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Take the City Nature Challenge 2021

The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is an international effort to get people outside to document their local biodiversity. Over the course of four days, citizen scientists around the world will log as many observations of the natural world as they can. Then experts will...

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Botanical Spotlight: Bottlebrush Tree

Young bottlebrush tree in bayfront exhibit. Inset: Weeping stem and leaves of bottlebrush (Photos by Aaron Fink)Written by Shawn McCourt, Ph.D., Plants Record Keeper Claude Monet’s famous paintings of his gardens and home at Giverny in France have been brought to life...

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April 2021 EcoQuest: Plants the Pop!

© canstockphoto_liveslowIn a nod to the "Roy Lichtenstein: Monet's Garden Goes Pop!" exhibit at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, April’s EcoQuest Challenge is Plants that Pop!  We are focusing on plants that spread their seeds through...

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Spring is in the Air!

Written by Shawn McCourt, Ph.D. Plant Records KeeperDendrobium nobile var. cooksonianum in MSBG’s greenhouse collection.When most people think of spring flowers, they tend to think daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, cherry blossoms, or azaleas, but here at Marie Selby...

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March 2021 EcoQuest: Stranglers, Lovers, and Tubes

For our March Ecoquest, Check your boots, we have been working with local cabbage palm expert Jono Miller. He wrote a very informative article for Palmetto, Florida Native Plant Society’s newsletter, which is directly related to our EcoQuest. It is not sold on...

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Botanical Spotlight: Red Silk Cotton Trees

Written by Shawn McCourt, Ph.D., Plant Records Keeper Some of the largest, and showiest, exotic trees planted in parks and gardens here in southwest Florida include several members of the mallow family, the Malvaceae.  Among these are the deciduous spring-blooming red...

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Help us with our local EcoFlora project!

Bioblitz Group in the field.The goal of the Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora project is to enlist the help of citizens in documenting the diversity and distribution of plants in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, utilizing the iNaturalist app and website. You don’t have to be a...

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