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IMAGINARY WORLDS!!!

IMAGINARY WORLDS!

We went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens this week to catch a preview of their new plant sculpture exhibit Imaginary Worlds! It is Amazing! This exhibit traveled all the way from Montreal, Canada to wow us here in Atlanta. We’re giving you 10 reasons (and there are more) to check out these live works of art!

It was snowing blooms!

It was snowing blooms!

 

There’s an Ogre! (Don’t worry he’s friendly.)

            This friendly giant is colorful, whimsical and you can explore all around his funny face. During the exhibit this guy and all the sculptures will get regular pruning and trims.

Ogre!!

Ogre!!

  

You can go right trough him!

You can go right trough him!

Making our ogre faces!

Making our ogre faces!

COBRAS!!! (Not to worry, they aren’t the spitting variety.)

            These two towering cobras look fierce but they aren’t. These rising reptiles required cranes to get them this good looking. Look for the papyrus plants near this pair!

Check out this cobras "scales"! Gorgeous!

Check out this cobras “scales”! Gorgeous!

You guys ok up there?

You guys ok up there?

Fishy Friends!

            This pair of fish joyfully have water spouting out of their mouths as they spin around and around. The cool part is they turn so that each plant on the fish gets equal sunlight!

Fishy fountain!

Fishy fountain!

 

BUNNIES!! (We just have to yell that!)

            There are adorable little bunnies hoping all over the gardens. You don’t have to feed this species just water them.

Isn't he adorable?

Isn’t he adorable?

 

There are Giant Strawberries!

            We were hoping they would let us take a nibble, but sadly no. These large sculptures are located in the edibles garden where they have blueberries, pomegranates and asparagus. This place is an herbivore’s dream!

Yum!

Yum!

 

Learn How to Make Large Plant Sculptures Yourself (Ok- not really)

            You can learn how The International Mosaiculture of Montreal makes these super sculptures though and it is a huge job. It took 15 refrigerated trucks and 140,000 plants to get the exhibit to Atlanta.  

This is how the sculptures look without the plants!

This is how the sculptures look without the plants!

 

Frog fountains!

            To celebrate the work the Atlanta Botanical Gardens does with amphibian conservation, they have frog fountains!  The gardens are also entering a masioculture competition at the Montreal Botanical Gardens this summer with four more frogs!

Frog!!!

We like his outfit!

 

Butterflies!

            They have two large butterflies that have lantana on their backs! Lantana is great to grow in your own garden to attract regular sized butterflies!

Check out this butterflies proboscis (the tongue)!

Check out this butterflies proboscis (the tongue)!

 

Edmond found a Unicorn!!

            Edmond found a unicorn eating grass in the garden! Oh how he wants to be a unicorn! Who doesn’t love unicorns?

Edmond wants a magical horn!

Edmond wants a magical horn!

 

There’s a Goddess!

            This lovely lady looks over the Cascades Gardens. She is HUGE too! She is 25 feet tall and weighs around 29 tons! It took 40,000 plants just to get her to this look like this! And Ellie thought it took a lot to make her beautiful!

Gorgeous Earth Goddess!

Gorgeous Earth Goddess!

 

 

We really enjoyed this extraordinary exhibit and the beautiful gardens! There are more sculptures to be found as you make your way through the grounds. These amazing sculptures have a soilless mixture for the plants to grow in and the large structures have their own irrigation systems. Wow!

Grab the kids, your camera and your sense of wonder and head to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to be immersed in a magical world! The exhibit opens today and runs through October! Check out the Atlanta Botanical Gardens website for tickets and information!

Beautiful Purple Flower!

Beautiful Purple Flower!

 

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REPTILIAN TUESDAY # 60

REPTILIAN TUESDAY # 60

It’s that most wonder day where we meet a reptile and we’re going to Southeast Asia to meet a small and cute lizard! Who’s ready to meet….?

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MEET THE GARDEN LIZARD!

garden lizard   Range/Habitat: Western-Eastern South Asia/ farmland, urban

   Diet: Omnivore: insects, small animals

   Length: 12-14”

   Conservation Status: common

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Garden lizards have long tails.
  • Garden lizards’ color varies.
  • The males have red throats and mouths during breeding season.
  • Garden lizards are excellent climbers.
  • Garden lizards are ambush predators.

We sure wouldn’t mind having these little Garden lizards in our garden! They really can help keep the insect population in check and that can be good for your plants!

 

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We’re on a Mission! Code Name: Conservation! PHOTOS!

The first week of our first photo contest has passed and we have received some great photos from all around the world!

