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Faded to Fabulous: Preserving the Pinewood Estate Frog Fountain

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Conservators from Rosa Lowinger & Associates – Conservation of Art + Architecture are working diligently preserving and uncovering amazing details to the historic 1920 frog fountain at Pinewood Estate. Restoring efforts include removing the calcified mineral build up with scalpels, paint brushes and razor blades.

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What Did Our Rare Plant Conservation Team Do Last Month?

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On November 25th, Rare Plant Conservation Program staff, Whitney Costner (not pictured), Thomas Burney and Jessica Brown, along with volunteer David Marentic (center), visited an area of Florida Scrub in Auburndale, FL, home to the rare, endangered, and central Florida endemic Scrub Lupine, Lupinus aridorum.

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Fall Florida Gardening

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In Florida, fall is an excellent time to start a vegetable garden. Learn about the cool-season vegetables to plant in November and create your own “garden gold” by converting yard wastes to compost. Composting is easy to do and yields a manure-like, organic fertilizer/soil conditioner, which highly benefits Florida’s infertile native soils. Vegetables cannot tolerate standing water from excessive rainfall or irrigation. At the same time, vegetables need soil moisture to grow and produce. Frequency of irrigation depends upon the age of the crop and your soil type.

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D.I.Y. Broken Pot Fairy Garden

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Make your own of creative garden arrangements and fairy gardens out of broken pots, proving that even a broken pot can be useful and beautiful. They add such a nice touch of whimsey to the yard-scape.

We patiently waited for a broken pot from the Tower & Gift Shop but if you don’t want to wait, time to break some pottery! Grab a pair of goggles and carefully take a hammer to some terra cotta pots. Here are step-by-step photos of how to start a broken potted plant, reincorporating the broken pieces as an entirely new addition, including little steps made of planter-peices.

So what’re you waiting for? Get started on your own charming and beautiful fairy gardens and discover how much fun you can have with your imagination and creativity.

There is a big array of miniature fairies and accessories, including everything found in this tutorial, in our Tower & Garden Gift Shop!

fairy-1All you need is a broken pot, fairy accessories from our Tower & Gift Shop, and your imagination!

fairy-4Reincorporate the broken pieces as an entirely new addition, creating little steps made of planter-peices

fairy-6Add some greenery with a little moss foliage, some succulents, or search your own garden for plants and flowers.

fairy-13A whimsical flower lamp will add enchantment and welcome fairies to your garden. Fairies can find rest on this charming metal chair and observe nature visiting the bird bath.

fairy-20These tiny clay pots make a lovely container for a tiny plant or flower.

fairy-15Even a watering can will add fun to your fairy garden if it is a bold fiesta color.

fairy-17A fairy garden would not be complete without a fairy.

1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Sow, Grow, & Share

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School gardens are living laboratories where interdisciplinary lessons come alive. Students are encouraged to become active participants in the learning process. The school garden enhances student education by providing an environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn. Goals of school gardens often include: experiential learning, inquiry and observation, reconnecting students to nature, discovering how their food and fiber is produced, as well as, promoting physical activity.

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