Carlisle Art Show: Sylvia Cooley Paintings

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Bromeliads are a large group of tropical plants that include air plants, or epiphytes, as well as terrestrial plants that are rooted in the ground. At first glance they appear to be green with spiky leaves, but as they bloom they are beautiful and varied in the look of the flowers and the way they bloom. The Bromeliad group of plants include the ones shown here, as well as pineapples and Spanish moss. These plants can be found in the conservatory at Miller Nature Preserve in Avon.

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Blooms at Miller Nature Preserve

It may be gray days outside, but plants are blooming in the conservatory at Miller Nature Preserve in Avon. These pink balls of flowers are found on the tropical rose hydrangea. When you visit, make sure to check this out and enjoy the fragrance! The sweet smell reminds people of cake batter.

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Candy and Sweet Scents!

Princess Lolli sits among lollipops and a fragrant orchid!

The Candy Land Display at Miller Nature Preserve in Avon is open through Jan. 5 daily 10 am-5 pm (except 12/25 and 1/1/20). Admission is $2 for anyone over 3 yrs. old.

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Candy Land at Miller Nature Preserve

Outside big gingerbread figures welcome visitors to the display

Inside, visitors follow the colorful trail through the peppermint forest, licorice lagoon, and Queen Frostine’s Cupcake Corner to win at King Kandy’s Castle while learning some fun facts about candy and the game along the way! The display is open 10 am-5 pm now through Jan. 5 except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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BEE thankful for bees too this holiday season!

Come Fall, do you enjoy visiting a pumpkin patch and our Halloween Fair’s ‘Pumpkin Lagoon’, carving & decorating pumpkins, eating pumpkin pie & sipping pumpkin spice coffee? If so, then THANK the squash bee for its pumpkin pollinating services!!

Squash bees (Peponapis pruinosa) occur throughout much of the United States & Mexico, where they are important pollinators of plants in the genus Cucurbita. This includes summer squash, winter squash, zucchini, pumpkins, and many gourds. Squash bees can be easily confused with honey bees, which they resemble in general size & coloration. In comparison, squash bees are larger, bulkier, have longer antennae & rounder faces, and are most easily recognized by their behavior of visiting these flowers starting around sunrise, before other bees are active.

Squash yield is entirely dependent on insect pollinators because male & female reproductive parts are housed in separate flowers and the pollen is heavy and can’t be dispersed by wind. By some estimates, squash bees alone may pollinate around two-thirds of the commercially grown squash in the United States! They are also regular visitors to suburban vegetable gardens.

For more buzz on the important role bees play in your delicious Holiday meals & treats, check-out   ~CVC Naturalist Miss Jenn 🙂

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Photographer Dan Messaros will be at Miller Nature Preserve located at 2739 Center Road in Avon on Saturday, November 30th from 1:00 -3:00 PM. The $48 sitting fee includes an 8×10 portrait, 4 wallets, and 25 cards with your choice of design. Pre-pay online then call and choose your your time slot at 440-937-0764. And yes, pets are welcomed also.

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