The Key West Girls come to town!

Mimi- the parrot. Mimi has taken the shape of a Parrot to bring to awareness the birds of the tropics and how endangered many species are. 85 of the 340 living species of parrots in the wild are endangered… Mimi was inspired by Nancy Forrester and The MANA project (www.mamaproject.org). Mimi is created from all Key West flowers in Nancy’s Secret Garden. She is flamboyant and beautiful wanting to be noticed!  If she is able to help save the parrots she will be a happy bird herself!

Madelyn: (Maddie for Short) comes up from Key West- she is a Beach girl and it is fitting her role is “Beach Conservation.” She roams the beaches, keeping her eyes on erosion, pollution, marine life and beach fun! She keeps her trusty water bottle with her at all times so she stays “hydrated” and ready to go. Beach Conservation also means trying to keep the very fragile Dunes healthy. Dunes act as dikes and reservoirs to replenish the beach. It’s all-important stuff and Maddie wants you to know about it.

Maddie is from plants at The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. “The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only “frost-free” botanical garden in the continental United States. A tropical environment with ample rain allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). It is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Tropical forests of the world hold at least half of all the variety of life on Earth. Moreover, the species found with the Caribbean are among the richest in plant and animal life on the planet.” http://www.keywestbotanicalgarden.org

Getting ready for the Key West visitors- can't wait to see them!

Izabella is getting The Knowledge Café  ready for another party- this time Key West style. The party will be as the sun sets (alah Key West style)  – followed by cheers and dancing (Flex promises to come back to dance!) The beverages will be of the naturally sunny citrus sort. Izabella would have liked to have the party outside- but alas, still not warm enough, especially for those Southern Key West visitors.

BUSY BUSY BUSY. CLeaning the Knowledge Cafe-Green cleaning of course.  Notice her leaves on her feet- they clean and dust as she moves, her feather duster in one hand and her recycle bag with her other “tools” in her other. She has her cleaning cap on is ready to go! For a green guide to cleaning check out http://on.natgeo.com/hPS6Ak.

It is National Wildlife Week!

“Held annually since 1938, National Wildlife Week is NWF’s longest-running education program. National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is featuring 9 species of wildlife.” http://www.nwf.org/en/Wildlife/Activities/National-Wildlife-Week.aspx

Hold on and grip your chair—Botanical Beauties and Beasties has exciting news!  In honor of National Wildlife Week, The Key West Girls are coming to town! They will be arriving on Whimsy Wednesday so be sure to check in and meet them. Here’s a sneak peek. Ahhhyeah… Aww… So Pretty!  Thanks to NWF for declaring it National Wildlife Week. Yahoo!

It’s gonna be a fun week. Spring is trying to pop out, new Beauties (or maybe Beasties) come to visit- maybe stay, as always some eco knowledge and a few fun facts. The creatures are bursting with excitement.

Tweet the news – the Key West girls are on their way! @twitter.com/BotanicalB_B

Rest up – see you on Monday.

Just a reminder- the Botanicals Beauties& Beasties take the weekend off – They need their environmental and beauty rest. See you all on Monday.

However, they are likely to do some tweeting! @botanicalbb

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