What says romance better than a dozen roses? How about thousands of roses, along with lilies, tulips, philodendrons, and every other flower you can imagine.
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Amarillo Botanical Gardens
June 14, 2021 – 8:22 am | Comments Off on Amarillo Botanical Gardens

Japanese Garden, Amarillo Botanical Garden, TexasThere’s something new at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, Amarillo, Texas — a multi-level Japanese Garden overlooking a koi fish pond.

The Botanical Gardens include 4.4 acres of flowers, plants, and trees that accentuate each season.

Summer hours (now through October 1) are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $5 for adults and children 6 and over, and $4 for seniors 60+. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Music in the Gardens summer concerts take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through September 23, 2021; admission is $10.

According to the garden website, it all began in 1929 when a group of women banded together to create the first garden club of Amarillo. They set out to prove gardening was possible in the challenging high plains of Texas. The environment and soil of the local area tested their knowledge as they sought out plants that could survive drought, windy conditions, and extensive sun. Soil amending was mandatory to loosen heavy soils and improve pH. After many years, they started tackling numerous city beautification projects.

By 1945, 125 members belonged to the Amarillo Garden Club. With varied interests and goals, the group divided into 13 garden clubs and societies over the next 10 years. Amarillo Botanical Garden, Texas

In 1954, under the direction of Vera Deason, the Garden Center was formed in Memorial Park as a home to the various garden clubs and their activities. Later, around 1960, a new home for the Garden Center was sought that provided more space for test gardens and the addition of classes for the handicapped. Then in 1968, after years of fundraising, the new Garden Center was dedicated at the current location in the Medical Center Park.

The garden clubs and other volunteers tackled amending and preparing the soil for landscaping. They made thousands of cuttings to fill the gardens, started seeds, and also brought plants from their homes to fill the new sizeable Garden Center spaces.

Jane Meyers guided the clubs and volunteers giving vision to the gardens as Director from 1979 to 1992. Jackie Wilson, as Executive Director from 1992-2007, guided the transition from Garden Center into the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. Under her purvie, the original buildings were expanded, the Mary E. Bivins Tropical Conservatory was built, and new programs such as the summer Music in the Gardens began.

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens are located in Amarillo’s sprawling medical complex on the Northwest side of town. Amarillo Botanical Garden, Texas

(Photos courtesy of Amarillo Botanical Gardens)

Flower of the Day: Pale Pink Rose
June 12, 2021 – 8:09 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Pale Pink Rose
Flower of the Day: Pale Pink Rose

Roses were in bloom when your Road Trips Gardener visited the Botanic Garden in Prague, Czech Republic, in September 2011.
(Photo ©2011 by Susan McKee)

Flower of the Day: Orange Exotica
June 5, 2021 – 8:46 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Orange Exotica
Flower of the Day: Orange Exotica

Nope: I don’t know what orange blooms are in this vase, but the base seems to be coffee beans!
The artistic arrangement was in the lobby of a fancy hotel in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2005.
(Photo ©2005 …

2021 Southeastern Plant Symposium
June 2, 2021 – 8:36 am | Comments Off on 2021 Southeastern Plant Symposium
2021 Southeastern Plant Symposium

A Rare Plant Auction and seven of the world’s top botanical and horticultural experts are included in the 2021 Southeastern Plant Symposium. The auction is free (registration online), and opens online tomorrow. It runs from …

Flower(s) of the Day: Tropical Bouquet
May 29, 2021 – 8:30 am | Comments Off on Flower(s) of the Day: Tropical Bouquet
Flower(s) of the Day: Tropical Bouquet

A bouquet of colorful tropical flowers (with the vase wrapped in a leaf) on a table in Bully Restaurant, Kosrae, a few years ago.
According to Wikipedia: Kosrae, formerly known as Kusaie or Strong’s Island, …

Wild and Beautiful in San Diego
May 26, 2021 – 8:36 am | Comments Off on Wild and Beautiful in San Diego
Wild and Beautiful in San Diego

“Wild and Beautiful“, a sculpture exhibit presented in partnership with the Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance, continues through August 1, 2021, at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, California.
Inspired by …

Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop!
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Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop!

“Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop!” continues through June 27, 2021, at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound Street,
Sarasota, Florida.
This exhibition showcases the legendary Pop artist’s screen prints based on Claude Monet’s paintings of …

Flowers of the Day: Rose Bouquet in Yarra Valley
May 22, 2021 – 8:18 am | Comments Off on Flowers of the Day: Rose Bouquet in Yarra Valley
Flowers of the Day: Rose Bouquet in Yarra Valley

Many colors of roses brighten an improvised bouquet placed in a white metal pitcher on a table in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia.
(Photo ©2005 by Susan McKee)

Strawberry Hill House and Garden
May 19, 2021 – 8:01 am | Comments Off on Strawberry Hill House and Garden
Strawberry Hill House and Garden

Created by writer Horace Walpole (1717-1797), Strawberry Hill House (known as Britain’s finest example of domestic Georgian Gothic revival architecture) reopened to the public Monday (May 17, 2021) at 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, England.
Strawberry …

Pollinator Park . . . Coming Soon!
May 17, 2021 – 8:08 am | Comments Off on Pollinator Park . . . Coming Soon!
Pollinator Park . . . Coming Soon!

Poln8rs Plus, a non-profit conservation organization, is purchasing 134 acres near Calhoun Falls in Abbeville County, South Carlina to open a first-of-its-kind fully dedicated Pollinator Park.
When completed, this agri-tourism attraction will feature 20 …

Flowers of the Day: Tropical Blooms
May 15, 2021 – 8:27 am | Comments Off on Flowers of the Day: Tropical Blooms
Flowers of the Day: Tropical Blooms

Singapore’s Changi Airport is known for its lavish amenities, including a cactus garden, canopy park, and waterfall. Some of its attractions (the butterfly garden and the sunflower garden, for example) are closed due to the …