Tag Archive: Garden

Jul 11

Botanica: a little breath of beauty


Botanica, The Wichita Gardens is a small but beautiful 9.5 acre botanical garden located in the heart of Wichita near the Arkansas River.  There are several different themed areas in the Botanica Garden which includes a butterfly house (from June to September), a wildflower meadow, and the new Downing Children’s Garden.  Botanica will not be …

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Jun 09

Missouri Botanical Garden: The Best Around

Missouri Botanical Garden

If you like botanical gardens then you will fall in love with the Missouri Botanical Garden because it is just that wonderful.  First opened in 1859 the Missouri Botanical Garden has grown to become one of the finest botanical gardens in the United States as well as a National Historic Landmark.  With 75 acres of space …

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Apr 24

New Orleans Botanical Garden:Big Blooms in the Big Easy

Pink Orchid

The New Orleans Botanical Garden makes for a nice stop while taking in the lovely City Park in New Orleans.  The Garden originally opened its doors in 1936 as part of the WPA program and now is home to over 2,000 varieties of plants from all of over the world.  The New Orleans Botanical Garden …

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Mar 27

Tyler Rose Garden: The Rose Capital


Touted as America’s largest public collection of roses, the Tyler Rose Garden was sure to be something special.  As we were making plans for our vacation to New Orleans and looking for places to stop and spend the night we came across the city of Tyler, Texas which is roughly 100 miles east of Dallas.  We …

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Dec 13

Como Park Conservatory: A Garden to Remember

Como Park Conservatory

The Como Park Conservatory also known as the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a beautiful garden area that is attached to the Como Park Zoo.  Not a large space just around a half an acre, but here is a case where size truly does not matter.  This stunning area has a large variety of fauna and …

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Aug 25

Will Rogers Garden – Oklahoma City

Pink Rose

No matter where we are at Karen and I are always on the lookout for places to see that are free to the public.  In this day and age and with a lot of uncertainty with the economy Karen and I are trying to save every penny that we can for those rainy days that …

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Aug 11

Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix

Saguaro Cactus

The Desert Botanical Garden of Phoenix is a beautiful place to learn about the flora of the southwestern desert.  It is a large garden with six major trails or garden exhibit areas.  I visited in March as part of a swing through Phoenix.  I went to the garden in the morning and then Phoenix Zoo …

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Jul 28

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum


The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, located in Tucson Arizona, is truly a unique place because it is actually three first rate attractions in one place.   It is a combination of a zoo, natural history museum, and a botanical garden all rolled up into one great experience.  Each unique part of the museum shows the variations that are desert …

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Jun 24

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Orange Butterfly

 The Tucson Botanical Garden has come a long way since its beginnings as a personal garden at the home of Harrison G. Yocum.  What started out as a large diverse collection of cacti and palms has turned into a botanical garden the city of Tucson can be proud of.  Today, the Tucson Botanical Gardens contain …

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May 01

Rio Grande Botanical Garden – Albuquerque

Rio Grande Botanical Garden

While the Albuquerque Zoo was good and aquarium was just ok, I felt the ABQ BioParks best feature was its botanical garden.  The Rio Grande Botanical Garden located right next to the Albuquerque Aquarium was the highlight of my trip to the BioPark.  The garden is 36 acres of several different themed gardens including a …

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