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

bee 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 miles of native perennial wildflower beds, with mowed paths between each bed. There will also be at least twenty acres of pick-your-own commercial berry production, at least ten acres of sunflowers, a large vegetable garden, a large herb garden, hundreds of Muscadine grapevines, and all kinds of other native trees, shrubs, and vines.

Centrally located between Charlotte to the east, Atlanta to the west, and Charleston to the south, the park will also welcome overnight guests with campsites, RV hook-ups, and (possibly) a few glamping sites as well. There are currently two ponds on the properties. There are also plans for a nature center, complete with a gift shop.

The park is located in a dark sky location, so night sky observations will take place at least once per month. The park will have a telescope on site, but visitors will be welcome to bring their own equipment as well.

The long-term goal is for the entire park to be totally off-grid, with zero fuels burned on the property. Eventually all vehicles and equipment will be electric, and there will be a large display of assorted models of solar space heaters, solar water heaters, solar ovens, and many other solar heat-activated devices. We will also implement rainwater harvesting, with bio-sand water filtration and solar sterilization.

All wildlife, plants, and animals observed on the Pollinator Park property will be photographed and recorded on iNaturalist. We will also encourage wildlife conservation research and environmental research at the Pollinator Park.

The first native wildflowers will begin blooming this summer (2021), and there will be butterfly and pollinator-attracting native wildflowers in bloom beginning in late September, and continuing through October. Pick-your-own berry production will begin in 2022, and include acres of Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, and Muscadine Grapes.

(Photos courtesy of Pollinator Park)

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 …

Blessing of the Blossoms This Weekend
May 14, 2021 – 8:03 am | Comments Off on Blessing of the Blossoms This Weekend
Blessing of the Blossoms This Weekend

This year’s Blessing of the Blossoms will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday (May 16, 2021), at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 12675 Center Road, Traverse City, Michigan — on the Old Mission Peninsula.
The event …

Sunbelt Ag Expo Returns in October
May 12, 2021 – 8:53 am | Comments Off on Sunbelt Ag Expo Returns in October
Sunbelt Ag Expo Returns in October

Sunbelt Ag Expo, The agricultural-based trade show, will be held on Oct. 19, 20, and 21, 2021, at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Called “North …

Canada’s Tulip Festival is Virtual This Year
May 10, 2021 – 8:51 am | Comments Off on Canada’s Tulip Festival is Virtual This Year
Canada’s Tulip Festival is Virtual This Year

Yes, Road Trips Gardeners, the pandemic has altered the Canadian Tulip Festival. Unfortunately for all of us, travel is discouraged at this time (and US residents can’t cross the border anyway).
Fans of the festival are …

Flower of the Day: Orange Roses
May 8, 2021 – 8:33 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Orange Roses
Flower of the Day: Orange Roses

Pretty light orange roses contrast with dark green leaves for a restaurant table floral display in Cebu, Philippines, in 2007.
(Photo ©2007 by Susan McKee)

It’s Lilac Time in Lombard
May 7, 2021 – 10:15 pm | Comments Off on It’s Lilac Time in Lombard
It’s Lilac Time in Lombard

Lilac Time is well underway in Lombard, Illinois. It opened May 1, 2021, in the Chicago suburb, and continues through May 16, 2021, in Lilacia Park, 150 South Park Avenue, Lombard.
Lilacia Park tours are given …

“Curious Caterpillars” in Rotary Botanical Gardens
May 5, 2021 – 8:31 am | Comments Off on “Curious Caterpillars” in Rotary Botanical Gardens
“Curious Caterpillars” in Rotary Botanical Gardens

“Curious Caterpillars”, a garden art exhibit, is on display in the Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, Wisconsin, through mid-September.
This year’s exhibit is handcrafted wooden caterpillars built by RBG volunteers then painted and embellished …

Lilac Festival in Rochester, New York
May 3, 2021 – 8:53 am | Comments Off on Lilac Festival in Rochester, New York
Lilac Festival in Rochester, New York

The 123rd edition of the Lilac Festival in Rochester, New York, takes place three weekends in May in Highland Park.
The dates are May 7-9, May 14-16, and May 21-23, 2021. Hours each day are 10:30 …

Flower of the Day: Altria Hotel Arrangement
May 1, 2021 – 8:28 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Altria Hotel Arrangement
Flower of the Day: Altria Hotel Arrangement

Not sure what these flowers are, but their hue certainly is enhanced by the red glass vases (and the red book) in the lobby of the Altria Hotel in Macau.
(Photo by Susan McKee)

Macy’s Flower Show in New York City
April 30, 2021 – 8:12 am | Comments Off on Macy’s Flower Show in New York City
Macy’s Flower Show in New York City

A Flower Show is set for Sunday (May 2, 2021) through May 16, 2021, in Macy’s flagship store in New York. It’s open during regular store hours, and admission is free.
This year’s theme is “A …