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Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour


Sundays, December 1, 2019; January 5, February 2, March 1, 2020 | 12–1 p.m.
Meet at Magnolia Plaza by the building steps.

Join Lynne Spevack, L.C.S.W., a licensed psychotherapist for this outdoor wintertime walk. Learn the simple lifestyle practices that can help you maintain a sunny outlook through dark, cold winter days, while encountering the plants and animals that enliven the landscape even in the depths of winter. Each month’s tour explores a different aspect of the winter garden.

Walks are held in rain, snow, or sunshine; dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Free with Garden admission.


After the Leaves Have Fallen: Deciduous Trees in Winter

A winter tree’s bare silhouette and the patterns, colors, and textures of its bark can yield clues about its identity. Its form also provides an opportunity to attune our senses to the beautiful shapes, textures, and hues of of winter. Walk through the Garden for a closer look at the deciduous trees and learn more about keeping the blues at bay and maintaining a good mood and sharp mind during this sometimes difficult time of year.


The Sensuous Winter Garden: Color, Texture, Shape, and Sound

Brightly dotting a blanket of snow, red and purple berries alert high-flying birds where to find their next meal. Dried grasses and decorative seed heads bob and weave in the winter winds. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the winter garden and learn how healthy lifestyle habits like walking outdoors can propel your New Year’s resolutions to conquer vices like smoking and procrastination.


Lunar New Year in the Japanese Garden

Celebrated in Japan in centuries past, Lunar New Year marks the transition from winter to spring. Japanese garden design emphasizes plants with year-round interest as well as architectural elements to help create year-round appeal. Enjoy the soothing, contemplative atmosphere of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden as you learn about the elements that distinguish Eastern and Western gardening styles.


Early Spring Flowers

Over a dozen different species of flowers grace the grounds of BBG in late winter. Celebrate the transition to spring by admiring petite, colorful, and sturdy blooms that are undeterred by the frosts and snows of March.

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