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SEAN KENNEY’S NATURE CONNECTS® Made with LEGO® Bricks Exhibition

McKee’s third installation and Sean Kenney’s latest series of his award-winning and record-breaking exhibition that uses LEGO® bricks to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems and mankind’s relationship with nature. Produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Nature Connects presents a playful spin on traditional sculpture art – making it accessible to guests of all ages and backgrounds. Using the beloved toy bricks as an artistic medium, the sculptures, and exhibit post the question: just as LEGO bricks interconnect, how is our natural world interconnected?

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Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop!

On view exclusively at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus from Feb. 13-June 27, 2021, Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop! will showcase the legendary Pop artist’s take on several staples of the public imagination: Claude Monet’s paintings of his garden and surroundings at Giverny, France. The display of these large-scale, rarely seen artworks will be accompanied by a complete transformation of the Downtown Sarasota campus’s 15 acres into Monet’s garden at Giverny as imagined through the aesthetic of Lichtenstein.

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Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming

A guest favorite, the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition features butterflies from around the world flying freely in the 5 story Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. This year we explore an era of exploration and show how Wardian cases make modern conservatories possible. The 85-degree tropical conservatory is filled with thousands of exotic butterflies from tropical regions across the globe. More than 60 different species of butterflies and moths make this an exciting and colorful exhibition.

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3rd ANNUAL GARDEN & ANTIQUE SHOW AND SALE

Over 25 antique and art purveyors from the U.S. will showcase a broad range of exquisite antique and vintage furniture, paintings, garden accessories and statuary, oriental rugs, estate jewelry and more in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden.

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Virtual Connecticut Master Gardener Association Symposium

On Saturday, March 20th starting at 9:00 am, Connecticut Master Gardeners, guests and the public will have the opportunity to hear national and regional experts talk about “Gardening Any Time, Any Place” by virtually attending the Connecticut Master Gardener Association (CMGA) 28th annual garden symposium. Speakers include Margaret Roach, Dan Benarcik, Tovah Martin, Lorraine Ballato, Irene Brady Barber, Gregory Bugbee, Nancy DuBrule-Clemente.

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KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature

Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to experience her immersive installations. Exclusively at NYBG, Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers.

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Waking Up Your Garden at Hollister House Garden

Spring cleaning in the garden is crucial to get shrubs and herbaceous borders looking their best, and to prepare vegetable and herb beds for a bountiful year. Daryl Beyers will review a checklist of earth-friendly gardening tasks to be performed during spring maintenance based on the key elements of soil, trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials, vegetables and herbs, bulbs, annuals and containers, tender perennials, and lawns. Focusing on three pivotal moments in the spring garden: Before Final Frost, At Final Frost, and After Final Frost, these tips and strategies will give your garden a head start on a great growing season. Daryl will focus on a section of his new book The New Gardener’s Handbook which will be available for sale.

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Designing Your Garden, A Masterclass with Page Dickey at Hollister House Garden

In this illustrated lecture Page will discuss what to consider if you are thinking of making a garden. Topics will include connecting the garden to the house, deciding on a style, the importance of paths and routes, terraces and hardscaping establishing bones and having fun!

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Thinking Outside the Box: Using Excellent Plants in Creative Ways at Hollister House Garden

Adam Wheeler will talk about the unique varieties and cultivars of trees, shrubs and conifers available and how to use these plants with a creative and different approach. He will also discuss the value and use of foliage color and texture and share tips on creating unexpected accents. A “pop-up” Broken Arrow plant sale follows this lecture.

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Mind Your Matrix: Successful Plant Combinations at Hollister House Garden

Learn about matrix planting! It is the planting of three to five equally competitive plants that are vigorous enough to act as "living mulch" providing weed suppression and moisture retention around larger perennials and shrubs. Emphasis on, but not exclusively using, native plants.

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Life in the Studio: Inspirations and Lessons on Creativity with Frances Palmer at Hollister House Garden

In this talk Frances will explore the links between her exquisite pottery and the bountiful flowers that she grows in two large cutting gardens. Using her own stunning photographs, Frances traces how the ceramics and flowers are inextricably linked in her creative process.

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The Story of a Garden: Creating Coltsfoot with Juliet Hubbard at Hollister House Garden

Juliet and John Hubbard have created an enchanting cottage garden around a colonial house that has in the family for over 100 years. A series of perennial and vegetable gardens, formal in composition, are softened by the informal planting of old-fashioned roses, peonies, irises, and day lilies. Follow Juliet as she shares her story of designing, creating and gardening at Coltsfoot.

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16th Annual Waterlily Celebration

Our ponds and waterways are adorned with over 80 varieties and over 300 potted and 100 free-range plants including night and day-blooming varieties. Repotting demonstrations and plant sales, plein air artists creating original works of art, and the Annual Waterlily Photo Contest on display in the Hall of Giants.

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Chrysanthemums & More! Exhibition

This annual celebration of the autumn season features an extensive chrysanthemum display with hundreds of flowering plants in both interior and exterior areas. Indoor highlights include varieties on display along the winding BISSELL Corridor and in the Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse, while outdoor plantings are featured in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden, Michigan’s Farm Garden and Volunteer Tribute Garden. Tram rides and seasonal children’s activities are available.

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Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions Exhibition

Experience the most magical time of year as Meijer Gardens transforms into a world of winter magic with the glow of nearly 400,000 lights, 46 captivating international trees and displays, strolling carolers, Santa visits and more surprises than can fit under the tree. The Railway Garden is a holiday favorite and winds its way through three separate indoor gardens.

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