Friday, May 25, 2007

The Quilted Garden

June 3: The Quilted Garden, 10am-5pm

Botanica invites you to share in the excitement of The Quilted Garden, a unique outdoor quilt show where more than 225 quilts set in the beautiful backdrop of Botanica’s 24 themed gardens. All quilts have a botanical theme or are pieced together with botanical fabrics, creating the perfect complement to the flowers and shrubs in the Gardens. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 and are available for purchase at Botanica in advance or at the gate. Lunch will also be available for purchase from Friends of Botanica.

Mid-America Fine Art Gallery: Dale Strattman

Make plans to join us June 5th from 6-8 pm for the opening reception for our June gallery artist, Dale Strattman. Strattman's showing will feature 36 black and white botanical photographs showcasing the texture and contrast of flowers and foliage. If you can't join us for the opening, stop by the Gardens any time from June 5th-June 28th to see the beauty of nature in black and white.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

In Bloom at Botanica: Astilbe

Botanical Name: Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal'

Where: Woodland Wildflower Garden

Description: This deep-garnet red feathery bloom rises above the bronze-green foliage on this shade loving perennial. It grows in mounds reaching a height of 2'.

Growing Tips: Prefers shady locations and moist soil.

Uses: Great herbaceous plant for adding texture and color to your shade garden.

Also Blooming: Poppies, Indigo, Penstemons and Coreopsis.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

FREE Garden Party Friday!

Enjoy spring color in the Gardens, children's activities, a book signing with Annie Calovich and a great entertainment line-up! All activities and entertainment are FREE with your Wichita River Festival button.

Entertainment Schedule
11:30 United States Air Force Academy Band: Blue Steel
11:30 Book Signing with Annie Calovich
4:30 The Dance Center
5:30 Boeing Concert Band
6:15 Wichita Broadway Singers
7:15 Senseney Community Band

Sponsored for the community by Johnson's Garden Centers, Koch Siedhoff Hand & Dunn & B-98 FM

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Mother's Day is FREE for everyone!

Sunday, May 13, 1-5pm
Skip the bouquet and give your mother an entire garden! The perfect place to take your loved one for a memorable day, Mother’s Day at Botanica is fantastic: with beautiful flowers, elegant sculptures, flowing streams, FREE admission and activities for all ages.
This event is sponsored for the community by AngelWorks.

The BIG BULB Sale Continues!

The big tulip bulb sale that is! This Friday (May 4) beginning at 8:00am is the last scheduled date for our annual tulip bulb sale. That's right, after their bloom season, we sell our tulip bulbs for $0.15 a piece! With more than 80 varieties to choose from, there are plenty of colors and types to make a colorful impact on your yard next spring.

Start digging for nickels and dimes, grab your garden gloves and bring a plastic bag or two to take your bulbs home.

In Bloom at Botanica: Azalea

Botanical Name: Rhododendron hybrid 'Girard Crimson'

Where: Water Well Garden

Description: Hardy evergreen azalea with crimson red flowers and glossy green leaves. Grows to 3' high and wide.

Growing Tips: Prefers part sun to shade in our area with protection from strong south winds. For a happier plant, give it afternoon shade, amend the soil with an acidifier and fertilize with acid feed.

Uses: Azaleas spruce up woody areas and add accent color to shady spots. Look for an array of colors on the market that are hardy for our area.

Also blooming: Salvia, Verbena, Phlox, Allium, Pansies and some Irises and Peonies.