So here they are! If you haven’t submitted yours yet! Get them in! You have til Aug 31st!

From Happiii on Twitter! They’re growing blueberries in the garden! YUM!

From SiberianForrest on Twitter! Energy Conservation in action! MUSH!

From Skylarmoonbeam on Twitter! She’s a beekeeper! BUZZ! BUZZ!

 

From MrBearandRocky on Twitter! Mr. Bear recycles! YAY!

 

From MrBearandRocky on Twitter! Mr Bear is working on his garden! Providing habitats for wildlife!

From MrBearandRocky on Twitter. Mr Bear hugs a cactus! OUCH! 

 

 

You’ve got some stiff competition folks, so get those photos in!

So we’re having a Photo Contest! Starting on Wednesday August 1st and ending Friday August 31st,we’re asking our fans and friends to post your pictures of you participating in conservation!

We want to see you recycling, growing a butterfly garden, going to a zoo or aquarium and reading about conservation, making your own green cleaning products, filling a bird feeder or reusing an item.

These are just some of the many things you can catch on film!

You can post the photos on our Facebook wall or

tweet it to us @EllieandEdmond.

 

 

 

 

 

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WE’RE ON A MISSION!

We’re on a Mission!

Code name: Conservation!

That’s right we’re on a mission to catch you in the act of conservation! Here at the Ellie and Edmond headquarters we talk about the small ways you can help animals, such as recycling!

Now we want to see you doing great things for the planet!

So we’re having a Photo Contest! Starting on Wednesday August 1st and ending Friday August 31st,we’re asking our fans and friends to post your pictures of you participating in conservation!

We want to see you recycling, growing a butterfly garden, going to a zoo or aquarium and reading about conservation, making your own green cleaning products, filling a bird feeder or reusing an item.

These are just some of the many things you can catch on film! Be creative and make it fun!

You can post the photos on our Facebook wall or

tweet it to us @EllieandEdmond.

 

We’ll pick 3 winners and announce them on Monday September 3rd

You can enter up to 3 pictures. Prizes to be determined!

We are soooo excited to see your pictures! We’ll be posting them once a week on our blog, so you can see all the fun! Please share this with all your friends and family, the more pictures we get the better!

 

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REPTILIAN TUESDAY # 34

REPTILIAN TUESDAY # 34

It’s the day of the week to meet a reptile friend! We’re off to the Mediterranean today to find a little lizard who loves to crawl up walls! Get your flash lights out because these lizards like to hunt bugs in the dark! Let’s go!!!

MEET THE MOORISH GECKO!

   Range/Habitat: North Africa-Mediterranean/ scrub, dry stone

   Diet: Insectivore: moths, insects

   Length: 4-6 ½”

   Conservation Status: common

 

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Moorish Geckos are also known as crocodile geckos.
  • They have flat heads and bodies.
  • They love to climb vertical surfaces, such as walls of homes or stone walls.
  • Moorish geckos have adhesive toe pads to help them climb.
  • They are nocturnal (active at night).
  • Moorish geckos are known to bask in the sun, especially in the winter.
  • Female Moorish geckos are known to lay eggs in a communal nest with other geckos.

 

These little geckos sure are cute! It would be fun to share your house with them, especially because they are great at eating pests! Yes, Mr. Moorish Gecko come in and have a meal J!

 

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SPRING COLOR COMES TO PIKE NURSERIES!

SPRING COLOR COMES TO PIKE NURSERIES!

It’s spring and that means nature comes to life with explosions of color! We wanted to go on an adventure to our local Pike Nursery to find some! We had such a good time being silly and finding all the beautiful plants you can plant in your garden! Hopefully this photo journal of our adventure will inspire you to get some of these for your garden!

PINK Gerber Daisies!

 

YELLOW! Double Lemon Calibrachoa!

Ellie loves the purple petunias!

Edmond loves the Shasta Daisy!

PINK! PURPLE! BLUE! Petunias!

We decided to chill on a bench!

PURPLE Ageratum!

Ellie loves hiding in these purple raspberry plants!

YELLOW! Osteospermums!

Osteospermums in Gray & White!

Edmond loves feeling like he's in the jungle!

Pink & Purple Fuschsia!

We love the mixture of colors here!

We found this lovely tree to sit under!! Aaaaaahhh....

After sitting under a tree- we found one to climb! So fun!

We had such a fun time at Pike Nursery! Everyone was so nice! They have so many more plants than what we found too! So get out in to your garden and see what spring color you can include!

Check out the Pike Nursery website for locations and tips!http://www.pikenursery.com/

 

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