Thursday, September 27, 2012

Virtual Road Trip~ Smithsonian Gardens


I swore she was reaching for heaven in a sky she made you believe was there 

those graceful arms extending upright, 
turned angel wings 
flying across the stage on her pointed toes 

as if the wind lifted her Arabesque into the sunset of a spotlight 



TODAY'S SEEDS OF WISDOM


  • JUST BLOOMED TODAY  
  • AWKWARD PHOTO OF THE DAY
  • TWEET TREATS
  • DOG CONFESSIONS
  • DID YOU KNOW...?
  • GARDEN UPDATE
  • VIRTUAL ROAD TRIP~SMITHSONIAN GARDENS
  • FAUNA
  • GARDEN GIGGLE
  • WHAT IN THE WORLD?  
  • FEEDBACK
JUST BLOOMED TODAY 


AWKWARD PHOTO OF THE DAY 


DOG CONFESSIONS

TWEET TREATS
bringing you the quirky, funniest and most interesting tweets from Twitter that we came across.  
   
Please don't ask me to name my favorite Sandy. My God.
@trumpetcake

DID YOU KNOW...?
 how to determine a steak is done? Poke it with a finger. A rare steak should feel like your cheek...medium rare, like your chin...medium, like the end of your nose...medium-well, like the bridge of your nose...well-done, like the bottom of your shoe. This testing method avoids loss of the meat's juices which can occur if you use a meat thermometer or cut into the steak with a knife to determine doneness.
GARDEN UPDATE
Pretty nice weather these days, a lot milder. Soon I won't have to be watering everyday!
VIRTUAL ROAD TRIP~SMITHSONIAN GARDENS

An integral part of the Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Gardens creates and manages the Smithsonian’s outdoor gardens, interiorscapes, and horticulture-related collections and exhibits. Established in 1972 to manage the museum grounds, Smithsonian Gardens extends the museums’ exhibits and learning environment in a public garden setting while shaping visitors’ overall experience of the Smithsonian.

There are eleven gardens within the Smithsonian Gardens.  Many visitors are surprised to learn that the Smithsonian Institution includes a number of outdoor museums. All have been designed to complement the museums they border and to enhance the overall museum experience of learning, appreciation, and enjoyment. Here is a highlight of just a few:
Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

Mary Livingston Ripley Garden: The Ripley Garden is a quiet oasis for thousands of National Mall visitors each year. Its unusual curvilinear design - the work of noted Washington, DC, architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen - along with a profusion of flowers in raised beds, creates a distinctive sense of intimacy and informality. 
Enid A. Haupt Garden


Enid A. Haupt Garden: Located directly above the National Museum of African Art, S. Dillon Ripley Center, and Arthur M.Sackler Gallery, the 4.2-acre Enid A. Haupt Garden is actually a rooftop garden. It comprises three separate gardens, each reflecting the cultural influences celebrated in the adjacent architecture and the museums below. 
 While wandering its brick paths, admiring the parterre and hanging baskets, or splashing in the fountains, few visitors to the Haupt garden realize that they are standing on the roofs of the National Museum of African Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the S. Dillon Ripley Center (International Gallery). 

The Butterfly Habitat Garden, a joint project with the National Museum of Natural History, features different habitats frequented by butterflies (wetlands, meadow, woodland edge, urban garden) and informational signage about their life cycles and behaviors. Created in 1995 and significantly expanded in 2000, the garden was made possible by funding from The Garden Club of America and the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden


Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden: The Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden adorns the east side of the Smithsonian Castle and the main fa├žade of the Arts and Industries Building. From mid-May through November, roses grace the garden with color and fragrance. Bulbs, perennials, annuals, tropical plants, potted herbs, and evergreens enhance the garden's year-round beauty.
Heirloom Garden


Heirloom Garden The Heirloom Garden at the National Museum of American History, Behring Center, is a treasury of favorites from what may be considered the classic American flower garden. Heirloom varieties, defined as open-pollinated plants rather than hybrids or genetically altered plants, are showcased in the terrace beds at the Mall entrance of the museum.  The Smithsonian Heirloom Garden highlights many types of plants that have been passed down from generation to generation. The plants chosen for this garden have been cultivated in American gardens prior to 1950. Filled with annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs and trees, the Heirloom Garden brings wonderful color and aroma to the terrace which wraps around the National Museum of American History. 
White Ghost Orchid

There are more beautiful gardens and grounds which surround the museum buildings, including the Orchid Garden.


GARDEN GIGGLE


Did you hear about the guy that lost his left arm and leg in a car crash? 
He's all right now.

How do crazy people go through the forest? 
They take the psycho path.

How does a spoiled rich girl change a lightbulb? 
She says, "Daddy, I want a new apartment."

What do Eskimos get from sitting on the ice too long? 
Polaroids.

What do prisoners use to call each other? 
Cell phones.

What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work? 
A stick.
  
What do you get when you cross an elephant and a skin doctor? 
A pachydermatologist

What has four legs, is big, green, fuzzy, and if it fell out of a tree would kill you? 
A pool table.

What kind of coffee was served on the Titanic? Sanka
and what kind of lettuce? 
Iceberg.

What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches? 
A nervous wreck.

Where do you find a no legged dog? 
Right where you left him.

 Why do bagpipers walk when they play? 
They're trying to get away from the noise.

FAUNA


WHAT IN THE WORLD?  
On today in American history, people in gardens everywhere were talking about:
1066 William the Conqueror invades England
1781 Battle of Yorktown begins
1989 Former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos, whose corrupt regime spanned 20 years, dies in exile  
1991 Music Legend Miles Davis dies
2005 U.s. Treasury reveals a new colored $10 bill
2012 Crooner Andy Williams dies at age 84




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