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By Denise Drake and By Denise Drake,Knight Ridder / Tribune | September 8, 2002
Walking through the orchid wing at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Gaylene and Jim Barstow were overwhelmed by the mass of rare tropicals. Blooming from the sides of rocks, hanging baskets and mossy corners were more than 200 varieties of orchids. "This place is really incredible," said Gaylene Barstow, 51, of Lincoln, Neb. "I've never seen so many orchids at one time." One of the oldest botanic gardens in America, the Botanic Garden prides itself on its collection of rare and endangered species.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2010
It is a tragedy of botanical proportions. A giant agave basks in the warmth of Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, its spike of flower buds shooting through the roof and toward the sky. The cactus, a resident of the conservatory for decades, is known as the Century Plant for its long life. But a recent frost claimed its yellow petals before they could open, and now the agave will die without doing what it does just once during its time here on earth: bloom . "I called the director of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden," said Kate Blom, the conservatory greenhouse manager.
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February 5, 2006
SPLURGE OF THE WEEK RADKO CRYSTAL HEART Don't even think about calling these ashtrays. They are heart-shaped objets d'art, made of porcelain, hand-painted by English artist Mary Rose Young, signed on the back, and edged with a real gold glaze. We found them at Nouveau Contemporary Goods, 2400 Boston St., Canton, just in time for Valentine's Day. [Elizabeth Large] RETAIL PRICE: $49.95 each VALENTINE'S EVENTS SATURDAY HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate -- from ancient Mexico to present day -- along with chef Andreas Fleckenstein, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Susan.Reimer@baltsun.com | December 6, 2008
The staff members at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington agree that it is their favorite moment: A holiday visitor is gazing at the miniature U.S. Capitol or at the miniature Jefferson Memorial in the conservatory's courtyard, or at any one of the fanciful structures that line the tracks in the nearby holiday train garden. "And suddenly they realize they are looking at an acorn or a corn husk and the look on their faces is amazing," said Laura Anthony, coordinator of the garden's visitors center.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Susan.Reimer@baltsun.com | December 6, 2008
The staff members at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington agree that it is their favorite moment: A holiday visitor is gazing at the miniature U.S. Capitol or at the miniature Jefferson Memorial in the conservatory's courtyard, or at any one of the fanciful structures that line the tracks in the nearby holiday train garden. "And suddenly they realize they are looking at an acorn or a corn husk and the look on their faces is amazing," said Laura Anthony, coordinator of the garden's visitors center.
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December 31, 2006
TODAY POINSETTIA SHOW See a display of more than 1,000 poinsettias at the Holiday Poinsettia Show at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, 3100 Swan Drive, Druid Hill Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Free; $2 donation requested. 410-396-0180. WEDNESDAY HOUSEPLANT LECTURE Hear a lecture, "Houseplant Care - Lessons From the Jungle," and tour the conservatory at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Registration required.
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March 30, 2003
The Edinburgh Science Festival, a 12-day series of more than 100 interactive exhibits, workshops and tours designed to be educational and fun, takes place in Scotland beginning April 11. Topics include everything from veterinary science to space travel and gemology. Visitors are encouraged to explore the diverse ecology of southern Scotland, from marine wildlife at the Scottish Seabird Center east of the city to soil structure at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Tropical forest and arid desert habitats can be sampled in the botanic garden's Glasshouse Experience.
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,Sun Staff | April 4, 2004
Add some decorative Easter touches to your home before the big day. Find an assortment of cutesy, novel and functional Easter products at various shops and online stores. At www.redenvelope. com, you can pick up an adorable Ornament Tree ($18, far right, top), made of wrought iron. It holds eight ornaments and can easily serve as a centerpiece for any table. Ornaments are not included. At RedEnvelope, you'll also find an Egg Wreath ($48, above, top), with dozens of faux eggs nestled in a base of woven vines.
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By SUSAN REIMER | October 3, 2006
It has been more than two decades in the planting, but the new National Garden, which can trace its roots to the rose, opened to the public this week in Washington. At the foot of the nation's Capitol, it is actually four separate gardens on 3 acres behind the U.S. Botanic Garden's glass-domed conservatory. It includes a rose garden to honor the national flower, a regional garden featuring the variety of plants that thrive in the Mid-Atlantic climate, a mosaic fountain to honor the nation's first ladies and a butterfly garden, paid for with more than a half-million fundraising dollars from the nation's garden clubs.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,Sun Staff | July 27, 2003
WASHINGTON -- Finally, the waiting was over. At long last, the titan arum plant, known for producing the world's largest flower -- as well as off-color comments -- was blooming at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Or sort of blooming. After two weeks of rapt anticipation, the flower began to open at 3 p.m. Tuesday. "It has happened!" the garden's titan arum hot line reported enthusiastically. "This is only the second time in 10 years our titan arum has bloomed!" Crowds of flower lovers, reporters and photographers hurried to the garden's conservatory, at the foot of the Capitol, to see the spectacular flower reveal itself.
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October 7, 2007
FREE FALL SHE NEVER LOST A PASSENGER / / 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. Free. 410-727-6000 or baltimoreopera.com. ....................... Vikki Jones stars as Harriet Tubman in this one-act Baltimore Opera Company production directed by James Harp and featuring a 25-child chorus. The opera, honoring Tubman, explores her travails in guiding 300 fugitive slaves to safety and freedom in the North.
