EcoTulips Organic Tulip Festival

March 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

Just got back from EcoTulips Organic Tulip Festival. This cute little farm is the only certified organic bulb supplier in the U.S, being organic limits negative impact on the surrounding environment and helps the bees. During the festival you can pick your own tulips for a dollar a stem, and visit the farm. If you are in the central Virginia area, it is certainly worth the trip, you have the rest of this weekend and next weekend to go. You can also stop by during the week and pick bulbs on the honor system. You will want to get out there in the next two weeks though as the unseasonably warm weather has pushed up the tulips early and they are in peak bloom now! IF you can’t make it to the farm EcoTulips are available in many of Whole Foods stores throughout the mid atlantic.

Cool Places: Pacific Science Museum Butterfly House

March 30, 2012 Comments Off on Cool Places: Pacific Science Museum Butterfly House

This is my second to last post on my Seattle trip! The Pacific  Science Center was pretty much a let down for me because I am neither a child or have children. However they do have a laser show there (which I didn’t get to see) and an awesome tropical butterfly room two things which might make it worth visiting. It was honestly one the most amazing things I have ever seen. The room is pretty small and there are just so many butterflies, and so many bright colors, and who doesn’t enjoy something bright and shiny, really?

 

 

 

Using Library of Congress for Historical Garden Inspiration

March 30, 2012 Comments Off on Using Library of Congress for Historical Garden Inspiration

The Library of Congress is the cornucopia for information geeks. My favorite  thing is their extensive photo library, which is in large part online. It just so happens that within that  they  have a wealth of garden photos to pull inspiration from going into the weekend. If you hold your mouse over the photo, it will give you the photo title, so you can search the LOC website for more information. Have a great weekend!

1.  Historic American Buildings Survey Frank O. Branzetti, Photographer June 20, 1940 (a) EXT. - VIEW OF GARDEN, LOOKING NORTHEAST - Austin D. Kilham Place, 8 Thorndike Street, Beverly, Essex County, MA

Seventy-one years, or, My life with photography. Indoor French garden, Duke Gardens Foundation, Jan. 29, 1967

Bartram's Garden, America's oldest botanical garden in west Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Garden of the Grinnan Villa in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana

["Gray Gardens," Robert Carmer Hill house, Lily Pond Lane, East Hampton, N.Y. Northeast gate to garden]

Garden statue at Shadows-on-the-Teche, a historic house and garden, New Iberia, Louisiana

Williamsburg, Virginia. Garden with yellow tulips II, against print shop

14.  Historic American Buildings Survey Alex Bush, Photographer, August 5, 1935 VIEW IN NEW GARDEN, TOWARD EAST - General Joseph Wheeler House (Later House), State Highway 20, Wheeler, Lawrence County, AL

15.  Historic American Buildings Survey Alex Bush, Photographer, August 5, 1935 VIEW IN NEW GARDEN, TOWARD NORTH WEST - General Joseph Wheeler House (Later House), State Highway 20, Wheeler, Lawrence County, AL

Hats for the Garden(and Everywhere Else)

March 29, 2012 § 3 Comments

Believe or not I hate the sun, if there was a way to  permanently wear sunscreen, I would do it. This is why I am a sucker for a hat  especially when I’m gardening or  outdoors for a long time. There is nothing worse than a facial sunburn! One note, many these provide some barrier protection but if you are  really worried make sure to buy a hat with a UPF rating.

Braided Sheen Hat from Anthropologie

Daliance Sun Hat from Anthropologie

Just for Sun at Mod Cloth

Two Tone Straw Hat from J. Crew

Ribbon Braid Big Braid from Hats in the Belfry (this one has a UPF50+)

Protection Collection Dawn - Ribbon Braid Big Brim

Beyond the Gardens: The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

March 27, 2012 Comments Off on Beyond the Gardens: The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

A glimpse inside the Millenium Seed Bank Partnership in Kew Gardens Surrey. It is home to 10% of the world’s plant diversity. If you like this you should also check out this video on the work mycologist are doing to preserve fungi. Fungi helps plants absorb nutrients so it’s important!

Cool Places: Seattle Japanese Garden

March 27, 2012 Comments Off on Cool Places: Seattle Japanese Garden

If Seattle couldn’t get any cooler they have a Japanese Garden, that is maintained by the parks and Rec department no less. The garden was designed and installed in the 60’s and some of the large specimens they have there are quite a site to see. These photos didn’t come out as well as I would have liked, so perhaps I can use that to justify another trip.

Andrew Millner Nature Inspired Artwork

March 26, 2012 Comments Off on Andrew Millner Nature Inspired Artwork

I found a draft of this post from over a year ago(for shame!) with only a link. Andrew Millner is a St. Louis artist who does a wonderful assortment of  large nature and plant inspired work. I imagine they would look lovely on a huge wall by themselves.  You can go to his site to blow up and “explore” the prints.

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