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An inside glimpse of the gardens from our Instagram feed

Instagram post 2282244376041485542_1134410758 Meadow views = good news. These spring days are vibrating with life — from this fuzzy native carpenter bee on antelope-horns milkweed (Asclepias asperula) to the many birds singing and calling near and far. Take a moment to breathe, listen & enjoy. And if those fuzzy rump wiggles inspire you to put on your own spring soundtrack and find some movement, we recommend it! 🐝🎶 ... 🎥: landscape technician Jon Merz #beelieve #nativemilkweed #meadowcore #pollinationstation #txwildflowers2020
Instagram post 2281442992069092853_1134410758 Penstemons are in their prime & parading their perfect posture + pulchritudinous pink petals all around the gardens. See more of these prolific plants in today’s story. 📸: gardener Karen Beaty 🌿 #fabflora #txwildflowers2020 #penstemon #ourgardensyourhome
Instagram post 2279967671985660747_1134410758 Let’s get a change of perspective from the Observation Tower! All is well in the Savanna Meadow below while claret cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) and prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus) kiss the sky up high. 📸: gardener Leslie Uppinghouse #towerview #ourgardensyourhome #meadowcore #cactusbloom
Instagram post 2279205589396942468_1134410758 “Clearly, nature calls to something very deep in us. Biophilia, the love of nature and living things, is an essential part of the human condition. Hortophilia, the desire to interact with, manage and tend nature, is also deeply instilled in us. The role that nature plays in health and healing becomes even more critical for people working long days in windowless offices, for those living in city neighborhoods without access to green spaces, for children in city schools or for those in institutional settings such as nursing homes. The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological. I have no doubt that they reflect deep changes in the brain’s physiology, and perhaps even its structure.” -Oliver Sacks from The Healing Power of Gardens 🌿 We’re keeping the gardens & natural areas healthy & sharing the gifts of the season with you, wherever you are. And we promise that’s what we’ll continue to do. 📸: Prairie celestials (Nemastylis geminiflora) #ourgardensyourhome #prairieflowers #oliversacks #inournature #vitaminN #naturerx
Instagram post 2278536975454907503_1134410758 Center views for you! Lots of bluebonnets and phlox serving butterflies and bees along our Simmons Research Trail. What’s blooming or buzzing where you are? 👀 #trailside #springintexas #txwildflowers2020 #
Instagram post 2277103795728536667_1134410758 🕵🏾🌿It’s amazing what you can observe when you slow down, look all around, get close and stay curious. Wildflower photographers very often find that while a blossom catches our eye, our lens finds tiny friends and whole micro-ecosystems and stories unfolding within a square inch or less! This crab spider (Mecaphesa spp.) was spotted on rusty blackhaw viburnum (Viburnum rufidulum), likely waiting for a meal to come their way. Bonus: Check out an awesome story about ambush predators in today’s Story! #crabspider #thinksmall #littleworlds #viburnum #thomisidae #flowerspider
Instagram post 2276342576671287743_1134410758 It’s a Blue Monday and we’re ok with that. 💙🌿 How do you feel about Texas’ state flower? Any favorite bb facts? We’ll share ours in today’s Story, but you can find more bluebonnet trivia + wildflower resources & info about all our other iconic wildflowers at the link in our bio, wildflower.org/texas 📸: Lupinus texensis among our John Barr trail #txwildflowers2020 #texasbluebonnets #lupines #blueview
Instagram post 2274826890346097159_1134410758 Good morning from the gardens. If you have a breeze on your cheek or a patch of sky above you or something green and living to touch, that’s pretty lucky! If you can’t reach those things right now, send your mind here, take as many slow breaths as you like and know that you are a part of nature and that’s a beautiful thing. 🌿✨ 📸: Gardener Amy G. #ourgardensyourhome #natureisforeveryone #aperfectmorning
Instagram post 2282244376041485542_1134410758 Meadow views = good news. These spring days are vibrating with life — from this fuzzy native carpenter bee on antelope-horns milkweed (Asclepias asperula) to the many birds singing and calling near and far. Take a moment to breathe, listen & enjoy. And if those fuzzy rump wiggles inspire you to put on your own spring soundtrack and find some movement, we recommend it! 🐝🎶 ... 🎥: landscape technician Jon Merz #beelieve #nativemilkweed #meadowcore #pollinationstation #txwildflowers2020
Instagram post 2281442992069092853_1134410758 Penstemons are in their prime & parading their perfect posture + pulchritudinous pink petals all around the gardens. See more of these prolific plants in today’s story. 📸: gardener Karen Beaty 🌿 #fabflora #txwildflowers2020 #penstemon #ourgardensyourhome
Instagram post 2279967671985660747_1134410758 Let’s get a change of perspective from the Observation Tower! All is well in the Savanna Meadow below while claret cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) and prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus) kiss the sky up high. 📸: gardener Leslie Uppinghouse #towerview #ourgardensyourhome #meadowcore #cactusbloom
Instagram post 2279205589396942468_1134410758 “Clearly, nature calls to something very deep in us. Biophilia, the love of nature and living things, is an essential part of the human condition. Hortophilia, the desire to interact with, manage and tend nature, is also deeply instilled in us. The role that nature plays in health and healing becomes even more critical for people working long days in windowless offices, for those living in city neighborhoods without access to green spaces, for children in city schools or for those in institutional settings such as nursing homes. The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological. I have no doubt that they reflect deep changes in the brain’s physiology, and perhaps even its structure.” -Oliver Sacks from The Healing Power of Gardens 🌿 We’re keeping the gardens & natural areas healthy & sharing the gifts of the season with you, wherever you are. And we promise that’s what we’ll continue to do. 📸: Prairie celestials (Nemastylis geminiflora) #ourgardensyourhome #prairieflowers #oliversacks #inournature #vitaminN #naturerx
Instagram post 2278536975454907503_1134410758 Center views for you! Lots of bluebonnets and phlox serving butterflies and bees along our Simmons Research Trail. What’s blooming or buzzing where you are? 👀 #trailside #springintexas #txwildflowers2020 #
Instagram post 2277103795728536667_1134410758 🕵🏾🌿It’s amazing what you can observe when you slow down, look all around, get close and stay curious. Wildflower photographers very often find that while a blossom catches our eye, our lens finds tiny friends and whole micro-ecosystems and stories unfolding within a square inch or less! This crab spider (Mecaphesa spp.) was spotted on rusty blackhaw viburnum (Viburnum rufidulum), likely waiting for a meal to come their way. Bonus: Check out an awesome story about ambush predators in today’s Story! #crabspider #thinksmall #littleworlds #viburnum #thomisidae #flowerspider
Instagram post 2276342576671287743_1134410758 It’s a Blue Monday and we’re ok with that. 💙🌿 How do you feel about Texas’ state flower? Any favorite bb facts? We’ll share ours in today’s Story, but you can find more bluebonnet trivia + wildflower resources & info about all our other iconic wildflowers at the link in our bio, wildflower.org/texas 📸: Lupinus texensis among our John Barr trail #txwildflowers2020 #texasbluebonnets #lupines #blueview
Instagram post 2274826890346097159_1134410758 Good morning from the gardens. If you have a breeze on your cheek or a patch of sky above you or something green and living to touch, that’s pretty lucky! If you can’t reach those things right now, send your mind here, take as many slow breaths as you like and know that you are a part of nature and that’s a beautiful thing. 🌿✨ 📸: Gardener Amy G. #ourgardensyourhome #natureisforeveryone #aperfectmorning

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