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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,sun reporter | March 17, 2007
Anne Arundel County will seek to turn the former Naval Academy Dairy Farm into a park that maintains an organic farm and adds community gardens, a botanical garden and education programs, County Executive John R. Leopold announced yesterday. He plans to submit a bid to the Navy by its deadline Monday for a long-term lease of the Gambrills site, which until this week was where the state had hoped to build an equestrian park. The Maryland Horse Industry Board abandoned its effort in the face of local opposition, particularly Leopold's.
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December 31, 2006
TODAY POINSETTIA SHOW See a display of more than 1,000 poinsettias at the Holiday Poinsettia Show at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, 3100 Swan Drive, Druid Hill Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Free; $2 donation requested. 410-396-0180. WEDNESDAY HOUSEPLANT LECTURE Hear a lecture, "Houseplant Care - Lessons From the Jungle," and tour the conservatory at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Registration required.
FEATURES
By SUSAN REIMER | October 3, 2006
It has been more than two decades in the planting, but the new National Garden, which can trace its roots to the rose, opened to the public this week in Washington. At the foot of the nation's Capitol, it is actually four separate gardens on 3 acres behind the U.S. Botanic Garden's glass-domed conservatory. It includes a rose garden to honor the national flower, a regional garden featuring the variety of plants that thrive in the Mid-Atlantic climate, a mosaic fountain to honor the nation's first ladies and a butterfly garden, paid for with more than a half-million fundraising dollars from the nation's garden clubs.
TRAVEL
July 16, 2006
NEW YORK What's being billed as the first major exhibit in New York City of Dale Chihuly's colorful glass sculptures is on view at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. THE RUBY SLIPPERS, MADONNA'S BRA, AND EINSTEIN'S BRAIN: THE LOCATIONS OF AMERICA'S POP CULTURE ARTIFACTS Santa Monica Press / $16.95 Some people are just suckers for the kind of material that fills the pages of this quirky and entertaining guide. It is full of curiosities of the historical, criminal, musical, sporty and other kind.
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February 5, 2006
SPLURGE OF THE WEEK RADKO CRYSTAL HEART Don't even think about calling these ashtrays. They are heart-shaped objets d'art, made of porcelain, hand-painted by English artist Mary Rose Young, signed on the back, and edged with a real gold glaze. We found them at Nouveau Contemporary Goods, 2400 Boston St., Canton, just in time for Valentine's Day. [Elizabeth Large] RETAIL PRICE: $49.95 each VALENTINE'S EVENTS SATURDAY HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate -- from ancient Mexico to present day -- along with chef Andreas Fleckenstein, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington.
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By NANCY TAYLOR ROBSON and NANCY TAYLOR ROBSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 25, 2005
A rustic grapevine-covered fence surrounds a cottage that is actually a toolshed. A stone rabbit peeks out from behind fragrant phlox. A little red schoolhouse (now a workshop), complete with hitching post and stacked woodpile, dominates another "room." Behind a split-rail fence lies still another "room" with a black Amish carriage and an old buggy acting as objets d'art. It all started with the garden just outside their kitchen. It boasts a pond that's home to bullfrogs, dragonflies and well-fed goldfish.
FEATURES
By DONNA M. OWENS and DONNA M. OWENS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 17, 2005
The symptoms: persistent daydreams of warm, sunny destinations. An irrepressible urge to crawl under the covers and hibernate until spring. The diagnosis: the Old Man Winter blues, blahs, and brrrs. Treatment: A bevy of regional escapes and attractions that offer a respite from winter's chill. Visit and repeat as necessary. Prognosis: Full and immediate recovery (and thawing) following treatment as prescribed. Sizzling dances Outdoors it's frigid, and the wind is blowing. But inside the Latin Palace in Fells Point, the temperature is rising as chicos and chicas hit the dance floor for a little salsa, merengue and bachata, all rhythmic dances of Latin origin.
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By DONNA M. OWENS and DONNA M. OWENS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 17, 2005
The symptoms: persistent daydreams of warm, sunny destinations. An irrepressible urge to crawl under the covers and hibernate until spring. The diagnosis: the Old Man Winter blues, blahs, and brrrs. Treatment: A bevy of regional escapes and attractions that offer a respite from winter's chill. Visit and repeat as necessary. Prognosis: Full and immediate recovery (and thawing) following treatment as prescribed. Sizzling dances Outdoors it's frigid, and the wind is blowing. But inside the Latin Palace in Fells Point, the temperature is rising as chicos and chicas hit the dance floor for a little salsa, merengue and bachata, all rhythmic dances of Latin origin.
NEWS
By NANCY TAYLOR ROBSON and NANCY TAYLOR ROBSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 25, 2005
A rustic grapevine-covered fence surrounds a cottage that is actually a toolshed. A stone rabbit peeks out from behind fragrant phlox. A little red schoolhouse (now a workshop), complete with hitching post and stacked woodpile, dominates another "room." Behind a split-rail fence lies still another "room" with a black Amish carriage and an old buggy acting as objets d'art. It all started with the garden just outside their kitchen. It boasts a pond that's home to bullfrogs, dragonflies and well-fed goldfish.
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