Botanic Gardens

The Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden, Seattle

September 20, 2013
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The Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden, tucked away in a quiet suburb of Seattle, was carved out of native woodland on a rocky slope overlooking Puget Sound by the original owner, Mrs. Miller (1929-1994).The forest of the coastal Pacific Northwest is distinctive for its canopy of towering, evergreen conifers, primarily Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii),western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and western red cedar (Thuja plicata).

Singapore's Gardens by the Bay

February 18, 2013
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Singapore’s futuristic Gardens by the Bay may look like a scene of out of the Jetsons, but rest assured, it’s real.

Kevin Gillespie stoops in the cool of the evening to gently pull back the brilliant burgundy leaves of red beets, then bares an aha grin as his tattooed arms unearth a key ingredient for a favorite recipe he’s about to prepare.

Sneak Peek at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's New Visitor Center

March 28, 2012
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Yesterday, I had a chance to have a sneak peek at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new visitor center, which is slated to open to the public on May 16, 2012. The new visitor center, designed by Weiss/Manfredi, was built to create a more formal entry from the street into the garden, creating a place to welcome and orient tour groups, a larger gift store with room for plant sales throughout the year, and an event space.

Grand Entrance

August 13, 2011
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Here an allée of elms and linear fountains frame a view of the lake.

Modernist master Dan Kiley died before he could fully realize his vision for the new entrance to the Chicago Botanic Garden, but during the summer of 2005 the final design by his protégé Peter Morrow Meyer of Bristol, Vermont, was unveiled. Kiley, considered one of the 20th century’s greatest landscape architects, died in 2004 at age 91, as designs for the 3-acre garden, known as the Kiley Esplanade, were being formulated.

An Interview with Corpse Flower Lois

February 09, 2011
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Not since the likes of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors has there been a diva like Lois the Corpse Flower, in Houston.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: Tested by Fire — And Time

April 28, 2010
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It will be a different sort of spring at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden this year. The iconic, photo-op scene just inside the gates will look much the same — a meadow of glistening California poppies and other wildflowers framed by oaks and with the sandstone peaks of the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop.

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