Archive for the ‘GARDENS & PARKS’ Category

The Resilience of Nature: Bastrop State Park, Texas

The Resilience of Nature: Bastrop State Park, Texas
By guest blogger Valeka Cruz. Photos Copyright © Valeka Cruz. Bastrop State Park and neighboring Buescher State Park are located 30 miles south of Austin, Texas and are home to the “Lost Pines,” an isolated region of loblolly pines (yes, we have pine trees in Texas!). In 1997, the park was given...
September 14th, 2012 | Conservation, GARDENS & PARKS, GUEST BLOGGERS, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Garner State Park: Caves, Trails, Tubing – and Texas swing!

Garner State Park: Caves, Trails, Tubing – and Texas swing!
By guest blogger Valeka Cruz RECENTLY I HAD the absolute joy of visiting Garner State Park. I am very fortunate to have grown up near this gem of a Texas state park. I hadn’t visited it in years but it was just as beautiful as I remembered it being! It is one of the most heavily visited parks in...
June 8th, 2012 | CAMPING, GARDENS & PARKS, GUEST BLOGGERS, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Confessions of a Disneyophile: The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Confessions of a Disneyophile: The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Series by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. DO YOU EVER get to the point where you just want a few days away from all the things you’re busy doing or that still need to be done? We did, and we just happened to have our Disney World annual passes burning a hole...
May 29th, 2012 | GARDENS & PARKS, SERIES, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, STAFF, Theme Parks, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. One of the great benefits of living in a tourist destination is that there are days when I get to be the tourist.  Believe it or not, even after nearly 25 years, there’s a lot of San Diego I have not yet seen. On the first really...
April 20th, 2012 | GARDENS & PARKS, STAFF, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Postcards from Pittsburgh No. 3: Phipps Conservatory

Postcards from Pittsburgh No. 3: Phipps Conservatory
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Milli Thornton. Part of the mission of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is to “inspire and educate visitors with the beauty and importance of plants.” The building, with its glass peak and dome and sweeping staircases,...
April 17th, 2012 | GARDENS & PARKS, PITTSBURGH, SERIES, STAFF | Read More

Our Secret Garden

Our Secret Garden
Story by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. MY FAMILY used to have our own version of a secret garden, though it is much bigger than a garden. We live down the road from a state park. It’s not large compared to a lot of state parks in the US, but it has some beautiful...
January 17th, 2012 | GARDENS & PARKS, STAFF, USA MAINLAND, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

ChristmasVille in Rock Hill, South Carolina

ChristmasVille in Rock Hill, South Carolina
Story by guest blogger Terri Harper. Photos Copyright © Terri Harper. SANTA ARRIVED IN ChristmasVille at Glencairn Garden, Rock Hill, South Carolina on an adorable modern-day sleigh loaded with presents. It was a perfect southern December day for children to hear A Story With Santa in the Garden. Santa...
December 15th, 2011 | GARDENS & PARKS, GUEST BLOGGERS, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, USA MAINLAND | Read More