Friday, November 4, 2022

Cypress Gardens

 


Cypress Gardens is located in Monck's Corner, South Carolina. (This is different from the Cypress Gardens in Florida.) It was created in 1927 by Benjamin R. Kittredge. Today, it is a 163 acre garden that contains three miles of foot paths. Visitors can also view the gardens from flat bottom boats. It's really a lovely place. The black swamp water reflects flowering dogwoods, daffodils, and azaleas beautifully.  Also on the grounds, is a greenhouse filled with butterflies (there is a display of the lifecycle of them), birds, a pond, and an arthropod exhibit.


For those who like trivia, Cypress Gardens was the site used for filming several movies, including Cold Mountain (2003), Swamp Thing (1982), The Notebook (2004), and The Patriot (2000).

The gardens are open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Cost of admission for adults is $10.00, and for children, $5.00.  A guided boat ride would cost an additional $5.00, but you have the option of an self-guided tour for no additional cost. 

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Propagating Plants

 


Using one plant to grow another—is the act of propagation. It's a simple way to add to your plant collection or share it with others. Golden Pothos is one of the easiest to do this with. 


Step 1:  Make the cut. I like to trim a piece with a few leaves on it just below the bump where the leaf attaches to the stem.

Step 2:  Place in water. Put the cut end in a clear glass of warm water. Make sure there's enough space for the roots to grow and expand. 

Step 3:  Let it sit for 2-4 weeks near a window and watch as roots sprout. The picture above are plants that are 4 weeks old. You can see the roots sprouting. They're ready to be planted in soil. (The parent plant is right next to them.)

Step 4:  Plant in soil. Choose a pot with good drainage. Gather the roots in a clump (root ball), and plant about two inches below the soil's surface. Keep the soil moist for at least a week as the baby plants get used to the new environment.  

Then place them around your house or give them as gifts to others.

 

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Nemours Mansion and Gardens

 



Nemours Mansion and Gardens, located in Wilmington, Delaware, is a 300 acre estate with French formal gardens.  It was created by Alfred du Pont in 1910, and patterned after the gardens of Versailles.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped with fountains, pools, and statues.  Featured gardens include the Boxwood Garden, Maze Garden, Reflecting Pool, Sunken Gardens, and the Temple of Love.


The gardens are open May 1st through December 30th. The garden can be viewed only by taking a guided tour.  These are held Tuesday through Saturday at 9:30, 12:00, and 3:00, and on Sunday at 12:00 and 3:00.  Cost of admission for the guided garden walk is $10.00 per person.  Cost of admission for the guided mansion tour is $15.00 per person.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

 



Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a 400 acre property that was founded in 1678 by the Drayton family. It is Charleston's most visited plantation, and it's easy to see why.  There's a lot there! It's home to America's oldest garden - The Barbados Tropical Garden. Other gardens on the property include a Biblical garden, topiary garden, a maze of camellias, and a swamp garden that spans 60 acres. Bald Eagles, egrets, otters, and of course, alligators, can be seen in the swamp garden. Visitors can enjoy a variety of bog plants, ornamental grasses, and wildflowers. 

Additional attractions include a petting zoo, Old African American Cabin, and conservatory.


The gardens are open daily from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Cost of admission for adults is $15.00, and for children, $10.00. There is an additional cost for the plantation house tour, nature boat tour, and the Audubon Swamp Garden. All-inclusive tickets are available, but those are rather costly - $47.00 for adults, $43.00 for children.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

McConnell Arboretum and Gardens

 



McConnell Arboretum and Gardens, located on the north bank of the Sacramento River in Redding, California, are part of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park.  It was opened in May of 2005. Most of the 300 acres are undeveloped.  The main gardens cover 20 acres and feature Mediterranean plants, a children's' garden, butterfly garden, medicinal garden, and water features.  The "Sounds of Water" fountain has a lot of educational facts about water usage.


The gardens are open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Admission for adults is $14.00.  Admission for children is $10.00.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Ravine State Gardens

 



Ravine State Gardens is a 59 acre park located in Palatka, Florida.  It's listed on the National Registry of Historic places. The comes from the ravine that was created there by the flow of water from the St. John's River thousands of years ago.  In 1933, it was transformed into a garden by the federal Worlds Progress administration.   About five acres of the property are formal gardens with stone terraces and water features.  The best time to see it is from late January to April, when the azaleas are in bloom.

The gardens are open daily from 8:00 AM to sundown.  Cost of admission is $5.00 per vehicle.

Ravine State Gardens is a 59 acre park located in Palatka, Florida.  It's listed on the National Registry of Historic places. The comes from the ravine that was created there by the flow of water from the St. John's River thousands of years ago.  In 1933, it was transformed into a garden by the federal Worlds Progress administration.   About five acres of the property are formal gardens with stone terraces and water features.  The best time to see it is from late January to April, when the azaleas are in bloom.

The gardens are open daily from 8:00 AM to sundown.  Cost of admission is $5.00 per vehicle.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Kahanu Garden

 


Kahanu Garden, located on the eastern shore of the island Maui, in Hana, Hawaii, covers 464 acres and features plant collections from the Pacific Islands.  In one of the sections called the Canoe Garden, visitors can learn about the cultural relationships between the people and the plants which were brought around the Pacific on ancient canoes.  Kahanu Garden boasts the world's largest bread fruit collection.  It also has bamboo, banana, coconut, sugarcane, and vanilla.


The garden is open Monday though Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Admission is $10.00 per adult.  Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.