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The Hort Report – April 2018

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5 Tips for Seed Starting As we wait for nature’s palette to reveal itself from under the frozen ground, we can create our own palette by starting seeds indoors.  The seed catalogues are full of magnificent colours of thriving, healthy plants but sometimes the hope that we carefully nurture in the cell packs never comes to fruition.  While reading the …

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Styled Wedding Shoot: Geometric Shapes and Natural Tones

In News, Weddings and Events by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

If you’ve visited the Conservatory lately you might notice that the dining room looks a little bit different these days. We removed counters and partitions in favour of a more open, airy space, increasing our capacity for a seated reception. We added a brick accent wall, two industrial-chic chandeliers and some neutral paint tones, transforming our space into the perfect …

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Tales of a BugFeast Intern: I Ate a Bug and I Liked It

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Author: Marcel Cormier   We’ve all accidentally eaten bugs before – that time casually riding your bike on a mid-summer’s day and you rode right through a swarm of gnats, swallowing what felt like thousands of little bugs. Or, that time you swallowed 3 spiders while you were sleeping (that’s a legitimate fact, right?)   Well this time I ate …

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Hort Report – February 2018

In Conservatory, Horticulture, News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Shinrin-Yoku: the therapeutic practice of ‘forest bathing’ Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of ‘forest bathing’, has roots in many cultures, but it was first identified and recognized as a form of therapeutic healing by the Japanese. In 1982, forest bathing was introduced as a Japanese public health program recognizing a true, meaningful appreciation of nature and its role in humanity.   It …

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Holiday Activities for Kids

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Insects GO FOR GOLD! With the Olympics just around the corner, the top athletes of the world are working hard to be the fastest, strongest and go for the gold! For the millions of insects species worldwide they have to be on the top of their game 24/7, 365 days a year. To survive and thrive insects have developed extraordinary …

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Meet Cheecho the Conure

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Meet Cheecho the Conure! Ever since Cheecho, a young tropical parrot, came to live with us almost 10 years ago, he has become a popular character in the Conservatory. Cheech is a young male Green-cheeked Conure, a small parrot from the continent of South America. Children love to say “hi Cheecho” and hear him repeat his name, and even sometimes …

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Creepy or Cute?

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  “Eeww, that bug’s creepy!” What does it mean to be creepy? The meaning of the word refers to that skin-crawling sensation when something strange happens or weirds us out. There are many things that can be creepy to a person, and bugs are probably one of the top groups of animals that rate as being creepy. But something that …

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The Hort Report – October 2017 Edition

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Autumn on Fire! This time of year we always wish that we had planted more of those striking foliage plants with fall foliage colour. Autumn drives become a spectacular treat as forests of Sugar Maple are set ablaze against a backdrop of feathery yellow Larch and a carpet of glowing Goldenrod – all initiated primarily by shorter daylight hours. The …