The August meeting of the Gardenaires Club was at Botanica in Wichita.

Despite the rainy weather, the members went on a guided tour of the lush, blooming gardens found there, along with a history and description of all the unique aspects of the property. The gardens contained examples of many types of plants, from aquatic to xeriscape.

The importance of maintaining favorable habitats for bees and butterflies was emphasized while visiting the butterfly house and the Alexander Bee House. Members learned that one out of every three bites of food eaten is derived from plants pollinated by bees, and they had a taste of locally-grown honey.

Of special interest to those with grandchildren were the Lego sculptures, in addition to the railroad garden and the Downing Children’s Garden.

Of particular interest to the group was the stained glass Vliet Dome outside Lotus Hall, as it was originally built for the First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City, then purchased for the entrance to the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

After a luncheon in the Lotus Hall served by the Botanica staff, some of the group took the opportunity to revisit the gardens and others left to return home.

The next meeting is Sept. 12.

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