A cyanotype is a magical thing. White shapes emerge ghost-like against an indigo-blue background, revealing a negative image in a striking monochrome palette. Cyanotypes also carry a rich history of the earliest experiments in photography–and yet they are remarkably easy to create. You can learn all about cyanotypes and create your own magical blue images in an upcoming workshop with Fort Worth photographer Edgar Miller.
The Garden’s Pollinator Pathway is a-buzz this month with bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators busy collecting nectar from blooming plants. To enjoy this whirl of activity in your own garden–and help support the overall health of our ecosystem–look to summer-blooming native plants.
Many plants flower in May and into June, but as the temperatures rise, the blooms fade away and then stop altogether. Not red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora.) This Texas native combines easy care and drought tolerance with reliable color all summer long. “It’s one of the most carefree plants you can find,” says Sr. Horticulturist Steve Huddleston.
As spring slips into summer, the Garden explodes with color as flowers of all sorts come into bloom. If you have ever wanted to recreate that beauty in art, the new Summer Blooms Acrylics Workshop will give you the tools and techniques to paint your own botanical masterpiece.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, when Americans are urged to recognize the toll of mental illness, fight stigma and advocate for better support for the millions of people affected. One increasingly important area of focus: Children. Mental illness among children is caused by a bewildering array of factors, but no matter the exact situation, parents and other caregivers can adopt one simple strategy to buttress the mental health of the children and adolescents they love. They can foster a connection to nature.
You can teach your children about spring in many ways. You can watch trees and shrubs leaf and bloom, explore patch of bluebonnets and dance in a spring rainstorm. In quiet moments, you can also read some of the great children’s books about the season.
So much of modern life is conducted in artificial spaces–offices, cars, stores, parking lots. Individuals can spend days–perhaps even weeks–without their feet ever touching soil. We lose something when our connection to nature is severed, says to Sara Southerland, holistic coach and sound healing practitioner.
The Rainforest Conservatory is currently filled with an orchids from every corner of the globe. You might think you could never evoke a tropical paradise in your own home, but orchids are more accessible than you might think. With a few simple tips, you can create your own World of Orchids.
Registration has opened for the Garden’s summer camps. S.E.E.D (Summer Exploration, Engagement, and Discovery) Camp in the Garden offers fun and stimulating experiences for kids from preschool to high school. Camps sell out every year, so make sure to sign up today!
For life to be satisfying, many people find it helps to have a source of purpose–something or someone that guides and motivates them. For Dallas-area engineer Charles Hess, his source of purpose could be summed up in one word: Orchids.