The upper garden now open at Leach Botanical Garden

A scene at the Leach Botanical Garden in Portland, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) The upper garden at the Leach Botanical Garden has reopened for visitors with limitations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: Timed tickets must be purchased online.Masks must be worn in the garden.Keep a six-foot distance from people who are not in … Continue reading The upper garden now open at Leach Botanical Garden

2021 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest taking flight in June

A red-winged blackbird bathes in a pond in Central Washington. (photo by Cheryl Landes) Organizers for the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest decided to fly ahead with an event this spring. It's scheduled Thursday-Sunday, May 13-16. In a post on the festival's Facebook page, the organizers wrote: "We are currently planning for a hybrid festival model … Continue reading 2021 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest taking flight in June

2021 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival a mix of virtual, in-person events

Tulips from Roozengaarde Flowers & Bulbs in Mount Vernon, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Because of ongoing safety concerns and state restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in northwestern Washington State will be a combination of virtual and in-person events. The festival kicks off on Thursday, April 1, with a … Continue reading 2021 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival a mix of virtual, in-person events

Forest bathing walks at the Leach Botanical Garden in Portland

The Leach Botanical Garden in Portland, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) A forest bathing experience helps you connect deeply with the natural world and remember how all humans, plants, and creatures are interconnected. It's inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. The forest bathing walks at the Leach Botanical Garden in Portland, Oregon, are … Continue reading Forest bathing walks at the Leach Botanical Garden in Portland

2021 Ice Music Festival Norway cancelled, virtual event planned in March

On February 11, 2000, composer and percussionist Terje Isungset performed the first ice concert inside a frozen waterfall in Lillehammer, Norway. His fascination of creating music with instruments he built from ice continued, and his fan base grew. Six years later, he teamed up with Pål Knutsson Medhus to host the first Ice Music Festival … Continue reading 2021 Ice Music Festival Norway cancelled, virtual event planned in March

2021 Nantucket Daffodil Festival to be replaced with Help Our Businesses Bloom

Photo by Cheryl Landes The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the 2021 Daffodil Festival Car Parade and Picnic in Siasconset, Massachusetts, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, planning for an event called Help Our Businesses Bloom is underway. The chamber is planning shopping and dining promotions to support local businesses, along with virtual … Continue reading 2021 Nantucket Daffodil Festival to be replaced with Help Our Businesses Bloom

Virtual nature events with Clark County Green Neighbors

A forest near the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Clark County Green Neighbors has moved all of its events online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Their events cover a wide range of activities, from a nature lover's book club to question and answer sessions with local gardening experts. During … Continue reading Virtual nature events with Clark County Green Neighbors

2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival a hybrid event

Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC (photo by Cheryl Landes) The 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, will feature a combination of virtual and outdoor activities March 20-April 11. The new format "honors the tradition of the Festival, while prioritizing the health and safety of … Continue reading 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival a hybrid event