Thursday, February 26, 2015

Barton Warnock Center

Today's garden spot is a little bit different from the lush, tropical gardens of Florida that I've been sharing.  Barton Warnock Center, in Lajitas, Texas, serves as the eastern gateway to the Big Bend Ranch State Park.  Set against a stark, southwestern backdrop, it covers two acres, and is filled with plants of the Chihauhaun Desert.  These include native cacti, desert shrubs, and trees.

On the self-guided tour, visitors will learn how geology shaped the cultural heritage of the area - how plants, animals, and humans adapted to the harsh conditions of the desert, and how the plants were used for food, shelter, and medicine by the early inhabitants.

The Center is open daily from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Admission for adults is $5.00.  Children under twelve are admitted free.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Antique Rose Emporium

The Antique Rose Emporium, located in Brenham, Texas, is a great place to visit if you like roses.  The Emporium is the display gardens of a retail nursery that specializes in old roses.  It features a Victorian home with plenty of rose gardens, a cottage garden, an herb garden, a cactus garden, lovely ponds, and a tribute to Queen Mary's garden in London.

The gardens are open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Admission is free, and of course there are roses for sale that you can purchase and take home to create your own rose garden.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is located in Naples, Florida.  Believe it or not, this 170 acre site once used to be a strip mall.  In 1993, eight Naples residents with a dream of creating a world class botanical garden, transformed it into seventy acres of beautiful tropical gardens.  These include a Children's Garden, Brazilian Garden, Caribbean Garden, Florida Garden, and Asian Garden.

There are also 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitat.  Visitors will enjoy orchids, palm trees, and fruit trees, along with two lakes and a large wetland.

The gardens are open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Admission is $14.95 for adults and $9.95 for children.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Located on the shores of Sarasota Bay in Sarasota, Florida, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens cover seven acres and contain fifteen garden areas, including the Bamboo Pavilion, Cacti and Succulent garden, Banyan garden, Hibiscus garden, Tropical Food garden, Children's Rain Forest garden, and Waterfall garden.

The Christine Payne mansion on the grounds, serves as a museum with botanical exhibits. The picturesque gardens are a popular place for weddings, so it's not uncommon to see bridal parties taking pictures there.

The gardens are open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Cost of admission for adults is $19.00, and for children, $6.00.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Monkey Jungle

Today's garden destination is a little bit different.  It's Monkey Jungle, located in Miami, Florida.  This is a place where monkeys run free, and humans are enclosed in walkways.  There are over 400 primates here, most running free on nearly 30 acres. There are a total of 30 species represented, including gibbons, guenons, and spider monkeys.  Besides the monkeys (and you will see them - a troop of Java monkeys will greet you immediately!) , visitors can expect to see Amazonian rain forests and South American plants.

Monkey Jungle is open daily from 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM.  Cost of admission for adults is $29.95, and for children, $23.95.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Located in Delray Beach, Florida, Morikami Park covers 200 acres.  Its mission is to provide authentic Japanese cultural experiences that entertain, educate and inspire. The land was donated by an early Japanese settler, George Sukeji Morikami, and contains tranquil pine forests, nature trails, lakes, waterfalls, and of course Japanese Gardens, complete with Bonsai trees.

In keeping with its mission, classes, festivals, and youth programs all related to the Japanese culture are offered on the grounds and in the museum throughout the year.

The gardens are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Admission for adults is $15.00, and for children, $9.00.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Zilker Botanical Gardens

Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas, cover 26 acres, and are nicknamed, "The jewel in the heart of Austin."  The name is well-deserved.  It's a picturesque place with several themed gardens, including a rose garden, herb garden, and Japanese garden.

As you can see from the pictures, there are plenty of streams, waterfalls and koi filled ponds.  This place is a paradise for those who enjoy water features in a garden.

The gardens were established in 1955 to promote education and love of gardening among all people.

Zilker Botanical Gardens are open from 9:00 AM top 5:30 PM.  Cost of admission is $3.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children.