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Some of the Botanical Elements as You Stroll Through Riverbanks Zoo

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All through the zoo you see various plantings, I found this useful for ideas in my own garden.  Also I found interesting combinations in their containers as well as a few plants I am going to have to look into further. 
I will be making a special visit back to the zoo, specifically to go through the Botanical Gardens, in the very near future.
 

This is an AWESOME stand of
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Pseudocorus (yellow flag) iris

In back the Rice Paper Plant
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In front I believe Christmas Fern?

Coleus
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A very interesting find

Yes that is cabbages
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in them there pots

Huchera
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This is one of the unknown plants
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I would like to add to my garden

another unknown
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back plant is a cycad
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one of the front is Rice Paper Plant

Hellebore 'Lenten Rose'
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If you will take a minute and go back in the photos do you notice something...? 
These are mostly only foilage plants.  Cool huh...?
 
There is another subject to cover when discussing Botanical Gardens, and that is the taking of cuttings for propagation.  Some folks will go through alot just to steal cuttings from botanical gardens plantings.  This is a major NO...NO...   These plants do belong to someone, and if you take the time you may see that they offer programs where you can learn to propagate these plants, and you keep your propagations.  Also, like Riverbanks they sell divisions at very reasonable prices.
There are many tales of folks being caught, even one lady who carried plastic baggies with moist kleenex in her very oversized purse.  If she would have just found a grounds keeper before she helped herself, she may have gotten to keep her cuttings.  I do not believe she is allowed in the particular Garden to this day.

I think indoor conservatories and botanical gardens are among some of the most useful places there are, even in the winter you can visit an indoor conservatory to study and lift your spirits.  Botanical gardens that are outdoos and local to you, show you what you can grow together in great harmony in your zone.  Take many photos and maybe purchase some available plants, to bring a little of your visit to your backyard.  You can have GREAT ideas for you landscape by visiting these places.  And if you start early with you children you can instill an appreciation for nature all year long.
I will add another page to this, article after my next trip to the zoo.  I am hoping to catch it in full bloom in the next week or so.
 

This article contributed by Victoria Meetze.

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