Without Bugs, There are No Gardens
July 28, 2022 – 8:35 pm | Comments Off on Without Bugs, There are No Gardens

If you want to make your garden “buzz” with bees and bugs, consider wildlife gardening.
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Ikebana Workshops in Rockford, Illinois
January 25, 2023 – 7:21 pm | Comments Off on Ikebana Workshops in Rockford, Illinois

Ikebana at Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford, IllinoisA series of Ikebana workshops takes place next month in the Visitors Center at Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, Illinois.

Dates are 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. February 10, 2023, 9 a.m. February 18, 2023, and 1:30 p.m. March 11, 2023. Cost is $45, including flower materials.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Reiko TakahashiLeading the workshops in this ancient and modern art form is Reiko Takahashi, an Ikenobo-certified ikebana instructor. She has studied ikebana since 2001 under Professor Emeritus Kimiko Gunji at the College of Art and Design, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She teaches a monthly workshop in Chicago, and has demonstrated and exhibited her ikebana at various venues and events.

Ikebana, also known as the flower way (kado), developed alongside the tea ceremony (chado) with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan. The Ikenobo school of ikebana began more than 550 years ago, and is still flourishing today. Through the flower way – carefully observing how plants grow and arranging ikebana – we make discoveries about nature, others, and ourselves.

(Photos courtesy of Anderson Japanese Gardens)

Flower Fields of Carlsbad, California, Ready to Bloom
January 23, 2023 – 12:04 am | Comments Off on Flower Fields of Carlsbad, California, Ready to Bloom
Flower Fields of Carlsbad, California, Ready to Bloom

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For more than sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the country’s most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color …

Monarch Butterflies in Michoacan, Mexico
January 20, 2023 – 3:15 am | Comments Off on Monarch Butterflies in Michoacan, Mexico
Monarch Butterflies in Michoacan, Mexico

The oyamel fir trees of central Mexico (in and around Michoacan) are cloaked in orange as millions of monarch butterflies roost over winter – an extraordinary spectacle.
The monarch butterflies arrived late this year, delayed …

Christmas Lights at England’s Leeds Castle
November 14, 2022 – 8:58 am | Comments Off on Christmas Lights at England’s Leeds Castle
Christmas Lights at England’s Leeds Castle

Christmas Lights will be turned on at Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom, from November 25, 2022, through January 1, 2023.
There will be more than a million lights plus lasers and seasonal soundtracks in play …

Holidays at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
November 11, 2022 – 8:21 am | Comments Off on Holidays at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Holidays at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Winter will glisten with dazzling lights, sparkling fountains, and holiday décor during Holidays at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, North Carolina (about 13 miles west of Charlotte).
Gather with …

LuminoCity Festival in Nassau County, New York
November 9, 2022 – 5:26 pm | Comments Off on LuminoCity Festival in Nassau County, New York
LuminoCity Festival in Nassau County, New York

Gardens are a bit forlorn this time of year. That’s when light shows arrive to provide color. Starting today (November 9, 2022) and running through January 8, 2023 (only Wednesdays through Sundays), an Immersive World …

Holiday Light Show at Rotary Gardens in Janesville
October 31, 2022 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off on Holiday Light Show at Rotary Gardens in Janesville
Holiday Light Show at Rotary Gardens in Janesville

A Holiday Light Show illuminates the Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, Wisconsin, each year.
This annual holiday event is a seasonal escape into a winter wonderland of more than one million twinkling lights and …

Belgium’s Meise Botanic Garden
October 20, 2022 – 10:10 pm | Comments Off on Belgium’s Meise Botanic Garden
Belgium’s Meise Botanic Garden

The new Island Garden at Meise Botanic Garden, located just outside of Brussels, was opened to the public September 21, 2022. Formed by a group of islands with various orientations and levels, the new garden …

Keukenhof Gardeners Plant Flower Bulbs
October 6, 2022 – 12:59 pm | Comments Off on Keukenhof Gardeners Plant Flower Bulbs
Keukenhof Gardeners Plant Flower Bulbs

Today (October 6, 2022), the gardeners at Keukenhof in the Netherlands planted the first flower bulbs. This signalled the start of preparations for the 2023 season.
Over the coming three months, seven million flower bulbs will …

Flower of the Day: Pink Catchfly
September 17, 2022 – 8:33 pm | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Pink Catchfly
Flower of the Day: Pink Catchfly

Charming pink Catchfly flowers (and a handful of white) fill exuberantly tiered planters along a downtown street in Tirana, Albania, in May 2022.
Lychnis (Lychnis Viscaria Splendens Rosett) is a lower growing form of …

Colors of Autumn: Chrysanthemums at Meijer Gardens
September 1, 2022 – 12:06 am | Comments Off on Colors of Autumn: Chrysanthemums at Meijer Gardens
Colors of Autumn: Chrysanthemums at Meijer Gardens

Celebrating its 24th year at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, “Chrysanthemums & More!” features the element of surprise created by fall plantings used in uncommon color …