Angel’s Trumpet, Brugmansia

With huge, fragrant  flowers hanging from a small tree, angel’s trumpet is a spectacular exotic plant common in the tropics. It can also be grown as a seasonal outdoor plant in the Midwest during the summer, or as a conservatory plant. There are many species and hybrids of Brugmansia although many retailers only offer unnamed plants by flower color. To learn more about this interesting group of tropical trees and how they can be grown in cold climates, read this article…

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Into the Clouds

It was warm and steamy for our option morning bird walk, where we saw a lot of different things including a double-toothed hawk that posed nicely in the dim light, a yellow-bellied elaenia perched on some wires, then a bright-rumped attila flitting in the foliage. There was a bit of a lull, then we started […]

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A New Zealand Country Garden

On the first day of the Master Gardener tour of New Zealand we visited one of the country’s most notable gardens in the countryside east of Auckland. Ayrlies, often described as the “quintessential New Zealand garden” and ranked as a Garden of International Significance, is the masterpiece of Bev McConnell and her late husband Malcolm. […]

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San Francisco Botanical Garden

If you’re ever in the City by the Bay, be sure to go to Golden Gate Park and visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden. With a cool and often foggy climate, this garden specializes in plants from mild temperate regions that are difficult to grow elsewhere and are rarely seen outside their native habitats. Learn more by taking a virtual tour by clicking here….

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