Tag Archive: Garden

Sep 03

Leif Erikson Park – Minnesota

What to do when on a limited budget, have active children, and want to see something worthwhile.  Public park is one of the best ways to go.  Most decent size cities have one.  Duluth, Minnesota has several, one of the most noteworthy is Leif Erikson Park.  Of course, it had us with free. One of …

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Jul 07

Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa

We have been to many gardens but never a university garden.  The Iowa State University garden or Reiman Gardens was a fun little excursion for me.  I have been on several daddy-daughter outings with my girls and several solo expeditions with my eldest.  She is now calling our dynamic duo the Adventures of Dirt Girl …

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Feb 07

Western Colorado Botanical Gardens

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The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens is a nice small garden that we visited to see their butterfly house.  With 15 acres of space it is not a large garden but I find it to be a nice size for our two little girls.  The tropical greenhouse, Children’s Secret Garden with its faux castle, and butterfly …

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Oct 12

Old Mill: A Gone With the Wind Treat

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The Old Mill in North Little Rock, Arkansas was not high on my list of things to see in Little Rock. However, since it was featured in the opening scene to one of my wife’s favorite movies, Gone with the Wind, that changed things.  I drag her and my 2 little kids all over the …

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Oct 02

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

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The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is a new blossoming attraction in the ever growing area of Northwest Arkansas.  Opened in 2007 this 40 acre garden is work in progress with a 15 year master plan to build a first rate botanical garden.  Even though the garden is not finished, we could not tell that …

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May 04

Texas Discovery Gardens: A Little Garden a Little Butterfly a lot of Fun

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Texas Discovery Gardens is sensory explosion for little children.  A 7.5 acre botanic garden and a 2 story tall butterfly house all for a reasonable price makes for a fun little outing for the family.  We coupled the Texas Discovery Gardens with the small but well done Children’s Aquarium right next door and had a …

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Apr 13

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Fantastic Freebie

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The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is a free attraction located on the southwest side of Trinity Park.  It is Texas’s oldest botanic garden and one of the largest in the state at 109 acres.  Whenever Karen and I are traveling we are always on the lookout for well-done free attractions and it does not get …

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Oct 07

Rio Grande Botanical Garden: A Revisit

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The Rio Grande Botanical Garden along with the other 2 attractions that make up the ABQ Biopark are still one of the best bang for your buck city attractions around.  A few years ago I was traveling through Albuquerque and I paid for the combo pass to see all three attractions and I walked away quite …

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May 10

Birmingham Botanical Garden: Fabulous Floral Freebie

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Birmingham Botanical Garden is a large botanical garden with over 12,000 different plants in its collection all for the viewing public to enjoy for free.   On its 67.5 acre grounds the Birmingham Botanical gardens has over 25 unique gardens from an old-fashioned Irish Rose Garden to a hike through native Alabaman woodland.  The garden also …

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Oct 21

Ted Ensley Gardens: Take in the Beauty of Nature

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Ted Ensley Gardens is a small but beautiful 9.5 acre free garden located in Topeka, Kansas.  It is close to where my parents live and we have visited it several times over the last few years when we take walks on the Lake Shawnee Trail.  We have seen it in fall, spring, and summer and …

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