Tuesday, August 28, 2018

George Washington's River Farm

George Washington's River Farm and Gardens are located in Alexandria,Virginia.  The property covers nearly 25 acres and overlooks the Potomac River.  The farm was owned by George Washington from 1760 until his death in 1799.  It now serves as the headquarters for the American Horticultural Society.

Children can enjoy this historic site, as well.  There are a dozen small gardens made just for kids.  These include a Fairy Tale garden, Hummingbird Garden, Butterfly Garden, Scratch and Sniff Garden, Maze Garden, and Bat Cave.
The Wildlife Garden is a big favorite for kids.  They can hang out at the pond and spot little creatures like turtles, goldfish, and frogs.

The gardens are open Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

Before I go, I'd like to let you know that I am a guest on the DMS blog. If you'd like to read the interview, please click here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Huntington Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Botanical Gardens, located in San Marino, California, were founded in 1919 by prominent businessman, Henry Huntington.  They are part of the Huntington Library and Art Collections.  The gardens cover over two hundred acres, and contain 14,000 different varieties of plants. There are more than a dozen
different gardens on the property.

One of the many gardens, is a children's garden in which kids can get a hands on experience with things related to earth, fire, air, and water.  It's not just about plants - it's about science.  Kids can crawl through a tunnel to view a prism of light.  They can feel the effect of sound waves through moving water in a sonic pool. They can experience what clouds feel like in the Fog Grotto.

Other features in the children's garden, include a topiary volcano, magnetic sand, pebble chimes, a fragrance garden where kids can smell citrus, rosemary, and lavender scents, and water bells.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Children's Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

The Children's Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, is two acres of fun for kids.  It's a collection of ten different gardens.  Some of the highlights are the Dinosaur Garden, where kids can dig up fossil replicas, a vegetable garden with an odd assortment of produce like purple tomatoes and polka dotted watermelons, and a Sunflower Garden, where in the summer months, kids can be watered by flowers in the sunflower fountain.

The garden is open from April through October, Tuesday-Sunday from 9-7.  Admission is $18.95 for children, and $21.95 for adults.

Before I go, I would like to thank everyone who signed up for the "Where in the World" blog hop. I really appreciate it! If you missed the information, you can go here

Also, I will be doing a book tour through Mason Canyon Book Tours. She's another blogger. It'll be during the month of October. If you are interested in having me as a guest on your blog to promote Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China, please sign up here. It can be a review, an interview, a guest post, or a book feature. You choose. Thanks in advance to anyone who signs up!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens

The Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, was one of my kids' favorite places to visit in the summer. It features a 25-foot tall Discovery tree, which kids can climb and discover all kinds of hidden animals and treasures.  My personal favorite is Grandma's Scent garden which contains many fragrant plants and herbs.  There's also a Wizard's Garden, a Vegetable Garden, a Trolly Garden (sure to be a hit for train lovers), a frog pond (my son's favorite), and a Fairy Garden (my daughter's favorite).   The garden is open from May 1 to August 31.  Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children. 

Before I go, I'd like to let you know that I will be doing a blog hop to help promote the release of my newest book, Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China. If you'd like to participate, the information is as follows:

When:  September 4-7, 2018

Where:  Your blog

Prompt:  If you could go through the Earth and end up in another country, where would you go?

Info:  All posts will have cover art, blurb, and buy links for Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China which I will email during the last week of August.

The sign up is below. Thanks to everyone who participates!
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Stowe Landscape Gardens

Stowe Landscape Gardens, located in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England, is a spectacular place to visit.  It covers 750 acres, and includes 40  historic monuments and temples, as well as beautiful lakes and an endless variety of walks and trails.

It was created in the year 1710 by Charles Bridgeman, and has been a source of inspiration for poets and writers through the ages.

The gardens are open year round.  In March to early November, the hours are Wednesday - Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  From mid November to the end of February, the hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  Admission is 5.90 British pounds for adults and 3.00 British pounds for children.