Mexican Journal: Day 5 – Tzintzuntzan & Uruapan

Mexican Journal: Day 5 – Tzintzuntzan & Uruapan

February 12, 2010 | Sarada Krishnan
About 20 minutes from Patzcuaro is the Tzintzuntzan Archeological Site, which was built by the native peoples of the region, the Purépechas around 1200 AD. The name Tzintzuntzan means ‘place of the hummingbirds’. The ruins consist of five ceremonial temples with circular, terraced platforms. The...Read more
Mexican Journal: Day 4 – Patzcuaro

Mexican Journal: Day 4 – Patzcuaro

February 11, 2010 | Sarada Krishnan
Our next stop is Jenitzio Island, with its monumental statue of José Maria Morelos, a leader of Mexican independence, at the top of the hill. The inclined streets are lined with handicraft stores and restaurants. We climb the steep hillside and at the top is the huge statue of Morelos made of stone...Read more
Mexican Journal: Day 3 – Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary

Mexican Journal: Day 3 – Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary

February 10, 2010 | Sarada Krishnan
After spending a couple of hours at the butterfly site, we head back, each of us having been touched by the wonder and spirituality of this experience. While we will always cherish this experience, our thoughts and prayers today were also with the local people of nearby villages who have been...Read more
Mexican Journal: Day 2 – Tlalpujahua

Mexican Journal: Day 2 – Tlalpujahua

February 10, 2010 | Sarada Krishnan
So, on Day 2 instead of visiting the Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary we detoured to Tlalpujahua on the outskirts of the sanctuary in the Tansvolcanic Mountains of Central Mexico. The 2.5 hour drive from Morelia brought us to the quaint town of Tlalpujahua with narrow streets paved in cobblestones...Read more
Dan Heims Distilled: Crazy Good Containers

Dan Heims Distilled: Crazy Good Containers

February 8, 2010 | Matt Cole
Wednesday night at 7:00 PM -- Container Crazy I've been hearing about Terra Nova Nurseries ever since I brought a grown-up's interest to public gardens. In particular, I remember installing coral bells ( Heuchera ) and foam flower ( Tiarella ) in a naturalized orchard in the midwest. The project...Read more
Mexican Journal: Day 1 - Morelia

Mexican Journal: Day 1 - Morelia

February 7, 2010 | Sarada Krishnan
Of course, a tour is not complete without visiting a place of botanical interest! So, in finding out that there was an Orchid Museum (Orquidario) within a short distance from our hotel, a few of us plant nerds ended up at the Orquidario. Though the display itself was not very significant, I am now...Read more
Botany is for Gardeners

Botany is for Gardeners

January 21, 2010 | Matt Cole
I think botany is neat—fun, surprising, and engaging. While parts of plant biology are counter-intuitive, it's a marvelous world of interactions. But some people aren't into botany that way... Rumor has it that some people just want their plants to grow!Actually, when I garden, that is what I want...Read more
Contain yourself!

Contain yourself!

January 20, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Have you noticed how container plantings seem to be popping up everywhere, more wonderful and strange every year? Few people are contributing more to the phenomenon (and doing so more creatively) than Dan Heims, president of Terra Nova, unquestionably America's most dynamic new plant development...Read more
Holy Cacao! Making Chocolate with Your Child

Holy Cacao! Making Chocolate with Your Child

December 7, 2009 | Josie Hart Genter
Kids will taste chocolate that has no cream or sugar added usually referred to as baking chocolate. This is the first time you will see your child spit out chocolate! From there, the experience will only get sweeter and kids will finally find out what it is they really love about chocolate: cream...Read more
Natural Dye Making in Berry Bonanza: Seedlings Classes

Natural Dye Making in Berry Bonanza: Seedlings Classes

November 13, 2009 | Josie Hart Genter
Ever wonder how to dye your clothing in a natural way? Kids love getting stains on their clothes anyway, right? Next Tuesday in our Seedlings weekly classes for kids 3-5, we will be making tie-dyed socks with berries. We will define what fruits are actually considered berries and which ones aren’t...Read more

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