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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Orchid Shows Brighten the Winter
February 1, 2023 – 12:03 am | Comments Off on Orchid Shows Brighten the Winter

Orchid, Susquehanna, PennsylvaniaIf it’s February it must be the time for orchid shows. The wild tropical plant that’s become a reliable greenhouse bloomer brightens the days as the countdown to spring continues.

Orchidaceae, the Orchid family, is a diverse group of flowering plants belonging to the Liliopsida class. Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids are one of the largest families of flowering plants.

In fact, with more than 28,000 species, there are more orchids on the planet than mammals and birds
The first weekend is packed with orchid shows, from Missouri to Florida.

The Orchid Show is underway for the first time in three years at the Emerson Conservatory of the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri. It continues through February 26.

Orchids are on display at through February 13 at Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, California.

The Susquehanna Orchid Society’s “For the Love of Orchids” will be held February 3 through 5 in the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory at Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road, Hershey, Pennsylvania. More than 1,000 orchids representing dozens of varieties will be on display, including rare species and unique hybrids. Daily orchid show tours and informational sessions will take place in the exhibition and Garden Cottage. Don’t miss the orchids on display in the Butterfly Atrium!

The 24th annual Deep Cut Orchid Society Show runs February 3 through 5 in the Dearborn Market, 2170 Route 35 South, Holmdel, New Jersey.

Gulf Coast Orchid SocietyThe Mississippi Gulf Coast Orchid Society’s Show and Sale is being held February 3 through 5in the Gautier Convention Center, 2012 Library Lane, Gautier, Mississippi.

The Venice Area Orchid Society Show and Sale will be February 4 and 5 in the Venice Community Center, 326 S Nokomis Avenue, Venice, Florida.

The Greater Cleveland Orchid Society‘s 2023 Orchid Show and Sale takes place February 4 and 5 in the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio.

Orchid Quest, Madison, WisconsinOrchid Growers Guild‘s An “Orchid Quest” is being held by the Orchid Growers Guild February 4 and 5, in the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin.

(Photos courtesy of Susquehanna Orchid Society, Gulf Coast Orchid Society, and Orchid Growers Guild–>

Terra Botanica in Angers, France
January 30, 2023 – 12:45 am | Comments Off on Terra Botanica in Angers, France
Terra Botanica in Angers, France

Terra Botanica, Route d’épinard, Angers, France, said to be the world’s first plant-dedicated theme park, opens for the season March 25, 2023.
The attractions range from the fanciful (a virtual reality tour) to the practical (a …

Japan’s Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival
January 27, 2023 – 12:50 am | Comments Off on Japan’s Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival
Japan’s Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival

More than 650 plum trees blossom in Setagaya’s Hanegi Park between early February and early March for the Plum Blossom Festival.
The first 55 plum trees were planted in Hanegi Park in 1967. Many more …

Ikebana Workshops in Rockford, Illinois
January 25, 2023 – 7:21 pm | Comments Off on Ikebana Workshops in Rockford, Illinois
Ikebana Workshops in Rockford, Illinois

A 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 …

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 …