Off To The Tropics!
While the snow still blows and temperatures continue to plummet, now seems like the perfect time to immerse ourselves in some research about tropical plants, animals and habitats. Browse these websites and transport yourself to places of lush, green canopies and outrageously colored blossoms. Learn something new! Bon voyage!
National Tropical Botanical Garden
With five locations in Hawaii, the National Tropical Botanical Garden is dedicated to preserving tropical plant diversity and stemming the tide of extinction. Located in the only tropical climate zones in the United States, NTBG's nearly 2,000 acres of gardens and preserves afford a natural open-air environment in which these species flourish. Learn about education and conservation programs. The Featured Plants photos at the Take a Tour link for each of the gardens are a “don’t miss!”
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, FL. is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving tropical plants. They are one of the premier conservation and education based gardens in the world and a leader in both Florida and international conservation. They have field programs in over 20 countries and are experts in native plant conservation for South Florida. With one of the most important palm collections on earth, they are home to the American Orchid Society, a tropical fruit pavilion, a palmetum, and a butterfly conservatory. Using the Horticulture tab, check out What's Blooming for each garden and find this month's collection of beautiful photos. Wouldn't you love to have Bolivian Sunset in your garden?
Rain forests-Incubators of Life-National Geographic
Stunning photography helps tell the story of the rain forest in Brazil, home to 30% of the world's remaining rain forest. Find articles on acid rain and what you can do to help. Learn about concern for the rain forest's proximity to Rio de Janeiro and other cities. Explore the rain forest map and be wowed by a rain forest photo gallery.