Archive for April, 2013

10 Interesting Gardens to Visit in the United States – 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Here’s a wonderful list of Interesting Gardens to visit in the United States to visit if you’re ever in the area. These resources are useful for flower lovers and garden gurus alike, looking to visit nature at its finest. To make it easier to use, this list is broken into states. Feel free to share the link to this post!

 Florida

McKee Botanical Garden –Vero Beach, FL

Known for its 18-acre subtropical jungle hammock, filled with plants appropriate  for horticultural growing zone 9B, this little botanical gem is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a historic Florida landmark.

Georgia

Gibbs GardensBall Ground, GA

Opened in March 2012, this new garden developed and designed by Jim Gibbs sits on a distinguished 220 acres in a mature forest in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. Get ready to experience “the harmony of nature” as you stroll through his 16 garden venues.

Hawaii

Limahuli Garden & Preserve – Kauai, HI

Located on the north shore of the island of Kauai, you can take a guided or self-guided tour of the verdant tropical Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Selected by the American Horticultural Society as the best natural botanical garden in the US,  prepare to see Mother Nature’s finest against the backdrop of  Makana Mountain and the Pacific Ocean.

Iowa

Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden –Des Moines, IA

Outside the offices of the corporate headquarters of Better Homes and Gardens® are 22 different garden spaces with hundreds of perennials, trees, and shrubs — and a changing palette of annuals and bulbs. Employees are even available to answer your garden questions.  

Louisiana

American Rose Center  – West Shreveport, LA

The gardens are home to the national headquarters of the American Rose Society. Best time of year to visit is during the official bloom season which runs from April through the end of October. View over 65 rose gardens with more than 20,000 rosebushes on the property.  

Nevada

Ethel M® Botanical Cactus Gardens  – Henderson, NV

Considered one of the finest cactus gardens in the American Southwest, the garden was founded in 1981 by Forrest Mars Sr., the patriarch of the Mars Candy Co. Over 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds. Visit during the holidays to see the garden lit in over 250,000 twinkling lights.

New York

The New York Botanical Garden –Bronx, NY

With a new 3.5 acre Native Plant Garden that celebrates the beauty of Native Flora opening in May 2013, the New York Botanical Garden is a fine museum of plants, seasonal gardens, exhibitions and attractions like the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

North Carolina

Cape Fear Botanical Garden – Fayetteville, NC

Located on 78 acres the garden boasts more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants and has several specialty gardens. Take in the lush outdoor garden and forest with a hike on their trails. Every season tells a different floral story and make sure to check out the magnificent collection of magnolias given to the Garden in 1996 by the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

Rhode Island

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum –Bristol, RI

Considered a top public garden in New England, Blithewold is located on Narragansett Bayand features an exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants and specimen trees. Tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils open the season on the property which continues to bloom for visitors through October.

Vermont

Shelburne Museum –Shelburne,VT

Over 20 gardens add color and natural beauty to the museum grounds. From hundreds of lilacs and peonies in the spring to thousands of daylilies in the summer, these gardens are maintained organically. Each year, new gardens are added to complement special exhibitions.

Just in time for Mother’s Day! Relax…from Seeking Balance Candles

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

We’ve been following the trends in gardening at Calyx Flowers and are offering a small collection of products that are perfect gifts to give Mom this Mother’s Day, especially if she loves all things from the garden. Our new candle’s fragrance and color provides a soothing scent of garden favorites – lavender and geraniums. We discovered this wonderful candle at Root.

What’s Root? Root is an American candle company based in Ohio and founded way back in 1869. Their line of candles is quite impressive so we’re pleased to offer the Relax Geranium Lavender Candle from the seeking balance collection. The holistic candle is crafted of soy wax poured into a glass container and finished with a sustainable wooden wick.  When lit you experience the soothing lavender scent along with the beauty of the candle burning and the sound of the crackling wick. It’s made for a complete “sensory” experience.

Fragrance description: RELAX – Pure essential oils of lavender and the geranium bud combine with the tranquil color of lavender to provide an atmosphere of comfort, calm and relaxation.

It’s available right now at CalyxFlowers.com in limited quantities so be sure to order early for Mother’s Day.

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

 

Some pretty terrifying things have happened this past week which can make seeing the beauty in things difficult.  However, we at Calyx Flowers believe in paying it forward – be kind and see kindness come back to you.  The planet is full of wonderful people and natural beauty so let’s take today to notice that.  Let’s be kind to our planet that graciously provides us with so much.

How will you celebrate Earth Day?  Planting a tree?  Spending some time in the garden?  Even just going for a nice walk to appreciate all of natures offerings around you.  Today is a day to celebrate the planet!  Today isn’t the only day we should be kind to our mother earth, it’s important to do something daily that will contribute to the betterment of our communities and the continual improvement of our planet.  We want our children and our childrens’ children to be able to enjoy the same fruitful natural beauty that we often take for granted.

So, grab a shovel or a rake and get to work.  Let’s all give the planet a little loving today and know that we’ll be getting it right back.  Happy Earth Day flower lovers!

 

The Orchid Allure

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Beauty, love and luxury are some of the alluring attributes of the orchid.  For centuries their bold colors and tender blooms have intrigued cultures the world over.  To this day, the orchid is known as the Chinese symbol of intimate friends, good teaching or a good harvest. Inspired by their beauty, CalyxFlowers.com is delighted to bring to you the artful nature and history of this fascinating plant.

Cymbidium Orchids

Orchids through the Centuries

Dating as far back to the third century B.C. orchids have gained prominent note from Greek philosophers to an aristocratic European society to the titles of many modern day books like “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean.

In 1818, the first orchid bloomed “in captivity” and forever changed the flower world. The bloom inspired obsessive orchid collecting to near disastrous levels. Collectors were bewitched by this newfound beauty.  Forests were stripped and many species of orchids endangered. The practice was eventually banned thus giving rise to the twentieth century practice of commercial orchid breeding. Today, over 25,000 wild orchid species and over 100,000 manmade hybrid varieties continue to dazzle us.

Orchids have been used for everything from perfume for kings to aphrodisiacs and love potions for anyone who could afford them.  Today the orchid is used as an added addition to wedding décor and stylish modern home design.

Image Making Orchids

A single flower says everything.   Whether it be one single stem amidst a bud vase or a bunch of orchids gathered together, the orchids beautiful modernistic approach is perfect for decorating around the home for a sense of wholeness, harmony and radiance. Orchids make an impressive statement with their invigorating aura that uplift one’s spirits.  Our favorites for stylish décor are dendrobiums, oncidiums and the moth-like phalaenopsis but each and every orchid proves to be irresistible.  

Flower fact: Did you know that the vanilla plant is considered an orchid? The Aztecs of Central America used vanilla as an essential ingredient for chocolate beverages. The Spanish explorers brought it back to Europe first introducing it as a perfume then later as a medicine and aphrodisiac.