goGardenNow: Botanical Garden Events

Botanical gardens and arboreta play important roles in promoting environmental education, conservation of natural resources, and beautiful green spaces. Be sure to enjoy all they have to offer.  

Pull on your boots and your blue jeans for a night of music, dancing, crafts and good ol’ fun at the Denver Botanic Garden. Revel in the lush warmth and beauty of Marnie’s Pavilion and the Orangery and experience the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory after dark. Great for singles, couples and friends. (CO)
Brace yourself for welcoming spring with a colorful bang of flower power throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden during April. Celebrate the new season with hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and perennial bulbs. (GA)
The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens hosts their 29th annual Spring Plant Festival Apr. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Apr.15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for Botanical Garden members and children under 12 years old. Free parking. 

Celebrate spring with a bird walk at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden! Spring is in the air and the Garden is filled with singing warblers, vireos, and other vibrant songbirds. Join Chris Carmichael in search of both resident and migrant birds in the Garden's many bird friendly micro-habitats. Both beginning and experienced bird watchers are welcome. April 20. (CA)

Now in its 16th year, The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden showcases thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory featuring a series of installations crafted by Daniel Ost. Each living sculpture celebrates the complex beauty of these stunning flowers, highlighting individual orchids attached in such a way that each flower and form can be seen and appreciated. One of the world’s leading floral artists, Ost uses flowers as a means of expression. His large-scale artworks have been tailored to the unique environment of the landmark Victorian-style Conservatory, complementing the architecture of the building while creating a transformative, dazzling spectacle of color, form, and texture. Through April 22. (NY)
Botanical Garden of the Coastal Plain, Statesboro, GA offers Lunch and Learn, April 3, 12 PM – 1 PM. The program, Beauty and the Beasts, features Garden Horticulture Manager Josh Jones. He will talk about the creatures with whom we share our gardens and how to control and or learn to love them.  He’ll also provide spring planting tips, so bring your questions about raised bed and container gardening.
The Garden Music Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is proud to present an eclectic variety of local and international musical artists who perform music of nearly every style and musical genre, both vocal and instrumental.  From classical pianists to folk, country, latin and world music, jazz and standards to rock and roll, pop and soul, there is something for everyone.  Artists often interpret covers of well know songs in addition to performing original material with repertoire that spans the styles and sounds of current hits to the early 20th century.  Garden Music Series guests are offered a world-class outdoor concert experience along with beautiful views and relaxing walks through the Gardens. (FL)

The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, see the Gardens website: ag.tennessee.edu/utg

Butterflies & Blooms at the Chicago Botanic Garden is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. May 26 through Sept. 3. (IL)

The USF Botanical Gardens is having the Summer Plant Festival on June 23, from 10:00 to 3:00 and June 24; from 10:00 to 3:00. Admission is $5. Garden members and children under twelve years old are admitted free. Parking is free. Vendors will be selling rare and popular fruit trees, and advice on how to grow them. There will be vendors with hundreds of blooming butterfly plants, tropical and exotic plants, such as Orchids, Gingers, Plumeria and Bromeliads. Native plants, butterfly plants and herbs will be available from growers who can share growing secrets and hints, all in a festive atmosphere.

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