Bringing Beautiful Hydroponic Tulips to Bloom

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How beautiful are these tulips that my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day? However, you might notice that those aren’t cut flowers. They’re tulips with bulbs still intact and sitting in water! These tulips are hydroponic. After my marveling over the air-grown, substrate-less epiphyte orchids at Longwood Gardens, it’s probably not too surprising that I’m […]

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Post by . Originally published February 17, 2017. Last updated April 7, 2020.

Things to Do in Philadelphia in Winter

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Snow lines the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ahead of the Art Museum in Philadelphia.

There is never any shortage of things to do in Philadelphia, and that includes during the colder times of the year. If you aren’t afraid of bundling up, crowds are less at historic sites within the City of Brotherly Love. Add to that some of the city’s biggest and most popular events and festivals. Needless […]

What to Expect Visiting Munich in Spring

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A close up of pink tipped tulips at the Botanical Garden gives a taste of Munich in spring.

With Oktoberfest not starting until September and the delightful German Christmas markets merely a fond memory, what can you expect visiting Munich in spring? Like so many popular travel spots, spring means warming temperatures and blooming flowers. And in Munich, it means a return to the outdoors as Biergarten culture resumes and a plethora of […]

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Post by . Originally published August 5, 2019. Last updated March 4, 2020.

Waldlaufer Has The Most Comfortable Sneakers for Summer Travel

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Waldlaufer India H Clara silver knit stretch sneakers.

Spring is in the air and summer travel plans are quickly coming together! So, of course, I turned to the new spring/summer line of Waldlaufer shoes to find some comfortable walking shoes that also have personality and style. I was lucky enough that Waldlaufer sent me a pair of their knit India sneakers to try. […]

Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival Brings Spring

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Examining one of the beautiful yellow tulips at Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival.

New Jersey is famous for many things. But tulips are not one of them. But the Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival is changing all that. Where a trip to the Netherlands to stroll through tulip fields crowded with other tulip fans may not be an option for some of us, a drive to the Garden […]

Flower Power at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2019

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A psychedelic flower is part of the opening exhibit at the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show.

There is no surer sign that spring is just around the corner than the arrival of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Each year, visitors from near and far make the pilgrimage to the city’s Center City neighborhood to see the show and its dazzling floral displays that will delight, inspire, and excite. And the Philadelphia Flower […]

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Post by . Originally published March 6, 2019. Last updated March 5, 2019.

Philadelphia Flower Show Explores Wonders of Water

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Tulips on display at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2018.

You know spring is near when the Philadelphia Flower Show rolls into town. Each year the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) hosts the wildly popular show downtown at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For 2018, the show is tackling the theme of water. This precious and limited resource is highlighted in some interesting and unexpected ways. But, […]

Munich Botanical Garden’s Natural Beauty

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The Munich Botanical Garden sits in western Munich.

For some reason, despite repeatedly staying at a hotel only a few short blocks from Munich‘s Schloss Nymphenburg, I never made time to visit the Munich Botanical Garden. It’s surprising because the two attractions are neighbors. The garden is only a short walk along a gravel path north of the palace park with only a […]

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Post by . Originally published August 30, 2017. Last updated August 7, 2020.

Sakura Sunday Celebrates Philadelphia’s Cherry Blossoms

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Tulips and daffodils are sure signs of spring. But so far cherry blossoms! What started as a Japanese tradition of picnicking under the blossoming cherry trees has been adopted internationally as a rite of passage each spring. Cities around the world are now celebrating spring by hosting celebrations under the cherry blossoms. Philadelphia is no […]

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Post by . Originally published April 12, 2017. Last updated April 21, 2017.

Going Dutch: Philadelphia Flower Show 2017

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philadelphia flower show 2017 holland flowering the world

The Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) knocked it out of the park this year with the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show. Holland: Flowering the World is a people-pleasing theme. The florists and landscapers from around the region have beautifully executed the theme. If, like me, you love tulips then you simply won’t want to miss this year’s […]

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Post by . Originally published March 14, 2017. Last updated March 6, 2019.

Must See List: Keukenhof Gardens

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keukenhof garden tulip park

Imagine a 79 acre park with more than 7 million flower bulbs. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! That park is Keukenhof in the Netherlands and it is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Every year, the park opens in late March for two months. Visitors flock to see these spectacular flowers. […]

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Post by . Originally published March 6, 2017. Last updated March 5, 2017.

A Visit to: Philadelphia Flower Show

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asian inspired design at the philadelphia flower show

When I was growing up, I vaguely recall that once a year my grandmother, who lived with us would meet up with her friends and they’d ride into city for the Philadelphia Flower Show. I’ve really never had much interest in the show until I saw photos from last year’s show. It was more than […]

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Post by . Originally published March 7, 2015. Last updated August 17, 2016.