Visiting Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s Botanic Garden

Visiting Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s Botanic Garden

On a very hot, muggy June day we made our way to Omaha’s botanic garden, Lauritzen Gardens.  We had few expectations and driving through an urban area and down narrow side streets it was hard to imagine what would be awaiting us at the end. Even upon pulling into the parking lot I knew we were in for a great morning!  The beautifully landscaped parking area was worth stopping in and taking a few photos by itself and also gave a sneak peak of the conservatory structure as it sat in the background. To be fair, it was really hot outside. With a six month old baby in tow, we knew our time here would be limited to about an hour or so.… Read Full Post
Leave These Garden Renovations To The Experts

Leave These Garden Renovations To The Experts

Somethings are just better left to the experts, but the garden is often not one of them. If it looks exactly how you want it to, then maintaining it yourself can be a pleasure. However, if it is not how you’d like it to look, then things are definitely best left to the experts. There are plenty of things you can do to change the look of your garden for the summer. The summer might seem like a far cry away for a lot of us, but it’ll come round quicker than we know it. So we’ve got some garden renovation ideas that we know you’ll love, but that are definitely best left to the experts. A Dip In A Pool A pool to a lot of people seems like a thing of luxury; a pool is an area of fun, relaxation, and beauty.… Read Full Post
Too late to plant tulips?

Too late to plant tulips?

In a word, No! Now is a great time to get out there and plant tulips before the ground freezes. Until recently the weather was really warm and although the calendar said it was a good time to get these planted, my shorts and t-shirt indicated it was a little early. Well that has certainly changed and the time to plant tulips can’t be put off much longer. When to plant tulips? When your elephant ear bulbs quit looking like this… And instead start looking like this: My bulbs from Colorblends arrived in mid September but the warm weather was keeping all of my tropical plants looking great. I tell myself that they actually do better with a hard freeze to knock down the growth, but that may also be because I just don’t have it in me to remove these really great looking plants.… Read Full Post
Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory

Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory

A trip to Ohio in January?  Why not? A couple of weeks ago now I flew to Columbus to speak at the Midwest Green Industry Xperience, MGIX, and had just enough time to sneak away from the convention center to see Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden. The modern facade on the front is strategically combined with the very formal Palm House, build in 1895. The design of this grand Victorian-style glass greenhouse was influenced by the success of Chicago’s World Fair and Colombian Exposition in 1893. The high roofline of the Palm House let the tall palms grow, and even houses this glowing Chihuly glass sculpture. I arrived late in the afternoon and had just enough time to hustle my way through each of the greenhouses.… Read Full Post
The Perfect Garden Path

The Perfect Garden Path

Is it me, or does the garden path set the stage for the entire garden? I’ve seen a garden path that probably cost more than our home, and yet another garden path that was beautifully simple and wouldn’t cost anything. I loved both. While looking over photos from the Garden Writers Association conference in Atlanta I noticed a pattern in my photographs. At almost every home I took photos of the garden path which led through the landscape. This contemporary path features huge cement pavers with (my favorite!) Mexican blue river rock between them. Pros: these large stones and river rocks will not move and will feel good on your feet. Cons: Expensive. Natural stones with dwarf mondo grass creates a garden path that will look very natural.… Read Full Post
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