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Naples Botanical Garden

The Naples Botanical Garden was highly recommended and although it’s reasonably new, it was well worth the visit. I was surprised how much there was to see. I took some shots of our visit for your enjoyment, and my own. They have a wonderful collection of tropical plants, very well laid out and organized. The various regional gardens are thoughtfully displayed and all of the plants are labeled with both the Latin and English names. Even my wife, who is far less interested in botanical destinations, found it a beautiful place to spend time and enjoy the various vistas. There were many school trips going on while we were there and while we did our best to avoid them, their presence impressed me. Especially witnessing the excitement and level of engagement the kids had in learning more about ecology and botany. NBG seems to be very innovative in using their grounds for a wide variety of events and educational endeavours. What an amazing environment to learn from outside of the classroom. The staff was both enthusiastic and knowledgeable.



Dream Big!

Well, here it is, the big picture for my contribution’s sake to beautifying our planet. (Click on the thumbnail image for a larger viewing).




Slush Fund for Spring Cleanup

One tip that crossed my mind the other day as the courier truck slid off the road while making a delivery to us, landing in our beautifully landscaped culvert, was to put money aside to repair winter damage. This event and the snow plow taking up my guard stones and lovely new sod more than once, will require some concerted effort in the spring.


This Season’s Favourite

For the living miniature Christmas tree folk, here you go. The Cypress Evergreen (Chamaecparis Lawsoniana Ellwooddii). These little fellas are in every store this season it seems.




Christmas is Coming!



Using evergreen wastage and natural dried twigs, cones and berries, is still a lovely way to decorate. You can usually pick up other more exotic dried or cut plants like Magnolia to further enhance your arrangements. Some of the Sedum and taller perennials like Foxglove or Phlox provide a unique attractiveness, giving shape and form to the garden through the winter months. So rather than trimming them down I like to leave them be.