S: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0S: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Venture into the delightful 2600 square-foot screened Butterfly House, and new Bromeliad Conservatory. Experience 2000 orchids, 300 breathtaking roses, quaint Hummingbird Garden, imaginative Sensory Garden with fascinating artscape, Arid Garden and colorful EarthKind Demonstration Trial Gardens. And during our eight warmer months, enjoy the fragrant tropical Plumeria Garden with elevated viewing ramp.

south texas botanicalYour visits to the Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Corpus Christi will immerse you in serene beauty, followed by an adventurous ‘walk on the wild side’ with 11 uniquely stunning floral exhibits and gardens shouting color, followed by quiet trails and boardwalk through identified native habitat and natural wetlands.

This 180-acre showcase on Oso Creek offers a unique and varied take on botanical gardens– beautiful new Exotic Parrots, or native wildlife in the new Reptiles in Residents exhibit; artistic decorative water features, or vast natural wetlands; majestic Rose Pavilion; or rustic Palapa Grande on scenic Gator Lake– Corpus Christi’s South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center will impress you with its unusual approach to environmental education through creative horticultural design, and fascinating naturescape of natural wetlands and trails through native mesquite forest. Definitely not your grandmother’s botanical garden!

http://stxbot.org/

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H: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0Shangri-La Days shares peaceful and relaxing places to visit, rejuvenate and restore your soul. Follow us and the posts will go directly to your inbox. Don’t worry, after April we go back to our once a week schedule, so your inbox won’t explode.

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H: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

hungtington1The name Huntington Library is somewhat deceiving. There is a library there – a magnificent one full of beautiful specimens from the past. They also have a vast array of art work … and gardens like you’d never expect to see nestled in this tiny town.

I discovered this gem while a student at Chaffey College. Our interior design class had many field trips and visits there. I never wanted to leave. Visiting here was like a stop in an oasis, peaceful and serene.

The Botanical Gardens, with over 15,000 plant varieties, are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108

626.405.2100

http://www.huntington.org/

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F: Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0F: Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

FW2I think I could visit the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens every week and still see new sights on each visit. Between the changing blooms through the seasons, and the massive gardens to stroll through, this piece of nature sitting 3 ½ miles west of downtown Fort Worth is a hidden jewel. This is the oldest botanical garden in Texas and boast of 110 acres, beautifully planted and maintained. They not only have classes, workshops and special events, there are concerts in the gardens and several locations available for weddings.

A wide variety of gardens offer serene spots to connect with beauty and nature: A Fragrance Garden, Japanese Garden, Perennial Garden, Rose Garden and more.

Events coming up include:

April 10-11: Spring Plant Sale

April 18-19: Flowercade & Rose & Iris Shows

April 25-26: Spring Festival in the Japanese Garden

May 16: Herb Festival

May 30: Orchid Show

June 6: Daylily Show

http://fwbg.org/

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D: Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0D: Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA

descanso lilacsRight in the middle of southern California, close to the merging 210 and 10 freeways, sets a sprawling Shangri-La space, acres and acres of nature, paths, and floral delights.

  • Descanso Gardens, in La Canada Flintridge, is home to several specific garden areas.
  • Oak Woodland: A mix of woodland, meadow and chaparral plants.
  • Rose Garden: 5 acres containing over 3,000 roses, many of them historic and award winners.
  • Japanese Garden: A blend of tea gardens, strolling gardens and zen gardens.
  • Oak Forest: This garden of Coast Live Oaks is the remainder of the original forest in the area. Many of the oaks are centuries old.
  • Nature’s Table: An edible garden filled with fruit trees, seasonal vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
  • Camellia Collection: North America’s largest Camellia collection
  • Lilac Garden: Over 400 lilacs of 250 different types.

Descanso Gardens is celebrating Earth Day with a Festival: April 25th and 26th.

Something is blooming year round at Descanso Gardens. This is what you can see when you visit:descanso poppies

  • JANUARY: Camellias, cherry trees and winter annuals
  • FEBRUARY: Camellias, magnolias, cherry trees and daffodils
  • MARCH: Tulips, camellias, irises, lilacs, cherry trees, clivia and daffodils
  • APRIL: Azaleas, camellias, irises, lilacs, native plants and wildflowers and wisteria
  • MAY: Roses, azaleas, camellias, irises, wildflowers and California natives
  • JUNE: Modern and heritage roses and summer annuals
  • JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER: Roses, summer annuals and perennials, crape myrtle, and cassia
  • OCTOBER: Sasanqua camellias, roses and fall foliage
  • NOVEMBER: Camellias, toyon berries, annuals, gingko and fall foliage
  • DECEMBER: Camellias, toyon berries, annuals and ginkgo.

https://www.descansogardens.org/

Hours Descanso Gardens is open daily except for Christmas. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm (last entry is 4:30 pm). There is ample free parking. The Boddy House is open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm The Sturt Haaga Gallery is open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm when an exhibition is on view. The gallery presents three 10-week exhibits per year.

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C: Clark Gardens, Weatherford, Texas

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0It’s April! Time for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Each day through April (except Sundays) we’re writing a blog post to the Letter of the Day. The 1st is ‘A’, the 2nd is ‘B’ … and so on until we get to ‘Z’.

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C: Clark Gardens, Weatherford, Texas

IMG_0569Clark Garden’s proclaims on their web page:

“The breath-taking 50-acre oasis awakens the senses, stirs the spirit and relaxes the mind. From the first spring blossoms to the colorful fall, there is a sense of magic.”

I’ll attest to the fact that they don’t exaggerate. I had the pleasure of attending the Iris Festival there in 2013. It was so lovely I did not want to leave. I didn’t have the time to see a fraction of the beautiful gardens that grace the 50 acres.

If you’re anywhere around Weatherford or Mineral Wells, Texas, you’ll want to stop by and refresh in the lovely surroundings. http://www.clarkgardens.org/

Here’s a link that shows some of the gardens. http://www.clarkgardens.org/images/stories/files/map_of_gardens/clark_gardens_guide_map_feb2015_w.pdf

Business Office Monday-Friday (year-round excluding holidays) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 940-682-4856

OPEN SEASON (No appointment necessary.)

Dates:

  • March 6, 2015 through July 5, 2015 (the first weekend in March through July 4th weekend)
  • September 3, 2015 through November 29, 2015
  • March 4, 2016 through July 4, 2016
  • September 2, 2016 through November 27, 2016SUMMER & WINTER SEASONS – By Appointment Only, Excluding Private Events & Festivals –
  • Times: Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • July 6, 2015 through September 3, 2015
  • November 30, 2015 through March 3, 2016
  • July 6, 2016 through September 1, 2016

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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We don’t always have to travel far to find our Shangri-La. Sometimes these spots of tranquility are nestled in the middle of bustling city life. In Arcadia, California, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden contains a multitude of serene locations. Here is just one of my favorite spots there.

IMG_0196If waterfalls and running water aren’t your particular cup of tea, maybe a stroll through the citrus grove there would ease your worries.

Shangri-La is where you find it.