Travel

Greenhouses, British Style

Ah, those English and their Gardens! I subscribe to a magazine titled just that: The English Garden.  One of the best things about it is the advertisements for Greenhouses. And these aren’t just any little greenhouse kits.  No.  Rather, they are unique unto themselves. Their version of “simple” is still more detailed than our utilitarian …

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Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

A real gem: the smallest Botanical Garden that I’m aware of is in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Seasonally it changes, with an additional “show” in winter celebrating the Chinese New Year.  But it’s this recent Summer show that I’m highlighting here: Italy (with a nod to the Amafi Coast and their prolific growth …

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Up, Up, & Away: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Going, going, and gone. But if you have next year’s calendar, merely mark sometime during the first two weeks of October.  And then GO SEE IT! The Special Shapes balloons are the crowd pleasers, with reason. But ALL the balloons are impressively large and colorful.  One year I saw over 800 balloons, en mass. But …

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Japanese Maples

While watching a “Growing a Greener World” episode (PBS) recently I learned a great deal about Japanese Maples. Here’s the deal… The host, Joe Lamp’l, took us to Gibbs Gardens, 1 hour north of Atlanta. Sure, I had known of Calloway Gardens there, but Gibbs Gardens? An alliteration-like play on words? Nope. It’s a place. …

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Bees, bugs, ants, and termites: a below ground eye view

Albuquerque Botanical Gardens has an absolutely stunning feature: their children’s garden. A huge dragon covered in moss like foliage welcomes kids, and then a winding path leads them down, as in under ground, where like ants, they explore a veggie garden. More……… Farmer McGregor’s carrot patch was a favorite rabbit hangout. But here, it’s ants …

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