Floriade 2012: Theme Education and Innovation
The Dutch horticulture sector is a leader in innovation and a global trendsetter. Through agricultural education, the Netherlands spreads and exchanges skills and knowledge. This section showcases the interaction between education and innovation in horticulture through display gardens and hands-on activities. The main focus is on the commercial horticulture industry, e.g. fruit, flower and vegetable production. There are three greenhouses in this themed section. The first one is a tropical display...
Floriade 2012: An introduction
Floriade is the world horticultural expo that takes place in the Netherlands once every ten years. The Floriade 2012 exhibition is in Venlo, in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands, just west of the German border and about 180 km (112 miles) southeast of Amsterdam. The origin of Floriade dates back to 1818, when the first Dutch flower show was held. Since then the show has taken varying forms....
Overlooked Plant Select: try them! You' ll LIKE them...
The plants promoted by Plant Select that have been neglected a bit in my opinion are the sun daisies. Osteospermum is a large genus practically restricted to southern Africa with dozens of species, most of them very tender. Plant Select introduced a bevy of these over the past decade which have incredible impact in the landscape. Purple Mountain is that unique color of rich purple that is quite rare in...
Recipes from the Field
Summer offers one of my favorite pastimes, collecting and eating wild foods. Whether collected from the garden while weeding or added to a camping stew pot, local weeds can add flavor, nutrients, and variety to summer fare. Edible weeds are little storehouses of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Before you run off into the woods with cutlery and dinner plate in hand, you need to take a few precautions. It is...
Haiku on the prairie...
 Things Japanese are not limited to the Japanese Garden: here is a shot of  Sakurasoh, the rare Japanese Primula sieboldii which is one of the hardiest and best primroses for Colorado Gardens, blooming in Plantasia in early May. Sakura is Japanese for cherry blossom--which this primrose is said to resemble.
Miracle year on the prairie!
Prairie ablaze! Everyone knows about the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, but the Great Plains can be as colorful in their own way, often both spring and fall. Right now (these pictures were taken yesterday) the color in Baca County and the Oklahoma panhandle are the best I have ever seen. Every single yucca seems to be in bloom, and every stop I made revealed DOZENS of wonderful plants, many of which...
Peru Discovery - Conclusion
Join us down at the Ranch....
The Supreme Ultimate Exercise
“Tai Chi is in everything, and everything is in Tai Chi...” and now Tai Chi will be back in the Gardens!  What better place to learn and practice this beautiful, joyful physical activity?  Rooted in the Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Five Elements of Health, this meditational martial art teaches skills that transfer to all aspects of healthy living.
Madagascar Discovery – The Trip of a Lifetime!
Since the separation of the tectonic plate from Africa 165 million years ago and from India at the end of the Cretaceous period about 70 million years ago, Madagascar has been evolving in isolation leading to the emergence of numerous and distinct forms of plants, animals, and geological features. Madagascar’s biodiversity is like none other. It is home to over 10,000 vascular plant species with about 90% endemism. Faunal diversity...

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