Category : Public Gardens

Conservatory Tile

Conservatory Tile

I was thrilled to receive the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Pewabic tile for Mother’s Day yesterday! If you do not live near the Detroit area, this company may not be familiar to you. Yet, if you have been to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the

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National Orchid Day

National Orchid Day

Today, to celebrate National Orchid Day, I was lucky enough to interview the curator of the orchids for Vizcaya Gardens in Miami, Florida. We visited there in January, and it was gorgeous! Following is my interview with Carol de Biase, the orchid curator. 1. How long have you worked at Vizcaya? I’ve been

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A Bloom To Die For

A Bloom To Die For

I am always amazed by plants. How can such an unattractive (I hesitate to say ugly) plant have such amazingly beautiful flowers? These gorgeous flowers stopped me dead in my tracks in the desert room at the Belle Isle Conservatory yesterday. Everyone there was oohing and ahhing, as well. Who

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What Is That Plant?!

What Is That Plant?!

  In January, my husband and I visited the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. While he sat outside, where he thought it would be cooler, I went into the conservatory. (It really was cooler than outside.) Anyway, I wandered into the 2nd room and was immediately drawn to this plant. Of

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The Gardener’s Show House

The Gardener’s Show House

I loved the conservatory at The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, but my favorite area was the Gardener’s Show House. As I mentioned before, the show house was designed by Elvin McDonald. It was opened in 2007 and I think you will see how special it is. I love the use

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The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

I wrote about traveling to Des Moines to meet Elvin McDonald earlier and now I want to show you the meeting place-The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The garden was a dream in 1929, but the stock market crash the same year put the dream on hold. On hold until it opened

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What Is That Smell?

What Is That Smell?

Something special is going on this week at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle in Detroit.  If you smell it, you may not think it is special, but if you see the crowds it has attracted to the conservatory, you will. Someone loaned the conservatory, very happily I

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Meeting Elvin

Meeting Elvin

I have, for many years, wanted to meet Elvin McDonald. Who is that, you may ask. Yet, if you like houseplants, as I am assuming you do, since you are reading this blog, you have to know who Elvin McDonald is. He has written over 75 books, many of them

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