The best part of attending a plant society show and sale is the unusual plants that can be found. There may be plenty of not-so-unusual plants, but there are always the plants you won’t find anywhere else. Plant society members are collectors and have propagated their plants for the sale.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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