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Just in time for winter, indoor exhibits at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden to reopen

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Just in time to provide an escape from the dead leaves and chilly winds of winter, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is set to reopen its conservatory to the public for the first time since closing in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 80-foot-tall geodesic dome, a landmark for travelers crossing the Des Moines River on Interstate 235, is home to a tropical garden featuring everything from delicate orchids to towering palms. 

The building, which also houses the Gardeners Show House, Garden Shop and an art exhibit, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Wednesday. The Trellis Cafe is also open for limited hours. 

Kelly Reilly, director of marketing for the gardens, said the staff has taken its time to ensure it can reopen the conservatory safely.

“That was the first date that we had the right protocols,

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Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden luminarias 2020 tickets on sale now

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The holidays might look different this year due to COVID-19, but Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is keeping a Southwest tradition alive.

Las Noches de las Luminarias will take place on select nights in November and December, lighting up the night amid the garden’s 50,000 desert plants. Eight thousand luminarias and rows of twinkling lights will illuminate the plant collection and trails through New Year’s Eve.

Garden members can buy tickets now. Sales open to the general public beginning Monday, Oct. 19. Admission will be limited and reservations are required. You can reserve your dates at  https://dbg.org/events/las-noches-de-las-luminarias-2020/2020-11-27.

What’s new this year

For the first time, there will be a “silent night” for “self-reflection and rejuvenation” that coincides with the winter solstice on Dec. 21.

While past years have featured live entertainment such as storytelling, stargazing, mariachi bands and handbell choirs, most dates this year will only have “prerecorded  sounds

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Houston’s new botanical garden opens

It’s a loss for golfers but a big win for plant lovers. After decades in the planning stage, the Houston Botanic Garden finally opened September 18 on the former Glenbrook Golf Course in southeast Houston. The garden serves as yet another draw for locals and visitors to explore Sims Bayou, a watershed area near Hobby Airport that already includes miles of walking and biking trails and countless places to launch canoes.

a garden with greenery and white flowers

“The garden will showcase international and native plant collections, educational classes for children and adults, and provide engaging programming that will embrace the garden and natural settings,” said Justin Lacey, director of communications and community engagement at Houston Botanic Garden. The international firm West 8 designed and managed the overall garden project, with Harvey Cleary Builders as the general contractor. Houston’s Clark Condon designed the garden’s planting and soil, with installation by Landscape Art.

Related: Failed Palm Springs golf

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McNab House blossoms with plans for botanical garden

The historic McNab House in Pompano Beach is about to get a makeover. The goal is to make the house into a destination place for residents as well as visitors from around South Florida.

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Nguyen Tran, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency director, said he sees a lot of potential for a redeveloped McNab House and grounds. The McNab House, originally owned by an early 20th-century farming pioneer family, was built in 1926. It was moved from its original location on Atlantic Boulevard in March when the owners sold the land.

The Pompano Beach CRA, along with the city’s Historical Society, saved the home, moving it several blocks to McNab Park, 2250 E. Atlantic Blvd. The goals for the historic building have taken on a bigger vision under Tran’s guidance.

“The house has been in the McNab family for three generations,” he said. “The house is a huge part

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Rare cheese plant stolen from New Zealand botanical garden ‘could fetch thousands on black market’

A rare indoor plant has been stolen from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens amid a boom in the houseplant industry.

The variegated monstera is hard to come by in New Zealand due to biosecurity laws, making it prized among Kiwi houseplant lovers.

Christchurch plant enthusiast Bridget Rennie told Stuff that even a cutting of the plant could fetch NZ$3,000 (£1,500).


She added: “The leaves are like fingerprints, no two are the same. It’s a very rare, very slow-growing plant. I only know of two people who own that plant.

“I’m angry, I’m disappointed, I’m really sad, every emotion you can imagine.”

Wolfgang Bopp, director of the Botanic Gardens told Stuff that the thief must have been “quite athletic” as they had to have scaled a high safety glass wall to reach the prized plant.

The

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Desert Botanical Garden 2020 fall plant sale: Reservations required

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In the market for a new cactus to spruce up your yard? The fall plant sale at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix has what you are looking for and then some.  

The 2020 fall plant sale will be a bit different than in the past due to COVID-19 restrictions, but there is still ample opportunity to purchase cactuses, succulents and other plants.

The sale will be open for three weekends in October and garden members get first crack. The sale opens on Oct. 16 for members and Oct. 17 for the general public.  New this year: Reservations are required. Book yours at https://dbg.org/events/fall-plant-sale-2020.

What kinds of plants will be available? 

The plant sale is divided up into sections including cactus, agave, shrubs, butterfly plants and trees. 

Tina Wilson, the garden’s director of horticulture, said in an email that they have “a lot of new aloes this year to check

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