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Celebrate Plants with Botanical Blog Carnivals

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Summer Moonset Among Alders (Alnus rubra)

Join in the green festivities online with two lush blog carnivals:

The Festival of the Trees

First, high thee hence to The Organic Writer blog where Yvonne Osborne has prepared an inspiring forest-garden for every wanderer at The Festival of the Trees 49: Favorite Trees.

Happy Birthday, Festival of the Trees! Since July 2006 the Festival of the Trees has been celebrating all things arboreal online with the participants and hosts from around the world.

Join us for Issue #50: Trees Through a Child’s Eyes, hosted by Roberta Gibson at the Growing with Science Blog.

Roberta asks that we consider submitting child-friendly posts. Ideas include sharing bark rubbings, children’s drawings of trees and leaves, ideas for or photographs of tree houses, nature journals with tree themes, photos from a favorite walk through the woods, science experiment ideas, etc. If you want some serious inspiration, she suggests you take a look at Rachel Carson’s book THE SENSE OF WONDER.

You can read details about issue #50 here, and the easy submission information is included below:

Host: Growing With Science Blog

Deadline: July 29

Email to: growingwithscience [at] gmail [dot] com – or use the contact form

Theme: Trees through a child’s eyes

Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

Berry Go Round

To begin, enjoy issue #29 of Berry Go Round at the Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog, which brings us “11 blog posts about plants that you really must read.”

This July Berry Go Round issue #30 visits Brainripples and opens its garden gates to intersections of arts and sciences throughout the plant kingdom.

Berry Go Round is a celebration of all things botanical, which encourages lively discussions about plants, their natural history, life cycle, growth habit and other related topics. I’m asking participants to expand this discussion to apply concrete botanical information to your personal interactions with plants, and allow yourselves to be inspired, to create, and to share.

Scientists and laypeople alike are encouraged to investigate not only the physiological and ecological aspects of a plant, but also a plant’s relationship to you, people, culture, place, art, dreams, and beyond.

Host: Brainripples

Deadline: July 28

Email to: trees [at] brainripples [dot] com (or use the BGR submission options here)

Themes: Stretch yourself – incorporate botanical observations with artistic reflections

Important! Put “Berry Go Round” in the subject line of your email

Recap: What’s a Blog  Carnival?

If you’re still scratching your head, and you want to participate, here’s a little help…

Botanical Blog Carnival Participation in four easy steps:

Step 1: Blog about plants, trees, and all things botanical (or create other content/media, and share it online)

Step 2: Send us the link (see above for each blog carnival’s submission information)

Step 3: Spread the word (tell your friends)

Step 4: Enjoy!

Blog carnivals are published on a regular schedule, usually at a different Host blog for each issue. The Festival of the Trees and Berry Go Round are each published once per month. To find additional Nature Blog Carnivals, visit the Nature Blog Network.

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) and Butterfly

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Berry Go Round is coming to Brainripples

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Garden Strawberry, Genus Fragaria

Host: Brainripples
Deadline: July 28
Email to: trees [at] brainripples [dot] com (or use the BGR submission options here)
Themes: Stretch yourself – incorporate botanical observations with artistic reflections
Important! Put “Berry Go Round” in the subject line of your email

This July Issue #30 of the Berry Go Round blog carnival visits the Brainripples blog to celebrate all things green and growing (and fruiting).

Berry Go Round is a celebration of the plant world from a botanical perspective. What does that mean? For Berry Go Round, we want to know the juicy details about the plants you share with us – scientific name, growth habits, ecology, even cultural significance.

For Issue #30 (incidentally one of my favorite numbers), I’d like to invite all my garden-blogging, art-blogging, and tree-blogging friends to participate and share a little something extra from their usual backyard blogging fare.

Stretch yourself a little:

1) Pick a plant in your garden, or your local park, or your favorite walk of trail.

2) Look at where the plant is growing, what it’s growing with, and how it looks different right now compared with how it grows during other seasons.

3) Try to find the plant in an identification book, learn a little about its natural history and cultural significance.

4) Share your findings at your blog or website, and send me the link at trees [at] brainripples [dot] com

You don’t have you be a super-smarty-pants scientist to have fun with Berry Go Round. Gather a little info about a plant, and compose it with a song or a poem or a sketch. For example, my haiku for the banana slug:

Ariolimax columbianus poetess
sentences congeal in sticky opalescence
while she explores the shady sweetness

Even parents with kids at home for summer can use this event as a great excuse to get outside and put those kids to work learning about the plants, big and small, which quietly contribute to our lives.

And yes, to those brilliant researchers among us, I want to hear ALL the juiciness from your latest field work, your ongoing data analyses, and your newly identified flora. Tell us all, and with all the detail. I welcome your insights and look forward to sharing your discoveries here at Brainripples.

Now, go forth, and learn much about the plants of the world!

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Brainripples, Arboreality, and AppleJade

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I first began blogging in 2005 with Arboreality – Tree Blogging, a blog about trees, forests, plants, wood, and other wild discoveries. Once I got the hang of blogging, I realized that I couldn’t just write about trees, and started the Brainripples blog to discuss writing, art, and creativity, and later, AppleJade where I could talk about gardening, cooking, sustainability, and spirit.

After much deliberation I’ve decided to unify my many blogs under the Brainripples umbrella. Once the Brainripples website completes its makeover, all my personal blogging will live here, where I hope my varied audiences will enjoy my combined interests. For those who prefer the original channels, I’ll keep blogging simply categorized by Studio (Brainripples), Forest (Arboreality), and Garden (AppleJade), the three places where I spend my days and create.

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