Hey everyone!  Travis here with an update for all you folks with a green thumb...and even the ones without!  Green is the new...well, whatever the popular color is these days. 

And in that spirit, the Museum of Science & Industry’s Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove has been awarded a grant from Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb. The grant will support the planting of nine themed gardens in the Historic Tree Grove the week of Earth Day 2009!

The Historic Tree Grove provides museum visitors with a stroll through history by focusing on the stories of 17 culturally significant trees that are associated with notable people and places across America.

Now here's how you can get involved!  MOSI is searching for volunteers to help plant three gardens each day during the week of Earth Day, April 23-24 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants will be separated into teams, and each person will be assigned to plant one garden each day. If you are interested in getting green, or if you have a team of 10 to register, contact Kristen Gilpin at (813) 987-6357 or by email kristeng@mosi.org.

Here are the nine gardens! 

Sensory Garden: planted at the Ray Charles Live Oak to encourage the use of non-sight senses, and to experience a garden in the way of someone who is visually impaired.

Moon Garden: planted at the Moon Sycamore, will focus on plants that bloom at night and reflect moonlight.

Medicinal Garden: planted at the Clara Barton Red Bud to highlight plants from which medicine is derived or plants with healing properties.

Jurassic Garden:  planted at the Frank Lloyd Wright Ginko, will focus on fossil plants which, like the Ginko, have lived since the time of dinosaurs.

Flatwoods Garden: planted at the Olustee Longleaf Pine, will highlight native plants of the Florida Flatwoods ecosystem community and similar to those found at the site of the Civil War Battle of Olustee

Edible Garden: planted at the George Washington Carver Persimmon, will focus on edible plants including floral varieties of Carver’s favorite plant:  the peanut.

Air Plant Garden: planted at the Wright Brothers Sweet Gum, will focus on plants that can live above the soil, like orchids and tillandsias.

Native Garden: planted at the Fort Matanzas Red Ceder, will focus on plants native to Florida.

Rose Garden: planted at the Juliette Gordon Low Magnolia, will highlight several species of roses in honor of the Girl Scouts founder.

And there you have it...that's some Tampa Bay entertainment that will keep on giving!  So get out there and help make Tampa an even better place to live...and VISIT!  And as always, keep checking back for more great things to do in Tampa Bay!