Favorite Summer Botanical Gardens , JULY 2010

It’s not just hot out there it is steamy! And that steamy heat & humidity is what makes our area a Tropical Paradise.  Yes those conditions that make you wilt is just what the botanist ordered for the rare and beautiful tropical flora you can see at the premiere showcase of such botanical glory: Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  Currently you can get in free every Sunday in August.  And the fact is, right now, everything there is at its best!

For a cool green respite, I love the sanctuary of Morikami Gardens. Meandering paths through green-on-green landscapes lead you deep into a peaceful refuge.  For a bit more excitement don’t miss the annual Bon Festival to be held August 14th from 4pm – 9pm. A celebration of departed ancestors, the festival is marked by the roar of the Taiko Drums, Japanese Folk Dancing, a street fair with games, fireworks and floating lanterns –each with a candle lit to honor the ancestors– upon the reflective surface of the lake. Tickets can be purchased on line.

To me, these two gardens are the yin & yang of the summer, each with their own version of garden inspiration.  Why not make some time to enjoy the day at a public garden soon?